EXCLUSIVE: Maren Morris' Backyard Makeover
Maren Morris' Summery Space
When country star Maren Morris isn’t touring with the likes of Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge, she’s spending time with friends — and her new puppy! — at her Nashville home. But her backyard space was a little, well, empty for her liking. So Morris teamed up with Wayfair and interior designer Lori Paranjape to create the backyard oasis of her dreams. The end result is a relaxing place for the "My Church" singer to entertain, catch up with loved ones and gather ‘round the fire. “It’s just nice to have a space to be social in,” Morris exclusively tells PEOPLE.
Although the backyard had good bones, it wasn’t quite what the songstress, whose first major label album Hero debuted in June, envisioned. “We would just put camp chairs back there,” Morris, 26, says. “It was really begging to be decorated.” Morris had ideas for the space, but designer Paranjape — who Morris chose after seeing her work on a friend's bathroom — brought her vision to life.
The new space has three distinct seating areas, one of which is covered for all-weather entertaining. “We had friends over the other night, and we sat out there for four or five hours and just talked,” Morris says. “It was really nice, and it’s covered so rain or shine we can utilize that area.”
An absolute essential for the new look: “I definitely was adamant about having a fire pit,' she says.
Focal Point Fire Pit
"I’ve grown up going to camp, but also doing these music festivals where we would just pass guitars around a fire,” Morris continues. “It’s kind of the focal piece of the backyard for me.”
Dine in Style
“I would love to start grilling back there, that would be really fun,” she says, of the activities she has planned for the new yard. “And we have a great dining set so I can actually host a dinner.”
All that Glitters
Added doses of metallic, which Paranjape included throughout the designs, are a highlight for Morris. "There’s these flashes of metallic everywhere which I love," she says. "I love gold, and my stage setup is sort of similar."
Other activities Morris has in mind? “Definitely drinking,” the singer predicts with a laugh. “I’m always on the road so when I am home it’s nice to have a space I can entertain in.”
Now the backyard is buzzing with activity. Morris hosted her first get-together — a tequila– and taco-themed dinner party with boyfriend Ryan Hurd and friend, and fellow songbird, Cassadee Pope — to celebrate her space.
Home Sweet Home
Although she’s been busy touring and promoting her album, Morris couldn’t be happier to have these roots to return to. “It’s such a nice way to spend the time I do get at home.”