In South Jordan, social media stars Brad and Hailey Devine create a personalized family home inspired by travel, family history and a love of laid-back, culturally-driven design.
“This has been our biggest adventure yet,” exclaims Hailey Devine, describing the new home she and husband Brad recently completed for their young family. That’s saying something, given the fact that these social media stars have explored the world as a video production team before creating “Somewhere Devine”—a website sharing a behind-the-scenes look at their global travels. That was thirteen years ago, and now the duo has children, a red-hot social following and, as their latest YouTube series “Making a House a Home” celebrates, a fabulous new family home in South Jordan.
A love of family drove the home’s design from the get-go. “Home is really about family and a place to gather,” says Hailey, referring to more than her immediate clan of Brad and their girls Lucy and Greta. She’s talking about heritage and family history, things that mean the world to this couple. “Brad is half English and half Chilean, and my family’s roots are in Norway,” she explains. The young family traveled to their homelands to gather inspiration, memories and treasures for the new house. “We wanted to engrave our family history into our children’s hearts and into the walls of our home.”
The Devines teamed with contractor Holmes Homes to build and customize their dream dwelling. Among the house’s many unique features are arches inspired by dwellings they admired in Kensington, England and Chile. The largest of the interior arches connects the family room and kitchen. “We changed it from eight to ten feet high to really open the spaces,” Hailey recalls. Soaring ceilings, a two-story plastered fireplace and white walls create an airy backdrop for the Devines’ personalized décor.
The couple always knew the ambiance they wanted, but confess that they weren’t sure about the actual design. “I wanted it to feel collected and lived in, but I didn’t know how it should look,” Hailey admits. Fortunately, she says, they turned to House of Jade Interiors’ Kirsten Krason and Erin Morgan to bring their ideas to life. “They are so talented, and they really nailed it,” Hailey cheers.
“The Devines have a very distinct style, so we took their vision and made it tangible,” says designer Krason, who is also Hailey’s friend and former neighbor. Working closely with the couple, the design duo devised a décor they describe as a rustic Scandinavian modern style that is cozy and warm. “We walked a fine line to balance all of these elements,” Krason says. In the family room, for example, they juxtaposed the modern-style plastered fireplace and neutral color palette with a live edge cocktail table, woven cane-back chair, textured fabrics and a flourishing fiddle-leaf fig. In the lightly-decorated master suite, the team furnished the bedroom space with a modern chaise, unmatched end tables and a bed loosely dressed in linen. “The bed looks pretty even when it is unmade,” Hailey says. Clean-lined pencil molding creates a graphic pattern that animates the headboard wall and traverses the ceiling to the opposite wall. Arched double doors open to a white bathroom enriched with natural wood cabinets, a modern orb pendant light and large-scale porcelain floor tiles.
Hailey’s favorite room is the kitchen. “We wanted to create a hybrid of a traditional Chilean feria mixed with a British cottage and a Norwegian cafe,” Hailey chuckles. “This is what we came up with.” The back wall—finished with concrete-look plaster—is an eye-catching backdrop for white cabinetry and open shelves stacked with everyday dishes, keepsakes, art and handmade pottery. Above the storage-rich island, industrial-style pendants drop from a ceiling clad in beadboard accented with exposed beams. “You see beadboard and beams in Norwegian homes,” Hailey explains. Integrated appliances, quartz countertops and a neutral palette foster the kitchen’s nurturing Scandinavian vibe. The adjoining breakfast nook hosts a concrete table paired with benches that help make the compact are feel more spacious.
Brad favors the couple’s stylized office located off the home’s entry. “The star of the office is its doors,” says Krason, describing a pair of glass-paned arched doors opening to a room dramatically cloaked in near-black paint covering the ceiling as well as the shiplap-clad walls. “The color actually makes the room feel larger,” Krason explains. A chic Troy ceiling light hangs above a geometrically shaped wood table, mixing modern and organic styles. To foster a creative, collected and well-traveled look, Hailey and Brad added a gallery wall of family photos, antique leather books and a treasured vintage camera purchased on London’s famed Portobello Road. “The Devines love to have things that speak to who they are,” says Krason, describing a personalized thread that links every room in the home, from the main level’s welcoming living areas to a fun-filled lower level and tranquil sleeping spaces.
The new home captures the couple’s adventurous spirit while also calming it. “This house has turned me into a total homebody,” Hailey says with a laugh. “We were always flying by the seat of our pants, traveling like crazy. Now I love being at home.”
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