Lovely Undergrad has been around in one form or another since March 2009, with the stated goal of "making sure that these really are some of the 'best years' of your life. There will be lots of ideas and inspiration for turning your cinder-block box of a dorm or shabby apartment into a comfortable, functional, and beautiful living space. Plus, you'll find stuff about fashion, beauty, scholarly success, going green, and diy-projects."
LU is run by Jessica, a 21-year-old junior in college who obviously has a great eye for design. (She collects vintage typewriters! Love!)
LU's most recent post touches on a topic that's always irked me as well: retailers, movies, and TV shows trying to pass off huge, spacious suits as "dorms," when we all know what a dorm really looks like. The images above and below both feature real dorms, which can still be inspiring and beautiful. But even if a dorm is just a mock-up, it doesn't mean that we can't take inspiration from it and apply it to our own lives.
I'm glad to have found Jessica's site. After all, after living in the dorms, what's next? That's right: living in a tiny-ass apartment.