Living in a dorm for four years at Harding University, I developed strong skills in organizing small spaces. I have kept those sharp while living in New York City, and get to use them each summer when I do TV segments on dorm decor for Bed Bath & Beyond.
For every segment, several people from their local stores load enough furnishings for a dorm room into TV studios, and we build a "dorm room" on the sets. Sometimes, we even get to do location shoots on campus!
This week, I was excited to be back at "FOX & Friends" - setting up not one but two dorms rooms on their plaza in midtown Manhattan. After delivering a van filled with furniture, beds, bedding, decorative accessories, gadgets and other dorm furnishings several days in advance, my friends from Bed Bath & Beyond arrived shortly after 5 a.m. to build the set.
Just imagine doing this outside in thick humidity - and temperatures already well into the 80s even before the sun came up. (I'm just in this picture for show - they are doing all of work here).
While they did the heavy lifting of building the set, I spent some quality time in hair and makeup. (The blonde in the makeup chair behind me in the middle photo? Tanya Tucker.)
Meanwhile, back outside on the plaza, a few more snaps from my Instagram story from the morning:
More than two hours later - voilà! We're ready to roll. I wish we had many of these cute things to bling out my dorm room - most notably, the colorful bedding and faux-fur chair. Of course, the space you see below is much larger than any of my actual dorm rooms.
And we're live! Watch the full segment here.