Prairie

Make it FOL­LOW ALEX WI­J­NEN’S TIPS FOR CRE­AT­ING A FRESH, NEW LOOK BY MAK­ING USE OF UN­EX­PECTED ITEMS IN A HAR­MO­NIOUS WAY.

Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Pioneers -

OP­PO­SITE: Choose the­matic col­ors to make a state­ment. Alex is pas­sion­ate about yel­low—whether it’s the golden hue of vin­tage café au lait bowls in vary­ing styles, or the sun­flower color trim­ming a ’50s che­nille bed­spread. A slat­ted metal bucket pro­vides easy stor­age—from dog toys to blan­kets. Boots are good for tromp­ing through an­tiques shows. LEFT: Alex traded a bright red cab­i­net for this bed­side ta­ble at Junk Bo­nanza be­cause of its peeled paint. BE­LOW: A col­lapsi­ble horse feed bag with orig­i­nal graph­ics perches on a $2 chair that gets pe­ri­odic coats of paint. A wood sifter holds painted plas­ter spheres. A piece of wood be­came a peg rack that dis­plays a botan­i­cal poster and a hand-tooled leather purse that is per­fect for junk­ing.

that if you keep fur­nish­ings through­out your home in the same col­or­way, you can move them from room to room. In the cen­tury-old cabin that her daddy had re­lo­cated log by num­bered log in the early 1960s, Betsy sticks to the pri­mary pal­ette of rose red, dusty blue and but­ter­cup yel­low.

A proud fifth-gen­er­a­tion Texan from Hous­ton, Betsy sur­prises her­self at how she has taken to coun­try life at the prop­erty her par­ents kept as a week­end re­treat. To­day, the cabin is a guest­house for vis­it­ing friends and a bed-and-break­fast dur­ing the bian­nual Round Top An­tiques Fair in nearby Carmine. How­ever, Betsy warns, “It’s more bed than break­fast, but there’s al­ways cham­pagne in the fridge!”

Betsy’s par­ents revered qual­ity crafts­man­ship, and the mod­est cot­tage is filled with their prized ac­qui­si­tions: some left as is, like the over­size pie safe used to hold an­ti­quar­ian books, and some up­dated like the sit­ting room chair and sofa re­uphol­stered in vel­vety fab­rics. “When I was a girl, I

Built about 100 years ago, most of the cabin’s fea­tures are orig­i­nal; owner Betsy John­son An­der­son’s friends en­joy vis­it­ing for a “rock­ing chair fix.”

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