Designer Andrea West teams with influencer Cara Loren to transform the style-setter’s Kaysville basement from unfinished to fabulous.

Interior designer Andrea West, principal of Andrea West Designs with client Cara Loren in her Kaysville home’s recently finished basement.



“I always begin with the kitchen; it sets the tone for the rest of the home,” West says. Loren rejected the idea of a typical kitchen from the get-go. “I wanted to take risks and do something that was different from what you might normally see,” she explains.

The duo pulled inspiration from Loren’s travels and personal style as West cleverly integrated elements that visually enlarged the small space, created contrast and mixed materials to form an engaging design.

  • The island’s bold waterfall design accentuates the rich veining of its broad Nouveau Calacatta Quartz countertop.
  • Dark navy, handmade subway tiles clad the backsplash, adding contrast and providing  a soft, matte finish. A quartz slab extends to the ceiling, boldly breaking the span of dark tiles.
  • “Gold-and-glass open shelves are cutting edge yet timeless,” explains West. The shelves provide storage and display space without adding the bulk of upper cabinets.
  • Patterned tile faces the island’s back, delivering a head-turning detail inspired by a similar bar Loren admired while traveling.
  • Antique brass pendants by Thomas O’Brien illuminate the island. “I used their large scale to balance similarly scaled items in the neighboring family room,” West says.
  • A light gray stain warms the lower cabinets and allows the wood grain to show through.
  • A herringbone-patterned floor of wide, wood-look tile adds texture and visual movement, as well as easy maintenance.
  • Mixed metals, from chic gold-and-leather barstools to stainless appliances and brass pendants make the room feel collected and personal. “It reflects Cara’s fashion style,” West says.

Photos by Nicole Gerulat

See more of Cara Loren’s basement remodel here! 

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Brad Mee is the Editor-in-Chief of Utah Style & Design Magazine.