This Mom Helped Create the Prettiest Dorm Room, Ever

When moms help their teens with dorm shopping, it can be as simple as driving them to Bed, Bath and Beyond once or twice to get the basics or they can spend hours pouring over Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration. Either approach is absolutely fine and kids will survive in their new rooms regardless of the time and effort parents devote to their teen’s dorm decor.

But, with a vision, determination and the budget to do so, hum drum dorm furniture and cinderblock walls can be transformed into space that is both functional and possibly even cute.

Here is How to Create the Prettiest Dorm Room

Houston mom, make-up artist and former interior designer, Sheila Ybarra, went well beyond mere “cute” in the dorm room design for her daughter, Skylar. In fact, she has done it twice – once for her daughter’s freshman year and now, at the sorority house/dorm for Sylar’s sophomore year. Last year’s dorm decor went viral on Intragram and this year is poised to do the same.  It may just be the prettiest dorm room we have ever seen.

Here is a photo of the before:

Pretty dorm room

And now for the after:

Pretty dorm room

Personal touches in the room include this coffee bar:

Pretty dorm room

Monogrammed desk chairs and a pretty work space:

Pretty dorm room

Wall design and pink colors for the bedding:

Many of the furnishings, including these beautiful stick on decal peonies, came from Wayfair because they ship for free and offer free shipping for returns, too. Skylar was able to use many of the decor and furnishings from freshman year and those she could not use, she sold to incoming freshmen.

See how one mom took a boring old dorm room and transformed it into the prettiest dorm room ever. Your dorm room doesn't have to be drab and boring, there are lots of DIY ideas to dress up your dorm. #diydorm #dormideas #dormroom #dormmakeover #dormtransformation #college #collegelife #dormlife


Here are some of the best finds from the mom-daughter duo:

Couch, vanity, common room coffee table table (Wayfair)

White desk chair and gold legs (Amazon)


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