This post was inspired by the pretty little campaign chests that I was *this close* to pulling the trigger on for our bedroom. And when I went back to look at them online, they were gone, completely wiped away from the internet. (They were the blue linen ones from Pier One you may have seen. I contacted their customer service and no luck. They’re not coming back. . . ) So, I’m back to looking and thinking for now. I’ve been a fan of campaign furniture since it became “trendy”. (I’ll bet the armies it was originally designed for never used that word for it.) Its straight lines and traditional style make it so easy to blend with whatever other pieces and styles you may already have.
Since it’s gained popularity, the vintage stuff has gotten really pricey and usually needs a touch up–or two. (I do love the look of painted campaign furniture!) Although not vintage, here are a few more reasonable finds I came across in my online searching:
I know it’s crazy to think of going back to school when we literally just got out for Summer, but I also know how quickly these next months will fly by and that many of you are already scheming up dorm room and first apartment decor for your big kids. I’m teaming up with IKEA as one of their brand ambassadors to share how we recently finished up my oldest daughter’s room and to hopefully pass along an idea or two that you can use, as well.
Our inspiration was this beautiful (and ever Pinterest-popular) studio apartment designed by Lauren McGrath featured in Domino magazine. I love this layout because it offers plenty of storage on one wall and still leaves her floor space. We used a pair of the HEMNES bookcases which were a perfect fit with her (thrifted) daybed. (The IKEA FYRESDAL is another good option.) If you have less room to work with, the single HEMNES bookcase might be a better fit.
No daybed? An elevated twin mattress will work, too, and can double as a sofa/study space.
It was important to give her some hidden storage so we added several of the gray KVARNVIK boxes on her shelves and these fabric DRÖNA cubes fit perfectly turned sideways. (We also added more under her bed for out-of-season clothing storage.)
I left the shelves pretty open so that she can add her own personal touches and just picked up a few pretty vases from IKEA’s GRADVIS collection. I also added color to her neutral bedding (the TRÄDASTER duvet is a good alternative) with super affordable GURLI pillow covers. The colors worked great with the artwork that was already above her bed.
The GÖRLÖSE rug is super affordable and does a good job of sectioning off this part of the space. (A trick that may be more needed in a shared dorm room!) I floated a KVISTBRO table (with a removable lid for more possible storage) in front of the bed that can serve as a nightstand and/or ottoman.
I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.