“The minute we saw the tennis court, we were sold,” Coco Petersen says. She and her husband Ryan were hunting for a new family home in Holladay when they came upon the large, tree-shaded property. “Before committing, we thought we should probably look at the house too,” Coco adds with a laugh. What they discovered was a traditional, 30-year-old residence defined by a red-brick exterior, arched windows, a grand “Gone-with-the-Wind” entry, a segmented floor plan and an outdated décor. Beneath it all, the couple recognized the house’s “good bones” and pondered its potential to become a forever home for their large, active family. “We loved the lot but wondered how to make this house work for us,” Ryan recalls. The couple recruited designer Anne-Marie Barton to evaluate the estate and assess its possibilities.

Open living room in this holladay forever home.
“The materials are all about texture and tradition,” says designer Anne-Marie Barton, describing the open living room, where she fronted the fireplace’s white oak back wall with a handsome limestone mantle. Above, frameless art by Jill Barton conceals a TV. Layered rugs, light-toned woods, Verellen leather lounge chairs and a cozy sectional foster the room’s casual-yet-chic style. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
This holladay forever home features a curated gallery.
“This art wall may be my favorite thing in our home,” says homeowner Coco Petersen. Barton fashioned custom hooks to hang the curated gallery on a wall she designed with extra-deep molding detail. Art by Jill Barton, Alex Gerrard, Zoe Maks and Russell Chatham. Photo by Scot Zimmerman

“The property did the talking,” says Barton, referencing the creekside site, its mature trees and must-have tennis court. “It was a done deal.” The designer also discerned promise in the house—its steeply pitched rooflines, gracious ceiling heights and sprawling main level. “I was asked to discuss a partial redo, but that quickly grew into a complete remodel including both the interior and exterior,” she explains. Collaborating closely with the Petersens, Barton and her associate Wendy Smith teamed with contractor Jackson & LeRoy and Highland Group Architecture to reimagine and renew the family home. 

Holladay Forever Home.
Large round mirrors flank the entry’s white-oak French double doors. Antique glass allows natural light to flood the space while providing a sense of privacy in the welcoming space. The chandelier is from Visual Comfort; the chairs are from McGuire and the large console was custom designed by Barton. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Holladay Forever Home.
A charming reading area occupies a nook beneath the entry’s new, squared-off staircase customized with iron balusters and surprisingly rounded newels. White oak floors warm the entry space, and their chevron pattern adds movement and fosters a relaxed ambiance. Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Today, the cedar-shingled, painted-brick home’s squared-off windows, exterior shutters, diamond mullions and limestone accents convey a fresh, European flavor that’s both welcoming and timeless. The house retained a stately presence, but any sense of formality ends at the entry’s white-oak French doors. Beyond the threshold, an open, light-filled interior draws visitors into family-friendly spaces brimming with clean-lined, casual charm. “The overall design signals traditional, but the modern nature of the elements and their execution creates a fresh, traditional style that’s informal and intimate,” Barton explains. 

The Petersens savor Barton’s attention to detail—a rubbed brass door handle here, a masterfully curated art wall there—as well as her rejection of all things fussy or fancy. “We’re a large and messy crew that lives casually and comfortably,” Coco explains. Barton embraced the family’s relaxed lifestyle and simple-style preferences while elevating the home’s look and livability at every turn. Beautiful white-oak floors, for example, suit the active household. “Their light natural tone and wire-brushed finish is perfect for kids and pets,” the designer says. Open marble shelves provide big style and easy-to-reach storage in the kitchen, a plush sectional delivers informal seating to the inviting living room and a small breakfast table offers a secondary spot to dine in the keeping room. 

Holladay Forever Home.
The kitchen’s double islands open to a dining area illuminated by a shaded light fixture by Urban Electric. The quartzite-topped prep island features a butcher block end, uniquely designed with a brass-plated opening that allows the chef to sweep crumbs into a concealed trash bin below. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Holladay Forever Home.
An expansive Mont Blanc quartzite slab clads the kitchen’s back wall, where open marble shelves and Barton’s custom brass hood fabricated by Bradshaw Design create a compelling focal point in the open space. The designer mixed wood and painted finishes to foster the room’s timeless, at-ease ambiance. She also selected detailed countertop edges to further the its fresh, traditional style. The countertop stone is from European Marble & Granite, the appliances are from Mountain Land Design and the cabinets were crafted by Craftsman Kitchens. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Holladay Forever Home.
Ceiling beams and tall windows were added to the keeping room, where loads of light, cheerful hues and laid-back furnishings lure family members from the adjacent kitchen area. “This is one of my favorite spaces,” says contractor Jeremy Jackson. “It’s a great spot to relax, read a book or just enjoy the view of the creek as it winds its way through the backyard.” The drapery fabric is by Rose Tarlow; furnishings are by Verellen. Photo by Scot Zimmerman

A newly opened floor plan similarly serves the Petersen clan. “The original floor plan was very traditional in nature with many smaller, broken-up spaces,” recalls Jeremy Jackson, principal of Jackson & LeRoy. The team opened the main-level spaces, allowing the living, dining, kitchen and keeping room areas to flow freely into each other. “We needed to create a family communal environment,” explains Barton, who designed a stunning kitchen to anchor the open spaces. “This new central kitchen is now the heart of the home,” Jackson says. Memorable features make the space as practical as it is pretty: handsome double islands supply work space and ease traffic flow, beautifully painted cabinetry melds integrated appliances with a built-in hutch and buffet and a large quartzite slab backs a custom range hood. “The all-brass hood was a must,” Barton says. “Its shape is modern, but the material is more traditional.” 

Holladay Forever Home.
Michael Berman brass faucets and reeded drawers and doors deliver fresh style to bespoke vanities in the master bathroom. Cabinet by Craftsman Kitchens; the countertop is from European Marble & Stone. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Holladay Forever Home.
The team opened the master bathroom’s compartmentalized floor plan to create a generous flow and enlarged windows to flood the space with light and garden views. Wood flooring further’s the room’s appeal. “They are the number-one way to warm a bathroom,” Barton says. Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Barton also added architectural details and layered engaging materials to help ground the light and airy spaces with a sense of history and substance. These range from paneled walls and built-in bookcases, to chamfered beams, natural brass hardware and a limestone mantle—all choreographed to deliver scale, dimension and a feel of polish to the décor. 

“Mirrors can deliver surprise,” says Barton, who cleverly chose a trio of hexagon-shaped mirrors to hang on a wall covered in similarly shaped tiles. Cabinets by Craftsman Kitchens; countertop, European Marble & Granite; Michael Berman brass faucets, House of Rohl. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Holladay Forever Home.
Storage-rich cabinetry and open bookshelves frame an extra-deep window seat in the girls’ bedroom. “I wanted it large enough to relax and even nap on,” Barton says. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Art by Utah artist Zoe Maks creates a playful focal point in the girls’ charming bedroom. Barton fashioned a sweet palette of soft pinks and creams to dress the space, and she layered rugs and plush fabrics to create its luxurious, chic style. Photo by Scot Zimmerman

A feather-light palette delivers accents of color that move freely from space to space without detracting from the interior’s sense of calm. Cool blues and greens in the entry, for example, harmonize with sunny gold-and-fawn-toned draperies and pillows in the keeping room. Upstairs, chalky pinks and warm creams charm a girl’s chirpy bedroom. “I knew this house wouldn’t be a sanctuary environment,” Barton says. “There would be soccer equipment and busy living here, so I added color.” Walls painted cream with a hint of gray bring it all together. “The color is both cool and warm,” the designer says. 

The team raised and leveled the library’s original sunken floor, so Barton devised floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to make the room look and feel taller. A new leaded glass window fills the room with light. The sconces are from David Iatesta, and the rug is from Designer Carpets. Photo by Scot Zimmerman
Holladay Forever Home.
“A great sized lot with mature trees and a tennis court that also backs up to Cottonwood Creek: it was exactly what we were looking for,” says homeowner Ryan Petersen. The renewed landscape, with its lush plantings and relaxed paths, complements the remodeled home’s traditional style. Photo by Scot Zimmerman

Reflecting on the home now, Coco exclaims, “We couldn’t be more thrilled. This is our forever home.” Splendid grounds, a welcoming house and lovely, open living spaces that allow the active family to flourish: this is long-term perfection. “I am not leaving this place; you’ll have to cart me out,” Ryan says. Okay, but in the meantime, who’s up for a game of tennis?  

Anne-Marie Barton, principal of AMB Design. Photo by Scot Zimmerman

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