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Design house: Statement color and Art Deco elements give this Utah home a modern touch

A neutral backdrop provides the perfect canvas for a sophisticated splash of color in this cleverly-designed home

Utah home
(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

With seemingly endless mountain views, ski slopes and sights from Wasatch-Cache National Forest to Thousand Oaks Trailhead, it is easy to see why the owners chose to settle down in Halladay, Utah.

Creating a space that the family could lay down roots meant hiring an interior designer that they could rely on to turn this house into a dream home. 

They hired interior designer Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design, who would go on to completely transform the property – from top to bottom – which meant that the house is now unrecognisable to what it was before.

The property

'The project was a remodel of a home the owners built 10-15 years ago – it was in dire need of an refresh,' says Jessica. 

'The finishes, trim, and cabinetry needed an update to give them new life, so we redesigned the main level spaces and reused as many existing cabinets and finishes as possible. The owner requested a space that was light and bright – and, most importantly, was comfortable for their children and grandchildren to relax in.' 

We speak to Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design about the design project.

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

Hall

Utah home

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We dressed the walls with a soft grass cloth and filled in the grout on the stone with lighter brighter tone. 

The original fireplace mantle was replaced with a clean-lined cast stone surround, while the ornate stair balusters were replaced with a custom baluster designed with tidy lines. 

New art, lighting, and furniture made this space stylish and welcoming.

Home office

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

This space got a facelift with new paint. The built-ins were once a dark wood tone, now a soft shade of white. 

The homeowner’s favorite color is blue and requested this space to be colorful. We layered in blue upholstery and rug with pretty pastel tones. 

Finally, the new light is the jewelry of the space.

Living room

Utah home

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The original media cabinet was dark and heavy and didn’t allow for a large television. We designed an off white cabinet that layered the television over the built-ins and allowed for flexibility to switch out the electronics easily in the future. 

To achieve a textured look, we blended warm and cool tones with cozy textures in this room to create an inviting space for the family to entertain and hangout. This space can easily seat a large group comfortably for all the parties they host.

Kitchen

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

The original wood cabinets received a fresh coat of white paint and the dark painted island was lightened to a soft greige – thus breathing life into the kitchen. 

These brand-new Ralph Lauren pendants add the warmth that this space needed. 

Main bedroom

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

We designed a new fireplace surround and brightened the finishes in this space. 

The once dated furniture was exchanged for transitional furniture – with clean lines and sophisticated colors a must.

Main bathroom

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

We freshened up the bathroom with a beautiful white marble, a freestanding tub, and a new off white vanity. 

This room desperately needed an element of sparkle and intrigue, so we added in mirrors and statement lighting. 

Powder room

Utah home

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This was the room that started the whole remodel. The husband didn’t like the wallpaper and thought the whole scheme look dated. 

Taking this in to consideration, we updated the wallpaper, vanity, lighting, and tiles – in keeping with the contemporary finishes we used elsewhere.

Mud room / laundry room

Utah home

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Functionality was the driving force behind this redesign, so with this in mind, we updated all the cabinetry to ensure if was not only stylish, but practical, too. 

Our favorite detail is the mesh drying racks for sweaters and delicates.

Playroom

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

Utah home

(Image credit: Nicole Hill Gerulat)

We knocked down the wall between the dining nook and the former guest bedroom, to create a playroom for the children to hang out in. 

It’s perfect because of the quick access to the kitchen – so the adults can keep an eye on the children while dinner cooks.

A color is a defining factor in this space, as well as storage, and we think we've nailed both. 

Photography / Nicole Hill Gerulat

Interior designer / Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design