Dorm Room Design with: Crane & Canopy

I never had the leisure of living in a dorm at university. My mom lived literally three streets away from my campus, and when I decided to move out of home at age 20, I rented an apartment. I suspect that in a way though, dorms and first apartments have lots in common: they’re small, not particularly attractive and they require major styling skills to make them feel inviting and pleasant.

Since back-to-school season is around the corner again, Camila of Effortless Style organized a fun decorating challenge with a handful of bloggers in collaboration with Crane & Canopy to tackle a dorm room design around the Noe Blue Twin XL Duvet Set.

I started with the essentials: a colorful cotton rug to hide ugly dorm room carpeting; a pretty senegalese storage basket for dirty laundry; a nice grosgrain ribbon roman shade that coordinates perfectly with the Crane & Canopy bedding; and a much needed table lamp for a pop of color and flattering lighting.

I also added cute artwork for visual interest, a small vanity mirror for getting ready, and a boudoir sham for the bed. For the few students lucky enough to fit a small bedside table or accent chair in their dorm room, I included options for those two. Ahh, much better. Doesn’t that kind of make you want to go back to college days?

Below is the week’s schedule. Give these girls some love and check out their designs throughout the week!

Camila from Effortless Style on Monday 8/26
Lindsay from Sadie & Stella on Wednesday 8/28
Carmel from Our Fifth House on Thursday 8/29
Lindsay from The Pursuit of Style on Friday 8/30

1. Grosgrain Ribbon Cordless Roman Shade | 2. Odyssee Mirror | 3. Camel Framed Art | 4. Senegalese Storage Basket | 5. Crane & Canopy Noe Blue Duvet Set | 6. Robert Abbey Double Gourd Table Lamp | 7. Biscuit Fiona Boudoir Sham | 8. Hennie Chair | 9. Strawberry and Chestnut Zig Cotton Dhurrie | 10. Aleppo Inlay Table



  • Camila@effortless-style

    Beautiful! Thanks so much for being part of this! I love seeing how different we each tackle the overall look. The Noe Duvet looks like at home in your design. I love how boho chic it all looks. That mirror has to be one of my favorite things!

  • Mimosa Lane

    in love with that cute camel! Dorm room decorating in my time was not this sophisticated….it pretty much implied some tapestries from Urban outfitters to cover old furniture and maybe a rug from Pier 1! This is lovely!

  • Comfy Cozy Couture

    The camel is just darling…and what a fun dorm room! I love the bone inlay side table and dhurrie!

  • Carrie

    This is absolutely lovely; it is everything I would want in a dorm room if I were only 18 again or my daughter were headed to college instead of 2nd grade! 🙂

  • Sadie + Stella

    This is so serene and perfect! I totally love!

  • Gabrielle | Savvy Home

    Haha I had a patchwork coverlet from UO in my first apartment… I sure wish Serena & Lily and Furbish would’ve been around then 😉

  • Gabrielle | Savvy Home

    I hear you, I’m really kind of obsessed with that mirror… Might have to get it for myself eventually 🙂