Cowboy Boot Planters

Those of us who garden both indoors and outdoors, like to find different and unique ways to show off our pretty plants. I just love the different selections of a cowboy boot planter to put one or two of my plants in this year. For me, the choice of a western boot planter just fits to a capital “B” (that stands for boots) because I love my cowboy boots but would never take a pair out to plant something in.

Many of the cowboy boot planters that I have found can also double as a cowboy boot vase which is perfect for both the person who loves to grow their own plants and then have a few cuttings inside on the table or desk. They are also perfect for those who don’t have a green thumb but want a different type of vase to display some pretty flowers in.

So, let’s go on down the page of this article and see the selections of planters that I have found with a western boot theme.

What I love about this cowboy boot planter is that you can actually put two small plants in it. Personally I think a flowering plant that has a little height to it on one side with a non-flowering plant that will cascade down the side in the other side would look really nice in this specific planter. The planter is made of polyresin so you don’t have to worry about it freezing or cracking in colder weather. I like the fancy style stitching just like a real pair of cowboy boots and they maker even gave them a dusty rustic look that is perfect for an outdoor garden, patio, or porch.

cowboy boots planter
Gifts & Decor Western Theme Garden Decor Cowboy Boot Planter Outdoor

I just love the detail in this cowboy boot planter that can also be used as a vase. It is made of resin so it can be used either indoors or outdoors to plant in or display flowers in. The hand painted elements really make this one stand out, don’t you think?

Western Cowboy Boot Vase Planter

And then there is this cute grouping that would look awesome outdoors or indoors! One planter looks like a saddle bag and the saddle while the other is a pair of boots. Very cute, I think!

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Cowboy Western Theme Garden Planters Saddle

One thing that should be explained about the image above, they are not sold as a set of two. You choose which one you want to purchase or buy both; just understand that they are sold separately and not as a pair.

Granny Chic Decor

Granny Chic Decor

Add A Little Vintage Chic To Your Decor

granny chic pillows Granny Chic decor is a rather new trend in interior design. The style uses elements from generations past to create a look of charm just like Grandma used to. Placing vintage, antique, thrift store, and handmade items together with new pieces of furniture is being used by clever 20 and 30 somethings to add an inviting warmth and personal feel to the decor of their homes and living spaces.

This hot new trend uses crocheted, knitted, quilted and other handmade items to add warmth and color to the overall look and feel of the room. It is easy to pull colors from these vintage and antique pieces to spruce up the walls and to find new accessories to mix with the old items that now have a new purpose and look.

The Floral Element Is Prevalent In Granny Chic

One very popular element of design to use in Granny Chic decor is floral patterns. You can add this element in fabrics for your furniture, throw pillows, bedspreads, drapes, or even wallpaper. It is up to you whether you want a bold statement or a subtle statement.

Creating a vintage chic decorating scheme in your bedroom can start with a comforter set in a floral pattern like the one below. You can choose a large overall floral, medium floral, or small floral. It is entirely up to your preferences and what you want your room to look like.

granny style bedding
Granny Style Bedding

Another great way to add some Granny Chic decor to a room is by having a floral armchair like the one showcased below. You can pick the style of furniture that will compliment your other furniture. Having one piece with a floral pattern will really add warmth and romantic charm to any room. Just don’t over do it with floral patterns. One for a focal point works well.

floral arm chair
Bold Floral Arm Chair

Handmade items add to the Granny Chic look

Add an afghan to the living room, family room or bedroom. Not only do handmade items add to the look for your Granny Chic decor but they can have function and purpose in a room, too. A crocheted or knitted afghan can add color and also be used to cuddle in when the days and nights are chilly.

You can make your own afghan or purchase one already done for you. The possibilities are endless as to pattern and colors. You might even find a handmade piece which becomes your color scheme for the entire room.

Using instructions from a book like the one below, you can create an afghan in the colors that fit your interior design scheme. You will have a retro feel from the old patterns with a modern touch using up to date colors. Now how much fun is that? Here is a neat book to use for a real retro look: Granny Chic : 6 Retro Afghan Designs.

Old becomes new again

Granny Chic decor is all about finding new ways to use older items. Remember those cake plates and tiered tidbit trays that you used to see in Grandma’s kitchen and dining area? Find a new purpose for them in your rooms.

Those old tidbit trays that have two and three layers can be used to display a variety of items.

  • decorative soaps in the bathroom
  • jewelry on your vanity
  • seashells in the bathroom, living room, or family room
  • colorful pebbles

Take an old or new Cake Stand with a rim around it and use it to display items in any room for a different look and a unique conversation piece.

Don’t you just love this new trend in Interior Design? Creating a Granny Chic Decor can not only be fun but economical too. Let’s face it, Grandma knew what she was doing to make her home look warm, inviting, and comfortable all at the same time. We can do it now by using old pieces with new pieces for a fresh, personal statement all our own. Have you used any older items to enhance your decorating? Which room did you use it in?

Steampunk Style Home Office

Steampunk Style Home Office

A friend of mine is a real Sci-fi nut and has asked me if I will help him create a steampunk style in his home office space. We first became acquainted when he started frequenting the Antique Mall that I used to manage and as the years progressed we became friends as well as having a business relationship. Knowing some of the pieces that he has purchased over the years, I was thrilled that he would ask me to help. Then I remembered his wife’s adamant refusal to allow any of those “rusty old things” inside the house and I said, “Buddy does Mrs. P know your plans?” He laughed and assured me that she had agreed to this but made him promise that he will keep the room to his office closed. He has agreed to let me tell you about all of this but would rather not have pictures of his home on the internet. So, I will respect that.

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I went over the other day to see the room, what pieces we might be able to use for the steampunk look and to take notes for how we might approach this decorating task. My first suggestion was to paint the walls to a more masculine color. Right now they are white, just plain old white so I have suggested that we use this nice beige color and then I will sponge paint texture to it with the rusty color. This color combination will work well with the furniture that he already has which includes a wonderful walnut desk and a wine colored wing chair. He has hardwood floors and woodwork that are also walnut and a floor to ceiling wall of bookcases that are built in that are also stained walnut. So, I think these two colors on the walls will look really nice. He and Mrs. P agreed with my suggestion on the paints.

Maybe I should let you know that Mr. P did not actually suggest the Steampunk style just that he wanted me to help him use the pieces that he had purchased in the past. It was when I went over the other day that I actually said that I thought we should go with this style. His favorite reads of Fantasy and Science Fiction is the steampunk genre so it just made perfect sense to me to go with that kind of decor. He loved the idea! If you are not familiar with this genre of literature it is books and stories that feature steam powered machinery that may or may not have actually existed. Most times it did not exist and some of the fun is in the devices we use today presented in a contraption that would be imagined by someone who lived during the industrialized 19th century. These books can be an alternate history type of story or even a fantasy world of the future after an apocalyptic event where steam and gears are used to make machines for human use.  Think of movies like the Time Machine or the newer Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey, Jr.


As I mentioned, poor old Mr. P has had to keep his treasures out of the house. We made a quick look through the garage on the day I was there and I pulled out a few pieces to bring home with me. I’ll clean them up a little and start to play around with them to see if I can come up with a way to hang some of them on the walls and maybe use some in other places.

Since Mr. P already has an extensive library on those bookcases, I suggested that we get a few bookends to showcase the books by H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Mary Shelley who are some of the first authors to have written in the steampunk style. He also has more contemporary authors on his shelves like Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfield and Stephen Hunt to name a few. My suggestions for bookends are these:

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He and I both are drawn to the Industrial Gear set and will probably use a couple of pairs of those on the shelving where his books are. I think the other set would be nice to have on his desk.

Speaking of his desk I have suggested that we could add a little interest to the desk while organizing it a little better. The trinket box can hold pens, pencils, paper clips and that sort of stuff. What I want to do with the organizer is to take my glue gun and add small little gears, old watch and clock parts and other little machine parts to the sides so that it will fit our theme a little better. I will be able to find those things at a flea market or antique mall.

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Here are a few other pieces that I brought home from Mr. P’s collection. He has a lot more but these were the easiest to get to and things that I thought we could incorporate into the decorating theme easily. I have asked my husband if he thinks that he could mount three of them on pieces of wood so that we can sit them on the book shelves. The large piece in the picture is a steam gauge and I want to hang that one on one of the walls. Aren’t these just so darned cool?

To soften up those hard wood floors I have suggested this area rug that he absolutely fell in love with when I sent him the picture of it. The colors in it will go very nicely with the paint on the walls and the woodwork already in place.

olive and rust rug
Area Rug 5×7 Rectangle In Olive And Rust

It is early in the project and we still have some decisions to make on his options, ┬áso I plan to keep you informed on other things that we decide to incorporate into Mr. P’s Steampunk style home office. I am hoping that with a little creativity we can convince Mrs. P that there will be no need to keep the office door closed because it will be a room that not only is he proud of but will not be just a place to store rusty old things.