All Dolled Up


Utah Valley Expos makes room for a makeover

 By Briana Stewart, photography by David Blackhurst

Ugly is totally the new pretty.

Well, at least in the case of the Smalley’s basement family room. The Orem family, who won the Ugliest Room Makeover Contest at the 2008 Utah Valley Autumn Home and Remodeling Expo, is now basking in the beauty of their newly dolled up room.

“We were going for something elegant and modern — but still comfortable,” KC Smalley says. “We wanted it to be really welcoming.”

And welcoming it is, especially when you consider where it came from. The former space — blazed with lava-like carpet, a sparkly ceiling and a domino game of DVDs — had become a room of misfit belongings. But with the help of local vendors, who all donated their time and services, the wood-paneled wonder went from frumpy to fabulous.








The Smalleys love the way the room turned out — especially the paint job. And Five Star Painting was happy to oblige. “It was great to see how happy they were and how it helped their family out,” says Jordan Gross of Five Star Painting.




The Smalleys in Orem saw their basement family room transform before their eyes. Quality Contractors, a home renovation company, oversaw the entire remodel. “Our favorite part of the project was the same as it is on all our projects — seeing the completed picture and working with the homeowner,” says Lisa Ward, of Quality Contractors. Another vendor, Maple Landing Cabinets in Mapleton, also enjoyed the process. “It’s great to see a room get turned into something the whole family can enjoy,” says Kyle Smith of Maple Landing Cabinets. “With the addition of the bookcases, mantel and desk, the family room is now more functional, organized, and, well, beautiful.”




Furniture was a big player in the room renovation. “I originally had another sofa chosen for the room, but when I saw how pretty the blue-green walls and white trim turned out, I knew we needed to go with this fun multi-fabric sofa to play up the color and bring texture into the room,” says Stephanie Holdaway, owner of GateHouse no. 1. “We also were excited to give them a great leather chair that reclines. One of Lindsay Smalley’s favorite parts is you can’t tell it’s a recliner from looking at it.”




The granite adorning the desk, donated by Marble Granite Solutions, perfectly complements the elegance of the new space. “Everything looks so nice now, I would be surprised if they ever go upstairs,” says BJ Chandler, of Marble Granite Solutions in Orem.




The couch’s pillows add a beautiful — and functional — touch. “These great down-filled pillows add both comfort and playful patterns to the room,” says Stephanie Holdaway, owner of GateHouse no. 1 in Orem.



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