Miniature horse lives in Festus ‘she shed’ with linen canvas walls, artwork | Home & Garden


By Amy Burger Special for the Post-Dispatch

Katherine Noll enjoys relaxing and spending time with her mini-horse, Tuxedo, on the 30 acres she shares with her husband, Dustin, at Festus. Thanks to Dustin’s hard work and her own creative style, she now has the perfect place for both: a combination “shelter for her” and horse stall designed in an existing building on the property.

The Nolls moved into their home three years ago after living nearby on land owned by Dustin’s parents. Growing up in the area, he had often driven by the property as a child and had 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. It also included a large shed used by the previous owner to store old cars.

“When we opened it, we thought it would be perfect for Tuxedo,” Katherine says, although she never imagined it to be more than a space for him to have a booth.

It wasn’t until Dustin surprised her by adding a fireplace with a remote control and thermostat to heat the space that the plan came to fruition to create a relaxing retreat for both horse and man to share. . Dustin designed the shed and completed its renovation with the help of family members, while Katherine carefully selected furniture and décor for the space that matched her feminine style.

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

While the building was relatively new, it had no windows and only an old garage door to access it. The Nolls added windows for natural light, a traditional front door and a new custom-sized garage door, which can be opened on sunny days. Tuxedo’s stall is separated from the living space by a door through which he can put his head. Dustin designed the separate spaces, framed the interior, and sprayed the entire building with foam for insulation.

Noll’s mini-horse, Tuxedo, is right at home in his stylish stall, with stained walls and artwork including a custom-cut horse head by Paula Queen Designs.

Zachary Clingenpeel

With the help of his uncle, Dustin added strapping to all of the interior walls for a true barn feel, as well as a tin ceiling and farmhouse light above the attic. He also built a bar table top that Kathryn stained and matched bar stools for dining.

To spruce up the fireplace, the Nolls added a uniquely shaped tile surround and a wooden mantel that Katherine chalk painted black and distressed. They painted the concrete floors black and used sleek, machine-washable rugs from Ruggable to soften them.

Katherine has hired artists and designers she discovered online to create accessories for the space that give it a homey and personalized feel, including soft, neutral slipcovers for the couch and chair from Etsy Shop Simply French Market. She found Paula Queen Designs on Facebook and asked her to create two decoupage wall mounted horse heads inspired by the designs of furniture brand MacKenzie-Childs, of which she has long been a fan.

While the cabin is decidedly feminine, it’s so cozy that Dustin also enjoys spending time there with Katherine, and of course, Tuxedo.

“We like to dine here sometimes. In winter, we light the fireplace, says Katherine. “It has a real cozy getaway feel.”

At home: Katherine Noll

Katherine Noll stands in the doorway of her shed. The building was already clad in green siding. The Nolls added the door, windows, shutters and planters, as well as the stone path.

Zachary Clingenpeel


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