Best Nest: Claire Lashinger

 Lashinger considers this drawing of clasped hands the most important piece of her room.

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: Clinton, New York

Room: Room 208, 84 Broad Street (Tri Delta House)

Major: Educational Studies

Why do you like your room?

I love my room because it doesn’t look like a

typical dorm room. I’ve filled it with enough decor so my aesthetic really stands out, and it doesn’t feel like a temporary space. I also filled it with a lot of family pictures and pieces of art that I’ve created, which makes the space feel really homey.

How does your room reflect your personal style?

My overall style is contemporary. I’m drawn to

abstract patterns and bright colors, which are reflected in my bedding and wall decor. I’m also a huge fan of black and white because it’s such a classic combination that works well to balance out the statement pieces.

What were your inspirations for decorating your room?

My mom is an interior designer, so she really helped me figure out how I wanted my room to look. We were inspired by a Scandinavian company called Marimekko, which creates some really interesting fabric patterns. We were able to incorporate many of the patterns into the room in a way that highlighted them without making the small space look too busy.

What is the most important item in your room?

The most important item in my room is my pen and ink drawing of clasped hands. I completed it senior year of high school for an art class, and I never get tired of looking at it. It took me months to finish, and I’m still really proud of the way it turned out.

What extracurricular activities are you involved in at Colgate?

I’m co-leader of North Broad Street Tutoring – a Center for Outreach and Volunteerism (COVE) group –  a member of bellydance, a member of the dance group Kuumba and Tri Delta Academic Development Chair.