Step Inside Hillary Taylor’s Tranquil Utah Retreat

See how the designer created an oasis to showcase spectacular views.

March 17, 2023

Interior designer Hillary Taylor may be a self-proclaimed traditionalist, but when it came to decorating her own family’s home in St. George, Utah, she decided to take a departure from her usual decorating playbook. Built on an ancient lava field, the house features a modern layout, replete with walls of windows that reveal breathtaking views of nearby Snow Canyon at every turn. Knowing she had to let Mother Nature’s striking backdrop take center stage, Taylor opted for contemporary furnishings in a soothing palette of natural tones and textures to create a oasis where she and her family could unwind.

One of the features that Taylor loves most about the house is its abundance of light—in fact, she named it “Casa Leggera,” or House of Light. Each room in the north-facing home has at least two sources of light from two different angles. To capture the maximum amount of sunlight—and create the feeling that the rooms flow seamlessly into the outdoors—Taylor used floor-to-ceiling butted glass in lieu of picture windows. That created a challenge for Taylor, who was accustomed to framing and softening spaces with curtains. Her solution? Bringing in soft, handmade and natural materials that age and patina with time—like limestone and rift-sawn white oak—to create a warmer and more authentic contemporary feel.

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