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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.

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These LED Crosswalks Adapt to Whoever Is Crossing
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Crosswalks are an often-neglected part of urban design; they’re usually just white stripes on dark asphalt. But recently, they’re getting more exciting—and safer—makeovers. In the Netherlands, there is a glow-in-the-dark crosswalk. In western India, there is a 3D crosswalk. And now, in London, there’s an interactive LED crosswalk that changes its configuration based on the situation, as Fast Company reports.

Created by the London-based design studio Umbrellium, the Starling Crossing (short for the much more tongue-twisting STigmergic Adaptive Responsive LearnING Crossing) changes its layout, size, configuration, and other design factors based on who’s waiting to cross and where they’re going.

“The Starling Crossing is a pedestrian crossing, built on today’s technology, that puts people first, enabling them to cross safely the way they want to cross, rather than one that tells them they can only cross in one place or a fixed way,” the company writes. That means that the system—which relies on cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor both pedestrian and vehicle traffic—adapts based on road conditions and where it thinks a pedestrian is going to go.

Starling Crossing - overview from Umbrellium on Vimeo.

If a bike is coming down the street, for example, it will project a place for the cyclist to wait for the light in the crosswalk. If the person is veering left like they’re going to cross diagonally, it will move the light-up crosswalk that way. During rush hour, when there are more pedestrians trying to get across the street, it will widen to accommodate them. It can also detect wet or dark conditions, making the crosswalk path wider to give pedestrians more of a buffer zone. Though the neural network can calculate people’s trajectories and velocity, it can also trigger a pattern of warning lights to alert people that they’re about to walk right into an oncoming bike or other unexpected hazard.

All this is to say that the system adapts to the reality of the road and traffic patterns, rather than forcing pedestrians to stay within the confines of a crosswalk system that was designed for car traffic.

The prototype is currently installed on a TV studio set in London, not a real road, and it still has plenty of safety testing to go through before it will appear on a road near you. But hopefully this is the kind of road infrastructure we’ll soon be able to see out in the real world.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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