Your Back-to-School Decorating Guide

Innovative (and inexpensive) ideas to make a dorm feel like home.

Decorating Tips and Tricks

6 Decorative Bookends

Want to give your collection of titles a boost and your shelves some personality? These six options held up against the competition.

Playful Decorating Ideas

Five foolproof ways to give your home a touch of childlike whimsy—without sacrificing your adult aesthetic.

New Uses for Things You Have in Your Dorm Room

Dorm living calls for creative repurposing. Get the most out of the things you already have, and a few ideas for items to, ahem, borrow next time you’re home.


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The Best Desk Supplies

Back-to-school season inspired Real Simple to put grown-up office tools through their paces. These staples made the cut.

11 Inspiring Quotes About School

Getting back into the swing of things is difficult for teacher and student. Here's a round-up that'll ease the back-to-school transition.