Project Highlight: Cottonwood

The Fox Group and Christopher Scott Cabinetry combine an entirely unique aesthetic with impeccable cabinetry and design ideas in this incredible Salt Lake City dwelling—home to the Fox family itself!

It’s always interesting to see dozens of different custom kitchen design ideas clustered together, like you’ve seen on many of our blog posts or portfolio pages. But it’s also nice to dive deep into a client home and explore all the spaces within. That’s why we’re excited to take you on a full project tour of The Cottonwood! This home is bursting with beautiful and unique cabinetry and design ideas, all driven by the incredible Fox Group, and brought to life by Christopher Scott Cabinetry located near Salt Lake City, Utah!

The Cottonwood is a new build. Constructed from the ground up, it’s built mainly in a Colonial Nantucket style with a few other influences sprinkled throughout the interior. The built-in cabinetry alone makes this a perfectly customized and unique home that works for the entire Fox family.

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Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

The kitchen design at The Cottonwood started with a mood board of white, oak, and brass. But we also knew we wanted drama and definition. It wouldn’t be just another stark white kitchen with perfectly monotonous cabinetry at every turn. We included visual surprises like the French bistro-inspired open glass shelving, a fully operating brick pizza oven, and those vertical spice pullouts, with contrasting oak fronts, that flank the range.

What makes the best custom kitchen cabinetry design? Is it material? Color? Hardware? We know it's a combination of all those things combined in the overall thoughtful design that will create usable workspace, storage, as well as beauty in your kitchen.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Custom kitchens are all as unique as their homeowners. Want airy, glass open shelving? How about a touch of heat from your own brick pizza oven? Add in warm copper accents and cabinet fronts and you've got yourself a truly unique and incredibly usable kitchen.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Glass and brass combine here to make a great bar space in this custom kitchen design.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Not to mention gorgeous and distinctive elements like this solid brass sink and star-themed hardware found throughout the space. But the visual intrigue doesn’t end there. For every beautiful detail that expresses itself so easily here, there are multiple subtle features that take a deeper look to appreciate, like the asymmetry you can see below.

The very best kitchen island designs will ensure that you add more storage, more workable counter space, and more functionality to your kitchen. Plus, they'll look like a million bucks.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Symmetry is one of the things that people get really rigid about when it comes to cabinetry and design ideas. But if you look closely at the photo above, you’ll see two tall cabinets hiding a double fridge with matching freezers below. Now, logic might tell you that the glass-fronted star cabinets placed above the tall cabinets should line up perfectly—two star cabinets above two refrigerator cabinets. But when Cara Fox expressed her love of stars, we knew we’d need to keep the cabinets that featured that particular design perfectly square. So we threw out the symmetry and stacked three square glass-fronted star cabinet fronts above two flat-paneled refrigerator doors—and the result is uniquely beautiful. Playing around with scale, proportion, and dimension is one of the funnest parts of creating a custom kitchen design like this.

When you've created the best built in custom cabinet, you don't want to hide it. This one provides all the eye candy necessary between the kitchen and formal dining area.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

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Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Another element that came out beautifully is the custom range hood we designed for this project. Not only does it play a vital role in anchoring the kitchen cabinetry design, but it also improves the functionality of the space. Everything from the width and weight of the hood’s “legs” to the pullouts and adorning trim works are in proportionate balance with the rest of the kitchen cabinetry. Enclosing a range hood like this is also extremely practical because it makes the fan and exhaust systems more efficient, which keeps your house cleaner. Form and function are everything when it comes to designing the perfect range hood.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

It may come as a surprise that the decision to add black to The Cottonwood kitchen design came at the very end. We took our time and worked with many 3D renderings to find the right combination of colors and materials on this impressive island, and landed on what you see here: a custom white kitchen island with user-friendly marble countertops, a foot-wide overhang for bar seating, and these black “end caps” with butcher block work surfaces to complete the piece.

Kitchen Island Design At Cottonwood

A kitchen island can have a powerful impact on your home. This unique kitchen island design combines multiple colors, materials, and global influence to reflect a beautifully eclectic style.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

This massive island is truly a sight to behold. That butcher block invites you to come and use it. The marble is truly user-friendly, functional, and sturdy. I love that the entire thing feels like a workhorse, but is balanced by the fragility of the glass shelving close by. The farm sink found in the center of the island is also totally accessible and inviting. But the beauty of a centerpiece like this is that it also pushes you to have more clean-up initiative in your kitchen. You want to clear the mess immediately so you can enjoy the cabinetry and design ideas you’ve worked so hard to bring to life.

Another bonus about the island is that it has many hidden secrets—like two dishwashers, a garbage can pullout, and a microwave all in the island base cabinet facing the range.

When we started designing the island for the Fox home, we knew we wanted a multi-drawer look. But note that none of the island’s “drawers” you see below are actually functional—they’re false panels designed to look similar to a wall of post office boxes. But the look carries the drama we wanted, while still providing functional storage. The back side of these black bookends houses two deep drawers used for tucking away necessities like pots and pans. Good kitchen cabinetry will always blend decorative style with function.

Unique kitchen cabinet designs are all as unique as their homeowners. Want airy, glass open shelving? How about a touch of heat from your own brick pizza oven? Add in warm copper hardware to your black kitchen island and you've got yourself a truly unique and incredibly usable kitchen.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Being in the kitchen shouldn't feel like work. And while this one has plenty of workspace, with unique cabinetry and design, the room still feels like an international getaway.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

I’ve alluded to the fact that this island is a whopper, and I wasn’t exaggerating. It measures approximately 13 feet long, without the black end caps. Those each add another 32 inches, for a total of almost 19 feet. The counter is five feet deep, with a one foot overhang large enough for six bar stools. Yet, as big as it is, it fits perfectly in its space and invites family and guests alike to gather and enjoy the kitchen.

As a whole, we accomplished what we set out to do in this kitchen. From the chevron floor and striped butcher block, to the marbled wall, white painted brick and fully custom cabinetry, our unique and thoughtful designs brought Cara’s vision to life. Now the Foxes have a dramatic yet homey kitchen the entire family can gather in and enjoy.

Bathroom Design At Cottonwood

The Cottonwood master bathroom was another exciting area where we could explore cabinetry and design ideas. Cara knew she wanted something delicate, feminine, yet traditional.

The best custom bathroom cabinet design works with the space you have to get you everything you need from a custom sink cabinet with matching vanity and floor to ceiling storage.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

I created an elegant leg to boost the bathroom sink and makeup vanities off the floor, and balanced that by grounding the two storage towers Cara requested on the chevroned marble floors.

You’ll notice that while this custom white bathroom design is completely unique, it also echos themes from the kitchen cabinetry and design. Like the chevron patterned flooring and star-themed upper glass-fronted cabinets above the storage towers. Even the rounded drawer pulls find themselves centered on each drawer face, echoing the look from the kitchen island end caps.

The best custom bathroom cabinet design works with the space you have to get you everything you need from a custom sink cabinet with matching vanity and floor to ceiling storage.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Ever wonder if your bathroom cabinet design ideas are too far fetched? With the right cabinet designer and builder, nothing is impossible!

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Rather than doing one double sink vanity, the Foxes’ master bathroom called for two separate sinks that face each other across the space. They are mirror reflections of one another, making the room feel expansive, yet evenly balanced. 

Built-In Design At Cottonwood

The best built in custom cabinets include a 100% unique design to fit your living space and are based on your aesthetic and functional needs.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

As you enter the formal living room space at The Cottonwood home, you’ll again notice the chevron floor motif and Cara’s love of stars coming through. The lamps, cabinet fronts, and even the hallway chandelier highlight the theme.

You can also see that Colonial influence here in the built-in cabinet design. Rather than the cleaner, simpler lines you saw in the bathroom and kitchen designs, here you have a colonial crown with the addition of a sub crown for a more ornate and luxurious look. Notice again, yet another ode to stars in the 4-pointed cutout design on the built-in cabinet door fronts.

Typically a custom built in entertainment center is family most often gathers to spend time together in a very casual and relaxing environment—so naturally, you’ll want something that reflects your taste and meets your needs of the space.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Office Design At Cottonwood

One of my favorite parts about coming up with cabinetry and design ideas for an entire home is that you get to work with every member of the family to understand their needs.

Not all built in cabinets for the office are in a deep, dark den-like room. This study space takes advantage of a all the natural light a home office could muster.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

This custom space is a dedicated home office space for the kids. Coming home from school, this homework space doubles as a mudroom with individual locker-style cabinets equipped with drawers to stow away personal items. Alongside the opposing wall, is a row of desks—built for ultimate efficiency in the space—for each of the kids to organize their things and accomplish their work, outside their rooms and outside the main living spaces in the home.

If you have more than one child, creating custom cabinets for a home office might mean multiple desks. This custom built in desk creates those necessary separate spaces, but with one continuous worktop for unimpeded design flow.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

I love the natural stained look of these desks and how all the lines from the floor, the cabinetry, the windows, and even the curtains pull the room together in that refined Colonial aesthetic.

Closet Design At Cottonwood

The built-in master closet is another room where we could specifically designed around the Fox family’s needs. With clothes easily accessible in display cabinets without doors and a large custom closet island—which measures 5 feet by 10 feet in the 20 foot by 20 foot closet—they can navigate the custom space exactly as they want to.

Don't forget the island full of drawers when coming up with built in closet ideas. You'll need space for delicates, jewelry, and even a comfy seat to put on shoes or just relax after a long day.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

One thing you should never feel when walking into a custom closet design is that you're, well, in a closet. It should feel more like an intimate and comfortable shopping experience!

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

The best built in custom cabinet for your closet should be a springboard for your items to shine and be easily found—even if you don't organize by the rainbow ;)

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

Don't forget the island full of drawers when coming up with built in closet ideas. You'll need space for delicates, jewelry, and even a comfy seat to put on shoes or just relax after a long day.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

I do love this built-in sitting bench and marble island countertops. It feels simultaneously luxurious and perfectly usable.

Entertainment Center Design At Cottonwood

The best entertainment center ideas are unique to each individual family. This built-in entertainment center is found in a more cozy wing of The Cottonwood home. Sporting more of a cottage theme, this is where the family hunkers down and relaxes together.

Those contrasting display shelves make this one of our most unique entertainment center ideas—you'd never find a custom cabinet design like this at the store.

Designer: Christopher Scott Cabinetry

I love this custom entertainment center’s clean lines and added visual interest with the oak inset shelves and storage bench lid, which also hearkens back to the unique kitchen design. Oh, and that bench was specifically designed to hold all their comfy throws for family movie nights!

Overall, The Cottonwood home gave us a fresh space to explore our cabinetry and design ideas. Behind the scenes, we worked hard to keep the cabinetry and overall Colonial themes cohesive throughout the home, yet at the same time fresh, luxurious, and family-friendly. What’s your favorite part of The Cottonwood home? Let us know in the comments!

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