Lumberton resident’s DIY decorating effort at UNC gets attention of Teen Vogue magazine

By: By Tomeka Sinclair -

CHAPEL HILL — Alexis Ard refused to live in a bland, sterile room when starting her first year at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her creativity got her featured in Teen Vogue magazine.

Ard’s room at Granville Towers South was showcased in the magazine as part of the Dorm Decor IRL Series. The magazine has been featuring unique dorms to inspire college students to come up with ideas for decorating their dorm rooms.

“We just tried to make the place not look totally bland,” said Ard, a Lumberton resident who was a kicker for the Lumberton High School football team.

Ard and her brother Thomas Ard, owner of TomTom and Co. in Lumberton, posted pictures of her room on social media. All the attention she got from friends caught the magazine’s attention. Teen Vogue then contacted her through her brother about being featured in the magazine.

Her favorite part of the room is the dalmatian wallpaper. She saw the wallpaper on a Instagram site and loved the idea.

“I thought that was really cool,” she said. “It makes it look bigger, I think.”

She bought the removable wallpaper at Target.

Ard also bought the lantern lights in her room at Target, but her other items came from Hobby Lobby and from home.

She had been buying things throughout the summer for her room so it was just a matter of her and her family putting everything together, Ard said.

“The hardest part was putting up the wallpaper, but the rest was pretty easy,” she said.

She comes from an artistic family, so when she was thinking about her room she knew she had to go all out, Ard said. The process should have taken about two hours but it took longer with her and her family joking around.

“Spending the last couple of hours with my family before they left was like any other day with the family,” she said. “It didn’t start to actually hit me until we were saying our goodbyes.”

Ard is now helping her roommate decorate her side of the room. She said she arrived on the campus before her roommate and her roommate liked the room so much she is decorating her side to match Ard’s.

“It’s a double decision,” Ard said.

Ard is studying business at UNC, and thinks her dorm room is a keeper.

“I really like it this way. I doubt I’ll do anything different,” Ard said.
Lumberton resident’s DIY decorating effort gets attention of national magazine

By Tomeka Sinclair

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