DESIGN FILES: Back To Campus

Long, easy summer days make heading back-to-school seem like a distant reality. But for those leaving the nest for the collegiate life, summer involves a bit of planning and preparation—stocking up on campus paraphernalia, purging the old room and shopping for pretty things so that the new one feels like home.

Roommates are likely to have different tastes, but combing two styles can make for one terrific look! Here are a few tips for making the design grade with a roomie in the mix.

Share a style but sport your own shade! Simple floral prints (like you) can be both dressed up and dressed down. This Bedford Quilt in blue is cottage cozy, while Amberley with a similar pattern in black is a bit more contemporary. Pair your quilt with a lamp of choice but in the same finish as your mate.

Two prints are better than one!
A reversible quilt is a simple solution for bunk mates with similar tastes but without the monotony. Pick a side of this charming Carlie Quilt—you’re both winners. Using twin prints allows you more options for accessorizing. The Abby Lamp is simple and sweet, while the Linton Floor Lamp is more contemporary in its lines (but both provide the necessary light for cramming before the big test).

From blank to brilliant!
Want to warm up those plain white walls without breaking the rules? Cover 4 to 6 of same-size canvases in coordinating wallpaper or fabric and hang as a group. Our intern picked Somerset for her top of bed and paired it with Lille, a tonal stripe that can be hung in alternate directions for more interest.

Somerset Bedding

Another inexpensive way to address dated walls is to display a favorite print in a collection of frames. Our Lilac wallpaper works beautifully with assorted frames. And if you’re feeling especially green, try re-using a lovely wrapping paper or a fabric remnant for your pattern.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Susan wrote:
As a former Shop Manager stateside, so glad to see this blog. I worked for LA for 13+ years and loved every minute! Met my very best friends through LA.

Great to see these sunny prints! Such an amazing team, Laura & Bernard!

Fri, July 27, 2012 @ 3:37 PM

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