They say you should follow the Hipsters when you are looking for up-and-coming areas to invest in real estate. With its artsy hangouts, coffee shops, and quirky neighborhoods, Garden City fits the bill. Plus, you can buy a home with a bigger yard for about 3 quarters of the price that the same house would cost you just across the river in the Boise city limits. So, when we found the beautiful old farmhouse on a huge corner lot I was excited to say the least.

As I looked past the rough exterior I drew hints of Southwestern influence which is a design style I love and was excited to incorporate it in the rest of the house.

The hint of Spanish Southwestern influence I sensed from the exterior is on full display in this living room. The stairway and loft highlighted by the beautiful arches is telling me that we should just own roll with the Southwestern style. That’s how we settled on the “Southwestern Farmhouse.”

I’m so glad we were able to address the flow, but I never like hearing about busting the budget on framing and things you don’t see in a finished home. That’s just an excuse for Clint to be more miserly when it comes to spending money on the design aspects of the home.

Anyway, if anyone should be busting the budget it should be me! And, I plan to spend some money on the front porch, the kitchen, the master suite, the living room, and that amazing loft over the living room. I think we should completely demolish that rickety front porch and come back with a metal roof and big natural posts to complete that Southwestern look.

On the interior this home has great light and windows already and I’d love some custom cabinets and beautiful surfaces in the kitchen to complement the light. I’d like to continue the arch theme through to the iron stair railing and I want to do something special in the loft – maybe a quiet space with custom bookshelves.


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