This Fordham Dorm Room Nails “Pink Princess Vibes”
Haley Karinja, a digital technology, emerging media, and marketing major, is sharing a look inside her Fordham University dorm room, where everything is bright, pink, and cozy.
How did you end up in this dorm room? I decided to live on campus to be a part of a college community while living in a big city like Manhattan. At first, it was plain and blank and not decorated at all. Now, after I’ve included all of my own decorations that I have collected, it finally feels like home.
Tell us about who you live with: I share a double room with one roommate.
Define your personal home style: My personal style is soft and comfortable. I decorated with a color palette of light pink, white, and gold accents — and I love floral decorations. I also incorporated New York City artwork, as I live in Manhattan.
What’s your favorite element of your space? My favorite element is my wall decor above my bed, which is a collection of decor I’ve found throughout the year. The pink and gold colors with New York art make me feel so at home; they’re a direct representation of my personal style. I also love the pink flowers on the wall!
What is your dorm room best known for? All of the pink! My friends often describe my room as having “cozy, pink princess vibes.” We usually come into my room to relax and unwind as a study break and talk about life.
In an effort to remove the stigma associated with talking about money in college, we’re asking students to share how they plan and budget for their space.
Cost of housing per semester: $8,500
Do you have anyone helping to fund your housing? My parents help as much as they can, but I am taking out loans and working throughout the year to pay for my housing and tuition.
How much did it cost to decorate your space? $500
What was your biggest splurge for this space and how much did it cost? My headboard, $90
What was your best budget find for this space and how much did it cost? My wall decor! I found the New York pictures at a street market with local artists and they only cost $4 each.
What’s your biggest challenge in your dorm room? The gray walls and the dark lighting. Because I’m only living here for one year, I couldn’t permanently change any of this. To combat this problem, I added as much color as I could with bright pillows and colorful wall decor.
What’s your best tip for dorm living? Find decor that also serves another purpose! I had to be especially creative with my space, as it’s so small. For example, my storage ottoman adds a pop of pink, but it also gives me a lot of extra storage and helps me climb onto my bed with ease. And my desk acts as a vanity where I get ready, and also where I study and do homework.
This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.
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