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Pixie and Bob Storer find southwestern style in Broadmoor |

Pixie and Bob Storer find southwestern style in Broadmoor

Who would have thought it? A home with southwestern flair plunked down in the middle of one of the city’s older neighborhoods.

Deborah Storer surely hadn’t thought of it while on a house hunt in Broadmoor subdivision, and, when she did see it, she wasn’t sure she liked it.

“I didn’t really want to go inside, but by the time I realized that all of my furniture would work, I had already moved myself in mentally,” said Storer, whose friends and family call her Pixie.

The home, built in 1958, had been completely redone and modified by a previous owner, when Storer and her husband, Bob, a forensic psychologist, moved there in 2012. By adding some accessories and a few pieces of furniture, the couple settled very happily in the old section of Broadmoor in what Pixie Storer’s niece calls “the hacienda.”

“What I really like about the house is that there are so many places to sit,” Pixie Storer said. “When we have a party, everybody finds their own little niche.”

The exterior, painted a soft adobe with blue shutters, features a deep front porch with an old pew from a church in Ponchatoula. The front door leads to a large room with the dining area to the left and a comfortable sitting area with a sofa and lots of pillows to the right. Floors in the front room are stained oak in a parquet pattern, while most of the rest of the house is floored in Mexican tile.

A wide opening connects the dining area to the living room with cypress walls, exposed beams and natural-stained beadboard ceilings. A large sectional leather sofa provides plenty of comfortable seating for viewing Pixie Storer’s Native American and Southwest art and accessories. A fireplace at the back of the room is open on both sides to a sunroom that overlooks the landscaped backyard. The bright, cheerful room is perfect for morning coffee with a comfortable chair, round table and a breakfront handmade at Wooden Haven, one of Pixie Storer’s favorite places.

The kitchen, with natural cypress cabinets and granite counters, is separate but open to the living room with a pass-through window. To the right of the kitchen is Storer’s “woman cave,” a combination laundry room and office with a beadboard vaulted ceiling and a half bath.

The home has three bedrooms, the master bed and bath added by a former owner. Of the original two bedrooms, one has become Bob Storer’s “man cave” and the second a guest room, which is the only room in the house decorated in a more traditional style.

A hall that was originally a closet leads to the added master bedroom and bath, which features off-white walls, a vaulted bead-board ceiling and doors that open to a garden area in the back. 

“All of the bedrooms have doors to the outside,” Pixie Storer said.

Their haven is their backyard, where large trees provide lofty shade over an open seating area with old stone and gravel underfoot. There’s also a covered patio.

“It’s our own little world out here,” she said.

Part of their world came crashing down in the summer of 2016 when a 60,000-pound hackberry uprooted and fell into part of the house. The result was some major repair work and a completely redone guest bathroom.

The Storers, who are both from Virginia, are very happily settled in the neighborhood and enjoy the wide, shaded streets for their early morning runs.

“This is a friendly place,” Pixie Storer said. “When we moved in, at least five different neighbors walked over and introduced themselves.”

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