This post is brought to you by IKEA and Her Campus.
Oh my gosh…today is my first day of class of my third year of college. You can ask if I’m believing it or if I’m alright, but in reality, the answer is hell no. I can’t believe that as I write this, I’m starting the year that marks 3/4 of the way through college. It feels as if just yesterday I was starting school and decorating my dorm room, but I just finished decorating my dorm room in my third-year apartment! How crazy is that?! Well, this year is a bit special because I got to partner with IKEA to show you all just how amazing a small apartment or dorm can be with their help!
When you head to the IKEA website, there is an amazing space for students to find out which of these IKEA styles they enjoy best, Preppy Chic, Playful Pastels, Urban Minimalism, Laid-Back Boho, Rustic & Adventurous, Tech-Inspired, & Casual & Athletic! If you don’t know, IKEA also has a quiz so you can find out which style fits you best! My results told me Preppy Chic, so that’s just how the room was decorated!
Living in a dorm is not easy. There’s not a lot of room for a lot of the necessities in a dorm room, especially when the bed and desk are already in the room taking up space! I loved the Preppy Chic style because it’s just like my own personal style. I’m at a really great school, but it’s not an Ivy League college (although it’s often called the Ivy of the South), but my style is very indicative of the academic styles. Books and little smaller touches that really show someone’s personality are major aspects of the Preppy Chic style that I love and have used since day 1 in my room. You don’t have to break the budget when you’re styling your college dorm room because IKEA is right here with you to stay within the budget, but find the best bits to fit your style.
I had an amazing time in NYC finding the perfect aspects of the Preppy Chic style, so there’s a video that I worked on with Her Campus, so you can check it out below! I focused on how to deck out the rest of the living/study space in the room because that’s what I love to focus on in my room! When you use fairy lights and classic patterns, what’s not to love?! The video has tons of little tips that can help you make the most of the small space with the items you find at IKEA and to bring your personality to your room!
I was obsessed with the throw, which is so soft and perfect for the end of a bed, as well as the lamp, which can act as a phone charger for lucky Android users (iPhone users can use it too with a special case!), and the photo frames, which are perfect for photos with friends and cute prints like we had in the shoot!
Special thanks to IKEA and Her Campus for producing this entire production! I had an amazing time working with you all, and just know that all opinions are mine and my alone. Also, thanks to all of the fabulous ladies who worked on this shoot, it was a smash!!