long live boyhood.

June 29, 2012

“there comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere & dig for hidden treasure.” -mark twain

this saturday night, you’ll meet asher.

{asher the boy scout}

an 11 year old boy…a boy with a big imagination and an untamed spirit.

for this makeover, we were inspired by all things wild and free. all things that symbolize boyhood.

adventure. nature. rebellion.

mark twain’s huck finn & tom sawyer…

{love this old book cover.}


the dangerous book for boys…

{boys, girls, young, old...if you don't have it, you MUST buy it.}

i love, love, love this book. amie bought it for cash baker when he was born and it’s one of my all time faves. a little boy must-have. it’s back to the basics. it’s all the good stuff every little boy should know. how to skip rocks, build a fire, make a battery, decipher spy code, significant historical heroes, fossils…and the list goes on and on. watch this with the boy in your life and he’ll be instantly hooked.

and although we’ve never, ever decorated a room for a boy this age…we both were exploding with inspiration. inspiration from simpler times…times when we were kids and we explored in the woods every day…building tree houses, making trails, collecting tadpoles, and digging for cow bones. times back when our dad was a boy in the country…fishing in the river, hunting, farming and running wild and free on the farm.

from retro flashlights and a campsite to old trucks and lots o’ rocks…it’s everything a little boy (or a big boy for that matter, because as amie and i have decided…boys never grow up…and that’s a GOOD thing) loves.

God bless boys. and dirt and rocks and fossils and bones and bugs and bruises and scrapes and really dirty hands and everything else that little boys bring in the house and scatter in our lives.

{thanks to crave photography for this shot that is beyond awesomeness. cravemyphotography.com}


long live boyhood.


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  • Reply The Farmer's Trophy Wife June 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

    don’t forget trying to snare gophers and riding your ponies bare-back…stuff that dreams are made of and what farm kids do all the time. i LOVE it!!

  • Reply Kim July 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I watched your show for the first time Saturday night. This little boy’s room was fantastic!! Gives me inspiration for my own little boy’s room. I am so a new fan of your show, blog, everything. Your style is so amazing and inspiring! Makes me feel like I could make something out of nothing too (well, maybe) 🙂

  • Reply Pamela Miltenberger July 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Hi Junk Gypsies! I so appreciate what you have done with your dreams. I am right there with you! My favorite thing to do is create something cool and unexpected out of ordinary objects people don’t give a second look to and walk right by. I would love to work on projects for you in any capacity! I freelance – designing props and set dressing for theaters to creating crafts for tv segments to interior designing of animal clinics! I love it all…but especially repurposing junk!! Kudos to your extraordinary work!

  • Reply Deanna S July 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I fell in love with Asher! I love your show…never miss it!

  • Reply Jaime @ Queen of the Creek July 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Love the show! And was inspired by this room for my baby (uhem, he’s five), a future boy scout. Working on the mood board and room right now! 😉

  • Reply Michelle September 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    love the boyscout bedroom redo. I taped it for inspiration. Somehow is has gone off my dvr. Is there anywhere I can watch this online?

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