This past weekend, I helped my little sister, Kelsey, move into her freshman dorm room. She is studying Fashion Design & Merchandising and I think you can tell by her room! It is very pretty and glamorous! I love the black, white and gold with small touches of pinks and mint. So pretty!

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I can’t take much credit for the room, I only helped with some ideas/suggestions for things and I helped unpack and style everything. Kelsey has a great eye for interior design as well.

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I love that she stacked these fashion books up and then put the lamp on top of them. It’s a great way to raise the lamp a little higher and have books within reach to read in bed, but still leaves room on the rest of the nightstand for other things. The books give a visual break between the black table and black lamp, plus they add the perfect amount of color and look so pretty! (I love decorating with books! No room is complete without them!)

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The two prints above (from here and here), the painting (by me), the frame & photo (on the nightstand) and the plant (plant and pot from Lowe’s) were Kelsey’s high school graduation/moving into college gift from me. “Pretty is as Pretty does” is a saying our grandmother used to tell me when I was little. It’s hard to tell in the photos, but the edges of the canvas are painted gold and the words are painted in mint and gold. Instead of using regular canvas, I stretched black and white hounds-tooth canvas fabric over stretcher bars to give the background more interest/pattern. I love the way this little area all looks together.

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I don’t know the sources for everything, but I know that the lamp and nightstand are from HomeGoods/TJ Maxx (she added the crystal/glass knob from Hobby Lobby), the wire basket was a clearance find from HomeGoods as well (I talked her into getting it!) that she spray painted gold (was originally magenta), the black/white comforter is from TJ Maxx, the sheets are from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s, the pillows are a collection from different stores (the gold bolster pillow is vintage, my mom has had it forever), the fur throw is from TJ Maxx, the fur rugs are from Target, the hat boxes are from Hobby Lobby (she spray painted the middle one gold), the gold mirror is vintage (we’ve had it at my parent’s house forever), the letter box on the desk is from HomeGoods (she spray painted it mint), the pencil cup is from Target, the black/white leaning jewelry rack she made (cut your wood to size, staple fabric around and screw in hooks), the gold metal jewelry stand is from Hobby Lobby (spray painted gold), and the smaller black jewelry box and mirrored/crystal perfume tray are from Hobby Lobby.

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Kelsey has a ton of clothes, shoes, and jewelry (she is in the Fashion program and all), but I think she did a great job with making these pieces work double duty and function as decor as well. A lot of her jewelry is out on display, which makes it much easier to find when putting together outfits, but also adds pretty pops of color and works like an art piece in the room. She also added simple white shoe shelving under the bed to give extra storage for footwear. (Seen in photos above)

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Her school colors are maroon and white, so the maroon curtains on the windows (and on the closets at the end of her desk area, not pictured) were already there, but I think they work really well with the rest of her decor. The colored floral pillow is from Target and the ottoman is from HomeGoods, recovered by my mom in matching fabric (originally a curtain, also from Target).

I’m so excited about how her room turned out and I’m so happy that I was able to be there to help her move in! Best wishes to her as she starts this new chapter in her life! I can’t believe how fast the last four years flew by, it seems like not that long ago that I was moving into my freshman dorm! (see pictures of that, here).


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