Per­sonal space

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Lau­rie Mar­shall

Ran­dal Wright

Where I live: Fayet­teville His­toric Dis­trict

Oc­cu­pa­tion: owner of Even­tures, a party ren­tal busi­ness

My fa­vorite space is: our “Party Shed.”

Why? Our house was built in 1923 and my part­ner, Randy Northam, and I think the back­yard shed has been here for most of that time. It had a dirt floor and was used to store lawn­mow­ers and tools, and there was a weird up­per level that was so low that you had to duck to get in­side. It fea­tured a musty smell and about two mil­lion spi­der webs. We were a lit­tle scared to go in­side.

We ripped out the up­per level to ex­pose the barn’s full 15-foot height, and the tin ceil­ing was prac­ti­cally beg­ging us to hang a huge chan­de­lier. We found a 6-foot tall bronze piece on one of our an­nual trips to an­tiques week in Texas, and with the help of a pul­ley and some mus­cle the chan­de­lier went into place and trans­formed the space. I have never been one to do what’s ex­pected.

I love the fact that it’s so ver­sa­tile. The shed has hosted a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner, our son’s birth­day party, a wine tast­ing, and Randy loves to take his easel and brushes out to the barn to cre­ate his art.

If I could make one change to im­prove this space, I would: def­i­nitely make it larger. I love the fact that it’s small but we have lots of friends we love to host!

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK

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