Exploring the Back To School Style w/ IKEA

This post is brought to you by IKEA and Her Campus.

            Oh my gosh…today is my first day of class of my third year of college. You can ask if I’m believing it or if I’m alright, but in reality, the answer is hell no. I can’t believe that as I write this, I’m starting the year that marks 3/4 of the way through college. It feels as if just yesterday I was starting school and decorating my dorm room, but I just finished decorating my dorm room in my third-year apartment! How crazy is that?! Well, this year is a bit special because I got to partner with IKEA to show you all just how amazing a small apartment or dorm can be with their help!

The Hat Logic - Exploring the Back To School Style w/ IKEA

When you head to the IKEA website, there is an amazing space for students to find out which of these IKEA styles they enjoy best, Preppy Chic, Playful Pastels, Urban Minimalism, Laid-Back Boho, Rustic & Adventurous, Tech-Inspired, & Casual & Athletic! If you don’t know, IKEA also has a quiz so you can find out which style fits you best! My results told me Preppy Chic, so that’s just how the room was decorated!

The Hat Logic - Exploring the Back To School Style w/ IKEALiving in a dorm is not easy. There’s not a lot of room for a lot of the necessities in a dorm room, especially when the bed and desk are already in the room taking up space! I loved the Preppy Chic style because it’s just like my own personal style. I’m at a really great school, but it’s not an Ivy League college (although it’s often called the Ivy of the South), but my style is very indicative of the academic styles. Books and little smaller touches that really show someone’s personality are major aspects of the Preppy Chic style that I love and have used since day 1 in my room. You don’t have to break the budget when you’re styling your college dorm room because IKEA is right here with you to stay within the budget, but find the best bits to fit your style.

     I had an amazing time in NYC finding the perfect aspects of the Preppy Chic style, so there’s a video that I worked on with Her Campus, so you can check it out below! I focused on how to deck out the rest of the living/study space in the room because that’s what I love to focus on in my room! When you use fairy lights and classic patterns, what’s not to love?! The video has tons of little tips that can help you make the most of the small space with the items you find at IKEA and to bring your personality to your room!

The Hat Logic - Exploring the Back To School Style w/ IKEA

I was obsessed with the throw, which is so soft and perfect for the end of a bed, as well as the lamp, which can act as a phone charger for lucky Android users (iPhone users can use it too with a special case!), and the photo frames, which are perfect for photos with friends and cute prints like we had in the shoot!


            If you’re in love with the Playful Pastels or Laid-Back Boho looks, feel free to head over to Katya & Corey’s blogs where you can see their styles as well!The Hat Logic - Exploring the Back To School Style w/ IKEA

Special thanks to IKEA and Her Campus for producing this entire production! I had an amazing time working with you all, and just know that all opinions are mine and my alone. Also, thanks to all of the fabulous ladies who worked on this shoot, it was a smash!!



  1. July 30, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    What a cute room and I love how you decorated it. IKEA has the best stuff and so trendy and affordable! Your dorm room actually looks big for a dorm room or perhaps its because you decorated it by maximizing the space. I love the “Preppy Chic” style too. This makes me want to redecorate myself! xoxo, Christine

    • August 18, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      It was a surreal experience and I LOVE how the room turned out!!

  2. July 30, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I love that you partnered with IKEA because I am obsessed with them! They’re a great place to get essentials especially for back to school with dorming or moving into a new place!

  3. July 31, 2017 / 12:55 am

    This video is so cute, well done girl. What a great site for back to school, I’m going to share this with my cousins in college.

    • August 18, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Awesome!! I hope it gives them some awesome ideas just like it did me!

  4. July 31, 2017 / 12:55 am

    I only wish my dorm was this cute in college, but it was nowhere near. It was color coordinated, but that’s about it! Haha had I had this opportunity, preppy chic would definitely be my go-to for decor as well. It’s simple, with lots of pizazz and style. I love your decor!


    • August 18, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Creating a dorm that looks like this is so hard, but when it’s done, it’s super worthwhile!

  5. July 31, 2017 / 1:58 am

    Perfect little dorm, so nice everything . Thanks to linked the quiz where anyone can try her style.
    Love the little lights . Enjoy your room great work and video.

    • August 18, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      I’m glad you like the quiz!! It was a big help for me!! x

  6. Sharon Wu
    July 31, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    What an exciting campaign you got to work on! I loved shopping at IKEA back when I was a college student because everything was so affordable (well relatively so compared to other furniture places) and their items were always so simple and chic! I love the items you picked babe xo, sharon


    • August 18, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      It was such an amazing campaign and you have no idea how lucky I feel to have worked on it! IKEA really is great and I love all of the ways we added such a personal touch!! xx

  7. July 31, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I love Ikea. I am just starting to decorate my dorm room for my first year of college. Thank you for sharing because as you know dorm rooms are tiny. For this year I have to deal with the small space – no other choice. Going to Ikea!



    • August 18, 2017 / 6:19 pm

      IKEA will be a great place for you to go this year! I spent hours during my first year, so enjoy it!!

  8. August 1, 2017 / 1:40 am

    Wow, congrats on starting your 3rd year in college. I remember decorating my dorm room and it’s so much fun! Thanks for sharing this.


  9. August 2, 2017 / 7:44 am

    I love Ikea they have so many beautiful and affordable things for the house!! So cool they are remodelling your bedroom to make it feel like home on this third year of college!!! Im sure you will do great babe!!!


    • August 18, 2017 / 6:20 pm

      IKEA is such a great space, perfect for a dorm or an apartment!!

    • August 18, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      IKEA really does have some amazing pieces! I haven’t found one that I’ve bought that I didn’t love!

  10. August 2, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Jordan, your room looks AMAZING with all the pretty IKEA goods. Great job with the video, it was cool seeing the step by step process of how you decorated it 🙂
    Enjoy year 3!!

    • August 18, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      It was an awesome room and I can’t wait to share more apartment details with everyone!! 🙂 x

  11. August 4, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I loved seeing your video on Instagram about decorating your room. I was so impressed by how you transformed your dorm room into such a chic space. I love shopping at IKEA. It’s such a great place to get elegant, minimalist decor for a really great price.

    xo, Jo

    • August 18, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Living there almost year round, I had to make it myself, so I couldn’t resist doing the most with the room and I love how it turned out!

  12. August 7, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    OK, hun, you know this post hit me right in the heart as I happen to be one of those Swedish people proud of our most known export, IKEA. I do have to confess I don’t own that many pieces from there though, but it is an incredible place to find affordable, yet stylish products for your home that still are quality made. Kind of like their Swedish counterpart in fashion, H&M. You just got to know what pieces to pick as there are some really bad quality products in their sortiment as well, but you sure picked the goodies! 🙂
    Thomas xx

    • August 18, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      After wading through the multi level IKEA, these were amazing! I had to test some of them out like the desk (I was worried it would fall, but if it can support my weight, it can take anything lol), but I’m so happy that I found some quality bits that work well! There’s no way I could forget it was Swedish and it is one of my favorite of the Swedish exports! I love IKEA and it’s like being in a candy store at 20!

    • August 18, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      I’ve just picked up SO many bits for my dorm room and they’re all great, so I’m really excited to use them to make my room my own!

  13. Sillysoul
    August 9, 2017 / 11:05 am

    nice! The quiz gave me ‘Rustic & Adventurous!’ as my look which I am not totally sold on but it is an interesting new lens to think with.

    • August 18, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      I got Preppy Chic and also Minimalism, so I’m somewhere in the middle!! I definitely say check out the items and make them your own!

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