LINEAR THINKING

by Marisa Marcantonio

Stripes are literally everywhere for spring. Available in varying thickness and color, add fashionable stripes to your wardrobe and your home. They have a happiness factor you cannot deny. Pack a visual punch and stripe it rich when the weather turns warm. Don't you want to earn your stripes?

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The Venezia Pavillion from Z Gallerie will transform your outdoor space into a Dorothy Draper inspired getaway.

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Marilyn Ballet Flats in black and white stripes with red accents from Pretty Ballerinas.

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The Lakehouse indoor outdoor rugs from Dash and Albert have a wide classic awning stripe that works in a variety of settings.

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The Kate Dress from Minnie Mortimer is a classic sailor shirt as dress.
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Brushstroke Bow Anabel is lacquered canvas from Kate Spade with a darling bow detail.

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Candy Shop Jeanette Dress is an easy shirt dress from Kate Spade.

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Black scallop stripe one piece swimsuit from Top Shop.

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Jot a note on a customized zig zag striped notepad from LA Plates.

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Urban Outfitter's Cabana Stripe Duvet Cover is a lot of bang for the buck in a wonderful peachy sorbet color.
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6" Hand painted Metal Ticking Stripe Chandelier Shade from Shades of Light is a way to add a striped element in a small dose.

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The Wycliff Chest with painted stripes lined in turquoise from Pier 1 is a way to make a big impact with stripes.

West Elm Striped Shower Curtain in citron shows stripes horizontally.

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Sunbrella Round Umbrella with stripes from Pottery Barn has thick stripes that look great.

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Land's End Classic Oxford Stripe Duvet Cover combines stripes of varying thickness, reminiscent of French textiles.

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A crisp blue and white vase from Target brings a little bit of seaside to your home.

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The stripe that started it all, from French purveyors of all things striped since 1850, Saint James. J. Crew carries their beloved Naval II Tee.

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Tribal Triangle Dessert Plates from West Elm have a painterly stripe.

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.