Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dorm Room Decor

Well, we're keeping it in the family this week. My sister is a senior in college, and she has just moved back in to the dorm. I always told her that her dorm rooms were better decorated than some people's apartments, so she agreed to put together a post for those of you young people out there who are starting back at school and wanting to unleash your inner decoristas.

Gaby writes:
Back to school is an expensive time; traveling, purchasing textbooks, on top of decorating and furnishing an apartment or dorm room can run you a pretty penny! Although the task may be daunting, there are many stylish and affordable ways to transform a bland dorm room into your own personal oasis.

This year my roommate and I decided to purchase coordinating bedding from Simply Shabby Chic. The prints are feminine, fun, and can be found at Target! Shabby Chic not only sells bedding, but also curtains, furniture, and other home accessories that make coordinating a small space easier.

Pillows are a great way to make a bed more comfortable and an extra-pillow is the perfect support when you want to read in bed. The pink and floral pillows are Shabby Chic prints, while the front decorative pillow is DKNY and was purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Above my bed I have created a collage of picture frames found at Ikea to make the space feel more personal.

It is important to keep your workspace clean, and I have tried to decorate my desk as a minimalist. The crystal ball lamp was purchased at Target and lends a modern vibe to the bare wooden desk. My earrings are hung on a jewelry organizer (similar) on my desk and bring color and  femininity to the space. The jewelry organizer serves both a functional and decorative purpose.

A cheap and simple way to make a dorm room feel more homey is to hang curtains. My roommate and I purchased these pink curtains from Shabby Chic that match both of our bedding. These simple curtains add a pop of color and create an at home feel.
Now check out this room from Gaby's freshman year...I am quite sure that no other dorm room I've seen has french doors.

While you won't find me wanting to go back to college anytime soon, I am really in love with Gaby's little room (both of them actually!).  I do think that she has an important point about keeping the space clean and streamlined. That certainly makes the space feel less cluttered and claustrophobic (no crazy wall collages of ripped out magazine pages here) and helps to minimize distractions. If you need any more dorm room tips, send us an email at, and Gaby will be happy to answer your questions!

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