We moved to a 1935 cottage and cottage rules here...except in one room.
My husband's bedroom is Western, no doubt about it.
The old knotty pine paneling suits it and all of his vintage Western touches look at home here.
These 1950s cowgirl boots that RH's father had custom made for his wife (RH's stepmother), take center stage here. Our daughter used to wear them.
There are other Western reminders in RH's bedroom.
Let's put some Texas swing music on and show you around.
My Texan is proud of his roots. His mother's father's father's father, a French Huguenot, settled in Texas in 1833. We used his first name for one of our sons but couldn't quite get up our nerve to name one after his middle name:
Here's a photograph of RH with his beautiful mother, older brother and little sister taken with Tex Ritter, one of the early "singing cowboys" in many movies. The photograph was taken about a year after Tex Ritter's "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling" won an Oscar for Best Song in the movie High Noon.
My husband remembers Mr. Ritter telling him "Don't touch the gun, son."
I gave RH this vintage steer horn mirror for Christmas many years ago, paying for it on layaway at an antique store.
For a while I tried to corner the market on these little china cowboy hats.
Our daughter surprised her daddy with this pretty painting one Christmas.
It hangs over his chair.
This picture of Sequoyah and his Cherokee alphabet was a gift from a son.
But the 1960 cancelled check that came with it drawn on the Texas State Bank makes us smile too--$45.50.
I never did get around to baking a cake in this heavy pan shaped like the state of Texas, but it makes a great catchall for little things in his room.
I cut a few herbs to go with some blooms for RH's bed table.
The curtains we found for the bedroom came from Goodwill when we moved here in January.
You might think these curtains don't belong in a Western room but when I spotted four panels I grabbed them. I thought they were just the right touch to give a little old world elegance to the room.
We liked them so much that I found another two panels on eBay after finding a label that they were Burlington, a rare pattern called Monaco Rose Hydrangea.
Another trip to Goodwill produced a Longaberger tabbed curtain that was perfect to cover the wide closet that didn't have a door.
I need to start searching Goodwill again for frames for these 1958 lithographs of famous western artist Charles M. Russell.
I think they'd be perfect lined up vertically between Sequoyah and the Pottery Barn silver mirror the kids gave me for my birthday one year. I thought RH's room needed a little sparkle and swapped mine for his old oval wood framed mirror that seemed to disappear into the knotty pine.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing RH's Western bedroom.
Since I've shown you the listing photos in every other room in our new home, here's what this room looked like when it was for sale.
It seems like Western never goes out of style, it just keeps getting reinvented. Maybe it's because Western is intrinsically an honest-to-goodness American look. How could we do without it?
While we both love the old cowgirl boots in RH's room, and I have used them many times on a Western table as a vase for his birthday dinner, I think that someday I'm going to surprise my Texan with a pair from the King Ranch
Or should a Texan pick out his own boots?