Back to School: Home Decor

It’s back to school season already, can you believe it? Where did summer go? With my full time job, we work around the start of the school season. If you don’t know what I do day-to-day – I work in student housing, my company provides apartment complex’s with furniture for college students all around the United States. It’s a busy time of year for us during back to school season but it’s got me thinking about when I was gearing up for classes and moving into my new apartment each year. And naturally, I’m also thinking about all the fun decor I got to buy each year for my place. Today I’ve gathered all the home decor essentials for back to school season.

back to school apartment essentials

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How cute is all of this decor?? Each of these items are perfect for a new apartment and a fresh start to the new school year. I totally wish I had these caged lights for over my bed when I was in school. Also, can we talk about how cute this door mat is? What’s your favorite? You can shop the entire look and some additional favorites below.

Stay tuned for the next few back to school themed wish lists – I’ve got a few more up my sleeve to make sure you’re all set for the new school year! If there’s anything you’d like to see or maybe you’re looking for something in particular but can’t seem to find it let me know! Leave a comment below or email me at defineddesignsblog(at)

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Hi! I'm Emma, a twenty-something interior designer living in Charlotte, NC navigating life as a first time home buyer. I love a good house project and cocktails on the patio. I hope you can find some inspiration while you're here!


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