Utah Style and Design

Cara Loren’s Spaces: The Basement

June 6, 2019

Designer Andrea West teams with influencer Cara Loren to transform the style-setter’s Kaysville basement from unfinished to fabulous.

Call it fate.

Just when lifestyle influencer Cara Loren was on the hunt for a designer to help transform her young family’s unfinished basement into something unique and stylish, designer Andrea West approached Loren with the idea of collaborating on a project for her portfolio. Loren—whose many followers look to her for advice and inspiration on everything from fashion to decorating, and travel to fitness—reviewed West’s work and instantly knew she was the pro to help turn Loren’s dream for lux and livable lower-level spaces into reality.

Collaborating throughout the project, the duo dived right in as West revised the raw space, then comprised of concrete floors and rooms defined by bare two-by-fours. She reconfigured the floor plan to include an open family room and kitchen, as well as an adjacent bathroom, that the pair would design and decorate from the floor up. Today, Loren’s young family, good friends and avid fans relish the results.

“Having someone who knows how to take my style and taste, mix it in with the dimensions we had to work with, and make the end result something both beautiful and what I had in mind in the first place is magic,” says Loren. “This is exactly what Andrea did for me.”  

THE BATHROOM

“We wanted a more neutral palette in the bathroom, with a clean, fresh and relaxed look for Cara’s online make-up videos and tutorials,” West explains. But don’t mistake neutral for ho-hum. The duo filled the space with splashy features and head-turning fixtures that make it overflow with character. “This was the room I was most excited about,” Loren says. “I have always envisioned this beautiful, glam, classy-yet-edgy bathroom that I could spend days on end in.”

• Cement floor tiles ground the space with large-scale pattern.

• The freestanding tub’s sculptural shape softens the room’s harder lines and surfaces. 

• An Arteriors chandelier adds a shot of glam above the tub and draws the eye upward. 

• A mix of black and white tiles work together to animate the room without overwhelming it. 

• The grid-and-glass shower enclosure adds big style without consuming visual space. 

• Custom stain allows the white-oak vanity’s texture to show through.  

• A ladder cleverly serves as a unique rack for easy-to-grab towels. 

See Cara’s full renovation project here!  More Rooms and more gorgeous details.

Megan Bartholomew
Megan Hulse Bartholomew is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in English and Journalism, and is currently trying to catch up on 5+ years of pleasure reading.

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