Laken's Dorm Room Redo: Style Inspiration

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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 summer Laken created a Tumblr with inspirational images of homes and rooms that spoke to her, and used it as reference while shopping for dorm decor.

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As you can see, Laken's going for a boho meets Morocco meets flea market meets romance kind of thing. Because painting is a big no-no — along with other permanent changes — she has to find temporary ways to bring texture and color into her space. Here were the things on her wish list: 
  • rich jewel tones in warm colors 
  • mixed patterns and layered fabrics
  • a bed canopy for privacy and to soften the room
  • options for non-overhead lighting
  • a way to hang photographs of friends and family
It's such a far cry from when I was in college. At the time, I thought my room — with its milk crates, tapestry, and halogen torchiere floor lamps — was all this:

In actuality, it was more like this:

Go Laken go! 


(Images: Eden Wright Design, Idha Lindhag, Daft Punk All Around the World Video via Spacecadet, Saturday Night Live, via Youtube)