Summer has ended!! Here come the annual nostalgia parents feel at this time of the year, watching their kids head out for the first day of school! The emotions abound for parents this day, especially for those saying farewells to their college bound kids, basically because these kids are going into the real world where no parental protection exist.
The fears of these freshmen’s parents are well placed because the kids are moving from their home comfort to campus dorms, which are not exactly renowned for comfort and style. Basic, dull and drab, most students accept these dorm rooms as a necessary part of the whole college experience.
Out of the many that put up with such environment, a few still refuse to go with the status quo and bring about some change to their living conditions during their stay in the dorms. Skylar Bentz, an 18-year-old freshman at the Texas State University, is one of these students.
As she entered into the dorm the first time and got a preview of its tasteless outlook, Skylar immediately knew something had to be done to ensure her comfort and make her home more homely.
Hence, she got the permission from her roommate to make changes and with help from her mom, Sheila Ybarra, who was once an Interior Designer, they transformed the normal dorm room into something truly remarkable enough to feature in a home décor issue!
They looked where every 21st-century human would look for inspiration for home decorations, Instagram and Pinterest. But as the mom later noted, their search on these platforms did not do much to help their course as they initially hoped:
“… we were unable to find spaces as small as the dorm, so we had to make use of what we had. I think we got our inspiration while shopping at Ikea, mainly because they specialize in small spaces.”
Our goal was to select things that can make their tiny dorm feel a lot more spacious, useful and more importantly luxurious as the home the girls left. They achieved this by making of items sold at big box stores like Target, Ikea, Bed, and Amazon.
Just like any other deluxe room, the biggest consideration for the outlook is the color. Sheila and Skylar went for the very feminine dusty rose, choosing white, and grey as the primary color scheme. Each of the girls used silver or gold to mark their sides of the room.
Another smart idea they had was to use university approved bunk beds so as to raise their sleeping space off the ground, creating a space to fit a big, soft rug, storage dressers, floor lamps, and even a TV.
The whole elegant scene was brought together with marble furniture, Faux brick walls, shaggy pillows, sheer curtains, and a chandelier hanging from the center of the ceiling! Sheila talked about all the work they inputted into achieving their goal on her Facebook page, she said:
“Well, we at least did our best to change her small, ugly DORM!! It’s just as we planned it out to be, 10 hours later and work on four flights of stairs”.
We would say they fared well with what they had! What they transformed the room to in that short time can only be magic! The now cozy room clearly looks like that from the pages of a décor magazine. The mom’s experience and creativity played out perfectly the line that the most unappealing of places could be turned into the most stylish if the will to do exists.