Welcome to the ‘Love Cave’: Roommates make dorm their own

Louisville freshmen Hunter Berry, left, and William Fangman have setup a small recording studio in their Barnes-Campbell Hall dorm room to make it feel more like a home. The room is also decorated in Christmas lights, which Berry said are good for lovemaking.

Spencer Jenkins

Two roommates transformed their Barnes-Campbell Hall dorm room into their own unique home with a stack of smokeless tobacco cans, a makeshift recording studio, dueling TVs and other personal touches.

Louisville freshmen Hunter Berry and William Fangman said their bare dorm room depressed them when they first opened the door of Room 520 of Barnes-Campbell Hall.

“I felt out of place – instead of feeling at home, I felt like I was in a dorm,” Berry said.

Fangman and Berry share a passion for music, so they revamped their room into a personal music studio where Berry’s band, One Intoxicated Evening, plays and records.

“It’s heavy rock and really random,” Berry said. “It’s whatever we’re feeling really.”

Instruments placed around the room, including acoustic and electric guitars, a keyboard and a handheld recorder, make up this makeshift studio.

They also placed the beds in an “L” shape, which allows them enough room to record music, Fangman said.

Both roommates agree that their dorm feels like a home, allowing them relaxation and entertainment while accomplishing school work.

However, sharing a dorm room can mean making compromises with roommates concerning personal tastes in decoration.

While Fangman pinned up his Bob Marley and Kid Cudi posters, Berry decorated with posters of Leonardo DiCaprio movies that complement his collection of DiCaprio movies, they said.

“We mixed ourselves together,” Fangman said. “We’re like in a blender.”

Both roommates enjoy their Pabst Blue Ribbon neon beer sign and their “dip pyramid,” which sits on the center of the windowsill and consists of multiple empty cans of smokeless tobacco contributed by visitors of their dorm, they said.

“It represents who we are,” Fangman said. “We like dip, we like beer – the Pabst.”

Setting the mood for their “music studio” dorm room depended on the decorating scheme, including stringing colorful Christmas lights along the beds, they said.

“The lights take out the stress from school because they’re so pretty,” Fangman said. “It makes you think of Christmas – the happiest time of the year.”

Christmas lights offer extra ambiance for their dorm, which they’ve also coined the “love cave,” they said.

“The lights are good for lovemaking,” Berry said.

Louisville freshman Austin Moore, a friend and frequent visitor of Berry and Fangman’s dorm room, said the roommates originally thought of naming their bed area the “cuddle cave” before settling on its current name.

“I think it’s pretty funny because they were trying to think of names,” he said.

Their “dip pyramid” gets bigger every week, Moore said.

“Each week it gets higher and higher,” he said. “I think they are up to 100 cans now.”

Moore, who lives in Barnes too, visits their room throughout the week along with about 10 other people, he said.

“The doors are always unlocked so you can just walk in,” Moore said. “The way they have it set up, it’s open and you feel welcomed.”

The roommates have dueling TVs, one constantly playing sports while the other plays video games or movies, Berry said. Their music recording also brings in visitors.

If he could do anything else to the room, Fangman said he would paint the walls and add a giant beer keg.

“Everyone comes in here,” he said. “Basically, our room is kick ass – that’s pretty much it.”