Sunday, July 31, 2011

Back to School : Dorm & Apartment Decor

I love decorating.  It was so much fun when I went to college and I was able to buy all new things for my room.  My bedspread came from Anthropologie and everything else came from Target and Pier One.  If you're living in a dorm it is best to coordinate with your roommate to make your dorm as cute as possible.  It is fun to get matching bedspreads or maybe the same bedspread in two colors.  You want to show your individual style while coordinating with your new roomie to make your dorm as cute as possible.

PB Teen has a great dorm collection

When decorating your dorm it is important to remember that your space needs to be both functional and cute.  Your dorm will serve as your bedroom, kitchen, living room, and study area so it's important to make your space conducive to all of these things.  You want to have space for your clothes, toiletries, and cookware.  Your dorm will likely come with furniture, but it is important to coordinate with your roommate on things like a TV or refrigerator.

If you're living in an apartment you may have to buy furniture.  There are a lot of great places to find cute furniture for an affordable price.  Target and Ikea both have cheap and cute furniture options, however both of these places require you to assemble the furniture.  Places like Rooms to Go and American Signature also have great selections for reasonable prices.  It is also a lot of fun to go to consignment shops and used hotel furniture stores to find unique furniture at a great price.  If you are living with a roommate it is important to discuss what each person will be responsible for and then try to coordinate the furniture and decor to your liking.  My first apartment was furnished so if you're lucky enough to have a furnished apartment then all you have to worry about is making it feel like home.  Pier 1 is a great place to find rugs, lamps, decorations, and wall art to make your new place all your own.

Featured are two lamps from Pier 1.

Lilly Pulitzer also has a great collection of bedding for an apartment or dorm.

You can match your bedroom and bathroom with these cute Lilly shower-curtains.

Good luck decorating your new home! 

xo KD

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