Laken, the college freshman we introduced you to last week, is all moved in and set up, and ready to start classes this week. She took her college blah dorm and turned it into something personal and comfortable. Want to see what she did with her space?
Gone are the days when dorm decor was just posters and milk crates. Dorm living has come a long way on the sophistication scale, and students are much savvier about setting up their space. No surprise then that Laken, our favorite college freshman, already has a strong sense of style, and cares what her room looks like, even if it's for only nine months.
This is look is glamorous and feminine — but also crisp and modern, thanks to graphic shapes and bold color combos. And if you're decorating your first dorm room, or maybe your first apartment, it's also guaranteed to not break the bank.
It's that time again — back to school, which for a few of you means you'll be moving away from home and decorating the first space that feels truly yours. Whether that's a dorm room or an apartment, we've got some ideas for sprucing up your space on a budget.
Laken is an incoming freshman at Washington University in Saint Louis and, just this Sunday, moved into her new dorm on campus. She was greeted by a very typical sight: commercial grade carpeting, conspicuous vents, and standard issue furniture. The dorms are very nice by all accounts, but it's always a challenge to transform an impersonal space into a comfortable home for the next nine months.
Dorms and apartments are often severely lacking in storage, but also square footage. While you could probably use more room for clothes, you might also need a laundry room, office, or media library. From specific solutions to stylish hooks, here are 15 ways to customize your doors for maximum organization.
As a rising freshman, I had just come back from a four week stint in Europe. I'd left my heart there, and did not particularly relish the months ahead in the snow belt. This room encapsulates the romantic spirit that might have helped to transport the young gamine in me.
What is it about those Scandinavians? Just when we think we've caught up, they manage to put some new twist on effortless cool. Inspired by their modern-but-not-too-minimal decor, we've put together a dorm room with clean lines, a simple color palette, and just enough texture to keep things interesting — a designy look at a less than designer price.
Here's a room with a little bit of everything: a little pattern, a little texture, a little old, a little new. It's a cheerful look, with a bit of a vintage feel, that will keep your dorm room happy, and your wallet, too.