Built in 2012, the house was decorated in a bold, colorful, wallpaper-heavy more-is-more style when the Golden, Texas, native first moved in. But together with the interior designer Lindsay Rhodes, Musgraves soon set about returning the space to something more akin to a blank canvas. “Kacey needed to start from white to see where she wanted to go,” Rhodes says. “The house had a lot of subway tiles and Craftsman-style details, so we wanted to make everything feel clean. We basically blanketed the entire kitchen with plaster, even the island, to create smooth lines and give it a stonelike texture. Then we used a pale mineral paint throughout the house. It almost feels like a watercolor; instead of being flat, it gives a little dimension.”
(There is one space that was left untouched: a powder room papered with charcoal sketches by the late, locally prominent artist Hazel King, which aligned uncannily with an idea Musgraves had wanted to implement in her previous home. “I’d started collecting nude sketches because I had this vision of hanging them floor to ceiling in a bathroom, but I hadn’t done it. And then it was somehow here, already manifested, almost exactly how I’d pictured it. It’s one of my favorite things about the house.”)
Much of the home is now painted white or off-white, but the sunset hues that do appear were chosen for specific, personal reasons. The piano room, for example, ended up a dusky pink that was inspired by a candle Musgraves created in collaboration with the cult fragrance brand Boy Smells. “It’s a perfect balance of masculine and feminine,” she says of the shade. And the pale-yellow-toned striated-silk wall covering in the dining room complements both the travertine table therein and an orb-shaped Murano glass light fixture that hangs in the entryway, which Musgraves was “really proud” to have scored on 1stDibs.
“There are a lot of orbs and circles in the house,” Musgraves says. “I was writing the album at the same time I was moving into the home, and there were a lot of themes that were kind of presenting themselves [in both projects]. This theme of full-circle-ness kept appearing, and I had some spiritual experiences that involved orbs—I had a psychedelic plant therapy session in which people from my past kept presenting themselves to me in the form of orbs.” She laughs. “Without running the risk of sounding like an absolute psycho, it was really transformative for me.”
Many of the house’s larger pieces – including the enormous bust on display by the singer’s swimming pool – were purchased second-, third-, or fourth-hand. “I have a huge love for getting up on a Saturday and browsing estate sales. When I’m on the road, instead of staying locked away on the bus, I’ll get up, get coffee, and find the nearest antiques store. There’s something really interesting to me about taking ownership over an object that meant a lot to someone else, and kind of becoming the new steward of whatever it is.” Case in point: the antique gilt French bed frame that she placed in one of her guest rooms de Ella. “I love thinking about who might have slept here, what they dreamed about, the love that was made on this bed,” she says. “To me, it’s really magical.”