There is the bed, the desk, but I find that the game change for any small space ultimately lies in what you do with the most expansive parts of the room: the walls and the floor. Say good bye to the bread and butter of any Spartan dorm room: the unforgiving cinder block walls and the ever so unwelcoming linoleum floors or equally uninviting tightly woven brown carpet. Instead, say hello to geometrically patterned wallpaper (both removable and stick-on) that infuses a “my first apartment after college” vibe and a pearly white, fuzzy throw rug practically engineered for those 3 AM physics cram sessions. These are the finishing touches that will go the extra mile and make your room ready for the Zillow market.
Haha, You Thought
The. Ultimate. Transformer. If there was one thing I’d say to get, it would be this adhesive wallpaper by Tempaper. Your room goes from Meh to A111111111111 in a mere 1 hour of setting it up. It’s really simple and straightforward to use, human-friendly if you will (cough cough for the 21st century tech savvy but home-improvement foolish teen)– you just peel, position, and stick. At the end of the year, you can reuse it or toss it and get a different pattern for next year. Easy as pie. In fact, easier.
The Good Kind of Fluff
c/o RugsUSA (5′ x 8′)
Huge shoutout to RugsUSA for this ~beauteous~ rug from NuLoom. The pearly white color lends itself well to the modern aesthetic of the room. Also, it’s way more low-maintenance than I would have expected given its precarious color; cleaning entails vacuuming once every other week. I used to be super picky about walking on it with shoes as I didn’t want dirt permeating all over the new rug, but fast forward two months, I find that it doesn’t actually ever deviate from its original color despite the plethora of shoe imprints from all walks of life (jk).
Meet the Elevated Insta Prints
It’s embarrassing that it took this long to release these photos from Summer ’17, being that it’s almost December…Oh well, better late than never. Welcome to the life of a high school junior. But in case you live on the West coast or some other sunny spot in the world and need some warm weather outfit inspo, here you have it. You can’t see it in pictures but the whimsical red floral motif here is actually textured, giving it the rich, delicate detail that Milly pieces are known for. Bought this at a consignment store for a steal. A bit wall paper-y in pattern, I’m not going to lie, but elegant and comfy nevertheless with its fitted bust and empire waist. ‘Vintage’ Milly, circa 2000-something here folks, sported by yours truly looking ever so carefree and stress-free, completely oblivious to the frenzied future that awaited her… Ay.
~TIP 3: Unless you are fine with having rips/stains on your clothing, make sure to do a 360 of an item before purchasing, or if online, read the descriptions/survey the photos carefully. It is VERY DIFFICULT to remove imperfections, especially if they’ve been there for a while…The only exception is if the price overcompensates for the flaws. The latter situation has actually afforded me many stellar deals, both online and in store. It’s all about knowing the market and assessing whether or not something is worth taking home.
I don’t know if you’ve heard…but Juicy Couture tracksuits are back in. Yes, the ones that every celeb from Paris Hilton to Britney Spears once donned to LAX. A rather iconic piece if you ask me. They were also my bread and butter in middle school until one day, I walked past the Juicy flagship store on my way back from school only to find out that it had shut down (I even called Juicy Couture to make sure that this was legit and not a fluke). Fast forward a few years…The LA girl’s staple uniform of the early 2000s has been resurrected. My question is–how does Juicy go from a practically dead brand, picking up dust on the racks of Sears, to collab’ing with the likes of Vetements? Unprecedented, but in a way, exciting that such an classic brand is making waves again in the fashion world. After all, they were the OG athleisure brand. Chalk it up to ingenious marketing. #trackisback