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sneak peek: paige morse

by Amy Azzarito

Anyone who’s ever tried to paint a room gray will sympathize with prop and interior stylist Paige Morse. When it came time to paint her 100-year-old bungalow in Dallas, Texas, Paige tried more than ten different shades of gray before settling on Benjamin Moore’s Timberwolf. As a prop stylist for the Wisteria catalog, Paige knew that the right neutral backdrop was essential for the layering effect she wanted to create with her favorite objects and furniture. Thanks, Paige! And a big thanks to Kris Ellis for the lovely photos! — Amy A.

Image above: As a child, I was very much inspired by the books The Secret Garden and The Girl of the Limberlost. Both books really got me focused on nature, natural elements and the beauty of it all. To this day, I love bugs, butterflies and botanical prints. The chairs were passed down from my grandmother. I love their clean and simple lines.

Image above: I love textiles. I have a collection going — it’s borderline obsession. I really wanted to add some energy to my office space, which is painted all white (Benjamin Moore’s Designer White), so I hung a suzani on the wall as art.

Image above: I spend a lot of time sifting through flea markets and antique stores. These pieces were treasures I picked up from various places. I love how a black wall completely transforms a place. I used chalkboard paint to get this look. It makes every piece in the room stand out.

Image above: I wanted my kitchen, which is the heart of my house, to really stay true to the period of the house. After lots of research and inspiration from my grandmother’s kitchen, I chose to do everything black and white — very clean and a little retro. And subway tile is always a good, affordable choice for a backsplash.

Image above: Have I mentioned I’m a collector? I have a ton of antique silverware that I use for photoshoots and at home. Once, I bought a box full of old silver pieces at a flea market for $20. When I got home and looked up the pieces online, one of the spoons alone was worth the $20 I had spent. Score!

Image above: This is my guest bath. I remodeled this bathroom when I bought the house. It was formerly a closet. Are you noticing a theme in color choices here? I love black and white. I love graphic statements. I love things that are subtle and at the same time bold. I have always loved the old black and white patterned flowers, and I needed something a little feminine to balance out all the masculine choices I had made throughout the house. I fell in love with a shower curtain like this one from Anthropologie, but it was discontinued when I went to purchase it. Luckily, I found one similar online. The sink is vintage, and I found it on Craigslist. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee.

Image above: This is actually my grandmother’s dining table. It was badly damaged, so I painted it black. It covered up all the damage and accents the mismatched chairs that I use. I love how well the Danish-style armchairs complement my grandmother’s chairs from the ’50s.

Image above: The settee is made of old bridal rugs, and the shelves are from Ikea. I highly recommend adding lighting to their shelving units. It really makes a difference aesthetically, and at night, it really highlights my collections and favorite books.

Image above: This is an embroidered wedding cloth, and I paired it with a framed piece of art from a photographer I work with. I like how unexpected the pairing is.

Image above: The vintage painted child’s chair was an antique store find. I use foreign currency from my travels as wall art above it.

Image above: The daybed in my guest bedroom is covered in textiles. Most are from India — a mix of kantha cloths, embroidered pillows and a suzani on the wall. The poster is something I picked up while traveling in Granada, Spain, for $2 and had framed. It fits perfectly and reminds me of my wonderful time there.

Image above: I like to think of decorating as curating. I am attracted to certain kinds of objects, and I like to arrange them in a way that tells a story visually or creates a mood or feeling. This is a vignette I created in my back room. A honeycomb in glass, antlers, a ball of twine, chipped pottery I bought at a junk store on a road trip, seashells collected from around the world, postcards of dinosaurs. None of these things would seem to go together, but when arranged together, they all tell a story. It is about history, creation and beauty in natural objects.

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  • Paige, do you happen to know who made your grandmother’s dining set? I am besotted with its gorgeous lines and craftsmanship! I love that lovely sentimental things are at the center of your home’s beauty.

  • I love the unexpected pairing of the vibrant cool and warm colors together of the embroidered wedding cloth and the photograph and I love the idea of putting “scenarios” together on the chest of drawers that tell a story. Thank you. Frances

  • Lovely home. The colors and decor are far outside the box. A breath of fresh air. Nothing better than original thought. Keep up the good work

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