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Dorm décor: Tips for a functional and trendy ‘home away from home’

Many students are about to trade their childhood bedroom for a dorm room as they head off to college. With limited space and maybe even a roommate, the way their “home away from home” is decorated and arranged can make a huge difference.

Charlotte business LeighDeux, owned by Leigh Goodwyn and Leigh-ann Sprock, specializes in home products that cater to campus living. The collection is designed to fit small spaces and varying styles of college dorm rooms, Goodwyn said. The products come in a variety of patterns, and the solid-colored pieces can be monogrammed.

“We really tried to make the collection look like your own bedroom at home. This might be something that helps you transition from going from home off to school,” she said. “We think that if you sleep well and you feel good and you’re happy about your home life, that can translate to success on campus as well.”

Goodwyn, who grew up in Gastonia, was inspired to start LeighDeux after her daughter Carson started boarding school as a ninth-grader. She said they had trouble finding sophisticated, luxury-looking bedding and decor that fit the dorm space.

With few companies doing dorm décor besides the big box stores, she decided a boutique brand was the way to go. Goodwyn and Sprock got the company off the ground three years ago and started selling their collections exclusively online last June. They design and manufacture their own fabrics, and the bedding and interior products are all milled in the Carolinas, Goodwyn said. The lamps, rugs and accessories that they don’t make are produced in the Southeast.


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