In “Decked-Out Dorms,” BU Today’s new series, students show off their stylish and unique dorm rooms and apartments, dish on where they found their bedding and decor, and talk about the trinkets that remind them of home. Is your room worth sharing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. To peek inside the first dorm room in this series, click here.
Name: Evan Dann (ENG’21)
Address: A four-person suite in the newly renovated Myles Standish Hall; he shares a double with roommate James De Nully (COM’21).
Short bio: This biomedical engineering major hails from Maryland and hopes to go to medical school. He says he’s thinking of focusing on expedition medicine, where he would travel to far-off, difficult-to-reach locations to care for patients. He will be well prepared, since he is already a licensed EMT and a proud Eagle Scout.
Fashion credentials: Dann is pretty nonchalant about his design choices, but admits he’s been told that his room has a very “Pottery Barn-esque vibe.”
Hidden in the details: His room isn’t overly flashy, but he expertly displays many of his hobbies and passions—look for the anatomical illustrations, 3-D printed coffee filter holder, and hockey skates (he played in high school and occasionally skates at FitRec).
Where he shops: Most design-related objects in Dann’s room came from either the DIY-paradise Michaels or Bed Bath & Beyond or were things he made himself.
How much did all of this cost? The maps are free downloads that he then printed, the monogrammed pillows were $15 finds at Bed Bath & Beyond, and the frames are from Michaels, a bargain at $20 for six frames. Don’t forget to use coupons where you can, he advises, and if you go during a big sale, be sure to stock up.
A popular trend he shamelessly follows: Dann is a big believer in hygge, a Danish design philosophy that translates to cozy. He has a book about it, and stacked neatly in his room are slippers, warm blankets, and a coffee cart, which all help him achieve the desired effect.
Random tips: Hang stuff in a frame—it looks much neater than just taping a photo on the wall. Create your own art with free downloads, then crop to the appropriate size, and frame. Use 3M hooks to hang. They’re easy to remove at the end of the year.