Back to School Blues

It's that time of year again! I can't believe that summer is over and everyone's going back to school! Even though I'm going to miss the summertime, I absolutely LOVE fall! Fall means two things in Perry, Georgia: Football Season and the Georgia National Fair. We love our college football here at Cossart Design. Our very own Hannah starts her first year at the University of Georgia this month and our summer intern Miriam will be starting her last year at the University of Florida. (Talk about workplace rivalries) With Hannah moving into a dorm, I've been thinking about the dorm experience in college: dreary, cramped, lifeless, just to name a few. Just because your dorm room is drab doesn't mean it can't be fab! So here are some Cossart Design tips to make your dorm feel more like a home and less like a prison. 

Tapestries
Cover up those cold bare walls with beautiful tapestries for a trendy bohemian look. They bring warmth into your space, add some acoustical coverage and make your room more cozy. It's a statement piece that goes well with everything and can cover an entire wall, which can save you the time and hassle of trying to find artwork to fill the room instead. 

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Customize and Personalize
College is the time where it's perfectly acceptable to monogram LITERALLY everything. Monogram your pillows, sheets, towels, or every use them as artwork with a wooden monogram or in a cute frame. Coordinate colors with your roommate for a more put together dorm room. Custom headboards and bedskirts can save the day by adding more comfort and color to a space. And go ahead, monogram your headboard too. 

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Lighting
The overhead flourescent lights of dorm rooms add to their famous "institutional" reputation. But lighting can be an easy fix by adding lamps or making use of natural lighting through the windows. Looking for a fun lighting solution? String lights and lanterns can add some warmth and charm to any style room. You can even personalize them by covering them with mason jars or paper lanterns. You can even use the string of the lights to clothes pin up pictures to add some personality.

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Drapery
Never underestimate the power of curtains. They can give your room a polished finishing touch. Sheer curtains let in light and give the room an ethereal look.  Or go the opposite route and use thick blackout curtains for those of us who wake up the moment the light filters in. Curtains are an easy way  to turn a dorm room from instutional to homey. 
Bonus tip: Use them as a bedskirt or put them in front of your closet for a sleek way to hide storage bins and clothes. 

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