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My Sophomore Year Dreamland

August 26, 2017

Hey there! Sorry it has been a while…


Moving back to Arizona has been a bit of a whirlwind. Thankfully, my mom and sister came out for a long weekend to help prepare me with everything I could need to start off this heavily loaded semester. In a span of just a couple weeks, Iโ€™ve started a new job, 17 credits worth of classes, moved into a new apartment, set up my car and SO. MUCH. MORE. Life has been crazy.

My roommates and I moved into our spacious, four bedroom apartment a little while ago, and now that weโ€™re settled in, Iโ€™m so excited to finally showcase my sophomore year bedroom! I think itโ€™s a dreamy mix of happy and homey. My room is small, but it is nowhere near as small as my freshman dorm! Thereโ€™s a really lovely attached (and private) bathroom with a single sink and granite counter space. I even have a real closet with doors! Itโ€™s certainly an upgrade from the shared dorm. Although our apartment is spacious for city living, it conforms to the urban area with a very industrial design. Think concrete, black and sleek. Not exactly my style at all.

So how did we do up a preppy and cozy bedroom in a space where grey, black and white reigned supreme? We wanted to make sure we were being as temporary as possible, so when move out came, we werenโ€™t too overwhelmed. We steered away from paint and wall paper, but we knew we somehow had to bring in color. Pink wasnโ€™t planned, but when I stumbled across this Kate Spade, hot pink, gingham comforter for $60 at Home Goods, I couldnโ€™t resist. This queen bedspread brings in a large amount of color and pattern to brighten up the room.


Next we fluffed up the bed. I had this white ruffle comforter set from last year. Folding up the comforter on the end of the bed as an accent added volume. The set came with the white pillows pictured. The gold bow pillow was my momโ€™s find at trusty Target. Ruffles and bow? Weโ€™re already off to a good start! Having a comfortable bed is my priority when I apartment/dorm decorate, and Iโ€™m very happy with my cotton candy cloud of a bed!

After the bed was set, we played around with the standard issue furniture. My apartment came furnished so we had a bed, two sets of drawers, a table/desk and a chair to work with. We threw the drawers under the bed, but there were only so many spots the plain black and grey desk and chair would fit. After much debate, we ditched the chair under the bed. It was hideous and uncomfortable. We decided to move the desk from the nook in my room and placed it by the door. We slid two cubes ottomans under the table to function as seating for the desk, a foot rest and storage. I keep tons of trinkets and memorabilia, so I made sure to display all my favorite memories on the desk as well as my brand new television.


Honestly, the TV was one of our best buys (tehe). We bought the small Roku Insigna TV at Best Buy for $109 as a part of their Open-Box deals. If youโ€™re not familiar with Open-Box, itโ€™s when display or returned products are put back on the shelf to be sold at a reduced price. You have to make sure you check the Open-Box tag before purchasing. Some products are in nearly new condition (like my television was), but other products may be missing parts or have superficial damages. I HIGHLY recommend you buy a Roku TV. Itโ€™s a pretty smart cookie. Setting up my TV was a breeze!

Now what to do with the nookโ€ฆ This blank, gaping space is about four feet across and looks out towards the head of my bed. By my mom and sisterโ€™s final day in town, we still hadnโ€™t decided what to do with this random corner. I told them to go nuts with it while I went to my first day of work.


When I came back, they had given the space a complete Target makeover.They threw a grey, gemstone shaped chair in the corner with an adorable โ€œSparkleโ€ pillow. Next to the table is a scalloped side table I am freaking OBSESSED with. Itโ€™s the perfect height and placement to function as a side table for both the bed and the chair. On top of the side table is an adorable castle box lamp. We mounted an extension cord for chargers on the wall and the pineapple lamp lights up the space once the sun goes down. Itโ€™s an extra cozy spot once you pull over a ottoman.

I always make sure to use my Kate Spade coasters when placing anything down on the side table. I ran into a lot of issues with the side table being damaged. I had to go to three Target stores to find one that wasnโ€™t scratched, missing paint or dented. For $79.99, I wanted my table to look polished and preppy.

Finally, we placed the wall hangings. This was a bit of a task. My mom and I very carefully pulled pages out of my Thomas Kinkade wall calendar, mounted them to the back of Ikea frames and displayed them on the wall. The payoff is lovely. Now Aurora and Snow are sitting pretty in beautiful displays. They look like $100 bucks (instead of barely $20).

I could not be happier with the room. For a sophomore year apartment, it fits my needs, is super functional and is a really comfy place to come home to after a 12 hour day. I canโ€™t thank my mom and my sister enough for schlepping to Target and all around kingdom come for three days straight putting it together.

Teamwork makes the dream work!


Let me know if youโ€™d like a bathroom or apartment tour! I canโ€™t say they rival my bedroom, but they are fairly pretty.

Keep an eye out for more updates on college and life! Big things are happening, big dreams are forming and I canโ€™t wait to share it all with you.

P.S. Make sure to check out my freshman year dorm here to see how I recycled a lot of the decor from last year!


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