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Design Reveal: Vintage Cowboy

And just when I am convinced modern is the way to go, I fall in love with vintage all over again! Budding children’s room designer Carmen Raynor has a knack for taking the sweet innocence of the 50’s & 60’s and creating timeless children’s rooms. Carmen has recently launched her Sydney based interior design firm, Retro Rooms – for modern kids!  Here’s a peek of her son’s cowboy room with a vintage twist…

Jake, 5 years old,
Sydney, Australia

What was the inspiration for the room?
When I think back to my childhood in the 70’s, I remember the cowboy imagery on so many things belonging to my younger brothers – and luckily my son loves it too! When I saw the duvet cover from Cath Kidston I knew I had found the piece that the room was going to revolve around. I picked the turquoise and red colours from the fabric and had the lockers and bookshelves painted to match. The artwork is a mixture of original paintings and old advertising posters from the 1950’s. I constantly search ebay for vintage cowboy toys and items. Luckily there is enough storage in the room to hide all the unsightly modern toys!

What best describes your decorating style?
Eclectic, with a vintage twist.

Please share with us paint colors, shops & suppliers.
The main wall colour is Dulux Plaster and the bookshelves and lockers are painted in Dulux Hot Lips (red) and Jaded (turquoise). The duvet cover is from Cath Kidston. The red floor rug is from Freedom furniture. The cowboy poster above the bed is and old advertising from the 50’s as is the poster above the fireplace. The painting above the lockers is by artist Bob Daly. The bedside table is from Ikea and the bedside lamp from Little Lighthouse. The toy trunks, lockers and bookcases were all second hand store finds.

What are your favorite items?
I love the duvet cover and the lockers. I also love the original artwork- it is something I hope Jake will treasure all his life.

Jake’s room in itself is certainly a treasure! Stayed tuned for the scoop on Carmen’s daughter’s room “Paper Dolls” later this week!

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Monday 5th of October 2009

Becky - You can find it on Picnik! It's a great service.


Monday 5th of October 2009

I was wondering where you got the font you used on the first picture to write vintage cowboy?

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Wednesday 8th of April 2009

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Monday 6th of April 2009

Love it!

Especially since I've decided to do my 3 year old sons room a cowboy theme! His will have a more modern touch, but with a mix of vintage!

Can't wait to see the Paper Doll room.


Monday 6th of April 2009

I think this room is so fun. And I love the colors!