He began by painting the exterior—what else?—a vibrant barn red. He clad interior walls in large-scale shiplap paneling to add dimension, then glazed them in a greige strié for warmth. The barn already had a concrete floor, so he stained and varnished it the glowing honey brown of burnished saddles.
So Steven decided to transform the barn into a comfortable, rustic lair with fascinating horse memorabilia. He aimed for a gentlemanly, clubby sensibility while avoiding cracked, old riding boots as objects, lamps made out of bridles, and other tired artifacts that tend to crop up in these parts. "The masculine quality comes not only from the fact that it's a great big room but from the aesthetic of Hunt Country and its colors and values," says Steven.
Photo: The classic 1940s cattle barn is now home to human fun and games.