Welp, as if I weren’t already insecure about my inability to draw even the simplest two-dimensional shapes, Justin Liew ’18 is making it worse. He’s basically created his own version of The Louvre in his Nics dorm room.
Here’s something awesome: Justin had never sketched until coming to The Tech. “I’ve never drawn anything in my life before, so I jumped at the chance to take a Drawing I class in my first semester here!” he says. “Most of the drawings in my room were from that class. The focus of the class were nudes, so that’s what I mostly have.”
Got a great space to call your own? Have you transcended the limits of the cinder brick wall, plastic mattress and fluorescent light? We want views of your room. Not the view of a parking lot, High Street, or that Rear Window- style, invasive view into someone else’s life. The inside.
It’s been almost a week. The Ikea furniture has been assembled in a thirty-six-step-Swedish-diagram-style-process, the shower shoes are in their appropriate place, and it’s starting to feel like home. Let us see it. Send your pictures of your room, house, apartment, closet, kitchen…whatever space you think is worth sharing to staff[at]wesleying[dot]org with the subject line “view with a room.”Include some captions, or leave those to me. If you don’t have a camera, or have somehow avoided the iPhone, my camera and I will come attempt to capture that place you call home.
Though I cannot tell you who decided to christen this series “View with a Room” oh those many years ago, and why they decided upon such a title, I can tell you that the view of Jason Tangson ’16’s room is a beautiful one—and it’s one that you can get a glimpse of outside the confines of this post.
“It’s like a fucking greenhouse in there,” says one freshman, who mentions seeing it on her way to Olin.
The abundance of flora in his room, which include species like Wandering Jews, along with Iresines, Aloes, Chinese Ferns, and a banana tree, will probably incline you to agree, though the artificial tiger, and the aquarium containing three Minnows, two frogs, and two Bettas (this kind, not that kind), tempt me to describe it as more jungle-esque.
The drawings on the wall, all done by Tangson, only add to the mystical-paradise aura of his room. My personal favorite is the large green face on black—done as an 11th grade project, and previously unnamed. Tangson now declares, “Let’s call it Peter Helman.”
Aaaaand we’re back, winding into routine after a strenuous few weeks of instant Netflix and unwritten cover letters. Last semester, Wesleying’s WESCR1B$ feature brought us deep into the state-of-the-art home-entertainment coliseum of the Command Center, the soft-light hominess of Ethan Young ’13’s Lo Rise A5, and the Ikea-style furnishing ingenuity of Elle Markell ’14’s Hewitt room—all without leaving the comfort of this here WordPress dashboard.
This round, things are getting a little more sinist—well, I’ll let 200 Church’s Sophia Massey ’15 speak for hirself. (Also, submit your room!)
Our survey of your WESCR1B$ continues, and Elle Markell ’14 sends in pictures of her Hewitt room, where she efficiently and stylishly uses the room’s space. Elle also appears to own a really boss Frigidaire fridge (with a separate freezer compartment!). I highly recommend it! Elle writes:
I put the bed on the floor and added a body pillow so that it could double as a couch. The balcony chairs and table are from Ikea, as are the lamps and the bedside table/crate. On the walls are various polaroids and other personal photographs, a Frank Lloyd Wright calendar, and a few band posters.
For WESCR1B$ room inspiration, click here, here, and/or here. Procrastinate (or efficiently schedule your time) by sending pics of your room, hovel, tipi, or couch and fun descriptions of them to staff(at)wesleying(dot)org!
Ethan Young ’13 sends in lovely pictures of his softly-lit Lo Rise apartment (the above picture is of the tastefully decorated and nicely rug-ed common room).
Young’s description of the upstairs (no need to be apologetic for the lighting, your room still looks cozy):
We want to see where you live. No, seriously. We do. Last week we posted a call for WESCR1B$ submissions: straight-up pixxxs of your interior decorating messterpieces, your wall-to-wall carpeting and silk poppies and homemade bird mobiles and bizarre uses of duct tape. You don’t need to have a blog or nothing like that. Digital camera and internet access work fine.
The pic above displays Peter Chu ’14’s room in the Butts, appropriately christened “The Command Center.” If the poster of Vincent and Jules doesn’t shout the message: Chu isn’t joking around. I kind of get the sense that this room needs to be seen, heard, and vibrated to be understood, but for now, Chu’s description will have to do:
The Command Center: equipped with a custom computer (hand-built by me), a 1080p 32 inch tv, an X Box 360, and a 5.1 surround sound speaker system that can be heard from WesWings (I live in the Butts). This is what you miss out on in an Occupy Wall Street tent.
Praise to Chu! Sincere sympathies to his next door neighbor(s).
Want to send in your room (house, microhouse, tent, apartment, whatever) for a post? Email photos (and some descriptions) to staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. Include where you live, or how you live, or why you live in the email. We’ll take care of the rest. (For past posts, click here and here and here and here.