When I moved off to college, I was super excited to decorate my room. My room back home had been the same since we first moved into that house so since I was in third grade. Yep, third grade. I know what you’re thinking, there is no way a third grader’s room could possibly look like a high schooler’s room. But, my mom did a pretty good job of designing it so that it could work for me all those years. Still, my style had changed and I was ready for new scenery.
Finding My Style
I headed over to Pinterest and began trying to find “my style”. Having never actually decorated a room before, I had no idea what my style was and I changed my mind constantly. After days scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration, I decided my style was cozy with a touch of boho and minimalism. There is probably a better way to explain that, but I’m going to let the pictures do all the talking!
My Sleeping Corner
Even though I knew what I wanted my room to look like, my budget was not cooperating so off to the clearance section I went! I knew I wanted a tapestry to cover the bland walls and that I wanted plum to be one of my colors, but I was not expecting it to be so hard to find a plum tapestry I liked and that was in my price range. Thankfully, I was able to find one from Urban Outfitters that was on sale! While I was in the sale section, I also found my duvet and matching pillow covers!
The Hexagon Shelves
I had just gotten two of the most important decorations for my room and I could feel it coming together already. I had one more aspect that I really wanted in my room. On Pinterest, I had found these adorable hexagon shelves and I desperately wanted some. My hopes died when I went to buy them and learned that they were $20-$30 per shelf. So what did I do? I went back onto Pinterest to see if anyone had DIYed these shelves and alas, they had. My hopes were rising again!
There was one problem though – I had never used power tools. I talked to my dad about how I wanted these shelves and I wanted to save money by making them, but I needed lots of help. My dad, who works in finance, was just excited I was looking to save money. He gladly agreed to help.
We headed to Home Depot to get the wood then went home to put the shelves together. The DIY I found on Pinterest made it look so simple. Just cut the wood, nail it together, stain it and voila! It did not happen that way for my dad and me since we didn’t quite have the right tools, but we made it work.
After hours spent trying to get the edges to touch so we could get a nail through, then trying to hold it together the rest of the way with wood glue, we finally finished. I stained them, screwed hooks in, and attached lace with cute little owl pins. It was the perfect addition to my newly styled room and the perfect way to organize all of my jewelry. My necklaces and bracelets are on the hooks and my earrings hang in the lace (another idea I got from Pinterest).
I absolutely love them! Just don’t look at them too closely because they are a little wonky. We also had to fill in every gap between the edges of each board. Once you get it stained and hang all the jewelry, you can barely even notice! The best part is all six only cost me around $20!
The Rest of My Beauty Corner
Now let’s talk about my shoes… I might have a problem. I have a ton of shoes, but I wear them all so that makes it okay, right? The closets here simply do not have enough room to fit all of my shoes, so I once again called on my dad. I asked him if he could make a bookshelf, well more like a shoe-shelf. I also got this idea off of Pinterest. Sensing a theme here?
Not only are the closets a little smaller, but the lighting in the bathroom is horrible. I knew that if I ever tried doing my makeup in that lighting, it would not go well. Since I had a little extra space in my room, I once again headed to Pinterest to solve my problems. I found inspiration for this vanity and, with a trip to Home Depot, Target, and Hobby Lobby, I was ready to put it together! It fits so well in my room and I’m happy to now have good lighting for makeup. It really is a life changer!
I really wanted to feel cozy in my new room, so I added plants, candles, and my salt lamp. The succulents are fake as I am sure I would kill real ones. Sometimes I will buy flowers from the grocery store to add a little more green to my room. I get the cheapest ones available! I got a lot of my other decorations, like my bed sheets, curtains, and desk lamp, from Target. They will usually have a sale around the time school starts, so look out for it!
When designing a new room, it’s important to have a good idea of what you want it to look like and what you want the vibe to be. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your room look nice. Try DIYing some of your decorations and don’t be afraid to ask your parents for help. They are about to send their kid off to college, they would be happy for this bonding experience while you are still home. I have absolutely loved my room this past year and I hope that you will love yours just as much!
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