Dorm Decor Checklist

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but school is right around the corner. Although summer break is coming to an end, the mood doesn’t have to be doom and gloom.

The start of a new semester is always an exciting time, especially for incoming college students. We know the idea of dorm life can seem a bit dreary, so we’ve compiled a list to help you turn your (or your favorite college student’s) dorm room from drab to fab! With this list, a small living space with cold, concrete walls can become a fun place to live, work and play.

Pillows & Throws

A dorm room almost certainly spells a tiny, twin bed, which doesn’t provide much space for sprawling out to sleep. However, even a twin bed can be transformed into the premier place to crash after a long day of classes. Add some fun pillows and throws to make that little mattress feel a lot larger. Even college students can sleep like a king or queen.

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Storage Solutions

Space is limited in just about every dorm room, and making the most of that space is absolutely essential. One way to combat a potentially chaotic, claustrophobic living situation is to find versatile storage solutions. Storage towers, shelving units and bins are all your friends. Storage options that rise vertically save space, and they provide a platform for showing off style. Bins keep possessions in a compact space, and they can be slipped under a bed or desk or stored on a shelf.

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Magic Mirror

Mirror, mirror on the door, which college student has the cleanest floor? Over-the-door mirrors save so much space. They free up walls for décor. They also keep the floor clutter-free, unlike leaners or free-standing mirrors. This particular mirror is nice and tall, making it perfect for getting dressed.

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Hampers

There’s no fancy tip or trick to this one, but a hamper is absolutely necessary. Every abode needs a place to put dirty clothes and sheets. For a little more flair, try a monogram hamper or find one with a fun pattern.

Area Rugs

Forgettable floors are a staple in dorm rooms, and walking on them without socks can feel like a barefoot trek through the snow. Fortunately, an area rug can work wonders for the feelings a room inspires. It can also keep feet from freezing indoors!

Organization Essentials

College is a crazy time. Between classes, concerts, clubs, games and everything else to offer, it’s hard to keep everything straight. Getting organized (at least on some level) is crucial. An organization set like this one makes sure no task is left undone and no event is left unattended. But this is just one idea. A large dry erase board, a personal planner or an oversized calendar may do the job for some students. We encourage everyone to find what works for them and to stick with it.

Décor

Décor is the key to making a dorm room feel like home. Cover the walls with posters or plaques. Find a fun theme to tie everything together. Fill shelves with figurines or photo frames. Make the room your own! Even the smallest of spaces can be a personal slice of paradise if you maximize every inch available.

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Mix & Match Seating Guide

Gone are the days when every chair at the table had to be identical, and we couldn’t be more thankful. While there’s nothing wrong with the traditional ‘matching table and chairs’ look, we love the freedom of mixing and matching seating options at the dining table. We see it as another opportunity to get creative and let style shine through.

Going from a safe table setting to showing off your visionary spirit can seem intimidating, but when it comes to mix and match seating, it’s a lot easier than you think! Here are a few ideas to turn your dining room into the most exciting space in your home.

Don’t be afraid to mix chair styles

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Don’t stress out or overthink it. It’s okay to put a parsons chair next to a spindle chair. Feeling bold?  Pair parsons chairs and x-back chairs for an edgy look. Try experimenting with a few different settings, and eventually you’ll find one you love. If you feel like your choices are starting to clash with each other, take a step back to some more complementary pieces.  

It’s okay to mix colors and patterns

A stained wood table, black spindle chairs and a couple of cream parsons chairs walk into a dining room… Seriously, it’s all right to take a little freedom with color. It’s okay if the table and everything around it don’t have the exact same stain or shade. Try fun patterns for an additional layer of style.

Chairs are just the beginning

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There’s so much more to seating than chairs. Make a statement when guests go to sit down at the table by bringing in a bench. Running the length of the table, a bench is a bold but fun choice. Your guests will always remember dining at your house because you dared to be different.

What does your dining room look like right now? Are you going to try something new by mixing and matching the pieces in your home? We’d love to see what you can come up with! Be sure to tag @Kirklands to show off your style, and if you need any help finding the right pieces, we have so many seating options for you to shop!

8 Reasons To Stay In

We think you deserve a nice day spent in the comfort of your own home. So gather up your cozy favorites and settle in for a stay-at-home day to remember. If you’re on the fence about giving yourself some well-deserved rest and relaxation, here are eight reasons you might want to stay in.

It’s raining or snowing or there’s something else falling from the sky

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Photo by Joy Stamp on Unsplash

Whatever it is, it’s definitely not worth the risk of going outside when your home is this cozy. Wrapping yourself up in some plush throws or burying yourself in a pile of pillows sounds much safer and more pleasant.

There’s a marathon of your favorite TV show coming on

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Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

This is must-see TV, even if you’ve already seen it 20 times. The only real reason to move is if you can’t find the remote.

Your cozy apparel needs some love

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Those robes, sleep shirts and slippers are dying to be worn. All of your blankets and pillows are calling your name. It would be cruel to ignore them, right?

You and your bed need some quality time

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So what if you spend nights together? Sometimes it takes a little longer to connect. Spending the day together can work wonders for your relationship.

You can get food delivered

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If you’re not feeling up to cooking, you don’t have to go pick food up. You don’t even have to call to place an order! Someone will bring enough food to feed a small army right to your doorstep, and if you want to make your own meals, you can just get your groceries delivered. You can’t lose, and you don’t have to go any farther than your front door.

You earned it

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You’ve turned your home into your happy place, and you’re a hard worker. You deserve to treat yourself to a day off from time to time. It’s time to enjoy the space you’ve worked so hard to create.

You can have your own spa day at home

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Bath bombs and face masks? Check. Hand cream and body lotion? Check. You can store everything you need for a special spa day in one of your cabinets. 

Pollen exists

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Spring can be a serious struggle for people with allergies. Just going outside can make your nose run and your eyes start to water. If you stay inside, you can spend quality time with a face mask instead of a mask to spare you from the pollen.

The Graduation Party Checklist

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Compile a guest list

It’s hard to do anything without a guest list. Does your graduate want to invite a small group or host a huge gathering? You need to finalize your guest list before you can really start planning the party.

Pick a theme or arrange some exciting activities

What kind of party are you going to throw? Is it a pool party or a backyard barbeque? Maybe it’s a normal party with a few fun to-dos like a photo wall, a snow cone stand or a popcorn cart. Figuring out activities or a theme is crucial to the next steps.

Pick a venue

Choose the appropriate venue depending on the size of the guest list and theme. If you need to rent a space, book the neighborhood pool or borrow a friend’s backyard, make the necessary arrangements. If you can host the party in your own home, fantastic!

Don’t forget to consider parking at this stage. This is particularly important if you’re hosting the party at your house. Make sure there is ample parking for the amount of people you invite.

Send invitations

Now that you’ve gotten most of the details ironed out, send invitations. It might be the digital age, but there’s nothing quite like a paper invitation. No matter which route you go, make sure to include all the necessary details (date, time, location, parking instructions) and have the feel of the invitation match the theme or activities you decided on.

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Get the gear

There’s no going back once you’ve sent out invites, so start gathering all the essentials for the party! Beverage dispensers, cups, paper plates, napkins, tables, tablecloths, chairs, cotton candy machines and photo booths, oh my! Remember to make some phone calls and see what you can borrow before you buy.

Find the perfect playlist

You can’t have a party without music, but this one should be easy. Figure out what playlist your graduate loves to listen to and have it play the background at the party.

Prepare or order the required food & drink

You want all the food and beverage options to be fresh when guests arrive. Prepare as much as possible before the party (dips, fruit trays, etc), but hold off on things that may spoil or need to be fresh. We recommend having something catered to make life easier on you. A fajita bar or barbecue spread from a local restaurant is never a bad idea.

Enjoy the party

As guests filter in and the party gets going, soak it all in. Have people snag photos to make sure the memories last forever. This is a moment worth celebrating and a moment worth remembering.

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Bring Spring Home With The Flower Market

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Floral Favorites

Has floral ever been more fashionable than it is right now? It’s everywhere! Real floral, faux floral and floral prints have taken over, and we can’t get enough of it. In fact, we love floral so much we’ve decided to refresh our Flower Market. We believe floral is always in style, particularly during springtime, so come shop our new selection!

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Build Your Own Bouquet

Are you feeling a little adventurous? Visit your local Kirkland’s and make a stop at our flower cart to build your own bouquet. There are countless possibilities for combining floral elements and vases. Simply select one of our many vases or planters to get started. After you have the perfect base for your bouquet, start combining your floral favorites with touches of greenery. Put them in your vase and make small tweaks, adding or removing elements as you see fit. Eventually you'll have the beautiful bouquet you deserve.

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Pre-Made Arrangements

Not ready to make your own arrangement just yet? Not sure where to start? That’s okay! We have plenty of chances for you to get your fix of floral favorites. Shop succulents, centerpieces and pre-made arrangements (in planters, crates, vases and buckets).

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Inspiration from the Kirkland’s Insiders

If you’re in search of a little inspiration, our Kirkland’s Insiders are around to give you a few great ideas. See how they shopped The Flower Market in their blogs and videos below:

Feeling inspired? Visit your local store and start shopping! Be sure to share how you style by tagging us on social.

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Decorating With Natural Elements

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Organic elements, dark wood and yellow accents are featured throughout our Terrain Lane Collection. The authentic-looking greenery, lemons and rich wood pieces display the appeal of natural living.

Sometimes simple is really worth celebrating!

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When life gives you lemons…

Use them as decorative accents throughout your home! The little pops of yellow brighten a room and make it feel alive! There are a number of ways to put this natural look to work in your space. Here are a few ideas from our Kirkland’s Insiders.

 

Carissa | Bless This Nest: Carissa wanted to make her kitchen feel fresh and clean, so she added this beautiful lemon canvas above her sink. The canvas, along with some greenery, hydrangeas and lemons, is doing its job! We want to spend some serious time in this kitchen.

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Adding green stems and actual lemons isn’t the only way to show your space some love this season. Sometimes it’s as simple as squeezing a little bit of spring out of a pillow like Merichelle and Deb!

Jenny | A Clean Prism Life: Is there a better way to brighten a home than putting lemons on the doorstep? After seeing Jenny welcome guests with this lemons doormat, we’re not sure there is! This happy home starts at the front door.

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Adding some greenery

Nothing screams “renewal” quite like lush greenery. Whether it’s on your front porch or sprinkled throughout your home, those rich greens breathe new life into any space.

 

Amy | Cuter Tudor: Galvanized metal and greenery are a perfect pairing in Amy’s blog! She’s decided to layer this welcome sign (featuring a wood frame, galvanized metal and green moss) from the Terrain Lane Collection with a magnolia wreath. Some fresh flowers and a few other finishing touches complete the look.

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Erin Spain | A Home, DIY & Lifestyle Blog: Great greenery needs a great home, and this geometric vase is the perfect place for lush leaves to rest in Erin’s mom cave!

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Julie and Michaela | Two Hens Styling & Design: Feeling adventurous? Julie and Michaela have a great DIY idea for an indoor planter. Check out their step-by-step instructions!

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Hopefully these examples leave you feeling inspired!

To shop our Terrain Lane Collection click here!

 
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Go A Little Glam With Your Decor

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We recently collaborated with Trisha Yearwood to give you a collection that is both glam and easy to incorporate in your everyday home décor. After seeing the beautiful collection Trisha inspired, it becomes even more clear that this country music superstar can do it all! 

We know you're eager to shop the new selection, so we asked our Kirkland's Insiders to provide some ideas on how to style Trisha's favorites. Keep on reading for a little inspiration and be sure to tag us on social media with photos or videos of how you featured these fabulous new looks in your space.

Jacqueline | Welcoming Home

If you need a little proof to believe the white and gold console table is a statement piece, Jacqueline is providing the evidence. Not only does she give us a close look at the table itself (to show off the cool texture and detailed craftsmanship), she displays several different styling options. From a look featuring heavy floral touches to a more sentimental approach, Jacqueline reveals there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to refreshing a room with this Trisha Yearwood favorite!

(click through the images to see more!)

Madison | The Midwest Skinny

Sometimes you need a safe place to store special keepsakes. Madison is turning this decorative box with a leaf clasp into a treasure chest for her son. She is having friends and family members write a personal letter to Spencer William every year, and the letters are being tucked away in something that doubles as an everyday accent. We’re so excited for Spencer to open the box and read sweet notes of sentiment on his 18th birthday!

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Cassie

Cassie is preparing the table for a special occasion! She’s setting the table with her grandmother’s fine china and these beautiful chargers from Trisha’s new collection. Soft accents of color, floral touches and a little vintage flair complete the look for a storybook dinner party. A memorable spring evening awaits everyone in attendance!

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Kim | Hunt & Host

Occasionally all you need is the right accent to bring an entire room together. In this case, the mother of pearl leaf vase acts as the glue to piece everything together. It fits perfectly with the piano it rests on and the fun tassels hanging behind it. The cream/off-white color really comes to life with the vase sitting in front of the blue wall.  Kim has created a clean, sophisticated look with bold contrasts of color, and it’s making the entire room sing.

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Ramika | RQ Charming Homes

Ramika is proving a perfectly styled console table can be the piece to tie an entire room together. This elegant white and gold stage features a neutral-colored lamp and neutral colored accents with the cactus providing a pop of green. The whole look, centered on the console table and set against the exposed brick wall, helps anchor the space.

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Lauren | The Holtz House

Lauren is giving her mantel a makeover with the collection’s leaf clasp box. At first glance, the box could be made of marble. It’s a perfect addition to the candles already adorning the space above the fireplace and the galvanized windmill plaque hanging on the wall. The box raises the overall aesthetic to a more sophisticated level, and it does so without losing the simple, clean look. The flourishes of greenery around the box add a final dimension and really make the gold leaf clasp stand out.

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To see more product in the Trisha Yearwood Collection: Click Here!

 
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