Dorm Room Derby

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Whether you’ve just got the letter you’ve been hoping for or you’re heading back for your senior year, making the most out of dorm living takes a little bit of work. While you might have to get creative, the results are worth the effort.

Freshmen, remember, you’re probably going to be sharing a single room with one person, or an apartment suite with as many as three or four other people, so while you can express your individual style, you can’t expect your dorm or apartment mates to share it. So check your school’s rules about what you can and can’t do in your space, and get ready to have some fun with the decoration. For returning students, try to refine your living style to reflect your comparatively more sophisticated, mature tastes.

Within the Rules
Dormitories are communal living spaces, and are governed by the rules of the institution as to what you are and are not allowed to use when furnishing and decorating your personal spaces. A few of the most common rules and some solutions are listed below:

Walls: No painting. No tacks, screws, or nails. No tape. No decals or contact paper. While a little white space never hurt anyone, your college is going to be paranoid about the integrity of its paint job. You may also be restricted from hanging curtains or tapestries unless they are flame retardant. Work around these limitations by using double sided adhesives to hang posters and art, or putting up a cork-board where you can hang your stuff with colorful pins. The sticky stuff comes in tabs and hangers, or small dime-sized dots up to 8″x10″ sheets.

4 Ways to Decorate With Neon Accents

By Bryn Huntpalmer

Neon has slowly made a comeback in the fashion industry and we are starting to see it pop up in home decor as well. The recent monochromatic and neutral or all-white home design trends lends itself nicely to incorporating fun pops of color and neon is about as fun as it gets. Here are our five favorite (and simple) ways to incorporate neon accents into your home.

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Spray Paint

When I think of decorating with neon accents (particularly DIY projects), I immediately think of all of the super cool neon shades of spray paint at the hardware store. Tape off the end of some chair or table legs and spray away!

Via Brit+Co

Feng Shui by Pun Yin

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To celebrate the Chinese new year (year of the sheep) we invited Feng Shui master Pun Yin to talk to ChicTip about authentic Feng Shui

1. What make a good feng shui house?
There are many criteria to consider a home good Feng Shui. The most important thing is sunlight, it should be able to penetrate into the home to release the (mental, emotional & energetic) stress of the occupant(s). The sunny spot should be in the gathering place like the family/living room area as well as the master bedroom.

The home should be decorated with the Five Elements representations through colors, themes & material that the energy flow of the home & the occupants calls for.