I thought I’d do something a little different today. We’ve been focused on the really big parts of our open concept renovation. “Cabinets this day… lay flooring like this… paint all the walls… build a half wall…” etc. But we haven’t really talked about the design of it.
What’s our flavor?
I feel like our house used to be a collage of different colors and designs all over the place. Not much “flow.” We’re trying to think of our house as a whole, and not each room individually. But that has evolved into tying in the design to our surroundings. Aka, what’s outside the door.
There are so many styles of design to love. There’s Hollywood Lux, East Coast Beachy, Asian Zen, Tropical Bamboo, Southern Cottage, and so on. I decided I really needed to tap into the inspiration all around me in Salt Lake City. When I said “Rustic Utah” this horrific image flashed in everyone’s mind:
To everyone’s relief, I had some different, and more up-to-date ideas on how to incorporate some Utah Design into our lives.
The name of our granite counter tops is “Pebble Beach.” Outside our front door are the most gorgeous Wasatch Mountains. They are beautiful, and part of our every day lives. If you are a Utahn, you have a weird attachment to the Wasatch Mountains. There’s a granite quarry in these mountains 20 minutes from our house, where all the granite was pulled for the Salt Lake Temple, probably the most iconic building in Salt Lake.
We wanted our granite to be a color and pattern native to our area. It’s pretty dead on!
To the West of our house, the view from our backyard is the Oquirrh Mountains. They are a little smaller in height than the Wasatch, but they are home to the Copper Mine, the largest open pit mine in the world. The Oquirrh Mountains inspired us to incorporate copper accents into the picture.
The State Motto of Utah is “Industry,” so having industrial elements was a must. Mixed metals, woods, and leather. It needed just a sprinkle of tribal to touch on Utah’s Native American history. And that’s how we came up with our Rustic Utah design!
What do you think? Is it tacky to decorate based on your surroundings? Or do you think it helps tie the inside and the outside together?