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Can anyone quite believe we are already over halfway through the month of June?! I definitely can't. There are now less than two weeks until I can move into my new Uni houseshare, and I'm more than a little excited to put my stamp on my new lodgings. I believe my last Interiors blog post was written all the way back in December, so it is definitely about time I shared some of my current inspiration and bedroom decor ideas with you. (Thanks Tumblr!)

photos do not belong to me, all original sources can be traced back via the posts on my tumblr


One of the only qualms I have with Uni living and lifestyle (obviously along with the awful sinking feeling of seeing an empty bank balance/purse all too often, the typical stereotypes that are thrown at you, etc.) is that when you rent, you are limited to what you can do with a room. No paint colour change here I'm afraid, or any permanent wall fixtures, therefore wall decals, white-tack and other clever decor ideas will be aplenty in my new room. Ultimately, I'd like my room to mimic mine at home, with a very minimalistic feel to make it nice and easy to adapt when I'm bored, and when I move back out.


Had a snoop around my trusty Sass and Belle earlier in the week: their designs and pieces are perfect for almost any room. I don't want to overdo it with too many fussy additions to the room, I'm currently dithering between a plain paper lantern lampshade, or a floral one? Either way, I think they are gorgeous and add a nice, Eastern touch to a room. I'm totally into soft and warm lighting at the moment. While we're on the subject, I found these little tealight lanterns in Ikea on Wednesday. Candles are such a nice alternative to lamps, and won't add to your electricity bill. I always have candles in my room, and lighting them in these lanterns will cast a patterned glow in your room.

Bloggers' cliche alert, but I'm quite likely to stock up on bunting, garlands and/or these hanging decorations for my room. I won't be able to paint or wallpaper my Uni room, and these can easily be pinned or Blu-tacked to the wall to make the room look cosier. How sweet are these ones from Sass and Belle? In true "blogger style", I think the 'Keep Calm' one is a must! Probably going to opt for a mismatched floral bedding set, and then customise my own plain pillowcases as well: when at Uni, I spend about 70% of my spare time tucked in bed writing essays and researching for assignments!

an "i wish" list, for when i'm a high-flying fashion writer/editor/stylist and have my own home!

If, like me, your room is a little on the smaller side, you can open up a room by cleverly placing mirrors in the room. I might have a root around at some carboot sales for a full-length mirror with a gilt-esquee frame that I can just prop up against a wall to mock-double up the space in my room. Light colours will also help give the effect of maximum space, as will minimal clutter. Ikea is great for those huge clear boxes that you can use to store shoes/Uni book/other miscellaneous belongings under beds and on top of wardrobes. Finally, use your window space well to bring light in: I won't be able to do much to my curtains, but will probably add some hanging paper swans at the window which will look so cute.

I'm also thinking of looking for offcuts of fabric at our local market to sew my own scatter cushion covers. Nothing more cosy than a den of cushions on your bed! I'm feeling a very mismatched style on my bed, and then minimalistic everywhere else with some clashes of texture, pattern and colour. What are your favourite easy ways to decorate a room? Any handy tips for me (aside from making my own bunting!)?

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  1. I hope those lanterns are in the IKEA where I love because I totally adore them and am going soon to get my own university furnishings! It is so exciting isnt it!

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  2. oh i love a bit of redecoration- and those sass and belle streamers are brilliant! have you checked out the urban outfitters apartment sale section? they have lots of lovely room ideas. :) x

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  3. I love this! I am a big interior design fan, especially white, light rooms with floral bedding etc. and cute trinkets hung around! Although it's a cliche, bunting is very, very lovely! You'll have to take photos of the room once it's sorted, and of any cushions you sew designs onto :)
    Sirens and Bells xxx

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  4. Holly: They are pretty much an Ikea staple, they've been in all of the Ikea stores that I've been to! Have fun buying everything for Uni, I miss the beginning of my first year!

    Hannah: Me too! Ooh I have indeed, it's a bit pricey though, hence why I think I'll opt for Sass and Belle, as well as a little peruse of Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane when I'm next in London haha (: Frugal student behaviour and all that! x

    Katy: Thank you! My room at home is more sophisticated and feminine, but I really want a pale, floral, whimsical room at Uni! Of course I will be snapping photos at every chance! xxx

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  5. Very nice pics. I can't wait to own a house so I can decorate like this.

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  6. Simple is my game! Especially when it comes to decorating. I love muted colors with pops of color here and there. I love grays and blacks and whites, very clean, ya know? Little details and decorations really pull a room together well. I love the little inspiring photos you've put throughout this post! And yes, nothing is better than lots of pretty pillows on a bed! Best thing at the end of the day.

    x

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  7. Sarah: Thank you (: Mm me either, it's totally motivating me to get a good degree and save up money for a place of my own! xx

    Aimee: Mine too! I like somewhere nice and relaxing to be in. Thanks sweet! x

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  8. Ahhh, so much interior loveliness! Can't wait to have my/our own room back to be able to redecorate. Richard's room is too tiny to bother with, and considering we're still at his parents' house, there doesn't seem to be much point.
    The bunting is so perfect. I need to get on with my project of making my own!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  9. i love the bespoke multi heart picture frame, I had the same problem with university renting I was never able to decorate and only white tack no blue tack never quite understood that one!

    http://musingsofamaniacxoxo.blogspot.com/

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  10. Such great inspiration! I love putting my own stamp on a place, it's just a shame that the Uni house isn't permanent!

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  11. Oooh i love interiors, this is a lovely post :) It really makes me inspired to do something like make bunting or pretty cushions and decoration but I never seem to get round to it!
    If you're looking for lovely things, I know BHS are having a sale at the moment and they often do some really nice things in a similar style in their homeware :)
    http://www.bhs.co.uk/mall/bhsstore/
    Katie xoxo

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  12. Ooo I LOVE interior design posts!! I can't wait til I get a place of my own (not rented) so I can go crazy and do what I want!! I actually saw the origami crane thing on tumblr and actually started practicing making them yesterday! I'm going o buy some cute origami paper and get making!! :D

    L x

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  13. Those magnets are so so cute! I got some lovely floral cushion covers a while ago and some butterfly garlands for my room :)
    x

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  14. Love this post so much! And i'm in love with the like and dislike stamps from urban outfiters, they are so cool! x

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  15. I love interior designing! It's such a fun and exciting hobby to undertake :)

    + I noticed that I have that candle holder from Ikea! It's going to be on my upcoming blog post, so do come around and check it out :-)

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  16. Michelle: I'm glad you liked this post lovely! Oh I can imagine that being a little frustrating, I'm so glad our landlord is quite lenient with decor and things, and our kitchen and bathrooms were refurbished a few months ago, it's a sweet little place! x

    Maryam: It's beautiful isn't it? So expensive, but an amazing idea! Haha yeah because Blu-tack leaves a stain on the walls, whereas white tack blends in (:

    Cherry: Glad you enjoyed the post! Oh I know, I'm so excited for this Uni house, I'm sure I won't want to leave afterwards. I'm more excited to graduate and start saving for my own home though!

    Katie: Aw thanks honey! I've really gotten into DIY-ing things for my room. Feels much nicer when you've physically contributed to your room haha. Ooh thanks for letting me know, will have a look around soon (:

    Laura: Eeep thank you! Ah I know right! Motivates me to save to buy a place once I'm grown-up and in a proper job :-P I'm going to pop to a local craft store in the week to buy origami paper, totes making my friend make them for me while I watch him struggle! xxx

    Sarah: I know! Much sweeter than kiddy alphabet magnets, but with the same idea behind it! I love the idea of using garlands in a bedroom, gives the effect of statement wallpaper but without the hassle, aaaand it'll be 3D ;)

    Kate: Thank you :D Hahaha I had to include them, I'm a serial 'liker' on Facebook at the moment and always want a dislike button :-P

    Julie: Me too, it's so relaxing and fun to refurbish and decorate a room. Totally soothes the mind. x

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  17. I love the paper cranes! The floral lampshade is so pretty and I want that Keep Calm and Carry on Banner!

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  18. Really lovely choices, especially love the floral lampshade you should definitely go for that over the plain one. Its quite frustrating not being able to decorate your uni surroundings isn't it? I'm still in a rented property and it's driving me mad. I've just painted all my furniture instead - or got the boyfriend too

    xx

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  19. I love the heart map photo! I might have a go at making something like this for my room! thanks so much for the follow i've been adoring your blog from afar for a while now! It really is lovely I made lots of white origami cranes for my room and hung them up by string i think they add a chic touch to my room haha xoxo

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  20. I'm so excited about moving into my house we're buying too! We have so many ideas for it, I'm itching to get in it. I have quite a few of those ikea lanterns, they're very pretty.

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  21. Gabrielle: I'm definitely going to buy some origami paper and make some paper cranes to hang from my window or by my bed (: Sass and Belle have some lovely things! xxx

    Grace: Thanks!

    Eloise: Thank you! I'm still dithering, the Ikea one costs just over a pound! Aaah I know what you mean, I can't wait to have enough saved to pay a deposit on buying my own house. Hahaha "got the boyfriend to", of course! xx

    Becky: It's so nice isn't it? I might DIY my own heart map frame, seeing as I don't have a spare £300+ stashed away :-P Oh you're welcome sweet, I came across it the other day and only just remembered to add it to my Dashboard! Aaah that's what I'm looking to do :D xo

    Helen: Squeee, I'm excited for you Helen (: Been so nice reading about your hunt for the perfect place too. Thanks lovely! x

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  22. I love decorating too but found uni houses quite constricting as well- in my second year we weren't even allowed blu tack! Def root around boot sales for mirrors and things, they'll be so much cheaper! You can get cheap offcuts from Cath Kidston sometimes (we got an oil cloth for £12!) xx

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  23. Sew your own cushion covers? Wow. I wouldn't have the patience, time or talent for am endeavor. I agree with how limited decorating is when you rent a place. I feel like I've never had the opportunity to decorate a room exactly as I like. BOO HISS.

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  24. Gorgeous images! I too am moving into a house share this summer (although I won't actually be moving in until September). I'm excited to make it my own. My room at home is white with bunting & little lanterns & I definitely want to continue the style at uni. I have a feeling it will go terribly wrong if I do but I may try out the draping fabric like in the top right image as I'll have an attic room.

    You've got me on Ikea now!

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  25. aww the floral lamp-shade is adorable, makes me want to redecorate my room ^_^ <3

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  26. love these pics - great inspiration x

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  27. Rachel: Oh gosh really? My landlord is quite lenient with us and the house, as long as the place is clean, she doesn't mind (: Oooh thank you for the tip, will defs keep an eye out for some Cath Kidston offcuts, those would be perfect for cushion covers! xx

    Alyse: Haha yep (: I learnt to sew them when I was about 12, I'm rather nifty with needle and thread, and a sewing machine! I can't wait to graduate and find a job I love to start saving for my own proper place, renting sucks. x

    Stephanie: Thank you :D Aw it's such an exciting feeling, isn't it? Your room sounds just lovely! And I'm super jealous of your attic room, I've always, always wanted one. xx

    Fern: I think I might just have to buy the floral one! Although the Ikea plain version is a mere pound! Decisions decisions... :-P

    Kirsty: Thanks darling! xo

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  28. Just started following your blog, I love this post - I'm such an interior obsessive! xo

    http://louisejoyb.blogspot.com/

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  29. Those "like" and "dislike" stamps are too funny. Facbeook really is invading our lives!

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  30. The site is absolutely fantastic. I totally agree with your feelings about making your house feel like yours! Nice to visit your blog and I'm off to check out some of your other posts!
    home staging

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