Freshman Diaries: First apartment/dorm decor
As we all prepare for moving day, whether it be into a dorm or an apartment, decorating is a must for making your new place feel like home. Whether you’re buying new furniture or finding a few posters to spruce up the walls, here are a few tips to make it your “home sweet home.”
- Ikea will be your best friend. Just accept it. Prepare yourself for the confusing madness of navigating the store on a Saturday. Be ready to stress over the seemingly simple instructions and lack of all the necessary parts in the box. For those living on-campus, you probably won’t need as many things from Ikea due to already provided furniture, but they also have kitchen supplies, posters/artwork and a plethora of lamps and items to help you organize.
- Collaborate with your roommate. With housing for ACA and Spring House completely full and the average college student not being able to afford the rent on a $1200 apartment alone, you will most likely have a roommate or two. Make sure your decor doesn’t clash with theirs or that you don’t buy two of the same thing such as microwaves, mini-fridges, trash cans and other household items. Who knows? Interior decorating could be your first bonding experience.
- Be one-of-a-kind. The great advantage of going to an art school is making use of the beautiful art that your peers create. Ask around to see if anyone has any work that they are willing to part with, whether it be free or for sale. It’s also a great way to meet new people and network. If you are too shy to reach out just yet, check out sites such as Society6, Redbubble and Etsy to find unique digs by fellow artists for your new space.