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How Our Creative Director Would Deck Out Her Dorm Room If She Could Do It All Over Again

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It’s been a while since I decorated a dorm room. Over a decade, in fact. And while at the time I felt pretty jazzed on my Ani DiFranco poster, ironic Charlie Brown sheets and myriad hippie-inspired tapestries, my design sensibilities have come a long way since my days in Middlebury, Vermont. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to tell you to go minimalist on your decor — that’s simply not my style. I love mixing tons of patterns and prints, but in a slightly more organized fashion that makes for a productive and happy living space. We’ve teamed up with Walmart to share my tips and tricks for creating a dream dorm room that you can actually afford.
If only I was still a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed college co-ed. I’d like to think I’m even more bright-eyed now though ;)

DIY Painted Rope Basket

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If I haven’t cautioned you about the addictive nature of sewing rope baskets, consider this your official warning. Once you start, you just can’t stop. All it takes is a foot on the pedal, and a hand to guide the rope through the sewing machine, to have a simple, yet chic, bag take shape. It’s a very satisfying experience which is why I have umpteen rope bags and baskets piled up in a corner of my office. So one night, as I was about to sit down to a glass of wine and an evening of Netflix, I suddenly had the urge to paint. But paint what? Baskets! An entire season of Stranger Things later, I had a trio of painted baskets with brightly hued patterns. And as expected, I can’t stop . . .


 You’ll need:
rope basket (tutorial found here)assorted acrylic paint1/4″ flat paint brush

Sew a rope basket using this tutorial and instead of stitching it with colored thread, use white or cream colored thread. When you’re ready to paint, squeeze large dollops of colored acrylic paint onto a disposable …