March 2016 Features


15_ARCHWAYS_Project Dorm Room_webFor this year’s Project Dorm Room contest, Bryn Mawr students channeled their inner Martha Stewart to put their personal stamp on their rooms. The annual room design contest, now in its eighth year, begins with first-round voting by the student body, with the grand-prize round determined by a vote of the residence council, faculty, and staff. Criteria for judging are room style, color, warmth, hominess, flair, creativity, innovative use of space, and personality. This year’s grand prize winner was Joanna Birkner ’16 (left), from Radnor, Pennsylvania. Birkner, who spent several summers studying in Turkey, has given her room a distinctly Turkish flavor (1, 4). But her taste is eclectic, and she finds treasures wherever she can: the Pennsylvania Dutch cut-out that was a wedding gift to her parents (2); a nest of jewelry (3); the wax hand resting on her windowsill that came from an auction of the Gettysburg Wax Museum (6); and the hand mirror, another auction find (7).

Photographs by Kate McCann





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