Proudly Put Your Dorm On Display With These Back-To-School Essentials

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Back to school is right around the corner. And while a fresh fall wardrobe is a must for any CollegeFashionista, the clothes are just half the battle. A true style champ's dorm room is an extension of her personal style. So, your dorm should look just as fabulous as you. From artwork to the throw blanket, here is a list of some of our back-to-school must-haves for your dorm room.
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Inspirational Artwork

Personalize your space with artwork that is reflective of your personality. Find a poster with your favorite quote to make the place your own and inspire you during those late-night cram sessions.

AllPosters Gandhi poster, $12, available at AllPosters.
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Inspirational Artwork

IKEA Poster, everything you see, $12, available at IKEA.
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Wallpaper Decals

Cinder block walls can make your dorm room feel more like a prison then your own personal sanctuary. Create an accent wall or go all out by using self-adhesive wallpaper. It is super easy to apply and remove at the end of the school year.

Tempaper Zee Wallpaper, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Wallpaper Decals

Urban Outfitters Peony Wallpaper, $79, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Throw Blankets

A great way to save money and update your dorm is by keeping your bedding neutral and accenting it with a fun throw blanket. That way, if you are looking for a change, you can swap out the throw blanket for a totally new look without breaking the bank. Plus, they are perfect for a lazy Sunday movie marathon with your roommate.

Kennebunk Home Braided Throw, $44, available at Nordstrom.
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Throw Blankets

Marley Orange Throw, $30, available at Crate&Barrel.
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Rawhide rugs

Bring a little bit of sophistication and personality into your dorm room with a rug. Rawhide rugs are a major trend in home decor right now. Plus, they are rather cost-effective. The fun shape and pattern is definitely an upgrade from the unsightly linoleum flooring.

Overstock Rawhide Ivory Rug, $167, available at Overstock.
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A stylish piggy bank

Piggy banks are no longer just for toddlers. Now, houseware designers are offering more elevated, stylish piggy banks that mix nostalgia with sophistication. Throw your loose change into a piggy bank and you will be surprised how quickly your coins add up.

Jonathan Adler Gold Piggy Bank, $198, available at Jonathan Adler.
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Coffee Table Books

While most of the books you will purchase for back-to-school will be textbooks, be sure to pick up a coffee-table book or two, as well. Whether you are passionate about fashion, travel, photography, or even music, coffee-table books are a great way to infuse those interests into your space. Plus, your friends can flip through them while you finish getting ready for a night out.

Kate Spade Things We Love, $30, available at Barnes & Noble.
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Coffee Table Books

Jordan Matter Dancers Among Us, $14, available at Barnes & Noble.
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Polaroid Camera

As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again,” and Polaroid cameras are no exception. Capture your favorite moments with your friends, have your friends write fun messages, and tack them up on a bulletin board in your dorm room. By the end of the school year, you will have compiled a great collection of photos and memories.

Polaroid 300 Instant Camera, $70, available at Target.
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Keurig Mini

All coffee drinkers tend to start their habit in college. Between classes, group meetings, and late-night study sessions, caffeine can become a college student’s best friend. The Keurig Mini takes up minimal space and is a lifesaver when you need your fix.

Keurig K10 MINI Plus Brewing System, $99, available at Keurig.
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Statement Lamps

Everyone in your dorm will have the same basic stand lamp. How boring! One part function, one part fun, these lamps are sure to light up your room and spark plenty of conversation.

Land of Nod Gummy Bear Nightlight, $29, available at Land of Nod.
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Statement Lamps

Menlo Lamp, $118, available at Anthropologie.