dorm décor: christmas edition

Hello from four floors up!

This week I am doing something different on the blog. Instead of posting a traditional blog post with text, I will be sharing a video with you! Just in time for the Christmas season, I will be showing you my Christmas dorm décor

Click the photo below to view my video on YouTube or click here. Products featured range from twinkle lights to candles and mini Christmas trees.

 

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I hope you enjoy my video! Since this is something different for me, please let me know what you think in the comments below. Be sure to let me know if you would like to see more videos in the future.

 

xoxo,

madauer

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how I decorate my bed space

Hello! This week’s topic is focused around something most people love – sleep! Keep reading if you wanna know some of my favorite essentials when I need to catch some zzz’s… (AKA how I decorate my bed space!)

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UO Comforter

First, the comforter. I found this Plum & Bow Soukay Delicate Comforter from Urban Outfitters. It’s intricate yet feminine design is simple and unique for any space! I ordered the twin XL size, but they also have full/queen and king sizes available. Along with the comforter, I also purchased the Sham Set, which comes with two shams or pillow cases for your bedding. If this particular design doesn’t match your style, UO has an array of spreads to choose from.

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Fur Pillows

To add some texture to my bed, I bought these faux fur pillows. I purchased the gray faux fur decorative pillow from Target and the white fur pillow from Marshall’s. Both were inexpensive and great quality! You can find them at a range of stores, from Target to Urban or even TJ Maxx. Faux fur pillows are a current trend, so just keep an eye out for them while shopping at any home décor store.

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UO Inspirational Pillow

To add some inspiration to my space, I purchased this UO “No Bad Days” pillow for my bed. It is a unique look for any space, whether it be for your bed, couch, or chair. I especially love the simplicity of the text and its design.

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Body Pillow

A must for any college student, this gray faux fur body pillow is a necessity. I purchased mine from Target, and it comes in a variety of colors – (mint, white, gray, or tan.) Body pillows are an essential when it comes to studying or sleeping. They provide comfort and style for any space.

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Blankets, blankets, blankets

To get cozy in those colder months, blankets are a must. I have several blankets and both are from Target. The first is more of a light gray quilted blanket that I purchased during the height of back-to-school shopping in the summer. The second, however, is perfect for winter! This plush and fuzzy gray blanket from Target is ideal for those colder days when you just wanna relax with a cup of tea. For more great deals on blankets and throws, check out your local Marshall’s or TJ Maxx – I am constantly impressed with their unique selection of home décor.

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For more inspiration, be sure to check out my college life and rooms & spaces Pinterest boards, featuring some of my fav pins. (Pinterest houses are seriously goals though.)

 

I hope you found this post helpful! Let me know in the comments below how you make your bed space your own. As always, check out the social media icons in the sidebar to visit my various accounts.

 

xoxo,

madauer

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how to create your own inspiration board

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As I tore away the September page in my calendar on my inspiration board, I realized I needed to share a very important part of my dorm room – my inspiration board! Inspiration boards, very similar to bulletin boards, are a staple that I believe everyone should invest in, whether it be for their work area, bedroom, or dorm room.

 

Before leaving for school, I was determined to bring my inspiration board with me for my dorm room, but it was entirely too large for our four door Element. I was so proud of my inspiration board at home, and would often post about it on my Instagram, generating many comments and questions from my followers.

 

Inspiration boards, much like the artifact prints in my last post, are interchangeable. I love being able to remove items and redecorate my board every couple of weeks, making my work space feel fresh and new.

 

In this post, I will provide some essentials to help you jumpstart your inspiration board, including INSTAX photos and DIY inspiration cards. Keep reading for your ultimate guide to creating your own unique and one-of-a-kind INSPO board!

The Board

First, the board itself. You can find a bulletin board at pretty much any craft or office supply store. I bought a standard bulletin board at Walmart and then painted the entire board white. I wanted a simplistic backdrop for all of my clippings and photos, but you can keep the board brown or paint it your favorite color!

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Calendar

To help keep track of the weeks and important dates, a calendar is a college essential. I purchased this simplistic calendar from Becket Hitch. I love the minimalistic look of it and it matches my grey, white, and black aesthetic. (#goals) I attached the calendar onto my board with command strips, another major college essential.

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INSTAX Polaroids

Inspired by an Urban Outfitters post once again, I decided to hang some INSTAX polaroids onto my INSPO board with white string and black clothespins. I actually took photos of my Artifact prints with my INSTAX mini camera, creating up close shots of my photos. If you are looking for an INSTAX camera, I would suggest checking out Michaels craft store. They almost always have online coupons that you can use in-store to purchase your polaroid camera!

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DIY INSPO Cards

Need some inspiration in your life? Create some DIY inspiration cards to hang onto your INSPO board. I created these and hung them onto my board using washi tape. All you need to make these is some card stock paper and a black felt-tip marker. I always scroll through my “inspire to be” board on Pinterest to get some ideas about what inspirational phrases I want to include on my cards. Affirmation phrases are always a great pick-me-up to look at while working and under stress.

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Photographs, Cards, & More

Lastly, I like to keep photo booth strips and some of my favorite photographs to put on my inspiration board. They remind me of the people I love and friends from home. I also hang small business cards and other miscellaneous items from craft shows and art shows on my board. I have a small box that I keep all of my INSPO board items in, making it easy for me to swap them in and out throughout the year.

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That’s it for now! If you have any questions about inspiration boards or think I missed something, let me know in the comments down below! As always, check out my social media accounts and my newly made four floors up twitter account, linked in the sidebar.

xoxo,

madauer

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how to decorate empty wall space

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Hello from four floors up! This week I will be sharing my advice and inspiration on how to decorate any empty wall space in your room. I will share my own tips and tricks and provide links to the websites I use to purchase my dorm décor, ranging from Target to Artifact Uprising! Keep reading if you are inspired to learn more…

 

Artifact Uprising Square Prints

First, let’s talk about Artifact Uprising. Artifact is a great way to turn your digital photos into real-life prints. Their standard square prints are 5 x 5” and you get 25 prints per order. After ordering these for the first time, I was absolutely in love. They are amazing quality with a clean matte finish. Artifact Uprising even makes it super easy to upload photos to print. You can sync your photos from your Instagram feed or select photos from your Photo Album on your computer.

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Displaying your Prints…

I decided to hang my prints with command strips and binder clips because I didn’t want to damage the photos with tape and risk tearing them. (Command strips are your best friend in college BTW) I love the way they look and I only display 12 at a time, enabling me to interchange them throughout the year! Also, I highly suggest following Artifact Uprising on Instagram because they usually post coupon codes that can get you 25 free prints (excluding shipping) $8 for 25 prints – yes please!

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Tassels 

Above my prints, I hung navy and white tassels from Target. My mom and I bought these when we were planning a photo booth for my brother and I’s graduation party, but they look great in a dorm room! We bought two different tassel packs – one navy and one white pack – and interchanged them on one string. I love how the length of the navy and white tassels vary from one to the next. These tassels are definitely a must have and make any space unique!

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Twinkle Lights

What’s a dorm room without twinkle lights??? My favorites are from IKEA. They are their standard Kilometer light chain with 48 bulbs. I love the glow that they give to the room and I find them so relaxing while I am studying at night! I also love that the cord is thick, allowing me to clip some of my extra Artifact prints to the chain with clothespins.

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YAY Banner

If you know me, you know that I love inspirational quotes and sayings. As I was looking on Instagram, I kept noticing posts from Urban Outfitters featuring small banners with different sayings, such as, “IT’S OK” and “YAY”. I was obsessed and knew it was a necessity for my dorm, but I was so disappointed to find out the hefty price tag. After searching relentlessly, I found an adorable AND affordable “YAY” banner on Etsy from Zana products, almost identical to the original I saw on Instagram. Shipped from South Africa, my banner came surprisingly quick and beautifully packaged! I could not be happier with my “YAY” banner! (It honestly makes me smile just looking at it as I am writing this)

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Urban Outfitters Inspired Hat Display

Once again, I was inspired by Urban Outfitters, as well as photographer and visual merchandiser, Cait Poli, via Instagram. After scrolling through my feed, I noticed Urban and Cait’s small space photos featuring simple hat displays. Using two large command strips, I hung two hats onto my wall to fill some of the empty space between my bed and desk area. If you are looking for a simple, functional, and easy way to decorate your space, consider displaying your fav baseball caps!

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Baltimore Pennant

Lastly, I gotta talk about my hometown pride! Being in Philly, it’s a necessity for me to represent Baltimore, Maryland. I purchased this simple and classic pennant from one of my favorite stores, Becket Hitch. They are my go-to for desk supplies, notebooks, planners, and one-of-a-kind finds, such as this pennant. It always reminds me of where I came from and all of the reasons why I love Baltimore.

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That’s it for now! I hope that these tips help you spruce up your space or inspire you with some dorm décor ideas. As always, be sure to stay connected by following either my personal Instagram or my new four floors up account. Both are featured in the sidebar!

xoxo,

madauer

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