Dorm Decor Oliohop#4
August 27, 2012
Oliohop provides valuable tips and decorating information through the eyes of interior designers/bloggers. There are 11 Oliohop bloggers participating in this blogging forum. Please be sure to visit their blogs which are listed at the end of this post to see what they have to say about Dorm Decor too.
Living in a Dorm by – Charisse Marie Colbert
You might live on the top floor at the end of the hall
You might have a roommate who pins pictures on the wall
You might study and cram until the wee hours of the night
You might have to do homework with a tiny flash light
You might find someone you don’t know sleeping in your bed
You might discover socks turn pink when washed with red
You might learn your roommate took your last dollar bill
You might see a student sitting naked on a window sill
You might realize one more shot of tequila is a mistake
You might fall in love and know the depths of heartache
You might wish you could get one peaceful night of sleep
You might make a friend for a lifetime you will keep
You might appreciate all the things your parents did for you
You might grow up one day and think they knew a thing or two
You might struggle with curfews and rules to conform
One day you will appreciate the experience of living in a dorm
I’ve created a Dorm Shopping board and a Women’s and Men’s Dorm room board below and included links to the furnishings and accessories so you can shop for them along with some tips on what you will need to decorate your dorm. To see all the products listed go to Shopping for the Dorm, Indigo Girl Goes to College and Chill Space on Oliboard to view the rooms.
1. Juliette Tufted Bed
2. Rectangular Blue Velvet Pillow
3. Jonathan Adler Pillow by Layla Grace
4. Lamps Plus Retro Pendant
5. Ginger Blue Side Table
6. Desk Chair
7. Acid Etched Letters by Urban Outfitters
8. Eleanor Table Lamp and Lamps Plus Shade
9. Galactic Sculpture by Chiasso
10. Scooter Mirror by Chiasso
11. Ashmolean Bookshelves
12. Lamps Plus Navy Leather Frame
13. iPod Lamp
14. Cosmetic Bag
15. Butterfly Wing
16. Metro Basket
1. Bar Table
2. Loft Bed at Ikea
3. Lamps Plus Pendant
5. Square Pillow by 2Modern
7. Desk Chair
8. Zig Zag Dhurrie Pouf by West Elm
10. Trolley by 2Modern
12. Spider Picture Holder by Kikkerland
Eat - Invest in a coffee maker so you don’t waste money running out to purchase coffee and buy a decent thermos to keep your coffee hot. The single cup coffee makers are also a good option. I found a very nice thermos from Eddie Bauer that retails for $25.
Live - Decorating your chill space with furnishings and inspirational accessories that make you feel good is crucial. You will need a place to sit other than your desk chair incase you have a guest. A decent sofa can also be used as a place to sleep. There are places to find art and accessories all over the internet. While researching for this article, I found Society6 which I used in the men’s dorm room board. Etsy is a wonderful source for art too where I found the ocean art in Indigo Girl’s room.
Learn - A floor lamp that can be moved around the room and used as task lighting is a good idea. An ottoman can be used as a place to put your feet up, as a seat and as a coffee table. Bring a good flashlight for emergencies and to study with.
Sleep - A third of the day is spent sleeping. Purchase high thread count sheets made of Egyptian cotton. They will wash and wear without pilling and in the end will last twice as long as low thread count sheets made with polyester. Bring a feather pillow made of down feathers. Getting a good night sleep will make all the difference in your attitude and health. If you have the option of purchasing a bed, a loft twin will give you the space to create a sleeping nest above and a study cove or eating area below. Bring a sleeping bag which can be used as an extra blanket and if there is a guest spending the night.
Tidy-When occupying a small space, organization is the key. You must live like the Amish whose credo is “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Purchase organizational items at stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond, the Container Store, Target and Ikea. Let me introduce you to Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. The amazing scent of these cleaning products will make you want to clean–seriously try the geranium scented laundry detergent.
Play - Taking time to recreate, relax and enjoy your time will help you be more productive and will relieve stress. Practice yoga since it is the panacea for your body, mind and soul. Savor the time you spend in college–it will go by in the blink of eye.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ―Dr. Seuss