Fall is my favorite season. Each year I add a few new pieces to my seasonal collection. I traveled so much this summer that I didn’t have time to plant real flowers! We did retain a landscaper to keep our grass & bushes cut. Here are photos of my Fall Decor:
I have several friends who are sending children to college this summer. My own step son will also be heading for college this summer. I wanted to share a few tips for organizing and decorating the new home away from home!
Before you get started:
1. Be sure to get the dorm rules as far as holes in the wall!
2. Get the schools rules as far as fridges, hot plates, Keurigs, microwaves, etc.!
3. Talk to your roommate(s) (about going half on things like the mini fridge, TV & other items that can be shared.
4. Figure out what furniture comes with the dorm.
HOW TO PERSONALIZE:
- Mattress pad (makes bed more comfortable)
- Fitted Sheet
- Pillow Cases
- Two pillows
- Throw pillows (most of the time these end up on the floor when I’m sleeping but they look nice)
2. Desk Accessories
This is an area where you can let your creativity shine through! I’d also recommend considering options that are vertical which allow you to save space and hold more like the white option pictured above.
You should have the following options:
- Stapler & staples
- Tape dispenser
- 3 whole punch
- Loose leaf paper
3. Storage Containers
4. Great bags
5. Mini fridge magnets
If you & your roommate have a mini fridge you can use it to bring out more of your personal style. You can purchase a box of business card magnets at any office supply store & turn anything into a magnet!
There are also fridge accessory caddies like the one above that you can pick up at places like Target.
6. Desktop Wallpapers
When deciding on laptop vs. desktop I’d recommend the laptop. A desktop will force you to remain in your dorm to do your work. You never know when your roommate will make too much noise so you should have the option of doing your work in other spaces. Most campuses have state of the art computer labs so you should be fine. Search “desktop wallpapers” on Pinterest & several options will come up.
7. Area Rug
8. Unique Sox & Great Slippers
9. Decorating with photos
If you aren’t allowed to put holes in the wall you can create frames with washi (decorative) tape available at office supply stores, Michaels & here on Amazon.
Most dorms have terrible lighting! Invest in at least a floor lamp & a desk lamp. Rope lights & “fairy” lights can also provide great mood & dramatic lighting. You can also purchase a HUE light bulb (color) which will allow you to create multiple light colors! We’ve converted 4 rooms in our house to HUE lamps & will eventually replace all bulbs with HUE bulbs! Learn more here.
Here are a few general inspiration pics:
Here are 10 places you can shop:
1. Bed Bath & Beyond
2. The Container Store
4. Hobby Lobby
6. TJ Maxx
7. Nordstrom’s Rack
Feel free to post comments below! I’d love to see photos of your organized & decorated dorm room!
I frequently change out the decor in my house to reflect the season or the holiday. The decorations that I have now will stay in place until the first day of Fall. This is the longest stretch of time for my seasonal decor.
Here is what I did:
The other thing I swap out are the fillings in my vases & apothecary jars. Here I’ve added green grass balls and brightly colored glass beads. My favorite vase fillings can be found at Target, Michaels & Hobby Lobby. I store them in zip lock bags when not in use.
Another thing I like to use is colored glass. The purple pitcher is functional & I recently picked it up from a vintage store in Cincinatti. My favorite place to shop for glass is Homegoods. I also change out the pots for my plants from season to season.
The blue “S” stands for our family name & has a spring friendly print.
Pillows are a cheap & easy way to update decor. They are a pain to store so try to get pillows in colors that can work during multiple seasons. For example my red pillows work for Fall, Christmas & Valentine’s Day.
I picked up two things in New Orleans to bring into my home!
My next big home decor projects include my front porch, when I put out our lanterns & other outdoor decor as well as planting my flowers & landscaping which usually happens after Mother’s Day.
I love decorating my home. February is special because not only do we have a day to celebrate love, it is also the month of my anniversary. Che and I will be celebrating 7 years of being married and 8 years together.
Here is my living room decor:
Here is my dining room:
My boots were all jumbled up in one of those cheap plastic containers. It came with a lid & you couldn’t see inside of it, so it hid the clutter, but getting dressed was irritating.
I’m a visual person. I like to see my options & then make a decision from there. I also blame the movie Clueless!
I ordered boot organizers and assembled them. That process took about 90 minutes. From there, I pulled out my vanity table, which I no longer use, and other containers that were taking up space. Here is the final result:
Fall is my favorite season!!! I usually change out my decor on the 1st day of the new season. Things were kind of crazy last week, so I wasn’t able to make the change until today.
I still need to get something to decorate my dining room table & I also needs to pick up some mums, but this is what Fall looks like in my house so far:
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I collect quotes via Pinterest. I love this quote because sometimes we “glam” out things that are problematic. I think this is especially true with social change and poverty alleviation. Sometimes we need to cut through the “glitter” to see what we’re really dealing with and answer some hard questions about our real goals and impact.
This past weekend Donda’s House participated in Lake FX, the Midwest’s Largest free expo artists and entrepreneurs. We had a vendor table so I’m always looking for creative ideas to make our table more engaging and visually appealing.
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