I know I’ve been MIA for the past week, but I’ve got a big post to share (finally!). I have been working on the last couple of weeks to finish up the last details of my dorm room design, and I’m so excited to finally share the whole room today! Now that the room is done I finally feel like I have created a personal retreat for myself that has completely redefined my room and provided a comfortable ‘home’ for me here at college. Although I’ve had many late nights in the library or studio already, I’m always happy to head back to my dorm room. A huge thank you to the wonderful sponsors who collaborated with me on this project, including the bedding and area rug from Annie Selke, art prints and curtains from Minted, removable wallpaper from WallsNeedLove, and furniture and decor from At Home. Pulling these sources together, I sucessfully executed the neutral, layered vision from the design board I shared in August. Make sure to see my introductory dorm room post, and find the before pictures and the rest of the room after the jump!
For my second set of sheets, I chose to add a subtle stripe to my bed with Brooklyn & Bond’s striped sheet set. The pattern adds a bit of variety to the bedding and looks great with the grey throw pillows from At Home. Above the bed, I hung a pair of 30×40 art prints from Minted – a a bull and a butterfly. I love that pop of yellow the butterfly provides! I used Command picture hanging strips to hang them without damaging the wall.
One of the first things I see when I walk into my room are the pair of mirrored side tables. I was thrilled to find this piece at At Home because I used a similar side table in my Pool House project and these were so similar – but at a much lower price! They are perfect for the ‘entrance’ to my dorm because they reflect light in this corner of the room and provide a place to put down my bag when I walk in.
Another great piece from At Home was the lucite trunk – which makes a functional bedside table with a tray on top! I use the trunk for linen storage, like my Pine Cone Hill woven blanket and sheet set from Annie Selke. It adds a little gold beside my bed and provides extra storage space without much visual weight.
My basic dorm desk got a fun (and removable) makeover with wallpaper from WallsNeedLove. I used their Faux Wood pattern with a neutral palette that would refresh the dark colors of the wood. You’ll see later that I used the leftovers of this pattern on the dresser to bring some more lighter colors to the other side of the room. I brought another grey-toned pattern to the room with the curtains from Minted, where I also found the fun Zebra print above the desk. Both the curtain rod and art prints were hung with Command products.
On the floor I layered a jute area rug from Dash & Albert for both comfort and function. The color and material are super comfortable, but the blend of jute and cotton makes it much more comfortable than other natural fiber rugs. I layered a faux hide rug from At Home for extra comfort. At my desk, I sourced the desk chair, bookcase, and desk accessories from At Home as well (except for the Nate Berkus pencil holder). I mixed gold and silver for variety, and found some functional pieces to hold my dinnerware and utensils on the shelves.
On my dresser, freshly covered in removable wallpaper, I used a large mirror to reflect light on this side of the room. Not only does it open up this side of the room, it adds some visual interest with the nailhead-trim detail on the mirror frame. Surrounding this vignette are Instagram prints from Framebridge, which remind me of some of my favorite memories with my family.
It’s been a whirlwind bringing this room together while settling into my first month at Cornell, but I’m so happy the room is finally complete. Let me know your favorite detail in the space, and enter to win $100 from At Home below:
Product for my dorm design was sponsored by the following brands: Annie Selke, At Home, Framebridge, Minted, and WallsNeedLove. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!