For many Linfield students, decorating their living space may not seem important or worthwhile, but for some, decorating is a form of self-expression and serves as a comfort when escaping to a peaceful, cozy place. Though the college puts restrictions on students and limits what they can do to their rooms, there are plenty of ways to accomplish decorating tasks without the use of prohibited items.
For seniors Jasmine Klauder, Whitney Cole, Kendall Moriarty and Rachel Logan, decorating their living space, Hewlett-Packard Park Apartment C303, is more than making it look nice; it is a way to express one’s self, which is important because so much time is spent indoors, they said. For Cole, having a decorated space works as an up-lifter in the middle of the rainy season.
The girls spent only $30 on their living room. They used items that each had previously and some things they borrowed from home to collaborate on an idea for the design.
“We shopped the clearance sections at Ross [Dress For Less],” Klauder said. “And we recycled old stuff to make it look new again.”
Klauder was the brains behind the design, but the decisions were made in cooperation with her roommates. The women gathered design inspiration from magazines and stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond and Pier 1 Imports.
Klauder’s bedroom is also stylishly decorated.
“It looks like something out of a magazine,” Moriarty said.
A useful tip the girls gave was to recycle materials and think of new, creative ways to use things. Cole, for example, took unwanted T-shirts and made pillowcases from them.
“Doing your own crafts adds so much to a room,” Klauder said. “It is about taking something that is used or a little run-down and making it look better.”
Sophomores Tasha Cooper and Stephanie Anderson had it a little easier when it came to meshing two styles into one room. They lived together in Grover Hall their freshman year and had the opportunity to learn each other’s design style.
For both girls, it is important to have a space that reflects who they are.
“It’s our home for the year.,” Anderson said. “We want some place that is welcoming and inviting for our friends. You take little pieces of things you like and then put it together to make a room that represents you.”
Cooper agrees that design makes their space feel like home.
“We wanted some place that was different from everywhere else on campus,” Cooper said.
The girls each have their own style, which is reflected on each side of the room, but comes together with interesting elements in a cohesive design.
The girls spent about $50 on bits and pieces they added to their room, such as the curtains and decorative flowers.
Everything in Elkington 215 is held up with sticky hooks nothing is tacked or nailed in.
In the dorms, it is hard to separate living space from work and dressing spaces. Anderson and Cooper had the idea of adding curtains to extend the look of the wall and to separate the sections of the room.
“Having the curtain creates layers in the room,Ó Cooper said. ÒIt makes the space we live in much more homey.”
Seniors Justin Roisom and Sam Barker think decorating a living space is important because of the instant impact it has on the feel of a room. It is, after all, their home away from home.
“It makes it be a place to live in and not just at,” Roisom said.
For the guys in Hewlett-Packard Park Apartment C102, it was not so much inspiration that guided the decorating of their room but the desire to make what they had work. Since they didnÕt plan beforehand, it took a little time to gather all the things each person held onto, to take what looked well together and then to buy items to finish it off.
Both recommend shopping at Ikea.
“It is affordable, do-it-yourself and stylish,” Roisom said.
Barker completely agrees.
“You can go around and get ideas about how you want your space to be, and then go down to the warehouse and find everything you want,” Barker said.
The guys estimated they spent no more than $40 on their living room. They found good deals and reused items from past years, such as a TV stand Barker made in high school.
Roisom and Barker said they recommend adding objects to the walls because it adds warmth to the room. Additionally, adding a simple area rug can tie a whole room together and hide carpet that is not so pleasing to the eye