Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Will's Cowboy Room

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We chose to be surprised by the gender of both of our children. Which is SO fun. I highly recommend it. The only downside is that it makes planning the baby's nursery a real challenge. With both of our kids, I ended up waiting until they were here to start planning the decor for their rooms.

Will's room started with his quilt. I wanted to go with a farm/vintage western theme and thought the little stars in Make Life fabric was perfect (think sheriff's badge). Of course, by the time he got here and I got my act together I had to really scrounge to find more fabric in that line to be able to make his bumpers, crib skirt and curtains.

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Justin grew up around horses and rodeos and his grandfather still has many horses, so this seemed like a theme that Will could grow into. As you can see from the pictures, nothing is permanent, so this blue room could easily be transformed something completely different down the road.

My favorite part of his room is the photos. Below you can see Will's great grandfather with one of his first horses at age 18, then Justin plowing with his grandfather, an old newspaper cut out of Will's grandpa and his daddy as a little boy at a county fair and then Justin showing sheep at a 4-H fair. I have a few more old photos that still need to be enlarged and framed - then they can also find a home on Will's walls.

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On his dresser below you can see Daddy's bull riding buckles and a trophy from a horse camp he won when he was 12.

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I store his toys in a wooden crate my sister personalized for him and a wicker basket. Larger toys are stored under the crib and on the bottom shelf of his changing table. The closet is still overflowing with my fabric and craft supplies, so he'll just have to live without that for a little while. ;)

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I didn't have a full vision for this room when I began, but it came all came together and I'm really happy with it. It's functional, simple and personal. :)

Molly

Notes:
The fabric for the quilt, bumper, crib skirt, curtains, sheet and bunting is from the Make Life by Sweetwater line. You can still find bits and pieces of it on Etsy.
The bumper form was an old pottery barn bumper I bought at a yard sale and recovered.
The mirror and spurs and lone ranger tin and cowboy cut-out came from Hobby Lobby.
The ceramic boots came from Happy Harry's (I purchased those years ago!)
The wood pallet bookshelf is a DIY project I blogged about here.
The dresser was a $25 thrift store upcycle. I sanded, repainted and used rope instead of replacing the hardware.
The "W" above the crib was purchased from this Esty seller - I HIGHLY recommend.
The name puzzle came from this Etsy seller. Another gem! They don't have puzzles listed in their shop, but they will do custom orders if you ask. 

4 comments:

  1. Molly...SO cute!!! I have been surprised ALL five times and it is worth it. Yes, it makes for tricky bedroom planning and bedroom decorating, but there are very few HAPPY surprised these days...why waste it ;D!

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  2. I have a PBK bumper exactly like yours that I'm planning on recovering for baby #3 coming in Nov. Any tutorial, tips, tricks to share on how you did it?
    Thanks!

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    1. Erin - I started by taking it apart and measuring everything meticulously...especially where all the ties go. The corner ties are longer than the middle ties, so make sure you draw a diagram or something to help you remember where everything goes. Then it's just a matter of cutting and sewing! Making the piping was the definitely the most time consuming thing, but I think it makes it. I left on end open and managed to manipulate the whole bumper form into it and then just hand sewed that one end shut. I hope that helps!!

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  3. I love the wall color. I have been searching for the perfect blue for my little boy's room. What is it called/brand? Thanks!

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