Western-themed pictures by Texas artists hang in the living room.
"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."
Most evenings end at the fire pit—especially when friends such as Marathon artist Mary Baxter (right) and her husband, Neil Chavigny, visit.
"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 hung sheer curtains in the bedroom so she could see the stars and the sunrise.
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."