My 3 Monsters: Dorm Room Decorating 101

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Dorm Room Decorating 101

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Hi guys!  I 'm having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that in one month I'll be dropping my daughter off at college -- in another state.  ONE. MONTH.  Major Yikes!  She, on the other hand, is completely excited and ready for this new adventure.  We've spent hours preparing every detail -- registering for classes, amassing the living-on-your-own necessities, and reviewing the basics of grocery shopping, cleaning, and money management.  I think she's going to rock at "adulting".   At the very least, her first apartment is going to be darling!

Because when you tell your new roomies that your mom is kind-of an interior designer, expectations get bumped up a notch and you would never want to disappoint!  But I'll tell y'all this for free:  you don't need an interior designer for a mom to have a super-stylish dorm room! It's pretty simple actually, and anyone can follow the formula without breaking the bank.

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The first thing you need to do is decide on a color scheme.  Sydney picked navy, white, and turquoise, with accents of coral and gray.  Luckily for me, those colors are totally on trend this year so it was easy to find great stuff.  Having a color palette in mind keeps you on track when you are shopping and makes your space look totally unified instead of like a hodge podge of your parents' hand-me-downs. Not sure what color palette suits you?  Try looking on Pinterest or going out to some local stores to see what's out there. Big Lots has tons of really cute, trend-right products you could use as a jumping-off point for your whole room design.

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Next, you'll want to start by choosing some killer bedding.  The bed is going to take up the most visual space in your dorm room {kind of like a couch in the living room} so make sure you pick something you love and that you won't get sick of looking at every day.  Personally, I would stick with a more classic color and design here and add my trendy pops of color in throw pillows and accessories that can be easily changed.  We found a great reversible comforter that is turquoise on one side and navy on the other.  It even came with a bed skirt and a coordinating sheet set which is amazing. Bed-in-a bag sets are really helpful in creating a cohesive look.

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Finally, add in some colorful accessories.  These cute pillows were just the right touch to make her bed feel warm and cozy -- just like home.  She also fell in love with these coral towels that have a perfect geometric pattern.

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Her room at home is navy and white so she decided to take the chickenwire memo board I made her.  It is the perfect place for her to display photos of friends of family and keep her jewelry organized.  {The boys who will be commandeering her bedroom as soon as she is gone were fine with her taking it to make room for their stuff on the walls!}

Big Lots is your go-to store for all your Back to Campus needs.  They carry every thing from large-scale items like mattresses and ready to assemble furniture to small appliances, bedding, sheets, pillows & throws.  The best part is, everything is priced right so you can get everything you'll need.  Styles and assortment vary by store.  

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If you're concerned with transporting all your stuff to campus {or you just really don't like to shop!}, try shopping online and having it delivered.  Easy cheesy!

There you have it!  Decorating your dorm room is as easy as 1-2-3.  What will you be heading to Big Lots to pick up for your college-bound kiddos?

Have a great day!


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