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The time has arrived! It is back to school time. As many of you know, I have been working on a college dorm room project for my cousin Jewel. She asked if I would organize and decorate her college dorm room as she starts her first year of college. She is such a awesome young lady which makes me so proud. Of course I said a big fat YES! This was such an amazing process and we had so much fun putting the space together. I have several videos below where I share with you our entire process for planning, organizing and executing her successful move into her college dorm room. I hope you will enjoy following me on this journey!
In this video I take you on our journey of moving Jewel into her dorm room. This was such an exciting, productive and fun day! I hope you enjoy!
My goal for Jewel's dorm room was for it to be filled with comfort, color and inspiration. I wanted her to really be inspired while living in her college dorm room space. One way in which I added inspiration was by using this gold wall decal from uwdecals.com which will be easy for her to pull off the wall at the end of the school year without damaging the walls. The name of this specific decal is called "Be You" and I got Jewel's in the color metallic gold.
White and Gold Metallic Geometric Honeycomb Modern Pillow Cover -
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Monogram Throw Pillow Cover - Gold or Silver - Square Monogram Pillow Cover
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Denim Blue Duvet Cover-Handmade from 100% linen
Navy Blue White Pillow Covers, Decorative Pillows, Cushion Covers Premier Navy Blue White Geometric 14 x 14
Creative Faux Silk Solid Euro Sham / Pillow Cover 26 by 26 - Hot Pink
Lavender Scented Pillow
AmazonBasics Microfiber Sheet Set - Twin Extra-Long, Ivory White
Pinzon Basics Overfilled Ultra Soft Microplush Twin Extra-Long Mattress Pad
Jewel's dorm room is set up apartment style. They have a shared kitchen, living area and two bathrooms. There are four bedrooms so each young lady has their own room. It is really a nice set-up. In the kitchen, each young lady has their own cabinet. Here is the cabinet that I organized for Jewel. You can see my dorm kitchen haul video (below) to see all the wonderful items I purchased for her dorm kitchen on a budget.
One of the main areas in a dorm room is the desk area. This is where you study and organize your school materials. I wanted to ensure that Jewel had a desk space that would function perfectly for her. In the video below you can see the desk items that I have organized for Jewel's dorm space.
This desk was the perfect size and price for Jewel's dorm room. This is such an efficient desk. Worked our perfectly!
In this video I share with you the items that I used to organize Jewel's dorm room desk space. Enjoy!
So where did I start? I started with a plan! Many of you know that I always love to plan out my projects. This project was no different. I started with a written plan and moved forward from there. It made the process so simple. I also used bins to organize all of the items for the dorm room. Using bins is a awesome system to have when moving into the dorm (I learned this from my years of traveling with the military). I also labeled the bins using vinyl labels from Gibby's Crafty Gifts.
In this video I share with you my initial process of planning Jewel's dorm room. I hope you find it enjoyable and helpful.
I received some questions several times as it relates to Jewel's dorm room. I answered as many as possible, but do to the volume I was unable to answer each person. I thought putting the questions here could be helpful.
What did you do with the original dorm room furniture (desk, chair and chest)?
We stored the chest under the bed behind the storage cubes so that they are hidden. The desk and chair are in their dorm living room. Initially I also had this under the bed, but Jewel and her roommates decided they wanted to use the desk and chair in the living room space.
How did you raise Jewel's dorm room bed?
The bed in Jewel's dorm room is adjustable. We were able to lift it to make it into a loft style bed. If you do not have a bed that lifts you can purchase bed risers to give your bed a little lift.
Where is Jewel going to store all of her bed pillows at night when she goes to bed?
Jewel absolutely loves her abundance of bed pillows. They will stay in the bed with her. She will just throw them at the end of her bed.
Where does Jewel store her clothes?
I did not capture video footage of her closet, but her closet is right beside her bed. We were able to get all her clothes unpacked and organized in her closet. She also has two pink storage ottomans that store additional clothing. Thanks to Organizeit.com her closet is beautifully organized.
How did you hang the pictures on the wall without putting holes or damaging the walls?
I used the Command Damage-Free picture hangers. They worked great and come in different sizes to accommodate different weights.
Hi friends! I know you must be thinking that I am really enjoying my summer. Well I am! It has been a great summer filled with fun. I have also been doing some much needed work around my home. One project that I completed this summer was organizing my "Entertaining" closet. This is a space where I keep all of my items I use when entertaining guest. I am often asked where do I store all of the large items I use when I host dinner parties or have company. Today I share with you my newly organized space. I hope you will enjoy the video and have a wonderful day.
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to team up with the fabulous Peter Walsh. I have been a fan of Peter's for so many years. I remember watching him on TLC's Clean Sweep and being in awe of his top notch organization skills. He provided us even more exceptional tips on his television show Extreme Clutter on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). His home organizational tips are always sensible and on point. Peter is also a author of 5 best-selling books on organization (see links below).
So how did this collaboration come about? My friend Cas from the YouTube channel Organized Clutterbug has also been a huge fan of Peter's for a long time. Peter was looking to bring together our small community of organizers to team up to share our organizational tips in a series. Cas reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in being apart of this project. Of course my answer was a big fat YES!
The video below is our (Peter and I) collaboration video. I share with you some tips on double duty organizing for your living room space. Be sure to subscribe to Peter's YouTube channel because we have so much more in store for you. Have a beautiful weekend!
Today was a breakfast casserole kind of day. I love making this dish because you can tweak it so many ways. I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest from CookingClassy.com. You must give this a try. In the video below I share with you how I prepared this wonderful dish. Perfect for your summer breakfast and brunch meals. I hope you will enjoy!
As graduation season comes to an end, we are now moving into making plans for those college dorm rooms. I have received several request this week to share tips on planning, decorating and organizing dorm rooms. These request came at the perfect time! My cousin is getting ready to attend college this Fall and asked me to decorate and organize her dorm room. In the video below I share with you my first steps in getting this mission accomplished. I hope you enjoy the video.
I had such a wonderful time this weekend. My brother and his family came to visit which of course gave me the opportunity to put together a fun experience for them. I love making my family and friends feel special when they come to our home. With it being Spring I love to keep my menu simple, refreshing and fun. In the video below I share with you some entertaining quick tips that I used this weekend. I hope you enjoy!
I just love serving fresh fruit as side dishes for my Spring and Summer dinners. It always goes over so well with my guest. I also love that it is so simple to put together and can be prepared ahead of time.
Roasted sweet potatoes are so delicious. I have a quick recipe for preparing this yummy dish. I plan on doing a upcoming video sharing this recipe.
Our master bedroom is finally finished! My husband and I are so in love with our new bedroom. It is our dream room. We worked extremely hard to put this space together. It is so nice to finally be able to enjoy the completed space. We saved a lot of money by doing all of the work ourselves. My husband built an amazing built-in, which just makes the room so perfect for us. I hope you enjoy the video below where I share the before and after of the space. Enjoy!
It is no secret that I am a fan of anything monogrammed. It just gives such an elegant and personalized feel to your decor. While working on our master bedroom makeover, I decided to monogram the pillows on our settee to coordinate with the ottomans that I purchased at Home Goods. I love the end result and I share my process with you in the video below. The monogram size that I have are 4 inches, but you can order them in a variety of sizes. Just be sure that you specify that you would like a iron-on monogram. You can order them from Gibby's Craft Gifts Facebook page (click link below). Simply leave them a message on their Facebook page of what you want and they will create your order. This is such a easy DIY project. I hope you enjoy the video!
I must say that I am a true lover of great recipes that are simple to put together and totally delicious. I have been on the hunt via Pinterest trying to find the best and quick Spring eats. Of course Pinterest did not disappoint. I have been enjoying my new recipe finds which I share with you in my current video (which is below). I hope you enjoy!
3 Large Croissants
1 c. of fresh or frozen blueberries
1 8oz. package of cream cheese (softened)
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Break croissants into approximately two inch pieces and place into a 9 inch square baking dish.
Sprinkle blueberries over croissants.
In a mixer, add cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
Slowly incorporate milk.
Pour mixture over croissants and blueberries.
Let sit for 20 minutes.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cover with foil if the top is browned during the last 10 minute.
1 can of large pitted black olives
4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
a pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. of fresh chopped basil
1/2 Tsp. minced garlic
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
Drain and place olives in a bowl.
Add salt, chopped basil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes and stir.
Add balsamic vinegar and stir.
Add olive oil and stir.
1 package of frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
1 cup of pesto
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper
On a floured surface lay out one sheet of puff pastry.
Spread pesto over entire puff pastry sheet. Be sure to not spread too thick.
Lay the second pastry puff sheet on top of the pesto.
Slice into long strips and twist.
Lightly brush each twist with the whisked egg.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese over twist.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
My Spring handbag is here! By the time a new season starts I am so excited to switch out my handbags. This Spring I made a huge decision to attempt to carry a smaller handbag. For those who know me, I always love my large handbags. I have carried larger handbags for years. This season I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could organize a smaller bag that functions just as well as my larger bags. In the video below I share with you my new handbag along with how I have it organized.
The bag that I am carrying this Spring is the Hobo Joann clutch from Hobobags.com. I love the carmel color with the combination with the teal Ralph Lauren wallet. This is a perfect combination for the Spring season. I got the Hobo clutch and Ralph Lauren wallets for a fraction of the price at Marshall's.
Christian women. If images of the Women’s Institute, tweed, and coffee mornings spring to mind, then it’s time to think again. Parties, men, careers, friends - life can be pretty demanding for the modern woman. But what if you’re Christian, too - or at least a little bit curious about this "God" figure you hear so much about? Surely you can’t have a fun Saturday night and turn up to church the following morning as well? Religion just doesn’t fit into a modern girl’s life, right?
As effervescent as chilled champagne and as comforting as a tray of Belgian chocolates - welcome to Heaven in Your Handbag, a whole new take on Christianity for the hard-working, dance all night but still morally upright chick about town. Mazzi Binaisa, who admits to being partial to both of the above, takes you through the typical challenges modern women face in four snappy and savvy chapters: You, Love, Work, and Friends. Mazzi mixes vivid testimonies, surprising new angles on familiar biblical texts, along with smart advice on how to escape the disaster date. And she shares her greatest discovery - that we are all invited to enjoy a love affair that is richer and more fulfilling and fun than any other.
Welcome to At Home With Nikki! My name is Nikki and I am so happy you have made it to my blog. Along with being a mom and wife, my home is my passion and pride. I love organizing and decorating my home to make my family comfortable and happy. After several years traveling around the United States and overseas my husband and I have finally settled in the beautiful area of Charleston, South Carolina. I hope that you will enjoy my blog and join me on my journey around my home.
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