For college students trapped at home, redecorating childhood bedrooms is the latest assignment

Concert pianist Robin Spielberg is elbow-deep in paint—deep purple for the accent wall and lavender for the others—as she turns daughter Valerie Kosson’s childhood bedroom and the adjacent guest room into a Lebanon Valley College classroom.

The pine furniture with a high-gloss finish got multiple layers of white splash, and Pinterest inspired the purchase of botanical wall decals. A new bedspread was added to pull the colors together for the music major, who is about to start her senior year in a four-bedroom Colonial in New Freedom, Pennsylvania.

“Now that we’re coming into this, she said, ‘I think it’s time to have more sophisticated space for living and learning,’” Spielberg recalls. “She’s mourning that she doesn’t have an apartment.”


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