Riding off into the sunset ought make anyone think of the great American icon: the cowboy. The lucky youngster who sleeps in this bedroom also can rest assured that this home on the range is eco-friendly.
Designer Jennifer Burggraaf, ASID, Count and Castle Designs, Austin, TX, worked on this room as part of a model home Count and Castle did earlier this year. In fact, the design firm worked on four model homes this past spring.
“All of the models we did were green, and so all of them have eco-friendly aspects from finishes all the way to the decorative items,” Burggraaf says.
“For example, most of the decorative things in [this room] were from either thrift stores or antique shops or flea markets. The saddle at the foot of the bed, the lasso . . . the nightstand is a barrel I found in an antique shop here in Austin and we just added a glass top on it. The bed is from a consignment store. Every time that you reuse something instead of having things manufactured it can be considered green,” she says.
“All of the bedding and the window treatments were made from remnant fabric, so we didn’t do any ordering for that room and we were able to incorporate leftovers from other projects,” adds Burggraaf. M. A. Plumlee, Plumlee Place LLC, Waco, TX, was the workroom on this project.
To create the design, Burggraaf was provided only the age and gender of a child. “We just decided a cowboy room would be fun, too,” she says. Some other interesting details include the red wood chair rail and the corrugated galvanized metal wainscoting. “That’s everybody’s favorite room!” says Burggraaf.
“Being creative with ways to be eco-friendly . . . that’s one thing we were trying to do, even throughout the whole house. Most people when they think of green or eco-friendly they think of the same look or something that’s actually green in color.”