University of Richmond freshman Tory Gardiner had no problem decorating her dorm room thanks to four years of experience from boarding school. Pictures, vintage travel prints, tapestries and a Vineyard Vines banner adorn her walls to create a refreshing look that is organized and unique.
A funky tapestry adds just the right amount of décor to plain walls. For a personal touch, be sure to print out pictures of friends and family to frame your tapestry.
Give dorm-provided furniture an easy makeover by draping desks, drawers and vanities with cute cloths or fabrics. It will give your dorm a homey touch and keep basic furniture from looking a little too, shall we say, institutional. By placing must have beauty products next to her bed, Tory has no problem getting ready for class or a night out in minimal time. Featuring cute storage items that match her bedding, Tory creates a put together look that neatly ties the room together.
Mixing and matching done right
Although the pillows on Tori’s bed all feature different patterns and colors, her use of complementary colors creates a cohesive look we’re obsessed with. Pillows can make or break any bedding collection, and it’s safe to say this is a ‘make’ paired against her simple, yet stylish, duvet.
No corners cut
We love how Tory blends a traditional squash racket and vintage ski poster with a retro printed T. Having played squash in high school, the racket is the perfect reminder of her high school ‘glory days.’ When decorating dorms, remember, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Tory actually found this racket in the trash and with a quick clean up was able to make it look like an expensive vintage find.
Many of the pieces hanging in Tory’s room have been collected from travels around the world. By grabbing a local flag, photograph or other memento while on trips, you can create one-of-a-kind decorative pieces that are not only conversation starters but also great reminders of trips.
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