Sometimes a smaller space is all you need to edit down to discover what is most important in life. Designer, stylist and artist Paige Morse discovered just that when she decided to renovate, and then move into, a tiny “casita” she built in her backyard. By combining two rundown sheds in her main home’s backyard (Paige refers to them as her “feral sheds”), Paige was able to create a calm, minimalist retreat. Paige was so happy with the finished space, an all-white home inspired by Scandinavian design, that she recently decided to add a bed so she can stay there overnight to focus on her artwork. That type of major life change is the sort of clarity that so many of us are seeking and is often the result of editing, letting go and starting something new. Paige’s project not only gave her a fresh new space to work in, it gave her a fresh new take on her work and life altogether. I’m so impressed by her hard work and vision for this space and am thrilled to share the final results here today. Click through to the full post after the jump to see Paige’s new home! xo, grace
Photographs by Cody Ulrich
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The Before: Paige had two “feral sheds” in her backyard that she combined into one new space. She needed a live/work space in Dallas while she travels for work. For this project the budget was $17,000 and, along with a contractor, Paige took the buildings down to their studs and built them back up into one home (all according to neighborhood requirements).
The Process: To cut costs, Paige designed the space herself and then worked with a contractor, Triple J Construction, to complete the project. Using salvaged, found and recycled materials, Paige and Triple J Construction collaborated to make the most of what they could find around the neighborhood, save for a few fixtures Paige found online.
The After: Paige loves that her new home is an all-white environment that is perfect for clearing her mind. She created extra space in the shower and bathroom so she would feel relaxed and opted for a smaller kitchen with a smaller fridge (‘European style’, she explained) so there was more open space.
Final Thoughts: Paige says that, “This house has been my refuge. My safe place in the world.” She loves that it allows her to rent out her other home so she can make extra money and focus on making art as a living. This project showed Paige how little it takes to be truly happy.