Dream homes come in all shapes and sizes, and for 's most recent client — a family of 8, whose patriarch found his fortune in the home security business — sweet dreams are made of these: 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a massage room, fitness room, sauna and steam room, golf simulator, billiards room, a pool with a waterslide and splash pad, separate men's and women's dressing rooms, and a fire pit built into the landscape.
On the exterior, the house, located in the gated Berkshires community of Orem, Utah, reads like an all-American Hamptons estate, notes Jessica Bennett, design principal at. White trim, copper gutters and chimney pots, and cedar shakes dipped in a natural gray stain all nod to the home's coastal aesthetic and its waterside locale, on the eastern shore of .
But the quiet sophistication of the 22,000-square-foot home really hits you the moment you enter through its white oak front doors. Here, Alice Lane Home's magical attention to detail truly shines, and the story of a home that took three years to design begins to take shape.
"The homeowner had this aunt that he really loved and looked up to, and she had a black and white checkered entry, she wore fake eyelashes and he just thought she was so beautiful. In his mind, the sophistication of his aunt was this black and white moment," Bennett explains.
To give the interior a more contemporary look, however, theteam designed a custom pattern and had it cut from marble. A shot of peacock in the roped stool brings in the blue you'd typically encounter inside a coastal-themed home.
The colors chosen for the entry actually helped inform the color scheme throughout the rest of the house, Bennett says. "It seemed like we shouldn't just have that happen once, but we should weave that black and white thread throughout the entire landscape of the home."
Right off of the entry, for instance, a powder room is also sheathed in black. And while gilded accents — including a Suzanne Kasler-designed, glass fringe chandelier — and a bit of natural light keep the space from feeling too dark, "black is the new black," Bennett jokes, likening the room, with its black and bronze Lily wallpaper from , to a pocket square.
In contrast, the airy, open-plan kitchen feels less like an accessory, though certainly no less of a showpiece within the home. Its marble and Caesarstone-clad double islands — a prep island and a serving space — demonstrate Alice Lane Home's keen ability to marry form and function to stunning effect. Pendant fixtures by for Visual Comfort elevate the otherwise utilitarian space (this is, after all, a home that serves six kids and two adults) with a hint of gold peeking out from under each shade.
From the kitchen to the formal living room to the master suite, located on its own half floor, it's clear that Alice Lane Home had good architecture on their side. "They thought of everything, including an elevator," Bennett says of her dream home counterparts at Salt Lake City-based Think Architecture. Still, she has no doubts about what make this project truly stand out: "The style of the home is this transitional contemporary fit into a Hamptons shell...but the furnishings really stick the landing, and push it out of that All-American expectation."
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There's no shortage of light in the breakfast nook just off of the kitchen. A three-tiered from Oly Studio resembles an inverted wedding cake and illuminates the space even more.
Handles on the dining chairs by are as practical as it gets. Velvet backs keep the look luxe, while leather seats add a layer of protection against spills.
Glass and mother-of-pearl tile from cover the walls in a second powder room, and play off of the geometric stone flooring. Coastal sisal wallpaper from warms up the space.
With ample seating for 14, a custom zebrawood table anchors the dining room. Overhead, a silver-leafed barrel-vault ceiling and burnished silver leaf pendants by strike a subtle shimmery note.
Utilizing the home's turret-style architecture off of the formal living room, Bennett gave the family's grand piano a room of its own. A Petite Pentagone chandelier from keeps the look from leaning too classical. "They feel like pick-up sticks; they give you some edge," Bennett says.
A mohair headboard in the master bedroom pulls in one of the homeowner's favorite colors — lavender — which Bennett notes can be as masculine and regal as its more vibrant relative purple. The hoofed is by Oly Studio.
A freestanding tub in the master bathroom floats on a marble-clad platform, while a Ralph Lauren chandelier and a mirror with smoked-glass trim from bounce light around the room.
Tucked into the master suite, a home office maximizes space with a his-and-hers desk and chairs upholstered in a purple fabric to tie in with the lavender bedroom next door. A two-sided fireplace and grasscloth wallcovering applied onto the ceilings accentuate the room's coziness.
Smoke stack-inspired hood ranges are a centerpiece in the snack bar downstairs, where family members and guests can grab nostalgic treats like popcorn and Slush Puppies.