Getting Campus Ready for Fall

After living in Manhattan for 22 years, living and working in small spaces comes pretty naturally to me.

If we buy something new, something else needs to go. When space is limited, that adage applies to a new pair of shoes, new coffee mugs, and sometimes, even something as simple as a box of cereal!

Each summer, I work with Bed Bath & Beyond - which is sponsoring these TV segments and this post - to share tips for making the most of limited space in student housing. Along with our daily life in Manhattan, doing these segments helps keep my small-space decorating skills sharp.

Dorm rooms are tiny, so finding a way to use every bit of precious space is a priority. These extra-deep underbed storage drawers enable you all of the space underneath a twin bed. Hanging organizers for the closet, backs of doors, and even around the base of the bed keep clothing, supplies, toiletries, and snacks in their place.

Mattresses in campus housing may not be the most comfortable, but you can do a lot to make them feel like home. A mattress protector that completely encloses the mattress is a great first layer, especially for people with allergies. I’m a big fan of this thick foam mattress topper as well. Two inches of memory foam make it comfy - plus it has a layer of cooling gel that is especially nice for dorm rooms. The anti-microbial (read: anti-odor) properties also make them perfect for the dorm room setting.

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To stay connected, wireless charging pads keep gadgets juiced up and ready to go. A cleverly-designed surge protector power strip with USB ports and rotating outlets allows you to use every outlet. For students who always need their phone close at hand, this shower tote even has a cell phone pocket!

To make it easy to get your stuff to college, Bed Bath & Beyond has a free Pack & Hold service that lets you shop at a store close to home, but pick up your order at the store close to college. I can personally attest to the genius of this, as I had so much stuff filling my parents’ van when I moved away to college that there was barely enough room for me to squeeze in. The service saves times and money, which often seem to be in short supply as the new school year begins.

Happy shopping!

Getting Campus Ready

For many years after graduating from college, I moved into progressively smaller spaces.

My first apartment was a 1,200 two-bedroom shared with a roommate.  I then moved on to a series of 900-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, and then into a 600-square-foot studio.  

Then, I moved to New York City - the land of 200-square-foot studio apartments.

We now occupy 700+ square feet - which feels like a veritable mansion to me.  But those small space decorating skills honed in college certainly paid off long after I finished my degree.  I still keep in practice every year working with Bed Bath & Beyond, which sponsors a series of television segments - and this post - featuring ideas for decorating dorm rooms that are both stylish and functional.

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Here are a few of the ideas I am sharing for them on TV segments this month:

You can find more items - and tons of ideas and inspiration for organizing tiny spaces - on Bed Bath & Beyond's college website.

 

Techie Holiday Gifts

If you follow this blog or my Instagram, you know that I rarely write much about tech items - mainly because so many other people do so. 

But that doesn't mean I don't love a good gadget, so when my producer at CBS Los Angeles asked me to put together a holiday tech gift guide for his show, I jumped at the chance!  As luck would have it, the segment was scheduled for opening day of "The Last Jedi" - so I set out to find a few fun Star Wars gifts to include with other items.

Like most other things I show on TV or write about here, I am all about things that are practical - stuff that is actually useful in everyday life - and not just flashy.   Here are a few items from today's segment, which was sponsored by the featured companies:    

Select Mini 3D Printer V2 from Monoprice

Photo from Monoprice

Photo from Monoprice

Photo from Verizon Wireless

Photo from Verizon Wireless

Photo from Office Depot

Photo from Office Depot

Photo from Bed Bath & Beyond

Photo from Bed Bath & Beyond

Holiday Tables: Bring on the Bling!

If you know me, you know I have a bit of an obsession with tablescapes and holiday decor.

I come by this honestly.  My mom loved to entertain, and was always prepared to host dinner for four or 40, even on short notice.  For our Thanksgiving dinner this evening, I will layer a tablecloth with beaded place mats, sequined charger plates, crystal stemware, and other bling - basically, as much as I can fit in and still have room for the roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower rice, homemade yeast rolls, and more!

So, I always get excited during the holiday season to showcase easy holiday table ideas on TV.  The super-talented designers I work with at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is sponsoring this post and segment, set up these gorgeous tables for a recent holiday segment I did at KCAL9 in Los Angeles.  You can take a look at the full segment here!

It's a Dog's Life

Scott and I love dogs.  During our frequent walks to Carl Schurz Park just down the street from our Upper East Side apartment, we always stop by the "small dog" run to watch the Boston terriers, French bulldogs, Yorkies, pugs, and chihuahuas, and other small breeds play.

Since we both travel so much for work, we haven't adopted any dogs yet.  But when the day finally comes that we can do so, we already know we will be those obsessive pet owners who spoil their dogs.

Of course, I fully anticipate that means I will be on the constant hunt for cool toys and, yes, clothes for our fur babies.  If we had dogs this year, this UGG dog bed I am showing for Bed Bath & Beyond on holiday TV segments would be at the top of my list.  You can even pick up their cozy dog sweaters - perfect for holiday photos!

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Sadly, my adorable TV "models" aren't real.  But you can find these stuffed toys from Melissa & Doug at Buy Buy Baby.

What are you getting your pets for the holiday?