In Roomhopping, Bwog indulges its everlasting dream to host an HGTV show. Aesthetics Aficionado Whitney Wei reports. If you think your swanky pad is worthy of being hopped, email us at email@example.com with photographic proof.
“We wanted to make it homey and not a jail cell,” reflected Jordan Sholem, BC ’15, as her roommate, Chloe Kling, BC’15, nodded earnestly in agreement. The eager first years were disappointed to learn that they had been assigned one of the smallest doubles in Brooks, but the pair managed to transform their modest space into something spectacular.
Lined with cerulean “room pop” sticker stripes, the enviously tasteful room boasts a spectrum of blue, their favorite color. The clean lines and unified hues maximize the impeccably organized Brooks pad. Even working within the constraints of housing regulations, they matted fifties fashion photos in cardboard and expertly mounted them to the walls with blue painters tape instead of tacks. Wicker basket containers, matching navy bedding, and monogrammed pillows with each of their initials—all designer duds from Calypso Home and Jonathan Adler—complete the catalog chic vibe.
The dorm is so cohesive down to the seat covers, it’s hard to believe Jordan and Chloe hadn’t known each other before arriving at Barnard. “No, we met through mutual friends from sleep-away camp,” Jordan explained. The two had requested each other, but never been formally introduced. For the bicoastal couple—Jordan hails from Los Angeles and Chloe from New York City—it was a match made in dorm room heaven.
The best part? “Walking in after a long day and knowing our room is so cozy,” Jordan beams, “it really doesn’t feel like a dorm.” With perfectly arranged pillows and a tiny white bouquet perched elegantly on the nightstand, the carefully curated room has become something wonderful that Jordan and Chloe adore. They’ve revamped drab white walls, fluorescent lighting, and a spatial nightmare to create a real home.
Photos by Whitney Wei