Eight great ideas

Paradise found
Nature-viewing platformWatering trough
Olive tree tile
Ron and Lisa bought this 3-inch-square olive-tree tile in Spain. The olive tree is a traditional symbol of welcome, so they placed the tile near the front door.
Bathroom vanity
Dressing hallFireplace
Bird feederOriginal farmhouse steps

1. Window walls turn a corner of the living room into a nature-viewing platform.

2. Ron found new uses for some of the farm artifacts left on the property, such as this watering trough, which he recast as a fish pond and fountain.

3. While on their honeymoon, Ron and Lisa purchased this 3-inch-square olive-tree tile in Spain. The olive tree is a traditional symbol of welcome, so the couple placed the tile near the front door.

4. Ron likes to use industrial materials in unexpected ways. Here, a metal U-beam becomes a sleek bathroom vanity with plenty of room for towel storage.

5. As an alternative to the space-hogging walk-in closet, the Suttons designed a light-filled dressing hall. One wall functions as a shallow storage area, making it easier to find clothes and accessories. Curtains hide the clutter and add texture to the space.

6. An angular fireplace and broad extended mantel divide the living room and kitchen from the sleeping areas.

7. Much of the site is covered in native grasses, making a great habitat for wildlife. This bird feeder attracts even more.

8. The original farmhouse steps were incorporated into the new design. Billowing Nepeta x faassenii (catmint) softens the concrete stairs.