A lot of things have changed in my life as of late, mostly for the good. To go along with my fabulous independant new life, I've gifted myself with the boho chic room that I've always wanted. I did create it on a budget (which makes it even better) and I'm just bursting over how everything turned out! I wanted to give you all a photo tour that will hopefully give you some ideas for cute (and affordable) boho dorm room and bedroom decor.
Ottoman Lounge Space
I wanted a spot for reading, writing, talking on the phone and lounging in my fluffy flippers! Furniture is so such a huge commitment, though-and moving it in is a headache. So, to stick with the boho theme, I decided to go with floor pillows topped with-uh, more pillows. I actually made the grey floor pillow by tying an old blanket around some pillows that were too flat to sleep on but still completely usable. (Yay for upcycling!) The fluffy white ottoman is actually inflatable and the assorted throw pillows are mixed and matched from different places.
DIY Canopy and Bedding
I found this adorable king sized Paris-themed bedding at CitiTrends. I had another bedset just like it previously but a friend of mine ruined it; so I was glad to find this one-it's surprisingly similar. I mixed and matched some throw pillows to top it off and voila! My favorite is the leaf-print pillow; I got it on end of summer clearance. That was also meant to be an outdoor piece but it was too perfect not to use.
My "canopy" is literally a plain white bed sheet and a leaf-print tapestry that I ordered off of Amazon. The tapestry ended up being too small for the walls in my new bedroom-boo. I definitely still wanted to use it though; I can't get enough greenery and leaf-print! I used a couple of hair ties and some self-adhesive hooks to hang the two above my bed and it came out as a perfectly ragtag, boho chic addition to my bedroom decor. I feel like Princess Jasmine waking up under it-minus the live tiger (I have a sticker for that!).
Behind my bed are just some plain ol' christmas lights from last year-I think they were literally $2 but they add the perfect cozy glow to my bedroom. I also think they help keep my energy bill low-I rarely use my ceiling light anymore. Fabulous and eco-friendly!
After coming up with my theme and colors ("boho chic tropical", white, green, grey and shades of brown, with wood, gold, leaf and marble accents) I needed some ideas. I knew that I wanted a white vanity (like a movie star!). I also knew I didn't want to spend a ton on a cheap piece of composite wood crap that would fall apart in a month a piece that wouldn't quite work. I went on the OfferUp app (get it here: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.offerup&hl=en_US!) and found a solid oak desk that was built in the 1950's for $20 and got to work with some sandpaper and white spray paint.
I absolutely love how it came out and I found this chic stool at Walmart on clearance for $9! (Okay, so technically, it's an end table but for $9, it can be a stool if it wants to be!)
I plan on getting a larger mirror soon-probably at the thrift store!
Dollar Tree has a ton of cute wall stickers that can be a cute compliment to any decor! I found this "wild beauty" set that I stuck right above my vanity, as well as these feathers.
Another thing that can make a big difference in a bedroom are rugs! I splurged a little on this fluffy one from walmart for the "chic" vibe. (FYI, I do not walk on this rug, ever, and no one is allowed to eat in my room. An offense that is punishable by death. But like, not bloody death. It might stain the rug.) This rag rug balances it out nicely-I died over the tribal pattern printed on it!
I'm pretty sure this table was actually meant to be an outdoor patio piece but boho means unconventional, right? Eh, I ran with it. I keep a modern alarm clock, a houseplant and a ceramic incense plate on it, as well as my favorite lantern Bluetooth speaker for mood lighting. I also got this super cool fountain from 5 below!
Wall Art and Shelves
www.home-dzine.co.za/craft/craft-macrame.htmlI love these hanging wall shelves; the mixed media used in their design fits right in with all my other decor, and they give me wall space for unexpected accent knickknacks, from ceramic elephant planters to tiny vases. Full disclaimer, although I love tending to real houseplants, I have nothing against little faux plants, especially because succulents are so trendy right now. Dollar Tree and Target have faux succulents for $1 that you can scatter around the room for pops of green!
I love love love all the wall art I've been finding at Dollar tree! They're really catching on to the zen/cacti/minimalist theme and I've found of ton of mini canvas that fit into my decor perfectly.
I'm also planning on using t-shirt yarn to make macrame plant hangers so I can hang small plants from the ceiling. (Read the tutorial from Home DZine here: www.home-dzine.co.za/craft/craft-macrame.html.) I'll probably hang fake ones so I don't have to bother with taking them down to water them. At the moment, I'm working on propagating a bunch of pothos plants to incorporate some actual leaves. Plant all the things!
I showed my room to a friend of mine and his immediate reaction was "where is all your stuff". I guess that's a valid point-it's kind of a temporary looking set-up. At this time in my life I don't feel the need for a bunch of material things. I have some frosted plastic bins under my vanity for random craft and beauty items and a white crate that I keep books and writing materials in. I also have straw baskets for laundry that I don't feel like putting away (just being honest, dude).
After purging my belongings not too long ago, I whittled my wardrobe down considerably and everything fits in my closet. The dressier items hang and everything else folds up. I have one plastic bin for larger items I want to keep but that's it! I love not having a ton of furniture-it makes it way easier to clean my room and then I can just tell people I'm being sophisticated and minimalist instead of lazy. Win-win.
I absolutely adore my new bedroom! I'll be adding more things to it gradually but it already has a the tropical boho chic vibe I love! I also adore upcycling and making my own accents for eco-friendly touches-reduce, reuse, recycle and upccycle whenever you can. Leave me comments and let me know where you like to find budget-friendly bedroom and dorm room decor!
Thanks for reading-more soon!
Confused Millenial mommy, constantly learning and reinventing myself. College grad, budding authoress and awkward geek extraordinaire. I like the Bee Gees.