At the start of the month, I moved into a new flat with a group of friends. This is our third house at uni- not including halls and our accommodation during placement!
Something I love about moving to a new house, is the ability to transform a blank room into my own personal space, and seeing as this is uni bedroom number five I'm becoming rather practiced! I'm still no expert though, and I love looking online for inspiration of new ways to do up a room.
I live in rented accommodation which brings its own challenges- I can't change wall colours or put up loads of new furniture. In fact, I'm not even supposed to blu-tac things to the wall! But being limited by the rules of my contract doesn't mean I can't make my bedroom look lovely.
I didn't take a 'before' photo of my latest bedroom- but I can tell you it was previously lived in by a boy and was very dark, smoky and messy. Luckily I moved in a week after the other girls who were kind enough to make sure it got a good airing out before I arrived.
I've now been here three weeks and think I've already put my own stamp on the space. Have a look through the pictures and see what you think!
My desk- I haven't actually had much work to do yet so it's looking very clear and tidy right now!
I love photos, and all the silver frames were a bargain at 50p each from Wilko!
Sadly the flowers are fake, but at least they'll last all year round. They were £12 from Wilko (includes the vase). I'm not sure where the little cloth tea pot things are from, but they've been a staple in decorating my rooms since before uni!
Hopefully the framed holiday snaps will keep me calm while working. The flowery box (bottom) is the packaging from a Cath Kidston cake stand my sister bought me the other day. The purple candle holder was a lovely little purchase from Bristol Guild, I think it was only about £3.
The bunting was homemade, so it's a really cheap and creative way of decorating. I will share how to do it in a future post.
I don't really have a strict colour scheme to my room- just light, girly colours! Seeing as I can't blu-tac photos this year, I've hung a few from a piece of string instead, and I think it's really effective.
My dressing table also looks very uncluttered right now- just wait until I move back after summer with all the make up I need though!
Postcards and birthday cards are such an easy way to brighten up the room. The postcards were bought a couple of years ago from Paperchase, who have a beautiful selection still- and they're only 60p each!
And here is the Cath Kidston cake stand my sister bought me, in Clifton Rose pattern. It's a gift, so I feel a bit cheeky looking up the price- but I'm sure it's not hard to find out! I'm currently doubling up it's use as a stand for things on my dressing table because it's too pretty to hide away.
I always think bedding really makes the bedroom. I can't remember where mine came from, but there's a lot of pretty floral designs out there. Cushions are great for making a bed look even comfier. I've had these for years and they are from a number of different places.
Mum bought me these battery operated lights that I've hung along my bed. I think they came from Marks and Spencers last Christmas.
Photo frame and lamp both from Wilko.
Student house furniture isn't always especially pretty, so I use this scarf from Yumi to cover up my bedside table!
Hope you've enjoyed this post and maybe gained some inspiration- especially if you'll be moving into your first student house after summer! I'll continue to keep you updated of new purchases, and maybe even dig out some photos of my past rooms! If you want to share you own ideas for decorating a student room, let me know :)