Accessorize the Exterior of Your Home

Here are some high impact accessory ideas!

1. Exterior shutters add color, texture and personality.

Brown shuttes with pinapple cut-out mounted at an angleGreen shutters with watering pot cupt-out mounted away from houseBrown shutters on white stone with cast iron hardware

2. The antiquity of gas lanters gives richness and warmth to your entrance.

gas lanterns on either side of French doorscottage door with gas lantern

3. Potshelves can come in so many different, shapes, sizes and colors.  Although it may be difficult to get the right design and porportions for your home, when done well they look great!

DuPaix dark blue potshelfWirght dark blue potshelfOlsen tan pot shelfElkins clean line pot shelf


This Robert McArthur home in the Stone Ridge Estates in Bountiful is on the market.  Today I’m showing the master bedroom, the upstairs homework space and bedrooms, and the lower level game room and exercise room.  For more information contact the owner Jonathan Rose 801-309-7630

Master Bedroom with fireplaceMaster BedroomMaser Bedroom sitting chairMaster BathroomMaster BathroomUpstairs Homework SpaceHallwayGirl's BedroomPink BathroomBlue RoomBlue Girl's RoomBoy's RoomBoy's BathroomLower Level TV RoomGame RoomExercise Room



Rose’s Interiors

May 14th, 2015

As I promised, here are the interior pictures of the home that is available in the Stone Ridge Estates in Bountiful.  Today I am including photos of the main floor living space.  There is so much architectural detail and wonderful interior design that I don’t want to miss anything.  This home has been shown before on the blog and it is fun to compare the different interiors; older post.  For more information contact the owner Jonathan Rose 801-309-7630.

Formal living room with beams and lighitngFormal living roomFormal living roomFormal living room with fireplace and french doorsPiano roomPowder bath off living room with mosaic backsplash wallKitchen table and kitchenKitchen barKitchen from aboveKitchen with silver cabinetsKitchen table from above with track lighting and glass pendantsDining room with double sided fireplaceFamily Room with neutral interiorsFamily Room with huge windowsBack door entry with long bench and white wallpaperLaundry room with blue cabinets and geometric wallpaperPowder bath by laundry room with white brick lay builders tile and custom accent tile


I know a lot of people like to know when a Robert McArthur home becomes available.  Well there is a beautiful signature Robert McArthur home available in the Stone Ridge Estates in Bountiful.  This home has only had two owners both of which have taken immaculate care.   This home is on a steep heavily wooded lot which creates a lot of privacy.  The back of the house is centered around a courtyard with a built-in barbeque and bar.  The master bedroom also has a private patio.  With a natural color pallet and an abundant number of exterior doors the home capitalizes on its gorgeous location.   Keep posted for interior pictures!  For more information contact the owner Jonathan Rose 801-309-7630.

Front elevation of rustic home on steep lotFront elevation of rustic home on steep lotLandscape vine arch to front entryExterior stone front porch with wood beamsCustom wood front door with clear art glass and gas lanternsBackyard courtyard with built-in barBackyard courtyard with built-in barCourtyard with birdbathMaster Bedroom patio with hammokGarage with eye brow windowCarriage House garage with game room aboveCarriage house garage with landscaping stepsLandscaping with rock pavers and wood steps


Welcome Brittany Brown

May 7th, 2015

Robert McArthur Studios has a new employee!  We are so excited to bring Brittany Brown on to our team!

Brittany is from Morgan, Utah.  She graduated from Weber State University with a dual major in Interior Design and Technical Sales.  She enjoys reading, travel, shopping,  being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.    I hope many of you have the opportunity to work with her.

Brittany Brown

This is a wonderful house that I designed just over ten years ago.  This home is influenced by several architectural styles, so I call it neoeclectic.  However, the strongest influence is the tudor cottage.  The complex roof lines that are both steep and sloping are stylistically tudor cottage.   Other typical elements are prominent chimneys, small dormer windows, and arched windows and doors.  Tudor cottages are also commonly constructed with brick and stone.

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Framed Family Recipes

One of my prized possessions are my framed family recipes.  I have collected recipes from my grandmother and mother that I remember them cooking.   The recipes cards are are in their handwriting, and even have stains from years of use on them.  I like them in this real raw form.  It shows a passage of time and that they were really used.  Having these framed in my kitchen brings back great memories of eating these foods with the precious people who made them.  In this picture you can see how I have these recipes displayed on a shelf in my kitchen.

Framed Family Recipes

Famed Family Recipes

With mother’s day just around the corner framing a recipe of her mother’s would be a great present; sentimental and from the heart.

35 years ago I designed the Maple Hills condos in Bountiful.  It was such cutting edge design for the time, with courtyards in the center and private patios for each condo.  The condos are still great and I like seeing how well the design has held up to the test of time.  However, 35 years later they may be in need of a little updating.  One of my old clients has bought a condo and hired me to design the remodel.

On the main floor I updated the master suite with a large walk-in closet and a private bathroom.   These changes were possible due to space I gained by eliminating the courtyard.  The other bedroom on the main floor was turned into a nice laundry room and boot room that connects to the garage.  The stairs were relocated and the powder bath reconfigured.  The living room will get a facelift by changing the sliding glass doors to French doors.  The deck off the dining room is being expanded and an additional set of French doors has been added.

Maple Hills Condo Remodel Existing Main Floor

Existing Main Floor

Maple Hills Condo Remodeled Main Floor

Remodeled Main Floor

On the lower level one of the bedrooms has been changed into an office and additional storage space has been added.   All the lower level sliding glass doors will also be changed to French doors.

Maple Hills Condo Existing Lower Level

Existing Lower Level


Maple Hills Condo Remodeled Lower Level

Remodeled Lower Level

This is going to be a great update!






Custom Home Plan

April 23rd, 2015

Building Your Dream Home

I love being able to design someone’s dream house.  I was able to create this custom home plan for a couple who have a wonderful lot in Bountiful.  This plan is so fabulous that I can’t stop my mind from taking a virtual tour through the whole house completed.  Starting with the stunning dining room right at the entry creating architectural interests with its’ two- story high hendecagon shape, yet still conveniently located next to the kitchen.   The living space along the back of the house has eight exterior French doors to let in ample light and seamlessly extend into the outdoor living space.  There is a large master suite with a grand entry, fireplace and private veranda.  However my favorite part of the master suite is the direct access to the laundry room from the master closet while still having a second entrance to the laundry room from the hallway.  I’ve walked through this house in my mind so many times that I can hardly wait to be inside when it is finished.  Construction starts soon, and I’ll keep you updated with some progress pictures.

Custom Home Plan Main Floor

Main Level Floor Plan

Custom Home Plan Upper Level Floor Plan

Upper Level Floor Plan

Custom Home Front Elevation

Front Elevation

Custom Home Right Side Elevation

Right Side Elevation

Custom Home Rear Elevation

Rear Elevation

Custom Home Left Elevation

Left Side Elevation


Are you starting to book up your summer months?  It may be the perfect time for your plans to include a new pool house.   I have had some wonderful clients that are planning on making the most of their backyard this summer with a new pool and pool house!  Check out their awesome plan.Pool House floor planPool House Front Elevation

Pool House Left Side ElevationPool House Right Side Elevation Pool House Rear Elevation