19 Retro-Inspired Collegiate Decorating Ideas That Will Put You In the School Spirit
Even if you're not heading back to school this month, it doesn't mean you can't take some design inspiration from Graduate Hotels, a collection of hotels outfitted with vintage collegiate decor located in college towns in the U.S. From a summer camp-themed suite near the University of Wisconsin-Madison to a lobby full of charming Southern details at Ole Miss, here are 19 head-of-the-class decorating ideas to steal for your own house.
Just a few blocks away from Lake Mendota and University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, the Graduate Madison embraces its outdoorsy location by refurbishing old canoes into rustic-chic chandeliers.
SUMMER CAMP FOREVER
The summer camp-themed suite at the Graduate Madison, inspired by Camp Wandawega just down the street, is full of amazing details, including striped Faribault Woolen Mills blankets and bedside lamps made out of vintage Thermoses.
The desk area at the Graduate Madison's Camp Wandawega-themed suite is full of vintage items—including a rotary phone and working typewriter—that look that they were pulled from the set of Moonrise Kingdom.
Who knew vintage hunting-print curtains could look so good next to a plaid chair? The trick to mixing prints is to stick to a similar
Keep things light-hearted by mounting some old school animal sculptures to your walls.
SMOKEY THE BEAR BATHROOM
The easiest way to make your home feel like summer camp year round is by hanging up vintage Smokey the Bear posters, like in the bathroom at Graduate Madison.
For some major '70s summer camp vibe turn a bedroom wall into a paint-by-number mural.
If you're limited on closet space, vintage-inspired trunks in fun
Keep the vibe modern instead of kitschy by mixing photo prints of outdoorsy scenes with vintage art sourced from thrift stores.
DORM ROOM DECOR DONE RIGHT
If you want to pay tribute to your alma mater in a non-cheesy way, follow the Graduate Ann Arbor's lead. To pull off classy college-themed decor, anchor the room with wooden furniture and add a few subtle accents in your school colors—like the pillows and throw blanket seen here— to show off your school pride.
Ruler-lined walls, like the ones behind the check-in desk at the Graduate Ann Arbor, will add a touch of geek-chic to your home.
CARD CATALOGUE PLANTER
Love the look of vintage card
Homes with high ceilings would look amazing with a big
If you're short on space but still want a vanity, steal this idea from the Graduate Charlottesville: Install a narrow shelf directly below a mirror for a stylish but low-profile place to get ready.
GLOBE PENDANT LAMPS
There's no need to clutter your outdoor space with that cooler you've had since the '90s when you can have one built into your outdoor table instead, like this one at the rooftop bar of the Graduate Oxford.
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PEG BOARD GALLERY WALL
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