DuMc Place Middle Unit

November 12th, 2014

The middle unit of DuMc Place is almost complete! In each of these units the budgets were very different. The beauty of design is combining materials in such a creative way that they have a custom look. For this space I considered the budget, personal style, and a desire for something different which resulted in a combination of granite and Formica/laminate, mixed with subway tile bringing together materials from different eras for a timeless look. I also mixed off white cabinets with alder which is very economical. I selected a white oak floor instead of red oak so there is a different tone. The space is architecturally current with large volume spaces. I incorporated basic ideas such as painted accent walls with my signature framing and sheetrock details.








Landscape Design

October 27th, 2014

To help improve the neighborhood my clients purchased land where there had been a landslide years ago. We have developed it from a carriage house to park setting and now to an orchard and vineyard. We brought in custom logs from Canada to support the vineyard and I designed custom rings with a graveled area for the fruit to fall in. The natural spring was discovered and fit right in with my landscape design.



Landscape Design

October 13th, 2014

I have been designing an orchard and vineyard in Logan connecting to one of my existing projects. Here you can see the custom trellis top.
I created the rubble wall to look like it had been in this location for years. The arch shows the beginning of an existing spring.

Customizing a Tract Home

September 29th, 2014

I worked with this fun client to customize her tract home through ceiling details, panel details and color combinations. We did some customization before and after the home was built. This home is full of color and personality!









Street of Dreams 2014

September 17th, 2014

At the Street of Dreams it was fun to see old ideas being brought new again. In the kitchens there was no extreme use of color that would date the house. I think the trend over the next couple years will be a return to stained cabinets.



The formal dining room was very popular on this home tour as almost every home had one in addition to an informal dining space.


It was fun to see classic trends continuing on in the bathrooms and powder baths.

Street of Dreams 2014

September 15th, 2014

The Street of Dreams is one of the best parade homes around and this year was no exception. I love how they gather the homes all on one street. It truly creates a neighborhood where all the homes are the same standard and age. I loved the timeless design of these homes. The spaces were not volumetrically big, instead they were very liveable. Here are a few of the great rooms from the tour.




The landscape details had great continuation building in height progression from the edge details, sidewalk, border of rocks, lawn, and shrubs.

Laird Street Remodel

August 25th, 2014

More pictures of the charming home on Laird Street that Robert remodeled. Hear is a quote from Mike Baird who flipped the home: “Robert McArthur and his team were nothing short of genius… The proportions, scale, and attention to detail within a limited space have been praised by all. Very few have the immediate sense and instinct like Robert. Thank you and Bravo!”


Here you can see the addition above the now covered patio.




Laird Street Remodel

August 12th, 2014

I came across pictures from the home on Laird Street that I worked with Mike Baird (aka Flip Man Mike) to remodel. He and his team are experts at flipping houses and I was happy to draw up plans for them. The home is in the Yalecrest district of Salt Lake City and my goal with the exterior elevations was to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood with respect to the existing height and details of the home while adding in details common to the area including the bracketed porch and Romeo & Juliet style balcony.




Photos from Daniel Thompson.

Fresh Fabric Ideas

July 29th, 2014

I am working on interiors for a model home and love these fresh fabric ideas. They are classic and sophisticated and will pair well with any color.


Last month I visited Newport Beach and toured the Philharmonic House of Design. It was “serenity by the sea” in my opinion. All furniture fabrics and accessories were inspired by the ocean and beaches around. The architecture was low lying to preserve views, thus allowing neighboring homes to have sight lines to the ocean. The garage was in the lower level accessed only by a private side driveway descending to the lower level basement. The walls and flooring were all beautiful backgrounds.


I thought this was a great idea for a television.






Photos from yours truly & PhilharmonicHouseOfDesign (Cindy Smetana Interior & CeCe Lorthioir).