Rustic Utah Design

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 daylay flooring like this paint all the wallsbuild 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.

Wasatch Mountains

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:

Rustic Utah

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.

Wasatch Mountains

Temple Quarry

Salt Lake Temple

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.

Oquirrh Mountains

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!

Rustic Utah Mood Board


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?

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  • Cassie Bustamante

    i need that deer head in my life. he told me his name is henry and he wants to live with me.

    • Kenz

      hahaha Cassie! I love you! Isn’t that deer head great?! And my favorite part… the etsy shop IS in Utah. Go figure 🙂

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    You and I have talked about this, and you know I love it. Cabinish- with a touch a utah flare.

    • Kenz

      I love me some cabins!

  • I was a little worried when I saw that first picture. I was all, “oh, Kenz…maybe you should wait until after you’re done being pregnant to nail down a style; the hormones don’t seem to be helping your design sense!” ;). I’m very relieved about the real Rustic Utah….love it!

    • Kenz

      hahahaha oh pregnancy brain. I would be lying if I said I haven’t had some pretty outrageous ideas thus far. But luckily Aaron has been able to talk me out of those “bad choices”

  • No, I don’t think it’s tacky at all!! I think it’s great and provides an easier transition from the outside to the inside of your home. I really like the little bits of tribal that you plan on incorporating.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Kelly! I like it too, because it makes the view outside the window just as much part of the design. It just wouldn’t make much sense to see the mountains out the window and have a ying yang on the wall lol. 🙂

  • I don’t think it’s tacky at all! Your mood board is gorgeous, by the way. We’re going to be couch twins soon – YAY!!! 😀

    • Kenz

      I wish my chesterfield had as good a back story as yours! I still swoon over your loft. It’s one of my favorite spaces I’ve ever seen.

  • andrea @

    LOVE IT! I so look forward to having a house to incorporate copper! =)

    • Kenz

      Andrea, you’re a girl after my heart. SO MUCH COPPER!

  • Nick

    This mood board is pretty much directly on point with what I like. You killed it Burton.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Nick. I think that means you’re a Utahn at heart.

  • Tracie

    I love the idea of using your surroundings to inspire your home. and you have done such a great job of it. Your mood board is wonderful. Can’t wait to see the final kitchen/living area reveal!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Tracie! I’m so excited to see it all in place. We are getting so close to the end of it!

  • Ashley

    I think it’s a pretty great idea! However, we just moved to New Mexico, and while I like some Southwest style, I don’t love ALL of it… So I don’t know!

    • Kenz

      I know what you mean! Some southwest-y stuff can be really… pink/teal/and cow-head-y. BUT, have you seen Vintage Revivals’ take on Southwest? it’s pretty killer!

  • Bethany Kline

    I love it, are you getting that couch?!

    • Kenz

      You know it! It’s sitting in a big box in the middle of the front room. I am DYING to open it. But Aaron made me promise we wouldn’t start opening our furniture until 100% of the construction was done. Boo hiss!

  • eranfaraway

    I want a chesterfield sofa too, but want the natural leather instead of the dyed leather look. I love the lamp you chose!

    • Kenz

      Oh girl, I hear ya! I would love a real leather couch. Maybe one day when we are rich I’ll spend the big bucks on a real aged leather couch from Restoration Hardware. And thanks on the lamp, it’s fun. I hope that when we start unpacking things that it fits well in the space!

  • girlwithgreenbanana

    Love it. When I have a house I will hire you. To decorate I mean.

    • Kenz

      Oh girlwithgreenbanana, you know I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Oh a Chesterfield…yes please! I’m so jealous, because I really want one too!
    Love your take on rustic Utah!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Julia! You can come sit on my chesterfield any time you like!

  • PersiaLou

    Love it!

    • Kenz

      Thanks PersiaLou!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    I love that mood board. It’s fantastic. Go Rustic Utah!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! Utah reppin!

  • Great mood board, Kenz! Where is that light fixture from? I want!

    No, I don’t think it’s tacky to decorate based on your surroundings at all! It’s actually quite common where I live – “West Coast” style is unmistakeable.

    I have to say, I’m pretty sure that I had that blanket when I was a teenager. I bought it at a rodeo and kept it in the back of my car for picnics. If wishes were horses, I’d have a Hudson’s Bay blanket in my living room (soooo Canadian), but they’re quite pricey now that old-school-has-become-the-new-school.

    • Kenz

      Isn’t that light fixture great? Amazon! K, I LOVE Hudson Bay blankets. But I hear ya on the price tag. Not very budget friendly. But soooo beautiful.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Absolutely gorgeous mood board. You know i love me a good Chesterfield sofa any day of the week. We have had ours for 15 years and I still love them! Utah rustic rocks!!!

    • Kenz

      There is something absolutely SO classic about Chesterfield sofas. Timeless!

  • Tonya Lou

    *sigh.* That blue, blue Utah sky…I miss it so.

    Love the copper, the industrial, the Chesterfield, the everything! When you crack open that sofa, please share if it’s comfy! Hubby and I have been looking for one that’s affordable!

    • Kenz

      I will definitely let you know! Isn’t it a great deal?!

  • Heidi

    That’s the new couch?? I love it!! Let’s take it out of the box NOW! and I love that copper deer head. Please tell me that’s really happening?

    • Kenz

      YES! That’s the new couch! I want to take it out of the box sooo bad. And you bet your bottom that deer head is happening. We just need to figure out where to put it. Maybe the stairs wall?

  • I reeeeeeeally like this! And I’m especially digging the light fixture.

    • Kenz

      Thanks!!! I’m so so so excited to get it out of the box and hang it above the table. It will be wonderful!