Make a House a Home

February 25th, 2015

Add Plants, Add Life!

I love plants!  Those of you who know me well know how much I adore plants , indoor and outdoor.  All of my personal spaces have living greenery.  Adding plants to your home will literally add life.  The care that goes into maintaining these living decorations is felt in a space and is sure to add warmth.  I like to include trees inside my homes as well as smaller plants with interesting shapes.  One of my favorite plants the last few years is a lemon tree. The lemon tree sits beside me all winter at work and then I move it outside for the summer. It smells wonderful and has actually produced a few lemons!

This is my lemon tree when it was just tiny.

DuMc Place For Sale

February 20th, 2015

The Beauty of Sheetrock Phase

The interiors on the main and upper floors are currently being finished.  These pictures were taken just a few days ago after the hardwood floors were installed.   I love walking through a home during sheetrock phase.  The space has a pure form that allows for the architectural details to stand proud.    I have to make an effort to stop myself from thinking about all the awesome finishes that are still to come and just appreciate the beauty of the structure.  The natural light and views through the windows are amazing.  The ceiling details, thickened walls and niches are eye candy, not to mention the 20′ column spanning from the main floor to the upper loft.

This townhome is for sale.   If you are interested in more information please call, 801-292-1512.

The Portrush, Front Page News!

February 18th, 2015

The St. George Spectrum featured my Parade House on the front page!

Here is the article.

Portrush home in the parade offers luxury living, great views

Ken Hedler February 17, 2015

Photo: Chris Caldwell / The Spectrum & Daily News

ST. GEORGE – The Portrush, No. 9 in the St. George Area Parade of Homes, offers luxury living with outstanding views of the nearby red-rock mountains.  The views amount to its biggest selling points, said Christine Fielding, a real estate agent with Jack Fisher Homes, the builder in the gated Vistas at Entrada subdivision off Snow Canyon Parkway.  The rust-colored house, located on a cul de sac, blends in with the nearby sandstone rock formations.  Fielding said the retired couple who bought the house for $1.2 million was already living in the 33-lot subdivision but wanted more space.  The couple, from Pacific Palisades, California, structured the house in memory of their deceased child, Fielding said.  The house, which has 3,219 square feet of living space, took a year to build and was completed just in time for the Parade of Homes, Fielding said.  The Southern Utah Home Builders Association conducts the parade, which started Feb. 13, concludes Sunday and is marking its 25th anniversary.  The house has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a number of other features.  “This location is unbelievable. It is private. It is secluded,” Fielding said.  The views played a role in SUHBA picking it for the parade, Fielding said.  Jack Fisher, based in Centerville, also is featuring a home in The Ledges in the parade.  The homes in the subdivision appeal to a demographic group of people in their 50s who expect visits from grandchildren and friends, Fielding said.  Fielding referred to the amenities both inside and outside the house.  Outside, the house has a courtyard as well as a separate private courtyard off the master bedroom suite.  All the bedrooms have private patio space.  The back patio space overlooks Red Mountain, Fielding said.  The house has four patios altogether.

The house also has three fireplaces and a firebox, which is near the entrance, Fielding noted.  “It showcases Jack Fisher Homes really well,” Fielding said.  Jack Fisher specializes in building “exceptional homes that match the beauty of Southern Utah,” Tyler Meyers, Southern Utah division president for Jack Fisher, said in a prepared statement. “It’s been exciting to receive all the positive reaction about the Portrush.”  The house opens to the right to a casita that has a desk and private bathroom, Fielding said.  She added the owners plan to use the casita as a meditation room.  She said all the bedrooms have flat-screen televisions. Fielding said all the bedrooms have separate bathrooms, with a half bathroom serving guests who do not plan to spend the night.  She walked into a large living room dubbed “the Great Room.” Its seamless glass windows open to views of the mountains, a lava field and golf course.  The room also has a wall-mounted, 70-inch flat-screen TV.  The Great Room adjoins a spacious dining room with two tables and the kitchen.  The kitchen has “high-end” Wolf appliances and a pantry, Fielding said.  Fielding said the homes in the subdivision have flat roofs and are limited in height to 18 feet so as not to block views.  She referred to the patio for the master suite that contains a water feature and fireplace.  The master suite also comes with a bathroom with a large sunken tub, Fielding said. The homeowners have his and her closet space.  The Potrush has a 3-car garage, which has complete built-in cabinetry and an epoxy floor.  The Portrush impressed at least three visitors during the parade Tuesday afternoon.

“I thought it was beautiful,” said Pat Larson, a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Layton. “The interior courtyard — that is what I like the best. It is just the outdoor feeling within the home.”

Larson said the Portrush was the 10th home that she visited on the parade list, adding she plans to see 10 other houses.

Parade participant Tenney Jensen of Nassau, Bahamas, commented, “I love how it blends in with the environment. Views – almost 360 degrees. Fabulous views.”

The colors in the house caught the eyes of Wayne Newson, a LaVerkin resident who is retired from the Ford Motor Co.

“I like the light colors … just the light, airy feel,” he said.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2015

Accent color: RED

I  love Valentine’s decorations!  Come see our Valentine accents at The St. George Parade of Homes.  I hope everyone has the opportunity to see this house!


The 2015 Winter issue of Utah Style & Design is full of new trends for the new year.  Evidently, freestanding tubs are in!  This may be a new trend, but it is definitely classic design.  Kristen Brooksby stated it well, “Freestanding tubs are classic and will always have a place in a beautiful bathroom”.  I am excited to have my master bathroom from the Brinton-Dahle house featured.  The tub in this historic home is thought to be original from the 1880′s.  A treasure such as this really needed to be showcased.  I created a space for the tub where it is surrounded with historic tile and wallpaper.  The bold color contrast of the inside and outside of the tub accented with gold hardware really makes a statement.

Cache Valley Electric

January 29th, 2015

I designed the Cache Valley Electric Building several years ago.   I’m so grateful to be included with framing and hanging artwork as the interiors have been finished off.  Here are a few more great shots of CVE.

The conference room has a glass wall to show off the fancy electronics in the server room next door.  The  other wall of the conference room is made of eight custom wood doors all on a track.
The lobby holds two antique cars originally owned and used by CVE.
The architectural details of the hallways are beautifully lit with large skylights, sconces and high-end recessed lighting.
The lobby has an industrial feel, yet it is finished with the highest level of craftsmanship.  From the built-in display case, to the wood floors and the masonry the interior details are executed masterfully.

Your home should reflect who you are.  Self expression is an important step in making your house a home.  This may come in very subtle and small ways throughout your home.   I like to change a few of my standard cabinet knobs to something more fun and expressive.  I have collected several knobs that either have meaning to me or I just think are engaging.  Try picking a place or two in your home that you could add a little character with a new knob.


Best Of Houzz 2015

January 23rd, 2015

Thank you to all our amazing clients for taking the time to write reviews for us on Houzz!  I won the Best Of Houzz 2015 service award due to our clients high satisfaction ratings!

We had Robert gives some design ideas and choices on a remodel of our home. It turned out wonderful. He had fabulous ideas to help update and spruce up our main floor living area.

We hired Robert several years after seeing a beautiful homeshow home that he had decorated in SLC and several other homes he had designed and decorated. We built a new home on a site after taking down an older home and Robert was involved in the project from day one. Some of the aspects that I am most happy with are the way that Robert placed the new house on the site. It takes advantage of the views and sunlight beautifully. The design of the home is lovely and is an interesting combination of traditional with an updated flair that is fresh and innovative. The level of detail is incredible and Robert is very particular and exacting in having things done correctly. If something was not right he delt directly with the problem and did not put the homeowner in the middle. He was great at being available to answer questions and getting back with us when we couldn’t reach him. It was a pleasure to work with Robert and his staff at RGM.

We have engaged Robert a couple of times for our home and remodel jobs. After each experience we had a near perfect job. The feel and design of Robert is unique and well reflects our personal tastes and feeling of our family and home. There were several WOW touches to his designs that put exclamation points !!! on our home and individual rooms. Robert was thoughtful and considerate to our input and steered us in the right direction. So very creative with such amazing attention to details.

From the first phone call I made to Robert McArthur Studios, to current on going projects, Robert and his staff are exceptionally professional. They are talented, client orientated, and experienced. Robert’s experience is what will make your project a pleasure versus a nightmare. His scope is what sets him apart from other firms. He is knowledgeable in all facets of construction and interior design. If you have a large or small project, you have found your solution with Robert McArthur Studios.

Robert McArthur Studios of Bountiful Receives

Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

 Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

 Bountiful, Davis County, January 23, 2015Robert McArthur Studios of Bountiful has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 30-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Robert McArthur among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Robert McArthur Studios

ROBERT McARTHUR STUDIOS is a firm that is masterfully engaged in intrinsic, custom design. Robert combines his creative expertise and distinctive talent with the needs and desires of each and every client. His insight, experience, and vision results in the creation of distinctive architectural environments, timeless inspired interiors, and harmonious landscapes. Through style, design, and functionality Robert has the ability to create perfect balance and connection with his countless satisfied clients of 30 years.

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I’m so happy today to be in beautiful St. George working with exceptional clients!  The parade house is coming along very well.  I can already envision the finished home and how nice it will be to sit in the new furniture and admire the insurmountable scenery.  Here’s a sneak peak.  I hope it gets you as excited as I am.

The parade house colors


Make sure to put the St. George Parade of Homes on your calendar!  February 13-22, 2015.  It is the best Parade of Homes in Utah and I am really excited about the home I designed and decorated in the Parade this year!

Don’t miss, #9 The Portrush

This home is located in The Vistas; a development by Jack Fisher Homes.  I am the home plan designer for all the lots in The Vistas.  Many thanks to our wonderful home owners for hiring me as the interior designer and allowing their house on the tour.

Front Elevation

Floor Plan