French Revival Project: Starting to Take Shape

Our last French Revival Project post left off with the first wall being placed, so this week we thought we'd share more of the framework going up and how this fabulous home really started taking shape.

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More walls going in and rooms being created! Notice the columns ready and waiting to do their job? While we travel to the building site often to check on the progress, we are always amazed and excited about each new bit of framework that totally defines what was once an empty space.

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One of our favorite architectural elements include these majestic high peaks, solid square columns, and what will eventually be a custom-made double iron door. The front entrance of this dreamy French home will be nothing short of grand.

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These massive beams were artistically created by the homeowner and then incorporated into the design of our French Revival Project. They are both bold and beautiful, and they make the perfect statement in this soon-to-be gorgeous and spacious gathering place.

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And finally, the extra large garage is now fully framed and looking fabulous! The dramatic roof-line and curved dormers offer the perfect aesthetic view. Additionally, the arched garage entrances add just enough charm to keep it all balanced and interesting.

Next week we'll share some of the fun and unique details that will be part of French Revival, so don't forget to check back soon!

Kitchens: White or Warm?

I think we can all agree that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. And whether it's time for a total kitchen re-do or you are starting from scratch, picking a style is crucial! We always ask our fabulous clients what they picture when it comes to the perfect kitchen, and, just as you might have imagined, everyone's answer is different!

There are so many amazing options and details that allow you to make your kitchen really feel like your own. While we try to help guide you making some of the big decisions, we want you to love your kitchen when all is said and done.

So, just for fun, if you were to pick out a dream kitchen right this very minute, what would you choose? Would you lean more toward the ever classic yet trendy white kitchen, or do you want a little more warmth and color? We've put together a few of our favorite looks below, so tell us what you decide!


We love how this traditional white kitchen from Martha O'Hara Interiors feels so bright and cheery. And to top it off, we just can't get over the gorgeousness of the island pendants, as well as the beautiful cabinets and the fun crisscross detail and glass on the doors. So dreamy!


If white just feels to stark to you, we suggest considering a subtle French gray like these amazing cabinets from Heidi Piron. The soft color still provides a bright space in your home, and offers a little more depth than classic white cabinetry. And these brass pulls are to do die for, we might add!


If you are feeling bold but still want to keep things neutral, a deep navy may be what you are looking for. Navy is definitely the "new" (or has it always been?) neutral. These Kitchen Craft cabinets happen to be paired with the perfect backsplash and appliances, making the space feel balanced and inviting.


If you are trying to keep things neutral, another beautiful option is taupe or beige! The softness of these beautiful, warm-colored cabinets featured on Style Me Pretty brings in a touch of elegance, and will remain timeless.  over the years.

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And finally, what is more warm than this amazing space from House and Home? These walnut cabinets are just stunning and instantly make you feel right at home.

We can't decide which option is our favorite. Can you?

French Revival Project: The Beginning

We've been working on an amazing project for quite some time now, and we are beyond thrilled to start sharing all of the fun details! It makes the most sense to start from the very beginning with how the project came to be and the driving forces behind it. With that being said, here is our "French Revival" in all its glory:

Nearly 2 years ago, our great friends and amazing clients approached us with what can only be described as a French architectural dream. Working with them and their fabulous architect Mike Upwall of Salt Lake City, UT has been both rewarding and fun. While we could go on and on (and on!) about how lovely this whole project has been, we think the pictures do a pretty great job telling the story.

Now, let's start from the beginning . . .

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As with any home, a hole was dug and footings poured. At this point, the columns then began to take shape. The column supports were done very early in the process which was necessary structurally.

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Another great shot and even more columns going in. (And all of them will be absolutely gorgeous!)

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Once the columns were in place, framing could commence. With the first walls up, the French Revival Project really started to feel like a reality!

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And finally, just a sneak peak at one of the hundreds of beautiful details that will make this home truly magnificent. The soft curved walls and stately turrets (that you'll get to see soon!) really just take our breath away! 

Next week we'll share more of our favorite pictures and the next stages for this fun project, so make sure to stop by! 


Bring in the Blue

When you need a change in scenery at home or in the office, we have one great suggestion:  bring in the blue! We can't get enough of blue and its many variations, and we just love how the right shade can brighten any room yet still feel neutral.

Whether you want blue walls or simply want to add some pops of blue with accessories and fun accents is totally up to you. We love it all and are excited to share some of our favorite uses of blue in order to help you figure out what it is you really want!


This fun buffalo check throw from Nantucket Looms adds a pop of blue to this beautiful living room without feeling overwhelming. Blues are always complementary when paired with other cool tones.


Blue pillows are such an easy way to add color to any space! This darling tassle pillow from Serena & Lily adds so much character to what would otherwise be a very plain and somber sofa.

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For an instant change in the look and feel of a room, try adding a blue rug! This Ashley Blue rug from Jaipur is one of our favorites as it adds a sense of beauty and warmth in an effortless way.


In a neutral kitchen, blue bar stools add the perfect pop of color! These bright blue upholstered stools from Wayfair are trendy, stylish, and easy to love.


Painting definitely makes updating the interior of your home a little more of a "process," so we suggest starting small. Painting a blue door like this beauty from Canadian Log Homes, is unbelievably refreshing and definitely feels less daunting than painting an entire room. However . . .

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If you are in the painting mood, there are soft, subtle blues like Sherwin Williams Sleepy Blue that immediately offers a soothing feeling upon entering the room. Or if you want a rich, dark blue, we love the look of Sherwin Williams Naval.

So many choices, and so many beautiful options when it comes to blue!

We're Hiring!

As an interior design firm, we've been so lucky when it comes to our clients. We really do have the very best clients in the world! Serving you has definitely been our pleasure, and we certainly cherish the many friendships we've made over the years.


With that being said, we are ready to hire another designer who will help us to keep our current pace. We are so excited to add another creative design associate to our team! We've decided to list our official job posting here, as well as on all of our other social media platforms.

If the following applies to you, please contact us! Any inquiries can be sent to


Established interior design firm looking for a creative, fun, and dynamic part-time design associate to join our team! Position includes overseeing projects, communicating with vendors, sourcing furniture/accessories, placing orders, meeting with clients, and more. Job is hourly + commission (DOE) and around 20 hours per week.

Some required qualifications include:

  • BS or BA in Interior Design (though design students w/experience may be considered)
  • Must be able to work well under pressure and prioritize multiple projects
  • Work as part of a team and demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • Self-manage and demonstrate a high level of professional maturity
  • Demonstrate creative abilities and problem-solving skills
  • Have strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills

Design by Inspiration

When it comes to designing your home, making choices and deciding what you want may seem intimidating and scary, but it doesn't have to be! As we begin sharing our favorite design ideas here on our *BRAND NEW* Oviatt Design Group blog, whether its about finding a timeless furniture piece or how to arrange throw pillows, we want you to know that design is all about discovering what you truly love.


There are always popular trends that make it feel like you have to go one way or the other, and while that works for some it doesn't mean it works for everyone. Design should be based on what inspires you! It's our hope to provide you with the inspiration you've been searching for when it comes to making decisions that make you feel confident and happy, not scared.

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With that being said, we are so excited to start this new venture and share the design inspirations that we love!