The view from my window as of August 2013
There is less than one month left in my freshman year of college. Less. Than. One Month. There was so much buildup to freshman year that I never even considered what it would be like after it ended. Insert cheesy "ohmygodiloveschoolandImadesomanyamazingfriendsandIneverwannaleave" sentence here. One thing I definitely don't want to leave is the stunning view from my dorm room window. I honestly think I have the best view of anyone at NYU. Allow me to brag: From my tiny box on Washington Square West, I can see the iconic arch and fountain, the beautiful Bobst library, the bright student center, and a little lattice building we call GCASL. I can admire the quaint brownstones, peer down fifth avenue, and listen to the park's live jazz bands by simply cracking a window. I've watched the bushy green trees fade to crispy gold and brown, stark winter white, and now lush pink and yellow, all from the comfort of my bed. It's quite possible that this is the best NYC address I'll ever have, unless of course my dream Central Park loft becomes a reality, but that's at least two decades away. Since I had just 9 months to call Washington Square West my home, I promised myself I'd decorate the room with enough color and cuteness to live up to its covetable zip code. So, with just a few weeks left in the year, I decided it was finally time to give the grand dorm tour.
We'll kick things off "where the magic happens," as they say on MTV cribs, with my comfy cozy bed. I ordered the duvet cover from Urban Outfitters, and I love how the sham has a slightly different pattern than the rest. I knew I wanted my bed to have a soothing print and relaxing color palette, and the abstract florals definitely do the job with an added bohemian flare. My room basically has two color stories: yellow/blue/purple and black/white. The former scheme definitely dominates my décor with the latter acting more as accent. My poster collection includes vibrant vintage prints from the New Yorker to fit my city theme and a quirky black and white print of an Audrey Hepburn-esque figure doing the 50s equivalent of yoga. The color duality continues with my multi-hued string lights and black wall stickers that I made out of tape. The lights create the most beautiful glow that reflects on the walls in the evening. While technically not allowed (shhh), I definitely recommend using pretty lights and lamps rather than the harsh overhead ones built into most dorm rooms. I guess it's my inner photographer speaking when I say lighting is everything!
Next stop, my desk. Prior to move-in day, I went on the obligatory Container Store shopping spree and got every organization device my heart desired. Starting with the desktop, I chose a set of stylish supply holders to store textbooks, pens, and paper. I love how the geometric cut outs play off the softer pattern of my bed. Also essential is my white board for writing appointment reminders, deadlines, and countdowns to exciting events. And because lighting is everything, I have desk lamps with 3 different brightness settings that I turn on by tapping the base.
This wicker box stores teas, coasters, my FEED water bottle, and a portable mug. I also found these neat magnetic strips where I keep tickets, to-do lists, and pretty polaroids from GloBall.
On the shelf, I went full Ina Garten with ceramic mugs from Anthropologie, a stack of rainbow ramekins, and quaint mason jars to store my picnic-patterned black and white utensils. I couldn't fit it in photos, but I also have a black and white polka dot snack cart with a white lace placemat that matches all my forks and knives.
I call this wooden box by the window sill my "ripening station." I steal tons of fruit from the dining hall and store it for snacking purposes. The bottles are empty juice glasses from Organic Avenue that I transformed into decorations with a few loops of yellow string.
This mirrored dish from Urban Outfitters reflects a poster of Van Gogh's sunflowers that hangs on the wall above my dresser. I draped this lovely scarf over the dresser top and set my jewelry tree and all my cosmetics over it. I'll admit it's usually more cluttered with jars of skin cream and toner strewn about, but what girl's vanity isn't?
If I was really on MTV cribs, I'd lead you to my driveway with my fabulous luxury cars and take you around back to my swimming pool. Since all I've got is an expired metro card, it looks like this concludes the tour. I should add that my dorm is going under renovation for the next two years. The building was an old hotel before NYU converted it, so my class is the last to experience its authentic pre-war charm... and leaky sinks and chipping paint. Next year, I'm heading up University Place to a dorm on Union Square!