Design Influences

March 8th, 2018

Excavation has started on my new build and I can’t wait to see the building begin. As I’ve been reflecting on the loss of my mother this past week, her influence in my work has been on my mind. Both of my parents were such wonderful influences and role models in my life. My mom among many of her talents had a gift for sewing and wallpapering. I attribute much of my skills in putting colors and textures together to her. And if you’ve been through my homes you’ll know I’ve always loved and used wallpaper (even through the years when it wasn’t as popular). These images are from my personal home I just sold. I even had wallpaper on the back of my closets and on my kitchen ceiling.
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My dad was an electronic engineer and as such influenced the detail and structural qualities in my designs early on. I started designing homes at the age of fifteen and my parents would drive me around to see all the local home shows. My dad loved landscaping and working with and observing him I picked up the important qualities of scale and proportion. What qualities do you attribute to your parents? I’m grateful for the positive influences my parents left with me both professionally and personally.
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I’m settling into my remodel house while I build my future home Val-ore House.  The last few details have been added including the fireplace surround. I had concrete fabricated to look to like soapstone.
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Here is a look at the fireplace before and during the remodel. What do you think?
Fairview Cottage Front Room Before & After
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I named the home Fairview cottage and wanted it to have a quaint feeling. The cabinets in the kitchen were too current for a cottage feel, so I added color to create charm and add dimension to the space.
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In the dining nook I painted the walls High Reflective White by Sherwin Williams. I added some interior details below the windows and had a custom phrase hand painted above the windows.
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Fairview Cottage Interior

January 25th, 2018

Welcome inside Fairview Cottage. Keeping with small affordable changes, in the remodel I started by painting everything High Reflective White by Sherwin Williams. I added the beams to relate to the mantel and stained them to match the kitchen cabinets. I toned down the fireplace because I had wood furniture and didn’t want it to look too heavy. I am replacing the tile with a black concrete material. So keep following and I’ll reveal the final result.
Fairview Cottage Front Room Before & After
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When arranging a room I look at it architecturally. To balance the large window behind the couch I used a big piece of art on the opposite wall.
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The whole composition on this wall was designed to relate to the fireplace wall opposite of it. The elements in these spaces could be smaller so I selected the piece with the multi colored drawers instead of a solid chest which would feel heavier in the space and wouldn’t be as effective in the grouping and scale of it all.
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Fairview Cottage Master Bedroom

January 24th, 2018

Welcome to the master bedroom at Fairview Cottage. I was working with an intentionally small bedroom, which is one of the characteristics I love about older homes. The before and after images show how placement of furniture and art can make any size room feel well balanced.
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I used the bedframe to create the feeling of a room within a room. The widow wasn’t centered on the wall so I added artwork to create balance with the window.
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Placing the armoire at an angle adds dimension to the room, and the plants bring life. I try to keep the blinds at the same height in any room and then add varying height through other elements like the wreath and stacked blankets.
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Whatever the size of your bedroom you can use the same techniques of balance, symmetry, spacing and dimension to create a feeing of welcome and calm rather than disproportion and disorder.
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If you are interested in giving your home a refresh for the new year and want help with these small affordable changes (that can make a big impact) give us a call 801-292-1512. (We don’t always offer these services so call while we are still offering. You won’t want to miss out!) See the exterior of this home here.

Fairview Cottage

January 19th, 2018

I am in the process of building my next home and decided in the interim to buy a little house in downtown Bountiful. I wanted to take on one of the challenges that I hear from so many of you: how can I make a big impact with small affordable changes. I selected a well built home with simple clean straight lines. Welcome to my new home Fairview Cottage!
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Here is the before:
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I started by painting the exterior of the home, the carport, and the garage SherwinWilliams Shell White. I added shutters the length of the door and painted all exterior doors and trim SherwinWilliams Peppercorn. I found the planters while I was in California at one of my favorite garden stores.
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Fairview Cottage Details
If you’ve followed my work you’ll know that a cupola and a weathervane a top each of my homes is one of my signature details.
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One of the features I quite liked about the home was the carport that could be utilized as a porte-cochere. I love the idea that you can be dropped off and unload your belonging and then head into the garage. I added detail to the ceiling of the porte-cochere to help customize the exterior of the home.
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Here is a peak at the backyard. There is a covered patio off the garage and I’ll share more of this space once spring rolls around and I can start using it. Behind the back fence I created a large fenced area where my dog Bernard can run and play.
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Val-ore House

January 10th, 2018

2018 is going to be great! I have finished the plans for my next home Val-ore House and it should be completed this year. The lot I purchased is just two houses up from a home I remodeled years ago, La Camille. So I’m looking forward to being back in such a great neighborhood. I’ve built several homes in Bountiful and love the challenge of building on difficult lots that most pass up.

This new build will be filled with my personal aesthetic. I have always loved European style and wanted to add a a modern vibe and twist to it. I will be creating a whole new look and feel incorporating the European style with modern twists while maintaining a country feel. The exterior will be stone or brick to look old and I’ll be incorporating limestone, board, and stucco. I’ll make sure I share all the details along the process but for now here is a look at the plans I’ve drawn up:



Timeless Quality

December 11th, 2017

Many of you got to tour our Holiday House last week. What did you think? Here is a mini tour for those of you who missed it. I designed this home over 21 years ago with a look that lasts for a test of time and function. The home was originally designed for the homeowners and their small children and now is the perfect gathering spot for their grown children and grandchildren!
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If you have planter boxes or pots in your entry I love this idea of adding a layer of fresh cranberries for the holidays!
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The artisan style with a craftsman influence adds to the timeless look of the home.
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DuMc Place Kitchen

November 20th, 2017

Last year I hosted Thanksgiving in my DuMc home kitchen.  I’ve since sold this home and I am  will be missing my kitchen this year. We might not all have the ideal home for hosting Thanksgiving. But we all have the ideal home for giving thanks!
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