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My college dorm room was not particularly cute. It was less about style and more about function. (There were lots of wire shelves and cloth bins.) Plus, my roommate and I did the whole matchy-matchy thing in a bad way. It worked in our 10-by-10-foot space. Needless to say, I was more than happy to jump in and offer design advice when my sister moved into her first college living space last fall. Her place turned out much better than mine. If you can believe it, move-in day is right around the corner. We know students are constantly looking for easy ways to make their temporary digs a cozy home. Our brand-new Back to College package has everything you need to design your dorm room (or college apartment) on a budget. Take a look at my favorite picks:

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Chic + Functional Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

10 Ways to Transform Your Space With Washi Tape

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August is quickly approaching, and that means one thing: soon-to-be college freshmen are running all over town, desperately searching for finishing touches to make their dorm room as stylish and homey as a 15′ x 10′ room can be. When you’re working with old, outdated furniture and walls that can’t be painted, that’s a difficult task.

It’s important to find ways to personalize your room, and one of the easiest ways to add personality is to add color. If painting is out of the question, why not use washi tape for instant color? Our design experts have come up with a few crafty ways to use tape to spice up your dorm room. Since it’s easily removable and leaves no damage or residue, it can be used to cover anything from side tables to electronics.

Washi Tape Table

Cover small furniture like this side table in washi tape to create a custom pieces for your dorm room. Simply place tapes in various sizes next to each other in a diagonal pattern.

Washi Tape Jewelry Tree

Not only can it be difficult to make a dorm room seem homey, it can also be tough to find a place for all that stuff you couldn’t bear to leave behind. If you’re anything like me (an admitted jewelry hoarder), you might be searching for jewelry storage in your cramped dorm. Use washi tape and thumbtacks to create a jewelry tree on your wall. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes!

5 WAYS TO USE WASHI TAPE

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I’m a tornadic chef. (I shouldn’t even call myself a chef.) I use every inch of counter space, several dishes and cutlery, spill spices everywhere and generally need to mop afterwards. My current home lacks in cooking space (I’m working on that problem). So, what I love about modern kitchens is their simple and minimalist approach to a hard-working space. They look and feel like they’re meant to be cooked in. Some rooms look like they shouldn’t be touched, kind of like that “formal living room” at the front of the house that you dust every few weeks but never actually acknowledge otherwise. Your kitchen definitely shouldn’t be that room. I feel like I could go to work on delicious baked goods in one of these designer kitchens, completely destroy it with flour and powdered sugar, then simply swipe it back to its sleek self. Modern kitchens always feel modeled after professional culinary spaces with crisp stainless steel, pendant lighting and an open floorplan, making it ready to work. Do you like the feel of a modern cooking space in your home, or do you prefer a warmer, more traditional kitchen to make your daily meals? Tell us in the comments below.

Mood Board Monday: Modern Kitchen DesignsTop Row, L to R: Design by Jennifer Reiner | Photo courtesy of Lumber Liquidators | Design by Brian Patrick Flynn | Middle Row, L to R: Design by Anthony Carrino | Design by Jennifer Reiner | Bottom Row, L to R: Design by Andreas Charalambous | Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

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The right lighting design can do so much for any room, especially the kitchen. After all, it’s truly the heart of the home. Just picture it. Your kids are doing homework at the table or counter. And you’re cooking dinner for your family and trying to read a difficult recipe – all while helping with geometry. So much time is spent in the kitchen, and so much work is being done. Doesn’t it make sense that the kitchen lighting design should cater to your family’s needs? So whether your life calls for bright natural lighting or atmospheric chandeliers, one of these stylish and functional lighting design ideas is bound to fit your needs.

kitchen lighting

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I’ve been pretty bad about keeping you guys updated, haven’t I? Since my last Studio Style post on May 30 (sorry!), I moved in, bought a temporary closet solution, a temporary pantry solution, have my furniture mostly where I want it and am pretty organized. I think the reason I’ve been so delayed in sharing a progress post is because I’ve been shuffling pieces around and wanted to share an almost final layout with you all. I still have LOADS of artwork to hang, accessories to paint/refinish and purchases to make, but I feel like it’s coming along pretty well for only being in a month. Now, I’m only sharing my “bedroom” today, because my living room is still stacked with boxes full of books. (I have yet to find the perfect bookshelf.) So, welcome to my boudoir! I’ll walk you through…

Kayla Kitts' Studio Bedroom

If you look at pictures of my studio before the move, you’ll notice this is the very back of the room. I wanted this to be my bedroom from the get-go. One downside (or upside?) is I can’t sleep in past 7:30 a.m. because the sun drowns in through the windows. I’ve become quite the early riser since living here. I have a collection of unframed artwork that I’ve purchased in South America, New Orleans and thrift shops that I need to get framed. I plan on creating a colorful gallery above my bed that will be a perfect balance with all-white bedding. I’m also in the market for an area rug to provide a nice underfoot when I hop out of bed. Suggestions are welcome!

Kayla Kitts' Studio Bedroom Pillows

I’ve never had a duvet, let alone an all-white duvet before, so this is a treat. I also have a black cat that loves to snuggle on my white bedding, so that’s something I’ve just had to overlook. I’m not a matchy-matchy person, but I loved the minty concrete walls by the windows, so I decided to pull some of that color in through the sheets and ombre throw pillow.

Kayla Kitts' Studio Bedroom Storage

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I can’t stress enough how important front yard landscaping is. Maybe you’re interested in gaining curb appeal. Or, perhaps you simply want to make your home a place you love seeing when you pull in the driveway. Either way, the front yard is the place to start. So get to work and give your house a chance to make a great first impression.

front yard landscaping

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In my shared home, my bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s my sleeping quarters, my dressing room, my screening room and my library. It’s the perfect place to have a quiet moment to myself, and for this reason I have spent quite a bit of time making it a fun, peaceful place to relax. The color scheme in your bedroom most definitely plays a part in how the room can make you feel. For this reason, I chose light gray, white and yellow for a soft, calming feel. Maybe you’re more of a bright orange or deep red kind of person. These bedrooms from Designers’ Portfolio prove that any color can make a huge impact – so choose wisely.

bedroom color schemes

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I am in love with this sink. It reminds me of all the times I have been fumbling through my kitchen, trying to simultaneously flip whatever it is I’m frying, while also searching for the cutting board and balancing the colander. However, now I am considering those stressful times to be some-day things of the past. I mean, really, how will I be able to go through my entire life with a normal sink now that I know this amazing rotating sink exists? I won’t.

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On April 29, 2011, the world watched in awe as Prince William and Kate Middleton wed at Westminster Abbey. Everyone was excited to see the new Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, watch the procession to Buckingham Palace and, of course, see the balcony kiss between the two lovebirds. Sigh. Now, more than two years later, the world is waiting in anticipation for the birth of the royal baby. Questions are stirring: What’s the gender? What will he or she be named? And what does the nursery look like? (You know it’s just dripping with sophistication.) In anticipation for the upcoming day, here are some royal-inspired nursery designs fit for your little prince or princess.

ROYAL NURSERY DESIGNS

Dreamy Celebrity Nurseries

Dr. Phil’s granddaughter’s nursery | Photo courtesy of Petit Trésor

Dreamy Nursery Designs

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Dreamy Nursery Designs

Photo courtesy of PoshTots

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Some of you may not be able to take *that vacation you’ve been longing for this summer, but you can always go with Plan B — going on a faux vacation in your very own bedroom. I know it’s not like the real thing, but creating the right ambiance will make you feel just as relaxed as if you were at a modern, stylish and cozy hotel. Follow our easy tips to get the look:

Get Rid of the Ceiling Lighting
One of the main reasons your bedroom feels uninviting is the wrong type of lighting. Trade in the ceiling light for something more soothing like wall sconces. If that’s not enough light for you, pair them with table lamps or a floor lamp.

Bedroom Wall Sconces

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Craving the relaxation of a lush resort, complete with salt in your hair and sand in your toes? Summer has a way of making my thoughts vacation-consumed. Since an exotic resort isn’t exactly in my near future, I’m feeding the craving with photos of these gorgeous backyard getaways. Who needs a resort when you can have your own backyard escape (or pine after someone else’s)?

Water Park at Home

{for the water park fanatic}

Modern Pool Area
{for the modern pool-goer}

More Gorgeous Backyard Escapes

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Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and many of us are already thinking of ways to chill. If you decide to take a ‘mindcation’ for a few minutes (or hours) on Pinterest, be sure to pin with us. HGTV Pinterest is a hot spot for design inspiration, clever DIYs, creative entertaining ideas and more.

Our fans have been diving into dream backyards. This vacation landscape is a favorite among HGTV Pinterest pinners.

Swimming Pool Ideas from HGTV

Pinners also love this custom, party-ready deck.

Deck Design Favorite from HGTV Pinterest
Pinterest is a great source for some of the best DIY project ideas. For lazy summer days, see how to make this easy hanging daybed.

DIY Daybed for a Backyard or Porch

HGTV’s delicious cocktail recipes are popular on Pinterest. Try one of our favorite ice cold drinks, like this simple-to-make Moscow Mule.

Summer Cocktail Recipe: Moscow Mule

If your weekend plans include pinning ideas for summer, be sure to fill your boards with the best from HGTV and become a cool Pinterest taste maker.

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The bold color palette of Saguaro Palm Springs is the work of renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, of New York-based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture. The property has been infused with hues that reflect the indigenous flowers of the Southwestern desert.

This photo is pretty Pin-worthy, don’t you think?

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Colorful Saguaro Hotel of Palm Springs

The Saguaro Hotel on E. Palm Canyon Dr.

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There’s something about catching up on the morning news and drinking a cup of coffee in a kitchen nook that feels cozier than gathering around an expansive dining table. I mean, that’s the whole point of a kitchen nook, right? It’s supposed to be quaint, cozy and secluded, which, oftentimes, is exactly what you want when you crawl out of bed in the AM. A tiny corner or sliver of extra space is just the right amount of room to set up a small eating spot. Everyone needs that moment of their own before conquering the outside world each day. Why not steal that time in the comfort of your own kitchen?

Grab some inspiration from a few of our favorite designers who have mastered the art of the breakfast nook.

Cozy Breakfast Nooks at HGTV's Design BlogDesign by Brian Patrick Flynn

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this vibrant, coral space not only as a breakfast area, but as a work space and museum of sorts. Built-ins with lucite shelves allow this photographer’s vintage camera collection to be front and center.

Cozy Breakfast Nooks at HGTV's Design BlogDesign by Anisa Darnell

Designer Anisa Darnell wanted to keep the homeowners’ personalities at the forefront of this nook design. Eclectic styles are brought together through a neutral zebra-print banquette, bentwood chairs, Saarinen table, capiz chandelier and rustic, vintage wall art.

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I’ve always been a news junkie. I take time out every morning to read the headlines to learn what’s going on in the world. Frankly, I have no patience for anyone who isn’t up-to-date with world events. In my reading this morning, this “Trash Made Into Homes” story from CNN.com caught my eye. It’s a story that captures human ingenuity at its best!

Waste — what to do with it? It’s a worldwide problem that’s mounting. The city of Karachi, Pakistan produces ten thousand tons of waste every day. Much of that is non biodegradable and is burned or goes to landfills. But one local environmentalist thinks she has found the answer.

Nargis Latif is devoting her life to protecting the environment in the most over-populated city in Pakistan (Karachi). Her project, Gul Bahao, deals with two major issues — reducing waste and an increasing need for housing.

Gul Bahao works in conjunction with local factories to collect clean waste that they simply don’t need. The waste is then used to fill up large sacks (or bricks), which are then bound together to form structures. The homes are low in cost and put up in a matter of hours.

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The 43rd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Tuffeau Estate in Atlanta is open to the public now through May 12th. An array of the Southeast’s most brilliant designers have showcased their talents by transforming more than 30 design spaces in the estate into spectacular pieces of art.

If you are in the area in the coming weeks, this is a must-see destination. Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.

**All Photos Courtesy of Jeff Roffman Photography, LLC**

Decorators' Show House

Upstairs Master Bedroom Designed by Fernandez + True Interiors

Decorators' Show House

Butler’s Pantry Designed by Kellie Griffin Interiors, Inc.

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When the Design Happens crew first set our eyes on this gorgeous country wedding, it was love at first sight. Jenna and Andrew Lombardi exchanged vows on a 300-year-old Georgia farm, keeping the southern charm going with simple, nature-inspired touches like a wildflower bouquet, baby’s breath headpiece and lots of hay.

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I grew up in Seattle and as a result, I spent a lot of time playing in the rain. Parents, you can probably see where this is going: before my muddy feet could even touch the doorstep, my mother would send me directly to the shower.

Although my puddle-splashing days are [mostly] over, I’m still known to spend an hour in the shower after a storm. So instead of dreading those rainy days, use them as an excuse to relax – preferably in the comfort of one of these luxurious showers or bathtubs.

Susan Fredman Bathroom / Imperia Tub For Two / Stone Outdoor Shower
Bath Crashers Eco-Tub / Bath Crashers Spa Bathtub / Wooden Outdoor Shower

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The pressure’s on, and tensions are at an all-time high. These rooms are ready to face-off for the title of HGTV.com’s Best Room of the Year in our much more aesthetic, design-inspired take on March Madness. Since March 19, you’ve been voting for your favorite design for every room in the house. These, my friends, are the winners as determined by you! Now, vote for your favorite room from the selection below. I know — it’s overwhelming. But scroll slowly and pick the room that speaks to you the most. I know my pick (and I’ll reveal it on Tuesday). Cast your vote by choosing the corresponding letter (A through O) in the ballot below the image. Come back Tuesday to see if your pick won!

Want to take home a prize? Of course you do! Tell me in the comments why you chose the room you chose. One lucky winner will win an HGTV tote bag and this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine.

March Madness Finals: Vote For the Best Room of the Year on HGTV's Design Happens Blog

Head back Tuesday to see which gorgeous room won HGTV.com’s Best Room of the Year. Until then, don’t forget to cast your vote.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 11:00 a.m. ET on April 07, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 09, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $15. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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