Is it possible to have a nice dorm room?


Is it possible to have a nice dorm room?

Last year, a freshman at Brown, Alexandra Reyes, did the impossible– she turned her freshman dorm room into something that didn’t at all resemble a dorm room.  Covering the walls with fabric tapestries and the floors with rugs, she made her room definitely more than livable and might I add, gorgeous.

What she started out with definitely was an ordinary dorm room: hard floors, unmade bed, bare walls, and what seemed like too much luggage to fit into one tiny room.


The end result was a beautifully decorated room with the perfect color combinations.

The standout accessories are the rhino sculpture, decorative pillows, and pouf.

The burnt orange curtains break up the dead white space and the bird silhouette and picture frame bring the eye away from the microwave-fridge combo.

Impressed? I sure was!

Place to go for decorating or simply for inspiration: ABC Carpet & Home, Ankasa (my favorite by far), Anthropologie, Apartment 48, Bloomingdales, Calypso Home, DVF Home line, Horchow, Missoni Home line for Target, Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren, and Roberta Freymann Roller Rabbit.


Elonia McHenry


  1. Em

    Does the phrase “starving college student” ring a bell? Places like Anthropologie, Ralph Lauren, DVF, and Missoni are expensive and unnecessary for a college dorm room. If you really want to have a styled room that doesn’t cost as much as your housing, try places like Home Goods and TJ Maxx. Sometimes they have Lauren by RL merchandise and if you look hard enough you will find an interesting piece for your room. Even Urban Outfitters is more reasonably priced for a college dorm. Save the $500 Anthropologie rugs for when you make it big.

  2. elonia_mchenry

    Thanks for the suggestions! I agree that places like Home Goods and Lauren by RL are also great for decorating a dorm.

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