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My Living Space: A Photo Story

College dorm rooms can be a sticky situation. How do I make a such a small space into a home? How do I integrate color into my space? How do I make my place a relaxing environment especially after a long day? These are the questions I am constantly asked when it comes to dorm décor. Over the past year or so, I have managed to figure out what works best for me in terms of making my room happy, comfortable, homey, and, most importantly, me. Today, I am going to share pictures of my room in my Bay State Road apartment that you can use for inspiration (or not, everyone has different tastes) when it comes to organizing your own humble abode

When it comes to my desk area, I like to use weird/quirky items as functional décor. In the following photograph, my markers and my calendar really make the area pop, but neither of these items are there to create clutter! I use both on a daily basis. Tip: be sure to check out museum gift shops and even the kitchen section of stores for desk organization. I bought these dishes intended for soy sauce (LOL) at the MOMA design store in NYC and I use them for jewelry, eye drops, cotton pads, and more. They add color and function and I know that no one will have them!

I love art. Back in my room at home, I have a whole gallery wall surrounding my bed. This is how I feel the most at home — being surrounded by bright color and curating things to make my space entirely my own. Because I knew this was a key factor of hominess, I decided to integrate this concept into my space at college. I bought prints from society6, rifle paper company, paper source, and museum gift shops once again. I highly recommend going to the gift shops of any art museums or their online stores to find distinct pieces to liven up the space.

Aside from art prints, I have found other pieces of wall art to add dimension to the space. I keep this dream catcher on my door to add color and keep any negative vibes out of my room. Lighting has also been a huge part of my home décor style. I love anything LED or neon. It makes things incredibly cozy and even more elevated.

I bought this pineapple lamp back at home and I got my neon heart from Target. Target has so many affordable options that look expensive. I’ve found some of my best items from there, like these gold crates that I use to organize my jeans, shoes, and handbags. They look really clean and keep everything organized.

When it comes to bedding, I love pillows. The more the merrier and it makes your Twin XL bed appear more luxurious than it actually is.

If you are proud of your dorm décor, post a picture on Instagram and tag us @hercampusbu! We’d love to see your humble abode. 

Margo Ghertner is the Editor-in-Chief for Her Campus Boston University. When the Nashville-native isn't writing and helping the other HCBU teams execute their projects, you can find her listening to business podcasts, baking, reading, and spending time with her friends.
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