Monday, August 20, 2012

'Dorm on a Dime' with KARE11

The 'after'
We felt like we could move right in after staging this resident hall at the University of Minnesota~
The 'before'
 We had great plans, starting with structure.  By using doors - #1 on the end of the twin bed for hanging a mirror---or whatever you like (no nails/screws in the walls...).  The queen headboard along the length of the bed converts it to a sofa/daybed!
 The second plan was to use a color pop - with turquoise elements
 This stand by the bed was spray painted turquoise, then glazed to tone it down a bit.
 We brought in lots of personal touches, wanting to make it feel like home.  When I say 'we' staged the dorm - it was all done with the creative ideas and work by Rachel (my daughter).
 On door #2, we mounted a $5 dressing length mirror.
 You can see we added hooks to this door for jewelry and more~
 Fabric covered lampshade.  Note that contact paper (removable) was applied to the brown laminate desk top.
 Simple lighting was added.  Bare lampshade with light kit - hang, eh voila~
 Organization was the another important factor.  A painted drawer holds files & more; old bead board cupboard door with clips~
 Lots of under-the-bed storage; step stools for the cabinets above the closets.
 Personal touches, like latte' cups and flowers~
We did buy one new item to pull all together: this 6x8 cotton rug (Homegoods, $49). Otherwise, new purchases were minimal --- 'secondhand' and 'thrifty' was the idea~
 The second bed; floor pillows under
 Pair of shutters, sunburst mirror and pillows, pillows~
 It wasn't hard to make it all look great - what a wonderful space it was to start with!  It even had a corner sink area.  We added a fabric drape on a tension rod (no sew).
 Yes, a room with a view, corner 4th floor room at Comstock Hall.  The Minneapolis skyline and Mississippi River!
 Thank you, Resident Life Staff and UofM Media Relations for all you did to make this happen~
Thank you to KARE11's JULIE
 And, KARE11's JEFFREY DEMARS.  We appreciate you!  
So, did you know you can watch this staging day in action?  Yes!  It airs tonight on KARE11, 10pm news, MONDAY AUGUST 20th.  We'll post their link to the feature tomorrow, too.

What a great opportunity - we had a wonderful time, TERESA


Pixie said...

What a wonderful idea. . .would love to be the student that gets this room! Love the curtain for the sink area. Fabulous finds and inexpensive to boot!

Haley said...

Super cute! Love the mirror & hooks for accessories.

SecondhandKris said...

Love the lamp and hanging lampshade fixture. It was all great but those two are my favorites!

Linda C said...

Love the door idea for hanging everything on! Wonderful job! You and Rachel are so creative!

TERESA said...

I just LOVE reading what you liked about the dorm! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Lots of goodness - the daybed look is a WOW!, love the shutters and the drawer for files. Clever, smart, and beautiful touches! You did a fabulous job!
I would have loved the Bonjour pillow when I was majoring in French at Gustavus! Oui, oui, tres chic!
It took me back to the 70's when my roomie and I had a purple shag rug, strung beads on yarn for a room divider, painted a ladder for a shelf, and used an old telephone pole table in our dorm.
Congrats on your TV appearance - you are a star!

TERESA said...

Thank you Pamela, I love hearing about your 70's dorm - sounds great!