Making the Most – Pottery Barn Dorm Style

June 9, 2014

Filed Under: Design

For this post I am teaming up with my friends at Pottery Barn and sharing the progress that’s been made in my new bedroom space here in Los Angeles. Pottery Barn recently added a new “dorm” section to their website that features some amazing product that is perfect when trying to make the most of a small space.

When I moved in to my dorm room in 2005, I was really limited when it came to my room serving multiple purposes. I was working with provided furniture and sharing with a roommate, which made catering to both design and function difficult. Now, in my space in L.A., I have more opportunity to customize my space to work for me aesthetically and practically. My goal in designing my bedroom was to create a space that felt like home. Being in a new place really emphasized my need to surround myself with bits and pieces of my life by incorporating furniture and decor that holds sentimental meaning. In order to integrate these items into a functioning space, I chose to invest in shelving and other simple accents that would allow my favorite pieces to shine.

When designing a dorm room, I think welcoming a feeling of home is very important. If I could do it again, rather than purchasing all new items and forcing myself into a different aesthetic, I would have chosen my favorite things from my room at my parent’s house and then designed around them. The dorm selection available at Pottery Barn is simple, comfortable, and pairs well with existing furniture and decor. Because of the classic design, any investment pieces purchased will continue to work in spaces beyond the dorm as well. These items can move with you to an apartment or home after your college days.

I kept all of this in mind when designing my current bedroom space. Here is what I have come up with so far!

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After browsing Pottery Barn’s new dorm section, I found many items that reminded me of pieces I selected for my bedroom space. Each of the selections shown in this inspiration board serve a specific function in my room. Find out why I intentionally chose these specific items for my space in the descriptions below.


1. I intentionally chose a bedside table that also can be used as a small desk or vanity. This will conserve space by serving multiple funcions! I love the Sophie Bedside Table for this purpose.

2. Wall-to-wall shelving is perfect for showcasing special artwork and knick knacks as well as additional clothing storage, as shown in my room and closet.

3. A tall dresser serves as excellent clothing storage as well as additional surface space. I have a large wardrobe to the left of my bed (not shown) that works perfectly for both of these functions.

4. White bedding is the ideal backdrop for decorative pillows and blankets from home. The afghan made by my grandma perfectly pops against my neutral duvet.

5. Because my closet didn’t come equipped with shelving, I fit hanging racks inside and added additional shelving above. The Emily + Meritt Wardrobe Rack is both functional and beautiful.

6. A full length mirror is essential! Rather than selecting an expected over-the-door style, I chose a free-standing mirror that makes a statement.

Have you created a living environment that feels comfortable and homey? To see more small space inspiration and ideas that you can incorporating into your personal space, visit PBteen dorm and stay tuned for more posts showcasing my apartment! Happy decorating!

8 Responses to “Making the Most – Pottery Barn Dorm Style”

  1. kelsey says:

    this is GORGEOUS! love your space
    ladies in navy

  2. danielleeee says:

    loooove it! is that the perfume i got you!? <3

  3. Christina says:

    Looks very cozy, Kayley. Best of luck in your new home! I hope California is treating you well.

  4. Heather P. says:

    Well done so far! I like that you incorporated things from home into your new space!

  5. Ashleigh says:

    So beautiful! I love your styling Kaylee.

  6. Magooch says:

    It’s amazing how well that 33 year old afghan goes with your newer bedding! Your room looks lovely!

  7. Katie says:

    Love your room! Wonder where your yellow pillows and blanket are from?

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