RoomHop: The Room with the Paisley Wallpaper

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Walking down the eighth floor of Sulzberger Hall in the Barnard Quad, you might get the passing notion that something is up with room 803. For starters, there’s a small cream and gold doormat parked in front of the door, and in addition to a floral tag bearing the names of the room’s occupants, the door is decorated with a smattering of paper snowflakes.

Welcome to the home of Julia Levin and Charlotte Fassler, Barnard first-years and friends from Los Angeles who knew each other before coming to college. Their fantastically fun and colorful room, which just begins at their dainty doormat, is the product of their combined creative and fashionable imaginations.

According to Levin, who was kind enough to give Bwog a tour, the room-envisioning process began when residential life granted their request to room together. The actual interior decorating process, however, “all started with the wallpaper” – a special, adhesive-but-removable type of wallpaper that Barnard housing pre-approved. Levin will concede that “Charlotte did most of the work,” throwing together various pieces from Urban Outfitters and Pier One to add to the Old Hollywood ambiance. However, the décor isn’t so one-sided because, as Levin notes, “we both love Audrey Hepburn.”

The two also share an appreciation for disposable cameras, evidenced by the photographs plastered around their mirror and all over their bulletin boards.

Additionally, the girls have a waterproof floral carpet, allowing for full enjoyment of the contents of their photo-covered mini fridge during any of their frequent get-togethers with girlfriends. Indeed, the room is quite conducive to such gatherings: Fassler’s desk area also includes a DVD player and Nintendo gaming system.

Also central to the room’s decoration are the girly patterned and printed throw pillows, displays of bow headbands and strappy Mary-Jane heels, and framed postcards of New York. But don’t let this mislead you; this room isn’t all about play. There are piles and piles of books sitting on every available surface, and as Levin wrapped up her tour and grabbed a notebook for class, it was clear that this room is as much a lounge space as a study space – just as the perfect dorm room should be.

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  1. jealous  

    my room looks likes a prison cell. I will pay you guys to decorate it for me!

  2. cuties  

    cute girls, cute room

  3. Umm..  

    where are all the books? bahahah barnard

  4. I  

    can't believe they're allowed to put up wallpaper! Columbia would fine me for that... so jealous!

  5. not to hate on barnard  

    but i use my bookcase for books.

  6. west coaster

    i wish my dorky roommates were this cool... ^_^

  7. Concerned  

    That is hideous. Why would you ever do that? You have a tormented soul and a rather unfortunate taste in wallpaper.

  8. that wallpaper  

    is fantastic! where did y'all get it from?

  9. The King of Spain

    That is not a paisley printed on them thar wallpaper.

  10. Sally

    Love this room!!!! It is so fantastic. This is the best.

  11. hmm  

    if they went to school across the street, it wouldn't be shoes on those BOOKcases

  12. Jealous

    This room is so amazing. I have to hire these girls to do my room.

  13. azninvasion

    some of y'all r HAT3RZ

  14. N64  

    jealous, mine broke like ten years ago

  15. 803  

    I totally lived in that room freshman year.

  16. old creeper

    I wonder if these girls are good in bed

  17. Fabulous

    Julia and Charlotte are stars. I'm sure they keep their books under their beds. What a fun room. I want to move there.

  18. aunt joanno

    so creative- amazing that u could actually want to go back to your dorm room

  19. You book nuts  

    Did you even read the end of the article?

    "There are piles and piles of books sitting on every available surface, and as Levin wrapped up her tour and grabbed a notebook for class, it was clear that this room is as much a lounge space as a study space"

    Personally, I think using bookcases for shoe racks is cleverer than throwing them in the back of your closet. Books are easier to stack than shoes.

  20. books  

    blah blah, i read the end of the article. but i'm sorry, anyone with a lot of work knows, if you have a lot of books and need to access them regularly, having them throw all over the place and under the bed is not smart. the whole room just comes off as silly and materialistic.

    • actually...

      I happen to not use bookcases because I need frequent access to my books...who has time to neatly place books in a bookcase? My books are stacked up all over my room for easy access...

  21. Shelter from the storm

    I would love to live in this room for nine months out of the year. I would get plenty of work done. The room cost nothing. It shows an artistic bent and imagination.

  22. Jack

    Me want to live there.

  23. Anonymous  

    columbia kids you just made me laugh out loud! perhaps try a little harder to disguise your massive inferiority complexes!! you see a fantastic room and its immediately, "but the books! the books!" don't worry guys, after freshman year, your debilitating complexes will wear off a little and you'll all be able to start shutting the bleep up. look forward to it!!

  24. real talk  

    barnard girls are, in general, better looking but worse at reading books and talking about them.


    these two know wassup because theyre from los angeles.


    we all love the internet!

    REAL TALK!!!!!!

  25. lemon  

    i want to go to there.

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