At its core, home is a place where memories are made. These are the places where our little ones grow up, where they find their center again after a long day, where family and friends gather for holidays and celebrations.
Such is the case with this home in Salt Lake City, much loved by its owners, a former Atlanta Falcons football player and his college sweetheart. Completed in 2015, the new building now hosts the couple’s four adult children and grandchildren, and is a joyful family gathering place. Also home are her two Goldendoodles named Gus and Rosie, and her four backyard chickens: Pluma, Henrietta, Fluffy, and Eleanor.
The home first began construction in 2011, including the removal of the existing residence on the site, and went through several construction phases until it was finally completed. Designer Hilary Taylor and architect John Jean, president of Hilary Taylor Interiors, brought the homeowner’s vision to life, but the visuals were a little different at the time.
It was all wrapped in neutral colors, with no pops of color at all. But that all changed when homeowner Chandra Bergeson brought back Taylor to punch up the overall color scheme, and the refreshed decor was installed in August 2022.
While maintaining an atmosphere that is, as Bergeson puts it, “glamorous and comfortable,” Taylor says the designer has now gravitated toward what the designer calls “quite restrained neutrals” from the original palette.
“I think our clients sometimes feel constrained when they move into a new home,” Taylor reflects. “Living in a brand new home can seem like a big deal, but when we build a home for the first time, our clients often think about life in a more modest or subdued way.”
But Taylor said after living in the house for a few years, Bergeson was ready to make choices that suited her personality and no longer felt the need to be neutral. Bergeson also drew inspiration from the Rose Medallions and Famille His Rose Chinese porcelain pieces that he collected over the years. The pinks, greens, yellows, and blues of the pieces served as inspiration for the designer’s entire home.
That’s when they started thinking about ways to add color throughout the house. All of this was accomplished without removing a single existing item. Calling this an “additive” process, Taylor says he did not change any hard finishes or reconfigure the space.
“I added layers,” she says. “This was very complex in that we respected the fabrics that were originally there and layered them in a very intentional way. We added custom wallpaper, window treatments, rugs, furniture, and art. ”
Taylor added, “We believe we were able to help our client get what they wanted, where they wanted it, and unlock the joy of decorating.”
Bergeson says she’s a “product of the ’80s” and loves colors that just make her feel happy. she says: She says, “I needed to start feeling a little more neutral. Now I love taking risks with color.”
Taylor describes the home’s art as an “exclamation point.” The bold colors contrast beautifully with the traditional, antique visuals. Aiming for pieces with movement, color and energy, Taylor specifically points to the entry’s oversized pink textile piece by Ethan Cooke as an example. Then, in the living room, there is an abstract painting by Holly Coulis. “The colors are very vibrant and bright,” says Taylor.
This home’s media room isn’t shy either. Taylor says this room above the garage needed the most love.
“When the homeowners moved in eight years ago, it was kind of a bonus space with a big drop-down screen,” Taylor says. “There was flexibility, but the decor was minimal. When the client asked me to inject color throughout the house, she told me how important it was because the media room would be used every night. She asked me to think seriously about the space first, and we did our best to make it great.”
Today, homeowners can watch sports, movies, and Netflix here, looking out over 600 yards of lush fabric-covered walls, creating a treehouse-like space.
Although modern colors are sprinkled throughout the home, architect John Jean says their original approach was always to “replicate a home that has evolved over generations.” I’ll tell you.
Its traditional feel is expressed through antiques, including 19th century antiques.th– The dining room has a 20th century Franco-Norman clock, the family room has a Chippendale sofa, and the living room has an Eleanor Roosevelt Empire side chair.
The icing on top of this colorful cake is what Bergeson calls “the light and flow of the house,” and she especially loves all the windows and French doors.
“I love natural light and the outdoors and spend most of my day outside,” she says. “When you walk through the main floor, the outside is part of every room.” Chan says natural light was a top priority when designing this home, and it shows.
Many years after its completion, the house is now home to many family members, including Sunday dinners where the homeowners entertain their four children, one son-in-law, two grandchildren, lovers, children’s friends, and relatives. It functions as the headquarters for the gathering. family. Holidays such as the Super Bowl, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas are also scheduled.
Children come and go so often that no one is far from this comforting and energizing nest.
A house styled by Francis Bailey.
Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer specializing in interiors, home tours, wellness, travel, vintage, and feel-good stories for national publications. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, when she’s not writing, she can be found running local trails, shopping at flea markets, or going for walks with her husband and Corgi.