Dorm room boom
SPENDING an average of $600 per person, the back-to-school set amounts to a $2.6-billion dorm-furnishings goldmine, according to the Container Store. While JCPenney hawks its MTV Cribs furniture collection and Sears has TYU, Ty Pennington’s Extreme Makeover: Dorm Edition, the Container Store gives shoppers a chance to define their style through three multiple-choice questions at www.thecontainerstore.com. The Scout answered the call, saying he is male, wants his dorm room to look “bold, sophisticated and contemporary -- the hippest dorm room on campus,” and most worries about “sharing a bathroom with other people when I’ve been used to having one all to myself.” The result: The website prescribed a style labeled “Mod about organization,” with the items shown above. In other stores, the color palette is anything but black and white, with a rainbow of colors including a tray table ($9.99) and hangers ($5.99 for a dozen) from Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as a meowing alarm clock ($18) from Lost & Found in L.A., (323) 856-5872, all shown below. Another big trend: wild and woolly. At www.pbteen.com the rugs of choice, flokatis, have sprouted from the floor into the Furlicious line of beanbags ($149) and shaggy retro rockers ($189).
A two-turntable head turner
Folks, do not be fooled. This beautiful “blobject” by design visionary Karim Rashid may come with dual lamps, but it is definitely not a study station built for two. Even if your college-bound tax deduction is majoring in music appreciation, Rashid’s twin-deck fiberglass tune-mixer, the DJ Kreemy, is not on any university’s list of suggested class materials. However, for a mere $3,400, this voluptuous schoolhouse rocker will undoubtedly make you the most popular parent on campus. With two turntables and a mixer with front-loading jacks, DJ Kreemy is just shy of 6 feet long, is mounted on a powder-coated steel double pedestal and comes in orange, pink, yellow and white. Beastie Boys CDs and additional student loans sold separately. It’s from www.target.com.
Putting it in the right spot
At times “Dorm Room Feng Shui,” a chatty new primer on the ancient Chinese art, reads as if it were written for the sorority sisters of Delta Gamma Ding-a-Ling. Authors Katherine Olaksen, Elizabeth MacCrellish and Margaret M. Donahue go so far as to promise, “This book is easier to read than Cliff Notes.” Good thing the handbook (Storey, $10.95) also delivers practical advice, guiding students in arranging furniture, choosing colors and eliminating clutter according to feng shui principles for a balanced life. Another plus: Profiles of problematic rooms include ideas for low-cost improvements.