It's been awhile since I've posted a style question and since later today I'll be taking off to celebrate the end of fashion week with some friends, I thought I'd leave you with this one that just came in. It's actually the first decor/style question for trustyourstyle and I thought it was a good one. Thanks Jenni for writing in!
Jenni: I'm currently a college student at the University of Florida living in a dorm for the next two semesters. I still haven't decided exactly how I wanted to decorate my room, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions. I'm sure there's a few college readers other than myself, and I'm sure they'd love to know, too!
mj: While I don't know your particular style, the good news is that there are so many resources for small spaces that you should be able to decorate your dorm room in a way that fits your style and budget.
My #1 recommendation would be Urban Outfitter. It's funky, fun and has great prices. Spend some time on the internet looking at some other alternatives like the ones that I've mentioned below. Chances are you can replicate some of the looks at a much more affordable price by picking similar things at Urban Outfitter. The best thing is that it's one stop shopping: they have bedding, kitchen stuff, lamps, side tables, etc. and all at student oriented prices. It's the only place I know of where you can get a cute geisha table for $29, a light between $5 and $38 and Andy Warhol plates for $24!
If you like Victorian-modern, BrocadeHome.com has an amazing petit boudoire section where they sell gorgeous pieces made for small spaces.
Even if you're on a modest budget, springing for a rug or chandelier can give your dorm a bit of character.
If you love sleek and modern, but your budget doesn't allow for the price tag, you can still get the vibe by choosing basic furnishings in neutral colors and simple lines (bookshelves, desks, and beds) from Target or Ikea and then adding a few mod accent pieces. Crate & Barrel's modern side-kick, CB2 carries tons of things that will give your dorm a bit of pop.
I like CB2 because a lot of the pieces are scaled for small spaces. Another good choice if you like more traditional is Ballard Designs--they often carry furniture made for smaller spaces. Also check West Elm and Z Gallery for fun accessories. Don't forget that all these websites have Sale areas where you can sometimes find great deals.
Finally, one of best ways to make a small space work is to keep your stuff organized. It's worth it to budget a little extra for storage. In a small space, having a place for everything and keeping lesser used things out of sight can help you maintain sanity.
This under bed storage basket on handy rollers is available at Target and it's a great idea if you're stuck with a bottom bunk bed or have a bed with room underneath to store things. You can also find all kinds of affordable organization crates and closet helpers at places like Home Depot, Lowes, and Ikea.
Hope some of these suggestions were helpful! I'll be back tomorrow with an end of LA Fashion Week roundup.