Designer Tip: Deer Crest Manor

I truly appreciated receiving the Judge's Choice Award for our client's home showcased in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes in June.  One of the judges was amazed at how together, with Raykon Construction, we created such a stunning home on a reasonable budget. I'm going to share a few of my designer tips gleaned from this house.

In the office the client opted for a masculine vibe. The homeowner already owned hundreds of collected books and some art for this space, so we added a few inexpensive accessories and a well-priced coffee table to balance the more expensive upholstery. The majority of the budget in this space was spent on this amazing sofa (a medium price point) and the rug.  

This giant cozy chair/chaise was a splurge. Its size really dictated the larger price tag.  Although as far as upholstery goes, the line of furniture is still a middle-grade line. We controlled the budget by using some of the client's existing furniture in other areas of the house and using inexpensive side tables and lamps.

The entry, great room and kitchen were the focus of the budget in this Alpine estate home. Finding a rug large enough for this space and still within our budget was a challenge, so we opted for this bound rug. Splurges in this space were the sectional, leather-tufted ottoman and the lamps. Those lamps weren't on the cheap side, but the dark shades were worth creating the perfect pop to offset the light walls and create some separation. We saved on the dining room light and used that savings in the great room light. The kitchen lights were also a bit of a splurge, however we saved in other lighting areas of the home.  

We mixed in just a couple of high-end accessories with cheap, local finds. The gold-rimmed plates add a touch of elegance but were a bargain.

It was such a joy working on this project with both a fantastic client and builder. Together we found the few areas to splurge that made the most impact in the home. It's a comfortable space and shows nicely, although staying in budget was the real win.

Liv with intent,



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