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Welcome to the blog of Shayne Morrissey, the resident interior designer at Morrissey Home Solutions.

Mid-Century Morrissey

Mid-Century Morrissey

Welcome to my corner of the world! 

The quest for my first home began a couple years ago. I had grown tired of being on the apartment hamster wheel. My work & my heart were drawing me fondly back to Fort Worth. Being a young adult, I was cautioned by friends and family about the difficulties and disappointments that accompany the first time home buying process. That being said, I wasn't in the least bit prepared for the many let downs. I made offers on multiple homes and was outbid every time, without fail. Anybody who has been through this process knows you emotionally invest in the house before you ever put a pen to paper. One afternoon, I had all but given up on the dream of owning a home in my 20s, but as I was driving away from another sad listing,  I drove past an A-line 1950's shack with a scribbled on "FOR SALE BY OWNER" sign in the front yard. I reversed my car and sat parked in front of this historic shack of a house and thought "this is it. This is my home". I knew sitting in front of that run-down little house that I was going to buy it and bring its groove back. This is where the love affair began!

 AFTER: This is what she looks like now! Little slice <3

AFTER: This is what she looks like now! Little slice <3

 BEFORE: This what she looked like on that fateful day we met. SO much potential!&nbsp;

BEFORE: This what she looked like on that fateful day we met. SO much potential! 

The interior of the home was in shambles. There were holes in the walls, bad cabinets, several awful shades of paint and mismatched wall tile. What walls that were still left in tact were very confining, making the already tiny house very compartmentalized. My team took the house completely to the studs, moved walls, replaced all of the windows, doors, and plumbing. We added a front door to the facade of the house to make it welcoming. Essentially, it is now a brand new house in the shell of an old home. One thing that I was very proud of, was that I was able to retain the original hardwood floors and refinish them. 

 After: Refinished original hardwoods, front door is where she's supposed to be &lt;3

After: Refinished original hardwoods, front door is where she's supposed to be <3

 Before: Dreadful, TBH

Before: Dreadful, TBH

Okay- Let's get to the fun part! I have a strong affinity to Mid-Century Modern architecture and interior design, I have since I was a boy. Naturally I wanted to preserve the historic integrity of the house, so I used materials, furniture, and finishes that are reminiscent of MCM (That's Mid-Century Modern, NOT man crush Monday ;-)

 My living room: I combined new pieces with antique Mid-Century Modern pieces for a curated and blended aesthetic. There is nothing that breaks my heart like a room that feels like a catalogue.&nbsp;

My living room: I combined new pieces with antique Mid-Century Modern pieces for a curated and blended aesthetic. There is nothing that breaks my heart like a room that feels like a catalogue. 

 If I do have one rule, its to LOVE everything you have. If you don't love it, and if its not useful, then what's the point?&nbsp;

If I do have one rule, its to LOVE everything you have. If you don't love it, and if its not useful, then what's the point? 

In school I learned a lot of design "rules", but I follow very few of them. One of my philosophies is "If it feels right, it is right". I don't abide by a certain style or function of design. Homes should be livable, and they should tell a story about the person or persons who dwell in them.  This is why I don't use furniture from one certain store or showroom when I'm furnishing homes. If the intention is for the space to look and feel amazing, the furniture has to be gathered from here and there. Enough about my philosophies. Let's graduate to my favorite room in the house: 

 The kitchen! There wasn't space anywhere in the house for a proper dining table, so my kitchen is dual purpose: Dining room and kitchen :)&nbsp;

The kitchen! There wasn't space anywhere in the house for a proper dining table, so my kitchen is dual purpose: Dining room and kitchen :) 

 I have to show this shot because this 1950's console is my most prized possession &lt;3

I have to show this shot because this 1950's console is my most prized possession <3

I chose a warm white paint for the great majority of the interior because I wanted to maximize the natural light and create the illusion that the spaces are larger than they really are. It has been my experience that designing tiny homes is more challenging than large homes because I have to figure out how to utilize every square inch. This brings us to the tiniest room in the house- my bathroom: 

 Bathrooms are one of my favorite spaces to design. They are often times forgotten or looked over, so I love to dress them up and make them feel really special.&nbsp;

Bathrooms are one of my favorite spaces to design. They are often times forgotten or looked over, so I love to dress them up and make them feel really special. 

 Because, shoes.&nbsp;

Because, shoes. 

I'll wrap this little tour with my second favorite room in the house- my bedroom. Your bedroom should be the single most personal room in your home. It should be plush, calming, and most importantly, it should be undeniably you. 

 A layered bed is key to an eye catching bedroom. Every time I see my bed, I just want to fall into it. Yes- it is as soft and fluffy as it looks &lt;3&nbsp;

A layered bed is key to an eye catching bedroom. Every time I see my bed, I just want to fall into it. Yes- it is as soft and fluffy as it looks <3 

 My favorite piece of art is this scarf that I had sewn to a mat and framed. It hangs above my 1950's dresser that I refinished about a year ago.&nbsp;

My favorite piece of art is this scarf that I had sewn to a mat and framed. It hangs above my 1950's dresser that I refinished about a year ago. 

 

 

 

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