Dorm room decor contest showcases students’ creativity

Image courtesy of Gus Pointer Mace ’26.

The results of The Miscellany News’ dorm room decor contest are in! Thanks to the work of many student decorators, artists and photographers, we were able to see the finest of Vassar’s residential spaces. Below are pictures and descriptions of our winner and two runners-up. Members of The Miscellany News Editorial Board served as judges for this competition, and would like to extend a big thank you to all who submitted photos. Without further ado, let’s get to our first-place winners, who will be receiving a $100 gift card to Twisted Soul!

First place: Gus Pointer Mace ’26 and Catherine Phillips ’26, Jewett

This cozy, color-blocked Jewett double won my heart! We were impressed by the consistent theming, and the cute stuffed animals didn’t hinder its placement either. I loved the eclectic posters, art and plants throughout the room. I especially admired the green/pink color split—a fantastic combination. The lights also brought a homey feel to this quaint double and showcased how these two made the most of their limited space. The more muted nature aesthetic of the last image was the cherry on top. Amazing work, you two!

First runner-up: Sarah Schuster ’25, Cushing

I loved this classy, minimalist room! From the Polaroids above the desk to the hanging jewelry organizers, we love the soft, organic feel of this room. The window wasn’t Schuster’s doing, but it still frames the plants and lights hanging around it with beautiful natural light. We also love the consistent color palette, with muted neutrals, greens and pinks throughout. 

Second runner-up: Tahareem Ali ’26, Strong

What a beautiful room to close out our winners circle! The pressed flowers in the entryway create such a warm and welcoming environment, and we love the celestial decorations. This is a room that looks super comfy and liveable; you can tell Ali loves living here by the TLC they’ve obviously put into their decor and surroundings. The beautiful quad view certainly doesn’t hurt either! 

Thank you to all of those who entered this contest! It brought us so much joy to see your spaces, and it certainly left us with many decoration ideas. Congratulations once again to the winner and runners-up!

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