Cowboy Modern Cottage
More than 100 years ago, a railroad company built a group of Sears kit houses for workers laying the tracks. Since buying her kit home in 2005, Carole Cardenhas had to do very little to it.
"The metal chairs, polished wood table, and industrial shelving cart mix with the original wood floors, screened door, and 1920s range for a look I call 'cowboy modern,'" she says.
"The cowboy modern theme infuses this room, with the sleek cowhide rug softening the original flooring," Carole says. "I don’t have TV or Internet in the house, so we amuse ourselves with great conversation, books, music, and the view."
"Night falls quickly onto the desert," Carole says. "We usually get the fire going in the outdoor pit and start the grill. As the food cooks, we keep an eye out for shooting stars that seem to span the horizon in this dark, clear sky."
Carole says: "I never painted the old beaded-board ceiling, opting to stick with the natural look of raw wood, but I did clean and stain the original flooring. I found the Mexican tin mirror at an antiques show."