"Dorm Room Decor" doesn't have to be an oxymoron.
Ahh, yes. It's that time of year again ... Wherever you go, it's all about The Dorm Room. Every major retailer is bombarding us with images and sales of items like compact refrigerators, hot plates, hideously bright accessories and the ever present design horror, the Bed In A Bag.
College kids, as a whole, have never been known to possess a keen interest in home decor or interior design. Duh! I have no problem with that and I totally get it. Passing grades and Dollar Beer Night far outweigh the allure of having an aesthetically pleasing space to live in. But here's the thing. Just because you're young and/or semi-broke doesn't mean you have to live like a slob. It doesn't mean you have to use a towel as a window treatment. And just for the record, Fraternity Chic is not a design style.
For some reason, over time the milk crate has become an acceptable piece of furniture among the college set. Most will attribute this to lack of funds, blah, blah, blah. Oh, please. You live in a home, not the basement of a bodega. That whole idea of living like pigs in college is so twenty years ago. We live in an age now where decent design at a great value is available to everyone. It doesn't matter whether you're attending Yale or a community college in Oklahoma City. We have the internet, Fedex and in most cases, free delivery.
A milk crate is not an end table. It's not cool, it's not hip. It's kind of gross and unquestionably tacky. Lose the milk crate, please. I'll even let your God awful 180 thread count Bed In A Bag slide if you just get yourself a grown up end table. You can afford it. If you can afford an IPhone, unlimited monthly tanning sessions and True Religion jeans, you can afford to lose the milk crate.
I truly believe that if your living surroundings are decorated, organized and clean you will lead a life that is more happy, productive and relaxed. Call me crazy, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I also believe that all great things start with one small step. So, for today that's where I'll begin-with just one thing. Today, it's all about the end table.
Here are a few of my suggestions..They are affordable, accessible and stylish.
Lak Table from Ikea $7.99
Mission Clear Side Table from Grandin Road $169.00 http://www.grandinroad.com
Twig Side Table from West Elm $119.99 http://www.westelm.com
Metropolitan End Table from Z Gallerie $199.99 http://www.zgallerie.com
And if you must use a crate, use this one..
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