Back to school!

Although my time at university was short and sweet, if there's one thing that I learnt made a huge difference in me settling in, it was making sure my room was feeling cosy, home-like and looked after. Obviously I didn't have a huge budget (there's only so much Student Loan than can be spent on home furnishings when a gal gotta eat), but I certainly learnt a few things along the way. Fast forward a few years, and this girl not only has a little knowledge but also a Pinterest account and some new ideas- so I thought I'd put together a little post for any freshers looking to liven up their 'digs too!

Take to tape!

Oh my god- if only I'd discovered washi tape when I had been at uni. I'm pretty sure I would have covered everything! Not only is it great for snazzing up stationary, but it makes for the ultimate DIY-frame fix, with no nails or fuss required (plus it peels off super easily too)! Pick up a mini rainbow selection if you can (I got mine here and here) for fun kudos too. On top of that, I also recommend picking up some postcards and cute greetings cards for some cute wall art- it's far cheaper than most things and shops like Paperchase have some amazing picks!



Prints by: Rifle Paper Co | I Like Cats | Cardboardcities | Oh Gosh Cindy

Print your 'grams!

I am so bad at remembering to print off my photographs, and it was only recently that I realised how easy (and quick) it was to do it online! As well as being a great way to help with any homesickness, these little Instagram polaroid prints make for amazing decorations too. I popped up a line of string, picked up some mini pegs and strung it across the room- which was a super cute way of displaying them too. I used this site, but there are tonnes of others that offer amazing services too!


Get organsised!

Having a memo board is the perfect way of reminding yourself about things you have to look forward to (as well as deadlines, duh), and this one from Urban Outfitters is perfect as a) it's wipe clean (making you feel like a legit school teacher) and b) magnetic, so you can pop up train tickets and other forget-me-not things you always need to remember too.


Call me twinkle toes!

I know not everyone is allowed these in their rooms at uni, so didn't want to chat too much about these little twinkly bad boys, but thought I'd pop a few of my favourites below for some inspiration- as regardless as they are one of my favourite ways of cosying up a bedroom!


Have you got any top tips for feeling at home at your student pad? Answers below!

x
Back to school!

Although my time at university was short and sweet, if there's one thing that I learnt made a huge difference in me settling in, it was making sure my room was feeling cosy, home-like and looked after. Obviously I didn't have a huge budget (there's only so much Student Loan than can be spent on home furnishings when a gal gotta eat), but I certainly learnt a few things along the way. Fast forward a few years, and this girl not only has a little knowledge but also a Pinterest account and some new ideas- so I thought I'd put together a little post for any freshers looking to liven up their 'digs too!

Take to tape!

Oh my god- if only I'd discovered washi tape when I had been at uni. I'm pretty sure I would have covered everything! Not only is it great for snazzing up stationary, but it makes for the ultimate DIY-frame fix, with no nails or fuss required (plus it peels off super easily too)! Pick up a mini rainbow selection if you can (I got mine here and here) for fun kudos too. On top of that, I also recommend picking up some postcards and cute greetings cards for some cute wall art- it's far cheaper than most things and shops like Paperchase have some amazing picks!



Prints by: Rifle Paper Co | I Like Cats | Cardboardcities | Oh Gosh Cindy

Print your 'grams!

I am so bad at remembering to print off my photographs, and it was only recently that I realised how easy (and quick) it was to do it online! As well as being a great way to help with any homesickness, these little Instagram polaroid prints make for amazing decorations too. I popped up a line of string, picked up some mini pegs and strung it across the room- which was a super cute way of displaying them too. I used this site, but there are tonnes of others that offer amazing services too!


Get organsised!

Having a memo board is the perfect way of reminding yourself about things you have to look forward to (as well as deadlines, duh), and this one from Urban Outfitters is perfect as a) it's wipe clean (making you feel like a legit school teacher) and b) magnetic, so you can pop up train tickets and other forget-me-not things you always need to remember too.


Call me twinkle toes!

I know not everyone is allowed these in their rooms at uni, so didn't want to chat too much about these little twinkly bad boys, but thought I'd pop a few of my favourites below for some inspiration- as regardless as they are one of my favourite ways of cosying up a bedroom!


Have you got any top tips for feeling at home at your student pad? Answers below!

x

37 comments:

  1. I know not everyone can have them, but we are allowed candles where I'm living at uni and with the darker and colder evenings nothing beats having your fairy lights on, curtains shut, curled up in bed with a good book or watching a film and having a candle burning away in the background! It definitely does not feel like a bog standard uni room at all!

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  2. I found that adding homely touches to my halls bedroom made such a difference during my (also short) time at uni too! Blankets and throws make the room feel cosier, and will help keep freshers flu away by keeping you as snug as a bug! x

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  3. Love these ideas! I covered my uni room in pictures of friends and family - travelling to the other end of the country was hard and homesick was inevitable so having photographs helped to make the room feel a lot more like home!
    Dimples Diaries
    x

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  4. I love the postcards idea :) I often browse Tumblr and get a few of my favourite photos printed via Snapfish as they ALWAYS do deals (i.e. 300 prints for £2.99) X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  5. These are all super great ideas and love the whiteboard calendar and need to print me some Instagram snaps for my room. Thanks for the ideas.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  6. I really love your organizing board(?). They look so cute and actually helpful when it comes to organizing

    http://yumiandyuji.blogspot.kr/

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  7. I've completely covered my uni room with photos! It really makes it feel like home. I loove that whiteboard calender too!x

    www.LUCY-COLE.co.uk

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  8. Really love the month planner! Uni days are over for me, but budgeting is still a big issue..

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  9. I love the washi tape! I use it all the time on my walls, so cute :)

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  10. Love the look of that memo board. You can never have too many fairy lights in your room!

    www.wheresmylipstick.com

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  11. Such cute ideas. I think I need that monthly planner, uni or not! x

    Wonky Lauren

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  12. What super nice ideas!!

    What to wear for SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY? on
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  13. such cute ideas! thank you for sharing xx

    Hannie Arden, huemorist.blogspot.com.

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  14. I might live behind the stones, as I've never heard of washi tape before (note: my biggest fear is peeling off the wall paint). Definitely trying it this weekend!!! Xx

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  15. Paperchase have a selection of "artists papers" which are basically just like massive posters and are super cheap! I have a London underground map and some vintage designs but they have so many to choose from there's even some anatomy ones for anyone doing Science subjects, definitely recommend checking them out. x

    A Fashion Tale // UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  16. The only thing I regret about not going to uni was having the chance to decorate a new little room :( oh well, I'll just have to redecorate my bedroom mwhaha!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I love that planner so much! It's so cute!
    Maddy

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  18. This is adorable! I did my best to make my room as lovely as possible last year, but there's only so much you can do with yellow walls, and a window that's half underground. Sigh x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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  19. I love this post Liv!! I was planning on revamping my room so this is perfect!! I'm studying to be a teacher so that monthly planner is perfect for me haha x

    februaryblues.blogspot.com

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  20. I always find this kind of post very helpful. You can't really change your Uni room, because it does;t belong to you and you are going to move out soon anyways. I will definitely use your ideas to make my room a little bit more 'friendly'! I have Polaroid camera so I'm going to hang my photos on the wall like you did! Brilliant:)

    http://www.cojograab.com

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  21. I don't think people realise just how much there is on the internet! You don't need to go out and buy prints as there are loads of printable ones online :)
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. This has been a revelation for me! Etsy downloads are especially amazing too and so cheap :)

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  22. This is sooo cute!! love it :D

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  23. Everything looks so Pinterest worthy!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  24. I love the post! Your blog is amazing:)

    www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  25. I love this so much! It looks so pretty, and doesn't seem to hard to make either! My room is completely empty right now and these sort of thing is perfect to fix it up a little bit! Thank you so much for these tips! :D

    Filippa ⎮ http://alwaysadot.blogspot.com

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  26. This is so cute! I really like the planner! The other amazing thing I found for uni rooms is battery powered (fake) candles :) they are so good and such a mood creator!

    http://blaiseruby.co.uk

    Blaise xoxo

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  27. I am ALL about the home comforts at Uni! Fairy lights are an absolute must - i have 3 in my room - along with lil' motivational quotes on my notice board and lots of cushions! I also NEED that calendar in my life; i have a bit of a restriction on what i can hang up, but sure i can find a blue-tack-able alternative! Looks just wonderful and perfect for a disorganised busy bee like me :P

    Writing Possibility

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  28. everything is so cute! I love the colored tapes :)

    Ayre

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  29. Love the wall planner!! Can't find it on the UO website though...do you know whether it's sold out?

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    1. I think it has lovely, so sorry! x

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  30. Love it! University is about to start again and I can't wait for my third semester to start again. I'll definitely give your tips a try :) Thank you for sharing!
    xo Laura

    http://xoxolaurabelle.wordpress.com

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  31. I rent in London and this is such a great post to jazz up my little space with minimal damage. Thanks for sharing!!

    www.fifislookingglass.org

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  32. These are awesome ideas, i'm definitely looking for ideas for my dorm since it's so plain right now so thanks for sharing!

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  33. Helpful post, Olivia! :) I especially like the printed-off instagram photos - Lee and I are currently redecorating our bedroom and office/living room, so personal touches like this are perfect! :)
    I also really like the magnetic organiser...I have post-it notes coming out of my ears some days,so I could definitely do with investing! Lee and I just published a blog post on our bedroom which is more rustic & industrial than I think your taste is, but it's funny to see you've posted on interiors recently too...perhaps it's something to do with nestling in for autumn & winter! :)

    Hope you have a lovely evening!

    Flora
    www.hardyandhay.com

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