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Anything But Rustic: A Modern Mountain Home in Jackson Hole

Anything But Rustic: A Modern Mountain Home in Jackson Hole

One of my favorite projects to date, this home is a perfect example of how the right kind of furniture, accessories and art can take a space (that frankly was pretty sad to start) to a whole new level. We started with Old World rustic-meets-mountain-meets-too-much-wood and transformed it into a bright, modern 21st century home with tons of personality.

Situated in Jackson Hole just a few minutes from Teton Village, it was originally designed by Montana-based architecture firm JLF & Associates with traditional Old World craftsmanship and rustic materials i.e. reclaimed timber, stacked stone, Cor-Ten steel. However, the homeowners were anything BUT traditional and wanted something more playful and less obviously “rustic.”

Layer, Layer, Layer

The interiors started out with decent bones (good quality materials and relatively un-offensive finishes), which allowed me to layer the space with great lighting, touchable textures, kid-friendly and durable furnishings. Whimsical touches and playful art kept the mood light and fun.

Use Artwork to Inspire the Style

Mountain Contemporary| Life's Too Short For Beige Photo: Gibeon Photography

I chose a color palette that was neutral but far from basic. Honey and caramel hues warm up the living spaces punctuated by rich blues and bright whites. A show-stopping Berman/Rosetti sofa, upholstered in honey-toned leather anchors the living room. The room is presided over by “Wyatt”, a bemused-looking pronghorn mixed-media work we found at Diehl Gallery in Jackson.

“Wyatt” really set the tone for the rest of the home with a cheeky interpretation of traditional “Western” style, which we carried throughout the home with furry fabrics from Munna, feathers from Porta Romana and more playful art from Kollabs, GI Artlab and Mike Piggott.

Create Spaces that Spark Conversation

In the entryway, a graphic Kyle Bunting hide-on-hair rug makes a perfect contrast to the rough wood paneling. In lieu of the traditional “mountain house” bronze statue in the entryway, we opted for an ostrich-feather shade from Porta Romana, which lends a fashion element to the space. My clients don’t take themselves too seriously, and having this piece in the entryway definitely sparks conversation.

Mountain Contemporary | Life's Too Short For Beige


Bedrooms Shouldn’t Be Too Serious

Mountain Contemporary | Life's Too Short For Beige

I believe that bedrooms should be inspiring. Usually the most overlooked room in the house, I love to layer great art with soft textures and bold colors. In the guest room (note the lack of log furnishings and not a single antler chandelier in site), was hung a quirky polaroid picture from GI Artlab called “West Coast Road Trip” and I finished the space with two gorgeous nagori stools covered in fur from Bleu Nature.  

For the master bedroom, a chicadee painting in bright turquoise by Mike Piggott  livens up the neutral palette, while a vintage fur-covered lucite stool from adds a feminine touch to the space. The purple lamp is another great pop of color.

Lighting is Key

Mountain Contemporary | Life's Too Short For Beige
Photo: Gibeon Photography

The owners decided to keep the original kitchen cabinets and layout, but I was able to offset the rustic cabinets with modern chairs and a knockout “Le Pentagone” chandelier from Jonathan Browning Studios, which hangs over a sleek table from Troscan Design.

No Rules

Mountain Contemporary | Life's Too Short For Beige
Photo: Gibeon Photography

The key to this home was curating special pieces that make it feel authentic. We mixed a diverse range of styles, colors, textures and artwork and stayed away from one specific look or price point. A home should never look like a showroom or catalog. It should have personality and meaning.

What’s the takeaway?

  • Buy things you love.
  • Buy the best you can afford.
  • Use unexpected colors and textures.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.
  • Stay away from catalog accessories and hit online sources like Chairish and for cool, offbeat pieces.
  • Start with art as the inspiration for a space.
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