The homeowner puts a colorful spin on the modern farmhouse aesthetic.
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Katie Harrington has always been inspired by the modern farmhouse aesthetic, but you won't find any neutral spaces in her 199-square-foot tiny house. Instead, she gives the style an eccentric spin by adding color wherever possible. When the tiny house was delivered in August 2020, it came with an unfinished exterior—so Harrington used 17 different paint colors to reflect the golden hour views she can see from the backyard in the evening. 

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The home—which took about a year and $90,000 to complete—is filled with art from around the Austin, TX, area. The vibrant pieces help balance Harrington's love of color with the modern farmhouse aesthetic she wanted to achieve within the home.

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A quick walk up the staircase (something not usually found in a home this size) leads to the sleeping loft. Rather than painting the back wall, Harrington opted for faux grass to bring in color and match the aesthetic of the garden outside. Remote-control LED lights line the staircase and loft area, doubling as an extra light source and an opportunity for more color. "Waking up in the morning here is wonderful," Harrington says. 

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A nearly full-size kitchen with a drop-in farmhouse sink provides plenty of space for cooking, entertaining, and the coffee bar (stocked with local coffee and treats). A custom-built table near the kitchen area doubles as both a dining table and workspace and folds up into the wall to save space when it's not in use. 

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Maximizing storage is a must-have in any tiny home, so Harrington used built-ins for seating rather than traditional chairs and couches. She had the seating pads reupholstered by a local artisan, and the stirrups on the wall are a nod to the home's Texas roots. 

"This whole space was created for the most comfort possible," she says. A queen air mattress fits perfectly in the space between the seating, making the space well equipped for a guest or two. 

The arrow on the wall is from a local art shop, and Harrington loves that it's intentionally pointing to the left. "There's not only one right way to do things," she says. "Turn left every once in a while." 

Tiny house living comes with its challenges, but Harrington has loved the process of making this space a home. "The whole vibe of the tiny home really is my favorite part," she says. "The warmth, the comfortability of it—it is an incredible experience to be there and we love it."

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