This entry was posted on August 27, 2018 by Erin Fox.
I’ve never had a “cool room.” Growing up in my Family Home, I wasn’t allowed to tape posters to the walls of my bedroom. My mother said the Scotch tape would make the paint peel and posters were distracting. My bed linens were ivory and beige. Honestly, my room looked like that of a Colonial chambermaid. For example, my dresser was from my grandmother’s collection of glossy, cherry and walnut pieces I didn’t appreciate at the time. I nearly destroyed the varnish when I spilled a bottle of nail polish remover while playing “beauty parlor” one afternoon. Still to this day, at the ripe(ish) age of 26, I keep my room relatively stark with the exception of my pink elephant duvet. All this said domicile decor shouldn't be like this. “Cool,” and practical are not, in fact, mutually exclusive when you have Deb Johns at the helm.
Designing your boho-hippie hideaway is about mixing in unexpected ways while staying in one colorway like we’ve done with these cool, hot, and neutral stories. In this tutelage on dorm rooms and first apartments, Deb’s laid out a realistic floor plan to maximize the potential of a small space and create that funky-cool-classic vibe that can feel far out of reach. She’s created dorm room looks pulled from our own color coordinated storage and decorative pieces from outside sources.
Our decorative and practical storage bins and extra large, zip-top totes can transport your bedding and chunky sweaters and double as a fixture. You can stack these bins, use them as a coffee table or chair for that extra guest, or slide them under the bed for more space. Everything can fold flat, so you can hide them in nooks and crannies.
Fur, inflatable, leather, poufs, a great chair is perfect for reading with a cup of tea and looking out the window pensively or throwing a pile of clean clothes on top because you're too lazy to fold them like a normal adult.
Poufs are particularly awesome because you can buy the cover and stuff them with your old linens. Your friends will sit on the self-stuffed pouf and grow envious of how sustainable and thrifty you are.
For example, my colorful and hilarious relatives living down in the Gulf have a sign in their kitchen that reads, “We don’t ‘skinny dip.’ We chunky dunk!” You may not be hot for this signage, but my relatives sure are. That’s what messaging is all about! Whatever floats your boat.
Cutting across different materials and fabrics is a creative way to express a little bit of that “joie de vivre” you’ve been hiding under all that beige and ivory bedding you ordered when you decided to start making “mature investments.”
Hang up that tapestry from New Mexico, throw your grandmother's chunky afghan on your linen loveseat, garnish the duvet with a Turkish bath towel. Basically, feel free to go ham.