The day has finally come where I no longer have to cram all of my belongs into a tiny dorm room and share that space with one of my friends! I was so excited to move into my dream apartment complex with my best friends/sorority family! ** I am going to take you through our apartment and give you some ideas and tips on how to be stylish, yet practical.**
I wanted to find a blue and yellow chevron printed comforter for my bed. The one I found was not my ideal color for the yellow and after much deliberation on whether or not I should try to dye it, I decided to keep the pale yellow because I found some curtains that matched it. So, my color scheme was blue, pale yellow, and hot pink.
I had two small windows above my bed so I found floor length curtains at Target and hung them behind my bed. I then draped some blue chiffon fabric that I picked up at a local fabric store and swooped it along the curtain rod. I then stuck my monogram (I ordered a vinyl sticker from this local store called Razzberry Fizz) on the wall in between the curtains. Once I made my bed and added some pillows it created its own sort of headboard in a way. I feel like it is an eye grabber when you walk in and it also gives it the illusion that my walls are taller and the room is bigger.
We have a built in desk/cubby system at our apartment so we luckily didn’t have to buy that! I found my pink desk chair at Staples for only $20 suprisingly, and I made my blue curtain and added a pink bow to it.
I bought a drawer/filing cabinet to put under my desk so that I could decorate the cubicles above my desk! When placing paintings and objects on shelving remember to layer them/ make sure that there is a good height difference going on.
For my bathroom, I decided to do something I saw on Pintrest and screw baskets into the wall above the toilet. I filled the bottom two with towels (rolled up) and the top as extra storage. I liked this idea because then it left the other wall free of towel racks so I can add some canvases.
I also took another Pintrest idea and found a metal basket (it was an iron holder from walmart) and screwed it onto the side of my sink counter to create a home for my hair dyer/straightener/curling irons. That way they are not cluttering my drawers or in my way when I’m not using them.
For my closet, I took the door off the hinges so I would have more room. I then screwed a metal shoe rack into the wall that the door would have originally covered because if you just hang it on the door like normal, then it doesn’t open all the way and gets in my way. Also found in my closet is a jewelry organizer in the shape of a dress that you can hang (bought at Walmart).
Because we knew the owners of the apartment, Aly’s room came with a blue wall from the previous girl living there. I feel that you can get away with painting a wall or two in your own apt because as long as you paint it back to the white or neutral color before your move out date, no one will ever know.
Aly chose to buy wooden letters and paint them to form her monogram. Because the whole wall is blue, she had to keep her bedspread white and choose to get pink, orange, and blue pillows to accent it. She kept the colors going throughout the room as well.
I especially love how she decorated her cubbies! See how she has layers of canvases and small pictures, so cute!
Her bathroom is different in the she got a shelving system that goes over the toilet and can hold more that my baskets. Her shower curtain also ties in the blue, orange, and pink from her bedroom to her bath.
Like Aly’s, Erica’s room came painted light yellow, so she built a head board (simply by cutting a piece of wood to fit her queen sized bed, stapling padding to it, and then wrapping it in fabric) to match. She also went with a white comforter and a yellow, green, and pink color scheme.
She also revamped her old dresser by painting it white and then painting the drawers a turquoise. Doing this can save you a lot of money! I recommend that if you are moving into an apartment from far away, either buy your furniture at a clearance outlet or a tag sale/thrift shop and paint it. It is 10x cheaper and you’ll get the end result you want by designing it yourself!
Another cool thing Erica did was to take metal coat hangers from Walmart and nail them in rows to hang her necklaces on. This is was cheaper than a jewelry holder and displays everything way better.
Hailey has more of a hipster vibe going on in her room with a cool patterned quilt on her bed and green, pink, and purple colors flowing throughout. She is in the process of finding some cool picture frames and posters to go above her bed, and she’s going to possibly paint a tribal print board around the top of the walls.
Unlike the rest of us, Hailey actually used the shelving to hold her books and notebooks, along with some picture frames of her friends and family. I personally LOVE her heart in the upper left shelf! In our chapter of our sorority, we paint our bigs a wooden heart instead of a paddle and her little made it a Disney themed heart!
In her closet, she put in plastic drawers under her hanging clothes to give her extra storage and not waste space. Because apartments are smaller than a normal room in a house, we can’t fit more than one dresser in the room, so this is a great option for more drawers!
I loved this idea and did the same thing in my closet as well.
We bought the couches from the previous girls living there for cheap and luckily didn’t have lug them up 3 flights of stairs! They left us the pink, yellow, and green pillows so we decided to keep the colors going throughout the room. I bought the green vase and flowers at Michael’s on clearance and Erica is in the process of making a photo frame out of an old vintage window frame to hang above the dark blue couch.
For the entry hallway, we hung up homemade chalkboards, cork boards, and mirrors with pink, yellow, green, and blue colored frames.