May 20, 2010 08:20 AM

Since moving into a decked-out Nashville apartment, Taylor Swift has made some significant changes to her home’s original floor plan.

“There are rooms where there weren’t rooms before, and I have a birdcage in my living room that is people-sized,” the country musician, 20, told PEOPLE at Tuesday’s BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles. “Then there’s a pond in the living room as well, and I want to get stingrays. I don’t want people to think I’m crazy, but wouldn’t that be cool?”

Stingrays (which are tropical marine life related to sharks) or no, such an eccentric pad requires an equally eccentric nickname.

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“My friends and I have been calling it things like ‘The Imaginarium,’ because it has all of these crazy whimsical things in it,” she says.

Will this fanciful state of mind carry over into her future song writing? So far, she’s not saying, but does admit that the songwriting process for her new record, “has been amazing. I’ve been writing for the last two years. I keep making new lists, which is a good sign to me.”

The trick, it appears, is in the editing: “I bump things off when I write something new that I like better,” says Swift. “It’s really all about honing it down.”

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