The Soccer Scarf Wall

by Katy on August 21, 2013 · 9 comments

You all know that I’ve slowly but surely been working on redecorating and rejiggering my fifteen-year-old son’s room. Although a teenage boy is not your typical design client, I’ve been enjoying helping his room to become brighter, more organized and cheerful.

Remember the wall stripes? I’m still unabashedly in love with them. Mwah!

Goal of The Week -- After

Unfortunately, the opposite side of the room was pretty bland. Sure, it featured the cool Portland Timbers skateboard shelves, but the wall itself was lacking any pizzazz.  However, my son did have a stack of soccer scarves with potential. I put the word out on Facebook asking if any of my friends had an extra curtain rod lying around, and my friend Heather from Mile73 came through for me. She didn’t have the brackets to secure it to the wall, but I was able to scrounge a pair from my House O’ Odds & Ends. (Coming soon to a mall near you!)

Blank Wall

Look how great this wall now looks with all the scarves!

soccer scarf wall

The best thing is that’s it’s super easy for my son to remove scarves for Timbers games, and also that I spent zero dollars and zero cents on this project!

I didn’t take any close up photos, as installing a curtain rod is just a matter of getting it straight and finding the studs. Also, I have yet to research fixing my digital camera, so my less than pin-worthy photos are grainy and from my husband’s iPhone. Sorry.

I consider having no money for decor projects to be a good thing, as it activates the creative lobe in the brain. And in the end, my son gets a unique and personalized bedroom that is 100% him.

A limited budget can sometimes be a gift.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Barb August 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Oh, I love this, andas we have a fair collection of Germany World cup scarves ( and a few jerseys) we may have to play with this one.


Sadye August 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Works the opposite way for me — having no creativity for decor means that the thought of buying stuff to decorate my place overwhelms me, and I just save money 🙂


Jessica Wolk-Stanley August 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Looks great!


Jackie August 22, 2013 at 2:24 am

Very cool!


Elaine N August 22, 2013 at 2:26 am

As I sit with feet propped up sipping my early morning tea reading my favorite blogger, it occurs to me that it’s time to say “Katy your blog is an important part of my day — thanks!” Although this is my first comment, your insightful posts usually generate lots of thoughts and ideas in my just beginning to wake up brain.
I especially like your before and after photos. In fact they have changed the way I look at clutter in my home. As I was passing a recently de-cluttered table on the way to fire up my Mac just moments ago, my first thought was “I should have taken before and after photos.”. Seriously, clutter is not as daunting to me now. I am better able to break it down into manageable parts and not be totally overwhelmed because of your examples. Thanks and keep up the good work!


Katy September 12, 2013 at 6:37 am

Thanks for the kind words. It’s you guys who keep *me* motivated!




Barb @ 1SentenceDiary August 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

That looks so nice!

My son’s room needs a serious amount of decluttering… but I just haven’t worked up the energy to deal with his attitude to working on it.


Koliti August 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

COOL display! Wearable art.
Creative Lobe for the winning goal!!


SarahN August 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Looks amazing, no wonder you’re happy! I also love that it’s displaying something he loves, rather than it lingering in a box/cupboard/drawer!


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