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Friday, September 11, 2015

5 ways to make a space a home

About 2 hours after my roommate, Olivia, moved into our dorm, she said, "I don't know what it is, but this feels a lot more like home than our room last year did."

Maybe it's the fact that we're more comfortable at Rhodes now that we're sophomores or maybe it's because we decorated our room a little differently. Although I can't say a whole lot about the first, I can certainly share how we improved our space decor-wise. ;)

Be intentional with the layout
I moved in about a week before Olivia did because I was a Welcome Week leader. When my mom and I first opened the door, the room looked super small and gross because of the way it was arranged. There was a harsh misuse of the space and we rearranged almost instantly, and now I think our room feels bigger than it did last year, even though it actually has less square footage. Whatever layout makes you feel like you're not squished in is the layout you should shoot for.

Make function meet fashion
Good stuff, guys, good stuff. If you watched my dorm tour video (scroll down to the bottom of this post to find it again!), you saw that we hid things like toothbrushes and dish scrubby brush things behind the TV/bar cart so that it was all still there, but you didn't have to look at them. Little things like that, like disguising the not-so-glamourous necessities, make a big difference in the overall appearance of the space.

I cannot emphasize enough how much I love my headboard. My mom and I made both of the headboards in my room, and they make a world of difference. Not only do they look better, but they also make a dorm or apartment feel less temporary and more like a permanent residence. Find the tutorial here.

Leave space for knick-knacks
Personal photos, that trophy that you're super proud of, or that coffee mug you've had since middle school should be on display. You don't need a whole lot of extra crap in your room, but adding just a few of those personal touches really make you feel more comfortable in your space.

Hang things on the walls
DO IT. You'll feel like an accomplished human and other people just might think that you are one too. I created a mini gallery wall out of personal photos, prints, canvases, etc., and it adds a personal flair to the walls as well as making them feel less blank and sad.

Memphis print: Signet Sealed c/o | Whistle While You Work canvas: The Redheaded Camel c/o | Hippo card: Evelyn Henson (this was a greeting card, I just thought it was cute and decided to frame it!) | all other canvases/photos/letters are personal pictures or gifts from friends/family!

To watch my dorm tour video, click play!

xx, Victoria

Photos by Olivia Burchett

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