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A Mid-Century Home With Worldly Loom Goods in Salt Lake City

by Annie Werbler

Seeking a clean, comfortable, and contemporary space that could still be child-friendly, Karyn and Dominic Blosil purchased their 1961 mid-century modern house in Salt Lake City, UT two-and-a-half years ago. After spending only 10 months in the remodeled residence, the family relocated to Portland, OR for a spell, and just returned several months ago. Settling in — again — with bright, organic finishes grounded by cultural fabrics and rugs allowed Karyn the opportunity to source many items from her own home textiles and accessories company,Β Loom Goods.

“I tend to stick with neutrals when decorating,” she shares, “But love to use a variety of textures to add warmth to a room.” Kids Julian, Lulu, and Nico require durability in their surroundings, but the most challenging part of decorating has proven to be the long and narrow orientations of both the living room and kitchen. Karyn often finds herself moving furniture around to test the layout options, but large windows and tons of natural light offset any minor difficulties. “We had just moved to Salt Lake City from Southern California, and I was homesick for that California sunshine,” she recalls. With a close approximation of her native habitat well underway, there is still much Karyn wants to do and decorate — but for now, she is grateful to be back in the home with her own modern family. β€”Annie

Photography by Becky Kimball

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Karyn and Dominic Blosil's Salt Lake City living room with neutral furnishings, brightened by sunlight from the full-height windows.
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Dominic and Karyn in their contemporary entryway with kids Nico, Julian, and Lulu.
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"The Serena & Lily swing is a big hit when my kids have friends over," Karyn says.
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The home's original 1961 fireplace suits the mid-century design scheme accented with modern and worldly finds.
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A skylight fills the home's front door entryway with natural light throughout the day.
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Retro design motifs and materials are made modern in a pared-down color palette.
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The long, narrow kitchen was not Karyn's favorite feature of the home at first, but its functionality has grown on her over time. "It makes putting the dishes away much easier," she explains.
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A mini-fridge in the wall is one modern update for convenience, as is the exposed shelving.
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With the kitchen situated apart from the home's main living space, Karyn wanted to create a comfortable area for kids and guests to hang out in while meals are prepared. A built-in lounge nook features Loom Goods baskets and pillows, which can be spotted in almost every room of the house.
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Beyond the dining area, a patio with a functional fire pit easily facilitates the flow of outdoor living. "We love to have friends over, and most summer nights you can find us outside roasting s'mores while the kids run and play in the yard or in their room," Karyn adds.
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The house originally had three bedrooms on the main floor, but when it was remodeled in 2013 a wall was removed to expand the master bedroom.
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Karyn's nightstand and bedside vignette, featuring a beloved cactus. "This is my favorite spot to be on a snowy day - warm in bed while watching the snow fall outside," she reflects. "My kids will lay in bed with me for an hour just watching the snow pile up outside. There is something so peaceful about a snowy day."
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Lulu jumping in her and Julian's shared room. Bedside necessities include a night light, a few books, toy basket, and a handmade wooden Pinocchio brought back from Italy by the kids' grandmother.
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"The most colorful corner in our entire home, but also my favorite," Karyn admits. "I love the little hands and imaginations that made this art."
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"What we love most about our home are the memories we've made inside of it." - The Blosil Family
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The 1961 home's layout retains a focus on the indoor/outdoor lifestyle typical of the era.

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Comments

  • A peaceful, light-filled home – courageous parents, all those light and soft colours with three kids (who thankfully look very much energy-filled!). Wonderful feel about it. It also looks a truly happy house.

    A question which not only goes for this house but literally most of the featured places: How come that the (MB) beds are nearly always placed directly under the windows? I can’t get over it that the owners couldn’t air and also can’t leave the windows open when sleeping. If it rains it rains into the room and unto the beds, it’s not healthy and the rooms can’t be filled with fresh & clean air. It’s something that bothers me every time.
    Is it me being European (Swiss) and you simply have other meanings or understandings? If anyone could reply I’d be greateful. And I repeat, it not ‘just’ Karin & Dominic’s home, it’s something I see far too often and it intrigues me every single time. Thank you

    • Kiki

      I understand your concern for people to have fresh air, but in this home (and most others), the presence of the bed under the windows doesn’t prevent the windows from being opened to let in fresh air. If it’s raining I would assume most people would just close their windows (or not leave them open when they leave for work) to prevent rain from coming inside the house (which would happen whether or not there was a bed in that position).

      Grace

  • Lovely home! I have so many questions.. First is what wood did this family use? Any details would be helpful.
    I am in the process of finding safe sustainable hardwood to replace the existing carpet in our 1987 CA home. I am always interested in learning where people are sourcing their wood from and what adhesives are being used now. Love the furnishings as well. Any chance we can get the sources ( LR chair, Bed Room Lamps and kids night tables etc). Would so appreciate it. Thanks -Y

  • Gorgeous. Love the simplicity of the whole thing. Would love to know where you found the wire stools with the southwest motif on them (photo 6 of 16)? Thx!

  • I desperately need to know where her dining room chairs are from. The weaved leather wood ones. Please please please!

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