We were in Dayton (Ohio) for Parents Weekend. My son shares a rental house with seven friends. There are some home-related decor decisions I cannot unsee. This weekend designated for parents and family generated two thrifty decor tips:

  • a Michelob box can be repurposed into a trashcan in the guest bathroom (for the moms)
  • Apparently, duct tape is an efficient way to hang window treatments & keep out the light.
  • I cringe when I see an exposed boxspring (just add to my visceral reactions list).

It’s the little things that I appreciate about my house after returning from a house of college boys (young men).

I have a new appreciation for trashcans.

Toilet paper holders are the workhorse in the bathroom.

I miss the twinkly lights in my daughter’s college apartment (with three of her best friends).

Dayton has a tradition of welcoming parents with signs outside their rental homes. We believe we have the best guys on campus.

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  1. Tricia Becker says:

    I sweat to God, if you don’t stop posting the shoes and J Crew items, I am going to go broke. By the way, I ordered two very similar J Crew Teddy sweaters…you probably already have this color, but I’ll send a pic.
    The EB flannel dog sheet are adorable! I wish I didn’t have marathon-worthy night sweats.
    The post about Even is hilarious! That kid/young man cracks me up, and your stories are even funnier.
    Love, love, love opening my email on Saturdays so I can read your posts!

  2. Thanks for all the fun links! I just visited both my college kids, and was slightly relieved that their dorm rooms were not disaster zones! You just never know what you’ll find when you visit. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Thanks, Laura. I’ve been looking for a cart for my kitchen and the galvanized PB cart works size-wise and fits the budget.
    Your visit to Parents Weekend for your son made me chuckle. Our two sons lived very much as you described. The oldest lived in his fraternity house for sophomore-senior years. The parents would spruce things up in summer and by parents’ weekend it was in disaray which is a polite understatement. They are both tidy as adults so maybe it’s a rite of passage thing. Haha
    Karen B.

  4. Laura,
    Thanks so much for dropping by and for your kind words!! I watched the first episode of Dahmer so far…I have to get back to it and watch more….
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

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