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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…

Design Inspiration

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!

Decorating Style

Eclectic, with a vintage twist.

Project Details

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.

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.


Tuesday 31st of August 2010



Saturday 9th of January 2010

Little Apple Design LA says:

October 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm  

Becky – You can find it on Picnik! It’s a great service.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Becky says:

October 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

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


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Camille says:

April 6, 2009 at 12:39 am 

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.


Saturday 9th of January 2010

Air says:

April 6, 2009 at 12:27 am

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