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Shelley's Dorm Decor

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!  Wow, I can't believe that this week is half over.  After the excitement of Judson College's Welcome Week I was able to take some photos of Shelley's dorm room.

Tip #1:  Know the rules of what you can and cannot bring.  Bringing your own furniture may not be allowed.

Shelley's closet is on the right, her bathroom on the left.
The curtain on her closet matches the curtains on her windows.  They are Judson red and match the roses in her bedding.

Tip #2: Use industrial carpet if you want it to last four years.  The rugs are charcoal, almost Judson black.

Tip #3: Know the rules about walls.  Command strips and washi tape are wonderful and don't hurt walls, neither do wall decals.

Tip #4:  A mini fridge can serve as a nightstand.  Shelley's bed has 7" bed risers so the fridge is the perfect height for a nightstand.  Tip #5: Bed risers are great for under bed storage, but some schools have restrictions on how high the risers can be.  Shelley has all her art supplies, craft supplies, and snacks stored in containers under her bed.

Tip # 6:  Let your student shop their room at home to help fluff their dorm room.  More than likely their rooms are cluttered to start with, so why not let them take a few of their favorite things with them to college?  Shelley brought a few of her favorite accessories and pictures/picture frames with her to college.  

Tip #7:  Find products that do double duty.  This cute lamp on Shelley's vanity is both a desk lamp and a vanity lamp.  The top tips and there is a makeup mirror on top.  The tray is convenient for frequently used makeup or writing utensils.  

Shelley found her bedding at Target (Simply Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell).

Tip #8:  Place a basket for keys and remote controls near the door.  Both are easy to lose in a dorm room!  Tip #9: Use pretty boxes to store extra school supplies and paper.

Tip #9:  Students should choose desk accessories with care and make it personal.  A few things from home on a memo or bulletin board should help.

Tip #10: Throw pillows can add personality to bedding and bring disparate elements in the room together.

Throw pillows are from Anthropologie and Target

Tip #11: Another way to make your dorm room personal is to include at least one piece of art.

Shelley's walk-in closet.  Remember that Judson College is a College for women, designed for women in mind!

Shelley brought a papasan chair and a beanbag chair.  Shouldn't all dorm rooms have a papasan chair?

Shelley's bathroom

Tip #12:  If you have an older sister, ask her advice about dorm rooms and college.  

I hope that you found these tips helpful!  I miss my sweet girl, but she is in such a wonderful place right now.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. The room looks so pretty and cozy ♥

  2. Such a perfect little nest with all the comforts of home! Lucky girl to have such a perfect place to grow into herself as a woman.

  3. that's amazing!it looks inviting and homey.
    definitely not dorm-like.
    I'm happy for you both!

  4. Fun to see where Shelley is living at Judson. Cute room! The closet is fantastic!

  5. Great closet for any room, nevermind a dorm!! ;) Lucky girl!

  6. So cute! Wow Shelley has a big dorm room. My girls shared a room that size in college. She has plenty of room for all her cute stuff. Love the bedding. Very pretty.

  7. Oh my gosh! I don't know why I would have expected any less than this level of fabulousness!

  8. Your girls are beautiful! Shelley's room is huge and decorated so perfectly. It seems very homey which will make her feel great, I'm sure. :)

  9. Looks like a nice comfy place to relax at the end of the day

  10. oh goodness, special days! Love the gold dots!

  11. I love her room. Thank you for sharing the ideas with us. You did a great job with the photos. Very creative capturing her home. xx oo

  12. OH RJ, I know you must miss her enormously! Yes, what a great school and I adore her dorm room. Love the layout and what a great idea using the mini frig as a night table. Tell Shelley I have the ET bookends in my study. Great space for your girl!

  13. It really looks the bedding! She'll be able to relax and study there. I had four boys go off to college..not quite the same for boys! heehee! Hugs!

  14. I think this is the cutest dorm room I have ever seen! I am sure Shelley loves it.

  15. What a charming space. I like how Shelley decorated her dorm room. I have that comforter on my bed!! Love the Eiffel Tower and the picture board, and especially the mother and baby card. This is a sweet picture of her. Having her own space is wonderful cause it says "Shelley" lives here. :)

    love, ~Sheri


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