Horse Stable Turned Cottage
For Charleston, South Carolina, Designer Missi Ervin and homeowner Sam Cato, renovating a former horse stable and carriage house in Aiken meant returning the historic cottage to its equestrian roots.
A leather tufted ottoman and mohair on the sofas "wear like iron"—a plus considering Sam has five dogs, including Patch, the Jack Russell terrier shown here.
A rustic farm table takes the place of a central island in the kitchen, giving Sam a spot for casual meals.
"I was tired of the look of white or stainless steel," says Sam about her choice of a gray farm sink.
An antique Welsh cupboard holds a taxidermy hen and rooster, china, art, and a collection of woven baskets.
Sam loves to collect tortoiseshell boxes from domestic sources. (Importing them is illegal.)
The horse stalls are off the kitchen, making a daily ride part of life here.
Ninety yards of Gastón y Daniela's equestrian toile was paper-backed to hang as a wallcovering. The floors are painted Linen White by Benjamin Moore.
Found feathers fill Sam's late husband's silver sailing trophy.
A robin's egg blue in the linen curtains inspired the wall color, Silver Ash by Martin-Senour Paints.
Sam and Brumby walk the road past her shingle-style home. Aiken has preserved its signature dirt roads for horse-friendly traffic.
Dog collectibles, including a doorknocker and tiny statues, are displayed throughout the house.