Southwestern Inspiration

While traveling to Austin, Texas, this week for work, I was lucky enough to spend some time in a small cabin at an organic farm just outside the city's limits. Utilizing a basic and lovely open layout, the entire structure was adorned with small, Southwestern details that gave it this cowgirl a whole bunch of great ideas for Better Farm. Here are some key elements I loved:

Tin backsplash in kitchen
Barn door-style room divider
Southwestern tiles used as main design instead of accents
Post-and-beam-style ceilings along with a very nice fan

A southwestern-style frame on the mirror and decorative bowl sink make this bathroom stand out.

Another view of the kitchen. Note the poured and dyed concrete flooring throughout the first level.
Trees, flowers, and birds as the curtains
Wooden walls painted dark with horizontal stripes
The farm itself lent some other great ideas, as well:
Outdoor seating area, campfire circle, and metal fire pit (and a none-too-shabby view!)

Animal fencing utilizing cut wood standing on end against a single metal pole and barbed wire.
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.