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Penn State-Themed Rooms: The Best Of The Best

It’s certainly true that Penn State pride passes along its tradition through generations of families all across the country. With a dedicated student body decade after decade, it’s easy to assume that Penn State’s great tradition is carried into the homes of tons of alumni. We love to see Penn Staters, past and present, showcase their dedication to Dear Old State. That’s why we asked the most devoted fans to show us how creative they can be with interior design and submit their best Penn State-themed rooms. The results were insane, and we’re really excited to show off our favorites.

Gwen Nese’s almost 30-year-old Penn State Football Button Display


“My husband and I and our three children are all Penn Staters. Yea! We began collecting the Penn State football buttons in the late 1970s. Even when we lived in Atlanta we had a Penn State Room! Gwen Kaufman Nese ’81, Jon Nese ’83, ’85, ’89, John Nese ’14, Robert Nese ’16, Kate Nese ’19”

Dave Simonovich and Alicia Domzalski’s Awesome Basement and Bar

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John Petitta’s Stylish Game Room

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“My name is John Petitta, I am 2005 PSU graduate and football season ticket holder. We are from Natrona Heights, just outside of Pittsburgh. My wife, Stephanie, and I love remodeling as a hobby and this was our game room we finished a little over a year ago.  We completed every aspect of this room ourselves. Some notable items in the attached pictures: 110 inch high def projection screen with custom Amish made cabinets… Made specifically to center my Joe Paterno signed helmet… I even added lighting for effect. Theater style lighting effects. Additional 40 inch TV. A laser etched end table with my favorite sports teams logos. Laser etched granite tile piece of a picture from the first time I took my, at the time girlfriend and now wife, to Penn State for the first time….at the lion shrine. A Tiffany Penn State Lamp. A backlit Penn State Logo mounted to ceiling and lit using remote controlled LED puck lights.  I thought of and made the mounting brackets myself after attending a PSU hockey game and getting the idea from the video board hanging at center ice. Small stadium wood replicas of each B1G stadium I’ve been to..mounted close to the ceiling by the lighted logo…. Guys trip every year to one away game.. Mini bar utilizing space under the stairs. Those are just a few if the items we’ve integrated into our game room…. Hope you like them!”

Jess Levy’s “Out of Control Penn State Household”
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“I’m not sure that my household could be any more decorated with PSU decor. Both my boyfriend and I are alums and are currently both in grad school there as well. To sum it up, a Happy Valley tornado came through our house. 95% of these decorations stay up all year and we even have a Penn State ROOM! Enjoy!”

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Kaitlyn Dividock

Kaitlyn is a staff writer for Onward State who is entirely too enthusiastic about Pittsburgh sports, music festivals, and crude humor. She is a senior English major who concentrates in Professional and Media Writing and minors in Sociology. She is really fun and very cool, and her favorite color is red. If for some reason you can't find her, she's probably at Primanti's with an ice cold IC Light in her hand. You can follow her on Twitter (@kaitdivi) if you want quality #content, or contact her via email at [email protected]


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