Le Dorm Room

There is only so much you can do with a space when:

- you can't poke holes into the wall or ceiling
- you're not allowed to paint
- you're told to not rearrange the furniture
- the space is super teeny-tiny

You can find the BEFORE photos HERE

However....through the use card stock, fabric panels, wall stickers and overall clever ideas - I think the space looks much better than if I hadn't done anything at all. Take a gander:

Added card stock panels to the wall and I found a think cotton chair
cushion on  my France trip (blogging on a vinyl chair in warm weather blows) 

Flower box for my window. The pink hydrangeas are now blooming

The only nightstand in the room.
Jewelry in the pink boxes.


Added sheer panels (shipped from home) using a spring tension curtain rod.   I wanted to hang them from the ceiling like the French Boutique, but I can't put a  hook in the  ceiling. I'm contemplating another option. Card stock added for wall interest.

This is my entire closet. That's it - that's all I have.
Notice 1/2 of it is uniforms?

I  needed something by the door to keep my keys and pocket
contents in.  I had to get creative with this one.

Tall suitcase rack with Flat Rate mailing boxes added to flatten
 the surface. Covered with a new terry towel.

Photo/postcard door collage (when you send me your postcard -
it goes here!). Ironing board has been converted
 to robe/scarf hanger. The iron cord holds my sunnies.


I found this great organizer for my makeup in Saarbrucken Germany. 12e. The black toothbrush holder hold my makeup brushes and hair clips. Geez, time to wash my brushes.

Hey, what are you doing here?


Hair dryer converts to a towel holder. Ice cube tray from the thrift store on base ($.50)  holds  my hair products and pink Clairasonic face brush. French overly scented soap on the soap dish. 

The crap view from my room. See the AIRCRAFT TOWER in the back left? I'm paranoid people with BINOCULARS are staring into my room, so my curtains are closed the majority of the time. COUNTER PRODUCTIVE with trying to enjoy a flower box. The street below is very busy and loud. My room location is the worst thing. Did I mention I'm on the 3RD FLOOR and the laundry room is in the basement?

A poster I have hanging up. Poster? I know. It's like HIGH SCHOOL.

Close-up of the ice cube holder re-purposed. This is a great holder since  I can  easily find  anything I'm looking for. Very important with a 0430 WAKE-UP


Fabric panels soften the space, adds color and slightly disguises the closet. Isn't this wall sticker great?  Found it at the French stationary store for 8 euros. (so....... like $500 US dollars. Just kidding, it would be $12)
 What do you think? I think it's liveable.

15 comments:

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

You are certainly brightening the place up.

Pleemiller said...

very nice job...if I ever have to go back to dorm living....I'm calling you to decorate...what innovation.
and let me ask...why worry about someone looking in...there are probably lots of young men and women needed a good thrill...
thanks for sharing and have a great day...better yet..."be a great day"

clutterholic said...

I love it! It can be so hard to maintain femininity in a predominately male environment, but you somehow made this look classy! I had a pink blanket on my bed when I was in the Navy, and obnoxious fuzzy slippers. If I could go back in time you would be my design inspiration. My look was more of a 12 year old girl pink disaster, but I love how CHIC you made everything!

Megan said...

wow you really the made dorm room worth living in! im impressed! I would have probably complained for 4 months LOL!

I especially love your bathroom area :-)

Megan said...

woohoo just realized you got rid of word verification!!

Claudia said...

It looks really great! And you have done a wonderful job!

Jen Watts said...

Wow! You did a wonderful job! Send me your address and I'll send you a postcard!!! southernblondejen@gmail.com

victoryvintageb said...

You have done great with your space girl!! I went back to see the May 15th post of where you were before. WOW! You handle this so well. Your digs in the house are amazing..you still have that place right?I LOVE that old fashions liquor cabinet and the 70's chair! You have such great taste, I love it.
Brande
http://victoryvintageb.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

nice! the place now rocks! i like what you did with the squares. i guess the place now feels lil' bitmore homie ; )
P.S there will be mail arriving for you soon... ;)

Jello

jelloskitchen.blogspot.com

AC Quigley said...

It looks like you've made great use out of very limited space and made it very personal and more comfortable. Looks great (and I like the poster)!
Andrea

Tanya said...

I'm impressed what you've done with 200 sq ft! I think you did a great job with what you had to work with. Love the little accents!

Beth said...

nice! Way to spice up the place! I need to send you pics of Tyler's barracks before I came here...ew.

Michelle said...

WOW! It looks great! You did a great job brightening it up! It doesn't even look like a dorm room anymore! :)

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Lisa said...

Love it! Creativity at it's best! ;)

Andi said...

Amazing what you have done, I love it!