For most students, it’s the first place that’s out from under mom, dad or caretaker’s roof. It’s a space of ownership and growth, and it’s imperative that said space reflects personal tastes, fosters a creative and homey environment and shows off just a bit of style.
Since the room you’ve 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. You’ll probably notice the gorgeous candles alongside, but just remember those have to be saved for bigger spaces with different fire codes. Hey, it’s for your own safety!
Once you’ve 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 might’ve 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), you’ll 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” you’ll have with Oklahoma-inspired T-shirts and carrying your books in a bag that reads, “There’s Thunder in Our Hearts.”
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 you’re feeling a little nostalgic for college, shop Gil’s Clothing (7644 N. Western; 848-0334) for a T-shirt that says “I Miss Stillwater” or “I Miss Norman.”
Whether you’re 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. Let’s shop, OKC!