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Editors’ Picks: Major Dorm Rooms

Aug 12, 2013

by Stephanie Madewell

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When I moved into Smith Hall (my college dorm), I took the usual stuff: shower caddies, sheets and towels, rolls of shiny quarters for the laundry and emergency supplies of Haribo gummy bears (essential!). I also took about 350 paperbacks (because you can never have too many books), my own book shelf,  a collection of art postcards and an array of colorful paper lanterns. Having my own funny collection of odds and ends transformed my too-small institutional room into a cozy retreat that felt like home.

As the annual move back to the dorms begins, my fellow Etsy editors and I thought it would be fun to riff on dorm room decorating as a rite of passage by pairing finds on Etsy with prospective majors. Take a look and let us know: which would you pick?

biology-college

[1. Ceramic Skull Planter by mudpuppy 2. Vintage chart from BonnieandBell 3. iPad case by irisandlily 4. Vintage molecule model by OliveSomeday 5. Science pencils by WeTheSciencey  6. Science pillow by dirtsastudio  7. Solid wood lamp by nordarchitectdesign]

major-english-etsy-back-to-school-dorm

[1. Bookshelf print by Wannanea 2. Herringbone slippers by RomeroAndMcPaul 3. Composition notebook mug by  LennyMud 4. Vintage leather satchel from LarkVintage 5. Leather key ring lanyard by LarkPractical 6. Linen blanket by myBlueMeadow 7. Knot bookmark by LaurensBookmarks 8. Pencil set by thecarboncrusader]

undecided-major

[1. Wood laptop decal by youyoudecal 2. Air and linen spray by HomeIntoHaven 3. Macrame plant hanger by DanceOfTheSoul 4. Crystal bookends from EarthSeaWarrior 5. Vintage flip alarm clock from TheCuriousCaseShop 6. Custom notebook pouch by MontclairMade 7. Pencil holder by roughfusion]

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iPad case, Hardcover iPad 2 Cover, iPad 3 Case Converts To Stand -  Personalized, Faux Leather, Old Script
iPad case, Hardcover iPad 2 Cover, iPad 3 Case Converts To Stand - Personalized, Faux Leather, Old Script
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Vintage Pull Down Chart, Horse School Chart, Jung Koch Quentell
Vintage Pull Down Chart, Horse School Chart, Jung Koch Quentell
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Human Skull Ceramic Planter - perfect for cactus succulent or air plant
Human Skull Ceramic Planter - perfect for cactus succulent or air plant
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Science Diagram Pillow - Frog Dissection // Scientist // Biology // Biologist // Medical Student // Teacher Gift // Anatomy
Science Diagram Pillow - Frog Dissection // Scientist // Biology // Biologist // Medical Student // Teacher Gift // Anatomy
$65.00 USD
Soft linen blanket - throw blanket - plaid - bedspread - Black&White - Polka dots
Soft linen blanket - throw blanket - plaid - bedspread - Black&White - Polka dots
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Vintage, Tan Leather Satchel, Messenger Bag, School Bag, Cross Body Bag, Handbag.
Vintage, Tan Leather Satchel, Messenger Bag, School Bag, Cross Body Bag, Handbag.
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personalized teacher mug, graduation gift, Composition notebook, large 18 oz
personalized teacher mug, graduation gift, Composition notebook, large 18 oz
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Macrame Plant Hanger  ~ Hanging Planters 24" (60cm) ~ Macramé Pot Holder ~ Hanging Flower Basket ~ Vertical Planter ~ Indoor Home Wall Decor
Macrame Plant Hanger ~ Hanging Planters 24" (60cm) ~ Macramé Pot Holder ~ Hanging Flower Basket ~ Vertical Planter ~ Indoor Home Wall Decor
$7.40 USD
10% SALE - BookGardEndz- Crystal Bookends with Air Plant Garden - Purple Heart Agate Geode- Set of Two - Polished Inside and Natural Outside
10% SALE - BookGardEndz- Crystal Bookends with Air Plant Garden - Purple Heart Agate Geode- Set of Two - Polished Inside and Natural Outside
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Vintage Flip Clock Alarm Clock / Bosch UDW2 / Retro Orange Yellow Table Clock / 70's Germany
Vintage Flip Clock Alarm Clock / Bosch UDW2 / Retro Orange Yellow Table Clock / 70's Germany
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1 Featured Comment

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 4 years ago Featured

    Decorating a dorm room can change your whole year! It's so much nicer to come back to a fully furnished living space after a long day of classes than a room resembling a jail cell. Even if you can't move in your own furniture, there's so much you can do to make the space your own!

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