OS Cribs: The Apartment You Wish Was Yours

We received an e-mail last week from an apartment of females interested in being featured in OS Cribs. The members of this apartment, number 307 in its building, referred to their temporary home as “Three oh Heaven,” and they sent me panoramas of a living room wall covered with Franzia boxes and a balcony that was to die for. The apartment seemed almost too good to be true, so my talented photographer and I trekked up Pugh Street to take a look at this eclectic apartment.


This panorama of the apartment gives you the first step toward an understanding of the space. There are five roommates living in this apartment. We have Casey Tran, a junior majoring in Civil Engineering; Olivia Graf, a senior majoring in HRAIM; Brittany Smith, a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism; Alexandra Hoffman, a junior majoring in Civil Engineering; and Nicole Dell’Armo, a junior majoring in HRAIM. Though there is a bit of overlap in majors and years, the inhabitants of this apartment are almost as eclectic as its contents.

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The living room is the ideal place to start.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Tapestry

Walking into the place, one of the first things you notice is the giant tapestry covering the wall directly ahead of you on the left. This under-the-sea style tapestry is topped with snowflake lights, providing a “we don’t give a shit what season it is!” kind of vibe and making the whole place feel very cozy. “Everybody who comes in here says they feel really at home and they feel really comfortable, and that’s what we were going for,” said Smith. Graf quickly added, “We also never leave.”

OS Cribs Nick Towers Franzia Wall

The next thing you notice is that almost the entire right wall of the living room is covered in cut-out Franzia boxes that function almost as a wallpaper. According to the roommates, they cut out one side of the box per box consumed and attach it to the wall. They’ve gotten pretty far throughout this semester, and they certainly have something to be proud of.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Wall

There are almost too many things in the living room to focus on how cool each individual thing is, because the overall effect of ALL of the cool things is almost overwhelming. Does that make sense? Probably not, but ignore it and look at the “We Are The Kings” poster altered to say “We Are The Queens,” with cut-outs of each apartment members’ head on each head in the poster. Then check out the life-sized cardboard cut-out of Taylor Lautner with a fuzzy hat on its head. The roommates said they used to hide the Taylor cut-out in one another’s rooms to freak each other out, but they finally decided to leave him in the living room.

OS Cribs Nick Towers House Rules 2

We loved these house rules. Enough said.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Big Head

Gotta love an apartment that decorates with a giant “fathead” of one of the roommates’ faces, am I right?

OS Cribs Nick Towers White Board

This should really be all of our to-do lists.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Let's Dance

The roommates said that they found this banner at Urban Outfitters, in case you’d like to replicate the message in your own apartments (which I strongly encourage you to do).

OS Cribs Nick Towers Cats

One of the more artistic roommates put together this illustration of five cats that represent each of the roommates’ personalities in feline form.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Bar

Only the best and most entertaining drinking paraphernalia will do it for these chicks. If you don’t have a flamingo to hold your beverage, you’re really doing it wrong.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Movies to Watch

These girls even include a list of movies to watch together in their living room decorations. Gotta love that roomie bonding. Typically in an apartment of five females, that kind of love is hard to find!

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Their kitchen is absolutely to die for.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Wall of Shame

After we left the living room, we came across the apartment’s “Wall of Shame.” This includes bras and tops that broke while its wearers were partying too hard, photos of embarrassing moments, stolen items from fraternity parties, and lord knows what else. We loved it.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Hats

When we asked about the hat collection hanging on the wall, we were told as though it were very obvious. “Those are hats for Hat-urday!”

OS Cribs Nick Towers Study

A very enjoyable “wall of hot people” accompanied the built-in desk that faced the “Wall of Shame” mentioned above, almost to counteract it. Please note Finn from Adventure Time hanging out on the computer’s monitor.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Bottle Caps

This is the Nittany Lion logo made entirely of Penn State blue spray-painted bottle caps. Your decorations are no longer relevant.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Corkboard

These girls just throw everything they have onto a surface and somehow it all looks adorable and planned out despite the fact that they assured us it was all quite randomly put together. I’m jealous. And how cute is that gnome?

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We saved the best for last — these lucky girls have a balcony most Penn State students would die for. There is even a bean bag chair for optimal lounging time when you’re enjoying the sunshine and a few beers on a happy spring day.

OS Cribs Nick Towers Congratz

My favorite decoration in the place is a great leaving off point for this post. Congratufuckulations, Tree oh Heaven inhabitants, you’ve done an incredible job at making a State College apartment feel like an aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable environment.

Think you (or somebody you know) has an even better looking dwelling for us to photograph and feature? E-mail me at [email protected] with a few snapshots and I’ll be the judge of that. My credentials? I watch a whole lot of HGTV.

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About the Author

Alicia Thomas

Alicia is a senior with majors in Print Journalism and Spanish and a minor in International Studies. Chances are that she's somewhere talking about her semester abroad or ranting about sexual assault prevention right now. She can be reached via Twitter (@aliciarthomas) or email ([email protected]).

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