Soooo friends, I had another little craft post I was working on but life got in the way of finishing the blog post because our son headed off to college on Tuesday.
I planned on making this a structured blog post that showed off his room and how I decorated it all in detail. My friend Amie wrote a fabulous blog post HERE about how she decorated her daughter’s dorm room. It’s a must see. I failed miserably though LOL. I took my big camera, tripod and all but it ended up being completely different than planned and we rushed around like crazy.
On top of it, it was of course such an emotional day and I’m still struggling daily. This blog post I read HERE sums up my feelings perfectly. It’s a tear-jerker.
Our son’s Temple University dorm tour
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So back to the move-in being rushed, you see we only got 30 minutes with the cart. If you don’t return it in time you face a $300 fine. Yup! So we unloaded everything on the sidewalk and my son rushed seperate loads inside while the nice police officers watched our pile of stuff so I could park the car.
Then you get a 2-hour parking window, so you can get your room situated and decorated. I set myself a timer for that and this is where all my plans fell apart. I didn’t set up a time-lapse or take photos along the way. The room was stuffed with us all unpacking and rushing and I didn’t really take pictures along the way.
I’m not sure why the layout of the rooms provided by Temple Housing shows closet doors because there are actually none.
Below you can see a somewhat before photo with the beds on the highest setting. The small fridge we purchased was the perfect fit for under the bed. And so was the small plastic drawer storage unit.
The apartment unit entrance with the bathroom on each side:
I had purchased a shower curtain but was happy to see that we didn’t need it.
The funny thing was that his roommate’s decor happened to match his perfectly and we didn’t plan it at all. He had only exchanged a few short messages with him throughout the summer and it certainly didn’t involve decor decisions.
So here is his Temple University dorm the way I left it.
The rug is his roommate’s and is perfect. His roommate also has a flag hanging that matches all of my son’s flags. He has the same flag banner in his room at home.
The best thing I bought was definitely the dorm bed bedskirt and I got a couple inquiries about it already. So nice to hide the mess underneath.
My son also loves the triangular bolster headboard pillow or whatever you call it.
I’m not showing his roommate’s side because I want to give him his privacy. Not everyone likes being showcased on a blog, right?
I had bought a curtain rod and curtain to cover the closet but he didn’t want it. My plans of making everything look as nice as possible was appreciated but not needed. After all teenage boys care but not that much about the actual overall design. He is appreciative that his bed is cozy and looks similar to his room at home but small details like having curtains on his closet doesn’t matter to him. After all, he mostly left his closet doors open at home too.
Here is a full list of things we purchased for his dorm room:
- matress topper
- fitted sheet
- desk pad
- triangular bolster headboard pillow
- small pillow
- (his roommate’s) rug
- hanging shoe organizer
- salt lamp
- rolling cart
- two black storage bins for rolling cart
- plastic drawer unit
- small fridge (perfect size for under bed)
- Bayern Munich poster (not available anymore)
- Astroworld flag
- flag banner
- Mac Miller poster
- extension cords
- push pins
- poster putty
- soft black blanket
- shower caddy
- cleaning supplies (hope he uses them 🙂
- lamps we had already
Below is what his room looks like at home in case you are new to my blog. I wanted it to be similar so it felt like home but a bit different too. Check out his dark green boy’s room.
You might also be interested in checking out our daughter’s dark blue girls room:
I had planned to have lunch with my son after and maybe head to the bookstore but when it was time to move the car to a new spot when the 2-hour parking window had expired we both came to the conclusion that it was easier to just say a quick goodbye.
My son and I were both nauseous from being so sad and not hungry. I know from experience when I leave Germany and my family behind that a quick goodbye is much better than a lingering dragged-out one. So that is what we did and I got a text from my son a bit later saying that he felt much better now that the goodbye was out of the way.
It took me only 1 hour and 25 minutes to get to his dorm in the morning which is definitely not too far away and we can visit him when we want once he is all settled. I can’t wait of course!
UPDATE: Check out our son’s Temple Nest apartment tour for his second year of college.
Our daughter is heading into her first year of highschool in two weeks and we are happy to be sitting on the soccer sidelines again this fall to see her play. She is so happy that she made the team and her dream is to play in college one day too.
That’s it for today.