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Design: Thinking Made Visible

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” – Coco Chanel

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Any room can look sophisticated, chic, and classy. The color combination of black and white is always the best route to go. Black and white for a design theme is tasteful, refined, and modern. Simplicity is a timeless luxury. A bedroom is a perfect place to create with your own style. IKEA is a great place to find the right bedroom furniture. Bed, Bath & Beyond is also a good place for the most stylish decor.

“What’s the difference between good design and great design? …the price.” – IKEA

Bed- Bed frames can be high, low, and even include storage. They can also come in different styles and colors. Mattresses come in many styles, shapes, and comfort levels too. Daybeds, guest beds, and futons are also available. Headboards can be changed as well.

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IKEA $179

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IKEA $149

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IKEA $799

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $229

You can also opt to get a pillowtop and pillow protectors. It is up to preference of the number of pillows, the style of the bedding, and what type of bedding. Sheets, comforters, bedspreads, quilts, and blankets are the types of bedding covers that are available.

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Bed, Bath, & Beyond $89.99-$119.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $139.99-$149.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $199.99-$249.99

Storage- It’s a good idea to get bedroom storage as well. Storage is important so a room doesn’t look cluttered and keeps the room neat and organized. Anywhere from bed storage, nightstands, wardrobes, shelves, and chests can be used. Also make sure to have closet space.

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IKEA $649

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IKEA $99.99

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IKEA $14.99

Lighting- Every room needs light. Lamps can come in all sorts of styles, from what type of light bulb used to the lamp shade shape. Floor lamps, table lamps, wall lamps, and overhead lighting are all examples of how to brighten a room.

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IKEA $7.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $238

Decor- The best part of designing a room is picture out the decor. Wall art, mirrors, pictures, anything can be used for decorative purposes for a room. Make the bedroom personal.

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $12.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $64.99

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IKEA $79.99

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Bed, Bath & Beyond $34.99

Threads: Athletic Style

Nike- Just Do It:

This American “Just Do It” company is named after the Greek goddess of Victory, and Nike lives up to its meaning. This brand manufactures, designs, and develops a worldwide corporation of footwear, accessories, equipment, and apparel. It is the most valuable brand of sports businesses, making over ten billion dollars and employs over 44,000 people. Nike sales are one of the largest in the world for apparel and athletic shoes. Originally titled Blue Ribbon Sports, the company changed the name to Nike, Inc. on May 30th 1971. Nike products include Nike Golf, Nike Pro, Nike+, Air Jordan, Air Force 1, Nike Dunk, Foamposite, Nike Skateboarding, Brand Jordan, Hurley International and Converse. It is founded by Phillip Knight and Bill Bowerman, both from the University of Oregon, in 1964. The Nike headquarters is in Beaverton, Oregon. The Swoosh design was first used on June 18th, 1971. The “Just Do It” ad campaign in one of the top five ad slogans of the 20th century. The first “Just Do It” advertisement was shown on July 1st, 1988. The first Nike products were track running shoes. Since then, Nike produces a variety of sportswear and accessories, like jerseys, shorts, shoes, and cleats, for a number of sports including track and field, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and cricket. There is more than 75 different Nike stores in the world, located in over 45 countries. Nike is also a climate-friendly company and is a partner for the RED campaign, which helps prevent HIV transmission. Nike provides a number of uniforms to teams around the world. This sports brand will continue to be used around the globe.

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Credit: Nike

Under Armour:

Clothing, footwear, sporting equipment, and accessories can all be found at this globally known, worldwide American owned company. It was founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank from the University of Maryland. Plank is best known for his design of moisture-wicking apparel. The brand first became popular when it was featured on the front page of USA Today. Soon after, Under Armour was contracting with Division 1 football teams, like North Carolina State and Arizona State University. The company then signed on with the apparel lines ColdGear, TurfGear, AllseasonGear, and StreetGear. In 1999, Warner Brothers used Under Armour apparel in the films Any Given Sunday and The Replacements. Under Armour became the outfitter for the new XFL football league in 2000. The first television commercial aired in 2003, using the logo “Protect This House.” The first store opened in 2007 in Maryland and since then has a number of stores in 39 states in the United States as well as stores outside of the US, like in Canada, China, Scotland. The brand sponsors the NFL Combine, in partnership with the company Duck Dynasty, and provided suits for the US speedskaters for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Under Armour has many branches of a campaign called UA Give Back, which efforts range from fighting breast cancer to improving the environment. Under Armour partners with many organizations like The Ronald McDonald House, The Wounded Warrior Project, and Habitat for Humanity. The brand sponsors celebrity athletes such as Tom Brady and Lindsey Vonn as well as professional teams and college athletic teams. Under Armour will continue to expand and rise in the sports world.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

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“Life is a fashion show, the world is your runway.” – Marc Jacobs

Fashion’s Finest:

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This native born New Yorker was able to establish a name for not only himself, but a brand that’s known universally. Even though he came from troubled parents, Marc Jacobs didn’t let anything hold him back. His education includes the High School of Art and Design and Parsons School of Design. He sold his first line of sweaters while attending Parsons. He formed Jacobs Duffy Designs Inc. in the 1980s. The first Marc Jacobs labeled collection was designed in 1986. The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award for “New Fashion Talent” was awarded to Jacobs in 1987 and he was the youngest designer to ever receive it. He also received The Women’s Designer of the Year Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1992. By then, he was vice president of the Perry Ellis design unit. The Marc Jacobs International Company, L.P. was launched in 1993. The following year, Jacobs produced his first line of menswear. Louis Vuitton appointed Marc Jacobs as their creative director in 1997 and he remained in that position until 2013. Marc by Marc Jacobs was introduced in 2001. He started a fragrance line in 2006 and a film called Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton was made in 2007. Diet Coke named Marc Jacobs as their creative director in 2013. He was ranked 14th on the 2012 Out magazine’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.”He has a cancer campaign titled “Protect the Skin You’re In” which features celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, Kate Upton and Heidi Klum. Jacobs has over 285 stores worldwide. Marc Jacobs also on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world’s “2010 Time 100” and throughout all controversies, Jacobs will continue making a name for himself and his brands in the fashion Industry.

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Credit: Marc Jacobs