My Room: Tate

My Room: Tate

Carrie McBride
Jan 19, 2011

Thinking of dark paint? Even black? Penny did it and, as you can see, the room is still fresh, light and lovely. Penny shares: My initial goals for Tate's room were simple; it had to be functional as we live in a two bedroom home and would be spending a good deal of time in the room, and I wanted it to look clean and modern, with furniture that could be recycled throughout our home through the years.

The main inspiration came from the nursery in Jenna Lyons' home. I knew I wanted a stand-out color on one wall in the room, but until I saw her son's nursery, I hadn't considered black. We waffled between black paint and chalkboard paint but landed on the former because it's less matte.

All of the furniture is from Ikea, as it's both clean-looking and, more importantly, cheap. Because the room is furnished simply, I was able to have a lot of fun choosing art. I also swapped out the drawer pulls on the dresser.

The curtains were not planned, but the pull-down shades were not providing sufficient coverage. I did a lot of research on where to position the curtain rods, as the room has really nice, substantial mouldings that I did not want to obscure.

I really wanted a low and long bookcase, so Tate can access his books/toys as he gets a bit older. It can also double as seating. We had to put it on casters because the vent is directly below.

Overall I'm really happy with how the room turned out; we all spend a ton of time there!

Thanks Penny! Readers, you can see more of Tate's room including the inspiration board on Penny Luxe where Penny writes about life's luxuries that don't break the bank.

(Images: Penny Luxe)

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