4 Ways to Transform Your Dorm Room ala Amélie

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“One person can change your life forever.” In the case of the 2001 French movie Amélie, a story about a quirky girl with charm to spare, the main character may do just that. If you desire to live a life similar to the unique heroine, consider transforming your dorm room into a French paradise with Amélie-inspired décor.

1.   The Amélie Bedroom Replica

Amélie’s bedroom is the perfect place to start when looking for dorm décor. Amélie’s sense of style is certainly kitschy and “out there.” With bold red colors mixing with orange, purples, and greens, it’s not a style that can be pulled off easily. To make it work, look for a similar color scheme. For Amélie, it’s jewel tones. No color in her own bedroom is truly muted or even features a hint of pastels. Everything falls in the same bold category of color.

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The most defining characteristic of her room is the ruby red walls. While you may not be able to paint your dorm room, you can create a similar backdrop using red window drapes or string red muslin fabric on your side of the room via a bed canopy. Alternatively, you can create the same color theme through buying red dorm bedding. For the metallic look, add gold or bronze spray painted doilies to the wall and add pictures of quirky, off beat wall art like Amélie’s dog and duck painting. Finally, add mixed match lamps, vintage style alarm clocks, and gold picture frames.

2.   The Café Amélie Inspiration

The café in which Amélie works and does much of her good deeds is a place located in the heart of the bohemian Paris district of Montmartre. The neighborhood itself is known for its charming apartments featuring window flower baskets, cobblestone streets, and outdoor cafes everywhere you turn.

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You can recreate the look of Amélie’s cafe in your own dorm bedroom by going full out Parisian charm. Again, think red. Red bed and towels, red carpet, red dorm seating options, etc. To level out the red, include accent items such as throw pillows, desk lamps, and work supplies in gold and white accent colors. Add a more café look with antique seating (such as an art deco chair or a repurposed trunk for storage).

3.   Picture Perfect Collections

Of course, one of the central plots of Amélie concerns a young man and his love of reassembling destroyed pictures that were produced in photo booths. To pay homage to this concept, create your own photo wall. While you can actually visit a photo booth, you can mimic the visual appeal with a basic online photograph editing program.

4.   Quirky Knickknacks

Decor pieces play a major role throughout the film, whether it’s through the paintings of animals observing the sleeping actress or Amelie stealing her father’s garden gnome to photograph it “around the world.” Bring the same personality by finding quirky knickknacks that have personal meaning to you.

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Designing an Amélie themed dorm room doesn’t take much work, but does require a love of detail and attention. Each bit of Amélie’s story revolves around taking in the little things that make us happy and inspired. From bold colors to quirky details, recreating a beloved space out of your favorite mixed match treasures can create a rich look.

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Three Tips for Dorm Room Decorating With Pink

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Fun, energetic, funky, and frilly—the color of pink has the ability to transform your dorm room in huge ways. If pink is a favorite color, consider making it part of your dorm room design scheme. Follow these four tips to create a pink friendly space worthy of your living quarters.

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1.   Select Your Theme/Shade

Pink, like blues or greens, is a hue that can evoke different emotions just by selecting the most appropriate theme. For example, a light, pale pink can provide a vintage innocence. On the other hand, neon variations will look fearlessly modern. Before you select your pink, think about what you want feeling you want to convey or impress upon those who visit your room.

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Because of the color’s energy, pink can also serve as an accent. For example, a zebra print dorm bedding set looks fun and funky when boldly contrasted with pink. Additionally, the warm nature of this pigment gives it the ability to liven up cooler tones like blues and purples.

2.   Wow with Small

Be mindful that too much of it will overpower a small space and make it feel smaller than it actually is. This is because pink, especially in its more vibrant tones, conveys energy and excitement over relaxation and harmony.

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Because of pink’s naturally outgoing nature, use it to draw the eye towards dorm room fixture you find important. Ideas include window curtains, picture frames, and decorative pillows. Reversely, make sure that unattractive areas of the room are not decorated in attention-grabbing pink, like the trashcan or clothes hamper.

3.   Steer Clear of Flowers and Hearts

It should be no surprise that pink is often associated with childishness. Avoid having such associations made about your dorm room by avoiding overly juvenile patterns, like hearts or stars. If you do want to incorporate floral motifs into your overall theme, look for larger visuals that resemble abstract art, rather than compact, uniform prints.  On a similar note, practice restraint when adding touches of glitter or sequins.

Put aside the princesses and push away the naysayers—pink is the color choice to reign supreme. By designing a space that focuses on building energy, creating an element of surprise, and working around a theme, your purposeful color choice can bring new energy to all those who see it.

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Selecting Décor That Fits Your Style

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Embellishing your dorm room with favorite prints and patterns is a gratifying process that many enjoy. It is a time to showcase your DIY skills and revamp an austere room to a creative pad that suits both you and your roommate’s spirits. Check out some tips below on how to choose décor that matches your style.

Wall Art

Displaying your interests through posters and wall decal is a great way to allow others to learn facts about you, and be subtle at the same time. Hang posters of your favorite band, sports team or University City print to add inspiration to your walls. If you are partly interested in changing up the entire look of your walls, check to see if you can add removable wallpaper in your favorite print. If you want to add more artwork, try to create melted crayon canvases to bring about a neat decoration.

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Rugs

A dorm space without comfortable rugs isn’t quite complete. Add bold color and texture to your room with a scatter rug that is sure to keep your feet warm after a shower, or just after getting out of bed.

Pillows

A variety of pillows added to your bed will bring you solace, and the various colors will make your room pop with decoration. Not to mention the different textures may have you wanting to ditch those notes and catch a few minutes of sleep.

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Lounge Chairs

If space permits, accessorizing your dorm with one or two lounge chairs could be a great idea. Now there is decorative seating for guests and another comfortable area to read books or use your computer.

Photos

Create a clothesline photo hanger to display pictures of you and those you love, or tack up photos to a bulletin board and use Washi tape to outline borders to add pattern another place in your room.

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Message Boards/Calendars

Be sure to stay organized with calendars, and places to write down reminders. If you would rather create your own memo board, transform a cookie sheet into a decorative magnetic board by attaching scrap board paper, and setting magnets on the back end.

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9 DIY Dorm Decorating Crafts

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Even with great bargains, shopping for dorm decor can add up to be costly. Sometimes even after you buy all your matching room essentials, you’re left wondering what’s missing to give your room a more personalized feel. If your room is covered in statement pieces and you still feel like you need something else, create it! Nothing says personality more than a homemade decoration that is fun and easy to make! Creating your own decorations means that your decor options are endless and can be made in any color of your choosing.

Maybe you aren’t the craftiest of people and don’t know where to start with DIY dorm decor. If you need some inspiration, you came to the right place. From re-upholstering chairs to making your own wall art, we’ve made a list of various crafts you can glitterize to your heart’s content.

1)  Hanging Yarn Balls: (See Cheetah Nails, Cake Pops and Hanging Yarn Balls) These are fun, cute, and decorative crafts that you can place in a bowl or hang from your ceiling with some fishing wire or colored thread. They’re super simple to make and easy to hang! All you need is some glue, a few 5″ balloons, and some colored string or yarn. If you’re interested in making these bad boys for yourself, take a look at the link above to get step by step directions.

DIY Candle spheres (using flameless candles only) to make chandelier!

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2)  Painted Glassware: Whether they’re dollar store wineglasses for your mocktails or simple plastic drinking glasses, your creative options for decoration are endless. Buying some glass paints and then baking your dishes to set the paint (to make them waterproof) makes a great room accessory and even better gift! Make your glasses extra chic with matte spray paint to make parts of your glasses matte and part of them glossy. Secure some various sized rubber bands around the glass before you spray and leave some parts “bare”. After you take off the bands you’ll have a neat design with matte/gloss contrast that will look modern and sleek. You’ll be surprised how cool your glasses will end up looking after a little TLC and dedication!

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3)  Spruce Up Old Pillows: Remember that couch in your living room that had the matching cushions? Remember how your mom got rid of the couch 10 years ago but still has the pillows in a storage bag downstairs? Throw them in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to kill any ‘dust bugs’ and to re-fluff the cushions. Find a fabric you like or that matches your dorm room and sew them over your cushions for a pillow makeover. You can even sew embellishments, flowers, and other decorations on to your pillows to make unique statement pillows. Go to your local craft store and see if you can’t find some cursive lettering to sew your initials onto your design. Your room will look extra polished and your friends will be asking you to make them for their birthday presents!

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4)  Pillow Beds: Movie nights are for comfort, eating pizza, and bundling up for nights of relaxation. In dorm rooms, the lack of room and bed space makes it hard to fit everyone comfortably. Those left on the floor get chilled easily and have to sit on the hard ground for the entire movie. Be a nice host/hostess and make movie nights at your place a bit cozier. Take about 5 pillowcases (get them from your local stores; Kmart, Marshalls, Homegoods, T.J. Maxx, Walmart) and sew them together vertically. You can find pillows also at said stores, to stuff inside each of the pillow cases to create a ‘pack-and-use’ pillow bed! The best pillow cases to buy are the ones that are generally used on top of your bedspread for decoration. Try to pick ones with thicker fabric that have a slit in the back instead of on the sides. Pillow cases with slits on the side may make the pillows easier to shimmy out while people lay or sit on the pillow beds. Once you have five different cases you like, sew each of the bottoms of the cases (landscape side) together to create one long ‘accordion’ of cases. The thickness of these cases will allow your pillow beds to last longer and be more resistant to spills and stains. When it’s time to wash your pillow beds simply remove all of the pillows and throw it in the washing machine. Dry as usual and stick your pillows back in. Simple, easy and comfortable. When your pillow beds aren’t being used by guests, stick them in between the wall of your dorm bed and wall. This will keep you warm and keep the cold wall off your skin during those in between class cat naps.

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5)  Crayon Canvases: If you’re a fan of Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen and been dying to try this one out already! Glue your favorite colored crayons in a horizontal row across the top of a blank canvas. Plug in a hair-dryer and start running it back and forth over the crayons. Watch as the crayons melt, leaving dripping colors streaking down the canvas and blending them together. Make sure if you’re doing this project that you do it outside or in a place where you can get a little messy. Don’t place the hairdryer directly on the crayons, but a few inches away. Make sure not to touch the hot wax with your fingers or accidentally burn yourself on the hair dryer. Don’t forget to remove the crayon wrappers! After you’ve gotten your wax dripped just the way you like it, let it dry overnight. This project can be customized multiple ways! Tape parts of the canvas before melting the crayons to ‘protect’ it from the melting wax. Pull the tape off after you’re done melting the crayons and create a cool chevron design!

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6)  Flat Iron Heat-Resistant Travel Case: All girls with a flat iron have seen the unsightly burns they can leave on carpets, bathroom counters, and any plastic that accidentally happened to be too close to the iron. It’s almost near impossible to use your flat iron, unplug it, and travel with it safely in under an hour. Not to mention, trying to store a hot flat iron can be both dangerous for burns but even more so dangerous if they happen to catch something on fire (you don’t say?) If you’re going to be traveling with your flat iron or don’t want to rest it on certain items after unplugging it, make your own flat iron case that will allow it to cool smoothly. Go to your favorite home store and find a cute pot holder that matches your dorm room. Fold it in half and sew the bottom and side of the pot holder shut so that the only open slot is on the top. If you want, sew a button with an elastic strap on one side to secure the carrier more securely around your iron. Simply unplug your flat iron, stick it in the carrier through the top slot, and carry with ease!

Turn a pot holder into a heat-safe travel case for your flat iron or curling iron! #DIY #Solutions

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7)  Chalkboard Trays: Ever go to a thrift store and find vintage trays or plates that you love but don’t know what to do with? Well now you can! Re-purpose them into a functional but stylish chalkboard. Spray paint them with a shiny silver coating or spray them with bright neon colors. Create your own chalkboard paint with a few easy steps and paint the middle of your trays or plates with the paint and allow it to try. Take a small piece of sand paper and lightly run over the surface to get rid of any bubbles and then rub some chalk on your painted area and wipe it off. Homemade chalkboard tray for your dorm! To really top it off, glue a fabric bow to match your dorm decor on the top of the tray and prop it up against the wall. Leaving notes for your roomie has never been so easy. “For the love of all that is holy, WASH YOUR SOCKS- Love Roomie.”

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8)  Re-upholstered Chairs: Vintage is so in these days, from old antique items to delicate jewelry and clothes. But sometimes vintage is a little too-vintage, with musky smells and ripped fabric. If you have a chair you bought at a goodwill or yard sale, don’t throw it away, re-create it! Find some fabric you love and look up some sewing techniques to sew it over the chair. You can even add your own chair-skirts and bows to make them look more modern and feminine. This goes the same way for the desk chairs that come with your dorm. Those wooden desk-chairs may serve their purpose in functionality, but they can really put a damper on your room decor! If you’ve personalized everything else in your room why not personalize these as well? Go to your local fabric store and pick a perfect fabric to cover your chairs with. Instead of sewing the fabric on to the chair (I’m sure your RA wouldn’t like that too much) create a chair-slip to slip right on top of the wood. Create ‘ties’ on the back to tightly secure the extra fabric on the back of the chair into a neat bow. You can even find a bold statement cushion to compliment your new chair!

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9)  Modge Podge: Mod Podge works for almost anything (and with any glitter). If you’re into crafting, the one thing I could recommend you buying is Mod Podge adhesive. There’s really just so many things you can do with it, and it’s durable and long lasting. For a creative wall canvas, cut out shapes from different pieces of scrapbook paper. Paint a canvas in a gradient fashion, or just simply paint it one color, and glue your cut out scraps in a design on your canvas. Add some embellishments and a few vintage knick-knacks found at your craft sore and your wall decor will be ready to hang.

There are countless ways to create your own dorm decor. If you’re interested in finding out more crafts you can make for dorm decorations search the web and find some projects that you feel you could comfortably accomplish. If you start a project and it’s too hard, don’t get discouraged. Sometimes people make crafting look so easy in pictures, but they leave out the bumps along the road they had while getting to their final product. Experiment a bit and remember that it’s YOUR decorations for YOUR dorm. The way you want them to look is up to you, so be creative and have fun.

Summer Before College Series 24: D.I.Y. # 6

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Happy July, bloggers!

Can you believe that another month has passed? The summer is flying by! Have you started your shopping yet? Have you finished? No worries! You still have a month and a half left until school starts! While you are waiting, I have decided to give you a new D.I.Y. to try out.

This D.I.Y. is perfect for any room. No matter how small or how large your room is you could always use a bedside lamp to either put on your desk or on your bedside table. This craft will help you to jazz up that ordinary lamp into one that represents your personality and matches your room! It is easy-to-do and takes little to no time at all. As with the rest of the D.I.Y. crafts, this crafted lamp would make a beautiful gift for any friend or family member.

The materials that you will need:

  1. A lampshade (from a light that you plan to use at college). The lampshade can be any color. Perhaps you could choose the main color in your room to add to the overall feel. The lampshade will be the canvas for the entire project. Make sure to use an older or cheaper lampshade in case you mess up.
  2. Hot glue gun. This material will allow you to attach various pieces onto your lampshade. I would definitely recommend using this type of glue because it dries into a clear color. This is great for any mistakes that you may make.
  3. Decoration pieces. Like the pillow craft back in my D.I.Y. #4 post, this could be pretty much anything. You could use 3-D scrapbook stick-ons, rope, charms, tassels, etc. You could also create extra-long friendship-style bracelets to wrap around the bottom of the lampshade. The possibilities are endless, so be creative!
  4. Pen. This material is optional. It is great if you want to plan out where your materials will go on your lampshade beforehand.

You are ready to begin!

  1. Before doing anything, heat up your hot glue gun.
  2. Next, use your pen to draw small dots on the lampshade where you would like your pieces to go. Again, this step is optional.
  3. Take your hot glue gun and place a small amount of glue onto your first piece. Then, gently place the piece onto the lampshade and hold until the piece is firmly attached to the canvas. Repeat the process until you have your desired look!
  4. Allow the lampshade to dry for 4-6 hours before placing it back onto the lamp stand.

In no time at all, you will have another creative piece to put into your dorm room! Do not forget that these lampshades make a perfect gift as well!

I hope that you enjoyed the sixth installment of the D.I.Y. mini-series!

Do you have any D.I.Y. crafts that you would like to share? We would love to hear them! Tweet them at us!

Summer Decor Styles: OCM

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Ready to turn that winter-time drab dorm room into Spring-time Fab? We’re giving you a sneak peak at a few of our new items coming soon to OCM, and showing you how to pair them up with existing items you may already have to create an adorably themed room for the Spring and Summer. Regardless of your taste, the way you pair items and colors together can really show a lot about your personality and fashion sense. Here’s a few ways to get that drab room ready for Summer!

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1) Go Green – I’d like to call this set “Citrus Blend” because it marries the prettiest hues of Green and Yellow to create the perfect lemon-lime twist. With Green already being my favorite color, this set is a win-win for my taste. Lime Green and Yellow are perfect hues for brightening up any space. Add some fresh flowers and your own pictures to make your room lively and fun! Peep the brand new beanbag chair and poufs! Love them as much as I do? They’ll be available on www.ocm.com very soon!Black Reading Pillow

 2) Modern and Chic– This is what I call the “Fashionista” because it pairs the season’s hottest prints with the brightest pops of colors! The black and white Chevron reading pillow coupled with a mix-matching thick stripe ottoman is a chic way to add some diversity to your space while still keeping a modern appeal. Since black goes with everything, you can pick one bright statement color, or mix and match all of your favorites! The best thing about black and white accessories is that ultimately, you make the decorating rules. There’s so many different combinations you can create with these colors that will be sure to make your room pop!

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3) Chocolate hues mixed with fruity tones– If you want to make your room feel bright and cheery but don’t really go for the bright pinks and purples, you can always take more toned-down hues and mix them with what I like to call, “fruity hues”. Since Mango is my favorite fruit there’s no way I can pass up this color palette. The deep chocolate brown mixes perfectly with the bright and rich Mango hue, complimenting any shades of green that may be tied in. These colors are pretty season-neutral too, as you can swap items out for different prints and accessories depending on the season. Again, we’re spotlighting our new beanbag chairs and ottomans soon to be for sale on ocm.com!

Red ottoman4)Easy Breezy – By far one of my favorite decor styles for the warm weather, Nautical accessories seem to win me over every time! The thick vertical stripes in a burnt-red are one of the season’s hottest trends paired with both navy and light blues to create a summer feel. The pops of deep red give you the classic ‘sailor’ feel and get you amped up and ready to hit the beach. The nautical trend has been in style even through the winter, showing up on manicures, outfit trends, purses and more. If you’re looking for a way to create a cute, bright and clean look, this is perfect!

Spice Up your Dorm Room

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Decorative throw pillows are a must for your dorm room. Pillows are a great way to spice up your living space and add a pop of bright color. They’re also a necessity on movie nights when you’ve got 7 friends crammed into your itsy-bitsy college room. So whether you’re tossing them on the futon, or jazzing up your bedding, here are a few fabulous options for your residence hall.

Mardi Gras Pillows:

Bring the party with you! Our chic Mardi Gras throw pillows are soft and cuddly. They’re perfect to relax on while you study for your exam or update your Facebook status.

Shagalicious Pillows:

Soft and fluffy our Shagalicious throw pillows are perfect for afternoon naps and late-night movie get-togethers. Available in a variety of bright colors, it’s easy to find the pillow that will look good with your dorm decor.

Pillow Images:

Create a sophisticated and comfortable place to relax in your dorm with classic images and designs that everyone will love. Check out our collection, which includes images of Marilyn Monroe, New York City, Paris, and more.

Expressive Pillows:

Make a statement with a witty or sentimental expression that will brighten your dorm and make your roommate smile. The simple designs and bright colors make these pillows the perfect accessory for any bedding set.

Poodle Pillows:

This soft, textured pillow looks great on your extra-long twin bed or futon. It’s smooth on one side and textured on the other, making it the perfect pillow to rest your head on after an all-night cram session.

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