Warning. This post contains A LOT of pictures.
As this school year and my time in Maryland comes to a close, I can’t help but reminisce about all the fun I’ve had these past two semesters. One of the best things about moving back to College Park was finally being able to live in an apartment with my own room/bathroom. Growing up in New York and moving to Maryland for college, I’ve always had a roommate. Whether it was my sister for the better part of my childhood or my friends freshmen and sophomore year, I’ve always had to share a room.
But this past school year was different. Living on my own, I was renting out a single room out of a 4x4 at the University View. I somehow managed to luck out even further getting a corner room double the size of traditional singles on the top floor facing the campus.
It. Was. Perfect.
But the room was stodgy (and the management/maintenance detestable). So, naturally, I decided to decorate.
Adequate lighting was a top priority seeing as there was only a single dimly lit ceiling lamp in the center of the room. I wrote an entire blog post on how I went about DIY-ing my own set of lights you can read about here.
Buying a couch was also pretty important since the only seating in my room was a single chair next to my desk and my bed. I ended up buying a used IKEA BALKRAP off of craigslist that matched the wood finish of the lights and custom fitted it with RGB LED’s that react to sound.
I discovered something online called a Cloud Lamp a few months before I moved in and I always wanted to make one. So I did. A Youtube search revealed hundreds of tutorials and it was essentially a bunch of paper lanterns with LED’s inside covered in cotton hanging from the ceiling. It also reacts to sound!
No room would be complete without a bit of wall art. So I bought some! Most of this involved experimenting around to get the asthetic just right.
Playing Arts is an art collective that creates playing cards each designed by a unique artist. I really liked the design behind some of these cards and thought it would make for some great wall art. I bought a lot of photo frames from the dollar store, removed the casing and sandwiched several cards in between two pieces of glass creating a frameless frame which was then mounted on the wall.
Frames & Bullets
I had a lot of useless frames leftover after finishing the frameless cards display. Instead of throwing them out, I decided to hang them up near my door in a sort of abstract fashion. To add to the mystery, I placed several bullets on certain frames to form a pattern. See if you can try to make sense of it.
My bedroom ceiling back home was covered with glow-in-the-dark stars when I was a kid and I wanted that same experience here. I bought some adhesive stars online and plastered them above the frameless cards display. I was aiming towards an expanding universe type design where everything was tightly squeezed together and then expanded outward.
No college apartment would be complete without a hanging tapestry. I bought this giant one off of Society6 designed by Dorian Legret. He does some really cool work and I really liked the abstract glitch-art asthetic. It made the perfect backdrop above my bed.
I bought this ukulele my senior year of highschool. Putting it on a wall mount gave me more of an excuse to play it every now and then and was less of a hassle than taking it out of its casing everytime. It also made for some great wall art!
The best part, in my opinion, about living here these past two semesters was the view. Living on the top floor, I could see the whole campus outside my window. It was just perfect.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out. Living here these past two semesters has been amazing.
I guess it’s time to move out.