Megan Stein
October 27, 2016 09:45 AM

Rising country star Kelsea Ballerini is laying down roots.

The “Dibs” singer, nominated for New Artist of the Year at the CMAs on Nov. 2, recently picked up what she calls her “first big-girl purchase,” a gorgeous two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhouse in Nashville.

Although the newly decorated pad has the “Southern but still sophisticated” feel Ballerini was looking for, there’s one space that stands apart from the rest: a dedicated music room for the 23-year-old artist to use as a creative cave.

“This is my favorite room in the world,” Ballerini says of the space. “I feel like it’s such a heartbeat of everything I love.”

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The singer teamed up with Kimberly Winthrop of online interior design service, Laurel & Wolf, to help her pull everything together. “Kelsea was a dream client,” Winthrop says. “She shared a lot of inspirational images and really thought through how she wanted me to make each room feel and work for her lifestyle.”

The open kitchen, dining room and living room make the house feel particularly spacious. “This is one of my favorite areas of the house,” Ballerini says of the high-ceilinged space. “I think it’s great to just make it feel big and bright.”

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Upstairs, she has the ultimate fun, floral closet, which boasts bright printed wallpaper, a cozy desk nook and plenty of storage space. “I just have so many clothes, it’s one of my passions in life,” Ballerini tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands now.

Although a mostly neutral color scheme keeps things calm, guitars displayed as decoration throughout the home incorporate Ballerini’s playful personality. “I really want people to feel like it’s an inspired place,” she says.

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