The best way to describe a college dorm room at first sight, before any makeover magic happens, is an empty, sterile box. Cement floors, creaky bed frames, plastic-covered mattresses, and some sort of linoleum flooring—these are the calling cards of the basic dorm room. And at many colleges, these relics hail from decades past, making it all the more dismal.
Southern ladies don’t take this sitting down. Instead, we engage is some much-needed sprucing. We roll out the cute patterned rug, hang those twinkling lights over the windows, and pack as many fluffy throws and pillows as we can fit into that 15x15 box. Some go even further, like Ole Miss student, Lindy Goodson, who’s turned into a bit of an expert. (Her freshman dorm room went viral in 2016.)
This year, Goodson and her roommate kicked off junior year with a dorm room makeover that made us do a double, and then triple, take. Where are the creaky wooden lofted beds? The sad gray walls? Apparently, hidden strategically behind some genius design sorcery. Check out the full transformation below, and find Goodsons’ related blog post here.