There’s something irresistibly charming about an old house, so it’s no wonder that many people want to deliver that same time-honored character to their own homes, even if they are brand new. Include the owners of this recently built residence in Salt Lake’s gracious Harvard Yale neighborhood among them. As showcased in our feature Starting Fresh, The Fox Group‘s Tom and Cara Fox designed and built their clients a new old home filled with timeless allure and 21st-century livability. Here are a few inspiring photos that weren’t included in our magazine’s magical story.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar

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An abundance of natural light fosters the family room’s open feeling. Paneled walls and a handsomely turned-out fireplace ground the space in the fresh, classic style that Tom and Cara Fox, principals of The Fox Group, masterfully created. The chandelier is by Curry & Company, the lounge chairs’ block-print floral fabric is from Lisa Fine Textiles and the art is by Claire Tollstrup.

To ensure the open kitchen felt fresh and inviting, Tom and Cara detailed the ceiling with beadboard and beam and faced some of the cabinets with glass mullion doors. They also teamed natural white oak with white painted surfaces and topped the large island with Calacatta Gold marble. The brass-accented lanterns are from Hudson Valley Lighting, available through The Fox Shop.

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The entry introduces the light-filled, elegant style that flows throughout the home. Large brass lanterns hang above a herringbone-patterned floor and staircase, each crafted from natural white oak. Paneled walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee, and the custom bench is tailored in a striped Greenhouse fabric.

Located off the entry, the music room is a daring décor statement. Cara included brass accents, silk draperies and a velvet sofa to accentuate the room’s opulent style accentuated by the room’s rich navy-teal color. Art by Paige Anderson inspired the room’s décor.

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The dining room draws visitors into its window-wrapped space with a striking lattice-patterned beam ceiling. The Alberto chandelier is designed by Julie Neill for Visual Comfort.

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Cara flexed her pattern-mixing muscles in the girl’s bedroom, where delightfully mingled colors and exuberant prints and patterns create charming character.

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The Foxes wanted the mudroom to have as much style as the home’s other spaces, so they designed built-in lockers and an inviting window seat that add storage and charming seating to the passageway. Vertically shiplapped walls and a checkerboard-patterned floor of honed Carrara and Bardiglio marbles animate the hall. The light fixture is by Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort.

The primary bathroom’s built-in linen closet, crafted by Ryan Reeder, was designed to look like a piece of furniture. Its warm wood tone adds softness to the space largely adorned with elegant stone and tile.

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To satisfy her clients’ desire for a soothing bedroom that aligned with the rest of the home’s simple elegance, Cara repeated blue and white striped fabric but in a larger pattern. “It’s not too matchy-matchy, but it’s all cohesive,” she says. The bed pillows’ taupe striped fabric is repeated on the bathroom’s Roman shades.

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Because the two boys who share this bedroom are tennis enthusiasts, Cara highlighted their passion with a wall adorned with old racquets. She created bold contrast by painting the room’s molding and baseboards with Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee.

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Cleverly chosen plaid wallpaper and shower tile trim accentuate an upstairs bathroom’s angled walls and ceiling.


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