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11 Dorm Rooms That Make College Life Look Glamorous

For some dorm dwellers, interior design means a cork board, a bean bag chair, and an Animal House poster held up with unreliable sticky tack. The students living in these residence halls went above and beyond to decorate their homes away from home. Even if your college days are long behind you, these photos will make you nostalgic for loud roommates and instant ramen.

1. THE DORM FIT FOR ROYALTY // UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Competing to have the most extravagant room in the residence hall has become something of a tradition at Ole Miss. Freshmen roommates Lindy Goodson and Abby Bozeman gave their classmates a run for their money this semester when photos of their luxurious digs (pictured above) went viral. According to Buzzfeed, their supplies were sourced from spots like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Pottery Barn, and local furniture and antique stores. The headboards, pillows, and bed skirts were all custom-made. If the furnishings survive a year of freshman shenanigans, Goodson and Bozeman plan to reuse them and give some away as hand-me-downs.

2. THE FAIRYTALE READING NOOK // SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Interior decorator Dawn Thomas’s body of work includes some seriously fabulous dorm rooms. Each fall she works with students from southern colleges including the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, and Southern Methodist University. In this SMU space she transformed in Fall 2014, the lower bunk served as a cozy seating area complete with fairytale string lights. After living with that for a semester or two, we imagine it would be hard to study any place else.

3. THE HOTEL UA // UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Thomas was also the mastermind behind this sharp look. According to her, furnishing a college dorm to look like an upscale hotel was easier than you might suspect. She wrote on Facebook, “Alabama has the smoothest dorm move in, it should be a model for all dorm move ins.”

4. THE COZY CORNER // ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

The collection of pillows on display on this bed give the room some serious character (though it might make getting any actual sleep a challenge).

5. THE MINIMALIST PARADISE // LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

The resident of this dorm has found a way to make the white, sterile walls of her building look high-fashion. String lights wrapping above and around the loft bed soften up the room, while house plants add pops of color.

6. THE DREAMY RETREAT // HYPER ISLAND

This student enrolled in Hyper Island’s Motion Creative program in Sweden knows the importance of good lighting. The gorgeous light fixture creates the perfect atmosphere for curling up and taking a nap between classes.

7. UNDERGRAD CHIC // UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

Out of context, it’s hard to believe this picture was taken inside a college dorm. The fun and sophisticated style of this Ole Miss room wouldn’t be out of place in a luxurious apartment.

8. PRETTY IN PASTEL // UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

If the room above looks like it’s been ripped from a furniture catalogue, that’s because it belongs to a student with a mom in interior design. With a playful mix of patterns and a splash of midwestern charm, it’s easy see to this room becoming the envy of UAB’s Blazer Hall.

9. THE BOHEMIAN HAVEN // UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Any dorm room with a lava lamp and a tapestry can pass for “bohemian,” but this room at the University of Arizona takes the style to new heights. Hopefully the Christmas light/billowy fabric combination is up to the building’s fire code.

10. THE SNUG SANCTUARY // UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

It pays to have a parent with an eye for design. When Julia Grant moved into her Ole Miss dorm room this semester, her interior decorator mom lent her expertise to revamp it into the comfiest space on campus. The beds have been topped with fuzzy throw blankets and pillows perfect for snuggling up with at the end of the day. Even the furry rug looks more comfortable than the beds most college students are forced to sleep on.

11. ON-CAMPUS LUXURY // UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

This photo further proves that no college does dorm decorating better than the University of Mississippi. From the monogrammed pillows to the plush headboards, the glamorous design features in this room would make it hard to feel homesick.

Header/banner images courtesy of Instagram.

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This Glowing Blanket Is Designed to Ease Kids' Fear of the Dark
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The Force Field Cloak

Many kids have a security blanket they bring to bed with them every night, but sometimes, a regular blankie is no match for the monsters that invade their imaginations once the lights are off. Now there’s a glow-in-the-dark blanket designed to make children feel safer in bed, no night light required.

Dubbed the Force Field Cloak, the fleece blanket comes in several colorful, glowing patterns that remain invisible during the day. At night, you leave the blanket under a bright light for about 10 minutes, then the shining design will reveal itself in the dark. The glow lasts 8 to 10 hours, just long enough to get a child through the night.

Inventor Terry Sachetti was inspired to create the blanket by his own experiences struggling with scary nighttime thoughts as a kid. "I remember when I was young and afraid of the dark. I would lie in my bed at night, and my imagination would start getting the best of me," he writes on the product's Kickstarter page. "I would start thinking that someone or something was going to grab my foot that was hanging over the side of the bed. When that happened, I would put my foot back under my blanket where I knew I was safe. Nothing could get me under my blanket. No boogiemen, no aliens, no monsters under my bed, nothing. Sound familiar?"

The Force Field Cloak, which has already surpassed its funding goals on both Indiegogo and Kickstarter, takes the comfort of a blanket to the next level. The glowing, non-toxic ink decorating the material acts as a gentle night light that kids can wrap around their whole body. The result, the team claims, is a secure feeling that quiets those thoughts about bad guys hiding in the shadows.

To pre-order a Force Field Cloak, you can pledge $36 or more to the product’s Indiegogo campaign. It is expected to start shipping in January 2018.

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Pantone Names 'Ultra Violet' 2018's Color of the Year
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Time to retire your green apparel inspired by 2017’s color of the year: The color experts at Pantone have chosen a new shade to represent 2018. As The New York Times reports, trend followers can expect to see Ultra Violet popping up on runways in coming months.

The decision was made after Pantone scattered a team around the world to search current street styles, high fashion, art, and popular travel destinations for the up-and-coming “it” color. The brand describes the winner, PANTONE 18-3838, as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.”

Fashion plays a large part in the selection of the color of the year, but Pantone also considers the broader socio-political atmosphere. Some may see Ultra Violet as a nod to our stormy political climate, but the company’s announcement cast it in a more optimistic light.

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now,” it reads. “The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

The color is associated with some of music’s greatest icons, like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright also had a special attachment to the color and wore it when he was in need of creative inspiration. When it’s not sparking artistic thinking, purple is sometimes used to promote mindfulness in mediation spaces. So if you’re feeling stressed about whatever the new year holds, stare at the hue above for a few seconds and see if it doesn’t calm you down.

[h/t The New York Times]

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