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This Fordham Dorm Room Nails “Pink Princess Vibes”

published Jul 14, 2023
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Home Type
Dorm (double)
Fordham University
New York, New York
Square feet
Sq ft
Dorm room with pale green walls, bed with pink and white bedding and throw pillows, faux pink roses and leaves hanging down walls, over bed, gallery wall by bed of pink and white art
Credit: Haley Karinja

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.

Credit: Haley Karinja
EMMA + OLIVER Tufted Upholstered Twin Size Headboard, $79.99, at Amazon; gold wall mirror at Amazon; faux flower vines at Amazon

Haley’s Space

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.

Credit: Haley Karinja
Makeup organizer at TJ Maxx; faux plants at Amazon; floral mug at Target 

Haley’s Style

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.

Credit: Haley Karinja
Boho Rainbow Charms, $8.99, at Amazon; accessories organizer at At Home; street market art print

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!

Credit: Haley Karinja
Matisse Wall Art, $11.99, at Amazon; 5x7 White Picture Frames, $13.59, at Amazon; street market art prints

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.

Credit: Haley Karinja

Haley’s Budget

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.

Credit: Haley Karinja
Depuley Makeup Vanity Mirror with Lights, $39.99, at Amazon; Upholstered Round Velvet Tufted Foot Rest Otttoman, $89.99, at Amazon; Bedsure Satin Pillowcase Standard Set of 2, $9.99, at Amazon; comforter at TJ Maxx; pink throw blanket at TJ Maxx; white fuzzy throw pillow at TJ Maxx, “good vibes” and rainbow pillow at Five Below

Haley’s Advice

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.

Credit: Haley Karinja

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.

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Haley Karinja

Business Digital Technology and Emerging Media & Marketing

Haley Karinja is an undergraduate student at Fordham University. Haley is pursuing a degree in Digital Technology and Emerging Media & Marketing. Haley is working toward a career in digital marketing and has had many internships in social media marketing in sports, entertainment, retail, and more. Haley is also a freelance content creator and specializes in short-form video content. Outside of school and her career pursuits, Haley enjoys fitness and is currently a University Ambassador at Soulcycle. Haley also loves photography, exploring NYC with friends, and going back to her hometown on the Jersey shore for a beach day.

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SchoolFordham University, Lincoln Center '25
MajorBusiness Digital Technology and Emerging Media & Marketing
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