Designer April Hickman transforms an old brick bungalow into Swoon Santa Clara, Southern Utah’s swankiest design stop.
You’d expect a home-and-gift shop named Swoon would make you feel a little light-headed, and you’d be right. Located along the main drive in the sleepy town of Santa Clara, the new boutique is a decor-lover’s dream. The name came easily to designer April Hickman, who opened the shop this spring. “Swoon means strongly affected by your feelings or something that you admire very much,” she says. “That’s how I’ve always felt about interior design.”
Swoon Santa Clara lives inside a 1936 brick bungalow that Hickman and her husband Brian recently purchased and reimagined into the stylish shop and studio for April Hickman Design. Without question, Swoon is a surprising and welcome addition to the quiet community neighboring St. George, Kayenta and Ivins in Southwest Utah. Hickman explains, “The aesthetic is traditional, but with a definite edge.”
A swanky vibe takes hold the moment visitors step inside the bungalow’s entry, where a dazzling chandelier and a dark mural wallpaper deliver drama from the get-go. The Hickmans retained the house’s original floor plan, fostering a comfy, at-home charm. Bright natural light fills the parlor and original bedroom spaces, while a checkered floor and original architectural features delight the renewed kitchen. Throughout, an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary furnishings, art, accessories and home-related gifts offer visitors plenty to elevate the style and livability of their own spaces. “Your home should inspire you,” Hickman insists. Her new shop promises to do the same.
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Swoon Santa Clara is located at 3086 Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara, Utah. For more information, call (435) 627-3811 or visit their Instagram @shoppeswoon!