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Neysa Leicher grew up with “Bonanza” and she dreamed of living on a ranch. Today, she has a living room devoted to the Western theme that looks out into a pasture and her two rescued horses, in the background, Star and Bubba.
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Neysa Leicher grew up with “Bonanza” and she dreamed of living on a ranch. Today, she has a living room devoted to the Western theme that looks out into a pasture and her two rescued horses, in the background, Star and Bubba.

MYSPACE
Western welcome
Neysa has a ‘Bonanza’ of decorations from the Wild West

By Danielle Komis
dkomis@decaturdaily.com · 340-2447

As a child, Neysa Leicher ran around with her stick horse so often that her father had to keep replacing the worn-down stick. “Bonanza” was her favorite TV show, and she dreamed of living on a ranch.

Two years ago, she and her husband added on to their home to create a Western-themed living room, using many antiques they had saved for years in their attic.

Through the back window of the Western room, visitors can peek out at Leicher’s rescued horses, Star and Bubba, who live in her back pasture.

Neysa Leicher grew up loving “Bonanza,” and now she has a living room decorated in a Western theme.
Neysa Leicher grew up loving “Bonanza,” and now she has a living room decorated in a Western theme.
What’s your favorite part of your room?

“My ‘Bonanza’ stuff would have to be my favorite,” Leicher said, pointing to the “Bonanza” corner of the room.

“Bonanza” photos of cast members, a wooden-framed map of the Ponderosa Ranch, and a Ponderosa Ranch replica that’s actually a whiskey bottle are all included in the special corner.

“I had all the action figure stuff when I was little,” Leicher said. “That was it. It was Bonanza.”

Where did you get the items in your room?

  • Small cowboy boots — her 12-year-old son’s favorites from when he was younger

    “He would go to bed with those cowboy boots on,” Leicher said.

  • Blue spatterware dishes — part of her mother’s collection passed down

  • Small Buffalo Bill rifle — her husband’s from when he was a child

  • Wood-burning stove — Lowe’s

    Neysa Leicher uses memorabilia, such as her son’s old cowboy boots, to decorate her Western-themed living room.
    Neysa Leicher uses memorabilia, such as her son’s old cowboy boots, to decorate her Western-themed living room.
    What are some things you did yourself?

    Leicher’s husband and oldest son created the log-cabin-style walls out of poplar boards with a special grout in between to look like mortar.

    Her son created a stone wall and floor in a corner of the room by the wood-burning stove, the first such project he had taken on.

    Leicher stripped the green paint off her great aunt and uncle’s old wagon seat to get down to the natural wood.

    “You’ve got to soak it and scrape it and soak it again,” she said, about the process.“It took forever to get it all out.”

    What are your future plans for the room?

    “We’ve thought about putting in an oil-stained wood floor,” Leicher said, gesturing to the beige carpeting. But for now, the carpet makes the room more cozy and practical, she said.

    They’d also eventually like to add saloon doors to the room’s entranceway, which currently has no doors.

    NAME

    Neysa Leicher

    AGE

    46

    HOMETOWN

    Owens community, Limestone County

    ROOM

    A Western-themed living room complete with poplar wood walls, a wood-burning stove, a cowhide, red leather couches and her great aunt and uncle’s wooden wagon seat.

    FAMILY

    Husband Daniel;
    sons, Matthew, 20, Michael, 12; and
    daughter Elizabeth, 16

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