casa leggera part a… the great room and kitchen

March 29, 2019

St George Parade of Homes, Casa Leggera

Our first priority for this project was deference to the site and the view.   The home is situated on an elevated spot among black lava with unobstructed views of Snow Canyon – red rock mountains and white sandstone peaks.  Kim Talbot, the project architect, helped us plan the glazing and building massing to accomplish this first goal- and keep in compliance with the strict building restrictions of the area.  We decided to go as contemporary as possible given the site, the local building vernacular, and the simplicity required for a sanctuary/second home.  I worked alongside Calli Wade – a whip smart Kelly Wearstler alum- and Chad Boyce of  Split Rock Custom HomesKent Bylund and Sim Schwobe worked to create a landscape plan and siting equally peaceful and grounded in the lava flow.  Can you be peaceful while sitting in lava?  😉  You definitely can here…

All photos by Nathan Schroder Photography


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From a decorating standpoint, we kept color schemes as neutral and white as possible to let the strong colors of the red rock, black lava and white sandstone to take center stage.  Nothing competes.  White is everywhere in every shade- but also in every texture to keep it interesting and warm.  We used the same French limestone flooring inside as outside to keep the focus drawn outside.   It’s also a lovely texture with definitive quirks and imperfections- so organically pretty.

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Entry space with texas leuders limestone cladding.  The mirror is antique, sconces from Julie Neill, the rug is from Marc Phillips.

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The fireplace surround is polished concrete- and the cerused white oak paneling conceals a TV.  Joe Pinegar from Premier Woodworking and Design and Aaron Mayer at Vision Electronics created this system together- it works !  And it conceals!

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Custom burlwood parsons side table by Scott Shiba of Mokuzai Designs in Salt Lake City.


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The console behind the sofa is custom from Laurel 10.  The daybed is from Stellarworks.  Italia Granite and Intermountain Stone created the Carrera marble coffee table.  Art by William Mclure.

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The kitchen is a contiguous space to the great room- handmade tile clads the walls for a little sparkle.  The plaster hood is the same material on all the ceilings and walls of the home.  It’s hard to balance enormous windows (and resulting ceilings) that yield a cavernous space.  The plaster balances and warms the spaces throughout.  As the light changes throughout the day, the plaster takes on a unique look each hour as well.  Plaster lanterns from Julie Neill.

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Lots of light.  We used transoms, floor to ceiling windows, and skylights to bring brightness to every corner.  It’s a house of light:)  Casa Leggera!

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Looking toward the secondary sink and dishwasher.  Lots of great kitchen accessories from Mark Sikes for Blue Pheasant, Frances Palmer, and Hudson Grace SF.  The more handmade texture the better- it brings personality and imperfection– and more warmth!

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Looking toward the pantry.

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I’ll share more of this project next month!






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