Melissa Levin: How did the idea for CollegeDormista come to be? And Amy why did you decide to collaborate with Hilary on this project?
Amy Levin: Fashion and decor go completely hand in hand. I noticed our readers who were fashion enthusiasts were also heavily into decor and having their fashion sense translate from their wardrobe to their living space. Hilary has been my best friend since the age of four. Her design aesthetic is completely in line with mine and she is constantly finding innovative ways to revamp our friend’s NYC small apartments. Bringing her expertise to give advice and share her love for interior decor was simply a no-brainer. CollegeDormista is a natural extension of CollegeFashionista and something we are thrilled to share with our readers this fall!
Melissa Levin: Hilary, what originally drew you to the interior design industry?
Hilary Nadelman: I originally started out in the fashion industry and quickly realized it was not for me. I landed upon a job working as an interior decorator and loved it. Fashion and interiors overlap tremendously.
Melissa Levin: How do CollegeFashionista and CollegeDormista go hand in hand?
Hilary Nadelman: Many of the trends we see in the fashion world are reflected in the world of interiors. Both industries share the same colors, fabrics, textures and materials. Decorating a room is like dressing a person.
Amy Levin: Our readers love fashion so chances are they share similar interest in decor and having their space visually pleasing. In college your dorm or apartment is where you spend a majority of your time. You want to feel just as confident and excited about an outfit as you do about the space you dwell.
Melissa Levin: What can we expect from CollegeDormista?
Amy Levin: CollegeDormista will share industry interviews with designers, artists and interior experts all giving their advice on how to achieve beauty in a small space. We also have a column focusing on quick DIY tips as well as a column focusing on the influence of street style to your living space.
Melissa Levin: Tell us about each of your personal preferences when it comes to décor.
Hilary Nadelman: I tend to like more of a modern look with an edge. I love bright colors to add a pop and making a space look livable and comfortable.
Amy Levin: Depending on what city I am living in my decor changes. In LA I loved my rustic space that focused on wood and the concept of things looking a bit imperfect. In NYC my apartment is full of Japanese toys, candy inspired accessories and a huge rolling rack of fur coats. Like fashion my preferences of decor is constantly evolving.
Melissa Levin: What were your dorm room décor styles like when you were in college and how have they evolved since?
Hilary Nadelman: My decor styles have definitely evolved through the years. My freshman dorm room had tie dye bedding and then I went through a giant shabby chic phase the rest of college. I still appreciate those looks but think my taste is a little more grown-up now.
Amy Levin: My dorm room was extremely youthful with bright bubblegum bedding. The artwork was questionable posters I picked up on Kirkwood Street in Bloomington, Indiana mixed with random quotes my roommate and I thought were hilarious at the time. Yeah, I’ve definitely come a long way since then.
Melissa Levin: What are the top three items every college student should have in their dorm room or apartment?
Hilary Nadelman: Flowers or plants, a pouf and cool bedding.