This is what we started with (the rooms are furnished with your basic bed, desk and dresser).
The headboard was constructed from castoffs and is a functional memo board. With the tall ceilings and boring cream walls we needed to add some height. One of Myles favorite activities is Ultimate Frisbee so Bernie made him a clock, and the lamp is fashioned from dictionary's and the table is a album titled "Around the World in 80 days". (Myles loves to travel).
On the top of his desk we added some plants (he's also a gardener) and some rocks fashioned into picture holders....more elements from nature.
The mirror is embellished with squares cut from colorful pop cans.
The pillow is made from a sweater.
Myles made the comment that most of the students just run to their favorite big box store and buy all the items (probably made in another country). So the rooms all end up kind of looking the same. We really wanted to made a statement about Myles and incorporated elements that he enjoys.
So as you can see, it doesn't take that much to really personalize the space....just some castoffs and a vivid imagination!