Scandinavian Style 

Behind the Scenes of a Modern Home Design 

Beyond the Box 

Tucked inside one of Billings’ newest subdivisions sits a Scandinavian-inspired beauty. It’s high contrast, modern style turned heads in the 2023 Parade of Homes. It was a style Ragan Yetley had a hand in bringing to life. Ragan is an inventive kitchen and bath designer with Beyond the Box who not only likes getting creative but loves when her clients come to her with plenty of inspiration.

“Marley originally found me because she went to the Parade of Homes in 2022 and saw the home we did that year,” Ragan says. “Her house ended up being in the next year’s parade with the same cabinets.”

Those cabinets feature a slab style door made out of textured laminate. It’s a product that’s not only durable but easy to clean.

“It has a wood texture to it, so it gives that natural wood feeling and the warmth that a natural wood brings to the space,” Ragan says.

If you step inside Justin and Marley Johnson’s home, Ragan says countless inspiration photos helped in the process. When all the decisions were made, Justin brought it all together as the builder on the project and as the owner of West Peak Construction.

“It was clear that they had been working and sorting through what they wanted for the project overall when they came to see me,” Ragan says.

The home’s striking layout features quite a few emerging trends. Aside from the slab doors, which are gaining in popularity, you’ll find large drawer pulls that create a statement and a solid surface backsplash.

“It’s one of my favorite backsplash options. We call it a full height backsplash,” Ragan says. “Whatever you use on your countertops is the same material used in your backsplash. It’s a really clean look.” It’s not only easy to clean but as Ragan says, “You don’t have to deal with any of those grout lines that you usually get with a tile backsplash.”

Over top the backsplash sits what can only be called the centerpiece of the couple’s new kitchen. It’s an eight-and-a-half-foot wide black hood that sits right over the stove.

“It is really striking,” Ragan says. “It was the focal point from the very beginning.”

You might think this hood is pure metal but it’s not. As Ragan shares, it’s made from a super-matte lightweight, durable form of laminate. It’s a green product meaning when put to use, it doesn’t release harmful chemicals and when you want to replace it, this entire piece can be recycled. 

The all-flush appliances and the kitchen’s sleek lines are also right on trend. The fact that Justin and Marley knew the style and brand of appliances they wanted to use was also a big plus in the design process.

“They knew they wanted the built-in double oven and those giant fridge and freezer columns. Knowing that, especially when they are out of the norm, and being able to design around those very specific things from the get-go is super helpful,” Ragan says.

In the end, the Johnson’s home showed off a sleek, Scandinavian-modern style that earned the honor of “best kitchen” in last fall’s Parade of Homes.

This wasn’t the only place, however, that Ragan helped to design. Beyond the Box outfitted all the home’s cabinetry as well as the organization in the home’s closets.

While it was a big undertaking, Ragan is quick to point out it was a team effort from top to bottom.

“Justin and Marley were really the masterminds behind the whole design,” Ragan says, “I just helped bring their vision to life.”


To see our full home story on this West Peak Construction home, click HERE. 

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