Archive for March, 2012

The weather in Huntington Beach was lovely and the landscaping beautiful and in full bloom! I was so happy that such detail was incorporated into the landscaping of the model homes I visited. Here is a sample of what I saw:
Color at the front walk below creates a focal point and a sense of arrival and entry.

The next few photos show some beautiful layers, borders, and rows!

Huntington Beach, California

March 27th, 2012

Last week I was in beautiful Huntington Beach, California! I visited a few model homes in a complex that features the most current design ideas. Here are a few samples of what I saw:

A unique idea to combine the breakfast table with the island.

Notice the soffit detail above the cabinets. It projects 1.5" beyond the face of the cabinet doors.

Anchoring the range as a focal point with glass doors is one idea for cabinets when they have a dominate color.

Note the Aquatic theme in both the pictures and pillows. This helps in a small space by not cluttering with too many prints.

Punches of color continue to be a popular theme. Here you can see the high contrast and accent punch of tangerine.

Notice how the mat around the pictures coordinates/matches the bedspread.

Here the art work is framed to coordinate with the size of the furniture to create a focal point in the room.

The pictures in this room are also scaled well to the size of the furniture.

Charitable Chair Event

March 22nd, 2012

You are invited to join me at Weber State University on Friday, April 6, 2012 for the Charitable Chair event. I will be providing a historical commentary of the chair to get everyone excited before the auction begins. Weber State students will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind historical chairs they have designed or refurbished. It will be a fun way to get a unique piece for your home or office. All proceeds benefit Boys/Girls Club as well as provide scholarship support for design majors. There will be a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle!

I had a request to see a residential project that I had designed using JayDee Barr Construction as my general contractor. I designed this residence with many custom architectural elements and detail. You can see much of the custom wood work in the photos below and understand the value of a great general contractor in a residence of this scale.

Interior During Construction

Back of the house

Rear Courtyard

Carriage House

JayDee Barr Construction

March 15th, 2012

A good general contractor makes my life easier! You have hopefully seen the amazing Herm’s Inn. I wanted to give a shout out to JayDee Barr Construction. They were such an important part of my team. They have great follow through and are detail oriented. They can build what I’ve drawn and are great to ask questions if needed to clarify and make sure that what I’ve designed is what is truely built. They are the general contractor that understands he’s not an architect. And I mean that as the highest compliment!!

I have worked with them on residential, commerical and hosptialtiy projects. They were also my geneal contractor for the Cache Valley Electric Building I designed a couple years ago and I was equally impressed with their work.

A Taste of Herm’s Inn

March 13th, 2012

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Herm’s Inn is officially open to the public! My first post was just over a year ago and I hope you have enjoyed following it from the ground up.  I would of course recommend you visit in person… but for those of you not close enough, you can see interior pictures here.

I have been to Herm’s Inn countless times over the past year to work on architecture and interior details and check on its progress. It is so fun to see it now, filled with customers and food!

I was impressed with the the very fresh flavorful food. The service was great and I am already looking forward to my next meal there! I am happy it is close enough to frequent. My compliment to the chef…..I had the BLT and would recommend it! Mike Gouch recommends the club!

Herm’s Inn is located at 1435 East Canyon Road in Logan, UT and is open 7am-2pm daily.

Bridgeport at Eagle Pointe

March 10th, 2012

This Henry Walker model home is open Monday through Saturday from 11 to 6pm. To give this home a more custom feel I used stripes of paint in the great room. The 5 metal frames above the mantle mimic the 5 panel doors to add cohesion to the space. (The bottom frame has outlets for a flat screen.)

Great Room

I carried the accent paint color into the kitchen, painting the hood and the back of the glass cabinets. An easy DIY update for any kitchen with standard white cabinets! Adding the pop of color behind the glass adds instant personality to the space.

Kitchen & Dining

Master Bedroom

It is always fun to see the same furniture used in two different spaces. You can see some of these pieces in the St. Augustine home here.

Guest Bedrooms & Office/Craft Room

Eagle Pointe Model Home #2

March 7th, 2012

Last week I was busy installing a second model home for Henry Walker Homes in Eagle Pointe. (The first model home I did in Eagle Pointe has sold.)  This development is in North Salt Lake and has some amazing views! Finished pictures and details to come.

I have had a lot of fun with wallpaper in this home!

Many of the pieces in this home came from the previous model home. Recognize the amazing buffet table?