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Style Guide: Study Room Design Ideas

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Every young person needs a place that is quiet and conducive to good study habits. A study room is the perfect place of solitude, if you have the necessary space.

Hillsdale Cody Desk with Hutch in White

Hillsdale Cody Desk with Hutch in White

This simple contemporary desk by Hillsdale is a great little work station. The center drawer is the perfect place to store the laptop or iPad, while the two drawers in the hutch are the perfect place for spare writing or art supplies.

Lea Haley Wood Frame Desk Chair in White Finish

Lea Haley Wood Frame Desk Chair in White Finish

A great addition to keep the room clean and simple is this desk chair by Lea. The wide planked ladder back gives your child’s back a good support system when seated at the desk doing homework. Add a plush seat cushion that matches your storage ottoman to give your child’s bum a little extra support, as well.

Home Styles Naples Storage Daybed

Home Styles Naples Storage Daybed

The daybed is an optional piece of furniture. A cozy day bed is a great addition to the study room for those late-night cram sessions. It also offers up a secondary place to sit while reading a book for English Lit.

Office Star Metro Vinyl Storage Ottoman in Green

Office Star Metro Vinyl Storage Ottoman in Green

The storage ottoman is the perfect way to add a splash of color to the room without having to add a whole mess of paint. This seating place (or snack tray resting spot) is also available in pink, light blue, and white. Add bedding with accent colors in shades of green and black blended with white to unify the look of your study room.

Trunk Tables for College

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The super cool thing with a storage trunk table is that your college-bound student can use it as their coffee or cocktail table in their college apartment. Most dorm rooms are quite limited in space so it’s smart to choose a few extra storage pieces. Our top three favorites will give you a good place to start your journey.

Hooker Furniture Seven Seas Lift Top Floral Cocktail Trunk

Hooker Furniture Seven Seas Lift Top Floral Cocktail Trunk

The faint floral pattern on Hooker Furniture’s trunk will be a beautiful addition to your daughter’s first apartment.

Pulaski Accents Rustic Chic Cocktail Table in Brady

Pulaski Accents Rustic Chic Cocktail Table in Brady

This trunk by Pulaski screams world traveller. The delicate handwritten motif adds some balance to the tough nailhead trim detail.

Holly & Martin Yorkshire Storage Cocktail Table in Espresso

Holly & Martin Yorkshire Storage Cocktail Table in Espresso

The very simple look of Holly & Martin’s storage trunk will be a hit with everyone. The nail stud accents and antique bronze finish set atop the black frame will make any sorority or fraternity home feel luxurious.

If none of our three favorites will suit your teen’s taste, there are many more from these same three brands that you can choose from at Cymax.

How to Decorate Your Dorm Room

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The coming of a new school years means it’s also time to get your dorm in tip top shape. Arriving on campus early and getting your nest together means you can spend most of your spare time this fall studying. Your dorm room needs to be comfortable for both sleep and study. Creating a space that you want to spend time is a great way to settle into your home for the next eight months.

Many dorm rooms come equipped with a small bed and/or desk already. But some do not so make sure you check ahead so that there is plenty of time to get your order together. If you are renting a small apartment near to campus, you will definitely need to buy all the furniture you need for comfortable sleeping, eating and studying.

Techni Mobili 3 Positions Convertible Upholstered Futon Sofa in Chocolate

Techni Mobili 3 Positions Convertible Upholstered Futon Sofa in Chocolate

Whether you are looking for a place to sleep or you are just lucky enough to have some extra space in your suite, a futon is the classic choice for both dorm and small apartment living. During the day it’s the perfect spot to get some reading done while at night it folds down into a comfy bed.

Techni Mobili Super Storage Computer Desk in Chocolate Finish
Techni Mobili Super Storage Computer Desk in Chocolate Finish

Office Star SPACE Collection: Air Grid Deluxe Task Chair in Black

Office Star SPACE Collection: Air Grid Deluxe Task Chair in Black

Besides the bed, a desk is an important element to include in your dorm room. A small computer desk creates plenty of room for projects as well as for your laptop. Keep your textbooks and notebooks stashed away on the hutch.

A computer stand or laptop tray is another brilliant idea for dorm life. Housing your printer on a stand next to ample paper and ink means that you won’t be making a last minute trek to Kinko’s right before a big project is due.

Altra Furniture 4-bin Storage System in Gray and White Chevron pattern

Altra Furniture 4-bin Storage System in Gray and White Chevron pattern

Storage is always at a premium in a dorm so make sure you have some basic storage pieces before you go. A cute and practical storage tower like this one adds style with plenty of space for your school supplies.

Eurostyle Lalla Lamp in Purple

Eurostyle Lalla Lamp in Purple

Decor items that are always popular for dorms include cozy rugs and pillows, curtains and poster frames (use blue sticky tacky to make sure you dont’ leave any holes!). Lighting is another crucial element for dorm life. A mini-chandelier adds a funky touch while a reading lamp creates a bright space for doing work during those late night cram sessions.

Trendy Teen Bedrooms with Bunk Beds

Friday, September 16th, 2011

A new school year brings new energy and we know your youth or teen might be itching to give their space a makeover. But we also know that what makes a teen bedroom so unique is the use of color. In bold or soft tones, your teen’s favorite colors may be making an appearance in your home soon.

So before your young decorator makes too much of a splash, we’ve got a few ideas to help you sate their style and create a look you can live with. To start, consider bunk beds, either to accommodate a friend overnight, or to create a playful look with a loft bunk frame.

We recommend the many styles and finishes of Lea Furniture. Their products are known for high quality, moderately priced. Lea bunk beds are available in many of their youth collections, with options like storage drawers and trundle beds.  Lea bunk bed bedroom sets are a great way to update a whole room with one purchase. Or choose a bunk from one collection and add other Lea desks, dressers, and nightstands, building your room à la carte.


Bold Rockin’ Brights

Lea My Style Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed 6 Piece Bedroom Set

Lea My Style Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed 6 Piece Bedroom Set


Lea My Style 6 Drawer Double Dresser

Lea My Style 6 Drawer Double Dresser


Lea My Style Nightstand

Lea My Style Nightstand


Soft Soothing Pastels

Lea Spring Garden Twin Low Loft Bed

Lea Spring Garden Twin Low Loft Bed


Lea Seaside Dreams 9 Drawer Double Bureau Dresser

Lea Seaside Dreams 9 Drawer Double Bureau Dresser


Lea Seaside Dreams Nightstand

Lea Seaside Dreams Nightstand


Sleek Modern Style for Students

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Anyone hoping to start off the school year with a fresh modern style will love the Eurostyle pieces we’re about to show you from ITALMODERN.

Ideal for older students, this furniture fits well in minimalist décors and is versatile enough to adapt to different interiors, move after move. They’re surprisingly affordable too, for student budgets that don’t have a lot of wiggle room.

For larger modern furniture budgets, anyone from young professionals to mature minimalists will enjoy Eurostyle office furniture as well. Browse their broad selection of contemporary glass, chrome, black, and white furnishings, available in many more designs to suit your particular taste.


Zaki Glass Top Computer Cart

Eurostyle Zaki Glass Top Computer Cart


Myra Mesh Office Chair

Eurostyle Myra Mesh Office Chair


Marko 3 Shelf Storage Unit in Aluminum

Eurostyle Marko 3 Shelf Storage Unit in Aluminum


Edsel Low Metal Mobile 3 Drawer File Cabinet

Eurostyle Edsel Low Metal Mobile 3 Drawer File Cabinet

Teen Trends and More Youth Furniture from Powell

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Getting older students ready for a new school year becomes less about supplies and more about their study space. At the high school and college level, the student in your life is probably not too worried about what their notepads and binders look like. But having an organized desk? Or the right task chair? Those are the products to focus on this fall.

We recommend browsing some of the popular youth collections from Powell Furniture. These pieces achieve high quality in both form and function, helping you to create a space any student will want to hang out in often.


Teen Trends Collection

 Powell Furniture Teen Trends Full Loft Study Bunk Bed

 Powell Furniture Teen Trends Red Home Storage Kids Locker Closet Organizer

 Powell Furniture Teen Trends Chrome Plated Desk Chair with White Vinyl


Monster Collection

 Powell Furniture Monster Bedroom Twin Study Metal Loft Bunk Bed In Grey Finish

 Powell Furniture Monster Bedroom Mobile Storage Unit

 Powell Furniture Monster Bedroom Swivel Desk Chair



Z-Bedroom Full Size Study Metal Loft Bunk Bed

 Powell Furniture Z-Bedroom Full Size Study Metal Loft Bunk Bed in Powder-Coat Black Finish


Rock & Roll Cube Desk

 Powell Rock & Roll Cube Desk

Bookcase Headboards for Back to School

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Do you have a high school or college student at home? If so, a little extra organization could be in order this fall. A simple headboard change can add extra shelving to even the smallest space.

Coaster Herbert Twin Bookcase Headboard in Light Natural Oak

 Coaster Herbert Twin Bookcase Headboard in Light Natural Oak


Bookcase headboards are ideal for teen rooms and dorm rooms where keeping a messy bedroom tidy is more important than ever. Choose a taller 2-tiered design for maximum storage.


Prepac Slant-Back Espresso Tall Queen/Double Bookcase Headboard

 Prepac Slant-Back Espresso Tall Queen/Double Bookcase Headboard


Choose one of the many headboards for full size beds for your teen’s room, to get practical storage sized just right for your highschooler.


Nexera Topolino Bookcase Storage Headboard in Truffle and Ivory Finish

 Nexera Topolino Bookcase Storage Headboard in Truffle and Ivory Finish


For your college student, headboards for queen size beds might be a better solution as your son or daughter has probably opted for a larger bed at this point.


South Shore Breakwater Full / Queen Bookcase Headboard in Pure Black Finish

 South Shore Breakwater Full / Queen Bookcase Headboard in Pure Black Finish


Make sure the student in your life has the storage and shelving space to stay organized so that books are always visible and within easy reach.

Shop online now to ensure you’ve got your headboard for a queen or full size bed in plenty of time for the next school year.

Back to School Bags

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Back to School Special: Bags, Backpacks, Wallets and Laptop Cases

Now that school is just around the corner, if you happen to be going back in the fall, or you have children that will be, you may need to replace a beaten and worn backpack or invest in a new laptop case for college. No matter what kind of bag or bag accessory you’re looking for, has exactly what you’re looking for when school rolls around! Take a look at these funky, youthful options for back to school:

The number one feature you should look for in a backpack? Comfort! Thankfully, modern day backpacks can be both stylish and comfortable. How do you determine what style of backpack you need? It all depends on what you’ll be carrying. For example, if you plan to have a selection of textbooks, notebooks, plus your laptop in your backpack, you’ll need a backpack with lumbar (lower back) support and possibly wheels and a handle if it gets too heavy to carry on your back. Check out the following examples of different backpacks:

Travelers Club Adventure 18 Inch Rolling Backpack
To relieve stress off your back, try a rolling backpack. Like a suitcase, they feature rolling castors and a pull-out handle to easily transport an extremely heavy load around.

California Pak S Curve 18" Lightweight Backpack
Backpack straps with an “S” shape to them are ergonomically designed to evenly distribute weight throughout your shoulders and back, reducing pressure.

Samsonite Los Angeles Backpack
Most backpacks made today feature padded handles, back panels, and shoulder straps to reduce pressure in the shoulders and back. Padding is essential for elementary/high school students who go to school five times a week and need a comfortable backpack.

Olympia Academy Backpack
If your backpack contents vary throughout the day, why not try an expandable option? They normally have front panels that zipper open to allow more room inside.

Sumdex Decode Print Design 15" Backpack
If you’ve got a laptop, it should have its own compartment in your backpack to keep it separated and safe from other items.

Messenger Bags
Once made just for bike messengers, the messenger bag is now considered a stylish way to tote around your belongings. When wearing a messenger bag, it’s important to make sure you have the strap diagonally across your chest, instead of hanging off one shoulder. If it’s constantly being slung from your shoulder, you have the potential to negatively impact your spine.

Sumdex Alti-Pac Laptop Messenger
Laptops are ideal fits for messenger bags, because they have a bigger compartment to slide into. Look for bags with plenty of pockets and separation to set apart your laptop.

Winn International Messenger Pro Messenger Bag
For a durable bag that’s super stylish, try a leather messenger back. It will last and last, as long as you take care of it properly, and black leather never goes out of fashion.

Sumdex MSB Medium Messenger
To protect the inside of your bag from water damage, a water-repellent shell will shield your items from the rain and other elements.

Laptop Cases
If a slot in your backpack or messenger back isn’t enough to protect your expensive laptop, or you just want to carry it by itself, a laptop case is a good idea. It further protects your laptop from any damage, using polyester or polycarbonate lining that protects it from moisture or impact. Cases can be lines with memory foam or air pockets to reduce pressure on contact. Make sure you know the measurements of your computer to find a laptop case that matches its size. Check out these different sized options from Sumdex Inc.:

Sumdex ImpactGuard 12" Computer Sleeve

Sumdex Impulse Fashion Place 13" Compufolio

Sumdex NeoMetro Transit II

Sumdex DigiPod 15.4" Compact Computer Sleeve

Sumdex ImpactGuard 17" Computer Sleeve

The first thing you should consider when finding a new wallet is what you’ll be putting in it. Do you have a lot of cards? Find a wallet with plenty of card slots to accommodate the ones you have. Do you always have change on you? Look for a wallet with a large change slot. The material of the wallet should be as strong as possible. Wallets have the potential to get worn easily, so don’t settle for a wallet made from cheap material.

Bi-Fold (Compact)
Moonsus Signature Large Compact Wallet in Mocha
With more room for cards, bills, and coins, bi-fold wallets that fold horizontally will not only store everything, but keep your bills unfolded as well. However, they are not as small as other wallets, so you’ll most likely not be able to keep it in your pocket.

Bi-Fold (Hipster)
Winn International High Polished Cowhide Aniline Leather Pass Case Wallet
If you want a compacted wallet that folds outwards, try a bi-fold wallet that goes width wise, called a hipster. If you don’t mind your cash being folded in half, and less change space, you can go with a hipster. It will definitely be able to fit in your pocket.

Wildkin Polka Dots Wallet
The most compact of wallets, tri-folds are normally constructed of durable polyester or nylon that’s built to take the constant folding. If you don’t normally carry change and only have a few cards, this is the option for you.

Sorry for the missing back to school bags pictures but I will update that soon!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva

Dorm Decor

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Fun and Funky Dorm Room Decor

Why would you want your dorm room to look stiff and boring? Your dorm room should be a representation of you – when you have guests in your room, you want to show off your unique personality in your dorm’s decor design. Making it as fun and funky as possible not only keeps things amusing while you decorate, it will make you want to come home to your dorm and spend time there because of its positive vibe.

Here are some unique pieces for your dorm room that will really make you smile:


Black Futon Featuring a front-loading mechanism so you won’t have to move it away from the wall, the Strata Furniture Carriage Lambton Black Futon is easy to convert to a bed – and is visually appealing too, with its black finish and woven-arm look.

Wood Futon Frame If you’d prefer an armless model, try the Night and Day Furniture Eureka Rosewood Cherry Wood Futon Frame. The rich red in the cherry wood finish is a twist on the normal, standard brown wood finishing.

Bifold Futon The sleek and modern look of the Lifestyle Solutions Fashion Hardwood Barbados Convertible Bifold Futon will give your dorm room a fashionable look. It also has built in storage for books or magazines.

Retro Futon Have some fun with the Homelegance Upholstered Convertible Retro Futon in Violet Red. Upholstered in soft, smooth microfiber, this futon has comfort and style written all over it.



Duvet Cover Set Manor Hill offers a selection of bright and bold bedding that will suit a funky dorm room. The Branches Mini Duvet Cover Set in Spice Red will definitely attract attention with its deep red colour and contrasting white branch pattern,

Manor Hill Duvet Cover while the black and white Manor Hill Duvet Cover Set in Black has a geometrical, retro-inspired look to it.

Flower Duvet Cover Or, you can try different styles from Nygard. Their Home Batik Flower Duvet Cover has a unique colour combination of aqua and brown, as well as a gorgeous flower pattern.

Dorm Bedding The Dorm Bedding from Home Chelsea Duvet Cover combines dark chocolate and white for a bold duvet cover that will surely get noticed.


Bean Bags

Microsuede Bean Bag Chair Why not add some extra seating to your room with bean bags? The Jaxx Pillow Sac Microsuede Bean Bag Chair is super soft and comfy, and makes a great spot for guests to hang out. You can even sit down, relax, and study your textbooks on it.

Oversized Beanbag Chair Choose from seven different colour finishes with the Extra Large Oversized Beanbag Chair – you’ll get a customized look and a super soft place to sit with memory foam!

Funky Beanbag Chair The uniquely designed Sitting Bull Fashion Bag Wave Funky Bean Bag Chair is guaranteed to make a fashion statement in your dorm room!

Large Beanbag Chair Remember what it was like to be a kid with the Ace Bayou Large Bean Bag Chair in Shiny Purple. The vinyl upholstery is shiny, youthful, and easy to clean, which is a bonus!



Light Spheres Although Davya International has made these lights for the outdoors, how cool would they look in your dorm room? Their 8 Globe Light Spheres can be hung around your ceiling trim,

String Lights or you can string their String Lights around your door or window frame.

Contemporary Lighting Another option is to add some track lighting to your dorm’s ceiling. ELK Lighting has some really funky examples, such as the Milan Vertical Ascending Pendant Track, with its blue marble glass shade.

Elk Lighting You can also try the Mela Vertical Ascending Pendant Track with lantern-shaped shades in green and orange.

Don’t be afraid to show off your personality in your dorm room! Need help, tight dorm decor budget let me know I can help you pick the perfect decor!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva 

Dorm Room Design

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Cheap Dorm Room Designs

Whether you’re attending college or university, you’re going to be spending about two thirds of your year in your own dorm room. You need a Dorm Room Design that is practical, cheap and expresses who you are!

It should be a place for you to relax, study, and entertain – just like your bedroom at home.

Of course, you have a much smaller space to work with, and a student’s budget, so the idea of decorating your dorm room may seem challenging – especially if you have a roommate.

Just remember to get together with your roommate before you move in and decide on a design style together.

You can design your dorm room with inexpensive, yet fun & funky pieces if you get creative and think outside the box!

The first piece to consider is your sleeping space – what kind of bed should you choose for your dorm room? If you like the idea of a couch by day and a bed by night, you can opt for a futon or a convertible bed.

Cheap Futon The Elite Products – Mali-Flex Futon Frame and Mattress Set in Coal-Pewter futon comes with its own mattress and its arms fold out to transform from a loveseat to a bed. For something with a little more flair,

Convertible Futon try the Lifestyle Solutions Fashion Hardwood Dio Convertible Futon in Java. The unique horizontal slats in the arms make the futon a cool focal point. A convertible bed is different from a futon simply because of its folding method – they normally have a click-clack function that moves them into a sleeping position.

Contemporary Futon The Lifestyle Solutions Casual Convertibles Capitola Sofa Bed has a neat modern shape and comes in three different colours.

Modern Futon You can also select the Homelegance Upholstered Convertible Sleeper Sofa Futon in Violet Red for a modern look in your dorm room.

Study Desk Loft Bunk Bed Another sleeping space option is a funky loft bed. The Powell Monster Bedroom® Twin Study Loft Bunk Bed raises your bed up high and gives you space underneath for a desk or media center – it’s an awesome space saver!

Once you choose a piece for your dorm room to sleep on, you’ll need some dorm bedding that reflects your personal style.

If you’re going to have a futon in your room, you may want to consider a futon cover. They come in so many colours, patterns, and textures, so you won’t have a problem expressing your design style.

Tiffany Futon Cover Try the SIS Covers Tiffany Futon Cover,

Black Futon Cover the Elite L.X.E. Coal & Royalty Slip Cover,

Navy Blue Futon Cover or the Lifestyle Solutions Navy Futon Cover to make a bold statement with your futon.

Asian Pattern Duvet Cover Another way to stand out is by using a fashionable duvet. The Daniadown Tokyo Duvet Cover

Floral Duvet Cover or the Nygård Home Ascot Duvet Cover are great options for giving a fun design aspect to your dorm room.

Decorate your sleeping space with a few throw pillows – it will keep things comfy and stylish at the same time.

Boudoir Pillow The Mystic Valley Traders Cafe Aqua Boudoir Pillow,

Neck Pillow Mystic Valley Traders Cafe Cherry Neckroll Pillow, or

Rolled Round Pillow Mystic Valley Traders Arboretum Sprout Bolster Pillow allow you to spruce up your dorm room on a budget.

Next, you’ll want to focus on storage space. Space is obviously tight in dorm rooms, so it’s essential for you to use every inch of room for your items.

Rolling Clothes Rack Make use of your closet with the Organize It All Chrome Garment Rolling Rack Laundry Centerit can easily be rolled out of your closet at any time, and has three separate hampers for your laundry, so it will be easier to get your clothes cleaned.

Closet Organizer You can also store the Organize It All Concord 3 Tier Storage Closet Organizer Cart in your closet and use the drawers for clothes, makeup, toiletries, or shoes. If you want to make use of your corner space,

Storage Shelf the Organize It All Devant Three Tier Corner Closet Organizer in Silver fits there easily and is a great place for your books, movies, or CDs. Make use of your wall space

Coat Rack Hook and install the Safco PanelMate® Wall Coat Rack Hook (Set of 6) – you can use it for jackets, scarves, or towels.

Your dorm room workspace is one of the most important features in your dorm room – you’re going to need a functional place to do homework and study for exams.

Computer Workstation The Safco MÜV Extra Wide Workstation in Medium Oak has three racks for holding your laptop and any other study tools.

Cherry Student Dorm Desk The Leda Student Desk with Student Chair in Medium cherry is even smaller and takes up less space.

College Dorm Size Desk Another option is the stylish Mylex Furniture Metal and Wood Student Desk.

Ergonmic Office Chair You don’t want your office chair to take up a lot of precious space in your dorm room, so any armless options such as the Boss Office Products Adjustable Black Leather Deluxe Posture Chair,

Armless Office Chair Offices to Go Armless Task Chair, or the OFM Vinyl Computer Posture Task Chair will take up less room.

You’ll want to keep things organized in your workspace, so consider putting up a cork board or dry erase board.

Cork Board The Spartak Cork Board

Dry Erase Board or the Safco Clear Acrylic Dry Erase Board (Set of 5) are handy for putting up notes, writing down your schedule, or displaying pictures or ticket stubs.

Finally, it’s time to decorate! Adding fun accessories to your dorm really sets it apart from the other rooms.

Faux Leopard Skin Rug Throw down an accent rug like the Fun Rugs Supreme Collection Leopard Skin Rug,

Black Light put up a funky modern wall light Kenroy Home Burst Black Finish 1 Light Small Round Wall Lantern,

Drapes and hang up some patterned drapes Kathy Ireland Home by Thank You Baby The Sweetie Blue Dots Drapes.

Just because your living space is temporary doesn’t mean it has to be boring and generic!

Infuse your personality into your dorm room design, so when you invite your new friends over to hang out, they get to see the real you carried out in your room’s style.

Need help decorating your dorm room,  just send me your budget, dorm room dimensions and design style and lets see what we can come up with!

Nicolette Interior Design Diva