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The most important time in my life when decor mattered to me was when I moved to college. When I came college I moved six hours away from everyone and everything I knew. I was dropped off and had to quickly settle in before classes started and I was left by myself. My parents were here for two days to help me get settled. My mom put away my clothes and organized them with my guidance. My dad played with my two younger sisters and kept our adventure updated on Facebook. I did all the decorating. I wanted to make sure that since this was going to be my new home I wanted it to feel like my home.

Before coming to college during my planning and packing time I had to think about what I wanted my dorm to look like. I didn’t think it would be very important, but I still wanted it to look nice. Of course, my instinct was to look on Pinterest for some ideas. After finding what colors I wanted to do and a general idea what I wanted it to look like I started gathering items. I found tons of pillows and blankets for my bed so it look nice. Then I started to look for stuff to go on the walls. I had pictures of quotes and saying that made me smile or challenged me to live my life to the fullest. I also brought with me decor that I already had so I could have something I recognized and made me feel at home. There were also things that I wanted in my dorm but didn’t have exactly, so in the spirit of trying to save money, I repurposed some of the things I already owed to fit the theme of my dorm.

After the first week of classes and coming back to my dorm to study or after work I am so happy with how it looks. Because it is decorated how I wanted it and it looks like home, it feels home. My transition was much easier because my room was decorated and it felt like home.


Designerlebrities Decorate the 8th Annual Holiday House NYC Showhouse Benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation


On November 10th I attended the 8th Annual Holiday House Gala located on 2 East 63rd Street in New York. This year there were over 20 Designerlebrities all creating original designs in their designated rooms throughout the mansion. #TTF Mag got an exclusive VIP showing hours before the gala event started. All highlights from the event were captured LIVE on our Instagram. Plus I’ve added a few “not seen” shots for your design viewing pleasure below.

The showhouse will be open to the public daily from November 11 – December 2, 2015 from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays until 8:00 pm. General admission is just $35 and all proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Foundation. Mr. Leonard Lauder once again served as Honorary Chair. Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland are Co-Chairs. Alexa Hampton, Thom Filicia, Geoffrey Bradfield and Mario Buatta are Design Chairs. A big round of applause needs to be heard for the above mentioned.

There is a lot of hard work and love that goes into producing such a fine event year after year. It takes a village so you can’t enjoy beautiful interiors without saluting the interior designers who created them as well:

Ally Coulter Designs | Antonino Buzzetta | Ashley Darryl Interiors | Archives ID | Bjorn Bjornsson | Buckingham ID | Calder Design Group | Campion Platt | Darrin Varden Design | Drew McGukin Interiors | James Rixner | JDK Interiors | Kathleen Walsh Interiors | Katie By Design | Lonni Paul Design | Marks & Frantz | Paris Forino Design | Robert Passal | Stacy Garcia | Vicente Wolf | White Webb

I had a blast sipping on champagne, schmoozing with a few of my Designerlebrity friends and taking in some pretty stylish and out of the box design work. So have your five senses come experience what I did. Visit Holiday House and share your thoughts using hashtag #HHNYC2015. Trust me Designerlebrities do read the comments. Cheers!