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Simple, achievable design and renovation strategies for a beautiful, comfortable home

kitchen design book

Thank you for signing up for Renovation Bootcamp®! Here’s the Dorm Style Resources page with some great stuff to help your child get ready — physically and mentally — for that first year away at college:

Don’t leave home without all the essentials! To remind you what all those essentials are, create a packing list by category. Check out CollegePackingList.com This site has all kinds of great tips and info to help you and your freshie get organized for the big day.

college packing list.com helps you get organized before the big day

On a related site, slugbooks.com check out the info graphic on how to survive your freshman year.

How to survive freshman year infographic from slugbooks.com

Meals are always an issue in residence. Either breakfast gets missed, or there are all-night study sessions, or the cafeteria just a great big trek from the dorm, so it’s great if kids can have a means of keeping a few food items and heating them up and making a cup of tea or cocoa. So here are a few very cool small appliances that are perfect for the dorm room!

a compact fridge and microwave is perfect for a dorm

Find the Avanti fridge microwave combo here.

While that’s cool (pun intended), this is HOT! How about a toaster oven/griddle/coffee maker combo?? I LOVE it!

toaster oven, griddle, coffee maker

The hottest, cool combo ever! Find it here


If that’s a bit much for you, there’s the trusty electric kettle which is indispensible for making tea, cocoa and the student’s staple: cup of noodles!

Proctor Silex electric kettle

Electric kettle. Find it here


These murals are like posters on steroids. Make a huge impact in your dorm room with repositionable wall paper from MuralsYourWay.com Means you don’t damage the walls and you can take them with you when you move next year! Also, the large size will visually open up the room so it feels so much bigger!

Choose from over 850,000 images or upload your own. Custom size to fit your wall and you can even personalize them.

Murals in a dorm room from MuralsYourWay.com

Want some inspiration on creating fun family photos to take with you to college? Or how about to give as gifts? TheDatingDivas.com has 101 Family picture ideas that will be sure to make you smile when the homesickness bug bites.

Tips and ideas for family pictures

Bedding is the thing that will really make the difference between making a dorm room feel cozy or bare naked.  This floral quilt set is colorful and cheerful, which will brighten up any room.

A colorful comforter set

Colorful quilt set makes even a dull room cheerful. Twin size is available. Find it here For the matching fabric shower curtain that you can use for your window find it here.


Bedding for guys is just as important, but they may not be comfortable with so many flowers, so consider this:

A crisp, masculine comforter set. RenovationBootcamp.com

A crisp and masculine comforter set. Twin size is available. Find it here.


A great resource for students before, during and after college is Quintessential Careers: prepare for college life, internships, job hunting, resumes and a wealth of other information you’ll find valuable through your college experience. Including:


 College Professor Pet Peeves and Positive Student Behaviors


 How College is Different from High School


 10 Tips for Getting Good (or Better) Grades


 Your First Year of College: 25 Tips to Help You Survive and Thrive Your Freshman Year and Beyond

Whimsical beer mug light string RenovationBootcamp.com

LED string of beer mug lights. Find them here


String of butterfly lights RenovationBootcamp.com

String of butterfly lights for fun, decorative mood lighting. Find them here

A scatter rug is an economical way to add color to the room and this one is washable, and the colors will work for girls or guys:

A braid rag rug is an economical way to add color to a dorm room

A braid, rag rug is easy to throw in the wash and roll up and take with you when you move. Find it here




 I came across all these links and information when I was researching my post and wished that I had known about them when I went to college and then when I sent my son!  I believe every little bit of information helps get prepared. If you make a purchase from any of these links, I believe it’s a win/win/win. Not only will you get great stuff at really low prices, but any commission that comes to me from the affiliate links, is shared with Covenant House

Covenant House helps kids who have no place else to go

….an organization that helps kids get off the street.  As a parent, it’s a cause that’s very dear to my heart, and I hope you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping other kids who need a helping hand.

With that, I wish your college freshman a fabulous experience and a big pat on the back for you and all the families who are making the experience possible for them. These next 4 years are going to be among the best of their lives, and if you can remember that, it will help everyone feel a little less lonely. College is an amazing opportunity for them to expand their minds and experience the world!  I so hope they can find the the fun and joy in learning so they’ll be on their way to creating a lifetime of success and achievement!

Cheers to you all!


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