Katie's Adobe-Style Arizona Home

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Name: Katie Runyan
Location: Phoenix Homesteads Neighborhood, Phoenix, Arizona

Our home is an adobe style built in 1937. The original thick concrete walls with rounded corners and high ceilings keep things cooler in the summer. We're both from back east so the combination of history and greenery of the neighborhood instantly won us over. When we were house hunting this was the first house we saw and we knew instantly that we should make an offer. We love the flat white walls and high ceiling beams since it just seems so germane to the neighborhood and the city.

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Our home is part of the Phoenix Homesteads Neighborhood. The neighborhood was built in the late 30's for farmers displaced by the Dust Bowl. Each tract was big enough for a farmer and his family to live on and grow crops. As a result of its age and the amount of land, the neighborhood has a lot of old pine and palm trees and huge oleanders bushes.

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We're both designers (interior and graphic) so we know that finding the right pieces takes time. We want to love all the objects in our house as much as we love the house. My favorite items in the house are the marble coffee table inherited from my great-grandmother. I'm also enamored of my latest craft project, visible in the dining area. It's just copper welding tape arranged in a grid formation on the wall. Instant wallpaper! Patrick's favorite piece is the record player, which he found at a great vintage store here called Retro Ranch.

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Since Phoenix has amazing weather 9 months of the year, one of our first projects was the backyard. We turned it from a dirt lot into a desert entertaining area and then a nice grass area for the dogs. Patrick rescued two vintage playground toys from an alley behind his work.

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Thanks, Katie!

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(Image credits: Katie Runyan)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.