Lindsay’s NYC Laidback Luxe Room

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Meet Lindsay Olan, a Junior at University of Florida who's interning in NYC for the summer!

City Life

Tell us about your space! How did you find summer housing?

After researching summer housing options in the city, the NYU dorms seemed like the best choice for me. They have so many buildings in a variety of areas around the city and my older sister lived in the NYU dorms when she was my age!


The building I was placed in luckily has apartment style housing – which means we have a full kitchen and dining area in our unit! The apartment also has two bedrooms and each room has 2 beds. I am rooming with one of my best friends from back home!


Where are you interning at?

I am a DJ intern at z100!


What are your favorite spots in the city so far?

There are so many! Madison Square Park is one of my favorite places to sit outside and meet my friends for lunch during the week, since it’s super close to my dorm. I also love trying different restaurants around the city, my new obsession is Ivan Ramen. And for shopping, & Other Stories has the cutest stuff!

Dorm Life

What was your thought process while picking out what to put in your room?

I always am drawn to simplistic styles, and so is my roommate. We loved the Soft Wash and the Loft duvet covers since they are simple, but stylish. From there we decided on a white and grey theme and met in the middle with blue accessories to liven it up.


Any tips for coordinating with your roommate?

Decide on a common color. I think it helps to pick out pillows and accessories in the same color but, different styles. This can make your space feel coordinated but, not too matchy matchy.


What do you think is the key to maximizing the space in a dorm room?

The first thing I do to maximize space in my dorm is switch up the furniture to find the best layout. For this dorm, we decided on an L-shape as we felt it gave us the most space and opened up the room. I’ve also learned that getting creative with storage can help! I decided to display some of my accessories and jewelry on hooks and shelves, which opened up extra room in my closet!


What’s your favorite part of your room?

I love the wall decor we chose. The wall gallery is always the first thing you notice when you walk in and we always get compliments on it. I think it’s cool when you use a combination of different materials in a collage, it makes it look authentic and not so perfect.  


Step 3: College Life

Is your dorm decor at University of Florida any different?

It’s similar in the sense that my decor was simplistic. I had a white duvet cover at school but, instead of having blue accents, like I do now, I accented with muted pink tones. I like having a basic duvet because it gives me the ability to change up my look with different accessories depending on my style of the moment!


What advice would you give to your freshman year self?

Don’t be afraid to do things out of your comfort zone, like rush for a Sorority or join a club that focuses on something you’re interested in. I also would say have an open mind when it comes to making new friends! Try and befriend people you usually wouldn’t.


If you could describe your taste in decor in three words, what would they be?

Comfy, Fun, Classic.


Have a favorite DIY?

I love my Sunglasses shelves. Not only does it look clean and pretty but, it helped me maximize the minimal storage space I have in this dorm!


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