Decked-Out Dorms: Senior Julie Fager (CGS, COM)

May 9, 2019
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Name: Julie Fager (CGS’17, COM’19)

Address: A double suite in StuVi II with a million-dollar view of Nickerson Field; sometimes she even watches the BU games from her living room window. She has her own bedroom.

Short bio: Fager is a public relations major and a member of the College of Communication’s student-staffed PRLab, where she is an account supervisor for clients the 51 Percent Project, a climate change organization and the nonprofit Partners for Youth with Disabilities. She is also working as a brand ambassador for Vita Coco coconut water while she searches for a full-time job.

Design philosophy: Chill, beachy vibe, on a budget, she says.

Working with the space you’re given: To make her room less “dormy,” Fager lowered her bed as much as possible and removed the hutch shelf from her BU-supplied desk. This gives her more light and a better view of Nickerson Field. Odds and ends are stored on shelves and in baskets purchased from Christmas Tree Shops. She makes an effort to keep her room neat so it feels less claustrophobic.

DIY touches: She painted the wooden mermaid sign hanging above her bed brown and white to match her decor. To make the space homier, she hung a curtain in her window and laid a rug on the floor.

Where she shops: Fager considers herself an avid shopper, a passion she shares with her mom, who helped her find her furnishings. She tends to shop for decor at the Christmas Tree Shops, JCPenney, Target, Michaels, and HomeGoods.

How much did all of this cost? The bedspread and pillow sham from JCPenney were $30 and the decorative pillows from HomeGoods were between $10 and $20. The fake plant from Target was $3, and the throws from HomeGoods were $15 each. The mermaid signs were purchased at Christmas Tree Shops and cost about $10. The large flower canvas tapestry from Target cost $10, and the lamp from Christmas Tree Shops was $30.

A popular trend Fager shamelessly follows: marbleized prints (her tissue box, laptop cover, planner, and notebook are all marble-themed), and mermaids.

Where she finds her decorating inspiration: Pinterest mostly.

Random tip for those trying to decorate their rooms: Don’t be afraid to change your decor as you grow, Fager advises. Freshman year her room was all hot pink and orange. “When you’re a freshman, you go to one store—Target—and only shop the things they have out,” she says. “I toned it down as I grew up.”

In “Decked-Out Dorms,BU Today’s dorm decor 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.

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