This week, I was in for a treat. I returned to a charming, small, pre-war brick cottage revival home in a quiet leafy neighborhood on the east side of Salt Lake to photograph more of an ongoing remodel. Kristin Rocke (K. Rocke Design and owner of the Glass House) has been working with the homeowner on the design and furnishings of additions designed by local architect Warren Lloyd (Lloyd Architects).

The family room takes a corner just off the dining room with windows looking out to the backyard. The wall against the stairway is a beautiful unit designed by Kristin that incorporates metal tile, a sliding wooden panel to hide the television, and convenient shelves. The blue sectional is ready for family movie night, and blush swivel chairs round out the seating.

The wallpaper picks up the intersecting stripe pattern of the painting. The art, accessories and detailing reveal the homeowner’s passion for flowers. 

The tropical colors resound in the accessories and reiterate colors in the fabrics and artwork. 

The dining table is in the open area just off the kitchen and by the doors leading outside to the back. In keeping with the transitional nature of the space, the sleek wooden top is placed on a light metal base to provide ample seating, views, and still not obstruct the foot traffic. 

Previously, I photographed the living room. It’s in the front and original portion of the cottage home. What I have observed over the years in the design of small rooms are two very different approaches: one is to keep it light, white, and homogeneous so that the room appears larger; the other is to make a bold statement.

Here, Kristin Rocke opts for bold, a “go big or go home” approach with ample drama from the almost Deco settees, black fireplace, and oversized floral in the wallpaper. 

The wallpaper continues and surrounds the arched doorway, a lovely architectural feature retained from the original design.

The master bedroom occupies an upstairs addition over the garage. Rocke makes the unusual shape of the room and its sloping ceiling an asset by framing the anchoring wall and insetting the headboard, lamps and bedside tables and papering the ceiling in an abstract pattern. The satiny charcoal spread pools at the floor for a glamorous finish. 

The draperies are layered with the blackouts nearest the window and the shears above in a manner Kristin Rocke observed in designs in Italy, counter to the usual treatment one sees. The outer sheer fabric adds softness to the room.

There are a number of small brick cottage revival homes in great neighborhoods that work well as starter homes but don’t offer the space needed as families expand and kids grow up and need more space. A small amount of well considered additional space is enough for this family to adapt to the times and remain in this home and neighborhood, and the design flair makes the additions look like they have always been part of the home.  

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