Kimmie's Special Projects Blog

Cowboy Up kids loft-before

This kid's loft is galloping with potential.  The loft is long and dimensional which presents both design opportunities and challenges.  Kimmie envisions this room as a space that keeps the western spirit alive.   

Theme before:  Teddy Bears

Colors before:  pastel greens and pinks

Theme after: Wild West

Colors after:  vibrant red, saddle brown, bandana print in red and blue



Cowboy Up kids loft-after

YAHOO BUCKAROO!  Kimmie uses some kicking color combinations to spice up this bedroom.  The beams and baseboards were a dated pale green.  Now they pop!

Red paint:  Ralph Lauren (Dressage Red) TH41

Brown paint:  Ralph Lauren (Country Cork) NA06

Rustic stars in different sizes 





Cowboy Up kids loft-Kimmie Wallpapering

Never wallpapered before?  Kimmie encourages you to give it a try.  With today's pre-pasted products, adding texture is easier than ever. If you're tired of faux finishing or don't have time for Venetian Plaster, wallpaper might be just what your project needs.  And, it's scrubbable for kid's rooms.

Wallpaper used:  Colour By Design (brown) Pattern BC 1581933 





Cowboy Up kids loft-cornice

Kimmie re-covered an existing cornice to bring the western look together.  She selected a denim fabric with a bit of stretch.  Simply pull denim tight, fold under the corners and wrap around to the inside.  Using a staple gun, turn edges under and attach neatly.






Cowboy Up kids loft-cornice embellishments

To create the lassos on your cornice, hand stitch the rope with a large, curved needle.  Use a twirling pattern and have fun!  Attach embellishments like stars, conchos, buckles and bandanas.








Cowboy Up kids loft-bandana bedding

A few of Kimmie's finishing touches include covering the lampshade in a weathered chambray and adding western furniture pulls.  This bandana bedding adds the finishing "giddy up" to this ranch loft. 

A few other design ideas for you:

 -Convert modern family photos to sepia or B&W for an old-fashioned look
-Place various cowboy boots along walls and in corners
-Utilize weathered wood to make frames and name signs
-Some say a horseshoe over the doorway brings good luck 

A perfect room for a cowboy or cowgirl to hang their hat in!