I love it when people say that. I think it's the most genuine compliment you could ever receive. I know I might be kinda alone in that, because saying "that's so you" is the sort of compliment that isn't really a compliment-- I'm not really sure if she liked my dorm decor or hated it. But what she was saying was, it didn't really matter if she liked it or not. Instead, she appreciated the fact that it was just me being myself.
I also love that compliment because it confirms my many efforts to make my style a prominent and defining part of who I am . I love it when my friends tag me in Instagram posts of outfits they know I'll like, or send me YouTube links of "Julia songs" that sounds like something I'd enjoy. I love it when my mom gets super excited because she finds a quilt that fits my style perfectly, or my step mother randomly buys me a dress from Goodwill because it seems like something I'd wear. I love being my own genre.
Sometimes I sit in my Julia Room wearing Julia Clothes and I just laugh. It makes me happy to know that I have become the girl that little-me always wanted to be; a girl who lives her life in a world of weird, quirky prettiness that she has designed herself.
That, I think, is also what makes decorating the most fun. Generic wall decal stickers and twinkle lights are nice and all, but what will get you really excited is personalizing your spaces so that your friends walk in and say, "wow, this is just so you."
And now, after the longest introduction of all time (another characteristically-Julia tendency), I have put together a holy grail of dorm decor DIYs that will help you do just that. Some of them are DIYs from other bloggers (using stuff you probably already have on hand) and some are just thirty-second ideas to do while you're procrastination your homework. All are entirely personaliz-able, so you can design them to suit you. :)
|1. Maiko Nagao 2. Little Inspiration 3. Homey Oh My 4. Homey Oh My|
decorate with photos
Add colorful boarders to your photos
Starting simple. If you want to get your hands on some decorative scrapbook paper to use, here are some freebies provided by some very kind bloggers, that you can download and print! Here, here, and here.
frame your wall photos with washi tape
This isn't much of a tutorial (you get everything you need to know from the photo), but blogger Maiko Nagao did a beautiful job of using washi tape (a trendy high-quality masking tape that craft people are obsessed with) to make here photo wall look really stunning. Here's a bunch more washi tape ideas if you're interested.
hang your photos
Here's a tutorial from Homey Oh My on turning your photos into a cool-hanging-mobile-thing. This DIY looks impressively chic and Pinterest-perfect. As far as I can see, this could also be accomplished with fewer materials. The clay, for instance, could be replaced with a heavier paper.
make a "photo clothes line" in a frame (you know what I mean)
You've probably seen this one before. It looks a bit intimidating because it requires a big frame, but as Angie from Little Inspiration wrote, you can buy a frame like that from Target for less than ten dollars. Or you could get a big photo frame from the dollar store and take it apart.
banners & garlands
Another unbelievably easy way to decorate is to make a banner or garland. I made the flags in my room just by folding pieces of diamond-shaped paper over a long ribbon and stapling them. You can also make message banners by decorating big letters and pinnning or stringing them along a ribbon. Here's a really great collection of (super easy) DIYs from A Beautiful Mess: 10 ways to make a garland