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A Colorful Home in Utah

Utah Family Home Tour

Stylist Meta Coleman lives with her artist husband, Nick, and two children in Provo, Utah. When we saw photos of their home, our jaws dropped. It’s such a playful, creative space. Here’s a peek inside…

FAMILY ROOM:
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On creating a gallery wall: When making a gallery wall, usually I’ll hang the biggest piece first, then work around it. When you do things, you want your eye to kind of travel in a circular motion. You don’t want it to get stuck in one place. So I’ll place the heaviest piece a little to one side, then try to balance the smaller pieces around it.

On saving the walls: As a stylist, I’ve discovered that Command velcro strips work really well. If you’re hanging something in a home, you just press it onto the back, and then you can lift it up and position it. It’s so easy.

Console table: The Green Aunt in Salt Lake City. Art: Bird painting, John Singer Sargent study of reclining woman and portrait of Maja by Nicholas Coleman; Yellowstone painting and Moroccan interior with blue door by Michael Coleman; portrait of Henrik by Jeremy Lipking; Madonna and child by Brian Kershisnik. Planters: Tomorrow’s House in Salt Lake City. Light fixture (above piano): One forty three.

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On building your dream home: We’ve been living in this house a little over ten years. We built it when we were pretty young, so it was a steep learning curve. We always joke that if you can survive building a house together, your marriage is sound!

Blue sofa: One Kings Lane. Patterned pillows: Stig Lindberg fabric made into cushions. Black and white upholstered chair: vintage, upholstered with Pendleton fabric. Rugs: vintage. Woven coffee table: The Green Ant in Salt Lake City.

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On marrying tastes: We’ve been married for twelve years. When my husband and I first met, our tastes were very different. I used to be into things that were very modern or very minimal, while his was more classic, but now I find I like things that are more rustic and a little beat up. Maybe because I’m a little more beat up! Now we love all different styles; I try to find the beauty in everything.

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On adding colorful touches: Between the kitchen and the living room, there is this wall that supports the staircase. For awhile, it was a plain white wall, but since I look at it all the time — walking from one room to another — I wanted it to be playful and colorful.

Patterned wallpaper: Josef Frank Wallpaper from Svenskt Tenn.

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On entertaining: It’s tricky finding the time for get-togethers with life and kids, but it’s always worth it. Every New Year’s Eve, we do a fondue party. My in-laws have a pool, so in the summer we’ll have pool parties there. Winter lends itself to entertaining around hearty meals.

On family mealtime: We always have waffles on Sunday. My husband makes really good Swedish waffles using a recipe from Nonchalant Mom. My husband handles breakfast and I’ll do dinner. Whenever we’re at the table together, we’ll try to talk with our kids about how their day went. We’ll also try to teach them manners while they’re eating, which is always fun. (Laughs.) It usually goes something like, “Stop using your hands. Don’t eat with your hands. Stop using your hands.”

STAIRS:
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On family photos: I love to look at these photos every time I walk up the stairs. Everything in our home is meant to spark joy or memories. One particular summer we went on quite a lot of family trips — to London and Portland as a family, and they were both very healing and magical. The year before we had suffered a devastating loss. So these trips were a much needed time for healing. Each time I look at those photos I think of that time we spent together and it makes me very happy.

HENRIK’S BEDROOM:
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On that amazing mural: My son loves to hike, because he wants to be just like his dad. I love the Matterhorn, and I thought it would make it feel less “little boy,” but still whimsical. I found this really cool Swedish company called Rebel Walls. I bought an old photo from 1900 on eBay and scanned it in really high resolution. If you look closely, you can still see the little dust particles! Then I took the measurement of the wall, and they made wallpaper out of it. They sent it to me within a week! It was unbelievably easy. It makes his room feel personal.

Custom mural wallpaper: Rebel Walls. Bed: custom; designed by Meta. Red shelving: vintage, from vintage whites flea market. Bedding: Christian Fischbacher, from the German store Betten Rid. Buffalo plaid blanket: Schoolhouse Electric. Bedside table: thrifted. Antique Navajo rug: family heirloom. Badger rug: Molly Meg.

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On creating a happy home: I want to make our home fun for kids. Their friends come to our house to play, and they love to draw or make sculptures out of clay. My kitchen is usually full of little clay figures. To me, their happiness is more important than stuff, so if things get ruined, it’s not the end of the world. I try to teach them to be respectful of things. But our dog ruins more than our kids!

On older toys: Some of my children’s toys are heirlooms, like the Steiff Iiere, German stuffed animals that came from my mom in the 40s. I’ve also passed some of my own stuffed animals down to them. I think it’s important for things to have a little bit of a soul, a little history. It sounds kind of cheesy, but that’s why I enjoy collecting vintage.

Desk and chairs: vintage, from Treasures Antique Mall.

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On keeping traditions alive: My mom is German, and I’m trying to carry on German traditions for our kids. We’ll sing German songs and I’ll read them books in German. For the holidays, you put your shoe out on December 6th and St. Nicholas will come. He’ll bring Christmas pajamas and some chocolate. We also make an advent calendar, which can sometimes get out of hand. The kids take turns opening up a little something each day leading up to Christmas. Every year I’m like, “What have I started? This is a lot of work for me!” But I get so much joy out of watching them enjoy it.

White dresser: custom. Fox print: Frankonia. Skeleton: Tomorrow’s House.

MAJA’S BEDROOM:
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On encouraging kids’ hobbies: I try to keep my kids’ interests in mind when making decor decisions. My daughter loves to draw, so I made this entire wall a chalkboard wall. That way, she can draw to her heart’s content!

Daybed: Antique Danish child’s bed that Meta slept in as a child. Chalkboard paint: Valspar, from Lowe’s.

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On teaching kids responsibility: I have a bit of an OCD personality. I teach my kids that they have to pick up after themselves, but when they put their own clothes and things away, it’s not great! Things will be hung up wrong; things will be put away and it will still look messy. But that’s how they learn responsibility. I can’t be too particular with how they’re doing it! I’d rather them have a creative mess than have them worry that they can’t make a mess.

Chair: vintage. Toys: Shleich animals on top shelf. Wooden animals by Ostheimer. Montessori doll handmade by a friend. Sewing House from Cath Kidston.

MASTER BEDROOM:
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On nighttime rituals: Sometimes the kids stay up later than we’d like, and we’ll just pass out in bed at the end of the day. But we do like to watch shows — we love Peaky Blinders and all the BBC shows. I especially like period pieces — the lighting and the costumes are so inspiring. My husband watches The Walking Dead, and I’ll look at Pinterest whenever it’s really scary. When I have a moment, I’ll read. Right now, I’m reading Angle of Repose.

Bedframe: Ikea, painted. Bedding: Belgian Linen from West Elm. Nightstands: from The Good Mod in Portland, Oregon. Framed painting above bed: Mosse Stoopendaal, purchased at a Swedish online auction. Black light fixtures: Amsterdam Modern. Carafe: Treasures Antiques Mall.

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On keeping plants happy: I’ve learned the hard way which plants prefer neglect. With succulents, you can water them even less than you think. When you do water them, you soak them a lot and give them plant food, and then they’re happy. Once a month, they’ll look kinda dry and I’ll be like, “Oh, I have to water them!” It’s great. Every now and then, you’ll get one that died and you’re like, “Aw, sad. What happened to you?”

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On the world outside: We live in central Utah. Our home is nestled right against beautiful mountains, near a trail where my husband I go running almost every day. There are deer, rabbits, foxes and quail in our backyard a lot of the time. It’s cool for our kids — sometimes while we’re eating dinner a whole family of deer will walk by!

Armoire: antique. Lambskin throw rug: Costco.

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On a great find: I found the sofa at an estate sale. At the time I had no room for it, but the bones were so great and it was cheap — just $15! When I went to Svenskt Tenn and saw all the beautiful sofas upholstered entirely in Josef Frank fabric, I knew exactly what I was going to do with that $15 sofa. I asked a long-time family friend, who is an upholsterer, to do it. It was not an easy job, but I’m so happy with it, and I hope to pass it down to one of my children.

Sofa: vintage, upholstered with Josef Frank Primavera fabric from Svenskt Tenn.

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Thank you so much, Meta! Your home is so beautiful.

P.S. More house tours, including a Brooklyn family’s apartment and a Williamsburg loft.

(Photos by Chaunte Vaughn for Cup of Jo. Additional photos by Meta Coleman. Interview by Caroline Donofrio.)

  1. Jeanine says...

    I am deeply in love the wall Matterhorn, and want to know if you can please send me a link or a copy of the photo you used. I love to have the exact photo I have spent hours looking for it on the Rebel Walls website to see if they saved it and still can’t find it. If you don’t mind I would very much so appreciate it.

  2. Aerin says...

    I never would have imagined painting that IKEA bed this way. It’s so wonderful!

  3. Where is the carpet from in Meta’s son’s bedroom? It’s beautiful.

  4. Alli says...

    Your home is so warm, fun, and inviting. I love what you have done with your children’s rooms. May I ask where you buy your tall cacti from? I live in the same general area in Utah and would like to get some for my home.

  5. Love Meta’s support of heirloom pieces, especially for children. “I think it’s important for things to have a little bit of a soul, a little history.” We couldn’t agree more. Enough with the disposable, big-box, throw-away toys. Teach children the importance of craftsmanship, longevity, and creativity!

  6. Lovely home – warm, interesting and livable.
    Feels very European.

  7. Such gorgeous design and i love the idea of the chalk board wall!! Stunning interior:)x
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  8. Kamal says...

    Hello

    I really really liked the same size big photo frames on the staircase wall.
    It would help me a lot, if you can tell me the size of the frames and where did you buy those from?

    Thank you so much!
    Kamal

  9. Sharon says...

    Rebel Walls……BOOKMARKED! I have a perfect photo. Now to build the house it could work in, soon!

  10. Juli says...

    I love your home! Would you be able to share where your dining table is from? I love the simple square lines of it. Thanks so much!

  11. this must be such a fun house to live in for a kid!

  12. Michelle says...

    Lovely, inviting home! Do you have a source for the white wall mounted shelves in the son’s room? Thanks so much!

  13. I Really love the bleu sofa! Graet home and geat post!!!
    Bea

  14. I love how warm and real this beautiful home is. Everything is so lovely!

    Always love your home tours over here!

  15. Fantastic post – especially love the black wall for a simplistic but modern kids room. Our Gold Dots look gorgeous on feature color walls like that!

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  16. A says...

    this is a beautiful home. could you tell me where the frames along the staircase are from, please? thank you!

    • Agreed! They are just what I’ve been looking for!

  17. That mural of Rebel Walls! Amazing!

    xx B

  18. Love the pops of colour and how it is peppered with colour. A favourite!

  19. Such a wonderful home. I love all the little details and also that there is art in the kid’s room.

  20. Katy says...

    This might just be my favorite house tour you’ve done! So perfectly curated, homey, and stylish.

  21. Hannah says...

    Oh no! It’s The Green Ant in SLC – such a magical place.

  22. Michaela says...

    I love this home, especially the girls room. But what about the chalk wall next to the bed? Doesn’t it get super dusty?

    I’ve always wanted to have a chalk wall in the kitchen or my sons bedroom but have wondered about the dust.

  23. maria says...

    Wow, such a beautiful cosy home! My animal-loving boy would love Henrik’s room – any idea on where the Emperor penguin in the corner comes from? My little boy would squeal over that ;)

    • jo says...

      We were gifted one from my brother who got it from SeaWorld. They have some on ebay if you, you know, don’t want to go to SeaWorld for a stuffed animal. :)

  24. Justine says...

    Hi – love it! Can you tell me more about the frames going up the stairs? The size of them and maybe where they are from?

  25. Fiona says...

    Amazing. Love it!

  26. Hilary says...

    DYING!!!! This home is incredible. And yes, that sofa. Anyone know where to get affordable Josef Frank fabric? I’d love to upholster a sofa in it but it’s usually a small fortune to buy…

  27. Lots of life and love in this home. So inspirational–I soooo love that Matterhorn mural!

  28. May says...

    Beautiful! Stunning wall mural.
    Wow, the memories of a blue sofa corduroy sofa and red Oriental rug I saw in 1968 return like an old friend. Its always a beautiful combination.

  29. Jessica says...

    Any info on the frames going up the stairs? Custom framing? Have been looking for some good large-sized frames

  30. Nikki says...

    Absolutely beautiful home! I love this mix of Euro styles. One tiny typo – it should say Steiff Tiere (not liere). I’m a German teacher so I was curious what the German sounding phrase meant until I realized it was a typo. (Tiere = Animals)

  31. Such a beautiful home! Nice styling♥♥

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  32. laeti says...

    Beautiful home, I love all the fabrics, wallpapers, family pictures in the staircase are so perfect… But: What’s up with that painting that is both on top of their master bed and their (amazing) sofa???

    • Joanna says...

      I wondered the same thing. The couch is also in front of a window. I think the couch is in their bedroom and they must have moved it for photos.

    • Lisa says...

      One of the pictures of the sofa is in front of a window – maybe they have just moved the sofa between the pictures.

  33. Meredith says...

    What a lovely, happy home!

    I think if I had that Josef Frank sofa and a pair of whatever jeans you are wearing, I would be happy. I would never need or want anything else ever again. Also possibly the console table.

  34. Jessie says...

    Beautiful home! Would love to know — where did the rug came from in Maja’s bedroom?
    Thanks for the tour!

    • Jessie says...

      Sorry. Should be, “where did the rug come from in Maja’s bedroom?” Thanks!

  35. The interior of the home is very inspiring to mix different furniture. I’m a very big fan of the pictures on the stairs!

  36. Aga says...

    LOVE this home. What a cozy, visually intriguing and grounding space to live in. The gallery wall is my favourite and i’ve bookmarked the blue couch – obsessed with it. Thanks for this post!

  37. Emmy says...

    Beauty uniform post featuring this wonderful, beautiful woman please!

  38. Anne says...

    Yes I love house tours!!

    I like how they use heavy gold frames for their artwork, it’s not something you see every day

  39. Kelsie says...

    LOVE everything, but possibly most of all THAT DOG! What breed is it?

    • Looks just like my sweet doggie which is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier.

  40. Cynthia says...

    This house looks so cozy! I love the antique toys and the furniture in different styles. I really fell in love with the child-sized cabinet in the corner of the kitchen, and the child-sized roll top desk. I have a similar decorating style with all sorts of toys and antique furniture and newer pieces. I have a family photo gallery across my mantel.

  41. I love Meta’s take on creating a home that is both beautiful and whimsical for children. I mean…that Ikea bed is slayed it! What a terrific home and family! XO

  42. jen says...

    The perfect house, love it. Shocked to see a real Navajo rug in a kid’s room, but whatever.

  43. TootieMcBear says...

    Yes, Peaky Blinders is the bomb.

    • Joanna says...

      Yes.

  44. THIS HOME! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

  45. Megan says...

    Beautiful home! So inspiring!

  46. Katie says...

    LOVE the Matterhorn! Wondering about that sofa… are there two of them, or did they move it in front of the window for the last picture?

  47. that wall of hug pictures along the stairs is so so beautiful.

  48. A says...

    Forgot to add – do you know where the wall-mounted stationery holder thingy is from?

  49. That sofa is incredible. The whole apartment is so full of life and light!

  50. Lovely house, esp. the photos – mural and the ones going up the staircase.

  51. julie says...

    Amazing style! I follow her on Pinterest!

  52. What an amazing home! I love the framed photos on the stairway!

  53. Yael says...

    Wow, this is one of the most lovely and inviting homes I’ve seen in a while. And I’m seriously coveting that woven coffee table – if anyone has any ideas as to where to find a similar one, I’m all ears!

  54. Olivia says...

    I LOVE Svenskt Tenn and am so inspired by how Meta incorporated the Josef Frank fabrics!! I felt the same way staring at the couches and styling in the store. Saving this home tour for future reference!

  55. A says...

    So inspiring. I absolutely love this series. What a wonderful home. The mountain mural is incredible!

  56. Jessica says...

    Ahhhhhhh! That wallpaper! Such inspiring and beautiful spaces!

  57. I just love the wallpaper in the kids’ bedroom and that clothes rack. The apartment is so unique and really reflects the tastes of the owners. Thank you for great inspiration!
    Ania

  58. ESK says...

    That couch is a DREAM. This whole house is stunning, thank you for sharing your beautiful home!!

    • Suzanne says...

      Seriously! That couch! that couch! Someday, when the three year-old gets old enough (like 30), I will have a couch like that!

  59. Jill says...

    I have been looking for carpet like that for my upstairs! Beautiful home and especially love the Matterhorn wallpaper

  60. Love the Green Ant!

  61. I ❤️ these home tours. Meta, you and your home are lovely.

  62. Amy says...

    Beautiful! So funny but I was hoping there would be links to where she gets her daughters beautiful clothes too.

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Hi Amy! Meta says her daughter’s dresses came from Misha Lulu, Mini Rodini, Caramel Baby and Child, as well as some vintage from thrift stores and from her own childhood. xo