October 3, 2022

Call it a warm welcome. In the scenic Hurricane landscape, a new home greets owners Cahlan and Kim Sharpe to their family’s idyllic retreat designed and created by a team of Utah pros. The homeowners craved a clean-lined contemporary style teaming with many Spanish Colonial elements including arches, white walls and carved wooden doors. As our feature Escape Plan proves, they got all of this— and more. The following photos extend beyond the printed story’s shots and showcase more of the Utah vacation home surrounded by the breathtaking desert.

Photos by Lacey Alexander

Cahlan and Kim Sharpe’s new Hurricane home serves as a sunny escape from their main home in Orem. Inouye Design, Markay Johnson Construction and interior designer Camille Kenyon of Milley Design worked with the Sharpes to create the family’s stylish, Spanish Colonial-inspired getaway.

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In the great room, a spacious living area opens to the kitchen and nearby dining area. A mix of comfortable, earth-toned furnishings and natural wood tones deliver a laid-back, contemporary vibe to the space. “A lot of Spanish-style homes are filled with heavily carved, dark mahogany pieces, but we wanted something softer, more natural and contemporary,” designer Camille Kenyon explains.

The living area’s custom built-ins boast arched forms and insets backed with richly stained oak. The understated fireplace features a bare oak mantle and a hearth fashioned from Calcutta Del Rey quartz.

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Simple glass globe pendents illuminate the kitchen while a large, wicker light delivers organic texture and a modern form to the dining room. Barstools line the kitchen’s serving island crafted by Aspen Mills. It features a waterfall design formed from Cascade quartzite.

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A tiled backsplash and open shelves adorn a built-in desk located in the heart of the active, open kitchen.

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Sculptures by artist Kat Elliott add intriguing forms to the artfully accessorized great room.

Serenity fills the primary bedroom, courtesy of a neutral colors, rich textures, white-oak beams and windows that fill the space with natural light.

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Light bounces off shimmering tile that backs the primary bathroom’s vanity wall. Nearby, a glass-walled shower and a free-standing tub enjoy desert views through large windows.

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Playing off the home’s arched opening and windows, Kenyon adorned the girl’s bedroom with round-top wall panels painted with Benjamin Moore’s Light Mocha.

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In a main hallway, an antique pew purchased at The Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas sits across from a gallery wall created from collected art.

A handsome, wood-clad arched opening frames desert views while enclosing a bedroom’s window seat. The custom built-in features storage drawers and cozy cushions and decorative pillows.

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Red rock forms the swimming pool’s water feature and diving platform. The pool also boasts a sun shelf and integrated hot tub.


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