Why so much enthusiasm for back to school this year, you might ask? Especially given my recent retail experiences with the hell of back to school shopping?

To be honest, I don’t think I have been this excited for the first day of school since Kindergarten. In the past, back to school has always signaled to me the end of summer, and sitting still for hours on end each day, bored to tears. And last year, coming to college as a freshman was an entirely different experience. Don’t get me wrong, I had an awesome freshman year of college. I met so many new friends, took classes that really interested me, and became much more independent living away from home. But, it wasn’t always smooth sailing, and Freshman orientation was probably one of the most anxiety filled experiences of my life to date.

This year was different though I came to school already knowing lots of friends, knowing who my roommate would be, and feeling much more prepared for the year ahead in general. Plus, the fact that I have no classes on Fridays this semester doesn’t hurt either 🙂

Having successfully completed the first week of my Sophomore year, I felt the irrepressible need to blog about. In addition, I have been crafting up a storm this summer in preparation for my new room this year! And I am so excited about it! But before I say more, here are some pics of my new home for you all to feast your eyes on

My side of the room

And some close-ups!

The kitchen corner. We all know how important food is

Gotta have some color above the desk

Closet and jewelry organization


I am absolutely in love with my  room! Last year I researched for dorm decor like a fiend, but I found that I didn’t really like all that much of it. . . And I also realized that outfitting your room can get spendy fast. So, here is what I recommend/what I have done

1. Almost all of my wall decor was made by me 🙂 (you may recognize one of the pieces above my bed from this post )I picked up a variety of cheap frames from the dollar tree and places like Ross and Target, and hung them with command hooks.

2. Speaking of wall art, I had a variety. I not only framed fabric, but also used embroidery hoops to frame it. I think mixing frames and having a variety of shapes and sizes really helps me pull of that ordered chaos thing I tend to go for.

3. As you may have noticed, I didn’t go in with much of a color scheme. Last year I bought bedding that was reversible, so this year I used the flip side ( I highly recommend reversible!), which has a blue geometric pattern. This brought in some pattern and color for my bed, but also allowed me to bring in a variety of colors in my other decor.

4. I collected a lot of little postcards and things from places/events I went to last year, which are all on my bulletin board- memorabilia is always an easy way to personalize your room.

5. I am a huge fan of color since I go to school in Washington (can you say Rain?), but I think that no matter where you are, it is important to have at least a little color to brighten up your room.

6. One of my best brainstorms this year is featured in the last pic. My roomie and I had to rearrange every piece of furniture in our room to get it in a configuration we liked, so we used the bookshelf as a little entry table/storage space. We covered the top of the shelf with drawer liner adhesive from the dollar tree!

So here is what I recommend for everybody:

A college room is temporary; don’t spend a ton of money on things that you may not want by the next year or two

Make it personal; this is your home! It should reflect you and be comfortable!

Make it functional; again, this is your home, so you need to make it work for you, storage is key.

Lighting!!! So important! Most dorms use the same flourescent lights in dorm rooms. If you (like me) hate that, make sure to have a few lamps. My roomie and I also plan to pick up string lights closer to Christmas (and by closer to Christmas, you know I mean in like 1 month)

Well, that about wraps it up. Hope everyone had a good week! If you have already survived the first week of school, congrats! If not, good luck!