The country music star and American Idol alum spent her COVID quarantine outfitting her new space

By Eric Todisco
Updated September 22, 2020 12:45 PM
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Lauren Alaina couldn't be happier with her new Nashville home.

"I'm very proud of it," the country star, 25, says in an exclusive video tour with PEOPLE, above. "I got it in February, and I've spent all of the quarantine getting it ready. That's the only blessing I've had — I've been able to be home and get my house together, and I'm really, really proud of it."

Inside the 2,200-square-foot property, Alaina's living room features a rug made from her family's late cow — left to her by her stepfather Sam Ramker, who died of cancer in 2018.

"My stepdad loved her, and when she passed away, he made a rug out of her, and then when he passed away, I inherited her, because I loved this rug. I was always obsessed with it, and he told my mom he wanted me to have it," she says. "It's one of my favorite things in the whole house."

Lauren Alaina
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Another "big favorite" of Alaina's home is her grandmother's record player, which she promises "actually works."

"It's been in the family for a long time," she says.

A massive and colorful painting of Dolly Parton, made by local Nashville artist Mark Sandoval, hangs above the player, surrounded by framed Elvis Presley records.

Lauren Alaina
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Alaina's music studio has acoustic sound panels wrapped in fabric on the walls, which allow her to record in the room with good quality sound. She also has plaques for her No. 1 hits, including "Road Less Traveled" and "What Ifs," her duet with high school pal Kane Brown.

Alaina's awards are all laid out in her studio, including her 2018 Academy of Country Music new female vocalist trophy, which the American Idol runner-up calls "the highest accomplishment I have made in my career."

Lauren Alaina
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Elsewhere, the singer's color-coordinated dressing room is filled with several sentimental items, including the black dress she wore while accepting the CMT Award from Reba McEntire, shoes that her Dancing with the Stars partner Gleb Savchenko had made for her, and cowboy boots that she wore on American Idol.

"I got all the rest of my cowboy boots up top. Country girl, right here," Alaina says with a laugh.

In this week's issue of PEOPLE Alaina opens up about the very personal new music on her latest EP, Getting Over Him.

Last year she endured both a broken engagement and another romantic split. But now, she says, "I can officially say I am over him or them or whatever you want it to be. And I get to celebrate it with this music and share that with my fans."