Modern family cabin in Oklahoma (with pigs!)


A tour of a house in Oklahoma

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

John i Bronwyn Spain lives with her son Jess on a 44-hectare ranch with two pigs and a dog. They used their love of history and design to turn the 70-year-old cottage into a modern family home. “Both John and I adore historic homes with their intricate decorations, doors, and windows,” Bronwyn says. Here’s a look inside …


A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Kitchen chairs: Hayneedle.

Can you tell us something about the history of the house?
Bronwyn: The original cabin was built in the 1950s. In 2009, when John and I moved in, it was in a rough state. We didn’t know if we wanted to live on a ranch in the long run or move to the city. Fast forward to 2013, we decided to build wedding venue on the estate and remained in the long run.

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Teapot: Le Creuset. Paint color: Sherwin Williams Isle of Pines.

How did you decide on the green color for the kitchen?
Bronwyn: I love homes that feel comfortable, but sometimes it’s hard to achieve with completely white walls. So, this green color helps to warm the space. We also have a lot of woody and orange accents throughout the house, and the greenery and oranges look so good together.

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

How did you want the house to feel?
John: When friends and family come, we want them to feel like they are in their own home. We have created an open concept in the kitchen / dining room / living room so that many people can get together easily. The goal was to make the home feel affordable, not like a museum where you’re afraid to touch things.


A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Dishes: Inherited from Bronwyn’s great-grandmother. Candlesticks: flea market, similar. Silver punch: flea market, similar. Wine rack: flea market, similar.

You have such a great dining room. Do you like to have fun?
Bronwyn: Everyday cooking is not my favorite, but I like to go on vacation for the holidays. On Christmas Eve, we make rib roasts with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, pear and goat cheese salad, deviant eggs, broccoli and purple cauliflower. We finish with walnut, pumpkin and purple sweet potato pies – plus, gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate for the kids!


A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Brown leather chairs: Hayneedle, similar.

What are your favorite pieces in the living room?
Bronwyn: My great-grandmother’s old suitcases, between the armchairs. Shabby suitcases make me imagine all the adventures she had to undertake. In addition, they help reduce stings during a pandemic when I want to travel.

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Black chair: Ikea. Pouf: similar. White pillow: West Elm.

It’s so inspiring.
Bronwyn: My grandmother Barb taught me to love an eclectic look. Playful, unusual pieces also help remove all stiffness. We’ve lived here since we moved in with Ikea college furniture, and over time we’ve added things from flea markets and grocery stores.

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Fireplace bellows: flea market, similar. Window treatments:, similar. Sconces: Hudson Valley Lighting, similar. Painting with flowers: flea market, similar.

Can you tell us something about your dog?
Johnn: Our 13-year-old rescue dog is hard of hearing, so we say his name is Craig, but it’s actually a series of applause according to a certain pattern to which he responds. Follow us from room to room. When we get back from a trip, sometimes it takes him a few minutes to realize we’re home, but when he does, he goes crazy with excitement.


A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Tapestry: Common Textile Threads,, similar. Gray blanket: Hardware recovery.

Your bedroom looks so cold.
Bronwyn: I have strange sleep problems and have found that sleeping in a crowded space without a TV or even a chest of drawers calms my mind. Plain white bedding helps with a relaxed feeling, and we decided to hang neutral textiles in favor of pictures or photos.

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Bedside tables: vintage, similar. Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric.

How did you think about the architecture of the bedroom?
John: We went with a vaulted ceiling to make the space a bit more dramatic when you go down the hall. My favorite thing is to rotate the windows in the middle of a summer storm or while it’s snowing. We left the entrance to the bathroom, so the flow of space seemed endless.

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric. Mirrors: Target. Shower curtains: Urban Outfitters, similar.

I love your bathroom!
Bronwyn: We played a combined bath / shower combination that you see in historic houses. Our shower was high and it was not possible to find such long shower curtains, so I ordered plain cotton curtains from Urban Outfitters. I added handles on top of the curtains and voila!

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Bath tray: John made it by hand from one of the fallen trees on the ranch, similar. Windows:, similar.

How did you choose the color scheme?
John: The sharp contrast of black and white felt good, especially since the room is connected to our very simple bedroom.


A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Watering can: Ikea, similar. Garden chairs: Target.

Tell me about the pigs!
Bronwyn: Robin Hood and Little John are the BEST girls. Pigs are extremely intelligent and extremely naughty. They make us laugh every day – their little noses and eyelashes and how they look like walking on high heels!

What is their schedule?
John: In summer, pigs are undressed several times a day because pigs do not sweat and can easily overheat. I will often find them rolling in the mud or in the pool for babies trying to stay cool. We usually take them for a walk or bring them to the yard in the evening to cuddle and treat them; then we feed at night and they crawl into bed around 7:30 p.m.

A tour of a house in Oklahoma

Thank you, Bronwyn i John!!

PS A colorful home in California i cozy cottage in Connecticut.

(Photos by: Tony Lee for Cup Jo.)

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