Celebrity Kids Are Getting in on Over-The-Top Dorm Room Trend: See Their Lavish College Digs

A simple bedspread and a poster stuck on the wall doesn’t cut it for college dorm decor anymore.

Today, incoming undergrads are upping their decorating agenda (and budget!) to give their dorms a more luxurious vibe. Many kids go all out, spending money on throw pillows, extra seating, beautiful storage and fun wall art to make their blank-slate digs feel like a Pinterest-perfect home.

In 2017, two Ole Miss students’ impeccably decorated dorm room went viral on social media. Their monogrammed pillows and tufted headboards looked incredibly high-end, but the girls did the whole thing on a budget, shopping at stores like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s to update their once-dreary space.

The same year, two freshmen at Texas State University showed off their lofted twin beds with canopies and faux brick wallpaper, which gave their room a city apartment vibe.


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Now, celebrities’ kids are hopping on the trend of sprucing up their college living spaces.

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards helped decorate her daughter Sophia Umansky’s suite-style dorm in Washington, D.C., with luxe velvet seating that doubles as shoe storage and gold wall fans that make it feel more like home.

“We really wanted this room to reflect her style so that she would feel like she was bringing a little piece of home with her here,” Kyle told PEOPLE of the space, which they decorated with pieces from HomeGoods. “It’s hard when you leave home, so we wanted her to feel comfy and just feel like it was her own personal space.”

“It’s not going to be a cookie-cutter dorm room where everybody’s room looks the same,” she said.

Umansky wanted a “retro glam” style, so the mother-daughter duo shopped with a blush and white color scheme in mind and added pops of gold.

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Lisa Rinna‘s daughter Delilah Belle Hamlin moved into her first apartment in N.Y.C. in March ahead of her freshman year at New York University, where she starts in January. In decorating her two-bedroom, two-bathroom space, the 20-year-old runway model opted for youthful decorations like gold-accented bubble chairs suspending from the ceiling, furry millennial pink pillows and a delicate metal chandelier above her bed.

“Initially I wanted black, white, and gray, but the design team suggested a pop of color,” she told Town & Country in their August issue. “We went with pink, and I’m glad we did.”

Hamlin is hardly the first young celeb to forgo the college dorm experience for a swanky apartment. Before starting at NYU in 2004, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen reportedly dropped $ 7.3 million on four penthouse apartments in Greenwich village, turning them into a massive 5,725-square-foot abode. Although they decorated the space, the Olsens never lived in the apartment, instead choosing to live separately. Ultimately, they both dropped out of the university.

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However, many celebrities and their children have opted for the traditional dorm route, and have even found ways to transform their hall-style rooms (with shared bathrooms for everyone!) into glam college crash pads. Boston University alumna Olivia Culpo teamed up with eBay for an affordable line of dorm decor to make college feel more like home.

“My dorm room showcased my personality with a cozy white rug and fresh flowers. I also tried pink wallpaper,” she told PEOPLE. “Now, would opt for a more minimal, clean look,” she said. “I might also add some gold accents to make it even more stylized.”


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New Philly Digs for InterAct Theatre

Philly’s InterAct Theatre Company is finishing their 28th and most ambitious season presenting four productions of new plays. Artistic director Seth Rozin capping it off directing the premiere of The Three Christs of Manhattan, which he also wrote.

As if that wasn’t enough to do, things also got unexpectedly hectic for Rozin when he was suddenly orchestrating InterAct’s move from their longtime home to their new theater space, after he decided to leave their longtime home in the Adrienne Theater located near Rittenhouse Sq.

Interact will start their new season in October at the former ballroom and dance studio at the deco-era Drake Building in Center City. InterAct will establish a new theater collective and share the residency with fellow Philly companies, Simpatico Theatre Project, Azuka Theatre, Inis Nua Theatre and PlayPenn.
2015-06-02-1433279730-9530586-drakeballroom600.jpg Seth Rozin points the way in the Drake theater space (photo: courtesy InterAct)

InterAct’s hallmark is bold new voices in the theater, political plays and scripts with themes that address complex social issues. This season was exemplar of their brand this past year with premieres of Christopher Chen’s ‘Caught’ a scalding satire about art and ethnography; Jen Silverman’s ‘The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane’ a drama about oppression and violence against lesbians in South Africa and Thomas Gibbons ‘Uncanny Valley’ (also directed by Rozin) about medical ethics and DNA – android cloning.

A week before the opening his play, the season closer, Rozin took five to talk about his play and the company’s upcoming move.

“Yes, things did snowball a bit, “he laughed, “When we planned the current season last spring we didn’t know we were going to be moving. I knew I would be directing two last plays, but I thought I would be available in the fall and winter for fundraising and other stuff.” For the moment he is focused on his play.

The comedy concerns an atheist Jewish psychiatrist who is visited by three men, each believing himself to be Jesus Christ. Each one proceeds to make their case as the Messiah, while battling to save the Dr.’s soul.

Rozin explained that he was has “always been fascinated how religious text gets interpreted, appropriated, abused. And completely misrepresented and that led me that the three Christs in the play would have very different interpretations and would be battling it out. To win the psychiatrist’s favor, which reflects where we are in the world,” Rozin explained.

Over the three years, he took to write it, Rozin was also noticing the increased media attention on religion. “I was seeing, more and more, how pundits were pontificating about religion, this way and that, appropriating Christ’s wisdom in their own way and asserting that others were interpreting it wrong.”

Because of the themes, Rozin was not surprised that there was condemning mail already. “”We already got some yesterday, with the words ‘be not deceived, God is not mocked, there is only one Messiah, one Christ’ … and it goes on from there. Some people who are very religious don’t have any humor about it. But we’re not expect that to be a primary response,” Rozin assured.

He said this 28th season particularly connected with a wide cross-section of audiences. He had already been strategizing about how to form a Philly theater collective when the move became inevitable in the short term.

“I had already thinking about making it a hub for new plays at the Adrienne. But that plan didn’t work out. So once we found the Drake, which had the potential for two theater spaces, we knew that from a business perspective as well as a spiritual and community perspective, we would be much stronger as a collaborative entity, than if it was just going to be InterAct moving to a new home theater,” Rozin said. Highlighting its features of ballroom height ceilings, the 128 seat main stage theater and flexible 75-seat second stage.

“The four companies we’re bringing in, will build a genuine spirit of collaboration whereby everybody benefits. Creatively and commercially,” Rozin said. So far everything is on pace for the October opening, where theatre makers come to read, write, research, discuss, exchange, devise, rehearse and attend new plays. 2015-06-02-1433280524-241956-SethRozincourtesyofInterActTheatreCo.jpg Director Rozin at the Drake earlier this year (courtesy InterAct)

“Aside for the scale and newness of it and we’ve never had to manage some of these things- from design decisions to hand driers in the bathroom- you know. The fundraising is beyond anything we’ve ever done. Everything is on pace for the Drake opening in October for InterAct’s new era. assures, even though it seems, even for the always calm director, both “exciting and terrifying.” Curtain up!

The Three Christs of Manhattan runs through June 21 at the Adrienne Theater 2030 Sansom St. Phila. For more information about the upcoming season at the Drake check www.interActTheatre.org | or call 215.568.8079

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