By Dian Mills
It’s that time again. Young people everywhere are leaving home and venturing forth into the wonderful world of college dorms. Cold, impersonal and (most likely) shared with a stranger … what a cozy place for a baby bird to land. OK, maybe not, but it can be! The right combination of fashion and function can transform their glorified cell into a haven from classes and co-ed craziness.
Let’s start with the basics. Every college student needs a comfy bed and reliable caffeine source. The Slumber Sheet Set from Jennifer Adams Home can make the harshest mattress feel like a cloud. Made of 100% extra fine weave microfiber, this set is wrinkle resistant and only gets softer with each wash! Available at http://www.jenniferadamshome.com. Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto Piccolo has the stimulant angle covered. A compact, sleek single-serve coffee machine, the Piccolo has the power to whip up 16 different hot and cold beverages in seconds and can be found at http://www.DolceGustostore.com, http://www.amazon.com and retailers nationwide. For times when more specific help is needed, keep a stash of get smart® herb tea for memory/focus from Republic of Tea. Packed with antioxidants and ayurvedic herbs, a few sips can smooth out even the most frazzled mind and kick it back into study mode. Stock up at http://www.RepublicofTea.com.
In a small space, the right accessories are crucial. Anything too small is useless and one oversized piece can swallow the whole place! Available in six vibrant colors, the College Plush Rug from http://www.Dormco.com is one of the softest, most foot-friendly floor coverings around. Cozy enough to sit on, definitely, but let’s add more seating options to the mix. The Sit on It Original bean bag chair from Loopee Design is multifunctional, colorful and so much fun. Water resistant, flame retardant and super strong, it’s got plenty of room for two people to sit or one to really sprawl (or crash, if a friend has one of those nights). Choose from more than a dozen color options at http://www.loopeedesign.com. When it’s time to get serious, try the Buoy from Turnstone. This ottoman-sized seat swivels, turns, tilts and moves up or down with the body. It’s fun, functional and keeps your posture and focus in check. Bonus: it’s also perfect for pulling up next to the bed and putting snacks on when you’re too wiped out to hold them yourself! Check out the Buoy in action at http://www.myturnstone.com/buoy.
Organization is a student’s best friend, so a message station is essential. Umbra’s GRAPH Board is the perfect modern bulletin board. It comes as a package of eight squares printed with a geometric pattern that can be arranged on any wall to create your favorite design. Grab yours at http://www.umbra.com. To keep track of new friends (and remember fun with old ones), Mosaic by Mixbook is a great idea. Using their app on any Apple device, you can create gorgeous photo books and have them delivered right to your door within days. Click on over to http://www.heymosaic.com for download details. For those all-night study sessions, the GoGo Pillow™ is an exhausted soul’s best friend. Plush and pretty, it snugly holds any tablet computer and serves as a handy lap desk. As if that weren’t enough, it also has a handy zip pocket to stash cords, headphones, pens, snacks, you name it…and the pocket’s lining converts to a neck pillow in seconds! Passing out in a library cubicle was never so comfy. Snag yours at http://www.GoGoPillow.com.
Now that the room looks great, let’s think about its air. In a well-used building packed with people who probably aren’t paying optimal attention to their cleanliness and health, a great air purifier is a must. The Honeywell True HEPA Compact Tower Allergen Remover features powerful air cleaning technology that reduces germs and odors by capturing up to 99.7% of airborne particles, all in a compact, sleek package. To keep that pristine air smelling pretty, Air Wick has a terrific new line of fragrances inspired by America’s National Parks. With options like Plug-In scented oils and Freshmatic room sprays, all you have to do is choose your signature scent and enjoy! Both of these air beautifiers are available at major retailers nationwide.