Thursday, September 06, 2012
It's that time of year when last spring's high-school grads head off to college, which means hundreds of crying moms trying to make a suitable home out of a tiny, crappy excuse for a living space. I personally don't have to worry about this for another year (yikes!) but until then, here is some advice for you moms out there. First of all, comfort is key. Regardless of where you are, think pillows, pillows, pillows. If it's a cold state, three words: faux fur blankets. Comfort can be chic, and you don't have to spend a lot of money to get there. Pick a color family and run wild with a little pattern play - it's charming because it doesn't all match, and it will be easy for your kid to add to it later on when they upgrade to a bigger living space (hopefully for them by the time they're a sophomore or a junior). I love the look above that uses cool greys, brown, & black, and just little hints of color. Add a great lamp, stack of books, and a potted plant make it feel a little more like home. I pulled together a similar look below from easy stores like Crate&Barrel, West Elm, IKEA, and (if you have the time to order online) Overstock.com. If you're going to splurge on something, I would spend the money on a warm, faux-fur blanket (this one below is Lauren Ralph Lauren) - they're just about the same price as a down comforter, but look much chicer - they'll use it well into their post-college years and thank you for it later (don't they always?) To all the moms out there, good luck with the decoration, and cheers to your kids for finally getting out of the house!!
Inspiration bedroom photo from Boy En Girl
Click to view/purchase: Perch Table Lamp from West Elm ($69), Hand-Blocked Lola Quilt from West Elm (on sale for $79.99), Cebra Striped Pillow Cover from Overstock.com ($39.99), Margeaux Faux Fur Throw Blanket by Lauren Ralph Lauren ($220) Potted plants from IKEA $1-$20