Texas Tech: Artsy Chic Dorm

IMG_4122YAY college! My first few weeks here at Texas Tech University have been amazing. It’s been fun meeting people and starting classes and embracing dorm life.

Here are some pics of my dorm. I share the room with my roomie, but here is my side. After months of pinning, designing, crafting and shopping, i am all moved in!

The desk and shelving has to be my favorite part of the room. It’s so fun and unique, no one else has it- that’s the coolest part of making it yourself. 

I love my room because it is an expression of my personal style and creativity.

Most of what makes my side of the room special is the handmade touches. The shelves on my desk are my favorite part. I created the shelves by buying wood and cinder blocks from Home Depot. I like the retro uniqueness it brings to the room. My mom and I spray painted the cinder blocks light blue and then arranged the blocks with the wood as shelves on top of my desk. This entire project cost around $17.  The shelves make the room stand out and feel more homey. I like the extra display space that they provide as well as allowing more room for self expression; On the shelves I have arranged special framed photographs and the paintings I made of cacti and flowers. The shelves are full of fun knick knacks that remind me of what makes me, me. I used scrapbook paper to display inspirational quotes and encouraging verses. And the lights above the desk and bed.. yes i know they are so basic. but  come on it’s so college and cute.

I added a pom pom garland on the middle shelf and used a removable sticker from hobby lobby on the wooden desk drawer to make it more decorative. I also purchased an IKEA rolling drawer cart to store my school supplies and craft items. I decorated with a retro teal mini trashcan, matching my spray painted blue lamp.

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IMG_4112IMG_4116 IMG_4122 I love my bed. It is lifted up as high as it can go, allowing for the ultimate storage of my fridge and dresser underneath the bed. On the bed I have decorated with Kate Spade grey bedding which is sold out everywhere & would usually cost $200, I got a bargain when I purchased at a garage sale for only $5. The simple grey print called for exciting pops of color in pillows.

I  decorated mostly with pillows that I have sewn myself. I wanted my bed to be cozy and comfortable, so by creating my own throw pillows with my favorite fabrics and patterns it turned out exactly how I imagined. It really makes the bed feel extra home-y. I love how they are all unique. I have a lemon printed pillow, a pillow with flamingos and a pillow with black and white spots among other designs. The blue tribal blanket adds a semi hipster touch to the room!

My mom made the head board. YES, we MADE it. She saw a $115 fabric dorm headboard online, and decided to recreate it. We bought some silky fabric  and stretched it out over a large flattened cardboard box with quilting batting behind the fabric to add cushion. We taped it all onto the cardboard and propped it up behind my bed, securing it with several command strips.IMG_4133

My room proves that craft projects can make dorm decorating more personal and less expensive. I had a blast brainstorming ideas for my room and crafting in order to create my dorm space my own. It was a fun process and I love having the opportunity to show off my space.

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Wreck eEm’ Red Raiders  and here’s to freshman year!

-Kels