Saturday, 26 July 2014

Making my room MINE!

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!

University Bedroom desk and shelves
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!

University bedroom photo frames on shelf
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!

University bedroom desk
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.

University Bedroom, homemade bunting
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. 
University bedroom

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.

Dressing table and postcards, university bedroom
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 in university bedroom
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!

Cake stand as jewellery stand in university bedroom
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.

University bedroom, bedding and cushions

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.

Fairy lights in university bedroom
Mum bought me these battery operated lights that I've hung along my bed. I think they came from Marks and Spencers last Christmas.

Bedside table, university bedroom
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 :)


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  1. Lovely, finishing touches! I did similar with my uni room :)

    Style Sunrise ☀


    1. Thanks :) I get so excited about moving into a new room and doing it up! x

  2. Oh my goodness this is soo cute :) I love the little teapots hanging from your shelf <3 This is a great first post I am looking forward to your future posts!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment! The teapots are great aren't they? I think I got them in my stocking a few Christmas' ago. I forgot to mention that they are scented too! Hope you enjoy my future posts :) Jennifer x

  3. Aww I love this post! You made your room so pretty! Accomodation is so annoying with the whole blue tac rule, but I didn't take this rule on as I still used it HAHA. You can actually get away without leaving a mark as long as you buy the actual official blue tac brand, it's only the cheap ones that leave marks! I'm so excited to decorate my new room, I'm moving into a shared house so I'm sure I'll be able to make it more ~personal~ now! I look forward to your next posts!

    Joyce x

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! I used blutac in my last house because the person before me had already left loads of marks on the wall with their's! But this room is freshly painted and I wasn't taking any chances haha. I'm planning on more of these types of post, so do check back for more ideas :) Jennifer x

  4. I love this post! You've truly made your room look so gorgeous and it's deffo my inspiration for my new Uni room too! I'm so excited to move in, and like you, make an empty room your own! I love it. Come and design mine for me? Haha! So glad I've found your blog too :) xx

    1. Aww thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm glad it's given you some inspiration :) Hope you come back to read more posts and get more ideas! Just going to have a look at your blog now, thanks for leaving the link :) xx

  5. It's so exciting to start with a blank canvas and add your own little touches to it! Looks so pretty :)

  6. I love your uni room! Its so cute. I love how you've used the string to hang up the photos, I think I might have to do something like this - it looks nicer than just sticking them up too!!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog x

    1. Thank you :) It's such an easy way of doing it- I'd love to print out the photos polaroid style though, I've seen that done and it looks so good


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