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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dorm Room Design Day!

Today we're flattered to be a part of the "Dorm Room Design" series that you might see a few of your favorite bloggers also participating in. MoS reader and blog aficionado Tenia has been looking for a little bit of dorm inspiration since her daughter Emma is moving into a dorm this August, and we were more than happy to pretend like we were going back to school and offer a little inspiration!

It's hard to believe it was eleven years ago that we MoS girls moved into our college dorm rooms. Pardon the cliche, but it sort of feels like yesterday. At UVa, I was lucky enough to move into the "old dorms" (Lefevre!) which are classic on the outside and a bit spartan on the inside. Cinderblock walls and the like. And I was a bit less design-inclined than I am now. Yes, there were Dave Matthews posters involved (*cringe*)! But c'mon, it was Charlottesville, and it was 1999...


Have you seen the dorm room inspiration of Maximilian Sinstenden that was featured in New York Magazine last year? No surprises that he was a protege of Bunny Williams. Any good dorm room design discussion should probably start with a spin around his room. Yes, it safe to say that Max is definitely a maximalist (heh) but there's no denying it's maximalism done right. And it also helps not to have a roommate to get in your way.




Today, however, MoS Charlotte and I have put together a little bit of inspiration for those of you who aren't inclined to roll up on move-in day with paint rollers, nine boxes of wall art, and 826 Italian silk ties. There is a happy medium between buying out Bed, Bath & Beyond or going a bit overboard on the trad like our dear friend Maxy.

Here's MoS Charlotte's take on a sophisticated, fresh dorm room based on a soothing green and blue color scheme. She had to divide it into two pictures to get everything in! I wish I'd had this inspiration when I was entering college.



And here are a few key pieces I'd suggest based on their functionality (and an excuse for me to wax nostalgic about college!).

Bohemian Medallion Duvet Cover - College is not clean. Have you ever seen a fraternity basement in the daytime? Get a duvet so you can wash it. Ideally more than once a semester. But let's not get too ambitious...


Coat Rack - You'll need it! Those closets are SMALL for one person, but having to share with someone else is the greatest lesson in compromise you will ever learn.


Rug- Something under your feet other than cold linoleum is essential! And don't spend a fortune because you'll definitely want to chuck it at the end of the year.


Dorm Fridge- In an ideal world, this holds your "healthy snacks" that will tide you over when you can't make it to the dining hall. In the real world, this holds very cheap beer, or perhaps a box of Franzia if you are feeling particularly flush one week.




Clip Lamp/Task Lamp - While ostensibly colleges try to match you with a roommate based on whether you are a night person or a morning person, we all know that when mom is looking over your shoulder, no one's going to admit their preferred bedtime is 3am. Thus task lighting is key to maintaining harmony when one roommate loves turning in at 10pm after watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie (not making this up, folks) and other other likes to stay up late downloading songs on Napster and instant messaging while eating Cup 'o Noodles studying.


We hope you enjoyed dorm room design day! Any ideas from our readers for college-bound students?

14 comments:

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Wahoowa! I work on Grounds. :)

I walked by some items that were clearly geared towards dorm room decorating at Lowes last night (bright colored lamps, organizer, etc) and got to thinking about how different things are now. The only way to express ourselves was in our comforter and the posters on the wall (Monet for me and almost every girl on my floor).

I actually toyed with doing a dorm room showcase with UVa students on my blog last year. Maybe this is the year...

ACH said...

Great ideas! I'm a few years past the dorm room stage, but I know some teens who would love this look!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Love that orange mini-fridge the best...wish they made that when I went to college! BTW...I grew up in Charlottesville- great place and a wonderful school!!

Living Luxe for Less said...

Love this post! Great ideas! My cousin Ayesha starts college in the fall and I am definitely passing along this post to her! Is it bad that I want the elephant hamper for myself???

Jennifer said...

I was also a Lefevre first year (3rd right!) - and my dorm fridge was not that cool. Thanks for the fun post!

Heather said...

I graduated from college about 3 years ago and they had such strict rules about what you could do to your rooms. I remember seeing that article before and couldn't believe he was allowed to do all that. I had a ton of pictures pinned up on my room's walls and I remember frantically spackling all the holes that were left behind because otherwise they would fine us. I'd hate to think what they would have done if I'd painted anything!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Love your color scheme--this would make the most elegant dorm room!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Each dorm post got better & better. Love your eclectic choices and I love the kelly green. You were even keen to include that stylish orange fridge. As for the Ikat bowl..I have that exact one! Great job & can't wait to pass on all the links to my Freshman daughter.

Cheers and thank you ~

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your article. It makes me feel so nostalgic as I remember my first year of University. I lived in an all girls dorm where painting the walls would never fly. Your own bedding (duvet cover-so you can wash it),photos,plants
and whatever makes you happy is a great start.

Aesthetic Oiseau said...

Dabney 3rd right! Old dorms! Love all of these ideas...my cinder block room never looked this good.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

How awesome that this brought out a few Hoos!

Catherine said...

Wahoowa!!
I lived in New Dorms (double cringe) circa 2000 but managed to survive with an ounce of style to my name, I'd like to believe. 10 years already...:)
Love your blog!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

I spent many a night in Metcalf and Lefevre on road trips down 64 from W&M! :) Love the Urban Outfitters duvet -- perfect for a college dorm room. Great post gals!

meredith said...

I really enjoy your blog and I linked to this post and realized my husband started UVA in 1999. Maybe you both had Dave Mathews Posters :-)

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