Capitol HIll Transformation

Big City Style

When first approached to work on this iconic residence located on Capitol Hill, Belle encountered a dark, dysfunctional and dated home. Rooms were tiny, windows were few, and whatever character had originally been in the home, had been stripped away long ago. What originally started out as two distinct private residences, joined by a long breezeway, created a linear floor plan fraught with obstacles. Since the property and its surroundings are listed in a historic district of the city, another challenge became working carefully within the existing footprint of the home. The original exterior structure had to remain intact, including window and door locations. The home really had no specific architectural theme to draw upon, other than a few arched windows and an interesting assortment of interior columns. The clients did however, have delightfully eclectic taste, great design energy and the patience of a saint to live through the renovation. Belle and her team infused all the spaces with light, removed barrier walls and raised ceilings wherever they could get away with it. The final design was kept simple, sleek and glamorous. The client was not shy about utilizing fur, sparkle, bling and color – which for Belle opened up a world of non-typical design opportunities. Comfortable seating groupings allow for conversation, entertaining and small or large gatherings. A handsome glass wine storage cabinet displays the client’s wine collection next to an adjoining wet bar, complete with gold brushed accent tile and gloss teal cabinetry. The gorgeous kitchen flows effortlessly from one room to the next, cleverly placed in the center of the revamped floor plan to the heart of the home. Belle moved the formal dining space to the large breezeway, and incorporated a “lite as a feather” magnificent Italian copper chandelier to sparkle during evening dinner parties. To keep everything from getting to serious, a reclaimed wood floor connects the spaces with a nod to the home’s storied past. The final result is a residence that is hip, fun and just a little bit quirky – all hidden under a dark, dysfunctional and dated past. 

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


Yalecrest Revival

Moving Towards the Light

This lovely project in one of Salt Lake City’s most coveted neighborhoods, built by Northstar Builders, demonstrates Belle’s deft approach at bringing life into all of her designs. With a new soft warm white backdrop, moldings, lighting and a deft placement of accessories, shimmer and sparkle at every turn. Gone are the heavy black iron light fixtures and drab putty colored walls, replaced with glistening crystal lighting and tactile fabrics, adding a pleasant freshness and giving the home a welcoming feel. But things are seldom as they seem. What at first appears as a timeless, delicate design is actually a very practical and functional space; ready to meet the needs of a busy, young and active family. Belle’s careful selection of durable fabrics, colors and lasting materials will serve this client well for many years to come; always surrounded by light.  

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield

2017 IIDA Best Award - Best Live Single Award
2016 Build News Award - Best High-End Design Studio


South Temple Refinement

Beauty and Grace

How do you take a contemporary high-rise residence from the 1980’s and turn it into a study in detail and elegance? You hire Belle Kurudzija and her capable team. Transforming a dated and drab South Temple penthouse from the disco era into a comfortable home for entertaining and gracious comfort was not small task. Belle moved walls, raised ceilings, and pulled out any reference that dated the residence to achieve this complete transformation. The client’s love for all things Parisian served as her inspiration. Soothing soft shades of gray blue, pale rose, and sage are carried throughout the residence with tremendous skill and talent. A fantastic kitchen full of character and charm replaced a former white laminate contemporary box kitchen. And that was just the beginning. A two story French limestone mantle infuses a soaring dining room with romance and glamour. A smaller French fireplace brings comfort to a sitting room. Exquisite hand painted doors, designed by Belle in the client’s former residence, were repurposed seamlessly into the new design. A delightful playroom, for the client’s grandchildren received special attention, because even on South Temple little people are very important. 

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


Cottonwood Residence

In Grand Manor

A stunning and classically beautiful Georgian inspired residence in Cottonwood, Utah, becomes yet again another wonderful backdrop for one of Belle Kurudzija’s finest designs. Her quiet restraint in design echoes throughout every room. From the soft and delicate formal Living Room, to the masculine and rich Study; this home’s stately architecture speaks of elegance, refinement and grace. A proud and important Entry Hall becomes a clever backdrop for crystal, sparkling metals and even a crisp navy blue lacquer chest. To keep spaces from feeling contrived, Belle shifted from a sea traditional and expected landscapes to artwork featuring multiple themes; from traditional to subtle contemporary. As is often evidenced in Belle’s work, few things in any room ever scream “look at me!” – but rather everything she places in her design serves to compliment and embrace whatever is next to it. This results in design harmony and comes off as effortless, never feeling forced, trendy or contrived. Showing her ability to work with softer pastel palettes as well as bolder and rich color schemes, this welcoming residence offers a timeless snapshot of beauty and the ease of well executed design. Watch for more to come as Belle begins to move into additional areas of this grand home. Hopefully the best is yet to come!

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield

2017 Best Award - Merit Live Single Award


Pepperwood Residence

Livable and Entertaining

This is a home with 2 primary goals; family gathering and adult entertaining. Spaces are clearly defined for “grownups” and the “kids” – with each being as energetic as the other. Strong lines, architectural elements and colorful contrast make this home appealing on many levels. An example of working with a game plan, this home has been designed and completed in stages comfortable to the client and their busy family.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija

2016 IIDA Best Award - Best Single Space for the Home Bar


Fruit Heights Residence

Tailored Simplicity

Sometimes Lisman Studio is asked to create a space for a family to return to and this traditional home would be a great example. Although the children are grown, the sense of place is evident at every turn. One of Lisman Studio’s most gracious and comfortable homes to date, this residence located on a quiet cul-de-sac beckons, family gatherings, relaxation and gracious entertaining.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija

Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


Holladay Residence

High Energy Midcentury

This home, winner of the ASID Award of Excellence, started out as a sad and tired mid-century diamond in the rough. With a keen eye towards the original concept of the house, the design team carefully dissected, studied and evaluated each piece of the original structure to restore that which had been lost, refurbish that which remained and create a tribute to an exciting chapter in design history – all with an eye towards the future. To quote one of the Judges of the ASID Competition, “Finally a mid-century home restoration that doesn’t look like a museum!”

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija

2014 IIDA BEST Award - Single Unit
2013 ASID Design Excellence Award


North Salt Lake Residence

Study in Simplify

A wonderful example of adding color to a rather brown and gray rustic room, infusing it with texture and interest. Warm hues combined with the existing wood and stone provide a space both gracious and welcoming. If new design elements look like they have always been there – a successful design marriage has been achieved.  

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija


Holladay Residence

Urban Chic

When asked how we felt about designing a concrete house, Lisman Studio said, sure! The challenge here was to create comfort and coziness in a house that was almost completely covered in hard surfaces; stone, concrete, steel, glass and iron. Even devoid of wall to wall carpeting, this contemporary home feels intimate and beautifully captures the outdoor views and landscape. The consistently neutral palette provides an endless opportunity for quick color updates.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija


Park City Residence

Mountain Functionality

This renovation of a tired mountain residence infused fresh energy and life into a home located in a terrific setting. Without compromising the mountain charm of the home, a clean new color palette, updated patterns and furnishings served to create a lovely gathering space for many years to come. The new renovation also helps the home to feel more versatile for year round use, rather than just for winter ski adventures.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija

Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


Rock A Bye Baby

A Nursery That Sings

When your name is as cool as Axel Ray, you’ve definitely got to have an awesome “crib” to match. As interior designers, few projects are more fun and inspiring than a nursery. And when the baby’s dad is a celebrity radio DJ, things really start to get interesting. How about a nursey designed around a rock and roll music theme? The trick was how to make the room feel playful and age appropriate for Axel, without making it come off like a Hard Rock Café. The clients felt Belle took on the challenge and pulled it off beautifully. Vintage LP’s in shadow box frames, boom box “cassette” wallpaper, and a roman valance made from guitar pick printed fabric, really make this room sing! A charming book shelf and stuffed animal storage give the room a distinctly kid’s point of view. In addition, Blake Lisman created some clever visual graphics to bring the whole room together, including inspiring quotes from musicians. This will be a room that can grow with Axel for several years, or at least until he decides to start his own rock band!   

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


Federal Heights Refresh

A Study In Simplicity

When a tired and charming Federal Heights residence was ready for a freshening, the clients turned to Lisman Studio to bring back the beauty. New creamy white cabinetry brought a kitchen back to life and playful accessories in a custom designed hutch give the space a cozy feel. While stark high gloss white cabinetry in the master suite was replaced with calming matte shades of pale green. Overly ornamental door profiles and dated hardware were reborn as simple tailored silhouettes, with sparkling new hardware in polished nickel. The master bath had room for lounge seating, so full advantage was taken of the substantial footprint to add comfortable generously padded club chairs in a durable fabric for easy care and maintenance. The design team added plush area rugs, a recessed television and a beverage center to enhance this unfussy, functional and elegant space. A hallway guest bath was refreshed with new painted and glazed cabinetry and stunning new marble countertops. A Jacobean wallcovering brings softness and style to this gracious and welcoming room.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


East Bench Beauty

A Thoughtful Curation

The east bench of Salt Lake City is filled with wonderful older family homes situated on substantial lots with sweeping views. With their choice location in the center of the city, they are worthy of thoughtful renovations and updates. When the owners of this residence approached Belle and her team, they loved the house and valued the location and didn’t want to move. But the floorplan and interior finishes definitely needed some attention. Small, cramped and formal rooms were opened up, walls came down and light began to fill spaces that had previously felt confined. By taking out a rarely used formal dining room, the kitchen was able to expand, including creating a new space for dining that flowed better with the new gorgeous kitchen and adjoining great room. The master suite was reconfigured to include a new larger master bath, where Belle incorporated regimented tile accents, large mirrors and handsome sinks. As you study the final photos, you notice a calmness in each room that creates a wonderful sense of order and an absence of fussiness. Other than the owner’s exquisite Persian rugs, few other patterns exist. For Belle, who is comfortable working with stripes, florals, and geometric patterns, this home’s lack of pattern conveys a sense of tranquility.  

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


Sandy Residence

Welcome Home

A wonderful example of adding color to a rather brown and gray rustic room, infusing it with texture and interest. Warm hues combined with the existing wood and stone provide a space both gracious and welcoming. If new design elements look like they have always been there – a successful design marriage has been achieved.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


South Temple Residence

Refined and Welcoming

Sometimes little things do come in small packages! This small South Temple Condominium had its owners wondering if they should move. They desperately needed more space! New built-in cabinets, and doors that open up adjoining rooms gave the client much needed elbow room and finally, storage space. The custom doors are hand painted in an Italianate design, giving the rooms a rich European flair – in addition to concealing practical storage where you would least expect.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija
Associate Designer Emily Hatfield


North Salt Lake Residence

Fresh and Bright

What do you do when you love your location, but have outlived your house? In this case the answer was a simple one. Renovate! Tired and dated colors and materials were replaced with light, light and more light. A dowdy oak kitchen gained new life with a new transitional white kitchen and fun pops of color. Every room is filled with light, space and color.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija


Eaglewood Residence

Époque Style

A dark and unfinished basement became the perfect opportunity to create a comfortable and colorful Parisian inspired family room, complete with built-in media. Cool shades of blues and soft cream help the space to feel larger than it is. And the kitchen is the perfect spot for refreshments between screenings of the latest chic flick or NBA Game! As versatile as it is handsome, this room performs on every level to meet the client’s needs.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija


Eaglewood Residence

Coastal Bold

What do you do when you have a dingy dark basement but desperately need extra room for a busy young family? You turn it into a family media room with a color scheme inspired by the Hamptons! Coastal colors and moldings give this transitional space breathing room, while making it functional and appealing – even without much natural light. In constant use, the family has found this to be a valuable addition to their lifestyle.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija


Salt Lake Residence

Bungalow Redux

A good designer should be able to turn any volume of space into something that functions perfectly and inspires the senses. Even though this little bath is small in square footage, its big in style and efficiency. A calming color palette creates the perfect complement to help someone get ready for the day – or relax at the end of one.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija

2016 IIDA Best Award - Merit Single Space Award


Salt Lake Residence

Timeless Classic

This Arts and Crafts bungalow proved to be the perfect backdrop for timeless and classical modern furnishings. A high energy color palette keeps the room fresh and current. Simple lines and clean arrangements make this home ready to stand the test of time.

Lead Designer Belle Kurudzija