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28 Gallery Inspiration New and old West meet and meld.
22 Elements: Designer Picks 24 Personal Style: One Work Four local artists explain the genesis, recalibrations, and happy accidents that led to finished works of art. 36 Entertaining With Simplicity Throw a memorable party without stress— our expert shows you how. 40 Kitchen Confidential Two esteemed private chefs share their dream kitchen designs. 44
Architecture for the People Architectural innovators push our experience of Grand Teton National Park into rich, new directions while hearkening back to heritage structures.
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Coordinating Success Realizing the design package of an out-ofstate architect, this spectacularly modern team effort is a marvel of precision and continuity.
70 A Rare and Revised Masterpiece A magnificent lodge-style family home is lovingly expanded by its original architect, plus full team, creating a quintessentially Jackson Hole retreat. 76 A Home in Tune Our cover home opens up to a vivid canvas of confident choices, ingenious renovations, and picture-perfect detailing. 80 A Frontier of Collaboration Four distinct teams pool their considerable talents to create one of the valley’s most iconic destinations. 88 Celebrating 10 Years of Community and Friendship A club that’s also a community reflects on its 10th anniversary and looks forward to an upcoming membership milestone.
30 Toast of the Town The 2015 Falls Arts Festival promises a packed roster of events. 33 Artist Focus A local painter explores her artistic evolution and credo to create. 34 A Membership; A Way of Life See why National Museum of Wildlife Art’s membership societies are the place to be, socially. 42 High Notes Philanthropists raise their glasses for the Grand Teton Music Festival.
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LE TT ER F R OM H OM ES TEA D Better Together No one element makes up the beauty of our view; rather, its alchemy is the result of combination: sheer to flat, lush to arid, water to open air. Not dissimilarly, a house achieves its own alchemy after many players have had their hand in a project. Architect, interior designer, builder, and artisans work together to create residential masterworks that, in turn, find full expression once a family is “home.” Artists working alone draw from feedback and personal inspirations while the West’s designers look outside as they envision inside experiences. All in all, collaboration (in whatever form it takes) is the name of the game. In this issue, Meg Daly chats with chefs about their ideal kitchen environments; David Porter and Richard Anderson cover successful team-led renovations; Katy Niner asks about the holistic process that leads to one work of art; and Jenn Rein learns how a spirit of community guides a local club. We’ve also got tips for throwing a stress-free party, an in-depth look at architecture in Grand Teton National Park, an inside glimpse of upcoming happenings, and a stunning portfolio of drool-worthy residential projects to share. With diverse design stories to inspire you—and our brand new Resource Directory— it has never been easier to locate your own team and collaborate on something truly special.
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Melinda Duquette acts as Circ’s sales and marketing director, and has been with Homestead magazine since its inception. With a passion for the diverse beauty of architecture and design, Melinda feels fortunate to forge partnerships with so many of the valley’s multitalented artisans. A bit of a multitalent herself, Melinda loves photography and spending quality time with her husband and children. Latham Jenkins began publishing Homestead magazine in 2001 after identifying the need for a platform that showcases the talents of the local art and design community. Latham is a native of North Carolina and grew to love the people, culture, and natural beauty of Jackson Hole after spending his summers working as a scenic raft guide in Grand Teton National Park. He never left. Megan Jenkins is the coordinator of the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, now in its third year. As a member of the Fall Arts Festival committee and a Homestead sales associate, Megan loves creating firsthand opportunities for patrons to experience the residential masterpieces pictured within the magazine. A valley resident of 19 years, she is proud to be raising her two children as Wyoming natives. This is Kirsten Rue’s first time acting as managing editor for Homestead, and it has been her pleasure to follow the valley’s aesthetic as it manifests in artful interiors, feats of building ingenuity, and the quality work of every contributor. An author and Jackson Hole native, Kirsten has a weakness for seductive sentences, decadent desserts, and alliteration. New to the Homestead team, Creative Director Cristine Wehner brings 10 years of professional graphic design experience to the table. Her design curiosity and keen eye for compelling photography result in a distinct sense of composition on each and every page. Cristine is an observer, forward thinker, and lover of all things creative.
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CO N T R I B UT I N G W R I TER S “No one gets anything done all by themselves,” says Richard Anderson, who in addition to freelancing serves as a deputy editor at the Jackson Hole News&Guide. “If you tried, you’d go nuts. It’s much more fun to collaborate and co-create, anyway.” He co-creates his life in Jackson Hole with his wife, Yana, and 9-year-old son, Griffen.
Meg Daly lives in Jackson, Wyoming, where she writes about art and culture, and runs the contemporary art gallery Daly Projects. In addition to Homestead, her articles have appeared in Jackson Hole News&Guide, Planet JH, Oregon Green Living, The Oregonian, and other publications. “Collaboration goes hand-in-hand with creativity,” she says. “I approach writing articles as a collaboration between myself, the subject, and my editors—hopefully I provide the conduit for the subject’s story, and my editors fine-tune the frame so that a cohesive and compelling story emerges.”
Katy Niner has taken a circuitous route as a writer: from studying fiction at Princeton University to newspaper subediting in Hanoi, Vietnam, to marketing at the Asia Society in New York City—all before decamping to Wyoming. At the Jackson Hole News&Guide, she started as a summer intern and left as the arts editor. Now, she writes collaboratively across the spectrum of art, design, architecture, and culture while stoking her sartorial wanderlust via her blog, Wear + Here.
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WALLPAPER: “Wallpaper adds a whole new dimension and can be a wonderful, unexpected surprise in a space; for instance, adding it to a powder-room ceiling or applying a vertical pattern horizontally. This nature-inspired concept makes any small space an instant statement.”
BOOKENDS: “Petrified wood is one of our favorite materials to work with. It’s veined with natural patterns and colors, rich in texture and depth. We recently used these unique bookends to add character in a client’s library. Accessories and extra touches like these are such an easy and inexpensive way to add flair to a space.”
CHAIRS: “The upholstered Lee Industry chairs are very universal. We love the small-scale and nailhead detail. They can be pulled up for extra seating in a living room or placed in a cozy guest bedroom as accent chairs.”
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FABRICS: “Fabric pairings are a great way to add life and energy to any room. We aren’t afraid to mix patterns, textures, and styles; grouping a Western print with an unexpected color or geometric pattern is a fun way to introduce ‘Mountain Modern’ into any home.” A. Patterned velvet by Vervain B. Geometric embroidery by Donghia C. Native American-inspired fabric by Andrew Martin D. Geometric embroidery by Donghia
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L AN D S CA PE Iconic forms in the landscape provoke inspiration. How can we disrupt the natural beauty of the land as little as possible; to blend with it and yet create spectacular visual experiences? New designs unify the desire for a cozy cabin with spacious modern living.
T E C H TO N I C S Just as the plates of the earth come together to create mountain ranges and texture, buildings come together in perfect lines: beam by beam, glass to frame, steel and truss. Visual drama is added as structures gain strength and solidity.
LIGHT Light imbues individual rooms with comfort, enhancing the tone of a home and instilling awareness of our surroundings. The interplay of inside and outside space is one of angle, exposure, and carefully choreographed transitions.
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P ER S O N AL ST Y L E : O NE WO RK
D I ST ILLATION: Eliot Goss, “Logjam” “Logjam” evolved over six months and three canvases. Last summer, Goss spotted this tangle above the String Lake outlet, a composition made compelling by the slab boulder, the rushing water, and the deadfall pile-up. He painted a 16-by-20inch canvas en plein air and let it sit for several months. Come winter, he zoomed in on the log angles and dark flow. By the following spring, he moved up in size, creating the final composition. “I take what I learn from focusing down into the painting and then going large.”
> Story by Katy Niner > Photography by Latham Jenkins For most of his life, Eliot Goss has pursued two parallel tracks: architecture and painting. Educated on the East Coast (at Princeton and MIT), he moved west, landing first in Denver, then settling in 1990 at the foot of the Tetons. With architecture taking up 98 percent of his time, he carved out 2 percent for painting. Now, the ratio has flipped: He spends the majority of his time making art, reserving a small part for longstanding architecture clients. No longer as driven to sell his work, instead he is “trying to make as terrific a painting as I can.”
Goss prefers “to paint right on the dividing line of objective and non-objective painting,” à la his favorite 20th century painter, Richard Diebenkorn, whose Ocean Park series also balances on that knife-edge.
Goss works with a painting advisor, his old friend Joanna Reinhoff in Colorado. An abstract artist early in life, Reinhoff now works in poetry, with an incisive eye she applies to his paintings, approving only a small fraction. Her main advice: Focus. Eschewing the Renaissance ideal of foreground, middle ground, and background, she tells him to zero in on the most compelling idea; disregard the deep space and bring everything to the surface. Goss reconsidered past paintings, magnifying small moments of success into new works. Thirty-four studies surfaced from this exercise, including “Logjam.” He said, “You get an entirely different painting. You abstract it naturally through the process of painting. … It’s changed the way I paint and changed the way I look at landscape.”
Goss paints in two-hour stints—bursts of creativity
Goss initially worked in watercolors, but switched to oils
that suit his “impatient” artistic temperament. Larger
15 years ago. Recently, he began applying a plethora of
compositions begin with an underpainting, often
mediums to portraits, attending the weekly model sessions
done in purple. Over this, he adds two or three layers.
at the Art Association. His favorites—faces in charcoal and
This was not the case, however, with “Logjam”: It
watercolor—line the foyer of his studio; the rest he returns to
worked, miraculously, with only one layer of overpaint.
the models. After so much experimentation, he appreciates the tactile nature of oils.
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M AG N I FI CAT I O N: B ro n w yn Minton Minton is fascinated with lenses: mythological, literary, and
Growing up with creative parents in bucolic Vermont,
scientific. Although she studied photography at the Rhode
Minton’s childhood brimmed with experimenting and
Island School of Design, she has since stepped away from
making. “I was always encouraged to try things and work
the camera. And yet, the act of looking remains crucial to
with different ideas and media.” She carried this intrepid
her practice. Metaphoric in her mind, lenses frame a view,
sense of inquiry with her into the problem-solving art
whether magnified or distorted.
program at RISD.
For this piece, Minton sourced micaceous clay. The bits of mica lend sparkle, a dance of light magnified by the lenses.
Bronwyn Minton does not abide by classifications of genre; instead, she adventures across disciplines, merging mediums and creating processes all her own. Her latest work, part of a group ceramics show at the Center for the Arts, blends drawing, photography, sculpture, and interactive installation. Creative in all avenues of her life, Minton spends her days working as the associate curator of art and research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art; nights and weekends find her experimenting in her home studio, playing with her son, Odin, or cooking with her husband, Mike.
The installation’s design emulates the way Minton draws—the doodles she makes, the intuitive marks on paper, the evidence of hand-to-eye communication. Equipped with components cast in her studio, she composes her installations on-site.
Minton builds large installations out of small pieces, akin to
Through reoccurring experiments, Minton explores the interface between humans and
individuals making up a community or granules forming a
nature. “I am fascinated by how mythology, literature, and science form lenses through
beach—all models of magnification. She sees patterns: the
which we have interactions with nature.” On hikes, whether around town or on vacation,
play of tiny things, of light on water, of cells in organisms.
Minton collects objects found in nature: seed pods, shed shells, botanical tufts. Her
“I use simple forms derived from nature as a starting point,
sculpted “specimens” grow from these ground finds, as she plays with scale, making the
often exploiting radically different scale, from the microscopic
microscopic monumental, and through simplification, distilling detail into essence.
to the monumental.”
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LO O K -SEE: Mike P iggott, “Another Place” Piggott observes art as he does nature: ever open to learning. At a recent exhibition of David Hockney’s new work at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, he felt awestruck by the artist’s refreshingly close gaze: One room featured the same stretch of road near Hockney’s Yorkshire home, reconsidered in all four seasons. Piggott felt inspired by how much fun the septuagenarian seemed to be having, pulling big canvases from his trunk and painting en plein air with the enthusiasm of a teenager. “Hockney is someone who actually looks at something,” he said. “He is painting about the process of painting and looking.”
Wander into Mike Piggott’s world and stay awhile. There are no rules for interpretation; see whatever you see. Let yourself experience the art, as he always has: Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, schooled at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Winchester College of Art in England, Piggot now knows the mountains and forests of Jackson Hole.
As a painter, Piggott is prone to self-annihilation. “I can have a perfect little landscape and want to stick a tractor tire in it.” “Another Place” gave him an outlet for such instincts.
Some paintings are all-consuming and cerebral, where Piggott finds A colorist, Piggott lets his paintbrush
himself engrossed for a weekend.
wander with associations. “Another Place”
Others grow at their own pace, like
began with the log stump, which reminded
him of Tootsie Rolls. The looping lasso arrived soon after, the perfect perch for birds. The butter-colored fog seemed to ground the composition. Ever inventorying the imagery, Piggott describes this process as following his nose. He trusts his instinct to “toss an F sharp in there.” Piggott paints from looking. “In the process of painting or drawing, you learn about what you are looking at.” While other works in his portfolio give clues to his surroundings, “Another Place” pulls from a place of automatic, almost formalist instinct. Like a collage, it accumulated elements over three years, with parts borrowed or morphed from other canvases. An orange paint mixed for another piece made him think of candy corn, and placing the cones close to birds felt right: Spotting a bird on a walk through the woods is, for him, much like being a kid in a candy shop.
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W ILD O N E: A m y R in g h olz, “Living Proof ” The phoenix is the spirit animal of Ringholz Studios, specifically its Middle English variant, Fenix, and all its mythology. Fenixes are female; only one exists at a time; their life cycles are ash-born and blazing. Since launching Ringholz Studios, Ringholz has hosted a series of Fenixes, each event larger in magical scale. Last summer at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, she staged the “Rise of the Fenix” event and exhibition. “Living Proof” was the first piece she painted for her modern menagerie. Measuring 72 by 72 inches, it remains one of the largest canvases she has ever completed.
Ohio born and bred, Amy Ringholz once spent a semester in the mountains of New Mexico and resolved to be as bold as nature in her painting. With her art diploma in hand, she drove west to Wyoming to explore the wildness she imagined. Flash forward 10 years and Three deer initially populated the painting, a trio led by the enduring yearling. Ringholz ultimately found the three too distracting, so she painted the followers out.
Ringholz had become a Teton trailblazer as the youngest artist ever featured by the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Never one to rest on her laurels, Ringholz parlayed her Fall Arts triumph into a new career trajectory: A year ago, she pulled her paintings from most galleries and established Ringholz Studios with the goal of immersing art lovers in inspiration. Through events she produces and scholarships she funds via sales, Ringholz shares her wild muse with the rest of the world.
Strong and daring. Loose and free. “Living Proof” now hangs at Ringholz Studios, the brand-new
Keen to combine fashion and wildlife art, Ringholz imagined her animals as models on a runway. For inspiration, she turned to the pages of Vogue, studying the palettes used in the spreads. Those hues informed the circular forms that set the mood, or attitude, of “Living Proof.”
gallery manifestation of Ringholz’s Another difference at birth: “Living Proof” began with a dark background as a stage for contrast. Quite the
vision. In its new habitat, surrounded by modern décor, the deer sings.
opposite: It swallowed the geometric design. Ringholz had to wait days for the painting to dry before she could return with white. Deliberately imperfect, she wanted hints of color to peek through.
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T HE NEW O LD W ES T > Story by Homestead Staff > Photography Courtesy of Trailside Galleries
he local Trailside Galleries space harnesses stillness—spacious, warmly lit, contemplative. The paintings and sculptures themselves, however, hum with energy. A set of metal stairs leads to even more discoveries on the upper floor. With locations in Jackson Hole and Scottsdale, Arizona, the Trailside Galleries have garnered a reputation as top dealers in the vast genre of American representational art since 1963. Here, content often echoes our natural surroundings and the rich history of the American West: quaking aspens; horses and riders cresting undiscovered vistas; the realistic ripple of an elk’s sinew during a river crossing. Alongside these more traditional depictions hang figurative and contemporary works as well—paintings that put a fresh spin on Western scenes, whether normally unheralded (the muted impressionism of a furrowed field) or winsomely observed (a dynamic and playful moose crashing through the snow). With their vast collection of American masters, combined with a current roster of acclaimed modern artists showing exciting, genre-pushing work, there has never been a better time to pay a visit to Trailside Galleries. w
Jeremy Browne “Memories of Midnight” Acrylic, 18 x 36 in. With an appreciation of the outdoors and farm country inspired by his childhood in central Ontario, Browne continues to be drawn to the stark beauty of rural scenes. His paintings work often with gradations of light and the restrained tone of late-season farmyards and pastures. As Browne explains, “I have found that painting a winter landscape allows me to focus all of my attention on the light and mood of my painting, and not focus on the foliage of a tree. This allows me to explore new ways to produce interesting lighting effects in my landscapes.”
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Dinah Worman “Red Willow Morning” Oil, 48 x 48 in. Hailing from New Mexico, Worman creates paintings that are praised for their clarity, depth, and deployment of light. In the words of the artist, “I work to press beyond method and into a flow of creative instinct; using pastel, oil, acrylic, or printmaking to express myself with unusual compositions and expanding vision.” Fascinated by explorations of man and his relationship to the landscape, Worman has been recognized as a Master Pastellist by the Pastel Society of America.
Renso Tamse “Snowfall Pace” Watercolor, 40 x 60 in. Tamse, born in 1974, is a native of the Netherlands and a graduate of the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. There, he learned to combine his training in abstract and modern art with realism and “the mystical resonances of nature in the wild.” He is inspired by the flora and fauna of Europe, and has traveled extensively to study and capture natural environments. The artist exhibits frequently in his home country, England, Germany, and the U.S.
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TO A ST O F THE TO W N Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival | September 10-20, 2015 > Story by Jenn Rein > Photography by Latham Jenkins, Courtesy of Western Design Conference and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
fter the high summer season has waned, there remains much more to look forward to with the start of the annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Showcasing work from all over the West, it continues to be a benefit for the artists that make it thrive and the community that provides enthusiasm for their talent. Now in its 31st year, this art and design rendezvous has witnessed a distinct evolution in the themes of the Western art genre. Depictions of expansive vistas, majestic wildlife, and the mythical cowboy will remain the foundation on which Western art thrives. But in the genre’s current state, artists tackling the subject matter from a fresh perspective are thriving, and more unique events than ever allow patrons and collectors from all over the country to sit in the front row.
FALL ARTS FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS SEPTEMBER 1 0 | T H U R SDAY Western Design Conference Gala Event: Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show 6pm – 10pm Snow King Center WesternDesignConference.com 1 1 | F R I DAY Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale 10am – 5pm • Snow King Center WesternDesignConference.com Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk 5pm – 8pm • Various gallery locations JacksonHoleChamber.com 1 2 | SAT U R DAY Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale 10am – 5pm • Snow King Center WesternDesignConference.com 1 3 | SU N DAY Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale 10am – 5pm • Snow King Center WesternDesignConference.com Taste of the Tetons 11am – 3pm • Jackson Town Square JacksonHoleChamber.com
1 8 | F R I DAY The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes 11am – 4pm • Various locations JacksonHoleShowcase.com
J AC K S O N S ETS THE STAGE
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce plays the role of ringleader throughout the FAF. The selection of this year’s featured artist is a reflection on the thoughtful work that goes into planning each year. Bill Schenck, the first artist to design a poster for the FAF decades ago, carries the torch this year. His image, “13 Minutes to Eternity,” depicts the cowboy and mountain culture in vivid contemporary realism. Schenck, whose work can be found in major collections throughout the world, will be available to sign this year’s image at Altamira Fine Art. Providing a collectible takeaway for art lovers, a signed copy of the FAF annual poster has become a beloved souvenir of the event. The pull does not stop there.
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1 9 | SAT U R DAY QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction 9am • Jackson Town Square JacksonHoleChamber.com The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes 11am – 4pm • Various locations JacksonHoleShowcase.com 2 0 | SU N DAY Art Brunch Gallery Walk 11am – 3pm • Various locations JacksonHoleChamber.com
WESTERN DESIGN CONFERENCE GALA EVENT: OPENING PREVIEW PARTY + FASHION SHOW September 10 | 6pm – 10pm EXHIBIT + SALE September 11-13 | 10am – 5pm
FO R M ME E TS FU N C TIO N
The Western Design Conference Opening Preview Party kicks off these 10 artful days in September with a bang, allowing a select few the opportunity to meet the artisans that have been juried into this year’s WDC. Other highlights of the evening will include a jewelry and fashion show that features both established designers and those that are new to this long-held event. Guests will be able to shop the finely crafted pieces while enjoying creations by the culinary team at Café Genevieve. The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale presents functional art throughout the opening weekend of the Falls Arts Festival. Many tastes are accommodated through the exploration of Retail Row—a reflection on current trends in fashion and accessories for the home. The return of the WDC’s Designer Show House will emphasize local architecture and interior design in a home setting that establishes its own atmosphere through innovation on theme. Clockwise from top left: Montana Dreamwear, The Peak Antler Company, Lia Kass Glass Art, Many Tears, Red Iron Studio, Teri Pelio Jewelry
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Palates & Palettes pairs art with flavor. Restaurants serve signature tastes while foot traffic flows from one art gallery to another. Often, the pairing of a restaurant and gallery may create a scene of its own with the addition of wine and music. This walk around downtown Jackson is a locals’ favorite, with good reason. Two days later, the open-air, juried art fair, Takin’ It to the Streets, will feature Jackson’s finest artists selling their work to a public with discerning taste. With the fair now in its 16th year, the art that is provided to purchase on the Town Square during these few hours is both exceptional and varied in its composition. After the artists pull up their stakes, the party continues as the eateries, private chefs, and caterers that define the food landscape in Jackson have their time to shine during the Taste of the Tetons. A savory journey, it is accompanied by a wine tasting, silent auction, and live music. TASTE OF THE TETONS September 13 | 11am – 3pm
TH E A L L U R E OF T H E VAL L E Y
Away from the Town Square and hidden in the dramatic topography that surrounds Jackson, magnificent views are glimpsed from within some of the finest homes in the country. These residential spaces are often an ode to the craft of design-build; their artful interiors a reflection on sublime living.
JACKSON HOLE SHOWCASE OF HOMES September 18-19 | 11am – 4pm
A unique element to the FAF schedule, the Homestead magazine-hosted Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes will allow a limited group the chance to explore a handful of private residences during the festival’s final weekend. Representing the diversity of residential styles that reflect the New West, this self-guided, two-day tour of custom architecture and design also provides interaction with the team members who helped to create the spaces. Questions ranging in subject from site selection to architectural finishes to choices in art can be answered by the artisans and craftsmen on hand. This is a rare opportunity, and has the added appeal as a fundraiser for the charitable organization of each homeowner’s choice.
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The QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction lends high drama to the proceedings during the last Saturday of the FAF. Artists of local, regional, and national caliber gather in the Town Square to accomplish a finished work in 90 minutes. As they attack their medium, art lovers are welcome to witness the process. With the artists fully engaged in their method, knowing that their art will be auctioned off upon completion, the suspense can be palpable. Once the QuickDraw items have been auctioned to their new owners, the true highlight of the FAF is at hand: the sale of the featured artist’s original work. In 2014, featured artist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey’s brilliantly colored portrait of a bull moose, done with dye on silk, sold for $50,000. Each year, these proceeds contribute to the largest revenue stream for the organization that continues to make the FAF a success—the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. The selection of Bill Schenck as 2015’s featured artist is surely an homage to how this annual celebration of Western art has grown. His reputation as an artist has only expanded since he designed the very first poster for the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in 1985. Now, Schenck’s talent makes the perfect match for a tradition that continues to flourish with time. w
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QUICKDRAW ART SALE AND AUCTION September 19 | 9am
ART I ST FO C U S: KAT H RY N T U R N E R
EV O LU TI O N I N PAI N T > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography by Latham Jenkins
rt is, in a sense, a way of becoming. For Kathryn Turner, her painterly eye originated in Jackson Hole, where she grew up surrounded by limitless space, the constant play of light, and no delineation between the “wild” and the open meadows of her grandparents’ dude ranch. Precocious, the painter found mentors early. “I was blessed to meet renowned artists at a young age,” Turner explains. “Conrad Schwiering, Skip Whitcomb, Ned Jacob, Tim Lawson—they all took me under their wing in various ways and helped me to cut my teeth as an artist with solid fundamentals.” The Artist: “My goal is to make work with innate resonance that taps into a sense of universality, yet also has a freshness and unexpected element that awakens a part of us all.”
From there, Turner went east, studying classical painting technique at the nation’s oldest art school—the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington, D.C.—and then art history in Rome. Like the centuries of paint layered thickly in each chapel interior, this experience in the epicenter of Western art endowed her with an appreciation for the continuum of expression. Turner’s evolution continues here, drawing on the dual influences of tradition and the context of wild spaces. “I would like to think I’m making significant work that’s made locally. There’s a universal aspect,” she says. Turner treasures the supportive community of Jackson Hole and also shows her work around the world, including a June 2015 exhibition in England. Inspired by schools as varied as abstract expressionism and impressionist plein air painting, the work shown here is one of range and intense curiosity, always questing forward and making new ripples in representation.
“ART BY ITS VERY NATURE IS MEANT TO EVOLVE, AND I ANSWER THAT CALL TO CONTINUE EVOLVING.”
Motion: Here, archetypal tone and elegant composition marry the rigor of skeletal structure, anatomy, and proportion. “I’m all about this idea of losing edges. To me, soft or lost edges create a sense of movement in the piece, particularly when you’re painting animals,” the artist explains. This approach makes intuitive sense for Turner, who was a dancer before she was a painter, and is aware that beginning with a solidly composed form allows for a convincing sense of energy to come across on the canvas. “Things are always in motion—I am drawn to communicating that impermanence.” Touchstones: “My paintings traverse different styles in order to tap into something universal. I draw a lot from abstract expressionists—the energy of the brushwork; the color and lack of color; the design and composition should in and of themselves be elements of beauty. I’m a devoted student of the canons of art that are my teachers in so many ways. ... With all these influences, I feel that this is a special time to be an artist.” Mercurial Scenes: “A lot of my images are tonal in value. I feel that sometimes composition does all the work, while color and subject matter get all the credit,” Turner says. “Paintings are supposed to be more like poems with a distillation that just brings out the essence of the subject.” Capturing the poem-like tone of each of her subjects—be it landscape, horse, crane, or something else—means that Turner is always exploring new things. She explains: “I don’t want my artwork to ever be stagnant.” w
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ARTS: MEMBERSHIP SOCIETIES, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART
UPCOMING EVENT S: ART AROUND THE VALLEY COLLECTORS CIRCLE DINNER HOLIDAY PART Y AT THE MUSEUM
A M EMBERS H I P ; A WAY O F L I FE > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography by Latham Jenkins and Courtesy of the National Museum of Wildlife Art
umans have eternally peered into the wilderness in their search for meaning, and often the wilderness has peered right back. From the great bison herds of the American Plains to rare birds painstakingly expressed in pen and ink, the mission of the National Museum of Wildlife Art has always been to investigate humanity’s relationship to wild animals. This occurs daily within its walls, and also via its spectacular setting overlooking the savanna-like undulations of the National Elk Refuge. It follows that patrons and collectors who hold a deep connection to both nature and artwork depicting wildlife feel at home at the museum, as well as in the company of one another. Enter the Rungius Society and the Collectors Circle: part social clubs, part philanthropic arm of the museum. Their 500 members enjoy a variety of perks. During Rungius events, members open their homes for attendees to browse private collections and mingle in a sophisticated party atmosphere. Rungius Society members also obtain unparalleled access to the museum’s exhibitions, often before the general public. From behind-the-scenes programs with artists to the immensely popular Art Around the
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Who is Carl Rungius? Germany, 1869-1959. Considered by many to be the most significant painter of American and Canadian wildlife, his works capturing North America’s large game in the wild brought visions of a mythic wilderness to the wider world.
Valley event touring homes and studios, social and artistic interests combine for truly indelible experiences. “The Rungius Society creates an organization that group members can belong to that does not take a great deal of money, yet allows as many people as possible to contribute to the museum and ensure its vitality to the community and its visitors,” says Tony Greene, former chair of the board of trustees. He has been involved with the museum since it moved from downtown Jackson to its current location in 1994. In addition, he and his wife, Joy, are avid collectors of wildlife art themselves, remaining very involved in orchestrating events and parties for fellow society members. The Greene Pathway is named in their honor. Collectors Circle members, who represent an even more close-knit and passionate group, support the museum in manifold ways while shaping the direction of its permanent collection. Members raise funds to purchase new works and vote on which works to acquire at an annual gala.
Artistic Gatherings: Rungius Society members find social community attuned to their aesthetic interests at one of the annual Art Around the Valley events. Private Collections: Members and collectors, such as Tony Greene, generously give access to their superb collections. Pictured to the left is “Moose Falls,” by renowned wildlife artist Tucker Smith. Pictured below, “The Buffalo Trail” by Richard Loffler, “Black Timber Bugler” by Tim Shinabarger, and a painting by Roy Andersen. Connections: Joy and Tony Greene pose with artist Sandy Scott in front of her sculpture, “Presidential Eagle,” on the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Sculpture Trail. Friendships Forged: Mel Shapanka, Teddie Lou McNamara, Annie Green, and Bonnie Shapanka mingle outdoors during a Rungius Society party.
Ann Scheflen, director of advancement at the museum, says she often hears, “You think of it as a membership; I think of it as a lifestyle.” For Greene, the social benefits of his membership in both the Rungius Society and Collectors Circle are obvious, but it’s the deeper role he can play in connecting the museum to the surrounding Jackson Hole community and its younger generations that proves invaluable. “One thing we need to do in the art world is get people involved in the arts at an early time,” he says, pointing out that Rungius Society and Collectors Circle fundraising contributes directly to program costs for the children’s education center. Museum President and CEO James McNutt highlights that fact, too, explaining that this crucial funding helps hire professional instructors to design curricula for local and visiting children, among other public-facing programs. “The activity of the Rungius Society may be to come to events at the museum and share the member benefits,
but the real impact of their generosity is felt in all the programming that affects the community and continues from year to year.” For museum patrons, the emotional response the wildlife of Jackson Hole provokes in all of us is reinforced by the powerful identification they feel when inspecting the realistically rendered musculature of the figures on the Sculpture Trail or through reflection on a painting that speaks to them. With a shared zeal for conservation, representations of the natural world, and a global fellowship of similar enthusiasts, the museum’s membership groups are beloved for a reason. This fount of friendship and philanthropy, in turn, gives back to a world-class institution of learning and inspiration. We’d call that a win for us all. w National Museum of Wildlife Art 2820 Rungius Rd, Jackson, Wyoming | 307-733-5771 | wildlifeart.org
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E N TE RTA I NI NG WI TH SI M PLICIT Y > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography by David Agnello You’ve just left a fabulous party. What do you remember most? Is it the wine? The décor? The appetizers? Chances are, it is none of these, but rather the conversations that stick with you—the jokes told and the pleasure of meeting new friends. This is exactly what Janet Munro emphasizes in her approach to entertaining. As the founder of Simplify, she works with clients to help them organize, stage, and design spaces to unlock a stylish, organic simplicity. “Throwing a party in your home doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming,” she says. “The point of having a party is to get together with your friends and have a memorable time together. Let’s focus on what’s most important: creating a welcoming atmosphere for all your guests to enjoy.” Follow her simple tips to throw a warm and beautiful gathering of your own.
Getting Started Prepare a few things ahead of time, whether it’s organizing flowers and candles, or throwing together the ingredients for a great appetizer so it’s oven-ready.
Décor Less is definitely more! If things are too busy, your guests won’t be able to set down their drinks or take a breather. “For me, candles are a must. Harsh ceiling lights make us feel like we’re still at the office, whereas the toasty glow of lamps and candles are very mood-inspiring.”
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The Food – Put together your own classy spread full of variety. Choose food options that are easy to prepare, taste great, and satisfy any dietary restrictions. “Gone are the ‘Mad Men’ party days of cigarettes, ashtrays, and martinis during the work day! This is the era of vegetarian, vegan, and paleo diets. Make your menu inclusive so no one is stuck with an empty plate.”
Charcuterie Platter 3 CHEESES Manchego a mellow and slightly nutty sheep’s milk cheese Hard cheese aged cheddar or Gouda Soft cheese Brie, chèvre, or crumbled blue For wine pairings: Drunken Goat, Midnight Moon, or Humboldt Fog 3 MEAT S Hard salami or chorizo (a bit on the spicy side) Prosciutto thinly sliced Sausages grilled beforehand ACCOUTREMENT S Sweet or spicy mustard, fig or quince jam, honey Crackers, flatbreads Pressed for time? An even easier option is to order items to be served. “My insider tip is to order up a gorgeously presented charcuterie platter from Aspens Market on the West Bank—delicious, and bam, you’re done! Sometimes I also pick up my favorite appetizers from restaurants in town: I love the tuna tartare at Rendezvous Bistro and the smoked trout platter from The Blue Lion.”
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The Bar Keep the bar streamlined—offer two types of wine, beer, and a signature cocktail. Fewer options mean less stress for guests, and work well with space limitations. The signature cocktail pictured to the right is a paloma, a refreshing combination of tequila, lime, and grapefruit.
Flowers Flowers bring immediate comfort to social settings, and are a lovely and affordable way to add a splash of refinement to the home. Arrange your flowers around different seating areas. “I always recommend flowers and a candle in the entryway and guest bathroom. This welcomes your friends into the home.” Munro recommends the Jackson Hole Flower Co. in Wilson or Jackson Whole Grocer for great quality flowers. Once more: Don’t overwhelm your spaces. Keep flowers and candles low so that guests can see over them while they converse. The single stems pictured in this kitchen and on the bar cart are pretty and vibrant on their own.
Other ideas? Bud vases with one graceful stem, or embrace the current trend for a small succulent in a quirky container, such as a teacup or under a glass bowl.
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Mingling Space Facilitate relaxing areas for a large group by moving furniture around and creating small seating areas that encourage conversation. “The kitchen always has a buzz of activity around it, so make some other comfortable areas for groups to chat. At this party, I created seating arrangements around the fireplace, at the kitchen bar, and at the dining table.”
About Simplify Janet Munro: “I started Simplify in 2011 after I had a series of life event changes and subsequently downsized my living space. I enjoyed it so much more! Since then, I’ve made the personal decision to live a more simple life all around. After all, you are not your stuff. If you’re at a point where too many materials are weighing you down, Simplify your life. It’s not about getting rid of your treasured possessions, but rather accessing what is important to you and keeping only those things. I love combining cherished heirlooms with modern pieces: This expresses my clients’ personalities and makes their environments so much more comfortable.” w
For luxury rentals and real estate in Teton Village, as seen here, contact Meredith Landino at 307-690-8028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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IN THE K I T C H E N
K ITCHEN C O NFI D ENTI AL > Story by Meg Daly >P hotography by Latham Jenkins
ood kitchen design is an essential aspect of casual, mountain entertaining, especially when a professional chef is behind the wheel. Design a kitchen that works for a chef, and your kitchen will work well for you. Homestead spoke with two of Jackson’s finest private chefs to learn more about their dream kitchen designs.
A big kitchen is no bonus to a chef, says Schwartz. The close proximity of the Craigheads’ sink and stovetop allows him to pivot from prep to pan. Below the sink, a pullout refrigerator and a pullout trash allow for economy of movement.
Jarrett Schwartz in the Craighead home The wizard behind Nikai, Sudachi, and The Kitchen, Chef Jarrett Schwartz now works exclusively as a private chef. He chose Derek and Sophie Craighead’s home kitchen to highlight exemplary, chef-friendly design. Designed by Stephen Dynia, the home features floor-to-ceiling glass on the main floor, including the kitchen. A stunning view of the Tetons is certainly fodder for Chef Schwartz’s culinary creativity. But it’s the kitchen’s expert features that enable him to work his magic.
“We wanted something beautiful and practical,” she says. “And we didn’t want it to be quaint.”
“I prefer a functional kitchen that enables me to operate like a chef in a restaurant,” Schwartz says.
A final key feature is the excellent ventilation system. A metal duct above the stove mimics structural posts elsewhere in the space. When Chef Schwartz presents his ancho chile-rubbed bison tri tip, we inhale only the scent of spices and perfectly cooked meat. Success.
Sophie Craighead customized her kitchen from the specialty German kitchen manufacturer Bulthaup. Known for its ergonomic design, Bulthaup suited Craighead’s sensibility.
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Schwartz likes the ample, uncluttered, and easy-to-clean countertops with plenty of room for plating. Adjacent to the main kitchen is a caterer’s kitchen, equipped with sink, refrigerator, and storage that hides any necessary mess or dirty dishes. “I could serve 125 people out of this kitchen,” he says.
Tasteful modern components like the roll-front cabinet, hanging bar for utensils, and well-appointed drawers keep countertops free of clutter.
Maho Hakoshima in his home with Peggy Gilday Chef Maho Hakoshima and his partner, architect Peggy Gilday, practically live in their kitchen. “We spend 75 percent of our time here,” Hakoshima says. The owner of Maho Catering, he is one of the most sought-after chefs in town.
for meal preparation, it doubles as hangout space for the family.
Designed by Gilday, the couple’s east Jackson home feels like an urban loft with big windows, bold angles, clean lines, and contemporary décor. Budget limitations led the couple to choose an Ikea kitchen, which they designed themselves online. The systemsbased design means functional, inventive elements that put everything in its right place.
The Gilday/Hakoshima kitchen incorporates other chef-approved components like lights over the sink, and a sink large enough to fit a half-sheet pan.
“I love working on a wood surface because it’s a giant cutting board,” Hakoshima says.
A convection oven is important, as well as proper ventilation. “With the high-heat searing we do so much of in Jackson,” Hakoshima explains, echoing Schwartz, “a functional hood system is huge.”
Like Schwartz, the first thing Hakoshima mentions are the countertops. The durable silestone counters around the sink and stove resist staining and make cleaning up a cinch. Perfectly situated cabinets, shelves, and drawers help keep counters clear.
Gilday notes that they designed their kitchen to be flexible, allowing for improvisation. “It’s a blank slate,” Hakoshima says. “Our kitchen gives you room to do what you want to do.” w
Hakoshima’s main workspace is an industrial worktop, borrowed from his catering shop. When not in use
The maple worktop is easy on knives and easy to clean. A magnetic knife strip keeps knives at hand without clutter. Plus, Hakoshima can select from a visual array.
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ARTS: JACKSON HOLE WINE AUCTION
HI G H NO TES > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography by Latham Jenkins
n many symphonic works, the orchestra begins with a slow, sonorous opening movement. During an evening last June in a timbered great room in Indian Springs, the ceremonies began with a Prélude—a sparkling one, to be exact. Each guest raised a lucid glass of Taittinger Champagne to usher in an evening of gourmet philanthropy with—what else—bubbles. The Jackson Hole Wine Auction is the primary annual fundraiser for the Grand Teton Music Festival, bringing together America’s premier chefs, vintners, and philanthropists to help underwrite the programming and talented musicians that have gifted our valley with world-class symphony performances since 1962. Since its inaugural event in 1995, the auction has played a huge role in enabling Grand Teton Music Festival to fulfill its mission. Not only do the funds raised contribute to packing Walk Festival Hall with 200 of the world’s finest orchestral players for seven weeks of glorious music every summer, the festival forges something more—memories. Whether it’s in al fresco performances or a child’s first gleeful discovery of classical music, renowned conductor Donald Runnicles and visiting soloists keep the memory-making tradition alive.
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Signature Private Dinners are the most exclusive events of the auction—intimate meals, hosted by Jackson Hole homeowners, that pair exquisite cuisine with carefully selected wine flights. Each elite affair is capped at 40 guests, which means that all ticket holders can savor the opportunity to rub elbows as dishes, such as chilled Maine lobster, are painted with curry froth by bona fide kitchen superstars. Said tickets are available to the public, and the staff at the wine auction does its best to honor event requests. “The Signature Private Dinners are a unique Jackson Hole experience,” enthuses Louise Haberfeld, who along with her husband, Ralph, welcomed a team consisting of Chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s restaurants, as well as Pride Mountain Vineyards, for an evening that blended the aloha spirit with succulent textured duck, Alaskan king salmon, and thoughtfully considered wine selections. She adds: “The intimacy— of having a famous chef in the host’s kitchen, and the informal atmosphere of conversation with the vintners—is typical Jackson Hole; we’re big enough to attract famous talents and small enough to get to know them.” In the case of the Haberfelds, the knowledge of Chef Roy’s cuisine preceded him—the
Maestro: Chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Roy Yamaguchi masterfully plates the main course for the Haberfelds’ guests. Team Effort: Stuart Bryan and Suzanne Pride Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards, Denise Yamaguchi and Chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s, and the evening’s hosts, Ralph and Louise Haberfeld. Vintage: Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan selected wines from the cellar of their family-owned California winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience for this Signature Private Dinner. Entertainment: Jackson Hole Wine Auction special guest Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator regales patrons with tales from the vineyards. Evening to Remember: The elegant dinner setting in the home of Louise and Ralph Haberfeld in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
JACKSON HOLE WINE AUCTION . JUNE 25–27, 2015 “It’s hard to imagine a more complete event than the Signature Private Dinner in June at the Haberfelds’ spectacular home with Master Chef Roy Yamaguchi and his talented team from Hawaii presenting a five-course dinner paired with no less than six wines from the cellar of Pride Mountain Vineyards. The harmony of the evening with the superlative pairings in view of the Tetons made it a memorable dinner never to be outmatched,” recaps vintner Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards.
couple spends some months in Honolulu each year, where they dine frequently at the original Roy’s. “Once we knew Chef Roy was going to be at our party, we started planning the flowers right away.” The Haberfelds ordered leis to be shipped in and presented to each guest, thus ensuring that their home in Jackson Hole would borrow some aloha from their Hawaiian home. “It’s the can’t-miss event of the weekend,” Grand Teton Music Festival Director of Development Anna Dobbins says of the Signature Private Dinners. “Where else can you interact with the chef preparing dinner for you and your friends, all while enjoying exquisite wines with the vintner?” And these are chefs with pedigree: Each year, wine auction Culinary Director Drew Nieporent of the Myriad Restaurant Group (counting Nobu restaurants as one of his joint endeavors) works to identify the “next big thing” in the culinary world—or, more accurately, five to six next big things—snagging chefs on their way to the national limelight from all corners of the country: New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles. Vintners hail from even more far-flung locales, pouring exciting vintages from remote New Zealand or
the relatively nearby valleys of Healdsburg, California. What tops the remarkable evenings, besides the artful platings and chilled viogniers, however, is that all of the chefs and teams waive their appearance fees, donating time and talent, while all the wines are donated by participating winemakers. Before candles are lit and guests arrive, Nieporent helps to guide each Signature Private Dinner’s menu and shares it with the chosen vintners in order to ensure the best possible pairings. A warm June eve, worldly wines, masterworks of the kitchen, elegant interiors, and the chance to savor it all from the front row. It’s one of the most coveted tickets in town, and it’s for a good cause. Bravo, indeed. w Jackson Hole Wine Auction: Benefiting the Grand Teton Music Festival 4015 N Lake Creek Dr #100, Wilson, Wyoming | 307-732-9965 For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jhwineauction.org.
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AR CHITECT U RE FO R TH E P E OP L E > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Latham Jenkins, Nic Lehoux, and Paul Warchol
he historic homesteads of Grand Teton National Park have attained the same iconic status of the mountains looming behind them. Buffeted by winds, the sweep of snow, and a century of blazing summers, their wood is silver, beams of sun bar wizened floorboards, grass grows from their roofs, and porches lilt precariously on spindly beams of lodgepole pine. To some, their romance is in decay, but that view disregards what they have to tell us.
Through their design, two recently built structures in our own backyard craft a new story about national park wilderness and our powerful encounters within it. The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve are on the vanguard of what national park architecture can be: Representing, in one case, a public-private partnership and, in the other, a significant gift of private land and resources, these modern structures draw on the landscape and inculcate a sense of wonder for a whole new generation of park visitors.
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Frame Despite their undeniable poetry against the raw shear of the mountain range, original homesteads lying within Grand Teton represent an urge more basic: slapping up four walls and a roof against the elements. Katherine Wonson, cultural resources specialist at Grand Teton National Park, explains that, “People built here in order to survive. It’s vernacular architecture in its prime, which is non-architect designed.” This leads to the fiercely idiosyncratic barns and cabins that pepper the open vales of the park—touchstones such as the Moulton Barn or the Cunningham Cabin gained their distinctive look from the individuality of their composition. In the first wave of tourism to the valley, the era of the “dude” was inaugurated, personified here by the Bar BC Ranch. Hewn to mimic the stirring lyricism of the original homesteads, the guest cabins and outbuildings of the ranch date from 1912 onwards, but far more closely resemble rustic structures of the 1890s. They were built via hog trough construction, a method Wonson calls “over-the-top simple.” She points out that this same simplicity and roughness was entirely intentional. Walking a fine line between “working ranch” and an “overly pioneer aesthetic,” this era of building was the first of many waves in the park to consider the experience of the visitor.
A New Experience of View In their own ways, both the Craig Thomas Visitor Center and the Rockefeller Preserve take some crucial cues from park structures, even while encapsulating differing goals. Ray Calabro, architect and project manager from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, explains the entrance of the Craig Thomas Center like so: “You’re in this vast landscape with these incredibly tall, vertical mountains and this flat valley and you come to a place that feels quite familiar in a way. It feels like a porch, the lodge. It has a scale that makes you feel comfortable.” The intimate scale broadens as one enters the building, adding “something that I haven’t experienced before—not only in National Park Service architecture—but in some ways in American architecture.” That added element? An experiential quality. Wonson notes that in this pullback from the view, the Craig Thomas Center gestures towards Mission 66-era park architecture. In Grand Teton, Mission 66 is exemplified by Jackson Lake Lodge. “You walk in and originally the staircase was actually even more narrow than it is today. … You were supposed to have this experience where at first you felt shut in.” At the top of the stairs, however, one is no longer sheltered; the entire range is revealed in a sudden evaporation of indoor/outdoor borders. This same intimacy of approach is felt in the porch-style entrance of the more modestly sized Rockefeller Preserve. “It is an L-shaped building … and two gable forms have been pulled apart. In between those two principal gable forms is a very low-slung porch roof,” says Kevin Burke, principal of Carney Logan Burke Architects. Mimicking the traditional gabled roofs of homesteads, this initial entrance into an interpretive experience of place is human-sized, drawing back from the grandeur of the national park’s open spaces for an effect more personal and reflective. For both buildings, a deliberate choreography drives the visitor experience—architectural choices inform and illuminate the richness of the Teton views. In fact, a dance with the view itself was a crucial design focus for BCJ’s team. Calabro describes the approach sequence to the visitor center from a removed parking area along the meadow path, across the colonnaded courtyard, and through the front doors: “You’re compressed in a more narrow vestibule with a lower ceiling, and then as you come through and into that big, light-filled space, the roof kicks up and the view is re-presented to you in that way. … There’s a little bit of drama that we set up as part of that.” In fact, the slender steel mullions of the roof support an echo of the peaks to the west; the line soars and guides the gaze upwards. In the case of the Rockefeller Preserve, Burke notes that a 3-D diorama and map greet visitors after entry. Beyond them, sun filters in, as does a beckoning north-facing peak view. Anticipation builds here, he says, as visitors grasp the ecosystem they are about to encounter on the preserve’s 8-mile trail system.
Top Left: The 23,000-square-foot Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center was completed in 2007. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the project represents a partnership between the National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, and Grand Teton Association. Its courtyard, featuring hand-selected boulders, is pictured here. © Nic Lehoux
Top of Page: An early-20th-century double-hung, or “lazy,” window at the Bar BC Ranch. For ease of construction, these store-bought frames were hung on their sides, which required cutting fewer logs. In contrast to current park buildings, homestead and dude ranch cabins were usually south-facing to harness the most light.
Bottom Left: The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve began with a 2007 gift from the Rockefeller family of 1,100 acres on the shore of Phelps Lake. After the 35 buildings of the family’s 75-year-old JY Ranch were removed, local firm Carney Logan Burke designed the preserve’s new structures to support Laurance Rockefeller’s message of stewardship, conservation, and nature’s power. © Nic Lehoux
Images Below: A colonnade at the Craig Thomas Center’s entrance; slatting reminiscent of historic barns; picture window and diorama display inside the Rockefeller Preserve. © Nic Lehoux, © Paul Warchol
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Moments of Contemplation The best architectural choreography does not only reveal and guide—it also makes us feel. Within the Rockefeller Preserve, sensory exhibits emphasize the history of the Rockefellers themselves and Laurance’s mission to cultivate an environmental awareness that park visitors will carry home. Chief among these experiences is a chance to sit still and simply listen within a chapel-like space. The curved room silences with acoustic-dampening ceilings while a soundtrack of rain patter on leaves and birdcalls tunes us to the frequency of the outdoor environment. The tone here is introspective. Burke explains, “Because the light levels are dimmed, it is very evocative of an old barn where boards have pulled apart and you see the sunshine coming through the slats. There’s a really powerful feeling in that space.” BCJ worked closely with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the interpretive designers for the Craig Thomas Center, to completely meld the architectural experience with the interior exhibits. Calabro and his team recognized immediately that, for many, their time within the center would provide the primary door to understanding the park. He describes how the exhibit design was based on creating a “grand hall” that could encompass educational, contemplative, and social gathering spaces. Rather than a series of separate rooms, the interpretive spaces of the hall are reminiscent of canyons, allowing visitors to focus both inwards and outwards. All of the surfaces, even the floors, are activated with potential meaning; on the back patio, the precise alignment of each visible Teton peak is introduced via inlaid lines that list names, elevations, and stirring quotes from famed mountaineers. Neither building operates as visitor centers commonly do—ushering us from box to box and enclosing us as we absorb information without its context. In contrast, the architecture is partner to the program, and we remain linked to the exploration that beckons right outside the window.
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Looking Out: The Craig Thomas building’s hearth— fabricated of concrete and sandstone—centers visitors before the 30-foot glass-and-steel wall, which unveils an always-changing mountain panorama. Regional company Intermountain Construction Inc. served as the general contractor on the project. © Nic Lehoux Restorative Space: The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve’s sanctuary-like sound room embodies its namesake’s ethos: “How we treat our land, how we build upon it, how we act toward our air and water will in the long run tell what kind of people we really are.” © Paul Warchol
Structure Born of Environment While a reverence for place certainly characterizes our experience within these buildings, their modes of construction draw most directly from the lineage of the park’s built environment. The tumble of the Tetons’ igneous rocks seems at home in the Craig Thomas Center’s courtyard, where two large, granite boulders emerge from a bed of concrete—one of Calabro’s favorite aspects of the completed building. Each one was hand-selected from a Wyoming quarry and then carefully oriented. “We had this idea about these boulders in the courtyard being pieces of the Tetons that people could touch.” The beams within the center invoke the same emotion. The Forest Stewardship Council-certified Douglas fir beams were also hand-selected. Calabro says of their effect, “The tall columns that you’re standing in are a great forest, and you have this prospect out over the meadow and you see the mountains. There’s a composition there and a way of connecting people to the landscape that is important.” As the first national park structure to gain Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum status, the Rockefeller Preserve’s team was required to source its materials from a radius no greater than 500 miles from the site of the build. Choices were equally constrained and considered. Burke describes a process of harvesting the fireplace stone on-site and sourcing “highly crafted and refined” western red cedar. “The material palette is kind of sparse in a way. … If you think about those early park structures—any one of the Park Service’s—they’re utilizing what’s available to them in that place.” One look at the Bar BC’s hand-daubed river rock chimneys certainly reflects this. Both architecture firms were also serious about something else: allowing for a natural wood-weathering process. The western red cedar siding on both buildings (clear-heart grade, in the case of the Craig Thomas Center) will be left untreated. As years pass, they will gain the same patina as the heritage barns that already distinguish Antelope Flats—a variegated hue that takes on the blush of sunrise and sunset.
Craig Thomas Exterior: Access to 65 years of climate data from the neighboring Moose weather station led BCJ to design concrete shield walls better suited to snow drifts, as well as angled walls and roof planes to filter sunlight. © Nic Lehoux Rockefeller Exterior: Custom-composite wood and steel king post trusses support a sawn-timber frame roof—a subtle homage to the original JY Ranch’s boathouse. © Nic Lehoux Bar BC Chimney: River rock chimneys and sod roofs are hallmarks of building in accordance with the materials available in the surrounding landscape.
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New Solutions for Old Problems Snow loads and the sapping effect of the bright western sun have been eternal challenges for builders in Jackson Hole. Both architecture firms approached these concerns with the power of technology and simplicity to create environmentally sensitive solutions. The Craig Thomas Center’s ridged rooflines serve double duty: distributing the snow load evenly while the steel supporting the window wall provides a louver system to shade the interior of the center. Shield walls allow snow to deposit on concrete instead of directly on wood, and a wainscot around the perimeter of the building helps to collect snow as well, leading to a building that is as durable and maintenance-free as possible. “We thought it would be nice if you could sense where the loads were by spacing the beams closer together only in those places, so the structure sort of tells you a little bit about what it’s doing and what it’s supporting,” Calabro says. For Burke and his team at the preserve, the goal was a building that could be day-lit without sacrificing the delicate technologies at work in the interpretive displays. To meet this challenge, Burke says, “we did extensive daylighting studies early. That’s partly why you see the big, broad 12-foot overhang on the east window. One, it helps protect the architecture from all the snow, but it also helps eliminate a lot of daylight coming through.” Frit glass in the Family Story Gallery reduces 40 percent of the sunlight transmitted and allows all exhibits to function as intended. “Again, it was this really tough interplay in terms of us wanting to create a space that was naturally day-lit and ventilated, but with a program that didn’t want those things. We had to grapple with that in just about every single space we had,” he adds. Situated on lots that had already been disturbed by human presence, both facilities are surrounded by reclaimed and re-seeded vegetation; species like sage and hawthorn have taken root again. Sitting quietly on the land, the two buildings are holistically connected to it.
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From the original sketch to the raising of laminated Douglas fir beams, to the installation of a maple bench inside the center, BCJ’s design responds to place, weather, and visitor experience. © Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Nic Lehoux
A Leap Forward; Look Backwards Wonson points out that Grand Teton National Park’s historic buildings are not going anywhere. They represent a vital legacy that belongs to park visitors in the same way that the glacial lakes, wildflower meadows, and bugling elk belong to them. “We have 45 historic districts and about two-thirds of them are in use by park or partners,” she says. The other one-third comprises homesteads and structures that have since been turned over to the Park Service. “They’re some of the most beautiful properties and they have really high integrity,” but it can be difficult to maintain each one. In autumn 2014, the park put forth a historic preservation plan to address some of these concerns; it looks forward to future public-private partnerships that will breathe new life into potentially neglected structures. In the preserve guest book, page after page of scrawling script attests to the building’s resonance. “Although the landscape will change constantly, this beautiful center will hold fast for so many people to reflect and inspire generations,” writes one family. “The architecture and place are perfectly matched.” Calabro describes the joy of going incognito and observing visitors in the space he and his firm designed: “No one knows that I was the architect. Standing by the entry and watching people as they come in—the look on their faces; their jaws drop. The kids immediately run to the exhibits. Seeing that kind of reaction is so satisfying as an architect. “The parks are such an important part of American history and culture. They are a resource that is precious and should be valued. Certainly our contribution to the park is one that I hope heightens that sense of experience and value for people. It’s immeasurable.” w
Rockefeller Porch and Living Room: The building’s materials are echoed in furnishings within and without. Carney Logan Burke custom-designed all of the furniture and light fixtures for these spaces. “It allowed you to distill all the parts and pieces of the architecture and take out the most critical pieces and allow that to then form the DNA of the model furniture pieces,” Burke says. © Paul Warchol Cultural Inheritance: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bar BC Ranch is just one of the park’s historic districts with conservation efforts underway. Its founder, author Struthers Burt, referred to Grand Teton National Park as “a museum on the hoof.”
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DES I G N I N SP I R AT I O N: BE RL I N A RCHI T E CT S
AN A RTIST’S H A ND The Abstract Art of Architect Larry Berlin > Story by Meg Daly > Photography by Jim Fairchild, fairchild-creative.com
o matter how high-tech architectural design becomes, Larry Berlin stays committed to sketching by hand. As an abstract artist as well as an esteemed architect, Berlin says the process is similar for both. “Drawing keeps you in touch with the comprehensive feeling of a design,” he says. The following pairings of Berlin’s drawings and his architecture reveal how his modern visions originate within the timeless practice of making marks on paper.
When considering place, Berlin factors in the elements of the building site as well as the mountains and valleys of Jackson as a whole. “The environment here in Jackson is so strong and bold,” he says. “The architecture in the environment has to be part of that place.” Here, Berlin’s abstract landscape drawing showcases dynamic colors, shapes, and shadows. Similarly, the architecture of this Jackson home confidently reaches skyward and stretches to meet the grassy field. The assertive lines and forms of the architecture complement the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings.
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“Jackson architecture needs warmth and rusticity, even if it’s modern architecture,” Berlin notes. To create that warmth, he utilizes natural colors that are native but not always dominant in Jackson. The gold, crimson, and umber of autumn play off one another in this abstract drawing. Similarly, the rich pumpkin color of these affordable housing units welcomes inhabitants. In the winter, a warm hue like this doubles its impact as a signifier of “home.” In the fall, the apartments blend into nearby cottonwoods, willows, and aspen trees, enhancing a sense of living in the natural environment.
“When creating an interior, I think about how people experience the rhythm of the forms.” This interior features a sequence of views that open up as a person moves through the room. Elements of form, such as the varied ceiling angles, inform the overall experience of space. Berlin stresses the interrelation of positives and negatives. The positives of structure–walls, ceilings, windows–frame the negatives of open glazing that allow the majestic views in. “You have that sense of protection but you’re still open to the environment,” he says. In his drawing, Berlin started with architectural shapes and distilled their essence through abstraction.
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In this drawing, Berlin muses again on light and negative space. The strong focal point–the concentration of line and darker green on the left–offsets the light coming in from above. He notes that we are often gazing up in Jackson Hole, taking in the mountains and the vast sky. Thus an open, vaulted living and dining area becomes a light-filled pavilion. The space’s natural light on three sides creates transparency, inviting the outside inside. “How we bring light into a space not only defines the form, but it also defines the space on the inside.”
“All of our forms are connected with lines,” Berlin notes. “A lot of what I do in my abstract drawings is like viewing blocks of space from an aerial perspective. Spaces that are connected with a road or a fence get abstracted in my mind so that the lines are defining space and also connecting different elements.” With the house featured here, Berlin used lines to define the series of rooflines. The approach to the house is also defined by line. By staying connected to drawing and sketching, the artist remains intimately engaged in the most basic elements of his architecture. w
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DES I G N I N SP I R AT I O N: GI L DAY A RCHI T E CT S
SURPRISING S I M P LI C I TY > Story by Homestead Staff > Photography by David Agnello, Chris Bezamat, Latham Jenkins, and Pixel Light
e live in a valley with incredibly dynamic attributes. The sheer natural beauty of the landscape, the history of the area and its people, and our outdoor lifestyle all combine to make design goals diverse. For an architect, even more importantly, the design must meet the personality and needs of the client. This challenge is exactly where the team at Gilday Architects hits its stride. Educated in New York City, principal Peggy Gilday identified early on how to combine unique elements and client needs to develop meaningful spaces. She is inspired by the challenge of setting lofty goals with her clients for quality design, while maintaining a strict budget. She describes her firm as innovative yet timeless—always reinventing, rethinking, experimenting, and pushing the limits. Associate John Stennis honed his design and architecture skills at art school, and shares Gilday’s sensibilities for a practical, elegant, authentic, site-specific method. “Some architects have a ‘style,’” says Stennis. “We strive for architecture that reflects modern sensibility in design and layout, while working with clients to create their dream—and each dream is unique.” While the firm’s portfolio showcases a mix of residential, civic, and commercial work with simplified forms, Gilday Architects intentionally resists a trademark aesthetic. The design team works together in an airy, open studio to ensure that no team member labors in creative isolation.
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“That’s why we have a diversity of people in the office who are all talented and qualified,” explains Stennis. “It’s a collaborative design approach—you’re not getting a Peggy design or a John design; you’re getting a Gilday Architects design, and that’s a lot more comprehensive.” A holistic project view extends to every expression of “the clarity of a scheme,” Gilday notes, “and we feel very strongly that anything that’s attached to the house is part of the architecture itself.” With an in-house interior designer on staff, interiors and exteriors harmonize easily from the beginning. The Gilday team often presents multiple schemes to clients in order to arrive at the final plan. Through this sifting process, designs are vetted and hybridized to once again uncover an underlying simplicity. For example, as the local architects for the Teton County Library renovation, the team solicited comments from over 1,000 community members and library staff before moving forward on a “cohesive design that addressed their needs, gave them the space they wanted, and met the budget they had.” This intimacy with each site and client means that the firm counts diverse home and business owners among its friends and champions. Looking across the breadth of Gilday Architects’ local work, Gilday reflects that while they may maintain the same tone, the artistry of each builder, the vision of the client, and the landscape of the site create an alchemy that “we didn’t even know existed the first time we all met.” w
“We develop collaborative relationships upfront,” says Gilday. “Our team here in the studio, our clients, the builders, the landscape designers—we all come together. Creativity sparks when everyone is involved, and that has been the secret to our success.”
Collaboration: Peggy Gilday and John Stennis confer about ideas on a current project. An Architect’s Home: Gilday’s own American Institute of Architects award-winning home was designed to experiment with new ideas and materials, including fiberglass panels that clad the building’s form. Flexibility of Use: The residence focuses its energy around a central great room with expansive south-facing views. With a downstairs master suite and guest rooms upstairs, the home is flexible for the owners when their extended family visits. Smart Build: The house cantilevers off of this hillside to take advantage of the narrow urban lot and the unique view of the valley below. Library 2.0: “When looking at the library, I see an exciting public place that grew from significant community collaboration,” says Stennis. The Kitchen: One of Gilday’s 15 local restaurant projects—including Trio, Local, Rendezvous Bistro, and Osteria—this design blends in a unique eco-resin “wave” that provides warmth and gives the restaurant a chic urban feeling.
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DES I G N I N SP I R AT I O N: BRI A N GO F F I NT E RI OR DESIGN
A FIRM OF M A N Y FA C ES > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography by Latham Jenkins and David Swift
’m very diverse in what I do.” This describes Brian Goff’s portfolio of work and also an interior design career stretching back 25 years to take in residences around the country, many in Jackson Hole.
The diversity in tone—contemporary, traditional, Western-inflected—wells from Goff’s approach to design itself, which is centered in listening and calibrating interiors to each client’s unique mode of living. “I try to sit down and evaluate room by room,” he says of his process. “How do they live? How do they use each space and the items in those spaces? Being a designer is also about function—too often we confuse beauty with function. First and foremost, the space has to be lived in and utilized in a proper manner.” This emphasis on creative, custom approaches to functionality makes perfect sense for Jackson Hole, where large family groups often converge on residential spaces and need a welcoming interior that both nurtures them and accommodates a lifestyle that might include the donning and doffing of wet ski boots, free-form gatherings of all ages, and large-scale entertaining.
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Sleek Spaces: Goff’s modern great-room design achieves a simple, clean approach to entertaining, lit by black, tiered LED light panels that nicely offset the slight blue patina of the metal-paneled fireplace. Juxtaposition: The textured backdrop of Ann Sacks chiseled stone enhances the geometric lines of an iron-and-wood floating staircase.
“Designing for Jackson Hole lends itself to crafting warm, comfortable environments so that you reflect the area, the landscape, and the mentality of where we are. We’re in a beautiful part of the world that’s somewhat of a playground—it’s year-round man vs. nature, so when you come home, you want to be extremely relaxed. You want to come into an atmosphere that’s completely enveloping you.” For Goff and his team at BGID, collaboration between architect, client, and contractor makes every project one he remembers—each one replete with considered touches that anticipate client needs while crystallizing their tastes. “I cover the gamut of design,” Goff explains, “and I try to always come up with personalized, custom designs that set one house apart from another.” In fact, he doesn’t have a favorite portfolio project; they all stand out as a translation of one family’s lifestyle into a setting that embraces it. “Through creativity, knowledge, and expertise, I can bring my clients’ vision to fruition. That’s how I measure my success.” w
Gathering Room: The warm tones of this great room create a seamless flow between inside and outside spheres, all anchored by a custom, modern rendition of a Navajo rug. Winning Tradition: A one-of-a-kind, hand-screened wallcovering imparts a muted elegance to this classic dining-room space. Mélange: Singular, artisan pieces and the interplay of materials (stone, wood, textiles) endow the master suite with cozy cabin warmth.
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DES I G N I N SP I R AT I O N: I NT E RMO UNTA I N CO NSTRUCTION INC.
SHAPING THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST > Story by Homestead Staff > Photography by TimBrownMedia.com and Becky Wiles, NPS
you’ve propped your skis at the mouth of a beckoning ski lodge, played a round of golf in the shadow of a mountain, or stood for an encore at a music pavilion in the West, chances are you’ve already been inside an Intermountain Construction building. In fact, the most iconic structure of our region—Old Faithful Inn—was restored with hand-selected lodgepole pine by the Idaho-based company in 1989. More recently, Intermountain acted as the general contractor for Grand Teton National Park’s trailblazing Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center. For Intermountain President Tyler Odgen, “community equals success.” This explains why a company with presence in multiple states retains the best of a traditional, qualitybased approach to projects, blended with “all the technology available so that we can give our client the best result at the most effective cost.” Intermountain’s approach is intimate: The same care is given to remodels of old barns and homesteads as to luxury homes, larger resort developments, and interpretive
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centers. “Everything we do is transparent,” Ogden emphasizes. “We’re approachable, and we want to be involved in projects where all parties give 100 percent, using every resource available to put communication No. 1. “There’s only one way things work,” he continues, and every time, that means getting to know each person involved, responding to both client and architect, and being able to pivot when necessary to deliver premium, start-to-finish craftsmanship on homes both capacious and compact. The company’s team of 10 can realize elegant mountain chalets or contemporary civic spaces, down to the steel trusswork and concrete. Something tells us we’ll be seeing a lot more of Intermountain Construction around these parts. w
DESIGN IN SPI R AT I O N : ST O C KT O N & SH I R K
ST YLE REBO O T > Story by Homestead Staff > Photography by Latham Jenkins and Chris Figenshau
rincipal designer Emily Williams’ initial role in this project was to furnish an existing residence and consult on an addition to the home. From there, the remodel grew to more of a top-down design refresh, working with the original bones of the home and its myriad finishes and fixtures. With the end goal of complementing the current structure, the collaboration process with contractors and architects led to bold details and a more cohesive end product. “The homeowners were very much engaged in the creative process,” Williams says. “They both like fun and eclectic. I was able to bring creative ideas to the table and we seamlessly integrated them into the design.” From updating floor coverings and
draperies to re-covering existing upholstery and adding character case goods, the home was injected with vibrant color, texture, and pattern. One of Williams’ main focuses in design is for a home to have flow and purpose. “It was very important to us to respect the house as a whole and not have the addition look out of place,” she explains. Because space was limited, she placed equal focus on both function and design. This successful project provides another example of the way the design team at Stockton & Shirk strive to make each home, building, or space as unique as the people they serve. w
On Location: Williams is a principal designer and project manager at Stockton & Shirk. Like her colleagues, she enjoys designing for all genres. The design process begins in the rewarding and collaborative relationship the firm forges with clients. Kid Approved: “The bunk room is a great example of thoughtful design,” Williams says. The need for additional sleeping space was solved while creating a spacious storage cabinet. Eclectic: Both clients and designer embraced a credo of “less isn’t always more,” adding splashes of color, pattern, and texture to every room via fun fabrics and complementary accents. Synchronicity: A mix of Western elements, including historic railroad features and locally sourced Native American and cowboy etchings, brings old and new together in a delightfully personal interior.
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DES I G N I N SP I R AT I O N: ME TA L L L C
FORGING TIM ELES S TR EA S U R E S > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography Courtesy of METAL LLC
n what they term a stroke of “elemental metallurgy,” business partners John Walters and Claudette Stern met at a New Mexico iron pour in 2006. When they recognized a shared sense of vision, classic design principles, and artistic craftsmanship, opportunity sparked. “Oddity” became “commodity” as the two formed METAL LLC. A recent addition to Jackson Hole’s stable of artists contributing to home design and décor, METAL LLC designs and fabricates projects that run the gamut: objets d’art, sculptures, custom architectural works, and restorations. The firm is client-focused, says Stern: “Our strong suits are not only that we can handle design, fabrication, and installation. We’re also owner-operated and value direct communication.” While Stern often acts as the public-facing side of the business, Walters brings the acumen of a Master of Fine Arts in digital fabrication and bronze casting from the University of Michigan. He relishes bringing his work from the gallery into the private interior. “The nice thing about what we do is that the objects we’re making now are going to be appreciated on a personal level,” he says. “A person lives with the object, enjoys fitting it into their life. That, to me, is really satisfying. We’re not just providing a service, but creating a heritage item.” And, oh, what heritage items they are. Often comprising significant research, high-tech image rendering, and custom finishes, the team produces results that fit both client and space to a T. “Our idea is that a distinguished design exists outside of the boundaries of the current models of mass marketing. That’s our clientele: Care, quality, and longevity are really important,” explains Stern. She adds, “The true testament here is that we have repeat clients. … That speaks not only to our level of communication, but also to the timeliness, the design, and the quality of the work that we do.” Tradition. Technological vision. Industrial artistry. These elements combine in METAL LLC’s inventory of work and made-to-order projects in locales as distant as Puerto Rico. And now, to our great luck, their full-service studio is available right here in Jackson Hole. w
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Floating Paper Tables: Constructed of plate steel, the tables’ distressed color coat is known as a “living finish,” maturing like a fine wine or any heirloom. Copper Pendant Lamp: A copper sheet appears to curl, the effect of tungsten inert gas (TIG)-welded joinery. The 110-volt, dimmable halogen bulb provides soft illumination, while the shape offers immediate impact. Drip Rail Staircase: Geometric lines offset the honey gloss of repurposed antique barnwood, the metal finished with a transparent gunmetalgrey powdercoat.
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DES I G N I N SP I R AT I O N: WI L L O W CRE E K WO ODW ORK S INC.
RE CLAIMED A ND R EF I NED > Story by David Porter > Photography by Latham Jenkins
e’re lucky to live among artists in Jackson Hole: from sculptors to painters, ironworkers to writers. Jaxon Ching can certainly count himself among them. As owner and operator of Willow Creek Woodworks, Ching imbues his work with not only high-quality craftsmanship, but beauty, contour, and line, the staples of any artist. Willow Creek Woodworks is a full-service woodworks mill located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Ching founded the business in 1997, not long after completing his tenure in the U.S. Navy. The shop, less than 20 years old, has grown from a business of two employees to 30 today. It is the demand for its customized work that has made Willow Creek so successful. Although Ching owns and runs the business, he emphasizes that everyone at Willow Creek works as a team. He notes, “I hold the company’s vision, but everyone has a lot at stake and a lot of say in any project.” Some employees have been with the business for over 15 years, and the staff includes three engineers to ensure the structural integrity of all projects. In addition to a high-functioning team, Ching finds great rewards in his work with Jackson architects and contractors. He says, “I’m so grateful for the building community in Jackson Hole. Everyone has been generous in offering work to us. I want to be sure to thank those with whom we’ve collaborated over the years.” The craftsman finds that working closely with architects brings plans to life. He communicates often with the architectural design team to understand homeowners’ desires and then to build and install just what his clients
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seek. While working on the kitchen and bunk room pictured here, Ching had several face-to-face meetings with the homeowner. This is access his clients “really appreciate.” An additional eight to 10 meetings with the architectural team brought the project to fruition. The completed kitchen dazzles with the brilliant results of communication and precise construction. Clean lines, bright colors, and contrast mean the space pops with liveliness. When Ching saw the same architect’s plans for the bunk room, he was immediately excited and began considering how to adapt the drawings from a construction perspective. Here, reclaimed materials and steel fuse rustic with industrial. He often favors working with reclaimed materials, observing that the “wood has natural imperfections, but the construction and installation make perfect,” a testament to Willow Creek’s insistence on the highest-quality product. Willow Creek Woodworks continues to be tapped for exciting new projects, and one can easily see why. When speaking of a highly technical installation the team recently completed for Carney Logan Burke Architects, John Carney says, “I don’t know anybody who could have pulled this off like Jaxon did.” The company also custom-outfitted the staircase and kitchen of Carney’s private home. Art, precision, and practicality guide all of Willow Creek Woodworks’ collaborations, to most exquisite results. w
In the Kitchen: Willow Creek Woodworks’ founder, Jaxon Ching, in an interior showcasing the team’s work. Stair Solution: Space is used innovatively on this staircase, bookshelves meticulously aligned with each tread and rail. Gorgeous Utility: This kitchen boasts reclaimed barnwood on cabinet fronts and wood grains perfectly aligned along the large faces. The walnut, Shaker-style cabinets along the walls provide a stunning contrast in the bright room. Ching’s team used a special finish on the barnwood that is waterand stain-proof, yet appears unfinished, as if “it has just come off the barn and into the kitchen,” he says. Imaginative Bunking: The bunk room is Ching’s favorite room in this house. It features floor-tocurved-ceiling reclaimed barnwood and rustic rails on the bunk beds to hold youngsters snug.
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DR EA M H O M E
AR C H I T EC T UR E D Y N I A AR C H I T EC T S I N T ER I O R DE SI G N J AC Q U E J EN K I N S -S T I R EMAN D ES I G N S T U D I O B UI L DER MI L L I R O N T I MB ERWO R K S
D UA L- L E VEL L I V I N G > Story by Richard Anderson > Photography by David Agnello and David Swift
he north face of Snow King Mountain offers wondrous views of the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park and, on clear days, the southern reaches of Yellowstone—with the added embellishment of downtown Jackson’s dynamic urban center in the foreground. However, the north face of Snow King is also dark. Between the shadow of the mountain peak and the shade of the dense forest, getting light into living spaces is a challenge that requires creative solutions. For a recent residence project on Snow King, Dynia Architects addressed this challenge with a three-story, vertically organized scheme that placed the primary spaces—living, dining, kitchen, and master suite—at the top, and secondary spaces—studies, library and guest rooms—on the middle level below. The ground floor, carved deep into the slope and devoid of daylight, became the ideal location for garage and utility functions. The challenge to this approach, as Stephen Dynia, the project’s designer, points out, is “to create a compelling vertical circulation space that will entice you to the top floor and, once there, a living space that powerfully connects with the magnificent landscape, a place that makes the journey worthwhile.” The first goal is achieved in the form of a generously sky-lit stair atrium that draws people toward ever-changing daylight animated by the boughs of pine trees above. The two runs of stairs are shifted to ease their visual length, with the upper stair more directly connecting the two elevated living floors, and the lower stair serving the entry. One arrives at the uphill end of the top floor and turns 180 degrees to face an infinite, iconic landscape. The layout—an open plan that includes kitchen, dining and living areas—blends with nature as you approach the bi-fold glass wall that opens to extend the living environment onto a deep terrace across the face of the house, further integrating interior space with nature. The terrace, also accessed from the master suite, includes a central gas fireplace and is ideal for outdoor sleeping. Inside, the master suite is separated from the common area by the day-lit atrium, which filters light to all spaces. Karen Parent, senior project architect from Dynia Architects, managed the process through completion, working closely with the homeowners to develop a palette of texture and color to enhance the architecture—both outside and inside. The objective, Parent adds, “is to fully understand the owners’ sensibilities when selecting things like wood species for the siding, ceiling, and cabinets; the exact tone of the concrete walls and floor; paint color; and lighting.”
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Setting: Snow King residences face two basic challenges: the steep hillside building site and the shadowy, north-facing aspects. Life 360: The living-dining-kitchen space allows for views straight through from south to north, making the most of natural light and the ever-changing view to the north. Clean Angles: The dimensions of the stainlesssteel, gas-burning fireplace in the living room mimic the wide, panoramic vista afforded by the north-facing wall of glass looking out over the town of Jackson, the National Elk Refuge, and endless Wyoming sky. Interior Equilibrium: â€œThe finishes and furnishings are a wonderful balance of the Mountain West paired with the homeownersâ€™ urban roots,â€? Jacque Jenkins-Stireman says of her design approach.
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One highlight that came from this owner-architect relationship is a wall of black pebbles in the shower that is illuminated obliquely by a skylight above to stunning textural effect. “We as architects do not draw a line between the exterior and interior of a house. It is a holistic endeavor that results in a unified environment, and furthers the owners’ connection to this beautiful, natural environment,” Dynia says. The carefully considered design approach also made for an exciting construction project, says John Walker, owner of Mill Iron Timberworks, who has been working with Dynia since 1997. “The small, steep site, the spatial divide on each level, and the simplicity of the finished details required thoughtful planning and close collaboration with the architect,” Walker says of the project he and his crew began in the summer of 2012. “Modern homes must be constructed with incredible precision because you can’t cover up joints with superfluous elements like molding and trim. I enjoy working through these challenges with the architect,” Walker elaborates. The challenge is similar when it comes to furnishing interiors, Jacque Jenkins-Stireman, the project’s interior designer, concurs. “You have to be mindful of absolutely everything that goes into the space,” she says. “Everything has to be very clean. The objective for me was to provide beautiful, functional furnishings and finishes that support the architecture and the landscape alike.” That meant a lot of custom work—much of it done by Walker—including the solid-oak dining room table that Stireman declares “an engineering feat.” A solid, 3-inch-thick slab of wood seems magically suspended by a single metal support. “There’s no heavy base, no chunky legs, no carving,” Stireman says. “It’s spectacular. It’s a very functional piece that doesn’t take away from the architecture. You see through the table allowing the light to continue through the space, maintaining the flow from the inside to the outside.”
Ascent: Direct sunlight pours through skylights over the staircase, luring visitors up from darker nether floors and suffusing the uppermost floor with warmth. Custom Furniture: The dining room table, built by contractor John Walker, consists of a vast mass of wood magically suspended by a single support, reinforcing the effortless flow of light and air through the space. Raised Rest: Walker also built the bed platform in the guest room, which, while in the darker, rear side of the home, still feels bright and airy thanks to a wall of glass opening onto the woods. Home Sweet Home: The owners’ adored dogs, Linus and Lingling, enjoy easy access to the outdoors through the rear of the home, which opens onto a spacious terrace and the natural landscape of Snow King Mountain.
The guest bedrooms provide another example. Of modest size and simply furnished—there’s really just one piece of furniture, the sleeping platform, also crafted by Walker in his Thayne cabinet shop—they contain walls of glass looking into the woods of the backyard. “You feel like you’re sleeping outside,” Stireman says. At 4,200 square feet, it’s a generously sized home that balances openness and intimacy. “The homeowners didn’t want enormous spaces,” says Dynia. “They wanted it integrated, fairly compact.” And with the entirety of Jackson Hole right outside their plentiful windows, they got the best of both worlds. w homesteadmag.com | 67
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B UI L DE R T ET O N H ER I TAG E B U I L D ER S AR T WO R K D I EH L G AL L ERY H O M E SY ST E M DESI G N X S S EN T I ALS
C O O R D I N AT I N G S UC C ESS > Story by Kirsten Rue > Photography by David Agnello
he word “pavilion” conjures an image of open air with light and landscape beyond, and this North Gros Ventre Butte home embodies the term perfectly. Rather than settling on north- or south-facing exposure, the home offers almost 360-degree views from its levels, which appear at first glance to be entirely comprised of suspended, shimmering glass. Situated diagonally on its lot, the home flows with the natural swale of the bluff and peers down into the valley of Jackson Hole from two different vantage heights. For Jackson’s Teton Heritage Builders, the project presented a unique opportunity and challenge: executing a top-down, modern vision from esteemed Chicago-based architectural firm Nagle Hartray. The homeowners had a personal connection to Nagle’s firm, and associate principal Rocco Castellano served as the project architect on the signature Nagle design: a 6,320-square-foot home consisting of three pavilions connected by a breezy gallery on one side. Keith Benjamin, THB project manager, explains their work process, “With so many clean lines and so many linear and angular shapes and sizes, everything has to be coordinated with very little margin for error. There are surprises that always come up in the field, so we worked through those in our weekly conference calls and recommended solutions to the architect.” The center pavilion—a two-story showstopper that creates one generous living and entertaining space—features 12 10-foot lift-andslide doors that glide on smooth, wheeled tracks while remaining sealed and weather-tight. With rollaway screens to boot, every wall of the house dissolves and becomes outdoor space as easily as a twist and slide. French balconies adorn the upper story, offering another point for soaking in the panoramic views. On the modern, un-fussy aesthetic of the design package, Superintendent Russ Weaver remarks, “One thing I love about the whole house is the clean lines and the lack of trim.” “The way the siding and interior woodwork relate, they look like they come right through the glass wall,” Benjamin agrees. Yet, the home’s warmth belies its austere lines and shining rows of windows. “It all comes from the materials we used,” Benjamin notes. Russet tones of Spanish cedar, all-natural slate tiling, and quartersawn oak floors retain a glow in any lighting.
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Courtyard: On the walkway, a stainless-steel sculpture by Indonesia-based artist Chen gleams, lending â€œa sense of mathematical poetry.â€? The piece was loaned by Diehl Gallery. Passive solar energy adjusts seasonally via these louvers, shading the glass in the summer while allowing for more light in the winter. A super-insulated building envelope, rainscreen detail, solar thermal hot water system, and the natural ventilation of all the operable doors and windows earned the home an energy star rating that exceeds other homes of its size.
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Organic: As the team installed the distinctive Spanish cedar, they noted its woodsy, spicy aroma.
The blend of all the home’s elements proved just as relevant to the architecture as Teton Heritage Builders’ careful precision work. Ken Davis of Xssentials cites this project as an example of “how tightly we collaborate with architects to maintain the design elements of the home while still providing performance audio.” A frequent collaborator with THB, Xssentials provides easy-to-use home automation packages for customers, which are state-of-the-art and operated by intuitive software. “We have a set of proven processes for successfully delivering any job. It’s great having an established relationship with THB; we’re able to work easily together, resulting in a positive experience for the homeowner,” he adds. “When a homeowner is involved in the development of the architectural aesthetic for their home, it is even more natural for that aesthetic to ultimately translate into a balance between art and design,” echoes Mariam Diehl, the owner of Diehl Gallery, which lent all the staging artwork for the home. The complete design confluence of the central pavilion almost makes one unaware of its other two wings, but they’re there: a master suite accessed from the upper-floor gallery and three additional en suite bedrooms. These more private pavilions allow the family two modes of living—they can share the office, kitchen, dining, and living space, or retreat for sanctuary. “For a family home, there’s enough space where you don’t feel like you’re crowded, ever,” says Weaver. “It feels really connected and yet private.” THB met the task of advising an out-of-state design team on a highly demanding build with enthusiasm. “This was an opportunity to show that we can do modern,” says Benjamin. “We can apply the same kind of construction techniques to building modern, and the process of collaborating on the design and selection process with the homeowners remains the same. From there, we leverage the talented tradespeople that we have in this valley to pull it all together.” In this finished home, everything sings. w
Soaring Chimney: A fireplace of sage hill stone introduces more calming natural materials to the great room. Alignment: “There’s just a design continuity that flows everywhere from the site. From the exterior hardscape to the construction detailing of the house to the furniture and rugs, everything is consistent,” says Benjamin. Media Upgrade: Stylish stairs lead to the upper gallery and also to a media room downstairs. Together, Nagle Hartray Architects, THB, and Xssentials designed and installed a highperformance home theatre while maintaining room style and aesthetics, cleverly concealing equipment and speakers. Nook: A splash of red and a mixed media work by artist Peter Hoffer add liveliness to the dining area. Exposure: The team advised Nagle Hartray when it came to the proper material selections for our dry climate, discussing the sun, wind, and lighting of the home’s setting.
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A R A R E A N D R E V IS E D MASTERPIECE > Story by David Porter > Photography by Steven Long
ust south of Wilson, Wyoming, stands a magnificent log home, replete with light. Abundant windows, soaring beams, and southern exposure draw the sun inside. This particular five-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 5,600square-foot home underwent an extensive remodel in 2012-13: It had changed ownership, and the new owners desired an update. They returned to Ellis Nunn, the founding architect on the project and principal of Ellis Nunn and Associates, who says, “We had the perfect opportunity to review the home we’d designed in the 1980s to see what we could do better.” Meetings and shared ideas among the homeowners, architects, and contractor, Steve Bontecou Construction, converted the house to a beautiful family getaway—a cozy lodge in a stunning setting on Fish Creek. Everyone involved in the project emphasizes two keys to their success: the owners’ infectious enthusiasm for redesigning the home and the high level of communication and collaboration that followed. Nunn says, “At the very beginning, we all met on-site and went over everyone’s thoughts. Steve [Bontecou], along with his superintendent, then coordinated all aspects of the project, working with the owners and us. This very large remodel ended up far better than expected in the end. The owners could not be happier.” The goals of the remodel were at first modest, but became manifold. Originally, says Bontecou, “They wanted to update the kitchen and open it to the great room by removing a wall.” When his clients saw drawings emerge, the original plan was revised, and the remodel began to grow, eventually resulting in a refashioning of the entire
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home, from expanded doorways and vaulted ceilings to new tile, cabinets, and fixtures throughout. The only remaining elements from the original design comprise the foundation, frame, and wood shakes. Also included in the extensive update is an alarm system installed by Watchguard Security Systems. The system secures the home and alerts the homeowners should interior temperatures begin to drop, thus protecting plumbing and all the home’s custom finishes. Now, the great room and kitchen have been joined to create an inviting space for family to gather. A load-bearing wall was removed and extra support added in the crawl space and ceiling to compensate. John Kjos, an architect in Nunn’s office, was instrumental in working with engineers to “ensure structural integrity throughout the remodel process.” Another goal was to enhance the great room’s southern exposure. To accomplish this feat, the loft above the room was significantly reduced to open the ceiling, exposing large timbers. Then, larger doors and windows were added, flooding the honey-colored room with light. In concert with the larger openings, Harry Statter and his team at The Tree and Landscape Company, known for their high-quality landscape design, installation, and maintenance, “removed some old growth and created new landscaping to enhance the already dramatic location.” Consequently, views of Fish Creek, a private pond, and Munger Mountain in the distance were unwrapped.
Southern Exposure: Golden logs and siding, chimneys and pedestals of river rock, and native-plant landscaping establish this home as a deeply personal mountain lodge.
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Great Room: Finishes lend the great room a lodge-like feel, with log paneling, trophies, and Molesworth-style furniture.
Grand Entrance: Modifications to the main entrance are grand yet instill warmth—creating a perfect place to welcome family and guests.
Fish Creek: A braid of Fish Creek flows serenely through the property.
Loft Walkway: On the upper walkway, one can access bedrooms, read in the summer light, or work at the antique desk. Bontecou reframed the nook in order to accommodate one of the family’s favorite pieces of furniture.
Main Approach: The crushed-granite walkway and indigenous plants, such as phlox and larkspur, guide visitors to the home’s main entrance.
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One can easily come and go from the kitchen while preparing a meal or snack. Craftsman Kitchens, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, made the trek to install their custom-made alder cabinets throughout the home, providing ample and handsome storage. Granite countertops installed by Davis Marble & Granite, also from Salt Lake City, augment the lovely space and offer the perfect surface for preparing or lingering over a meal. From the initial steps of redesigning the great room and kitchen, the project evolved. All of the interior doors, trim, and moldings were replaced with high-grade alder. Bathrooms were gutted, enlarged when possible, and finished with marble and granite, custom cabinets, and top-of-the-line fixtures. Stair rails were rebuilt by hand by the carpenter who crafted the original rails in the ’80s. He, too, was happy to revisit his work. To access the upper floor, one ascends the stairs adjacent to the main entry. Here, a number of rooms and bathrooms welcome family members and guests. Nunn redesigned all of the ceilings on the second floor; new trusses allow for vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms and hallway. The vaults enlarge the rooms, dappling them with sunshine, while the hallway evokes a gallery with high ceilings, spot lighting, and wool rugs. Everyone involved in this labor of love credits the high levels of contact among all parties. Nunn and Bontecou agree that they most enjoyed the owners’ willingness and excitement to do everything that was required to make this home the best possible in updating it. Nunn adds, “Steve and his crew kept the project running as it should have with excellent construction management and the finest carpentry.” This gorgeous log home “gets back to ‘Jackson rustic,’” says Bontecou. When asked about his favorite part of the project, Nunn agrees, “The whole completed home is my favorite, as it creates a home that is timeless and not dated, which was my original intent.” w
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Kitchen Close-Up: The heart of the home gleams in the combination of alder, glass, bronze, and granite. Kitchen Opens Wide: The homeâ€™s vast kitchen can accommodate the whole family, cooking and eating together. dui. Great Room: Cozy furniture and a river-rock fireplace that rises from floor to ceiling craft an ideal space where weary skiers can warm themselves or the grandkids can stretch out to play a board game. Marble Bathroom: The master bath is finished in striking marble panels.
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> Story by Richard Anderson >P hotography by David Agnello The Moosebrush home near the base of Teton Pass has a laid-back, jazzy, improvisational feel that belies the deep thought and multitude of decisions invested in each space. Designer Jennifer Prugh Visosky, of Grace Home Design, and contractor Craig Olivieri, of Jackson Hole Contracting, proved equally adept at achieving the same flow when they were tasked with renovating it. “My clients tried to identify the style they wanted in the home,” Visosky says, “but at the end of the day, they wanted a marriage of many styles that felt natural to them.” Yet it also had to come together coherently—to play like an album, to read like a story. The Moosebrush home—2,600 square feet, with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, by Arizona architect Will Bruder—was built in 1998. Adding even more to the pastiche, the home was expanded in 2007, Visosky says. Originally, it had a lot of small spaces and private areas. Visosky and Olivieri’s job was to open these up, transforming the residence into a family home for children and entertaining.
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Wooded Setting: The Will Bruder-designed home at the base of Teton Pass was built in 1998 and added onto in 2007. Clean Canvas: Visosky and Olivieri worked with their clients to rebuild the kitchen from scratch. The islandâ€™s Paperstone top had to be carefully fitted around the load-bearing pole. Quirks: A slight inward angle to the back wall of the home proved challenging, especially when it came to designing and installing the custom cabinetry.
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“In ways, we let the space breathe,” Visosky elaborates. “The house doesn’t get a ton of natural light—it’s truly in the woods—so that was one of my concerns: how to make it feel alive.” Opening spaces, brightening walls with paint and patterns, and mixing and matching for a sense of spontaneity were all key to enlivening the interiors. “There were things we wanted to keep that were Will Bruder’s style, like fun window sizes and placement, but a lot of it we really changed,” she says. Structurally, that involved quite a bit of effort, Olivieri adds. “We took off the entire roof, added insulation, took the walls down to studs, and rebuilt 40 percent of them.” Working with architect Troy Kampa of Minneapolis, the team created a new entry and updated lighting plan. A loft that once half-enclosed the stairs that lead from the entry to the main living area was removed—this went a long way toward creating a sense of openness in the main living area. From there, the kitchen was entirely ripped out and rebuilt with an island, a high-end Aga stove and hood, and cabinets that were custom-crafted to accommodate a quirky, 5-or-so-degree inward cant to the back wall—a detail that Olivieri calls fun, but also a challenge for the team throughout the project. Visosky notes that the home ended up being a “really cool mix of high and low.” French Élitis wallpaper and a Vitra sink bring a sense of high style to one bathroom, while 11/4-inch steel tubing makes for a clean and contemporary grab rail on the stairs—just one elegantly simple solution that Olivieri engineered.
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Artistic Flair: The main living area presents a mélange of contemporary lines and traditional touches; earthy tones and splashes of color and pattern; high-end furnishings and simple solutions. Sanctuary: A long, narrow galley was opened up to create an entirely reconfigured master suite with a larger bedroom, master bath, powder room, and closet. Pattern and Contrast: An exquisite Vitra sink, Élitis wallcovering, and Jason Wu-designed lavatory faucet bring a touch of high fashion to the powder room. Family Nooks: Most of the four bedrooms remain tight and cozy, but were revitalized with the use of vibrant color and off-the-wall light fixtures.
“That’s why I like to work with Craig,” Visosky says. “He’s so immaculate and skilled and attentive to details and budget. … It makes such a difference if the team members are playing nice.” Visosky has been in the design business since 2004, and Olivieri has been a contractor since 2003. Citing their mutual depth of experience and solid working relationship, the two have collaborated on several big projects in recent years, bringing clear design principles and expertise to each one. As Visosky points out, sometimes in life we are inundated with too much information. The role of a designer, she says, is to narrow down the options in order to lead clients in a direction that is right for them. At the same time, it’s important to stay original and retain one’s own voice. “Jen’s not afraid to go out on a limb and do big things,” Olivieri reflects, thinking of a wide, bright stripe that accents a bathroom wall or the vermilion leather of the chairs at the kitchen island. “These are fun, playful things that really add a unique twist to the home.” In some cases, success comes down to a unity of aesthetics—the quality of craftsmanship or a deep understanding shared by designer, builder, and client. At Moosebrush, everything clicks. As Visosky says, “At the end of the day, it’s all that communication that makes these projects really successful.” w
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DR EA M T E AM : SN AKE RI VE R S PO RT I NG CL UB
TH E PROPER TY SN AK E RIVER S PORTIN G C L U B R EAL ESTAT E T EAM R E /MAX OBSIDIAN R E A L E STATE IN TER IOR DESIGN TEA M W R J DES IGN A R TWORK ALTAMIRA FINE ART
A F RONTIER OF COLLABORATION > Story by Katy Niner > Photography by David Agnello, Latham Jenkins, Ed Riddell, and David Swift
he red bridge signals the shift. As you follow the single lane across the Snake, you approach a limestone ridge rising from the riverbed, bending toward sights unseen. Whitebark pines pepper the slopes, sheltering wildlife. The river rushes on, tempting with rapids and trout. A bald eagle arcs above, scanning the canyon. The historic red bridge is the threshold. Discovery awaits. This discovery defines Snake River Sporting Club: the discovery of exploring a large tract of land, the discovery of exploring new ways of doing business. To realize the sporting club’s renaissance, four local businesses came together toward a collective goal: to make the peerless property as refined as it is rugged. Working in concert, the quartet created a sophisticated world greater than the sum of its parts. They forged a new frontier of luxury inspired by landscape, defined by a full-service approach to the Western lifestyle. Snake River Sporting Club, WRJ Design, RE/MAX Obsidian Real Estate, and Altamira Fine Art are now linked by shared success and committed to future collaborations beyond the bridge. Within this trailblazing paradigm, the sporting club has become an arbiter of valley entrepreneurialism, of vision honed by experience. “Crossing the bridge becomes symbolic,” says Klaus Baer, principal of WRJ Design. “You are driving into history and heritage. You are moving from one time and place into another.”
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THE DESTINATION A day spent at the Snake River Sporting Club is a transporting, all-encompassing experience. Hit the road early to make the most of your adventure. The real world melts away as you drive the 12 miles south from Jackson. Park at the clubhouse, warm up at the driving range and then play 18 holes of championship golf, an experience envisioned by Tom Weiskopf. Break for lunch at the clubhouse overlooking the Snake River. Post-feast, head to the barn and saddle up for a trail ride through the cottonwoods and willows. Or, borrow a compound bow and practice archery with life-sized targets. Spend the late afternoon with your kids or grandkids at the beaver pond using the club’s kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Dusk finds you casting into pools along a 6-mile stretch of the Snake River. Cap the day with cocktails on the deck, watching the waning sun paint Wolf Mountain pink. Days like this are de rigueur at Snake River Sporting Club. “We have created an authentic Jackson Hole experience within a private club setting,” says Chief Operating Officer Jeff Heilbrun.
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THE TEAM The collaborative approach adopted by Snake River Sporting Club extends to the team spearheading sales. RE/MAX Obsidian Real Estate’s boutique nature belies its robust standing: Since forming three years ago, it has become one of the largest firms in Wyoming, and the global Web presence of RE/MAX lends a reach that extends far beyond the valley itself. With nearly 40 agents, RE/MAX Obsidian has adopted a collegial approach to selling real estate, a results- and service-oriented focus that benefits the clients, says associate broker Chip Marvin. As with all properties RE/MAX Obsidian represents, the sporting club team tries to connect person to place. (The firm’s downtown office even features a 3-D model of the club). The club appeals to a buyer who is “genuine and grounded,” says Marvin, adjectives which also describe the Obsidian team. A club homeowner must appreciate contrast. Consider the four new Tall Timber Cottages. The golf course unfurls from their back decks, deer and elk graze along the rough, and the mountains loom above. “We are down there because we believe in the project,” Marvin says. “The Club has such an appealing combination of amenities.”
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“September is a rarity in the art world, having command of charcoal, watercolor, and oil, all the while creating lyrical signature works that engage the eye and move the soul,” says Dean Munn, the gallery and exhibitions director at Altamira Fine Art. “Her paintings demonstrate a spirituality and life force that are native to the environs of the Snake River Sporting Club and are well-suited to exemplify the vision of the club itself. Exceptional art in an exceptional locale.”
THE DESIGN Snake River Sporting Club exemplifies the creed adopted by WRJ Design: “Inspired by the natural world, informed by the rest of it.” Both the club and WRJ are distinguished by their parallel attunements to nature and sophistication. Embracing the club’s intrinsic contrasts, WRJ has introduced aesthetic discoveries that harmonize with the outdoor bounty. Indeed, natural inspiration has defined the trajectory of WRJ. After building their design careers in New York and London, WRJ principals Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer moved west to reorient their lives and work in the magnificence of the mountains. Since opening their flagship showroom three years ago in downtown Jackson, the two have become tastemakers in the valley and beyond. Drawing upon their diverse backgrounds in residential, landscape, and exhibition design, they bring rare insight into the creative and collaborative process required to make their clients’ design ideas extraordinary. Whether approaching the private collections of Laurance Rockefeller and Bunny Mellon or considering a new Tall Timber Cottage, WRJ translates the vibrancy of people’s lives into spatial experiences. The interiors designed by WRJ become timeless reflections of people and place, evocative rooms at once refined and reflective.
THE ART When curating a site-specific collection, Altamira Fine Art considers the defining characteristics of the space and its surroundings: colors, forms, and values. Snake River Sporting Club presents a rich palette from which Altamira curates a compelling assemblage of art. Paintings depicting the essence of nature resonate in the clubhouse, and no body of work better speaks to this organic resonance than Jackson-based artist September Vhay’s Red Horse series. An architect by training, Vhay turned to painting as an expression of her profound connection with animals. Equine and Western essentialism converge in her gestural red horses: Pairing the flow of sumi-e painting with the minimalism of abstract sculptures, she hones in on the horses’ innate elegance. What began as an exploration in watercolor has grown into a fulsome series including large oil paintings—a breadth that belies the intimacy she achieves in each individual composition. w
CONTACT INFORMATION Snake River Sporting Club Membership Jeff Heilbrun • 307-201-2560 email@example.com • srsportingclub.com
WRJ Design 307-200-4881 • wrjdesign.com
RE/MAX Obsidian Real Estate Chip Marvin • 307-690-2657 firstname.lastname@example.org • jacksonholeobsidian.com
Altamira Fine Art 307-739-4700 • altamiraart.com
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“A house should unfold like a story. It should unfold with some mystery,” says principal Rush Jenkins. “There should be discovery. And there should be beauty.” On these pages, WRJ Design presents a range of their work in Jackson Hole and beyond. Every project is united by the same goal of expressing client lifestyles through their environment.
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DR EA M R E SO RT: 3 CRE E K RA NCH
M EM B ER SH I P O PPO R T UN I T I ES Jill Moberg Membership & Marketing Sales Director 307-732-8921 • email@example.com 3creekranchgolfclub.org
C E L EB R ATI NG 1 0 Y EA RS O F C O M MU NI T Y A ND FRIENDSHIP > Story by Jenn Rein > Photography by Ryan Sheets, Allen Kennedy, Dan Tolson, and Staff
estled only a short distance from downtown Jackson, 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club is a reflection on both thoughtful living and community engagement. This year marks its 10th anniversary, and ongoing success is evident in its reputation and growth. The club is closing in on its ultimate goal: to reach maximum capacity for memberships. When that happens, 3 Creek will become a fully member-owned endeavor. COMMUNITY OUTREACH 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club has made its mark with special events that exemplify a love of Jackson Hole. Of these, the Rees Jones Invitational is a shining example. Named for the world-renowned architect who designed the 3 Creek course, this event raised $45,000 in 2014 for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. Club member Tom Holland praises this effort and much more about 3 Creek: “While we joined the club for its amenities, we quickly discovered it is the people associated with 3 Creek who motivate us to continue our membership. Folks here are driven by cause and community. You can see this in how they come together to support Bras for a Cause, St. Jude Moonlight on the Mountains, and the Rees Jones Invitational. The invitational brings us all together for a fun event to support Jackson Hole. … Events like these make a positive, collective impact. This makes 3 Creek a special place.” WORLD-CLASS GOLF The golf course at 3 Creek has been listed as the No. 1 course in Wyoming by Golf Digest multiple years in a row, and has been praised extensively by the golf industry as a whole. Director of Golf Greg Glover was named Teacher of the Year for the PGA’s Rocky Mountain section in 2014, proving that accolades extend to staff as well. The care that is taken with regard to the course is commendably obsessive, and the payoff is significant. With great attention to detail and advanced pest-management strategies, Superintendent Dan Tolson has managed to prevent establishment of a common invasive species of grass that affects ball roll on the green. It is uncommon to find a golf course free of this grass. Anyone with the good fortune to play the 3 Creek course will notice the exceptionally smooth, pure greens.
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Slope Side: The Ski Club at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a significant perk for 3 Creek members. Tee Off: 3 Creekâ€™s golf course is not only enhanced by the meticulous attention paid to it, but by expansive Teton views that steal the show.
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Indoor/Outdoor Flow: The club’s outdoor patio is a favored retreat for members during the summer season; a place to enjoy the superb menu and feel refreshed by the mountain air.
SETTING THE TABLE FOR EXCELLENCE The interior of 3 Creek’s clubhouse itself is a stellar example of what can be accomplished when design finishes have been selected for both style and comfort. Spectacular views of the Teton Range and abundant mountain light dominate the great room. Within these walls, there are one-of-a-kind moments to be savored, and impeccable meals to be shared. The culinary team has earned kudos as one of the best in Teton County, and opportunities to cater to the club members are numerous. Functions are held throughout most of the year, with meals carefully planned for each event. An outdoor living space complete with fire pits and crisp Teton vistas is often the first choice of club members for dining during the summer months. A FEELING OF INCLUSION A golf game isn’t necessary to enjoy both the services at this club and the attentive staff that has, it seems, thought of everything. Member Ellen Sanford explains, “There are so many choices that many call it ‘Camp 3 Creek’ because of the opportunities for children and adults to learn and have fun.” She further elaborates, “3 Creek has a great spirit! The atmosphere in the club is very welcoming and inclusive.” Holland echoes Sanford’s enthusiasm, “Our family is taking advantage of these great amenities every day of the year. Whether it is the pool in the summer, the workout facility in the fall, or the skiing amenities in the winter, the club has been great for our family.” Platform tennis and tennis courts, programming for kids, swimming, wildlife viewing, the Ski Club at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Nordic skiing—among other activities—all speak to the multitude of options here. The member-ownership milestone will only further strengthen the feeling of community and welcome at 3 Creek. When this quota has been reached, the close team that ensures an uncompromising and distinctive experience at 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club is looking forward to setting the bar even higher. w
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It’s All Here: Numerous amenities distinguish the exceptional nature of 3 Creek. From clubhouse accommodations to an always-bustling event schedule, this community enjoys the best that Jackson Hole has to offer. In the summer months, aquatic facilities provide relief from the high mountain sun, while club-hosted outdoor activities bring families together. Abundant opportunities to enjoy the glory of Jackson’s winter months also prevail. Nordic skiing on the ranch allows for wildlife viewing in a serenely contemplative environment, as birds of prey, moose, and elk frequent many parts of the property. This is the sweet spot, just a short distance from downtown Jackson: nature’s majesty outside the front door paired with the trademark thoughtful attention paid to every member at 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club.
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HO W BANKIN G S HO U LD B E: SM A L L E N O U G H T O C AR E , B I G E NOUG H TO SERV E > Story by Homestead Staff > Photography by Latham Jenkins
hy would serious investors want to do their banking with a community institution like Bank of Jackson Hole, referred to by the locals as BOJH? After all, Jackson is a small town. People here recognize neighbors at the post office, at community fundraisers, and on the ski slopes.
Charming? Sure. But that does not explain why high-end clients from New York to California choose to live here. They do because Jackson is not your typical small town, no more than Jackson Hole is your typical valley. What small American town offers such a cross section of cosmopolitan retail, fine dining, savvy investment, and world-class architectural design? In just the same way, BOJH is not a “small-town bank,” but rather a highly efficient, sophisticated community institution that embraces and maximizes the potential of its location.
WHY WYOMING? With 17 years of legal experience enhancing his financial leadership, Clay Geittmann, BOJH’s senior vice president and trust officer, is well aware of the unique benefits Wyoming offers his clients. Given its robustly pro-business statutes and lack of income tax, Wyoming regularly attracts consideration from those contemplating where they want to live. “When you look at states that don’t have income tax, and then look at the statutory benefits and quality of life available in those states,” Geittmann explains, “Wyoming stands as not only a great place to live but also an incredible place to do business.” But favorable laws alone do not ensure financial success. What is needed is a team whose specialized knowledge of these advantages can help individuals to capitalize on such opportunities. Geittmann’s team of trust and wealth management professionals knows the local terrain as well as the global markets. Speaking of banking expertise, BOJH’s top six senior managers each have lived in Jackson for over 15 years, giving the team 132 years of local banking experience—experience that merges knowledge of Wyoming’s special advantages with that of the wider financial world.
Wyoming’s benefits for those interested in protecting and developing their wealth are hard to ignore:
• No state personal or corporate income tax
• No state inheritance tax
• No state gift tax
• No state tax on retirement income
• No state franchise or excise tax
• No state tax on real estate sale proceeds
• Low real estate property tax
• No state tax on mineral interest ownership
• No state tax on intangibles Clay Geittmann, Trust Todd Ellingson, Wealth Management
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“We do not have a ‘box’ that any financial plan has to fit within,” notes BOJH President Jim Ryan. “At BOJH, we are 100-percent dedicated to customizing loans and investments for our customers and providing them with local, hometown, friendly banking that maintains 21st-century technology and convenience. We have the capacity to take care of your banking needs, large or small, whether in Jackson or not.”
Peter Lawton, CEO Jim Ryan, President David Perino, Executive Vice President
WHY BANK OF JACKSON HOLE?
T.R. Pierce, Residential Loans
Jackson Hole attracts people like no other place in America. This financial team has therefore learned to meet the needs of a variety of clients, whether third-generation residents or new residents, as well as those considering residency. When joining a new community, these are exactly the sorts of specialists you want in your corner to smooth the transition.
For example, when customers talk to a BOJH lender, they are talking to someone who is part of the decision-making process; as a result, the lender will work to help the customers reach their objectives. Because decisions are made with a board of fellow local experts who know the market and valley better than anyone, service is attentive, timely, and efficient.
“We’re able to provide a tailored package that fits the needs of the client, created by a local team focused on building relationships at a level of customized service that is difficult for regional and national firms to deliver,” says Geittmann. Being able to bank with your neighbors—and not a press-by-number phone tree—adds to Jackson Hole’s appeal as a place that melds culture, amenities, civic engagement, and scenic beauty. For mortgages, for business lending, for sound advice, the BOJH team provides an approachable face for a sophisticated enterprise that can facilitate large deals while providing the same cutting-edge service as any bank in the country.
Peter Lawton, CEO of BOJH, summarizes the bank’s mission by stating, “Bank of Jackson Hole’s focus is to reinvest in our community; our time, our talent, and our money remain where they should— locally.” Since its founding in 1982, the bank has been a visible and highly respected pillar of this community—our community. Jackson Hole is like nowhere else in the world, and Bank of Jackson Hole fits right in. w
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ON THE M ARK ET : M OUN TA IN MO D ER N WIT H E XCE P T I ON A L V I E W S With stunning Teton Range views, unparalleled serenity, and supreme luxury, Skyline 1515 is perched atop Spring Creek Ranch. The beautiful new construction, which is scheduled for completion in winter of 2015, provides a unique setting for your Jackson Hole retreat.
HIG H LIG H T S • 6,330 square feet of living space • 1,430-square-foot oversized 3-car garage • 7,760 total square feet • 5 bedrooms • 5.5 baths • Grand Teton views • Sand-set terrace • Price available upon request
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Rick Merrell, Owner
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310 E Broadway, Suite 8, Jackson, Wyoming
PO Box 11911, Jackson, Wyoming
Jill Sassi-Neison, Associate Broker 307-690-4529
307-743-9444 • mdwjh.com
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RESO URC E D I R EC TO RY Ready to design, build, renovate, decorate, buy, sell, or invest? Meet some of Jackson Holeâ€™s finest and most experienced professionals.
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STEPHEN DYNIA DYNIA ARCHITECTS 1085 Highway 22, Jackson, Wyoming 307-733-3766 • dynia.com
tephen Dynia founded Dynia Architects over 20 years ago with the goal of designing buildings and spaces that connect people to the exceptional natural environment of Jackson Hole. His firm designs public and private buildings ranging in scale from the Center for the Arts performance hall to community housing proj-
ects; from modest guest houses to major custom residences. Dynia sculpts light, form, and space into architecture that draws inspiration from nature and from the realities of site and program. He leads a team of talented professionals in creating built environments that unite the spirit of Jackson Hole with the possibilities of the present.
THE POWERFUL LANDSCAPE IN WHICH WE LIVE INSPIRES OUR ARCHITECTURE AT EVERY LEVEL. What do you value most about your client relationships?
Walk us though your approach to a project from start to finish.
Clients come to Dynia Architects expecting innovative, thoughtful design—meaningful architecture that serves their needs—to which our portfolio of award-winning work attests. Yet it is equally important that the process is smooth and orderly; that schedules and budgets are abided by, and that the experience of planning and building a house—a complicated matter for clients with busy lives—is as stress-free as possible.
The first step—whether the project is 2,000 or 15,000 square feet—is gaining an understanding of our clients’ desired program, site, budget, and schedule. I initiate schematic design options for each project, supported by a team of senior architects, each with a minimum of 15 years’ experience working in Jackson Hole.
We enjoy developing our relationships with clients through the course of their projects and hope that their lives are ultimately enriched by the work that we do together.
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Through client meetings and site visits, we focus on understanding the nuances of a site: sun and view orientation, terrain and texture, and specifics of the program, i.e., how the home will be lived in. Through a rigorous process, the team develops the initial concepts through sketches and models until our clients are satisfied that the design direction will serve their needs.
We then assemble an established team of consultants to execute the project. These include a general contractor, engineers, landscape architects, lighting experts, and interior designers. Our work continues until finish materials are selected and the last details are finalized. We collaborate closely with the contractor to address any challenges that may arise during construction and also remain flexible to ensure that, as the building takes shape, any insights that our clients develop are supported and addressed. We are tenacious throughout the process, always looking for the best possible design outcomes and the most sensible decisions with regard to the program, budget, and schedule. I personally see each project through to completion, with the objective of happy clients taking ownership of architecture that exceeds their expectations.
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VERONICA SCHREIBEIS V ERA I CON I CA A RCHITE CTURE 105 E Pearl Ave, Jackson, Wyoming 307-201-1642 • veraiconicaarchitecture.com
era Iconica, meaning true likeness in Latin, was founded in Jackson Hole in 2010, inspired by the idea that the firm could create a holistic design process for its clients. Most of today’s architecture focuses on the visual, pragmatic, and physical properties
of spaces, or aspects of the mind and body. These aspects are essential. However, often buildings lack soul. In order to achieve balance, the spiritual and qualitative aspects must be equally considered.
CREATING EXPERIENCES THAT ENHANCE PEOPLE’S LIFESTYLES AND WELLBEING. Explain your approach to designing with your clients’ lifestyles and rituals in mind. Architecture has the capability to transform daily tasks into enjoyable rituals, adding graceful experiences to our lives. Take coffee for example: You may choose to fill your insulated mug as you run out the door lost in thought, or be engaged in the aromatic process of brewing and sipping the beverage. We arrange space and material to design experiences, making lifestyle choices more convenient and satisfying. Our process requires the trust and involvement of our clients in order to design not only the spaces, but how one moves through them. This, in turn, influences their daily patterns and rituals. What are your goals for incorporating materials and the natural world into your designs? Ten years ago, I wrote my thesis about the ability of inanimate objects to affect our wellbeing. It was much more difficult to discuss how a space “feels” back then, but today it is easy to talk with people about intangible experiences. Additionally, Western
science is beginning to study energies within a space, proving that our surrounding materials impact our mental and physiological health, and I believe our spiritual health as well. We believe a reverent approach to the landscape and orchestration of natural materials helps ground us and create balance in our lives. Give us an idea of the range of projects Vera Iconica has worked on in this region, and some of your favorite projects. We have worked on four continents and continue to seek international projects; however, locally we have worked on projects ranging from 400-square-foot mobile retreats to fire stations and community centers. We incorporate an intuitive design process, which differs from a typical creative process in that we have no preconceptions of what a building “should” look like when we begin the project. Instead, we listen to our clients, and equally to the site itself. This means a retreat for a client on a ski-in/ski-out lot in the Village might be inspired by how we move with
the mountain, and would look completely different from a retreat for that same client on a nearby lot bordering a creek and aspens. Our favorite projects are those that have an adventurous, thoughtful, and graceful solution. Define your commitment to collaboration and technological innovation in the design studio. We believe in synergy and involving team members early in the process. We host design charrettes where our staff enjoys pinning up projects—inviting collaborators and outsiders alike—and critiquing how we can best meet a project’s vision. We use the latest building information modeling technology, which not only integrates 3-D modeling and rendering as an integral part of our process, but also provides a master, cloud-based file for simultaneous production. Our process increases collaboration and communication, while reducing discrepancies. However, it is always relationships that come first, with those contributing to the project and with our clients.
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ate Binger founded Designed Interiors LLC in 2007 and dwelling in the spring of 2011 with a mission to fuse eclectic design into the homes of the West. With an abundance of traditionally Western design in the region, Binger brought a fresh mountain modern perspective. She eagerly undertook defining and creating unique spaces that bridge the rustic elements of our surroundings with the contemporary trends of the modern design world. Binger enjoys developing personal relationships
with her clients and loves the collaborative design process, achieving completely personalized spaces. Working with many local artisans and materials, she creates fully custom elements to enhance her clients’ homes.
KATE BINGER DWELLING D E S I G N E D I N TE R I O R S L LC 80 W Broadway, Suite 104, Jackson, Wyoming 307-733-8582 • dwellingjh.com
“Function over form, form over function—that’s what dwelling aims to decipher, and in turn, assist our clients with creating an environment as unique as they are. Whether it is a new build, full-scale remodel, or assisting a store customer with just the right accents, we take pride in our practice of thoughtful design and follow-through.” - Kate Binger
What’s the quick “snapshot” of your brand? Dwelling is an eclectic design boutique focused on texture and layers of color. What sets you apart as an interior designer? It is of paramount importance that my design fits with the lifestyle of my client. Also, I travel to four or five design shows each year and am constantly researching the newest designs. Staying privy to the newest products is important to me, as well as continuing my education to constantly think outside the box. Tell us more about your approach to working with clients to realize their vision. Listening to my clients’ needs is of paramount
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importance. From there, I focus on how I can make their home unique to them, combining our aesthetics in one harmonious design. What’s a memorable story or experience that stands out to you in your years of working as an interior design professional and boutique owner in Jackson Hole? I feel so lucky to have met so many benevolent people in Jackson. I worked with a family for about two years to bring their Western retreat to life. We became friends through this time and they were so unbelievably gracious; they actually lent me the use of their home for my wedding. It’s so special when I finish a home and the clients turn out to become real friends.
Tell me more about your personal style and how you approach residential interior spaces. I find it to be the most interesting to layer textures, pops of color, and personal accents into each space. Visual warmth is key to living in our mountain environment. We have such intensity with the jagged mountains and extreme weather that it is key to create a calming and cozy interior in our residential spaces.
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JACQUE JENKINS-STIREMAN A DES I GN ST U DIO 1715 High School Rd, Suite 210, Jackson, Wyoming 307-739-3008 • jjstiremandesign.com
esign innovation is only one dimension of Jacque Jenkins-Stireman’s track record and increasingly ambitious design portfolio, which includes both showcase residences and premier resort developments. After 15 years of meeting the
expectations of a wide range of clients and developers, Stireman has demonstrated that great design is the dividend of a rigorous exploration of clients’ objectives and lifestyles. Her approach is to put business first–and beautiful, functional design will follow.
Tell me more about your “first principles” approach to interior design. As a designer I invest enormous time and experience into decisions about aesthetics, furniture, and finishes, but as a businessperson I know those decisions are made much more successfully when I’ve invested my greatest energy into a client relationship. I treasure excellent design. But it is most beautiful when it is purposeful, and when it serves the client’s lifestyle. My most successful projects are inevitably the consequence of successful coordination—when client, architect, builder, designer, and artisans are intentionally integrated with clear and well-defined objectives. The result can surpass a client’s expectations. What’s your process? Tell us more about your approach to working with clients to realize their vision. The more you know about your clients, how they live, and what they truly envision long-term for their residence, the more you can create their lifestyle here. It’s a home, not a showcase. It’s heart first. I just appreciate good design and I have projects that are 180 degrees different from one another— really rustic, really traditional, really farmhouse, or ultramodern—it’s all in just being sure that you understand the clients’ objective. My business is successful because we really follow these principles; a large portion of our client base has been on our roster for 15 years. These are longterm relationships that extend from the first project to renovations and additions, referrals, upsizing, downsizing, even homes in other locations. Client relationships come first; we start every day that way. I can’t ever lose sight of that for personal, creative expression: It has to function in the space, meet budget requirements, and serve the architecture. It’s about pushing yourself creatively within the parameters
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DESIGN WITH PURPOSE. of the relationships you have with the homeowner. The primary reason I started PlaneWood™, our by-design case goods division, was to be able to further serve the custom requirements for every project … uniquely. What’s a memorable story or experience that stands out to you in your years of working as an interior design professional in Jackson Hole? One project that stands out for me was when a client went in search of a team of people who worked well together and shared the same creative philosophy.
They were very clear with their objectives and also wanted to be very involved in the process. All of us together—architect, builder, homeowner, and myself—identified the property, and settled on the design style and architecture. Style-wise, we really used the home’s location to help shape that vision. All of us were involved from beginning to end in just about every aspect. It was a wonderful and successful experience and has developed into a long-term relationship. It so speaks to my philosophy: Listen first, design with purpose.
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SHANNON WHITE SH A N N ON W H I TE DE SIGN Jackson, Wyoming 307-690-1594 • shannonwhitedesign.com
hannon White Design is an interior design firm offering a personalized, responsive client experience. As founder Shannon White explains, “In my experience, most clients know who they are and how they want to live. My job is to help them create a home that truly fits them by asking
the right questions.” Projects have ranged from rustic to modern, but the approach is the same: to create artful, timeless interiors that are warm and welcoming. White specifies natural, sustainable materials and uses local sources, when possible, to create healthy, inspiring spaces that resonate with her clients.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS IS ABOUT LISTENING TO MY CLIENTS. What sets you apart as an interior designer with a focus on interior architecture? My focus goes beyond decorative furnishings and takes into consideration the architectural elements that help tell the larger interior story: fireplaces, custom millwork, architectural paneling, columns, cabinetry, stair railings, lighting, hardware and tile design. Whether I’m creating custom designs or working with an architect who has already articulated his or her vision, looking at a project in a holistic way helps me find appropriate, innovative furnishings that are a personal fit for my clients and feel “right” in the space. It is this interplay between site, architecture, and furnishings that is exciting to me. What’s a memorable story or experience that stands out to you in your years of working as an interior design professional in Jackson Hole? I worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years before returning to Jackson. On one of my first projects back in Wyoming, we were sourcing a
stone slab for the hearth and my client—a serious rock climber—wrote a letter to the stone supplier detailing his vision for this ideal stone down to how it should feel if one were to rappel onto it. We ended up with a stunning 12-foot-long slab of rock that anchors the fireplace wall perfectly. I knew why I wasn’t in San Francisco anymore! What specialized knowledge do you bring to the table, both for this region and beyond? I bring hands-on knowledge of green building techniques and products that have been tested in harsh mountain environments. For example, I learned to build straw bale structures and use natural plasters in February in Vermont (one of the few places where the temperature and humidity differentials from interior to exterior can be as harsh as those in the Tetons). I am an artist at heart, so I love finding beautiful objects for a project, but I feel an even greater satisfaction when I connect clients with furnishings that are not only beautiful, but also “do the least harm.”
Tell me more about your focus on green design principles and environmental stewardship. I’ve heard Jackson described as a “deliberate community” because of the shared values that have drawn so many of us to the Tetons. I find it exciting to live in a community where many people share the same love of mountains and respect for the environment that I feel. One of the first decisions I made upon starting my business in 2008 was to join 1% for the Tetons. Giving 1% of my gross revenue to promote sustainability in the Tetons is just one of the ways I feel connected to my community. It takes a bit of research to find elegant “green” designs, but my clients tell me they enjoy knowing the stories behind these pieces and appreciate the peace of mind that comes from living in a healthier home.
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ild West Designs Inc. owners Ryan and Linda Rumsey own two stores in Idaho Falls and opened their gallery and shop in Jackson Hole 10 years ago. The pair also does a brisk trade in their immensely popular, handcrafted antler chandeliers. Gary Joslin, of the Jackson store, works hand-in-hand with local homeowners and interior designers to fully furnish homes with cohesive, high-quality furnishings. With a convenient location near Jackson’s Town Square, Wild West Designs is
the perfect destination for furnishing an entire home or finding the right gift.
RYA N A N D L I NDA R UMSEY, Owners G A RY J O S L I N , Local Manager WIL D W E ST D E S IGNS IN C. 140 W Broadway, Jackson, Wyoming • 307-734-7600 2037 N Yellowstone Hwy, Idaho Falls, Idaho • 208-523-8800 wildwestdesignsinc.com
Owner Linda Rumsey’s Jackson roots run deep—her grandfather was a blackjack dealer at the historic Wort Hotel just a block away from her current store location. During the heyday of the rough-and-tumble cowboy lifestyle of the 1930s, he made the journey every summer from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and fly fished along the way. The family—and shop—represent the Old West well.
What do you feature in your retail space and where are you located? Joslin: Wild West Designs is located at 140 W Broadway, just a block and a half from the Town Square. In our retail space, we feature everything from unique gifts and souvenirs to high-end décor items. We also carry antler chandeliers, which we make in-house, various other lighting, artwork, a large taxidermy collection, and unique furniture. It’s almost like a museum here and just so fun to browse; that brings us a lot of repeat customers—they love to see our memorabilia and collectors’ items. What’s the range of furnishings and home décor you offer, and how does it set you apart? Joslin: In everything we carry, we strive to be unique, from our old barnwood furniture to our all-U.S.-made leather and upholstered pieces. We also display a large number of custom and one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s possible to furnish and decorate an entire home entirely from the diverse inventory we have in stock. For anyone hoping to find something a little different, this is the place to come. We service a wide spectrum of people who live in homes of varying sizes.
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How do you work together with clients or interior designers to furnish their interior spaces and trade ideas with them? Joslin: I think the biggest thing that I personally enjoy is finding out something about the client when they come in, doing more listening than talking—that kind of lends itself to learning the kind of décor they’re going to like. A lot of people prefer a “Jackson” look—they like the uniqueness of our handcrafted items. We do a lot of research with the client before we even try and sell them anything. You have to know the customers individually or you cannot please them with the end result. I also frequently make home visits to help devise a furnishing and décor plan that works for both the homeowner and the home interior. Tell us more about the handcrafted décor and furnishings you carry, and how they are fashioned from local materials. Joslin: We work with over 100 artists, both local and from around the United States. The products that we sell are crafted from indigenous woods of the region and are one-of-a-kind pieces. We have relationships with so many artists because we want
a big variety in the products we sell—when guests visit these decorated homes, they won’t see any of these items elsewhere. That’s what has made us who we are. Our owner, Linda Rumsey, has a great eye and buys most of the goods for the store—she comes from an artist’s and antiquing background and uses her excellent ideas to make innovative combinations of old and new. What can your shop and staff offer for people who are new to the area, or visiting? Joslin: You can shop here for everything from really nice fountain pens to completely original bar sets; what we can offer is variety and always quality. We service every item that we sell, and look for quality before anything else. We can ship anything in the store across the country and internationally. We’re right downtown and hold a variety for the home that no one can surpass in this area. We can also take requests and deliver and assemble with full service offered afterwards. We all have a passion for everything that we do here.
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ucked a block away from the Town Square, Cayuse Western Americana has earned a reputation as a mandatory stop for savvy collectors of the American West. The shop’s carefully curated selection of antique Native American, cowboy, and national park art and handwork is unmatched. Mary Schmitt, its owner, has also brought together an incredible collection of antique saddles; Navajo and Zuni turquoise; the beaded horse trappings of the northern Plains tribes; original works of art; and fine
artisan handicrafts. Gallery, museum, and shop, this is a uniquely Jackson Hole treasure.
M A RY S C HMI T T CAY U S E W E ST E RN AM E RICANA 255 Glenwood St, Jackson, Wyoming 307-739-1940 • cayusewa.com
This spectacular longhorn skull was hand carved by Jenny Booth, an award-winning artist of Cody, Wyoming. Measuring 42 inches from tip to tip, the intricate carvings represent whorls that resemble hair and a floral and scroll pattern. The piece was named Best of Show at the Cody High Style show, and was considered for Best of Show honors at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole.
What’s unique about Cayuse Western Americana in contrast to other shops and galleries in Jackson Hole? We’ve curated one of the best and most original collections of the American West, guaranteeing the authenticity of every piece. Cayuse is a source of generational education and our pieces are imbued with very real stories. They are, in fact, “as big as the West.” We think of ourselves as a bit off the beaten path—rewarding both collectors and those who’d simply like to browse and more—with lots of personal attention and the chance to really take their time and chat with me or my staff. We’re open to everyone. Tell us more about the art and memorabilia you collect at Cayuse and their context within “the two great horse cultures of the American West.” We’re speaking of a very interesting, yet short period of time when Native Americans and cowboys were producing some of the items we have in our collection: handmade bridles, saddles, chaps, wrist guards, and artifacts that also reveal cross-sharing between the cultures. This was the 1860s, when you had two nomadic cultures on
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the Great Plains and the Western saddle had just been invented in Texas. It was a time when quicker communication became possible and the imagery of these icons was then recreated and re-interpreted by early silent films and the like. How does your mission at Cayuse also support contemporary artisans working in traditional mediums, bringing their work to a wider audience? We encourage contemporary makers, and they have a definite presence in what we showcase at Cayuse. Their current techniques and handwork forge a link to the traditional, and to the lineage of our other authentic pieces. How do you and your team work with collectors? Our primary goal is to place the right pieces with the right people. All collectors collect for different reasons—they have different criteria and their own stories to tell. Every piece has a story as well. We work with all levels of collectors to help them find the eclectic objects that become a part of their lives, from desk pieces to saddles and turquoise jewelry and buckles to beaded leatherwork and paintings. I love this part of my work at Cayuse.
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e believe that our business is the mark of superior craftsmanship, custom woodworking, and design solutions that will harmonize the atmosphere of your home.” This is Artisan Creations’ owner Todd Witek’s raison d’être in a nutshell. Witek is a 22-year veteran of the industry: He began as an architect, but then stepped onto building sites for the challenge, client focus, and ever-evolving possibilities inherent in bringing a project from idea to sketch to fully embodied
reality. When asked why he gets out of bed every morning, Todd is succinct: “I love what I do.”
TODD WITEK A RTI S AN C R E ATI O N S PO Box 1289, Driggs, Idaho 303-886-2800 • theartisancreations.com
Artisan Creations added a custom mantelpiece to this fireplace, part of an extensive 8,000-square-foot remodel near the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. After seamlessly installing the cherry mantels flush with the original Montana moss stonework, the team layered on a stain, glaze, and alternating coats of lacquer to achieve a rich, worldly aesthetic.
What’s the quick “snapshot” of your brand? Artisan Creations is an architectural construction company. I’m marrying my two educations together as an architect and builder—I think the two belong together. It eliminates that middleman. However, if a client comes to me with a set of designs from another architect, I’m happy to build that, too. What design projects have brought you the most satisfaction and why? The most satisfaction I get is from a project where I can rehearse all of my qualities—designing in full form and function, so that I meet the function for the client, yet it’s also very appealing to the eye. I believe that good design leads to good construction. So, I’d say architecture,
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craftsmanship, and green construction: If I can get all those, then that’s exactly what I’m looking for. How do you work with your clients to pull together inspiring design elements and realize their project goals? Well, I try to get to know my clients, and I get to know their needs and what’s important to them. I tell my clients a lot, “You’re the one that has to— day in, day out—live in this house. So, whatever it is you want, and whatever is going to make you happy is ultimately what I’m going to build.” I think it’s a very rewarding process to extract what’s in their heads and make it materialize. That’s the challenge, but ultimately that’s going to make the client and myself the happiest.
I’m very flexible in working with clients: I cater to their needs, whatever their needs may be. I always give clients full transparency so they may see where their every dollar is spent. In addition, whenever a timeline is given, I strive to stay on schedule, and of course stay on budget, always maintaining clear communication with my clients regarding any changes along the way. What, in your opinion, is the most important aspect of a successful, finished space? How does the space feel? I think ultimately I can build the finest craftsmanship, the best design, all that kind of stuff, yet at the end of the day it’s really a family who creates the feel of a home.
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concrete solutions throughout the valley. Its staff adheres to the highest safety stan-
dards and prides itself on years of experience, close customer relationships, and a
look of traditional paving with the added durability of concrete.
vans Construction is a locally managed construction company that maintains its small-town level of customer service whilst providing award-winning and environmentally friendly excavation, paving, and
ric Rahilly has been creating beautiful, long-lasting, and memorable stamped-concrete driveways, patios, and sidewalks in Jackson Hole for over 20 years. His process combines the highest-quality ingredients with superior
craftsmanship to create a custom-colored and -textured final product that offers the
rate of over 90-percent on-time deliveries.
E VA N S C ONST R U CT I O N 7255 U.S. 89, Jackson, Wyoming 307-733-3029 • evansconstruction.com
S O L I D C ONC R ET E ERIC R A HI LLY PO Box 8275, Jackson, Wyoming 83002 307-690-3515
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Tell us more about your batch-plant production and service.
Tell us more about your process.
Evans: Many people know us more for our paving and excavation work because the work is more visible, but ready-mix concrete (manufacturing through delivery) is a very important part of our business. Our goals in concrete are the same as in other departments of Evans Construction—to give the consumer the highest-quality product, with long-term durability in mind at the best price we can. Our vertically integrated batch plant means that we maintain product consistency from start to finish. We submit our batches to regular testing, and between them, our batch-plant personnel have decades of experience. We do all of this following the utmost safety standards, not only for our employees’ sakes, but for our customers’ as well. We are here long-term to deal with any problems and customer needs into the future.
Eric: It’s our coloration and design that separate us from the competition, as well as our commitment to detail. We ensure our projects’ longevity by using the highest-quality concrete in a heavier mix that allows for consistency in design and prevents color bleeding. In addition, using a heavier mix helps to create a finished result that is sturdier and long-lasting. Longevity also comes from extensive prep work to combat our harsh environment—all of my work is rebar-reinforced to reduce cracking and make it structurally sound if it does.
What’s it like having Eric from Solid Concrete as a customer? Evans: Our team values smooth working relationships cultivated through client knowledge, and Eric is one example of the high-quality customers we enjoy working with. We recommend his services all the time, as well as those of our other top-notch contractor clients.
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What’s it like working with Evans Construction and Mark at the batch plant? Eric: We’ve had a great working relationship for 15 years. The customer service couldn’t be better, and Mark really puts the customer first. The way Evans Construction tests aggregates and offers a multitude of mix designs all adds up to a level of professionalism. I know I can always count on them—the quality of the product and customer service go a long way.
RESOUR C E D I R E C T O RY: C O N ST R U C T I O N
ANDREW MILLER, ADAM SCOTT, AND MIKE WILSON J H B U I LD E R S I NC. Jackson, Wyoming 307-734-5245 • jhbuildersinc.com
project that is well-designed and well-built will enhance your life. Working with JH Builders and owners Andrew Miller, Adam Scott, and Mike Wilson enhances the building experience for residential and commercial project clients in Jackson Hole. With over 40 years of combined experience in the construction
industry, JH Builders provides understanding of and practice with diverse disciplines—from architecture and project management to accounting and finance. The team is responsive to client needs, and acts foremost as the owner’s representative, creating a streamlined and enjoyable process for every client. Valuing homeowners’ needs regarding timing and costs ensures that the team provides quality craftsmanship and client relationships.
Who are the members of your leadership team? Our different backgrounds and experiences combine to allow us to tackle new projects effectively from all angles. Andrew Miller: Over 17 years, Andrew has worked in many capacities in the construction industry. He has held projectmanagement and general-contractor positions with some of Jackson’s largest development and construction projects. He enjoys fly fishing whenever and wherever he can, and spending weekends on Jackson Lake with his wife and two children. Adam Scott: Adam has been working in the construction and real estate industry for 10 years; he is a licensed CPA and earned a Master of Accounting from Utah State University. He has held management and owner positions in several construction and real estate projects in Teton County. Mike Wilson: Mike has over 15 years of construction, architecture, and project-management experience. He received his Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado. He has worked and lived in many of the top mountain towns in the West, including Steamboat, Boulder, Jackson, Denver, and Aspen. What is your main focus from project to project? Quality. This is the foundation upon which we have built our company. We start as reliable professionals who listen to you. Quality materials and craftsmanship shape the building process— complete with innovative solutions—until your ideals are met. We’ll be there, if you need us, to provide management of your property. We’re very accessible and involved. How do you work with architects and owners to reach project goals? Tell us about your approach to collaboration. A collaborative relationship between owner, architect, and builder is integral to achieving our clients’ goals for design and quality. When all three trust each other fully, the whole group is fully entrenched in the complete success of a project. Our differing backgrounds help us to offer this kind of well-rounded teamwork for the budgeting, project-management, and construction sides of each home. How does JH Builders deal with challenges throughout the building process?
WE BUILD HOMES TO LAST.
Difficult challenges arise naturally during the construction process. JH Builders meets those challenges while considering the specific needs of each individual client. Whether it’s a 1,200-square-foot subterranean wine cellar, or a seemingly impossible-to-access town-home development being built on steep, 30-degree slopes, whatever the challenge your project may bring, we can find the best solution.
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JED MIXTER, TODD CRABTREE, AND STEVE TATIGIAN T WO O CE A N B U ILDE RS 268 E Kelly Ave, Jackson, Wyoming 307-733-2822 • twooceanbuilders.com
ocal contractor Two Ocean Builders focuses exclusively on Jackson Hole-based commercial and residential projects. Co-founded by Jed Mixter, Todd Crabtree, and Steve Tatigian over 15 years ago, Two Ocean Builders’ forte is custom homes. The three partners have built a strong reputation
in the valley for their hands-on, personalized approach and involvement throughout the entire building process. Each project receives a partner’s oversight during early development, pre-construction, and on-site, working hand-in-hand with talented project managers and employees. A small, intimate company, Two Ocean Builders offers the utmost precision and care to every custom-home client.
Tell us more about the process of building a custom home. As you know, no two projects are the same in Teton County. Every project is unique. That, combined with some of the most stringent buildings codes in the country—given our location, altitude, seismic activity, snow loads, heat, and extreme cold—certainly requires some expertise. We often get involved early in the architect’s process, whether they’re out-of-state or local, so we can act as a local resource and ensure an efficient design process. We also have a great relationship with the local building and planning office. Our process is really comprehensive, and we feel fortunate to build in an area that, simply by its nature, sets the bar extremely high and allows us to take part in some truly extraordinary projects. We are proud that our business has grown essentially on a word-of-mouth basis, and we’re committed to maintaining our reputation as premier builders in the valley. What is your process like from start to finish with a new building project? We stay heavily involved in pre-construction—reviewing in two dimensions before a build becomes three-dimensional is crucial to effective engineering for the valley. We have a lot of experience with that. Assembly is one part of a custom home, but the process starts well prior to that, especially for homeowners who do not currently live in the valley. For example, the HVAC needs are completely different here than the Southeast or East Coast. These are unique homes with unique requirements, which is why we take a comprehensive approach long before we put hammer to nail. Share your views on collaboration in custom home building. It’s never our job to be insubordinate to design, which we know is important to the architects we work with. Our role and responsibility is for local assembly and to break down the standard challenges of building in a remote, mountainous environment. Our approach, therefore, is collaborative. It’s really in how we endeavor to take a boots-on-the-ground approach and react to the needs of the architect, interior designer, and owner. Maintaining a respect and professionalism for everyone involved helps to foster those relationships and coordinate a process that’s efficient. What sets you and your crew apart as a team?
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We’re pushing on 65 to 70 years of combined experience building custom homes in Jackson Hole. We don’t subcontract any of our finish work and we employ a crew of high-quality bench carpenters on our permanent staff. Most of our employees have been with us for a decade, and we really value our great retention rate. Our team of project managers is fantastic and we collaborate with them regularly. We’re strong believers in facilitating our project managers—it’s often our role to support the people that we train. We have a great deal of faith in our entire team’s ability to deliver the highest-quality work.
RESOURCE DIRECTORY: C O N ST R U C T I O N AN D M I L LW O R K
JOHN WALKER MILL IRON TIMBERWORKS KAVANAUGH CUSTOM FURNITURE & MILLWORKS 3955 Antelope Ln, Jackson, Wyoming 307-733-0529 • millirontimberworks.com
ohn Walker is at the helm of two distinct and frequently collaborative local businesses. A valley resident since 1987, he learned fine furniture craftsmanship at a young age before diversifying his skills as a general contractor. Today, Walker and his team at Mill
Iron Timberworks build custom homes, and he also operates Kavanaugh Custom Furniture & Millworks, where he crafts the finest cabinets, furniture, and doors for his contracting projects, as well as for other clients and builders.
I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT WHATEVER I DO. What’s the quick “snapshot” of your brand? Mill Iron Timberworks is a high-end custom homebuilder that works with a broad range of clients, architects, and designers. What helps make MIT singularly unique while bringing projects to life is my personal, hands-on collaboration with all parties from start to finish. I find my work inspiring. Whether I’m crafting a piece of furniture or a home, to me, it’s a work of art and I’m honored to have a hand in creating it. How did Kavanaugh come to be? I began years ago as a furniture maker and still love designing and building pieces for my homeowners. I’m a stickler for function and craftsmanship, finding that the traditional route of sourcing furniture often falls short of options and desired quality. This
frustration with the industry, paired with the desire to design and build cabinetry and millwork, is what motivated me to open Kavanaugh Custom Furniture and Millworks. What kinds of projects bring you the most satisfaction and why? I really enjoy helping clients design custom pieces of furniture at Kavanaugh that fit their lifestyles and complement the architectural design of their homes. For example, if we’re building a table for clients, we spend a lot of time with them working through designs that incorporate their ideas, creating a one-of-a-kind piece. This is part of the fun. For the homes we build at Mill Iron Timberworks, our focus is on quality and maintaining a good working relationship with the client, which makes it all
worthwhile for us, whether the home is 1,200 or 8,000 square feet. How do you work with architects, interior designers, and clients to reach project goals? Tell us about your approach to collaboration. We range from single custom furnishings to large custom homes, and our ability to craft custom cabinetry, doors, and furnishings is what sets us apart. We can offer a lot of breadth that way, staying involved in every phase of carpentry and construction while ensuring quality control from start to finish. It’s much simpler to offer more possibilities in-house and it also cuts down on the potential for mistakes. We’re able to bring all these elements together to perfection in a very streamlined process.
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SAM MCGEE F RED E R I CK LA NDSCAPING Jackson, Wyoming 307-730-0037 • fredericklandscaping.com
rederick Landscaping evolved from a mentorship between veteran mountain landscaper Bud Frederick and Sam McGee, who took over the reins of the business of 30-plus years in 2007. Sam moved to Jackson in 2000 with dual degrees in agricultural mech-
anization and agribusiness from Clemson University. At Frederick Landscaping, he has found a way to put his diverse background and knowledge to work. Along with a team of six close-knit pros, he is proud that “we can take on any task that you can dream up, yet we keep the company very small and personable.”
WE’RE A SMALL, LOCAL BUSINESS WITH BIG GOALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
Tell us more about your team at Frederick Landscaping and what makes you unique. I’ve got a really smart team of well-educated guys that have decided that they like to live in Jackson Hole and want to find a way to stay here—I feel like we’re all dedicated and loyal, and all quite passionate about what we do and what we build. I also try to be on every job as much as I can from start to finish because I’m very detail-oriented and I don’t like for anything to go overlooked. Our personal integrity and love of nature has driven us to build this business on performance, reliability, and trustworthiness. Tell us more about your approach to working with clients and meeting their goals. It always starts with questions. When clients call
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and ask for my input, I want to sit down and have a long conversation with them about their goals and how they picture utilizing their yards and patios. My ultimate goal is to create an outdoor environment that can become the client’s favorite space. I try to come up with the most unique, most inviting living space for them. You can be on a couch anywhere in the world; you can’t always enjoy this backyard setting everywhere. What kind of projects do you specialize in? Our jobs are very wide-ranging, though lately we have been focusing a lot on our stonework and water features—very detailed, custom work. I have been acting as the lead designer on most of our masonry projects. You know, a lot of architects say that patios have a 10-year lifespan, but I
believe that ours will be around for the next century because they’ve been built properly. I like the feeling of walking away from something with that kind of long-term accomplishment. What kinds of projects stand out to you, and why? I love projects that evolve over time and involve every piece of what we like to do—a lot of masonry and water features, to seed and sod and trees. When clients have trust in our abilities, I relish the opportunity to take creative control and deliver something that’s perfect for them. Please visit our website for many great examples of our work.
RESOU R C E D I R E C T O RY: L AN D SC API N G
HARRY STATTER T HE TR E E A N D L AN DSCAPE COM PAN Y 1410 Gregory Ln, Jackson, Wyoming 307-732-3986 treeandlandscapecompany.com
he Tree and Landscape Company has been creating signature, sustainable landscapes and gardens in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for 15 years. Three years ago, it altered its name from Firewise Landscaping. The company tackles each landscape project with an experienced staff
of landscape designers and construction specialists. President Harry Statter says, “We use the opportunity to blend form with function for residential and commercial properties in Jackson. Through TLC’s property-maintenance services, we deliver a long-lasting, superior landscape that provides a client with a level of quality that lasts many years into the future—a lifetime.”
Pictured (left to right) Bryan English, Josh Reed, Harry Statter, Josh Gibson, and Carrie Bell.
A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT COMES WITH A SATISFIED CLIENT.
“Through interviews with the owner and walking the property, we discover the unique features of a property, uncovering the genius loci or ‘spirit of place.’” - Harry Statter
What sorts of services do you offer to your clients?
How do you collaborate with clients and architects to create landscapes that suit the property and home?
How do you approach landscaping, tree maintenance, and firewise forestry for Jackson Hole?
At TLC, we offer everything from full-service landscape and garden design to installation of your project, to ongoing maintenance for the entire property and all of your continued landscaping needs. Our landscape services include garden creation, hardscape patios, ponds, tree planting, lighting, irrigation, and organic lawn care.
We have worked on a wide variety of residential and commercial landscape projects, including large-scale residential estates, ranches, hotels, restaurants, and parks. We recognize that each project is unique in its relationship to Jackson’s natural environment.
The simple answer to this is to blend form and function with nature, creating a natural state for the landscape and garden. A client should not have to sacrifice form for function or vice versa. TLC recognizes that each project is different, and that the needs of our clients and their properties will vary. Our expertise, knowledge, and experience allow us to actively listen to the customers’ needs, and prepare a design or maintenance program that will be efficient and effective, and will incorporate the individual considerations of the landscape project.
As internationally certified arborists, we provide tree care, including pruning and disease and pest control, as well as removals and forestry maintenance. Our full-service lawn and garden program includes annual planting, weeding, fertilizer treatments, mowing and trimming lawns, irrigation adjustments, and more. Furthermore, we have integrated organic fertilizers into our maintenance program so as to provide a safe and animal-friendly environment.
Through interviews with the owner and walking the property, we discover the unique features of a property, uncovering the genius loci or “spirit of place.” This process then guides the design and the installation. The same process rings true when working with architects, general contractors, and consultants on a project. By fully understanding the design and intent of the team, we are able to seamlessly transition genres from the vertical elements of a home to the horizontal landscape, and to do so in an efficient and productive manner that provides a client with a signature space and place to call home in the timeline they expect.
As long-time residents of Jackson Hole, we feel an obligation to maintain the natural beauty of the area. Our goal is to integrate our designs with minimal impact to local wildlife, enhancing the natural surroundings while still creating extraordinary spaces that our clients can enjoy daily.
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R ES OU R C E D I R E CT O RY: PRO PE RT Y MA NA G EMENT
MIKE AND KELLIE WHEELER BO RE A L PR OPE RT Y M AN AGE M E N T Jackson, Wyoming 307-730-2508 • borealjh.com
usband and wife team Mike and Kellie Wheeler have been in the valley for almost 20 years and have owned Boreal Landscape & Property Management for 10 of those years. Their squad of 45 seasoned professionals provides a high level of detail and
service to multiple high-end residences around the valley, including landscape installation, maintenance, caretaking, and event planning. For the team at Boreal, each home represents more than a job—it represents a cherished client relationship.
What’s the quick “snapshot” of your brand? Tell us about your team. We are often told, “Your staff is so professional and polite. They did such a great job.” That is our brand. We don’t strive to be just another landscaping company; we provide long-term solutions for our clients. Our goal is to develop relationships over time, understand needs, and help facilitate those needs. What sort of property-management services do you offer to clients? Boreal is a full-service property care and landscaping company. Our account managers oversee the entire property, plus we have an indoor team—housekeepers and caretakers—as well as outdoor landscaping crews. If there is a service that we don’t provide, we work closely with preferred vendors. We also facilitate client events; it’s a great way to get our outdoor team to come indoors more. What kind of landscape-design projects bring you the most satisfaction and why? We love the creative ones that are specific to a home and property. A landscape really changes the feel of a home, and we like to make sure the personality of our clients is shown in each project. We’re drawn to an approach that fits with the natural beauty of where we live, while getting creative with water features, outdoor kitchens, and other hardscapes. We want to create living outdoor spaces that bring people out of their homes. How do you approach landscape architecture for Jackson Hole’s unique climate and challenges? We feel the most important part of a landscape design is that it is created for that particular area, working with the microclimates and the wildlife. We don’t typically get a landscape design from an architect and immediately install it. We give our feedback; we want to be part of the entire process because our goals are long-term—we want landscapes that grow and get better. How do you work with your clients to pull together your own inspirations and realize their project goals? It’s a big team effort—from our sales team gaining the client’s vision to handing it over to our project department for installation, and eventually passing it along to our account managers for maintenance. A lot of our clients come and go—they’re not here all the time—so it’s really important to us that we are providing excellent communication and progress reports throughout a project. We want to be certain that we are capturing their vision. We know the project’s been successful when we do a final care call and walk-through with the clients. People are ecstatic about their final product!
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OUR CLIENTS ARE OUR NEIGHBORS.
RESOURCE DIR E C T O RY: T I L E AN D ST O N E W O R K
A L I C I A D I MA R C O,
A RC HI T E CT U R A L STONE & TILE 525 Elk Ave, #4, Jackson, Wyoming 307-732-1819 • astjh.com
ow under new ownership by the DiMarco family, Architectural Stone & Tile is a tile, stone, and countertop showroom in Jackson, Wyoming, featuring beautiful materials from around the world. The shop offers classic stone slabs, glass mosaics, contemporary
large format tiles, and everything in between. And if it’s not displayed in their showroom, they’ll be glad to find it! Architectural Stone & Tile also fabricates and installs custom countertops in granite, marble, limestone, Corian, Caesarstone, and other natural and man-made materials. The DiMarcos and their experienced and friendly staff are on hand to help clients design and find exactly what they’re looking for, with highly skilled installers to take projects from start to finish.
Pictured: Alicia DiMarco, co-owner, and Angie Friesen, showroom sales.
TAKING YOUR PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH. Tell us more about your background and Architectural Stone & Tile.
What kinds of products do you highlight in your local showroom?
My professional background has been in business administration—personally, I have a passion for art and design. With Architectural Stone & Tile I enjoy using my business background in a creative setting. Joe, my husband and business partner, has been installing tile and masonry for over 20 years. We are both driven by a job well done. We’re thrilled when our customers are pleased with not just the end product, but by the entire process.
Our showroom is full of current tile and stone samples for all design styles and budgets: glass, ceramic, porcelain, stone, and concrete. Many of our ceramic tiles are hand made in the USA, and many of our natural stone products come from Europe and around the world. We offer the best in quality and selection. If the tile that our customer wants is not displayed in our showroom, we will still be able to track down samples and order it for him or her. We also fabricate and install natural stone and solid surface countertops.
What do you hope to bring to AS&T as its new owners? Since acquiring Architectural Stone & Tile in 2014, we have brought more contemporary tile and stone samples into the showroom. We hope to increase our presence in the community.
How do you work with homeowners, architects, interior designers, and builders to provide solutions for a home? We welcome everyone into our showroom, from homeowners to designers, architects, installers, and
contractors. Some customers come in with complete designs and tiles that have already been specified; others come in to simply browse and get ideas. Our friendly showroom staff, led by Angie Friesen, will help them find exactly what they want. We are also happy to help customers figure out the quantities they need to order. Tell us more about your staff and the custom installation services you offer to clients. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful staff—most of our employees worked for the previous owner for many years, and they are experts in this field. Our goal is to make tile selection and installation as easy as possible for customers. Most of all, we want the process to be enjoyable for everyone involved in each project.
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R ES OU R C E D I R E C TO RY: WE A LT H MA NA GE MENT
F I R ST W E ST ER N T R UST 690 S Highway 89, Suite 260 Jackson Hole, Wyoming 307-739-3900 • myfw.com
J I M G E RSACK, CFP ® President How do you feel First Western differentiates itself? Jim: There’s a difference between private banks that offer wealth management and wealth management firms that offer private banking. We’re the latter. Private banks tend to highlight products, not solutions. The result is a “financial junk drawer” full of products, but no plan. We create solutions built around a client’s life goals, and our products support those solutions, not the other way around.
R I CK W ILL, CFP ® Portfolio Manager How does Wyoming’s unique financial climate provide evolving opportunities for your clients? Rick: There are undeniable financial benefits in Wyoming —our trust laws, privacy, asset and creditor protection, and, of course, our tax laws. Further, the financial stability of this state provides enormous confidence that such benefits will remain and expand. Yet none of these benefits matter without an advisor who understands you and can deliver a plan to support your lifestyle, goals, and objectives. At First Western, that is our focus.
KAREN WAL K ER Private Banker
K AY JO N E S Chairman
How would you describe the client experience at First Western Trust?
How does First Western Trust define wealth?
Karen: Personal and intimate. We get to know our clients as people before any planning occurs. As a fiduciary, we put our clients’ needs before our own gain, so every recommendation has to support their vision for their families, businesses, and legacies.
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Kay: For most firms, wealth begins and ends with money. For us, money is only a part of the whole. We see wealth as the sum of your relationships, your experiences, your values, and your finances. Money is a means to build the life and legacy you wish to create. First Western Trust designs customized solutions to help you get there.
GORD ON FINNEGAN, Associate Relationship Manager How do you relate to a more entrepreneurial clientele? Gordon: Many of us here have built de novo offices for firms or started our own businesses, myself included, so we understand the entrepreneurial mindset. We think creatively, we’re passionate about what we do, we get excited to create something unique—just like entrepreneurs. We relate to self-made individuals because we share their drive, but for us, that comes in the form of successful wealth planning.
PATTI STA NCARONE Senior Relationship Manager, Lending How do you deliver solutions to your clients? Patti: Each and every solution is derived and delivered within a team-based approach. Each of us brings our own expertise to the table, from investment banking, private equity, lending, philanthropy, and beyond. As a result, we can design holistic solutions that encompass the full scope of our clients’ needs and intentions.
M I K E ED EN Relationship Manager, Business Development How would you describe your company culture? Mike: Here, we’re very collaborative and entrepreneurial, which comes from our roots. First Western Trust is the first and only wealth management firm designed specifically for the Western wealth management client. Many of our clients created their wealth, and as a result want a partnership to navigate the financial planning process. We collaborate with our clients to build the plans and solutions that speak to their values.
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CHRISTINA FEUZ AND LIZ JORGENSON WYO M I N G T I T LE & E SCROW 211 E Broadway, Jackson, Wyoming 307-732-2WTE (2983) • wyomingtitle.com
yoming Title and Escrow’s skilled and knowledgeable team is different from any other local title and escrow insurance company. At WTE, the staff understands the value of great service and seeks to provide it with integrity to best serve its local community. WTE is
backed by the strength of Mother Lode Holding Company, which has serviced the nation’s real estate industry for over 40 years. WTE offers exceptional title insurance and escrow services throughout Teton County and Lincoln County.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS! DEMAND THE BEST! Walk us through your team’s process as it works with individual clients to meet their transaction needs: We (Liz Jorgenson and Christina Feuz) have created communication amongst the real estate community that is cutting edge for our industry. We have both been in the shoes of a realtor prior to opening WTE and communication seemed difficult at best when we were closing deals for our clients. Buyers, sellers, and realtors need constant communication throughout the escrow process, and even more importantly, we understand that we need to earn their trust. We also recognize that a title company can be a reflection on realtors or lenders, so we expend every effort to treat our customers just as their realtor or lender would treat them. How does WTE commit to the utmost privacy standards in its client relationships? Ask any real estate attorney in town about our reputation for client confidentiality, and we are
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confident their reply would be that we have the most stringent standards for client privacy in the industry. This is one of the crucial components of a real estate transaction. WTE takes pride in our impeccable reputation for maintaining the highest regard for confidentiality within the walls of our office. What sets your diverse and locally sourced team of title and escrow professionals apart? Our team has years of experience. Our senior title officer has been researching titles for over 30 years. It has been incredible to watch her build relationships with local real estate professionals and attorneys. Moreover, this has culminated in a reciprocal relationship in which they now turn to her to ask their difficult title-related questions. Our escrow team is the most knowledgeable in the industry and we are the most service-oriented group of women in town. With a large holding company behind our team, we can offer the most innovative and
technical services available. Our title delivery system is extremely user-friendly, using cutting-edge software that integrates public records. WTE is the only title company in our community with a fully digitized title plant. This represents one single categorized database, and we are proud that we took the time and effort to incorporate this invaluable resource to the county. What, in your opinion, creates WTE’s reputation as an exceptional title insurance and escrow business? One word: service. It is that simple. We hate to give out our secret, but it’s truly not rocket science. We are committed to providing our colleagues, customers, and clients with respect, compassion, integrity, and accountability. These are simple principles and for the last eight years have proven to be the key to our success. Here at WTE we are confident when we tell our customers and clients, “The choice is yours! Demand the best!”
RESOU R C E D I R E C T O RY: R E AL E STAT E
JILL SASSI-NEISON AND COLLIN VAUGHN T ETON PA RT N E RS RE AL E STATE Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty 307-690-4529 • 307-413-1492 jacksonholepropertysearch.com
y working together, Jill Sassi-Neison and Collin Vaughn represent the combination of over 30 years of specialized experience in Jackson Hole real estate, backed by the depth and sophisticated market knowledge of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty. The agents’ determined drive
and focus extend to personalized service on all sides of a transaction, and the two maintain a position on the cutting edge through their presence in the Four Seasons Resort and Residences office. This means that Sassi-Neison and Vaughn encounter buyers from around the globe and work assiduously to pair them with the ideal Jackson Hole property. Their success has been proven year after year, as the two have consistently maintained Sotheby’s Top Producer position in the local market.
What is the quick “snapshot” of who you are as realtors? Currently we are in a tight market and we are innovative and aggressive in order to help our clients achieve their goals. Working with buyers gives us the sense of helping build the community. It’s more than just finding them the right home, it’s about the whole picture of living in Jackson Hole. What distinguishes you as a real estate team? Us. We each have attributes that we bring to the table that are very different from one another; working together we are more effective. Collin is a Jackson Hole native: He has intimate knowledge of this valley. Jill is from the East Coast and brings enthusiasm for the lifestyle and a strong, driven work ethic. Having the Sotheby’s brand behind us, and also working in real estate full time keeps us on the pulse of what is happening in the Jackson Hole market. Our drive to achieve in this business is our commonality and has kept us as a top producing team for years. Working on the Four Seasons team, which we both have done since 2005, has allowed us to give our clients exposure to more buyers, as we are the first stop buyers make in their search for a Jackson Hole property. Tell us more about your approach to working on all sides of a real estate transaction. Education, information, and customization are key to working with both buyers and sellers. For sellers: We are not looking to collect listings. We service the listings we have. That is the bottom line: customized marketing for properties. We are in a special place, therefore our approach has to be different. Being there for their showings and representing clients during all stages is key to successful transactions. Education is vital to working with buyers. Showing buyers all of the options that meet their criteria is key so they can make well-informed decisions. We take the time to really listen to what they are looking for, then work together to find them the perfect property. What diverse knowledge of local market trends and properties does Teton Partners draw on every day? Collin has a background in commercial real estate and finance. Jill is educated on resort property and second home purchases. We have been in the real estate business collectively for over 30 years. Working at Sotheby’s with Jackson Hole’s most experienced agents gives us the advantage of being in front of the market.
DRIVEN. CREATIVE. DILIGENT.
Jill is serving as the 2015 president of the Teton Board of Realtors—this position puts her in front of the industry on a national level, and she then brings that knowledge back to the team. Teton Partners Real Estate is on the forefront of Jackson Hole’s premier real estate teams. We are committed to continuing to grow and change within an industry and market that is always in flux. We know this is essential for the success of our clients, which in turn leads to our continued success.
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arol Linton moved to Wyoming in 1980, and she and her husband purchased their first home in Jackson Hole five years later. What began as a ski/summer destination for the family eventually became a vocation when Carol launched her real estate career in 2007. Wisely, she waited until becoming a full-time resident of the valley before embarking on the career of her dreams. Since then, her business has expanded exponentially and she has welcomed a partner, Betsy Bingle.
Both women form a dream team of dedicated professionals at the top of their game. Additionally, Carol stays active in the community via volunteerism and serving on several nonprofit boards, including PAWS of Jackson Hole.
CA R O L L I N TO N LINTONBINGLE ASSOCIATE BROKERS Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates 80 West Broadway, Jackson, Wyoming 307-732-7518 • LintonBingle.com
“I recently sold a client’s home of 20 years and helped her purchase another property in the valley. This was a huge decision for her—and an emotional one. I coordinated the closings and the move around her busy travel schedule. Now that she is settled, she is overwhelmingly happy. That’s how I measure my success.” - Carol Linton
What’s the quick “snapshot” of your brand? Our motto is “exceptional service, extraordinary properties.” Our integrity and professionalism are apparent in everything we do. Our clients are our No. 1 priority. What sets you and Betsy apart as a real estate team? We are dedicated to our clients and provide them with a superior level of customer service. We represent our properties with the highest standards and showcase them creatively. Our online and print marketing presence is unrivaled and is further strengthened by our global connection through the Christie’s network. Tell us more about your approach to working with both buyers and sellers. Talk less and listen more! Just as in real estate, each buyer and seller is unique and they are all
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equally important. At the end of the day, what matters to us most is to successfully achieve their goals—whether it’s finding our buyers their idea of the perfect property or closing the deal for our sellers. We bring a marketing platform to our sellers that is unmatched by anyone else in the business, as well as a persistent work ethic—we don’t give up. We solve problems and get the job done. What specialized knowledge of local market trends does your team bring to the table? Our dedication and full-time commitment to our profession means that we always have our finger on the pulse of the market. We start and end each and every day with real estate and send out accurate quarterly market updates to our clients. We also publish these market reports on our website and on social media. Being actively engaged and keeping our clients informed is an important aspect of our business.
What does being a Christie’s luxury specialist entail, and how does working with Christie’s bring more benefits to your clients at LintonBingle? Christie’s International Real Estate is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Christie’s auction house. It is not a franchise and it’s not just a name we use. It began in 1995, when the auction house decided to provide their clients with luxury real estate services. Their specialized knowledge of these clients carries over to every aspect of the way we do business—personalized service, branding, connectivity. When I attended the Christie’s global conference last year, it was filled with presentations from the leaders of both companies and provided a clear illustration of how the two are intertwined. For high-end sellers, we offer a bespoke service that no other company can provide. In day-to-day transactions, being a luxury specialist is what makes us stand out among the 525-plus realtors in Jackson Hole.
EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE; EXTRAORDINARY PROPERTIES.
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R ES OU R C E D I R E C TO RY: RE A L E S TAT E Snake River Sporting Club Sales Team
R E / M A X OB S I D I A N R EAL ESTATE 110 E Broadway, Jackson, Wyoming 307-439-1574 • jacksonholeobsidian.com
SNAKE RIVER SPORTING CLUB IS LIFE WELL PLAYED IN JACKSON HOLE.
Pictured left to right: Katie Robertson, Frederick Harness, Chip Marvin, Ryan Wright, and Ryan Block. The sales team members’ diverse backgrounds in the luxury hospitality industry, property management, trust administration, resort real estate sales, and project management ensure a professional, seamless experience.
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he Snake River Sporting Club sales team formed during the summer of 2014 to bring the club’s diverse real estate offerings to market. The team members, each of whom has had considerable individual success, came together out of enthusiasm for the sporting club, its golf course and amenities, as well as their common interest in collaborating on a development project with multiple types of real estate, from ranch estates and lots to luxury homes and resort properties.
What sets the Snake River Sporting Club apart? Marvin: “God bless Wyoming and keep it wild.” That’s what a 15-year-old visitor wrote in her diary way back in 1925. It’s become something of an informal motto for the state of Wyoming. Because of our location between the mountains and the river, I like to think the SRSC is keeping things a little wilder than your typical country club. The combination of manicured fairways and wilderness in the Snake River Canyon is pretty unique. Skeet shooting, a 3-D archery course, horseback riding, millions of acres of backcountry right out the door, and a Tom Weiskopf signature golf course (rated the No. 1 golf course in the state of Wyoming by Golf Digest): It’s pretty hard to beat. What are some of your favorite things about representing the Snake River Sporting Club? Wright: Trumpeter swans flying by the clubhouse as they travel up and down the river. Watching bald eagles rear their young at one of the club’s several nests. Observing ice flow down the Snake River during winter cold snaps. Each time I spend a day at the club, I’m struck by the beauty of this place. Harness: My favorite thing is connecting the place with buyers who are knowledgeable about the area. Most of our property owners have been coming to Jackson Hole for years; they have owned homes in other areas of the valley and they realize what a treasure the Snake River Sporting Club is. What, in your opinion, sets the club apart from other golf clubs in the region? Robertson: Club members enjoy access to the adjoining ranch, so it’s effectively an 850-acre inholding surrounded by millions of acres of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The larger size allows the club to enjoy equestrian and other fun Western activities that you can’t do anywhere else in a private setting. Members cross that iconic red bridge over the Snake River onto club property, and from there escape into a private enclave away from it all. Block: In addition, the sporting club is led by a world-class general manager, Jeff Heilbrun, and an amazing staff. The level of service at the club is at once very professional and very personal. The staff knows every member by name, and many members and staff enjoy getting to know each other on a personal level. What distinguishes your real estate team? Marvin: Our culture at RE/MAX Obsidian Real Estate is highly collaborative. In a way that’s unique among local offices, our agents work together and support each other in our success, brainstorming together, discussing market trends, and sharing market knowledge. The SRSC team is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the club and the real estate opportunities we represent. Once people visit the Snake River Sporting Club and experience it firsthand, our job gets easier. When they are on the property, they get a better feel for what’s going on and want to become a part of it. Our goal is to be here every day, ready to listen, to share the club experience, provide clear and honest communication, and provide the highest level of professional service.
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ARCHITECTURE Ankeny Architecture and Design 4265 Polo Pony Rd PO Box 11062 Jackson, WY 83002 307-413-0904 ankenyarchitecture.com Berlin Architects 275 Veronica Lane PO Box 4119 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-5697 berlinarchitects.com Carney Logan Burke Architects, PC 215 S King St PO Box 9218 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-4000 clbarchitects.com 2 Dynia Architects 1085 W Broadway PO Box 4356 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-3766 dynia.com
Vera Iconica Architecture 105 E Pearl Ave PO Box 4793 Jackson, WY 83001 307-201-1642 veraiconicaarchitecture.com
BUILDERS/CONTRACTORS Artisan Creations PO Box 1289 Driggs, ID 83422 303-886-2800 theartisancreations.com Big-D Signature 1705 High School Rd, Suite 140 PO Box 12680 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-9822 bigdsignature.com 1 Bontecou Construction 4020 N Lake Creek Dr PO Box 862 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-2990 bontecouconstruction.com
2 Mill Iron Timberworks Kavanaugh Custom Furniture & Millworks PO Box 10970 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-0529 millirontimberworks.com Rendezvous Custom Homes PO Box 11911 Jackson, WY 83002 307-413-6199 Teton Heritage Builders 160 W Deloney Ave PO Box 4819 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-8771 tetonheritagebuilders.com Two Ocean Builders 268 E Kelly Ave PO Box 11424 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-2822 twooceanbuilders.com
Dembergh Constrution 1230 N Ida Lane, #7 PO Box 1636 Wilson, WY 83014 307-733-0133 demberghjh.com
Jackson Hole Art Auction 130 E Broadway PO Box 1568 Jackson, WY 83001 866-549-9278 Jacksonholeartauction.com
Gilday Architects 80 W Broadway, Suite 200 PO Box 4735 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-7303 gildayarchitects.com
Intermountain Construction 3750 N Yellowstone Hwy PO Box 2319 Idaho Falls, ID 83401 208-524-4322 intermountainconstructioninc.com
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce 307-733-3316 jacksonholechamber.com
Kinsey LLC 1070 Elkrun Lane, #60 PO Box 12258 Jackson, WY 83002 307-203-2852 kinseyarch.com
Jackson Hole Contracting PO Box 2881 Jackson, WY 83001 307-413-9922 jacksonholecontracting.com
1 Ellis Nunn & Associates Architecture 70 N Center St PO Box 7778 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-1779 ellisnunnarchitects.com
Merrell Designworks 150 E Hansen Ave PO Box 3714 Jackson, WY 83001 307-734-9444 mdwjh.com
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JH Builders 970 W Broadway, Suite 216 PO Box 642 Jackson, WY 83001 307-734-5245 jhbuildersinc.com
Jackson Hole Wine Auction 4015 N Lake Creek Dr, #100 Wilson, WY 83014 307-732-9965 jhwineauction.org National Museum of Wildlife Art 2820 Rungius Rd PO Box 6825 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-5771 wildlifeart.org 3 Western Design Conference PO Box 7889 Jackson, WY 83002 307-690-9719 westerndesignconference.com
FINANCIAL SERVICES Bank of Jackson Hole 990 W Broadway PO Box 7000 Jackson, WY 83002 307-732-BOJH bojh.com First Interstate Bank 842 W Broadway PO Box 11095 Jackson, WY 83002 307-734-7373 firstinterstatebank.com First Western Trust 690 S US Hwy 89, Suite 260 PO Box 7424 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-3900 myfw.com Wyoming Title & Escrow 211 E Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 307-732-2983 wyomingtitle.com
GALLERIES/MUSEUMS Altamira Fine Art 172 Center St PO Box 4859 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-4700 altamiraart.com Cayuse Western Americana 255 N Glenwood Ave PO Box 1006 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-1940 cayusewa.com Diehl Gallery 155 W Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-0905 diehlgallery.com Michelle Julene Couture 50 S King St Jackson, WY 83001 307-277-4527 michellejulenecouture.com
National Museum of Wildlife Art 2820 Rungius Rd PO Box 6825 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-5771 wildlifeart.org Tayloe Piggott Gallery 62 S Glenwood St PO Box 1435 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-0555 tayloepiggottgallery.com Trailside Galleries 130 E Broadway PO Box 1149 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-3186 trailsidegalleries.com 4 Turner Fine Art Inc. 545 N Cache Ave Jackson, WY 83001 307-690-9632 turnerfineart.com
HOMEWARE Azadi Fine Rugs 140 E Broadway, Suite 2 Jackson, WY 83001 307-734-0169 azadifinerugs.com dwelling 80 W Broadway, Suite 104 PO Box 4027 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-8582 dwellingjh.com Home Again 890 US Hwy 89 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-2232 homeagainjackson.com Kismet Rug Gallery LLC 150 E Broadway PO Box 6368 Jackson, WY 83002 307-739-8984 kismetrugs.com
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Rocky Mountain Hardware 485 W Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 307-732-0078 rockymountainhardware.com Stockton & Shirk Showroom 745 W Broadway PO Box 7650 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-0274 stocktonandshirk.com Twenty Two Home 45 E Deloney Ave PO Box 4778 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-9922 twentytwohome.com
Grace Home Design 960 Alpine Lane, Unit 1 PO Box 6938 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-9893 gracehomedesign.com 2 Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Interior Design 1715 High School Rd, Suite 210 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-3008 jjstiremandesign.com Shannon White Design PO Box 3154 Jackson, WY 83001 415-730-0724 shannonwhitedesign.com
Frederick Landscaping PO Box 4562 Jackson, WY 83001 307-730-0037 fredericklandscaping.com MD Nursery and Landscaping 2389 S Hwy 33 Driggs, ID 83422 208-354-8816 mdlandscapinginc.com Mountainscapes Inc. PO Box 8948 Jackson, WY 83002 307-734-7512 mountainscapesjh.com 1 The Tree and Landscape Company 986 W Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 307-732-3986 treeandlandscapecompany.com
Wild West Designs 140 W Broadway PO Box 2726 Jackson, WY 83001 307-734-7600 wildwestdesignsinc.com
Snake River Interiors 164 E Deloney Ave PO Box 1552 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-3005 snakeriverinteriors.com
WRJ Home Design Studio & Interiors 30 S King St PO Box 910 Jackson, WY 83001 307-200-4881 wrjdesign.com
Stockton & Shirk Interior Design 745 W Broadway PO Box 7650 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-0274 stocktonandshirk.com
Black Diamond Moving Co. 615 Elk Ave, Suite D Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-8553 blackdiamondmoving.com
Trauner Designs Inc. 3490 Clubhouse Dr, Suite #103 Wilson, WY 83014 307-733-0970 traunerdesigns.com
INTERIOR DESIGN 5 Brian Goff Interior Design 2730 W 3800 S, Suite 2 Rexburg, ID 83440 307-733-3530 briangoffinteriordesign.com Designed Interiors 80 W Broadway, Suite 104 PO Box 4027 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-8582 dwellingjh.com Forsyth & Brown Interior Design 1160 Alpine Lane, 2C PO Box 12285 Jackson, WY 83002 307-200-6608 forsythandbrown.com
WRJ Design 30 S King St PO Box 910 Jackson, WY 83001 307-200-4881 wrjdesign.com
LANDSCAPE Boreal Landscaping PO Box 124 Moose, WY 83012 307-730-2508 borealjh.com
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RE/MAX Obsidian Real Estate Chip Marvin and Fred Harness 110 E Broadway PO Box 1009 Jackson, WY 83002 307-439-1574 jacksonholeobsidian.com Teton Partners Real Estate Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty 185 W Broadway PO Box 3281 307-690-4529 Jill Sassi-Neison 307-413-1492 Collin Vaughn jacksonholepropertysearch.com
RECREATIONAL 6 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club 2800 Ranch House Circle Jackson, WY 83001 307-732-8900 3creekranchgolfclub.org Snake River Sporting Club 14885 Sporting Club Rd Jackson, WY 83001 307-201-2560 srsportingclub.com
SECURITY SERVICES 1 Watchguard Security Services 1560 Martin Lane PO Box 7362 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-5844 watchguardsecurity.net
SPECIALISTS Architectural Stone and Tile 525 Elk Ave, #4 PO Box 6710 Jackson, WY 83002 307-732-1819 astjh.com 1 Craftsman Kitchens 970 W Broadway, #319 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-8745 craftsmankitchen.com 1 Davis Marble & Granite 181 W Haven Ave Salt Lake City, UT 84115 801-261-8245 davismarblegranite.com Evans Construction 7255 S US Hwy 89 PO Box 4309 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-3029 evansconstruction.com Metal LLC 800-613-6385 metaloffmain.com Solid Concrete PO Box 8275 Jackson, WY 83001 307-690-3515 Surface Solutions 1130 S US Hwy 89, #3 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-1757 ssgjh.com
The Clear Creek Group 120 W Pearl Ave PO Box 10609 Jackson, WY 83002 307-732-3400 theclearcreekgroup.com
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Willow Creek Woodworks Inc. 4021 E Lincoln Rd Idaho Falls, ID 83401 888-522-2486 willowcw.com
Tori – A Boutique Hair Salon 230 E Broadway, Suite 2A Jackson, WY 83001 307-200-6722 torijh.com
Xssentials 160 W Deloney Ave, Suite B Jackson, WY 83001 307-201-7040 xssentials.com
LintonBingle Associate Brokers Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates 80 W Broadway PO Box 4897 Jackson, WY 83001 307-732-7518 carollinton.com
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