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The Homestead House

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: January, 2007, Page 28
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In the late 1890s, as this magazine’s mythical tale goes, our “great-grandparents” built a small dwelling—their homestead house—on ranchland in Prescott. Over the years, it would be joined by a barn with a loft bunkhouse for ranch hands, and later, by 1920, a large Arts & Crafts-style main house.

Myth is transformed into reality at the Phoenix Home & Garden Idea House at Talking Rock, where those three structures have left the realm of imagination and are being built on a piñon pine-dotted site.

Our “family” over time surely would have done some fixing up of the original homestead house. This premise has served as inspiration for the Idea House guest cottage of today. Here, rooms have the charm of yesteryear but enough modern conveniences to make 21st-century guests never want to leave.

Walls have an old-time appearance, with bits of straw and small stones embedded in the plaster. Remnants of bark are left on the ceiling’s pine beams. Against this earthy backdrop, custom furnishings will be Western and Spanish in flavor, and much of the artwork will salute the original inhabitants of the region, the Native Americans.

In the homey kitchen, a thoroughly up-to-date refrigerator will look like an ice box of the 1930s, with distressed wood doors and large metal strap brackets, and a microwave oven will hide in a cabinetry drawer. A copper sink, soapstone counters, tin ceiling tiles, and a crackled vintage Talavera tile backsplash will further enhance the room’s flavor.

In the living area, guests can relax and watch an LCD TV that is tucked out of sight until needed in a custom entertainment center with an antique look.

“Interior designer Denise Scott-Weber describes the color palette for the guest house as ‘vintage Talavera,’” comments Phoenix Home & Garden Editor Linda J. Barkman. “She is doing a wonderful job of creating a warm, rustic ambience that will be very inviting.”
The Idea House, with its cozy guest cottage, is slated for completion in 2007, and open-house events are being planned.

Fireplace and exterior stone
Crackled Talavera kitchen backsplash tile
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