Decorating & Design

June 4, 2018

Makeover: A Beige Bungalow Gets Color & Contrast

When Alex K Bowman first saw this 1970s bungalow in Salt Lake City, Utah, it was a dreary tapioca pudding color top to bottom. “Our number-one challenge was de-beiging everything,” says Alex, who last year moved from Boston to Salt Lake City to open Kirby Kelly Studio with his partner Justin Kelly Beene. On the positive side, the 3,000-square-foot house only needed a cosmetic makeover.

The abode’s arched windows, found in a certain sunny state’s iconic Spanish dwellings, inspired the design direction. “We went with a modern California aesthetic,” says Alex. At the end of the four-month renovation, the home sold the very first day it hit the market. Here’s an inside look at the dramatic makeover.