Reform Your Dorm, Part 1

Each summer, I get to relive one of the fun parts of being a college student:  decorating dorm rooms for TV shows with my client Bed Bath & Beyond.  All the fun without the tuition, and I don’t even have to go to class!

For our first show of the year, Belmont University in Nashville let us take over a few rooms at Heron Hall to film a segment for WTVF-TV.

With a little style inspiration from Miss Hepburn, “Talk of the Town” host Meryll Rose and I went back-to-school for the day to chat about how to make a small space stylish and functional.

We started with your basic “blank canvas” dorm room.  

Since the bed is the focal point, it’s a great place to start decorating.  Before shopping, however, check your school’s web site to find out if your dorm has twin-sized or twin extra-long beds.

A bed bug mattress protector that completely encloses the mattress is an ideal first layer for dorm beds, and fabulous for anyone with allergies.

Express your personal style with a comforter set like this Bungalow pattern from Anthology.  Bed Bath & Beyond also has “dorm kits” (aka beds in a bag), that include comforters, pillow shams, sheets, pillowcases, throw blankets – even clothes hampers!  At less than $100, these are hands-down the quickest and most economical way to decorate a room that reflects your personality.

Stock up on 3M Command hooks to hang posters, lights, cork boards and other decorative accents.  Check your school's web site for specifics on room decor guidelines.

Voila!  My dorm room at Harding University never looked this good.