DORM ROOM DECOR: KEEP IT COLORFUL

by Marisa Marcantonio

Make your dorm room a home away from home. Create an eclectic mix of color and pattern where you can crack the books in a style all your own. Here are some things to get you on your way, whether your tastes run bohemian, mod or trad.

Get off the wall with sugar- induced study breaks, and bag big game the eco - friendly way, with Anthropologie's Zebra Bust, made from used cement bags covered in pages taken from vintage French books.

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You must remember this... a sweet saying from Urban Outfitters.

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OMG! Tapestries are back! Why did I ever throw mine out? Probably because they did not smell so great. The Tree of Life print makes it au courant. Pick one up at Urban Outfitters, and just make sure you are not creating too much o of a fire hazard.

With a contemporary silhouette and bohemian patchwork upholstery, this chair from Urban Outfitters can transition easily from dorm room to first apartment.

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Plastic fantastic! The Pod can be a table or quick seat, from Urban Outfitters.

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Keep your precious text books all in one place with CB2's space saving Array bookcase. Instead of kicking them under the bed, you will be able to locate books before class starts.

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Modern and fun, Urban Outfitter's Circle Stack Mirror Hook can handle necklaces and scarves.

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Stash the term papers you are most proud of in striped storage boxes from Ikea.

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Create a space where friends want to come hang. The Dhurrie Pouf is on sale at West Elm, hurry and grab a few.
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If you have space to spare, this new West Elm Console Desk with side shelves in crisp white is the neo Parsons.

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Get rid of that stale wood chair they provide and replace it with a shiny pink one from Ikea.

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Maybe mod squad is more you. Flower power has never been so cute as this pillow from CB2.

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Burn the midnight oil with cheap and cheerful lighting by Target. The turquoise shade adds a punchy color to the industrial surroundings...

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Cuten up bare wall space by adding a classic wooden headboard decal from Urban Outfitters.

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Target's Room Essentials Bedding Collection is pretty sweet. Chrysanthemums in shades of pink and purple bring the garden inside.

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Fly away home with Dwell Studio's peacock - adorned duvet and shams.

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A bold all over floral pattern is happy and fun. Available online from Urban Outfitters.

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Your friends may wonder, "Oh did you find this great nightstand at a tag sale and repaint it yourself?" You wish. Only you will know for sure. From Urban Outfitters.

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There will be a place for everything and everything in it's place with Urban Outfitter's Wire Drop Shelf.

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For those in a cold climate with drafty windows, this adorable Pom Pom throw from West Elm is just the thing. Cozy and cute, for a nice price.

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So the days of wearing a sarong and caftan on the beach are over, but you can get your boho chic with this embroidered tassel Ikea pillow.
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Have dance parties on Anthropologie's funky Ends of The Earth Rug, flamingos and all.

IT'S BACK: MORE AMAZING JOHN DERIAN FOR TARGET

by Marisa Marcantonio

John Derian created an appreciation for olde world things like illustrations, charming scenes from days of yore, botanical studies, sweet sayings and sealife through his decoupage assortment of paperweights, plates, platters, lamps, desk accessories, wall hangings. He began his decoupage work in 1989, and since then, his empire of hand made accessories has grown, with two retail shops and now, his third collection for Target. The first one blew out of stores, and like this one, is available for a limited time. Taking classic design elements that were originally done on glass, they are recreated in melamine, ceramic and paper. I want just about everything in the collection, and love that the designs, stylistically, are true to the originals. Come September 5th, the frenzy will begin! The line will be available at select Target stores and Target.com. Save some for me....!


A Wooden Box in Blue Circle Marble paper, perfect for keeping an organized desk. Marbleized papers are oh so Italiano, and have a wonderful aged look.


Dinner Plates in Assorted Leaf prints, make great gifts for gardeners.


Salad Plates in Assorted Apple and Assorted Floral would look great in a wall arrangement.


The Three-Tier Tray in Dahlia would be great for showers and tea cakes. Pretty in pink.


The Small Square Tray in Flatware and Square Tray in Maze, one of my all time fave patterns.


A Cake Stand in Dahlia, again, great for a party and birthday, you can give it with the cake!


Ceramic Mugs in the Marble pattern are fantastic. Too bad I just got new mugs to complete my Home, James chinoiserie set. Christmas gifts!


A Wood Frame in Blue Lattice is super chic.


The House-Mouse Tray is so cute! I am just waiting for the mouse to cross the wide plank floor...


Storage Box in Blue and Brown Dotted Marble paper make great stationery storage and can be stacked looking terrific en masse. The price is sweeter than Il Papiro, that's for sure!


The 3-pc Mini Journal Set for quick jots and nice gifts.