Winning the West
Or at least bringing a small portion to Alabama
Have you ever considered how Western decor can intertwine with Country decor, or Farm decor, or even the Eclectic Cottage decor that I have in my own home? No? Me neither! Until now that is.
Before moving to Alabama in the early 90’s, I lived in Texas for 5 years and picked up a love for many things cowboy-ish. That is when I first became interested in line dancing, and going to rodeos was so much fun! I even still own my Roper boots which I bought when I lived there. It was Texas where I learned to love avocados and had my first taste of Taco Salad. Good times!
Doing some online window shopping I found a neat website, King Ranch Saddle Shop, with some really cozy items that I’d love to add to my home. This Grande ottoman would be my first choice. And since I am dreaming big, I want this Hair on Hide Sociable sofa for my ottoman to sit in front of, and this indigo rug would pull in my love of blue nicely.
I already have a love for peacock feathers and use them profusely in my Christmas decor, so I can extend my use of them with this antler & peacock centerpiece. Wine barrels have been on my wish list ever since we toured the Jack Daniels Distillery a few years ago and this one that is also a cooler is WAY cool. Mr. Menace and I love all things chrome, aluminum, and shiny and this silver plated horse is spectacular!
But money IS an object and I can’t just go buy everything I love. So. HOW do you add some western style to your home? When I began to consider how I could incorporate western decor in my own home, I found that in actuality, I already own many things that, with the right styling, could transition easily to a Western theme. For instance, here are some things I found in my own home that I think might work perfectly:
I also found some ideas at a wedding that I went to, that was country/cowboy themed. I especially loved the use of the cowboy boots as vases.
The boots used in the wedding were special because they belonged to the bride’s deceased Papa Bill. I know that everybody doesn’t own cowboy boots, but with the popularity of women’s booties, a lot of them with fringe, it wouldn’t be hard to find something that would work just as good! Or, if all else fails, we can just order THESE BEAUTIES!
The wedding ideas could easily be adapted to home decor. Any bench or wagon + boots + quilt = country western decor! The more I consider it, the more I realize that I have plenty of items that will work already and no huge shopping trip involved. It is always good when you can just re-purpose what you have in new ways and not have to spend a lot of money. Although, I still want those cowgirl boots…
This is the area of my study that I plan to transform and this is how it looks right now. The wood box display hanging on the wall is my very favorite DIY in our home. You can see more pictures of it HERE.
I use the chalkboard for a planner of sorts. It usually has a monthly calendar with all our plans for the month listed. I’m a little behind on getting that done this month. I hope we don’t miss any engagements before I get it done!
I am so excited to get started on this project! My mind is working overtime and if it turns out half as good as it is in my brain, I will be pleased. Please come back for Part 2 where I will reveal the results of my own western theme ideas!
Do you have any western decor in your home or items that might transform into western decor?