Archive for November, 2011

Christmas in Entrada!

November 29th, 2011

I took a quick trip to Entrada over the holiday weekend and infused some holiday cheer into our studio/model home. I love when design and decor have meaning beyond the visual. Many of the items I use to decorate with have memories associated with them… pieces collected from my travels, places I’ve lived, or gifts from family and friends.

I posted yesterday about my inspiration and goal for this home plan. The home was furnished by Alice Lane and I am excited to show you the interiors!

The Berlin at Tuscany Village

November 22nd, 2011

Working with Henry Walker Homes and taking inspiration from the movie Something’s Gotta Give, the Berlin at Tuscany Village was created. My goal was to design a nice affordable and efficient family home. I wanted to keep the floor plan as flexible as possible to allow each home owner to use the home as they wish. I created options for formal dining, informal dining, great room, den, living room or office space. Tomorrow I’ll take you inside and you can see how Alice Lane used each space to create a lovely model home.

You can visit the model home Monday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm at 187 East 1600 South, Farmington, Utah.

With just a week away from Thanksgiving I wanted to share a recipe from my favorite cookbook with a picture of the kitchen to whom the recipe belongs. Enjoy!

24 single crackers-crushed
½ cup butter (melted)
¹⁄³ cup sugar
Combine and press into a 9 x 13 inch pan

2 eggs
¾ cups sugar
8 ounce package cream cheese
Beat together until light & fluffy. Pour over crust and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

In a heavy saucepan blend:
16 ounce can pumpkin (2 cups)
3 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Bring to boil.

Dissolve 1 envelope unsweetened gelatin in ¼ cup cold water and add to mixture in saucepan. Cool.

Beat 3 egg whites till foamy; add ½ cup sugar, fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour over baked crust. Refrigerate till set. Add whipped cream before serving.
Cut into squares to serve.

Welcome to my office! I wanted to create a great space to meet with clients. I love creating architectural niches. By adding a barn door a niche was created as well as a way to lock off my office from the rest of the house.

I added a column to represent timeless, basic architectural detail. All spaces should be detailed with appropriate proportions. This column is a way to relate these surroundings to the proportion of the rest of the space with its windows and arches.

The table I designed works so well in the space. You can see it’s history and construction here.

I am thrilled to have a space to meet with my St. George clients! If you are interested in a consultation and are located in the St. George area, please contact me.

I posted about my color inspiration for this home in April, it is so great to see it finished!

To integrate nature into the architectural organization and detail of this home, I had the concrete color and grid continue outside into the courtyard. By using a color similar to the dirt it extends the space from the great room, to the courtyard, out into the landscape around the home.

Notice how the step detail that started with the exterior continues into the interior. The smaller set of cabinetry is finished in a metallic automotive paint.

I am so happy with the bed I designed. You can see the process of it being made here.

The wallpaper on the ceiling of the master bathroom is a true Arts & Crafts paper designed in the 20’s.

Each of the home plans I designed for Entrada include a Casita for guests.

Photos of the office portion of the home coming soon!

Our St. George studio/model home is finally done! Notice the architectural ‘step’ detail, inspired by the unique landscape of St. George. This detail starts with the exterior of the home and continues throughout the interior.

This home is in the Henry Walker Homes Entrada development that I was lucky to design all the homes plans for. These stock plans are so perfect for this area but of course I couldn’t resist adding further customizations. 

This shot is of the outdoor cooridor leading up to the front door.

I love the flow of indoor to outdoor living and wanted to create several areas for this. I added mirrors to bring the color of the blue sky in and open up the small courtyard.

Custom tile work is essential to the interior details of a home. This was an especially fun home because I was able to do everything from the home plan to interior details. I was able to add many unique tiles, patterns, and materials to give every space a unique and custom feel.

The yellow and white tiles are concrete tiles and the grey are soapstone tiles. Notice the impact created by mixing not only color but flooring materials.


Want a custom look? Try placing a bold accent tile in your space. Notice how the accent tile on the right is placed directly into the sheetrock!


Notice the flooring on the right, I used similar black and white concrete tiles in my kitchen.