Miniature Horse Lives in Festus ‘She She Shed’ with Shiplap Walls, Artwork | Home & Garden

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Katherine Noll loves to relax and spend time with her mini horse Tuxedo on the 30 acres she shares with husband Dustin in Festus. Thanks to Dustin’s hard work and her own creative style, she now has the perfect location for both – a combination stable and horse box designed in an existing building on the property.

The Nolls moved into their home three years ago after living nearby on property owned by Dustin’s parents. Raised in the area, he had often driven by the property as a child and always wanted to own it. When the opportunity arose, they purchased the land, which included a 12-acre tree farm and a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home built in 2000. This also included a large shed where the previous owner kept his classic cars.

“When we opened it, we thought this would be perfect for tuxedo,” says Katherine, though she never imagined it would be anything more than a place for him to have a booth.

It wasn’t until Dustin surprised them by adding a remote controlled fireplace and thermostat to heat the space that the plan to create a relaxing retreat that horse and human could share came to fruition. Dustin designed the shed and completed his renovation with some help from family members, while Katherine carefully selected furniture and decor for the space that suited her feminine style.

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“I love traditional, country, shabby and feminine colors,” she says.

Although the building was relatively new, it had no windows and only an older garage door for access. The Nolls added windows for natural light, a traditional front door and a new custom garage door that opens on nice days. Tuxedo’s booth is separated from the living space by a gate through which he can put his head. Dustin designed the separate rooms, framing the interior space, and spray foam sprayed the entire building for insulation.

Noll’s mini horse Tuxedo feels right at home in his stylish stable, complete with stained reverse walls and artwork including a custom decoupage horse head by Paula Queen Designs.

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With his uncle’s help, Dustin added leg warmers to all of the interior walls to create a real barn feel, as well as a tin ceiling and a farmhouse lamp over the loft. He also incorporated a bar table top, which Kathryn stained and paired with bar stools for dining.

To liven up the fireplace, the Nolls added a uniquely shaped tile surround and wooden mantle, which Katherine chalk-painted black and distressed. They painted the concrete floors black and used stylish, machine-washable Ruggable throw rugs to soften them.

Katherine commissioned artists and designers she discovered online to create accessories for the space that would give it a cozy and individual feel, including soft, neutral slipcovers for the sofa and chair at Etsy shop Simply French Market. She found Paula Queen Designs on Facebook and commissioned them to create two wall-mounted decoupage horse heads, inspired by the designs of interior brand MacKenzie-Childs, of which she is a longtime fan.

While the She Shed is decidedly feminine, it’s so comfortable that Dustin also enjoys hanging out there with Katherine and, of course, tuxedos.

“We love to have dinner out here sometimes. We light the fireplace in the winter, Katherine says. “It has a really cozy holiday feel to it.”

Home: Katherine Noll

Katherine Noll stands in front of the door of her shed. The building was already green. The Nolls added the door, window, shutters and window boxes, and the stone walkway.

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