October 13, 2005 in Home


By The Spokesman-Review
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Joann Walker painted each pair of cowboy boots that line the stairway to the second floor of the home she and her husband Howard built on Lake Roosevelt. Howard tiled the stairs himself.
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Lake Roosevelt, Wash.

Howard and Joann Walker wanted something a little different for their Lake Roosevelt home.

So they looked to the Southwest.

Using thrift store finds as well as authentic Western items and adding handmade touches, the couple created a warm Southwestern abode.

Cowboy boots, all hand-painted by Joann, line the stairs which were tiled by Howard.

The kitchen features a large island surrounded by red stools with seats upholstered in turquoise; large windows open to the view.

In a bedroom, designed for the couple’s granddaughters, bright yellow walls and a vintage Art Deco vanity combined with colorful fabrics and whimsical light fixtures – including one made from a vintage wire dress form wearing a red retro dress – to make a one-of-a-kind space.

“They chose the colors and I went from there,” Joann said. “It is much more feminine than the rest of the rooms in the house.”

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