One’s personal style and fashion choices say a lot about them. The same can be said for one’s apartment or dorm. Especially in somewhere as personal as your home, each detail and decorating decision gives your guests a glimpse into who you are as a person.
To celebrate #TheNewCF, CollegeFashionista’s Founder and Creative Director, Amy Levin, invites you, our readers, into her TriBeCa apartment to give you all a glimpse of how this Fashionista spends her time away from the office. With pops of bold colors and utilizing her enviable wardrobe as art, Levin gives new meaning to the idea of “living and breathing fashion.”
Take a look at some of the images we captured as we caught up with Levin about must-haves for any Fashionista’s dorm or apartment and how her design aesthetic differs from her personal style.
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your own personal decor style?
Amy Levin: My decor style has similarities to my personal style; but with decor, I definitely experiment a lot more. My personal fashion choices tend to be minimalistic, consisting of neutral colors (black, gray, white and cream on repeat). In my apartment, I play with pops of color, pattern and mixing very modern items with vintage inspired pieces.
CF: What catches your eye when you enter a person’s space?
AL: The little details. This summer I spent a weekend at a friend’s newly designed home in the Hamptons. The entire weekend I was obsessed with analyzing the little details my friend put into her space, such as the oversized door handle on the front door and the checkered tile placed on their outside patio. Of course, the art and furniture were amazing. But what was super special to me was the attention to minor things that can really complete a space’s feel.
CF: Do you feel your space decor plays a key role in your energy and attitude?
AL: One hundred percent. NYC is totally insane and my apartment is my sacred space where I can unwind and take my mind off all the stimulation that happens in any given day. I need my space to be comfortable and cozy but also immaculately clean. And I love, love when my fridge is stocked with all my favorite drinks, fruit and snacks. It adds to my overall “zen” in my home.
CF: Do you find that living in different cities has had an effect on your decor style?
AL: I feel extremely fortunate to have lived in London, LA, New York and Chicago. Each city has added to my overall life experience and has definitely influenced my fashion sense as well as my decor style. I have items from each city I have collected along the way that are infused into my apartment and remind me of all the memories I have experienced in my 20s.
CF: What are five essentials all Fashionistas/os must have their dorm this back-to-school season?
AL: 1. A cool throw blanket to curl up in when studying or relaxing with friends. 2. A vase for flowers—it’s a total mood lifter and something I always have had in my spaces. 3. Extra pillow cases to change frequently to keep your face as clean as possible. 4. A dry erase board. Classes will get overwhelming as will your social life. Being able to write things out and see them in front of you is super helpful to stay on top of everything. 5. Something that reminds you of home. Whether it be a picture of your family, your baby blanket (I still sleep with mine) or a flag from your high school. Nothing is better or more comforting then a reminder of where you came from.