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In this post I write about how to make a dorm room feel like home…literally!
My Daughter, Emma spent 3 short weeks in her dorm room before she came home for the Fall semester. She will now reside at home, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that by Spring Semester we will be in a better place with the pandemic.
We started ordering online in April, hoping to forget that she was finishing her High school career, at home. We ordered her sheets, a comforter cover, towels, and led lighting strips. Emma spent hours researching the right accent pillows and storage bins. It was a great way to turn a not-so-great situation into an exciting upcoming one.
The day finally arrived!
So on August 19th, after spending months filling up the corner of our basement with dorm essentials, Brian, Emma and I packed up the car and drove the two hours to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Temple University is located. We spent the day decorating her room, meeting her roommates and their parents. Everyone was in different fun masks. This inspired me to write a post on masks here. Even with the social distancing, I was thrilled that she would finally start her college career.
Emma spent the next few weeks exploring the city and making some limited, but fun friends. This came to a SCREACHING halt Labor Day weekend… The school had made the decision to go online for the balance of the semester. Temple Encouraged students to move out of the dorms by offering a full refund on housing. At first I encouraged Emma to stay, however the majority of the students took advantage of this and started moving out, and at that point it just made more sense for Emma to come home.
What do you do with an 18 year old, who had the opportunity to experience dorm life, then catapulted back into her bedroom at home? If you are me, then you offer to redo her bedroom to make it feel like a dorm room at home!
Of course, I always ask my good friend, Nicole Delacruz, who is an interior designer to help us out. You can find her blogs that have detailed info at Inspiredesigntalk.com. She has super powers in this area, since her own daughter, Bella, just went off to Hawaii Pacific University.
Emma decided her vibe would be called Colorful Glam. Her room gets very dark, so I am going to have an electrician come in and add some recessed lighting.
We started out with a floor plan and some pieces that Emma really liked.
We picked out this beautiful star light, a semi-flush lighting for the focal point. The walls are going to be painted a neutral color. Somewhere in the warm grey family. Emma wants a champagne metallic accent wall with pops of color that will be layered in as we go.
- White microfiber sheets
- Star Bedroom Light
- Comforter cover with ruching
- Gold and glass night table
- Map of the World
- Pom Pom Pillows
- Light Pink Pillow
- Upholstered headboard
- decorative multi pillow
- Artificial Plant
- Patchwork Pouf
- Modern bookshelf
Bedding, again staying bright and clean with an all white sheet set and bed skirt and adding a beautiful ruched Duvet cover. Emma now can have some fun adding her favorite color pink in some throw pillows.
Wall Art, Emma is a world traveler and we are going to accent one of the walls with a big beautiful map. This will remind her of all the places she has been, and all the places she will go!
We have a lot do, but hopefully as we did in April we will fill this void doing her bedroom redo. Emma then can spend the upcoming months at home in her room, that will feel like a dorm room.
I put together a mood board as a starting point. We still need to shop for a vanity, dresser, and desk.
Now that we have the look, we will start the process. Stay tuned as we transform her childhood bedroom into her dorm room at home!