From the exterior, this single-story 3,000-square-foot home may look like an ordinary Salt Lake City residence, but walk through the doors and experience an airy beach-side dream home. The bright and breezy interiors, inspired by the homeowners' California coastal roots and Nantucket beach homes, came to fruition through the expert styling of Utah-based interior designer Caitlin Creer. And, now she leads us on a virtual house tour of the amazingly serene and family-friendly spaces.
Although her clients definitely wanted to bring coastal style to their landlocked home, there was no concrete inspiration, says Creer. "We wanted to give the interiors personality but didn't want it to be such a focal point that it overwhelmed the architecture," she adds. From the textured wall in the master bedroom to all the trim work seen throughout the house, the subtle architectural details, which was constructed by Tiek Built Homes, made a statement that Creer was not willing to sacrifice by using bold design. Instead, she kept with a color palette of fresh greens and watery blues with pops of fun warm colors in the children's rooms. She also styled the rooms with family-friendly furniture, like a kitchen bench stool that could fit three children instead of individual bar stools, which wouldn't suit the space.
And because the house was of modest size, one of Creer's harder goals was to create more storage space. In fact, a lot shelving was built in the hallways and hidden areas so "you didn't have to see things you didn't want to see," says Creer. "In terms of aesthetic, we wanted it to be really simple and clean, and we wanted to meet our needs in terms of function space." Additionally, Creer had custom furniture made to perfectly fit within nooks and tight areas. Although this may be expensive to do, it's a perfect way to make the most out of small spaces.
In the end, Creer designed the home in what she calls "New Traditional" or "Young Traditional" -- a style that slightly modernizes classic decor with "a more modern color palette, really crisp and clean colors and designs, and enough detail but not too much," she explains. Basically, it's ornate classical style pared back. What's the easiest way to get this look? Use unpredictable touches that make things a little more modern. It really is the simple things.
To see how Creer created a Nantucket-inspired dream home for a young family, flip through the slideshow below. And, for more photos, visit her blog. Is beach-side your style? Let us know in the comments!