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Dorm living- Three steps to coping

I lived in a little dorm room while I was at University. The room itself wasn’t too bad- it was modern and private and I wasn’t forced to sleep next to a stranger! But it wasn’t awesome either. We were not allowed to have heaters in our rooms due to the fire hazard and yet the nights flirted around freezing all winter. Brr!  The bed was shorter than I was and yet friends from other dorms and I often squeezed onto this tiny bed for a snooze after a night on the town. Honestly, the room wasn’t anything awful, but living is such tight quarters required a lot of problem solving for a livable, enjoyable space.

Step 1: Personalise

My university forbade us from sticking anything to our walls. We were not allowed to use sticky-tack, presstick or pins to adhere anything to the walls incase paint was torn off the walls. After 10 seconds of this craziness, I popped an old record album cover up on the wall. Truth is, by the time I moved out, every square inch was covered in some sort of love note or post-it. When I pulled everything down, I did peel some paint off. But I just painted the blemishes with some white artists paint and white out. The room passed meticulous expection without so much as an eyebrow raise.

 

Step 2: Love your bar fridge

Seriously? That little guy saved my life. Dorm food is sketchy at best of times, and seriously lacks actual fruit and veggies at it’s worst. In this fridge, I stored everything from milk to fruit to cooked chicken strips that I managed to funnel back from trips home. I stored cookies, rusks and crackers right on top of the fridge for a one stop meal extravaganza.

Step 3: Learn to love your neighbors *and if you can’t love them, at least communicate with them*

Here is our little wash up area in the flatlet that us 9 girls shared. Not every young lady was blessed with a mother who taught them how to clean up after themselves. This our ‘kitchen’ on a good day. Yikes!The dishes were out of control and attracting attention from the insects. Not awesome. One day, I went out to microwave my heatsock when I spotted this:

For extra good measure, and because the bathroom around the corner was borderline 3rd world, she added this:

Nice right?

What steps have you taken to deal with small restrictive spaces? I have been so fortunate to not have had a smaller space to live since University. I am meant to roam free 🙂 What is the smallest space you have lived in?

Something Lovely: Whimsical Garlands

(Via Mrs Priss)

Be still by beating heart!It’s no secret that garlands are hip and happening and yet each and every time I see one my heart just cries with joy!

Look at this one from Design*Sponge-

(Via Design*Sponge)

Absolutely lovely! There is nothing like a little whimsy to perk up a room!Not only is it just in time for Valentine’s Day but I think it would be lovely in a nursery too!

In my home office I have a paper garland strung from one side of the ceiling to the other.

It brings me unsurpassed joy to study in such a setting! What I like so much about this trend, is that it is so easily adapted to echo your own personal style.

Here is Lobster and Swann’s take on the handmade garland. It is a completely different style than the above examples but the glamour is extraordinary. I won’t lie. I would be happy to eat at this dining table…

(Via Lobster and Swan)

I am feeling the itch to create some new garlands for around the house. Since the Christmas decorations were taken down, I look around feeling rather uninspired. Perhaps a new garland will light the fire to retouch the corners of my home with love?

Do you have a garland strung around your home? What do you do when stuck in a decorating rut?

 

DIY- Glittering Lightscape

When I saw this post on Apartment Therapy I was immediately in love.

(via Apartment Therapy)

Oh! How amazing is the hardware on the credenza, the wallpaper on the walls and the textured tile on the floor!  But it was the lightscape that I adored more than all. The site lacked decent instructions on how to construct a lightscape like this so after a few trial and error attempts, I thought it would be fun to put together a quick tutorial.

Supplies

– One large stretched canvas. For this project, I recommend the type that is stretched over the wooden frame. I chose to get the primed canvas too. My theory is that the primer helped keep the edges from fraying excessively.If you wish to paint the background you may do so now- just be sure your paint has dried several days before continuing

– 100-200 Fairy lights or Christmas lights. I worked with two strands of 100. Choose these lights carefully. First I tried the micro bulbs but found that the connection between the lights was terrible and I kept blowing the strand. This is not ideal! Eventually I landed on the long traditional ‘fairy’ bulbs and these worked better (although I preferred the glow of the micro bulbs, the risk of fire and death just didn’t make up for it 🙂 )

– A pencil and a pen or other pointy object with the approximate diameter of the glass part of your bulbs

Method

Keeping note of how many bulbs you want to use, draw out your pattern. I wanted my bursts to look like explosions of joy so I just put dots where I felt it left balance. Don’t forget about under the wooden frame too! That area is very visible from the front but difficult to push bulbs into- practice balance here! It would also help if you ensured there was a feasible way to maneuver the bulbs around the holes.

After drawing my pattern, I started at the top middle of my canvas and poked three holes at a time with my pen. Go slowly to avoid making tears or splits in the canvas. Using the bulb in the middle of your (unplugged) strand, carefully insert the glass portion of the bulb into the hole. It should fit tightly- but if you are concerned, white craft glue smeared around the base will hold that sucker in place. Place all three bulbs in the holes and continue to the next three holes. I found that operating in a zigzag pattern left me with the best maneuverability to get the lights into the holes without stretching the cords or the canvas.Plan the use of the bulbs so that the final bulb would be the last bulb on the strand nearest to the plug. Any leftover bulbs can be strung loosely around the anchored bulbs for additional glow.  If you are having a hard time pocking the holes, I found the best results when I was sitting on the chair without a table. The canvas balanced on my legs and I could poke and insert away without things getting pear-shaped.

Once the glue has dried thoroughly, prop your lightscape up and plug-‘er in!

(Excuse the poor picture from my Blackberry)


What do you think?

Displaying precious momentos

This is the poem I wrote Hubs for our first wedding anniversary.  It’s a dorky little love poem – I’m no Browning or Parker. But it’s cute and was inspired by my darling so I swallowed my pride and displayed it on my TV cabinet. I spraypainted a frame I has laying around the house and filled it with the printed poem. Nice and easy.

And everyday Hubs gets to read about how much I adore him- which I consider a bonus.

Doesn’t it look so cheerful with a Gerber Daisy and sweet crystal shoe?

What small mementos do you frame around your house? It’s these little touchings that really add  a homey feeling to a beautiful space.