Humble Dwellings Makes a Difference Around the World—One House at a Time

Designer Julie Meese seeks to create beautiful homes here in Utah and the world beyond.

At her Draper store—which she operates with daughters, Jasmine, Brynn and Halle—Julie brings 30 years of interior design experience into selecting the furnishings, accessories and objects that help her Utah clients get the right look for their home and lifestyle. A collection of vintage finds, large-format artwork, natural items such as driftwood and succulents, all blend in with the fun, funky and refurbished.

There’s also an international feel to the store, from the items—such as Gypset Travel books and African tribal baskets—to Julie’s philosophy on the importance of making a house feel like a home—anywhere.

“We are a give-back store,” she says.

A portion of Humble Dwellings’ proceeds goes toward better housing and living conditions for people around the world. Julie and her daughters helped provide school supplies for St. John students after Hurricane Irma destroyed classrooms. Currently, they’re raising funds to build an orphanage dormitory in Uganda through the Bisikwa Project and plan to visit this year to build beds.

“We love to help people here improve their own homes, but we want to help others [around the world] do the same,” she says.

“We love to help people here improve their own homes, but we want to help others [around the world] do the same.”

Get the Look

For the office that Julie Meese and her design team at Humble Dwellings designed for Salt Lake Parade of Homes, they used a playful color palette to give the room a family feel and create a space that would be a great working office for a mom.

The framed moon phase prints ($270 each), the focal point of the room, were an inspiration in the office design and the designers pulled in different pink tones through the rug, a signature Anastasia rug ($1,022) from Humble Dwellings. They then added the dark blue velvet exposed back chairs ($890) to complement the darker cool tones in the rug.

To avoid a cold modern feel, they used the antique crank table desk ($2,533) and the farrow bookcases ($1,750) to bring in rustic elements to warm up the space. Succulent arrangements, designed by Humble Dwellings’ in-house florist, bring a touch of nature indoors.