After performing her magic on a client’s Salt Lake City condo, designer Karen Butera focuses on the patron’s West Coast home.

By Brad Mee, Photos by Scot Zimmerman

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After performing her magic on a client’s Salt Lake City condo, designer Karen Butera focuses her talent on the patron’s West Coast home. The living room’s patterned ceiling glows courtesy of the LED-illuminated perimeter drop-crown molding treatment. A rug woven with crystal accents shimmers below a mix of shapely furnishings while flames dance in the modern, open fireplace.

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In the stairwell, a sparkling, two-story Swarovski crystal chandelier illuminates walls uniquely detailed with horizontal piglets and stairs adorned with a zebra-pattern carpet runner.

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A Macassar ebony island anchors the modern kitchen where white lacquer cabinets by Modulnova work in concert with black Absolute granite countertops and shimmering Ann Sacks glass tile backsplashes. The illuminated ceiling treatment flows into the adjoining family room, as does the orange accent color.

Butera surrounded the dining table with alternating patterned armchairs and solid side chairs. “The look is less static than using matching chairs throughout,” the designer says.

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Bands of shimmering Swarovski crystal divide horizontal planes of walnut in the main entry.

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In the lower level powder room, a white onyx vanity glows courtesy of integrated LED lighting. White ceramic tile details the back wall.

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A Kohler integrated tub and glass walled shower anchor the spa-style master bathroom. Two vanities and a built-in bench furnish the compact, yet seemingly spacious room.

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Whimsical sconces, an eel skin-covered chest, a mirrored bed and Maya Romanoff crystal beaded wallpaper add shots of glamour to the home’s master bedroom.

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A silver resin tree trunk base supports the dining table’s veneered sunburst-pattern wood top.

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Horizontal bands of walnut and upholstered panels wrap the home theater’s walls. A small stage hosts performances by family and friends.

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Located off of the kitchen, the family room features a stunning Macassar ebony entertainment wall that required an entire tree trunk to provide Butera with enough veneer to execute the horizontal, intricately book matched pattern.

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Sculpture-like artichoke pendant lights appear to float above the kitchen island.

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A silver chest and light-filled study area inhabit the upstairs hallway.

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A custom, three-sided fireplace opens to the chic dining and living area.


Designer: Karen Butera, Karen Butera Inc.

Architect: Spectrum Architects

Contractor: Matt White, Matt White Custom Homes

Custom/Built-In Cabinetry: European Woodwork

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