CHIC SLEEP: MY COLLEGE BEDROOM

Monica Gisele's College Bedroom | Gisele Chic
Talk about #TBT. No Animal House posters here! Despite my very typical college experience (dorm rooms, big ten football, time spent abroad, sorority affiliations, themed parties, etc.) I always seemed to have a very developed sense of style for myself, with which I expressed mostly via fashion, but also for my second (and perhaps even greater) love for interiors and decorating. So when I came across these old photos from my very first apartment (senior year, post sorority house) I wasn't at all surprised at how little my tastes have changed over the last four years. In fact, I still have quite a few of the same things in my current bedroom! 

When I began collecting items the summer before, I had just returned back from a semester abroad in Italy. Living and traveling in Europe encouraged lots of bold and frivolous moves on my part; for example indulging in every opportunity to eat delicious pasta, pizza and gelato, taking big fashion risks (lace tights, fur and hot pink pumps, oh my) and embodying a general feeling of freedom and inspiration from all of the rich and well preserved history of European countries. So when looking for items I just bought things I really loved individually and hoped they would come together somehow. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised by the result! Enjoy!
Monica Gisele's College Bedroom | Gisele Chic
My absolute favorite part of my bedroom was that corner rattan chair! It was even more soft and comfortable then it looks and I loved sitting in the light and reading or doing work on my laptop. Full disclosure, the combination of coziness and assigned readings prompted frequent naps, but regardless, it was a pure utility to me! 
Monica Gisele's College Bedroom | Gisele Chic
I wanted to have a collage of art on my wall and in hindsight probably could have done a better job hanging the frames cohesively. Many of the images were from traveling, but I wish I had done more frames with pictures of family and friends! Like everything else I purchased the frames individually and just hoped for the best. I think choosing one or two colors/textures to focus on would be a good start for anyone collaging on walls, but it's also a good idea to have at least a few unexpected frames too, for example a bamboo texture or mirror/glass, in the mix. 
Monica Gisele's College Bedroom | Gisele Chic
Despite all the flack I got from my friends about this bed tray, then and even now, I still firmly believe it's an essential element. Where else can you put your phone, magazines, and breakfast in an organized manner? After all, my nightstand is stacked with coffee table books and art! Don't forget a coaster for coffee/tea/water in bed!
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 Since all of the items in my room were purchased quite some time ago I attempted to re-create an updated and budget friendly shopping guide (this is supposed to be college, right?) as pictured above. The only splurge worthy item listed is the clover chair, how darling is that?? Drool. I think splurging on a good chair or rug are smart investments as they will get the most use. I'm almost certain a cozy chair and decorated desk are key elements of productivity! I love the idea of alternate uses for a mint julep cup (aside from Derby Day spirits) such as a pencil holder or flower vase. Even though I didn't have a barcart in my college bedroom, I am pretty sure it would have been befitting both decor wise and as an essential nightcap utility! I wish I could fit one in my current bedroom! 
Monica Gisele's College Bedroom | Gisele Chic 
I really wish I had hung something above the bed here like a large art print or mirror. Its tough to see so much open wall space go unused after moving to a big city like Los Angeles and having had to trade amenities like space, for a good location and natural light! 
Monica Gisele's College Bedroom | Gisele Chic
Overall I really loved this room and seeing these photos brings back fond memories of college fun with the friends I have since left back in Chicago. I sincerely miss my sorority sisters in and out of my closet every night, asking for fashion advice while still questioning my own taste (aka bed tray). Decorating this room meant a lot more to me then creating a nice living space. It really symbolized the beginning of my transition into adulthood and the dreams I had for myself post college. Reflecting back, I surely don't feel so "adult" now, but I do know that I am living the life I want, and to me, that's priceless. 

Xx, 

Monica!

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