For most students, its the first place thats out from under mom, dad or caretakers roof. Its a space of ownership and growth, and its imperative that said space reflects personal tastes, fosters a creative and homey environment and shows off just a bit of style.
Since the room youve got to work with is small, the little things matter most.
For example, one of the best ways to create a fond memory or delightful environment is by smell. A whiff of a pumpkin pie or at least a candle that smells like one is a surefire way to transport oneself to thoughts of Thanksgiving with family. Similarly, the scent of clean laundry is excellent for a clear mind and a lot of studying.
While most candles are discouraged (and even against regulations in some dorms), home sprays make a fine substitute. Blue Seven (7518 N. May; 604-5199) carries a line of deliciously intoxicating fragrances called Voluspa. Youll probably notice the gorgeous candles alongside, but just remember those have to be saved for bigger spaces with different fire codes. Hey, its for your own safety!
Once youve got the place smelling nice, start adding charming touches. For example, the walls will likely be painted eggshell. And while that might seem appealing and you mightve even said, Great! That will go with everything! inevitably, it will get boring.
It will be less dull, however, if you hang some artwork. At Twisted Root Gallery (1705 N.W. 16th; 557-1141), youll find a bit of everything to spruce up those walls. Who knows? It might even inspire you to major in the arts.
Last, and especially if an out-of-town school is on the docket, you need to ensure that your roots are represented. Do that by filling the
teeny-tiny closet youll have with Oklahoma-inspired T-shirts and
carrying your books in a bag that reads, Theres Thunder in Our
Get your hands on those at Collected Thread (1705 N.W. 16th; 557-1141). You might even get some inspirations for DIY projects while there, because the shop decor is quirky and perfect for making spaces feel welcoming.
If dorm days are in your past and youre feeling a little nostalgic for college, shop Gils Clothing (7644 N. Western; 848-0334) for a T-shirt that says I Miss Stillwater or I Miss Norman.
Whether youre decorating the dorm or reminiscing about the time you spent in the student union, metro shops provide a variety of items to help beautify any kind of space. Lets shop, OKC!