Minimalist Dorm Room Decorating

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Funny story… I had been meaning to do this post since, well, September 1st actually, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I guess, life just gets in the way and I mostly like to blog when it’s convenient for me. I also firmly believe that blogging should be a stress relief rather than a stressor in itself.

Before I start showing you all around, I will disclaim that 100% of the containers you see were found at the Container Store, the desk decorations and file storage were found at TJMaxx (home goods section), and last but never least, the bedding and pillows were found on Amazon.

I would also like to say that dorm room decorating does not need to be expensive. Nobody needs to have all Ikea furniture or hundred thread count cotton sheets… just a vision and a desire to decorate!

Without further ado, let’s jump in and have a look!

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Here’s a first glance at my room (which also happens to be the half of the room that got the brunt of my interior-design skills). The feel I was going for was a minimalist design, and though I love the Scandinavian approach, I really wanted to put my own twist on it to make it feel more like me and less like I was trying to be something I wasn’t.

Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever been the kind of person who could go fully Scandinavian– just because I tend to be messy, spill my makeup everywhere, and don’t always keep everything spic and span. This is why I chose to accent with black, grey, and wood tones. Thankfully it was just my luck that the dorm came with dark brown wood furniture.

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The photos I have taped up on my walls were printed out at Staples and were taken directly off my Instagram, which can be found here.

Below you can take a look at my desk, which may not always be completely tidy but does the job well enough. For my desk, I really wanted to incorporate small accessories and desk decorations I had collected throughout the years to make my room feel less over-designed and more lived-in.

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Regardless of decoration, the items I always make a point to have on my desk are:

  • A good book to read. Currently: The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Hurakumi Murakumi
  • A Starbucks cup because caffeine is i-m-p-o-r-t-a-n-t!!! when you’re a college student
  • Cell phone because I’m a social media junkie
  • Laptop
  • Water because hydration is key (and I find myself dehydrated more often than I’d like)
  • … and a little cat-decorated box reminding me that I’m The World’s Greatest Bitch (Thanks Louisa!)

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Also check out these very cute matching iPhone/iPad cases I stumbled upon while scrolling through Etsy. I’m a little in love with the smoothness of the bamboo wood in the hand, I can’t get over how beautiful the devices look together as a pair. If you’d like to snatch some up before they disappear, they were made by the lovely people over at Kovered!

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Below you can see the rest of my side of the room, complete with a closet, my towel hanging on a hook, and my vanity with a ridiculously excessive amount of makeup included.

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While organizing my vanity, I wanted to ensure accessibility to everything I needed, as well as maintain some semblance of tidiness. When I do my makeup in the morning, I tend to go a little crazy and leave everything laying out after I’m finished. I’m trying to do that less this year, and with this setup, I was able to accomplish everything I wanted to. Below I’ve detailed a chart explaining where I’ve organized everything in my vanity!

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VANITY ORGANIZATION KEY

  1. My necklace, watch, and bracelet holder. I bought this at the container store and I’m absolutely in love with it! It’s very space efficient when turned to the side as well.
  2. My dual-cup makeup brush holder, I also bought this at the container store. It’s pushed slightly forward with all of my eyeshadow palettes tucked behind it as well.
  3. Eye product drawer – This includes but is not limited to eyebrow pencils, eyeliners, and mascaras.
  4. Lip gloss/balm drawer – I went through a gloss phase when I was fourteen. Enough said.
  5. High End Lip Products – This includes my matte liquid lipsticks and lipliners.
  6. Highlighter/Blush Drawer – Yes I have a drawer devoted strictly to highlighters and blushes. I have no shame. None at all.
  7. Eyeshadow & Primer drawer
  8. Creams / Foundations / Misc – This is my quick “grab and go” product area, so I put my most used foundations, moisturizers, deodorant, and fragrances on top of my makeup containers for ease of use.
  9. Hand Cream drawer
  10. Tools drawer – Includes but is not limited to eyelash applicators, eyelash glue, false eyelashes, tweezers, and scissors
  11. Sponge drawer – For my insane collection of beauty blenders, small assorted package brushes, and other unloved sponges
  12. Drugstore Lip Product drawer
  13. Contour Drawer- For my numerous contour and concealing products that I have way too much of and probably don’t need at all.

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed a quick glimpse into the way my mind works and the vision I had for my room! Tell me in the comments what your favorite part of interior designing is or link me to a dorm room tour of your very own! I love seeing how other people decorate.

Thanks for stopping by!

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12 Comments

  1. September 20, 2016 / 2:57 am

    This is a lovely space! You did a good job putting it all together 🙂

    • September 20, 2016 / 3:42 am

      Thanks a bunch! It certainly did take a couple weeks to get everything together but I’m finally happy with it! 🙂

    • September 20, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks a bunch! It did take a while to curate but It’s so nice being able to walk into my room and feel at ease! 🙂

  2. September 21, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Such a cool looking room! And the way you processed the photos makes it even more edgy. :))

    • September 21, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you! The grain was a side effect of bad lighting 😂 but it definitely all worked out in the end!

    • September 22, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you! I think organizing it was definitely my favorite part. For once my vanity is in order! 😀

  3. September 25, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    This is a lovely room, I’m slowly getting my new flat together with my boyfreind so all I could do at the moment is an empty Flat Tour over on my YouTube channel! I found your blog through Bloglovin’ and am loving the theme! xx

    • September 26, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      I love interior designing! The thrill of being able to design a brand new space is just exciting, especially being able to decorate it however you want and really making it into your vision . Thanks a bunch for stopping by! 🙂

  4. October 31, 2016 / 4:36 am

    I need you to decorate my room!!

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