The Best Nest:

Eliza Graham

It is evident before one even sets foot inside Parker 107, decorated by junior Nicole Hawkins and home to her and fellow juniors Zoe Blicksilver, Liz Flory and Hillary Stark, that this is a warm, homey space. Pumpkins and pots of flowers sit cheerfully outside the doorway, inviting guests inside and giving them a preview of what is to come once they are indoors. As I step inside, I feel the chill of the autumn evening subside. Stylish lamps emitting warm yellow light, and sweet seasonal decorations first catch my eye. Nicole has put lanterns in the shapes of pumpkins on top of these lamps and has strung up garlands made of paper leaves in fall colors. Woven rugs, an upholstered storage bench in a delicate fabric and two cozy chairs are all elements that Nicole has added to the standard apartment furniture, and that make this space feel so livable. Artwork covers the wall, not the typical posters of a college dorm room, but framed inspirational prints, as well as a large print of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, her iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” role. Style and warmth reside in this room in harmony with one another.

What Hawkins Has to Say:

How does the room reflect your personal style?

I’m very organized at home; my house is very precisely decorated with a country theme, so all my decorations are inspired by that. I wanted it to be warm and inviting to have people over.

Tell me about one particularly important item in the room.

We have a coffee and tea corner with 20 varieties of coffee, tea and teapots where we can have people over for coffee and snacks!

Where/from whom did you get your inspiration?

From my mom. Most of the decorations are things that she picked up when she was home and then I brought back.

Contact Eliza Graham at [email protected]