Back to school is in full swing. Settling into a new dorm room is like moving to a new house. You often have to live in it a few weeks before deciding how to decorate. The big difference is the size. Since two people have to fit everything in one room, storage is always an issue. The secret is to make sure everything has more than one purpose. A stool serves as a table; an over-the-door caddy holds toiletries, desk supplies and snacks.
Let your fashion accessories become part of your decorating scheme. Keep them handy and show them off at the same time. Most dorm rooms have mini blinds, but no draperies or curtains. Attach a simple drapery pole or a tension rod. Hang your scarves or jewelry for instant color, texture and pattern. It won’t cost much money if you use what you have!
Tie scarves to the rod with a simple Reverse Larkshead Knot. Fold the scarf in half; put the loop under the curtain rod with ends up (toward the ceiling). Pull the ends over the rod and through the loop. It should look like a pretzel. Gently tighten the knot. Voila, a new and colorful valance!
Hanging necklaces is even easier. Hook them over the drapery pole. You could add a second pole for bracelets or earrings.
Shawls and long scarves are a fashion staple. By draping one over the rod, it really looks like a drapery valance. Use large clips to secure it in place.
Who doesn’t love decorating on a budget?