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I recently moved to San Francisco to attend art school & the room I am renting out has wood...everywhere.  To say the least, it looks like a cabin.  Considering that I was moving from a 1 bed/1bath apartment to a little room, and mind you, a 6 hour drive away, there was only so much I could pack.  Basically, a lot of my old furniture does not fall so well with this cabin-like room.  I'm an interior design student, so it does drive me nuts!  But alas, I am still a student...your typical starving student, so I try to work with whatever I have.  On the bright side, it is causing me to be a bit creative, like using a suitcase as a dresser, or my plant stands to hold up my personal fridge and microwave; but, using my moving boxes as a means of storage is beginning to make my bedroom feel more like a garage than a living space.  Oh and, using my old coffeetable for my desk and a pillow for my seat can get very uncomfortable when I'm drawing out large construction documents. ]:

I would love, Love, LOVE to have Ikea's help, by winning the Share Your Space Challenge, my room needs some definite transformation.  Had I had your standard white walls, it would be much easier to make my old furniture work.  However, that wasn't the case.  First, I would like to invest in more storage for my closet.  Right now, the only things that I can hang in my closet are my coats and dresses.  I would like to utilize the top and bottom of my closet for a storage/shelving units to tuck away more of my clothes. The floor drabs and I think a section rug to place underneath my bed would give a bit of "lift" and color to the floor.  I would also like have a better working space in my room.  This low to the ground coffeetable is only taking me so far in comfort. Another thing, though small, I think a significant difference would to change the curtains in my room.  As of now, they are 10x better than the curtains that were up initially, but I made my current curtains with some leftover fabric I had from my old place.  Ideally, I would like to have navy blue & cream striped curtains because I think it would suit well with the wood walls.  It would be nice to paint these wood walls, however, I don't think my landlord would approve, so I was thinking of using fabric in place of paint (similar to what I did behind my bed). To say the least, new furniture & a different pace in color scheme would make a world of a difference and I am in dire need of Ikea's help!

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<p>Well, everyone has to start somewhere. It is a good idea to make do with whatever you currently possess right now and gradually move forward to buy new furniture pieces when you have the money. However, don&rsquo;t rush into things just for the place to look good, but instead focus on your studies as those creative furnishings look amazing to me.</p>
<p>I don't know how to vote for you but I will if you tell me how. Good luck.</p>
Thank you; unfortunately, this was a contest 4 years ago and I didn't win. But I appreciAte your thoughtfulness! (:

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