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FROM A SENIOR TO A FRESHMAN AGAIN {DORM ROOM INSPRIATIONS}

I can remember it like it was yesterday.  My little 2-seater Mazda RX-7 packed to the ceiling with crisp new peach colored bedding, white plastic storage shelves, and way more clothes & shoes than I ever needed.  My parents followed along with more stuff I had carefully crossed of my detailed college packing list as we made the two and a half hour trip to Springfield and my new dorm room at (then) Southwest Missouri State University.  It was the beginning of a lifetime of awesome memories.

And now it’s your turn 2017 seniors!!

I will soon have my Jeep loaded to the ceiling as I follow my own daughter to move her into her new dorm room at (now) Missouri State University in the exact same dorms that I stayed in all those years ago.  MAN time flies!!

In my day, the only big decision we made was what color bedding we were going to choose.  These days, it’s not just the bedding but the pillows, rugs, throw blankets, wall decor, etc.  It’s like designing a luxury suite now.  And I’m all about helping in any way I can.  For my 2017 seniors preparing to become freshman once again, here are some room decor ideas to help inspire your very own dorm room design.  And get ready to make awesome memories!!

GIRLS: Simple tips to make your dorm room extra cozy

1.  Add a faux fur skin to your desk chair.

2.  Turn your bed into a daybed that serves as seating during the day and a cozy bed at night by adding a variety of fun decorative pillows and a cute throw blanket.

3.  Add a little flair on your desk with faux succulents.  No need to remember to water.   Cute & stylish.

4.  Printed tapestries are all the rage right now.  Add a splash of color to your room by hanging them on the wall or at the head of the bed for a simple headboard.  Even more cozy, hang a sheer bed canopy over the bed wrapped in a strand of lights for late night studying.

5.  For super simple decor with no wall damage, attach removable dots or decals to the walls.

6.  What girl wouldn’t want to display those images of her friends & family in her Instagram feed?  Print out those photos and hang from an LED photo clip light strand.

7.  Make a statement with a light-up or felt letter board.  Change the sayings with your mood.


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Faux Fur Skin     Faux Succulent     Peace Bookend     Tapestries     Sheer Canopy     Wall Dots    

LED Photo Clip Light Strand     Light-Up Letter Board      Felt Letter Board


GUYS: Simple tips to make your dorm room extra cozy

1.  Flag tapestries, college and team flags make easy wall decor.

2.  Try storage trunks for more storage then use at the foot of the bed or as a bedside table.

3.  Keep track of the next party (I mean study date) and hang photos of family & friends on a cool stainless steel magnetic dry erase board.

4.  Store dirty laundry in a laundry duffle bag.  When it’s time to head down to the washing machines or back home to mom, just throw it on your back.  Folds away for compact storage when not in use.

5.  Add some festive lighting with a three-sided stop light or fun plug-in neon light.

6.  For comfy seating that doesn’t take up a lot of space, try a bean bag chair.


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Flag Tapestry     Storage Trunk     Stainless Steel Magnetic Dry Erase Board

Laundry Duffle Bag     Three-Sided Stop Light     Neon Light    Bean Bag Chair


DIY Decor

1.  Geometric Memo Board:  Paint hexagon cork board tiles, lay out desired pattern, using removable wall tabs, secure to wall.  Hang photos, notes, or jewelry.   SOURCE

 2.  Clipboard Wall Art:  Hang a variety of clipboards in various sizes on the wall.  Display printed quotes, drawings, a calendar or photos.  Easy to change out art with holidays or as your mood changes.   SOURCE WITH PRINTABLES

3.  Tassel Garland:  Use tissue paper and twine to create a fun wall accent.  SOURCE

4.  String Art:  Using lightweight cork board instead of wood makes this project perfect for damage free hanging using removable wall tabs.  SOURCE

5.  Washi Tape Line Art:  Use inexpensive washi tape to add color and design to walls.  Doesn’t damage walls.  SOURCE

6.  Decorate Your Fridge:  Even the refrigerator can be dressed up.  Use chalkboard paint and/or washi tape to add flair.  Top it off with fun magnets.   SOURCE

7.  Driftwood Jewelry Hanger:  By simply using a piece of driftwood, twine and a few nails, you can create a gorgeous display for your jewelry.  SOURCE

8.  Washi Tape Clothespin Wall Hangers:  Cover clothespins with washi tape.  Cut removable wall poster tabs in half to fit the back side of clothespins.  Hang on the wall to hold photos, drawings, notes, etc.   SOURCE


Dorm Room Pinterest Inspiration Board

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IT’S BIRTHDAY WEEK AROUND HERE

Hip, hip, hooray!  It’s birthday week.  TEN years ago I officially announced the opening of Christy B Photography with a float in the Cass County Fair parade.  Fast forward to this year, the fair marked the opening of our brand new studio space in downtown Pleasant Hill as I watched the parade pass by through the windows of the studio.  Thank you to everyone that stopped in to see me after the parade.  It was great talking with you and sharing the new space.  Here’s to ten more fun-filled years of doing my dream job with the most amazing clients!

The Cass County fair just happens to mark another birthday around here, as well.  This time last year we held one of our senior group photo shoots in the carnival at the fair.  Toward the end of the shoot we stopped to play a game thinking maybe one of the girls would win a stuffed animal we could use in the photos.

They won alright!  But it wasn’t a stuffed animal.  It was alive.

One year ago Fishy came home from the fair and has lived happily ever after since.  He’s made it through two moves, two cats that like to sneak drinks out of his bowl, and a near death experience on the floor (came out one morning to find him on the floor, thought he was dead, picked up up with a paper towel, he flopped around, put him back in his bowl and it’s like nothing ever happened) and he’s still going strong.  Happy birthday, Fishy!  The girls saved you from a life on the road as a carny.

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ROUND 5 {2017 CASS COUNTY FAIR BABY SHOW + WEE KING & QUEEN CONTEST}

Say it isn’t so.  We’ve come to the final day of pics from this year’s Cass County Fair Baby Show / Wee King & Queen Contest.  I’ve had so much fun sharing these adorable images here on the blog.  It’s always a crazy busy but super fun week!

To the parents of this year’s contestants that stopped by for photos: within the next week, multiple images of each child will be uploaded to our baby show webpage for your viewing pleasure.  For those that would like to purchase prints, pricing and ordering information can also be found on the page.  The website is:  http://www.christyBphotography.com/babyshow  Thanks so much for allowing me to photograph your sweet children!

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ROUND 4 {2017 CASS COUNTY FAIR BABY SHOW + WEE KING & QUEEN CONTEST}

The fun continues on the blog this week.  Here’s round 4 of littles from the Cass County Fair Baby Show / Wee King & Queen Contest.  Hope everyone is having fun at the fair!  Tomorrow will round out our baby show contestant peeks.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want it to end.  They are all so C-U-T-E!  See you back here tomorrow.

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ROUND 3 {2017 CASS COUNTY FAIR BABY SHOW + WEE KING & QUEEN CONTEST}

Day three of Cass County’s precious babies.  One just as cute as the next.  Makes for a great week of work editing each and every one of them.  Hope you’re enjoying all of the little faces on the blog this week.  We still have two more days to come.  Same time, same place tomorrow.

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ROUND 1 {2017 CASS COUNTY FAIR BABY SHOW + WEE KING & QUEEN CONTEST}

July always means two things…

1.  July 20th brings around another birthday for Christy B Photography.  This year is extra special.  We are celebrating TEN YEARS of business in 2017!  Not only that, we are debuting our new commercial studio space.  Watch this blog for peeks of the new studio soon.  Even better, stop in before or after the parade on Saturday morning to cool off, grab a bottle of water and check out the new space – 125 Veterans Parkway (across from the Post Office).  I would love to see you!

2.  July means the Cass County Fair is coming to Pleasant Hill.  It’s my favorite time of the year because I get to photograph the cutie pies of the Baby Show / Wee King & Queen Contest.  It’s an honor each year.  Over the next five days, the contestants that stopped by for a photo will be featured here on the blog.  Be sure to check in each day for another dose of cuteness.  Let’s begin with Round 1.

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DAISY MAE {THE NEW CHRISTY B MASCOT}

Introducing Miss Daisy Mae, our new dalmatian puppy.  She joined our family yesterday at 8 weeks old and already thinks she’s a lap dog.  She’s the sweetest thing!   Daisy will be keeping me company at the new studio this summer.  She’ll be looking forward to people stopping by to give her some lovin’.

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