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Decorating Wisely: Dorm Competition and Deep Roots Featured

Written by  Saturday, 22 September 2018 23:11
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Decorating Wisely: Dorm Competition and Deep Roots Photo credit: OU Admission and Recruitment

By Glenda Wise 


I cannot believe I forgot to tell you last week that Grayson and her roommate, Karsyn, won the OU Admission and Recruitment’s competition for best dorm! To top it off one of the prizes was that they each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The best part is that we didn’t spend a fortune decorating it.

Last year she and her roommate met via OU’s roommate forum (it’s set up a lot like a combination of a social media and dating site).


She was able to search and narrow down possible roommates based on things they did or did not like to do and by how important schoolwork was to you, etcetera. She and Karsyn never officially met until last spring, but had everything worked out about decorating their dorm way before then. They sent one another pictures and decided on an overall theme while preserving the individuality of each girl. Grayson had a specific idea in mind for her side that blended well with Karsyn’s.


Grayson’s is a bit more muted, while Karsyn’s has a pop of a brighter color within the same color family. The best part is that we didn’t spend a fortune on decorating the dorm. Since Grayson had pictures and a general idea, we were able to really have fun shopping and buying a little along the way for several months before she needed it.

Once they each decorated their side of the dorm, they tied it all together with a beautiful layered rug. The rug really brought the whole look together and made it look and feel homey. Heck, you don’t even notice the off-whitish cinder block walls! Finally, they hung bistro lights on the ceiling to give a nice lighting effect rather than the harsh fluorescent lights.

You can apply this same method when decorating your home for everyday or even the fast-approaching holidays. Spend a little time doing the legwork and finding pictures of what you really want. Once you decide, and then start shopping. Allow yourself enough time to be able to shop and look in unexpected places like small shops, yard sales and Goodwill. Don’t automatically gravitate to the big box stores.


Grayson’s bedding came from a cute little local shop in downtown Ada when we there for the state science fair. It wasn’t exactly like the one from Anthropology, but very close and half the price! Moreover, I love supporting small, local businesses.

Speaking of local businesses, have you checked out Poteau’s very own Deep Roots Nursery? It might just be one of the cutest places I have ever shopped. The owner has done an incredible job by fixing the little shop up and offering some really unique items. I fell in love with two metal pumpkins for my flowerbed. They make me happy every time I come home! Her prices are great too! Go check it out and support a small, local business.


David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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