If you have a child heading off to college, you know how daunting the dorm room shopping list can seem, particularly for girls, who are generally more particularly about coordinating things with their new roommate(s), who they may or may not know. If your daughter desires a little personality in an otherwise bland, institutional living space, we have you covered! There are plenty of stylish and sophisticated items found in Nashville boutiques to help make your college-bound kid’s new home feel like home!
Gianna Rose Atelier drawer liners
When you’re moving into a shared space that has been lived in by countless classes of students before yours, it’s kind of nice to feel like the drawers are fresh and clean. These drawer liners from Bella Linea come pleasantly printed and scented as a box of six sheets for $35 to ensure that drawers are clean and protected for a nice, fresh start.
If your co-ed is looking to bring some dimension and personality to the dorm living scene, framed pictures and posters are a great start. Make sure you look at The Beveled Edge and Bennett Galleries, which offer custom framing and/or stunning frames. You can also opt for lightweight poster frames, which give you the sleek and chic look of framed pictures with lightweight durability. Prices vary by size.
John Robshaw Home twin bedding and Jonathan Adler bath mat
Use printed bedding to liven up an otherwise drab dorm space. Smaller prints add interest and color up close and simplicity from afar, which is great when it comes to mixing with other prints (like a roommates more, ahem, eclectic tastes?). Find these at Epergne (and bear in mind, they’re not cheap but they will last, hopefully, all four years!) — duvet cover, $360; flat sheet, $165; fitted sheet, $165; pillowcases (set of 2), $95.
This Jonathan Adler bath mat is a relaxed and subtle way to add some personality with animal print. Don’t want to use it in the communal showers? Cute bath mats also make great rug substitutes in a dorm room: They’re soft, easy to wash and some are double sided. Also found at Epergne for $88.
Accent pillow & fleece blanket
Add some dimension and calm to a dorm room with this marbleized pillow made from Kate Spade’s line of specialty fabrics. Splurge-worthy? Yes. But, a little Kate Spade mom-love at college, when eating Ramen noodles for meals, is a good thing. Pick it up at Ashley Meier Linens for $140.
Also at Ashley Meier Linens, this super-soft, iridescent plush throw is like a nice, warm hug on the upcoming chilly nights. Find it for $37.
This Nashville print found at White’s Mercantile, $18, will offer a tasteful touch of home to your daughter’s (or son’s) dorm room. And while you’re there, White’s has a variety of Tennessee items, from prints and postcards to puzzles. We Tennesseans are a proud people!
Lucite luggage tags
With the continual jaunting back and forth between college, home and weekend trips, equip your teen with these luggage tags — perfect for quickly customizing their luggage. Find them at Nashville Trunk and Bag and have them monogrammed for an added personal touch. They’re $10 each, or get a set of two monogrammed for $30.
Toss Designs jewelry case
When it comes to dorm life, space is at a premium. Help your freshman maximize her space (and keep her jewelry safe) with this $44 jewelry case from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics. With storage for necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, this compact, leather case tucks neatly into a desk or dresser drawer.
Mini Antica Farmacista diffuser
For students whose love of candles is about to be snuffed by dorm rules, diffusers are a great alternative. These mini diffusers provide fresh scents without the open flame. Place on a desk or window sill for a fresh, clean smell. Find them for $35 at Bella Linea.
Alright, Mom. Enjoy one last shopping outing with your baby before she heads off to start the next chapter. You’ve got this! And so does she!
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