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.

 

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!

On-the-Air: Denver

One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I get to do segments with super-nice, super-fun people like Kathie Jay at Colorado's "Everyday" show!

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One look at our recent segment on Halloween treats, and you'll see why!  She has such amazing energy - and even makes a great save when that pumpkin bouquet almost took a flying leap off the table.

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Check out the full segment here!

You can check out this post for more details on the items from the companies that sponsored this segment.

On-the-Air: Los Angeles

Fall always inspires me to do a little redecorating, even if it is just moving around pictures, editing the bookshelves, or picking up a few new colorful throw pillows.

This year, we actually went a step further and repainted our bathroom, along with replacing the bathroom vanity and sink.  That may not sound like a big job to you, but when you live in New York City, even a tiny project like this requires mountains of paperwork to get everything approved by the co-op board to ensure there is no damage to building.  More on that another time, although it's a process we really don't mind because it protects our home from possible damage from construction in other apartments as well.

To kick off the season, I shared a few quick, easy, and affordable tips for sprucing up your home for fall at CBS Los Angeles.  You can check out the full clip below.

Watch Me Sunday on "FOX & Friends"

If you're up early this Sunday, please tune in for my segment on "FOX & Friends."  Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and watch us take over the FOX News plaza in midtown Manhattan with all of the latest gear for college dorm rooms.  

I am scheduled to be on the show between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET (that's 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. CT), but that time can always shift due to breaking news.  If you don't see me right way, please stick around for a bit - or just set your DVR.

If you want to get a extensive look behind-the-scenes of the show, please follow along on my Instagram stories.

See you in the morning!