decorators' handbook

Decorators’ Handbook: Dorm Room Style

  1. Janell @ Isabella and Max says:

    I was in Target with the kids a couple of weeks ago and they were SHOCKED to see all the back to school signage, and kept saying, "Summer just started!"

    Can you tell me where you found the patterned sisal rug? I tried the sisal link above it but it didn't work for me.

    Thanks and fun post! Janell

  2. Bri says:

    where is the ikat fabric from I love it! Thanks!

  3. Fran says:

    Great design! Love all the elements. I tried the link for the fabric for the window panels and it didn't work? Can you tell me where you found that fabric?

  4. Stacey @ Petite de Lis Paperie says:

    If I only knew what I know now back when I was off to my first dorm room, I would have had a super fabulous place. These are great tips for those heading off to college.

  5. Karena says:

    Great patterns, palettes and what great ideas for a dorm room, or teenagers at home as well!

    Art by Karena

  6. High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    Sorry everyone for some reason some of my links aren't working. Not sure what happened.

    I keep trying to fix it, but the same thing keeps happening. Hmmmm…

    Will keep working on it.

    *Brown & White striped curtains are from Walmart.

  7. Jules says:

    I wish I could go back and redo my rooms in college – I would do them completely differently. I absolutely love the comforter you picked out!

  8. High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    Still working on the links.

    Sisal rug is from overstock.

    Fabrics are from Premier Prints.

    Sorry everyone.

  9. Mrs. Chic says:

    Yup school is almost back in session, my son starts school in less than 2 weeks! He's not looking forward to it. Great advice to dorm room style!

  10. casey at loft and cottage says:

    I love your palette–would be great for any room!

  11. Southern Grace says:

    Love the ideas…I tried the link for the DIY bedskirt and couldn't get it to work. Anyway you could email it to me or let me know where you found it?

    Thanks so much,


  12. diane@onlinefabricstore says:

    Great ideas…moving into a dorm is so tough! I know, my daughter did it two years ago. Actually tougher on me than it was on hers. Check out our blog at for more dorm decorating ideas.

  13. Tammy@InStitches says:

    I love the Dwell bedding. Your links are working now !

  14. High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    So sorry that the links aren't working still.

    Technology is failing me today.

    Here is the link to the bed skirt:

  15. cassie @ hi sugarplum! says:

    That would be the most chic room in the building…for sure! Sorry about your link problem, urgh!! Can you give me info on the bed lifts?

    Also, I was SHOCKED at check out yesterday at JoAnn's Fabrics….11×14 frames with glass…$5.97 for a TWO pack! Multiple frame options. I snagged quite a few for a room makeover I'm doing.


  16. Evie says:

    I love the vogue prints and the pillows with the comforter! I agree that bed risers are SO important for getting addl. storage in a dorm room. I wish I had that kind of style when I was in college…oh well, I guess I have to learn some things after college! And I too am SHOCKED that it is back to school time already!

  17. Hello Lover... says:

    Love all of these ideas – this would be a pretty amazing dorm room for a college kiddo! And yes – I cannot even believe that back to school advertising has begun – summer is going by so fast – I feel like it just started!

  18. Double Glazing Birmingham says:

    Wow.. This is great! I can say that excellent work here! I really like your designs.. That's why I will try and follow them. Anyway, thanks for sharing and I will definitely visit this blog more often.

  19. Emmyann says:

    Where is the brass ring lamp from? It would be perfect in my bedroom! Thanks!

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