Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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Being a college student, I live in an on-campus apartment. I have five amazing roommates, and we all have individual rooms that are approximately 9x9 feet. Needless to say, it's a pretty tight space to live in! When I first moved in, I walked into a room with a lofted wooden bed frame, a twin-xl mattress (that was hard as a rock), a wooden desk,  and a small 4-drawer dresser...that's it! I have had so much fun transforming this very small space into my own private, little sanctuary. 

Prior to my freshman year, my amazing, crafty dad helped me build custom wooden pieces for my dorm room. Together, we built the white piece that serves as my bedside table, and the white headboard piece for extra storage. The table holds my mini-fridge and printer. Last year it also held my microwave. As you can tell, it is a very useful piece!
The headboard piece has two shelves which has allowed me space to hold such items as books and candles. My custom, suede headboard, which was made by a family friend, fits perfectly into the large opening of this piece. 

I decided to swap the wooden desk that came with the apartment, and replace it with my own white desk from home. I have had this desk since I was a young girl!
The "cubbies" component of this desk is my favorite part, as it allows lots of space for supplies and decor. Having this desk at school gives me a little piece of "home". 

I love decorating my spaces, especially when it is a challenge. Moving in, I thought there was no way that I could transform my "small, cramped shoe box" into a comfy bedroom that I would enjoy. Now, after a little hard work and help from my amazing, creative mom, I am obsessed with my little 9x9 humble abode! 

I purchased the majority of the decorations featured in the photos from Homegoods or Tjmaxx. For example, the curtains, the gold accent table, my desk chair, frames, and the tall gold lamp, all came from multiple visits to these two stores alone! Finding the best deals on adorable items at both of these places is so much fun! TJ Maxx and Homegoods  are definitely my "go-to" stores, and I would recommend them to anyone who is  transforming a small dorm or apartment room into a beautiful, comfy "home away from home"!

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