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Dream Homes

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Personal Style

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58 | Splendor in the Grass Unspoiled Teton views are framed by a thoughtful, unfolding design that suffuses a palette of reclaimed timbers and calm interiors with light and warmth.

86 | Three Takes on the Guesthouse An architect learning the contours of his new homesite; a compound completed with a contemporary new space; a classic cabin modeled on heritage national park structures: the guesthouse, three ways.

108 | Space to Rest Celebrated local artist September Vhay explores the essence that defines good composition on the canvas and in the home.

Many behind-the-scenes decisions go into planning a home, be they legal, material choices, or selecting the ideal accent. These resources help you get there.

110 | An Artful Draw Art and design lovers, take note: The 2016 Fall Arts Festival and Western Design Conference offer a bounty of collecting and fêting opportunities.

122 | WRJ Design’s Exclusive Brand Lines

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Start with a sketch, a pattern, a landscape, an idea of the West. Find your way through to a design that responds in kind.

Design Inspiration

28 | A Refreshing Vision, Collaboratively Realized 30 | Sense of Place 32 | Going With the Grain 36 | Rocky Mountain Home 38 | A Harmony in Habitat and Home 42 | A Perfect Finish 46 | Hitting the Mark 48 | Living “In” the Landscape 50 | Remodel Reunion 52 | A Smart Home in a Mountain Town

64 | In Concert With Context WRJ Design probes its philosophy of interior storytelling—a story that stops in many spots across the globe, but ultimately rests squarely in the heart of the mountains. 70 | Redefining Urban Chic in the Mountains An exquisite chandelier and sleek steel fireplace anchor this complete interior remodel, bringing city style—with a twist —to Jackson Hole. 74 | Contemporary Curve After the retreat of a wildfire, a property is renewed by an extraordinary home built on a subtle curve, its roofline melding with the landscape. 80 | Luxury Rentals Revamped A boutique luxury property rental agency expands into Jackson Hole, bringing the family touch with it.


92 | Horn of Plenty Introduce an homage to Western wildlife in unexpected, unique ways. 96 | A Window on Creativity Local artists Ed and Lee Riddell adapt to downtown living in a jewel box of a home designed by their friend and fellow modern-design aficionado, Will Bruder. 102 | Good Prairie Stock Reclaimed is all the rage—for a homegrown Wyoming artisan and company, this means opportunity in unlikely places.


112 | Welcome Home Homestead magazine looks forward to its 2016 Showcase of Homes event —a chance for readers to mingle with many of the professionals featured in these pages. 116 | Symphony of Flavor Go inside the Jackson Hole Wine Auction Signature Dinners, annual events that mix philanthropy, hand-chosen wine, and world-famous chefs to effervescent effect. 118 | Stock Your Walls Four Jackson galleries. Four artists worth collecting.

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Phases of the Moon No shape inspires more awe than the circle—the sign of a month in full bloom; the unity of perfect symmetry; the linear rotation around a problem that, in the very act of traveling the circuit, finds its solution. If the goal of design is to take us to that most distilled yet most “finished” space, we must see the details through their many phases: the singular technology or firm defining its goal for a project; the flex of personal style and its expression on the walls; the resources that guide and advise us. We can recognize these as distinct phases, and indeed, in homebuilding, progress has always been ordered by phase: planning, construction, and so on. A finished home may shine fully in the light, yet it is shaded and given dimension through the many phases of the project, not to mention the professionals who made it so. As always, our goal in Homestead magazine is to illuminate Jackson Hole home design through every stage of its orbit. In our 2016 edition, Katy Niner ponders the “urban” iteration of a local couple’s habitation in Jackson; David Porter explores eco-conscious waterscaping; Kelsey Dayton chronicles a home built on fire-reclaimed habitat; and Julie Kling speaks with the team that combined light and dark to create an elegant interior remodel. In addition, the issue is packed with Fall Arts Festival coverage penned by Jenn Rein; Cory Hatch’s focus on smart homes; three takes on the JH guesthouse; and new ways to bring Wyoming wildlife and timber into your decorating. Open right up to our Dream Homes—each one an inspiring tale of teamwork and details combining to create a larger whole. Engage with our artist, architect, builder, and interior designer profiles, which offer jumping-off points. Find the people—and the expertise—to bring your project full circle.

Our Team Melinda Duquette acts as Circ’s sales and marketing consultant, 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 fourth 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 20 years, she is proud to be raising her two children as Wyoming natives. Creative team, a.k.a. “Partners in Wine,” Jenny Francis and Kirsten Rue were both born and bred in Wyoming. This is Jenny’s first issue as creative director for Homestead, and she brings a penchant for bold lines, clean design, and contemporary style to its redesign this year. Her other graphic design and identity work can be viewed throughout the valley in many local businesses and publications. Kirsten, our managing editor, is an author and freelance editor who loves writing on any topic, particularly literature and the arts. She relishes interviewing our local community of eloquent professionals and collaborating with the talented team of Homestead writers.

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Contributing Writers Kelsey Dayton is a freelance writer and the editor of Outdoors Unlimited, the magazine of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. She loves the Teton County Library for its design, but also for all the books it houses.

Julie Fustanio Kling is a freelance writer who lives in one of the most beautiful places on earth—Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She teaches skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, practices yoga almost every day, and is the mother of two children who love to go fast and take chances.

Cory Hatch is a Teton Valley, Idaho, resident and freelance writer whose work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, MSNBC Online, and the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Cory’s favorite window in the world is at Jackson Lake Lodge overlooking Willow Flats and Mount Moran.

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. She writes collaboratively across the spectrum of art, design, architecture, and culture while stoking her sartorial wanderlust via her blog, Wear + Here.

Jenn Rein is a writer covering design, lifestyle, and food. She fell in love long ago with the concept and finishes of a private home on Fish Creek Road—a project that achieved LEED Silver status in its design.

David Porter teaches English at Journeys School and finds he must practice what he preaches (or teaches)—that is to write—if he’s to have credibility among his students. As a resident of Jackson Hole, he’s humbled by the art and architecture of the place and people. If there is one aspect of architecture he reveres, it is design that brings the outdoors in, such as at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park.




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Design Inspiration


A Refreshing Vision, Collaboratively Realized THE TEAM WRJ Design Ankeny Architecture Agrostis Inc. Wilkinson-Montesano STORY BY Katy Niner PHOTOS BY WRJ Design

The revived pond becomes an extension of the house with borders blended by native landscaping. The recessed balcony on the second floor provides a protected overlook for wildlife watching.

The kitchen’s boxed beams, crown molding, quartzite countertops, Visual Comfort pendant lighting,


and Rogers & Goffigon linen drapes channel attention toward the picture window and built-in breakfast area.

White clapboard may seem incongruous against the log cabin vernacular of the Rocky Mountain West. Jackson Hole history, however, speaks a more nuanced exterior language. For example, a handful of early Teton homesteaders built houses sheathed in this kind of siding, like the Crabtree Hotel on the eastern edge of Town Square and the VandeWater Ranch on Fall Creek Road. Within this context, a new residence in Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis takes up the historical baton of country-inspired architecture. Hoping to challenge Western norms while channeling their East Coast roots, the homeowners recruited a crew of confident professionals. Trust proved to be the bedrock of the project, both between the clients and the local team they convened to manifest their farmhouse vision, and between the tradespeople themselves, who respected each other’s talents. Collaboration brought out the best in everyone. “We were able to take the best of what we each do and create

something spectacular together,” says designer Rush Jenkins, principal of WRJ Design Associates. This conducive dynamic carried through all phases of the project. “The first day on a job is always the best day,” says project manager Steve Wilkinson of Wilkinson-Montesano Builders. “But with this project, the momentum stayed positive throughout. The last day felt like the first.” Everyone came to the table with open minds and a willingness to listen—a graciousness stemming from the clients themselves. “A great client and a great team makes for a great project,” Jenkins says. “This was truly an incredible team,” agrees architect Shawn Ankeny. “We all worked off of each other’s ideas. The design process was seamless.” Echoing the team’s easy camaraderie, the design grew organically. Designing from the inside out, Ankeny worked closely with WRJ: Furniture selections and placement drove the layout of the rooms and the volume of the spaces. A

Design Inspiration

clean interior palette—anchored in white with blue, teal, and lavender accents—offers the perfect platform for fine art as well as inspiration for the landscaping. The home’s setting is integrated into the interior with sight lines of the Tetons maximized by windows and porches; a languished pond is reborn as a complementary extension of the house’s east-west orientation. Though distinct from neighboring ranch homes, the native design of landscape architects Heath Kuszak and Jason Snider of Agrostis Inc. helps connect the residence with its surroundings. “The color palette of the landscape plan reflects the interiors,” Snider says. “What was once a vacant piece of property now offers something incredibly refreshing.” This aesthetic tone holds true for everyone: “From a builder’s perspective, the whole project was refreshing,” says Montesano. Refreshing. Reflective. Cloaked in snow six months out of the year, the home’s white clapboard feels uniquely attuned to its surroundings, adding another layer to the history of building in Jackson Hole.

“What was once a vacant piece of property now offers something incredibly refreshing.” - Jason Snider of Agrostis Inc.


A Sense of Place

ARCHITECT Dubbe Moulder Architects STORY BY Kirsten Rue PHOTOS BY Doug Burke, Neal Henderson, Cameron Neilson, David Swift, Lane G. Valiante

Respect and invention. These two tenets have long guided the varied architectural work of local firm Dubbe Moulder Architects, founded in 1996 by architects Kurt Dubbe and Chris Moulder. Dubbe elaborates that their design goal is to “respect the past, respect the materials here, but to apply them, compose them, into a very creative and innovative solution.” Every client is unique, ergo every project is unique. At the same time, the two partners are immersed in the regional architecture that predates them; through extensive education and investment as advisors in preservation projects locally and further afield, Dubbe Moulder Architects maintains a reverence for design that references its lineage.

Dubbe Moulder designed this enclosed bridge, which opens to a water feature utilizing an elevation drop that recirculates


When Dubbe Moulder’s architects approach a residential design, they perform their due diligence in terms of considering a variety of factors, including property easements, view corridors, sun angles, wind paths, and so on. Simultaneously, they consider the awareness of the people within the home—the interpretive experience they will have from start to finish. “You want to be in the occupant’s mind as they go through the house and anticipate how they’re going to function in the house and feel in the house,” Moulder says. Says Dubbe, even the smallest details translate to the sublime; we may only note a door handle or a texture subliminally, but “every space, every experience, possesses

water. “It’s really mesmerizing,” Moulder says of listening to the water and observing live trout feeding below.

Design Inspiration

An extensive remodel and addition to this Teton Village home led to the introduction of an arched roof that differs from the profile of other homes surrounding it. The open design scheme creates a warm imprint on snowy winter days.

A curvilinear stairway leads to this spa perched in the Wasatch mountain range near Park City, Utah. The shape is modeled after an old barn silo and clad in reclaimed wood. Open to the sky, the top oculus allows for stargazing.

its own set of quality and character. With that there will be some harmonious thread that will lead the user through the home.” The thread often begins simply. “A lot of our initial design ideas—or sort of the nucleus for our design beginnings—are either modeled after a circle or a line,” Dubbe says. One home may be organized on the principle of a series of lines with a strong view and circulation axis. Another may begin as an area of engagement circled by pods of connected space, guided by differing objectives. “Each has equal value. Each has great opportunities.” “I’ve always likened our design work to a really well-crafted novel,” Moulder adds. The exploration of a home invites “you to turn that page. It wants you to experience the next room, and that’s where—again— all of the tangible and emotional experiences come into play.” The flow through the space is intuitive, and one that Dubbe Moulder approaches with care. “We, as architects, design for a place. We must first understand the total dynamic of that place—the climate, the setting, the history, the context. We do not merely place a design,” Moulder says. The two principals can think classically and cerebrally about architecture, but they also simply enjoy their work, and the convivial mood of their office. Says Dubbe, “As human beings we’re so proud to be in this community; we’re so proud of raising our families here. … How we convey our service to our clients and to our community is how we will be judged also. That level of service and integrity is what we do.”


Going With the Grain CONTRACTOR With the Grain LLC STORY BY Cory Hatch PHOTOS BY Simply Taken

Just as a piece of music is only notes on paper without a talented musician, even the best designs rely on the translation of a skilled builder to realize their highest form. Yet between architect/builder Todd Witek and builder Kurt Mitchell, no translation is required. After collaborating for more than a decade, the two speak the same language, and the results show in the quality custom homes they’ve built. This year, Witek and Mitchell will formalize this partnership to create one business, With the Grain LLC, where a seamless progression from design to construction assures the best product for their clients. After earning his architecture degree from the University of Colorado, Witek began his 23-year

A 5,500-square-foot barn/guest suite provides more living space and 180-degree balcony views.


career remodeling Victorian houses in San Francisco. Mitchell started creating custom cabinetry and interior trim in college; his business soon morphed into building custom homes. The two builders first met in Boulder, Colorado, where they developed a mutual respect for each other’s meticulous craftsmanship. That respect, combined with a shared work ethic and a passion for functional design, led to a 15-year working relationship. The goal: making their clients’ dreams a reality. Take, for example, this residence near Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. The project features an extensive remodel of the 6,000-square-foot main house, as well as the construction of a

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Facing page: With the Grain finished the logs of the main home with a hand-rubbed glaze. Below: Todd Witek and Kurt Mitchell confer on a job site.

“Being part of both design and construction gives us more versatility and efficiency.” - Todd Witek of With the Grain LLC

5,500-square-foot barn/guest suite and a 1,700-square-foot carriage house to store the homeowner’s treasured collection of antique horse-drawn carriages. Precise detailing abounds here—from log walls finished with a hand-rubbed glaze to the false panel under a central staircase that curves around a massive tree that was part of the original house. This assiduity is consistent in even the smallest of touches. Eight of the home’s entryways feature panel-cased openings

with multi-step crown molding, each handcrafted from more than 100 individual pieces. Witek and his team even worked the family’s cattle brand into a custom cherry mantelpiece over the fireplace in the homeowner’s office, a stained-glass window set into a door, and the end caps of the bar’s iron foot rail. Inside the carriage house, exposed wood beams, stained concrete floors, and interior wainscoting blend aesthetics with function. A porch from the barn’s

guest suite provides visitors with views of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski area. While big remodeling projects like the residence near Golf & Tennis Club offer ample opportunities to demonstrate their expertise, Witek and Mitchell say shepherding a custom home from design to construction holds just as much appeal. The partners first collaborated on a home perched on Pine Creek Pass in Idaho. The client asked for the aesthetic of a rustic fishing lodge with ample room to entertain guests, plus a large mudroom to store gear. “I sketched it up and the client loved it,” Witek says. “Kurt got it to the very end, including the trim work and the finishing touches, and it is a great house. It turned out really nice.” Maintaining a holistic process allows Witek and Mitchell to play off each other’s strengths, sparking creative solutions. “We have a shared vision of what we want to do,” says Witek, a LEED-accredited architect who likes to incorporate environmentally sensitive materials into his designs. “Being part of both design and construction gives us more versatility and efficiency.” “Kurt’s a fantastic builder,” Witek continues. “He comes up with good ideas, practical ideas. If I’m stumped on something, he’s the first person I call.” “There’s a great benefit and balance having two minds that are so open,” Mitchell adds. “It doesn’t handcuff you to anything.” 33 | Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Home ARCHITECT Poss Architecture + Planning and Poss Interior Design STORY BY Kirsten Rue PHOTOS BY Gibeon Photography, Jay Goodrich, Pat Sudmeier

“Going to the mountains is going home,” John Muir once penned in his treatise Our National Parks. This is the case in more than one way in Jackson Hole, where visitors regularly fall in love with the landscape and resolve to stay. During his 40-year career, architect Bill Poss and his firm of 45 classically trained design professionals around the country have made designing for the Rocky Mountain lifestyle a bit of a sub-specialty. “We see a clientele really building these legacy family

ranches that are meant to be passed on to children and grandchildren,” Poss says. “Most of our houses incorporate landscape and environment into the home itself—high windows and glass to capture the blue sky and colors of the West; warm interiors that interact with the dry sagebrush tones of the fall; landscaping to enhance the terraces.” All of these foci are significant for homeowners with an athletic and outdoorsy bent, who are well traveled and yet seek an enclave apart from urban hubbub.

The aesthetic of this high-alpine ranch combines rustic and contemporary finishes. Bedrooms are tucked up near the roof to impart a feeling of coziness clustered up among the timbers.


The very soft white interiors allow the clients’ artwork to shine while covered patios draw the eye toward the wealth of surrounding mountains. Interior designer: George Terbovich

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For this 10,000-square-foot ranch home set on 800 acres, Poss focused on creating a home “reminiscent of the landscape that surrounds it.” A historic ditch that once irrigated the surrounding ranchland is flowing again as a stream that can be enjoyed from

This barn-style guesthouse is a new dwelling, but constructed of antique timbers sourced from five different barns around the country. Poss crafted a truss design especially for this home on a ranch outside of Telluride, Colorado.

multiple patios. Cognizant of the impression the home makes at night, the team masterminded a dramatic roof shape using reformed, reclaimed timbers. “The design looks like tree branches with columns that branch off,” Poss says.

“They just want to feel like they’re out in the West,” Poss says. As Poss Architecture + Planning and Poss Interior Design create residences in more and more western locations—including locally at the Snake River Sporting Club— they immerse themselves in the historicity and idiosyncrasies of each mountain community. The team relishes the opportunity to travel and express differing landscape aesthetics via its designs. For example, Poss notes that Jackson Hole’s past is more quintessentially “Western,” hence its ranch- and homestead-dotted prairies. In contrast, Colorado’s mountain towns are often rooted in mining or ski tourism. “All buildings should fit in. They should be quiet examples of the historical nature of the town,” he says. Via a highly collaborative process, the Poss teammates study their clients’ lifestyles and create lasting relationships with each one. Not hewing to one kind of design, they urge prospective clients to browse their website ( to get a better idea of the breadth of their work. Nestled on the land while upholding the highest commitment to quality, each Poss design is comfortably at home on the range. 37

Morning sun burns through fog over a pond, which is actually a human-made water feature finished to appear perfectly natural by the team at Agrostis Inc. in Jackson Hole.


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A Harmony in Habitat and Home STORY BY David Porter PHOTOS BY David Swift Courtesy of Agrostis Inc. and Boreal Property Management

Jackson Hole is rife with biodiversity. Few residential environments offer the pristine upland prairies, riparian areas and wetlands, subalpine forests, and abundant wildlife we all enjoy. Yet, herein lies a paradox: Building a home in Jackson inevitably impacts the natural environment we love. Fortunately, locally based landscape architects, scientists, and landscape installers have the knowledge of place, experience, and skills necessary to blend the planned and natural environments. Jason Snider and Heath Kuszak founded Agrostis Inc., a landscape architecture firm, in 2008. Their knowledge of place is reflected in their company name, which defines a genus of various grasses found in this region. “Balance is the key to the whole process” of designing and installing a landscape around new or remodeled construction, says Snider. He believes it is essential to balance aesthetics of design with science to achieve a planned landscape that acts in concert with its undisturbed surroundings. Many of Agrostis’ clients live in proximity to Grand Teton National Park or U.S. Forest Service boundaries, directly in the wildlandurban overlay. “There is a need to be authentic in these spaces,” Kuszak says. “The landscapes need to be carefully considered so that the design achieves the clients’ desires, yet functions within the native plant and wildlife communities.” Like the work at Agrostis, science influences projects at Boreal Property Management as


well. The company was established by Boreal President Mike Wheeler in 2005. Wheeler has an extensive background in ecology and landscaping best practices. Drew Weesen, project manager at Boreal, describes their approach to working within Jackson’s ethos of environmental conservation: “Ultimately we want to please our clients. But we’re always going to recommend the most ecologically responsible solution,” from design through installation. Boreal landscapers plant native grasses, wildflowers—such as yarrow, flax, and columbine—native trees like aspen and fir, and shrubs, yet limit the use of exotic, ornamental plants to containers only. Native flora is adapted to our soil and thrives in our climate, which reduces plant mortality. It is not only vegetation and migrating wildlife that concern landscape architects and those who install their designs. Water and water features are of immense importance in Jackson, too. There is urgency in preserving clean water because it is essential to all walks of life in Jackson Hole, from the smallest insects to the largest ungulates. With a design and scientific data prepared, landscape teams like those at Boreal can install or rehabilitate moving and still water features. Both types of features present a challenge. Weesen describes building a pond where one might not have naturally occurred. “The

Following excavation, Boreal Jackson Hole seeded the shorelines with native grasses and installed floating islands to improve the domain of trout and avian species that call this pond home.


pond must be visually appealing and provide clean water.” To accomplish this, Boreal first excavates to create a depression. The depression is then lined with seam-sealed, synthetic, waterproof material. Rock, soil, and aquatic plants are added on top of the liner, and the edges are finished with native grasses and shrubs, such as willows. Water is circulated by subsurface pumps, which

infuse the water with oxygen. This achieves the double-edged goal of retaining a natural appearance while ensuring clean water—the result is a healthy pond that looks like it has existed over centuries. Agrostis’ landscape architects contract with Brian Remlinger and his company, Alder Environmental, when they need to learn more about the water they work with.

Design Inspiration Moving water and well-placed flora entice wildlife to visit for a drink. Right: Although manufactured, this stream mimics the local river-bottom ecosystem, thus replicating the habitat of aquatic life.

“The biology of the water subsurface is really complex,” Snider says. “When we know more about that biology, we then know how to keep the water clean. We know what density of plant life to introduce, either on the shore or under the surface. Ultimately it promotes healthy insect life and it’s better for fish.” Kuszak adds, “Algae is inevitable in water here so we respond by including pockets of emergent wetland vegetation along the edges of our water features. The pockets appear as naturally occurring, yet they’re strategically installed so that they collect algae around the fringes, keeping it from floating freely and virtually out of sight.” Thus, damaging and unsightly algae blooms are prevented. Regardless of the landscape design and installation, everything must fall within local code. That is where Alder Environmental comes in. Remlinger and his team strive to seek the balance Snider emphasizes. Remlinger works with public agencies, contractors, and landscaping firms to scientifically and sensitively plan and implement water features on private and public property. He says that Alder operates in the space between the developer and the dictates of Teton County’s Comprehensive Development Plan. Remlinger says, “We provide a service and have a duty. We must accurately evaluate habitat, wildlife values, and aquatic resources on a property and ensure that the development complies with the comprehensive plan.”

“The landscapes need to be carefully considered so that the design achieves the clients’ desires, yet functions within the native plant and wildlife communities.” - Heath Kuszak of Agrostis Inc.

In respect to the comprehensive plan, Alder has a responsibility “to identify protected wildlife and aquatic resources,” assist the developer in avoiding impacts, or to develop resource and habitat mitigation plans to compensate for those impacts.” Remlinger adds that Alder Environmental approaches all projects scientifically. “Data must be collected accurately and with credibly defensible methods.” If one could build a new home and avoid

disturbing its natural surroundings, there would be no need for teams of landscape architects, scientists, and landscape installers, but it is impossible to avoid interruptions altogether. Knowledge and operations shared among companies like Agrostis, Alder, and Boreal, however, make it seem like a home was gently set down on land never touched. More than preserving a view, these tactics preserve Jackson Hole’s species and environmental integrity. 41

A Perfect Finish

PROFILE EARTH ELEMENTS STORY BY Homestead Staff PHOTOS BY Earth Elements Design Center, Roger Wade


It is the exterior features of a home that capture the eye first—setting, aesthetic, and proportions. However, once inside, it is the finishes, cabinets, sinks, and tiles that make a home truly memorable. “The unique interior design features and finishes of a home speak to the style and the personality of its owner,” says Ben Jones, co-owner of Bozeman, Montana-based Earth Elements. “Our goal is to help architects, designers, and builders deliver a finished product that highlights the best in quality to the homeowner.” Earth Elements is an all-in-one design resource center that services Jackson and the Northwest region. The design center offers seven divisions: custom cabinetry, tile, flooring, appliances, slabs, door hardware, and plumbing fixtures to meet all

budgets and design tastes. Earth Elements houses an extensive selection of samples in each division, which allows homebuilders to lay materials out on the design table to gain a true understanding of the look and feel of each product, comparing them side by side with other potential choices. “This process allows the homebuilder to see how their selections will work well together, how the cabinets will pair with the tile and countertop selections, how the door hardware will look with the wood finishes that have been selected, how the appliances will match to the granite slabs, and so much more,” says marketing manager Blythe Beaubien. A visit to the Earth Elements showroom provides a venue for homeowners, architects, and designers

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“The unique interior design features and finishes of a home speak to the style and the personality of its owner.” - Ben Jones of Earth Elements

Earth Elements houses an extensive selection of samples in each division, which allows homebuilders to gain a true

understanding of the look and feel of each product while comparing them side by side with other potential choices.

to select home finishes all in one space— potentially all in one day—without needing to shop around at numerous locations. Among the showroom’s selection are some of the world’s leading designs, like CEA, which produces Italian handmade plumbing fixtures with stunning style and function. “The CEA products are refreshing, and we were the first design center in the U.S. to carry their products. Another exciting brand, Kreoo, makes beautiful marble sink basins that are truly pieces of art. For more rustic options, we’re proud to carry local area Sun Valley Bronze,” says Erin Beaudoin, plumbing showroom manager. “As a team we strive to stay ahead of our competitors, not only in what we can offer to the clients, but also in terms of thinking creatively on all levels. Trends in plumbing can predict trends in lighting, and vice versa,” Beaudoin continues. Jones opened Earth Elements with his business partner, Steve Taylor, in April 2013 after noticing a dearth of sophisticated finishes within the region. The two met after Taylor, who ran a technology company,

moved to Big Sky, Montana, and contracted Jones to build his home at the Yellowstone Club. Jones’ experience as one of the top high-end builders in the area helps him understand the importance of attention to detail in each and every element of designing and building a home. He holds a nuanced understanding of the homebuilding process and works closely with each division to coordinate schedules and ensure that all details are being tended to. “Our team is creative, efficient, and works diligently to stay on deadline—all while delivering the highest-end design finishes possible,” Jones says. Earth Elements is already working with architects and homeowners in Jackson Hole. It is also in the process of opening a design center here. In the meantime, Earth Elements encourages Jackson homebuilders to make the scenic drive to Bozeman to spend the day with its team making selections for the ultimate in luxury home finishes, all under one roof. It’s all in the details—or the finishes.



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Hitting the Mark Late on a winter afternoon, Mike Hodes hurries into Benchmark Builders’ office in East Jackson. Pale light traverses the conference room window. The room is spangled with blueprints and plans, all signs that Benchmark balances a number of simultaneous projects. Hodes has had a busy day and runs a little behind schedule, but that’s understandable given how many projects he squeezes into the average day. He’s been on the job, completing finish work on a new home in Melody Ranch. He and Paul Nash own Benchmark Builders, which they created by combining their respective contracting companies in 2013.

Above and below right: Benchmark Builders has expertly blended a wide range of materials on the exterior of this modern home. A two-sided gas fireplace heats the living room and patio, providing an inviting space for entertaining guests.


CONTRACTOR Benchmark Builders STORY BY David Porter PHOTOS BY David Agnello Latham Jenkins

As it turns out, “on the job” is exactly where Hodes likes to be. In fact, even after 20 years in the business, he still does a great deal of carpentry himself. “At Benchmark, we work directly with our clients. Paul and I are on each job site every day. We’re hands-on, which provides a guarantee of the highest-quality work and craftsmanship.” In Hodes’ view, customer service distinguishes Benchmark from the dozens of other contracting firms in Jackson Hole. “We’re with our clients from start to finish. If we can be there at the beginning of the design process, so much the better. We all seek the

best finished product and happy clients.” Over their years in the business, both he and Nash have focused on listening to their clients and developing strong relationships. Often the two retain clients as friends, even cycling and skiing with them in their off time. Benchmark specializes in craft building and executes a diverse array of construction projects throughout the valley, from small remodels and additions to the building of new homes. Nash says, “We know that building a home will be a big experience for our clients. For most of those we contract

with, we’re building their first home; their dwelling. Mike and I will be there every step of the way to make sure we maintain good relationships and fulfill our clients’ vision.” With their focus on relationships, Hodes and Nash are open to teaching their clients about the building process. Hodes says, “In our direct contact with clients, we find that we’re not only building to their specifications, but educating them along the way, too.” Nash adds, “We want our clients on-site, so that they can see the process and the house emerge from an idea to a reality.”

In its refined craftsmanship, Benchmark Builders stacks up with the best contracting firms in Jackson. “There are a lot of great builders in Jackson,” says Nash, “but what sets us apart are the relationships with our clients that we nurture. Our clients truly find our carpenters and subcontractors pleasant and easy to talk to.” This is satisfying feedback for Hodes and Nash. On-the-job commitment and genuine relationships ensure the thrill of seeing a project come to fruition, for both builders and clients. In this case, the benchmark is indeed set high.

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Symmetry wins in the interior and exterior design of the barn. Custom structural trusses and the ceiling are fashioned from hemlock timbers reclaimed from an old Montana sawmill. The custom handrails with stainless steel cables were fabricated on-site.


Living “In” the Landscape Creating Intimacy Among Majestic Mountains with Stephen Dynia, FAIA ARCHITECT Dynia Architects STORY BY Genevieve Hicks PHOTOS BY David Agnello Cameron Neilson Roger Wade

“The spirit of Jackson Hole is the connection of its people with the exceptional natural environment. The phenomenon of transformative natural light; the power of seasonal change and a climate that has a profound effect on daily life; topographical contour that contrasts rocky peaks with flat valley floors—all interact to profound, poetic effect.” – Stephen Dynia, FAIA “Modern residences uniquely connect daily life with the exterior landscape by not being bound by the limitations of traditional architecture,” says architect Stephen Dynia, FAIA, whose work creates a dialogue with nature that defies the stereotypes of mountain communities. “Architecture that is responsive to time, place, and purpose offers a richer relationship with the landscape than the ‘pioneer nostalgia’ of

10,000-plus-square-foot log cabins. What I brought when I moved from New York City in 1993—and what our firm continues to cultivate— is an understanding of something deeper in the culture of a place.” Dynia received his architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, an institution dedicated to art, design, and culture. This educational foundation and his perpetual support of the arts in all disciplines strongly influence the Dynia aesthetic. He says, “Watching true brilliance in any form of artistic expression inspires me to elevate my art—architecture.” His designs reflect the organic movement of modern dance, the complexity of classical music, and the paradox of jazz. “We realize that, for our clients, creating a home is a singular, momentous event—substantial

Design Inspiration in their lifetime. We strive to create dynamic, innovative living environments—unique for each family and not subject to stylistic labels.” The firm’s mission is to create homes that genuinely reflect their clients’ needs while relating to the surrounding landscape. The work is not reduced to the superficiality of a singular style; each project is a new expression of spatial proportion, contrasting intimacy with openness. One of the firm’s first residences in Kelly, designed for a Jackson-based family, is part glass pavilion, part intimate cabin. Inspired by one of the earliest examples of modern architecture in Jackson—a Mies van der Rohe design for the Resor family—the home connects to nature while bringing sophistication to living in the Tetons. Dynia and his team focus on the quality of the experiences their buildings carry. One of

Top right: Virtual representation of the unbuilt Resor house designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1939, rendering by Dynia Architects.

the firm’s most recognizable public projects in town is the Center for the Arts Performing Arts Pavilion, where the use of glass in the central spaces connects visitors to the neighboring, iconic Snow King slopes. This building brings together everything that Dynia Architects is about: the arts, architecture, and a dialogue with the natural environment. “Our best work is ahead of us,” says Dynia when describing the firm and his design team. Principals Lisa Carranza, Karen Parent, and Doug Staker—each having 10 or more years with Dynia Architects—are engaged in continuing the legacy that Dynia is creating. At its roots, the firm will always be a design shop that focuses on the process of creating innovative spaces. As Dynia says, “It’s about the quality of an experience, not just the look of the building.”

“Watching true brilliance in any form of artistic expression inspires me to elevate my art—architecture.” - Stephen Dynia, FAIA

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Remodel Reunion DESIGNER Stockton & Shirk Interior Designs STORY BY Homestead Staff PHOTOS BY David Swift

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Stockton & Shirk interior designers Pamela Stockton and Melinda Shirk have worked as a team for nearly 12 years. However, it is rare in their busy firm for the two owners to combine forces on the same project. That is why their remodeling collaboration with the owners of this four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath Four Seasons Resort Residence was such a meaningful experience. “I feel it’s really special to have two owners on a project. We strive to give our clients that level of attention to detail,” Shirk says. Stockton notes that their other goals were

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two-fold: to design a cozy, balanced retreat for their clients while creating a welcoming space for prospective rental guests. “It’s not a primary residence for them,” she explains, “so the homeowners wanted a Jackson Hole feel without being over-thetop Western.” The duo approached these balances of use and style by combining the luxurious standards of the Four Seasons Resort Residences with their own keen expertise for texture, pattern, and well-chosen accent pieces. In the great room, stylish, crisp lamps of petrified wood mirror each other against the residence’s picture window; saturated fabrics with lots of punch brighten the flow between separate seating areas. “It was electric working with this client,” Shirk says of the homeowners’ enthusiasm for the design process. Here is our peek inside the results.


A Smart Home in a Mountain Town PROFILE Xssentials STORY BY Cory Hatch PHOTOS BY Mark Woolcott


Designing the perfect home is more than choosing the best architect and the perfect building site—it also means custom tailoring the home’s environment to the homeowner. Yet, at a time when everything from phones to cars to toothbrushes benefits from state-of-theart electronics, most houses still rely on 1950s technology. Xssentials bridges this divide, offering the best in automation technology in order to bring luxury homes and offices into the 21st century.

Beyond that, its team works hand-in-hand with architects, builders, and interior designers to integrate these systems seamlessly with its clients’ lifestyles. “We have this ecosystem in the smart home, and these separate entities are able to communicate with each other to make your life easier,” says Xssentials Jackson general manager Ken Davis. “They can make you safe and they can be fun to use.” What this means for the consumer is a home

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Xssentials’ Jackson showroom inspires with the best in home technology, artwork from Diehl Gallery, and furnishings by Town and Edelman Leather.

that “knows” when the sun sets in Wyoming. It means that, when the client comes home with a car full of groceries, pushing a single button opens the garage door while also turning on the lights in the hall and kitchen. It means peace of mind when—with a smartphone—clients can monitor their homes’ security cameras via the wireless internet in their hotel rooms.

THE LATEST AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY From its new showroom in downtown Jackson, the Xssentials staff demonstrates top-of-the-line home theater and audio systems as well as the latest automation technology: Lights dim and blinds open; televisions on electric motors rise from carefully concealed consoles in the furniture; and the bathroom mirror doubles as a vanishing television screen. Devices such as the Savant app allow homeowners to control audio, video, security, lawn sprinklers, blinds, lights, temperature, and more with their phones. Savant’s simple and functional interface allows users

to access music streaming services like Pandora from their home entertainment systems with just a few swipes of the touch screen— and to arm or disarm their security systems from a different city, or even a different country. Other companies can install these systems, too. What sets Xssentials apart is 33 years of experience and its comprehensive approach. “Eightyfive percent of companies in the industry are hobbyists who have turned it into a business,” Davis says. In contrast, Xssentials features a large, diverse staff of professionals, including an IT support department and a design team from its offices in Colorado.

“How the house looks at the end is almost more important than what it does.” - Ken Davis of Xssentials Jackson

A FULLY INTEGRATED DESIGN PROCESS The design team plays a crucial role in choosing and installing the right suite of systems for a particular home. First, the designer chooses the best locations for the home’s automation technology. Next, he or she overlays the schematics on the home’s blueprints. These detailed plans allow Xssentials staff to work

Ken Davis of Xssentials and Brad Amundson of Aspen Homes review plans on a project site.


Intimate spaces designed with a blend of rustic and contemporary styles can also benefit from the best in home technology.

with the architect, builder, and interior designer throughout the entire designbuild process. The result? A home theater with acoustics designed to complement its speakers, televisions that descend from the ceiling, and invisible speakers that use specially designed wall coverings to transmit high-quality sound. “How the house looks at the end is almost more important than what it does,” Davis says. “If we’re discussing those options with architects, builders, and designers early on, it makes that whole process a lot easier. It also makes us a partner in the design process. That’s important to us because we want the project to be successful.”

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system running smoothly. IT support staff can often diagnose and remedy problems remotely, without the hassle of a service trip to the client’s house. The company is also developing service plans for clients with specific needs. The hope is that the Xssentials IT team will soon have the ability to monitor and fix a system before the customer even notices a problem. All of this? Just one small piece of what the future holds for home automation, Davis says. Someday soon, Xssentials hopes to offer whole-home energy monitoring systems that will interface with wind, solar, and geothermal power sources. Computers will charge electric cars when the electricity rate is lowest. “Your home will be able to make intelligent choices and Xssentials will ensure those choices are designed to suit your lifestyle.”

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THE TEAM Berlin Architects Brian Goff Interior Design CC Builders Willow Creek Woodworks STORY BY Kirsten Rue PHOTOS BY Jim Fairchild


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Splendor in the Grass


In the equation of a Jackson Hole residence, it is best to always multiply by the view. With a site fronted by postcard-worthy vistas of the Cathedral Group, architect Larry Berlin and project manager Gabriel Vazquez of Berlin Architects factored the Tetons into this five-bedroom, five-anda-half-bath residence from day one. They sought a home design that would interact quietly with its site, highlighting the outdoor drama at every turn, while also retaining an inviting and cozy dynamic. Warmth comes across in two ways: in the texture of the home’s materials and via its orientation. A long, gallery-style hallway stretches immediately to the left and right as one enters through the residence’s largescale, reclaimed-oak doors—this forms the home’s axis. “We wanted to zone the house so that rooms had views but also light. … We made the layout of the house one room wide so that you could get light from at least two different sides—the south and, of course, the views to the north. It’s an organizing element,” Berlin explains. From this axis point, light and comforts radiate through carefully considered sight lines and well-chosen accents. “You just feel embraced with your surroundings. Everything has a relationship,” says interior designer Brian Goff.

In the great room, a high-vaulted ceiling soars with a mix of heavy timber beams and huge chunks of sandstone moss rock. The reclaimed wood used throughout the building project is striking and of a provenance unique to Jackson Hole homebuilding. After meeting with the design team, CC Builders owner Clint Cook traveled to Canada and the Pacific Northwest to track down variations of reclaimed fir, oak, and other hardwoods. From the great room to the 10-foot doors lining the gallery, the entire home tells a story in wood. Axe strokes remain

hewn in the grain while reclaimed oak gives off an approachable amber glow in the kitchen and adjoining “gathering room.” “We’re trying to bring something unusual to every project,” says Cook of his firm’s approach to selecting materials. This includes, for example, repurposed timber harvested from Amish barns and huge beams of old-growth Douglas fir salvaged from wharves and abandoned gold mines. The embedded human history imparts a “sense of permanence,” says Vazquez, and this humanness

A symphony of reclaimed wood blends together in the kitchen and gathering room. All cabinetry was crafted and installed by Willow Creek Woodworks.


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“You just feel embraced with your surroundings. Everything has a relationship.” - Brian Goff of Brian Goff Interior Design


Brian Goff selected pale granite tiles for the master bath. The visible beamwork of the master suite’s roof adds to its sense of warmth and intimacy.

carries through in the craftsmen’s sensitivity to daily life. One nod to daily use involves the kitchen cabinetry and bar, which were created and installed by Jaxon Ching of Willow Creek Woodworks. Because drawers and cabinets are frequently handled, Ching’s goal was to create a texture that is easy on the hands, yet retains the same patina as the other reclaimed materials present in the home. To achieve this effect, he power-washed and lightly sanded the wood before dry-fitting each piece in his workshop to ensure a perfect fit. Ching’s expertise went into all the home’s lovingly detailed woodwork, including the passage doors he designed, the stairway posts, and the cabinetry. “I think it’s good for the clients to actually pick a team that’s been working together for a long time,” he says. “We communicate pretty well—if I were a client, I’d prefer to have a team who work together from the beginning.” From that beginning, each business had a seat at the table. “It’s a really open environment,” echoes CC Builders project manager Kurt Lund. Goff focused on creating a “familygathering home that would be a nice, eclectic mix of textures, materials, and styles, “a nod to the West, but holding on to the cleaner lines of today.” Custom pieces—such as the clean-lined metal chandeliers he designed for the great room—and antiques, like a charming wine-tasting table in one bedroom, reflect that convivial eclecticism. “It’s just a nice mix of older pieces and a newer kind of casual sophistication, if you will,” Goff says. The master suite, cleverly secluded via double doors at one end of the central passage, creates its own sense of cabin comfort with a sloping roof, more intimate scale, and neutral color palette. An uncut block of sandstone moss rock makes up the mantelpiece, another piece of masonry hand-selected and installed by CC Builders. “You have a sense of protection because you have the beamwork on the ceilings; you see the structural integrity and visual 62

Dream Homes support of the roof. … It gives you this nice, calm feeling,” Berlin says of the room’s appeal. In the master bath, the sinuous curve of the tub and a more contemporary aesthetic set the stage. “As a way to balance all the texture of the reclaimed material, you simplify all cabinetry and textures and tile and secondary spaces,” says Vazquez. This aligned with Goff’s goal to select textiles and finishes with “simplicity of color— letting the antique materials speak for themselves wherever they are.” From the suite, a set of double-paned glass French doors opens onto a terrace, one of many outdoor spaces on both stories of the home that make the most, once more, of the mountains. CC Builders advised the homeowners on creating the property’s serene water

feature. As its still waters reflect the colors of sunrise and sunset—or freeze to a pristine sheath of ice—the pond they installed contributes to the sense of permanence and protection offered by the home site. “We suggested adjoining terraces along the entire northwest exterior so every person delights in a view,” Cook says. A set of mirrored en-suite guest bedrooms and an attached wing complete with game room, kitchenette, and bunk room add to the home’s functionality for the homeowners’ visiting children and friends. “This project was a great, harmonious collaboration,” says Goff, speaking warmly of the team’s relationship with both the homeowners and each other. The residence is now a home, richening with the histories of its owners.

“If I were a client, I’d prefer to have a team who work together from the beginning.” - Jaxon Ching of Willow Creek Woodworks


In Concert With Context DESIGNER WRJ Design STORY BY Katy Niner PHOTOS BY WRJ Design

Nature is precise: no detail spared, no design unevolved. And eloquent: From soaring spires to minute creatures, nature speaks in strokes both grandiose and subtle. Nature’s range of expression inspires Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design. The natural world is the creative landscape where they work. “Some of the most beautiful places I’ve visited are about discovery and the unfolding of that beauty,” Jenkins says. “Great design does that.”

NATURE NURTURES Serene accents, such as a Holly Hunt table and chairs, Loro Piana drapes, and Ralph Lauren rugs, soften a contemporary masterpiece in Teton Valley.


Always enamored of the Rocky Mountains, the couple decided to decamp from New York City to Jackson five years ago. Uprooting

their thriving careers in design and finance, respectively, Jenkins and Baer dove into their long-held dream of opening a design studio at the foot of the Tetons. They knew proximity to nature would nurture their aesthetics—a blend of refined and rustic, casual and composed, classic and contemporary. Lifelong travelers, they wanted to root their worldly designs in the West. Instinct proved to be a wise guide. The mountains have contextualized their aesthetics; the Tetons, ever their focus, have anchored their studied style in intuitive expression. Referencing nature’s textures and palettes, they have learned to layer elements to create a multidimensional story of person and place.

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“We feel incredibly grateful for the gift we have been given to do what we do, and to work with the talents we have in the Tetons.” - Rush Jenkins of WRJ

COMMUNITY FOUND Just as excursions outside often become explorations of self and setting, Jenkins and Baer’s bold decision to move outside the design epicenter of New York proved pivotal. In Jackson Hole, they have discovered a community of like-minded, creative mavericks—talented professionals already rooted in the region who are forging their own way. Now, they see their design in concert with context, their portfolio elevated by the opportunity to work with worldclass regional architects, such as Paul Bertelli of JLF Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and Carney Logan Burke, as well as other talented Jackson architects. Above all, Jenkins and Baer believe the high caliber of Jackson Hole clients makes for meaningful, magnificent

work. No matter how talented the designer, a home is only as hospitable as its inhabitants. Jenkins and Baer feel blessed by the benevolence of their clientele. “They are generous. They are trusting. They are gracious,” Baer says in praise.

PROCESS AS EXPERIENCE Meticulous in their creative process, Jenkins, Baer, and their talented team pay close attention to every aspect of their clients’ experience, beginning with the careful notes they take of each client’s dreams and desires for the home, then followed by the detailed renderings they draft to give clients a comprehensive sense of each room’s layout. All along the way, their clients are ushered into a space that reflects and respects them as individuals. “We take the time to ensure our clients know 65

Within a rustic shell, WRJ achieves textured sophistication by pairing a Tim Rein sculpture with nail-head

leather Ralph Lauren chairs, an Asian antique bench, and a custom leather and linen sofa.

exactly what their home is going to look like, what it’s going to feel like,” Jenkins says. Clients’ connections to their finished homes are tied to their experience of the creative process itself. “For us, the experience is the most important part of our design philosophy,” Baer says. “What is that person’s experience with their house, with our showroom, working with us? As a design team, we are constantly pushing the envelope as we strive for excellence for our clients.”

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experiences, as evidenced by their careers, as evidenced by their location, as evidenced by their interiors. Passion drives everything they do. Channeling the distinctive voice of their personal journey, they approach design as a way to tell each client’s own story. Every room becomes a new page, a new opportunity for wonder. “The experience of discovering beauty cultivates an earned attachment with a space,” Jenkins says. Beyond the imprint of the individual, every WRJ-designed home nods to the grandeur of the outdoors. Details express this gesture: a sleek side table sheathed in leather; a fur or cashmere throw casually draped across a woven armchair; an

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Danish modern chairs and a custom sofa encircle a coffee table made by a local craftsman. The adjacent breakfast table—a WRJ

design—shines beneath Holly Hunt pendants, which are siblings to the chandelier above the kitchen island, also Holly Hunt.

A Ralph Lauren chandelier presides over a Carrara marble-top dining table from Belgium, complemented by cashmere/wool, plaid drapes from Loro Piana, and custom mohair sofas.

antique deer mount imbued with history. Luxury pieces—produced by world-renowned lines that WRJ exclusively represents—look at home in the casual elegance of their interiors. WRJ designs harmonize with the architecture and setting. Jenkins and Baer complement nature, rather than compete with it.

NATURAL WORLD, DESIGN WORLD While continually inspired by their mountain home, Jenkins, Baer, and their team do leave the valley to make discoveries elsewhere within the design world. With passports in tow, they travel the globe sourcing singular products from the finest purveyors they can find. From New York City to Paris and Milan, they experience all the high notes of contemporary design while furthering their knowledge of classical traditions. They forge friendships with international titans of design—Loro Piana, Poltrona Frau, Hermès and Ralph Lauren—and 68

then extend these contacts to their clients. Back in Jackson, the team filters its travel experiences into its designs. “Design is born of these experiences,” Jenkins emphasizes. Tireless in their pursuit of aesthetic excellence, Jenkins and Baer have achieved alignment of profession and passion. Gratitude

infuses every aspect of their process: gratitude for their clients, their staff, their consultants, and their collaborators. “We feel incredibly grateful for the gift we have been given to do what we do,” Jenkins says, “and to work with the talents we have in the Tetons.”

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“The experience of discovering beauty cultivates an earned attachment with a space.� - Rush Jenkins of WRJ


Redefining Urban Chic in the Mountains

THE TEAM Howells Architecture + Design Dembergh Construction Designed Interiors LLC Willow Creek Woodworks STORY BY Julie Fustanio Kling PHOTOS BY David Agnello

The scaffolding in the middle of the great room comes down, revealing a symphony of exquisite textures at play around the hearth, the “pièce de résistance” of this top-down West Bank remodel. An 18-inch flame, beneath a towering chimney of blackened and waxed steel, lights up the room and softens its muted palette with reflections of seamless cherry wood cabinets and a dynamic glass chandelier. The chandelier, which took more than a year to design, dances with 52 dangling LED, glass-and-bronze pods that hang high above a live-edge dining room table. The original vaulted ceiling is the only part of the 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house left untouched by architect Michael Howells of Howells Architecture + Design. A thick glass enclosure floats above the flame and below the steel hood, allowing the cook

to see the subtle textures from one end of the kitchen to the living room. The rocks below were specially made to withstand the heat of the fireplace designed by Howells with Walter Moberg of Moberg Fireplaces. “It might be the most technically complex fireplace in the valley,” says Howells. “It’s like a Lamborghini,” says builder Mike Prichard of Dembergh Construction. “But there’s only one,” adds Howells. Using car analogies suits the homeowners, a Chicago couple whose love of fast cars, clean lines, refined interiors, and integrated systems led them to remodel this dream house to create an urban aesthetic in the mountains sans the pretensions of the city. They loved the location, and the bones of the house. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on pine trees to the west and

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“It might be the most technically complex fireplace in the valley.” - Michael Howells of Howells Architecture + Design

A dynamic hearth with a suspended steel hood is at the heart of this dream home.

aspens to the east, the only canvases in the great room. With three bedrooms at one end of the great room and a guest wing that can be closed off at the other end, the redesign makes the space luxurious yet efficient; rustic yet refined. The aggregate in the concrete floors throughout the home’s one story is unstained and polished to a low gloss, but was deliberately sanded to reveal a grainy texture. The cherry wood used to craft all of the custom-made cabinets was selected because it harmonizes with the house’s existing fir trusses, which were stained to match. “I love working with wood, stone, and tile,” Howells says. “In this house, each bath has a variety of stone textures. Accent walls afford a heightened

point of interest, almost like giving each bath its own mural or tapestry.” No corner of the interior was spared, either, including the garage, which has custom cherry doors, shelves, and stairs that lead up to the brain of the house—a control room that looks like the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, humming with color-coded pipes and electronic systems. Even the seats in the guest bathroom showers are heated. “Everything was carefully considered,” says Prichard, adding that in most projects there is an element of give and take when gutting a house, which leads to compromises on details like interior finishes or state-of-the-art sound systems that control everything from large-screen

Custom cherry woodwork is featured throughout the home. Chandeliers by contemporary lighting company Ochre

hang in the powder room and above the dining room table, both custom designed as well.

TVs to the cigar humidifier. “The homeowners saw the value in devoting resources to the infrastructure of the house. The systems you can’t see are what make this project so distinctive. Lighting, AV, shades, and HVAC are all controlled from iPads and touchscreens.” Prichard and Howells describe the owners as rare clients who appreciate architect-driven design and uncompromised craftsmanship. More than 40 craftsmen worked on the fireplace alone. “We prefer a masculine and simple look, but being in the mountains we wanted it to be cozy,” says the homeowner, who went shopping with interior designer Kate Binger for hand-woven rugs, furniture, and sculptures that melded the textures of the wood, steel, and stone finishes. “The rugs and the fabrics


had to balance each other, along with all of the hard finishes,” Binger says. “If you don’t have the right texture to balance the clean lines it just becomes stark.” Trips to Chicago, New York, and even Portland, Oregon, led them to uncover the look and feel they sought. The oatmeal-and-gray furniture highlights the organic textures in the bones of the house without taking away from the elements of its design. Binger, who owns Designed Interiors and the showroom Dwelling on the Town Square, brought a more feminine touch to the powder room off the kitchen with grasscloth wallpaper, a waved tile, and an understated version of the chandelier that hangs above the dining room table. Both chandeliers were custom made by Ochre, an exclusive contemporary

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lighting company recommended by Howells. The inset steel nightstands and headboard of the master bedroom— and cherry vanities throughout the home—required the architect, builder, and interior designer to work closely with Willow Creek Woodworks of Idaho Falls. So as to leave no room for error, Willow Creek assembled and sanded the kitchen on-site. “The architect did not want to see a joint on the finished ends,” says Willow Creek’s owner, Jaxon Ching. “He was very particular about that. First I was a little skeptical. But after a while, I just realized it would take more time. As a cabinetmaker I can see what he was looking at. The overall project looks really nice.” His favorite part was stitching

together leather embossed to resemble stingrays on a floating bronze cabinet in the great room. Binger sourced as much locally as possible, including a metal base for the coffee table and the dark walnut dining table, which, without stools at the kitchen counter, is used on a daily basis even though it seats up to 14. At a recent dinner party, the homeowners even set a table alongside the fireplace and used the ledge as a bench. “Given the generous dining table, we skipped the customary redundant bar seating at the kitchen island,” Howells says. “Without stools they can store their china in glass cabinets under the counter. It makes it easy to create a joyous table. It’s where they live their lives.”

Sophisticated inset steel nightstands and headboards play against the neutral palette of the bedroom’s textiles.


THE TEAM Ward + Blake Architects Cox Construction ek Reedy Interiors STORY BY Kelsey Dayton PHOTOS BY Paul Warchol

Ward + Blake designed this home in Crescent H to meld with the natural topography of the site. The building roofs are flat or inverted and planted with natural grasses.

Contemporary Curve It’s been more than a decade since a forest fire tore through the Crescent H neighborhood near Wilson, Wyoming, but patches of bare hills remain, as well as clusters of young conifer trees. While forest fires can seem destructive, they are also rejuvenating—harbingers of change and a part of the natural ecosystem, says architect Tom Ward of Ward + Blake Architects. This particular fire provided an inspirational touchstone for the home his firm designed on a Crescent H lot in the same area. Completed in 2012, the home is informed by its natural surroundings, including the landscape the fire left in its wake. Indeed, the road to the 19,000-square-


foot main house and outbuildings winds through some of the 3,000 young conifers planted after logging the dead wood the fire left behind. Teton Landscape Specialties and Agrostis Inc. created the landscape and installation plans, which met the vision of the homeowner. This vision included restoring parts of the property that were formerly part of a working ranch. The meadow in front of the home was once sagebrush grassland that had since been cleared for pasture. There, the team planted thousands of sagebrush and other native plants to restore the natural vegetation. Working with the natural topography

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“The sod roofs create a dynamic by reflecting the flora and fauna in an architectural way.” - Tom Ward of Ward + Blake Architects

of the site, Ward + Blake designed the home to become part of the landscape, nestling it into the hillside. Instead of the peaked roofs common in Crescent H, Ward opted for a flat, sod roof planted with native grasses. “The sod roofs create a dynamic by reflecting the flora and fauna in an architectural way,” Ward says. In addition, the reversed pitch of the roof in some places creates internal drains. This design allows for almost no upkeep, especially since it’s planted with grass. The foliage further blends the home into the landscape as the colors transform from the emerald greens of spring and summer to the golden browns of fall. On approach, the home’s entryway sets the tone for the interiors. From this vantage point, the mountain faces above Wilson (Mount Glory, Cody Peak, and even the top of the Grand Teton in the distance on a clear day)

greet guests through large windows. Ward envisioned a curved design to mimic the way guests take in the view—pivoting on their heels and sweeping their heads in an arc. However, creating a curved building isn’t easy. Cox Construction owner Barry Cox custom-designed and cut whalers—the horizontal beams that give the house form—to fit the radius of the curve. Up to 99 percent of homes he builds are set on square foundations, and there’s a reason for that. “Building on a curve makes things more interesting,” Cox says. The home is aligned along a single corridor and designed using a concept called compression and release. The space feels compressed in the narrower hallway, but releases upon the entrance to rooms with high ceilings and massive windows that push the home out toward the mountains. The house spans 300 feet in length.

Ward designed the house on an arc that mimics the way visitors pivot to take in the

mountain views. Rooms branch off a single corridor that spans about 300 feet in length.


The home was built using the landscape’s natural topography. A partial second story is nestled

into the hillside and holds an office with a private entryway and extra bedroom.

“We wanted to break that hallway up a bit,” says interior designer Katherine Reedy, owner of ek Reedy Interiors. “At every opportunity, we introduced limestone steps so the wood pattern of the floor got relief.” Walnut floors give way to sandblasted white French limestone on the walls; the ceilings are clad in fir. “It’s kind of like your eye dances from one finish to the next and they are integrated enough and blend nicely so it’s a real natural flow,” Reedy says. The rooms in the home are undetectably wedge-shaped in order to work with the curvature of the structure. Thus, Reedy chose finishes carefully to make sure the unusual shape goes unnoticed. The design team also kept the ceilings and lighting fixtures unobtrusive so as not to compete with the natural light that pours in through the windows and skylights strategically placed throughout. However, in the powder room, Reedy went for a bit of glamour to contrast with the home’s pervading calm tone. She selected a glass-and-mirrored mosaic for the room, which features a custom copper sink. She also placed cut crystals into all the


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Ward conceptualized the residence in terms of an exoskeleton and an endoskeleton. The outside of

the home was designed with dark river stones that contrast with the brighter limestone inside.

hardware. “A powder room should be over-the-top,” Reedy says. “It’s the one room you can do that with— it’s a room you walk into and go, ‘Whoa!’” Spare and minimalist, the kitchen provides a great deal of pantry storage and an open plan for entertaining, Reedy says. There’s plenty of space to gather and eat the food created on the La Cornue stove, an imported and custombuilt stove known as one of the best in the industry. A bibliophile’s dream, the home’s library recalls English country estates of yore with a modern twist, right down to the floor-toceiling shelving, and even a secret

compartment. A retractable ladder descends from the mezzanine to take readers to the upper level. Reedy chose the gold-leaf ceiling for its beauty, but also as a way to pull attention upward from the walls of bookshelves. The room is lit by an inverted roof that scoops natural light inside. The curvature of the home is felt most in the basement, where several playrooms include a movie theater with a fiber-optic ceiling that gives the appearance of twinkling stars above the rows of reclining chairs and beds. When Ward planned the basement pool, he didn’t want the chemical scent of chlorine 77

to interfere with the nature-inspired feel of the home, and so designed a saline pool. Reedy chose a small-scale, blue glass mosaic reminiscent of water for the walls. Simple lounge furnishings finished in nickel create a spa-like setting that is also playful for children. The custom-integrated LED lighting Reedy designed produces an even prismatic reflection and a nice general illumination of the water. Skylights in the ceiling filter in light during the day; during the summer, the homeowners can usher in the outdoor breeze by rolling back the glass garage doors. Surrounded by a fire pit, hot tub, basketball court,

Sod roofs planted with natural grasses match the character of the regenerating forest surrounding the home.


Despite its modern design and size, the home’s profile is mild, fitting organically into the contours of the property.

tennis courts, and a climbing wall—as well as a guesthouse—the Crescent H complex anticipates the activities of owners and guests. In addition, of the nearly 39-acre parcel, the homeowner dedicated 75 percent of the land for an easement that prevents future development, thus meeting county regulations allowing for a larger home on the property. Only minutes from town, the home retains the ambiance of a private summer camp in the wild, inviting all comers to linger, reflect, and enjoy the surrounding reclaimed landscape.

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Luxury Rentals Revamped PROFILE Abode Jackson Hole STORY BY Homestead Staff PHOTOS BY Tuck Fauntleroy and courtesy of Abode Jackson Hole

Abode Jackson Hole is a family business, first and foremost. Rob and Rachel Alday founded their property management and rental company in Park City, Utah, after their own experience renting out a second home left something to be desired. Eighteen months ago, they expanded to manage a boutique portfolio of high-end rental properties in Jackson Hole. Their goal now: Approach everything from an owner’s perspective. But how do they do it? Laser focus, customization, and staying small.

LASER FOCUS The Aldays focus solely on property management and providing top-of-the-line service to the owners who rent through them. They are the only local property management team that considers customer service from an owner’s perspective. Abode understands the qualities that homeowners seek from their property managers: peace of mind, respect for the property, and personalization.



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“At Abode Jackson Hole, we offer sophisticated service, simplified.” - Rob and Rachel Alday of Abode Jackson Hole



Customizing every aspect of their client relationship is a cornerstone of the Aldays’ business model. “It’s your property, your investment,” says Rob. “Each property and owner is different in terms of how they want their property managed.” What this means is that Abode can cater its process to each individual homeowner, whether in its bedding program with hotel-quality sheets or in its willingness to work easily with established caretakers. As owners themselves, the Aldays know their clients like to retain control of their properties. They share that goal, and are happy to take care of the details so that each and every property they manage is profitable and maintains the company’s rigorous level of care for the integrity of the home.

Abode Jackson Hole has no outside investors—the company values staying involved from turnkey to maintenance. Keeping things in the family is how the couple ensures their exceptional level of customer service. “We’re small and approachable,” says Rachel Alday. Instead of expanding to take on an unlimited number of new rental properties, Abode wants to stay in its sweet spot where it can offer peak flexibility and attention to detail to every homeowner without compromise. The Aldays know that each property they take on represents the treasured vacation time and family memories of clients with strong ties to the valley. For them, Abode Jackson Hole is much more than a job; it is a bond of trust created with local homeowners. Abode makes it easy not to sweat the small stuff.




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Three Takes on the Guesthouse STORY BY Kirsten Rue PHOTOS BY Tuck Fauntleroy Matthew Millman Roger Wade

When you live in Jackson Hole, friends and family will want to visit you. That’s simply a fact. And, indeed, for many homeowners, expanding families are exactly what lead to the need for a place to house them—comfortably, in privacy—on one’s own property. Enter: the guesthouse. Constrained by zoning requirements that usually limit a secondary building on one lot to 1,000 square feet or less, Jackson Hole architects must find ways to work innovatively within the restraints of size and site to create harmonious buildings that meld with the main house and the lifestyles of family. Here are three altogether different—altogether successful—approaches.

1 | THE JUMPING-OFF POINT Carney Logan Burke principal John Carney’s guest home began with a wooded lot on Fish Creek Road. An irrigation ditch slanted through the property and a rich bouquet of aspen, pine, balsam, and fern—plus Sleeping Indian views— gave the lot a sense of lightness and boreal texture that differed from a dark pine forest. “We just fell in love with the site,” Carney says. Usually, a homeowner begins first with the main house, but in this case, Carney and his wife, Elaine, began with the guest home. From the beginning, they’d referred to the project as their “Fish Creek Compound,” so a variety of structures were always in the master plan. The two walked the site frequently, sometimes surveying from a boulder to get a real sense of the lay of the land. “We knew we wanted the stream to play a major part in the house,” he says.


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“It’s a see-through house,” remarked one of John Carney’s clients when he visited the couple’s Fish Creek Compound and saw their guesthouse for the first time. The architect clustered two bedrooms and bathrooms on either corner of the slim structure, leaving the central living space transparent and sensorially open to its setting. 87

“You can’t just open up your whole house, but we try to have this balance between shelter—feeling protected—and being able to have views and this connection to nature,” Carney says.

They settled on an orientation that runs against the contours of the sloped site rather than with them. After a series of designs, the team narrowed it down to one building spanning 16 feet in width, crowned by a simple, angled shed roof. Goal No. 2 was to introduce the sensations of the forest as much as possible. “We came up with the ultimate design that came out of the hill as a long, thin building and is totally symmetrical—completely open in the middle with the living-dining-kitchen—so you just see


light through it,” says Carney. The guesthouse feels anything but small. Sun paths brushing the walls and floors add grain and depth to the airy primary living space. Because the Carneys planned to live in the house themselves while designing their main house, they installed more closet space in the bedrooms that mirror each other on either side of the column and devoted a full 12 feet to the open kitchen lining one wall. “We just had a very disciplined approach to

design. All the windows and doors stop at 8 feet. All the windows go all the way to the ground, except for the punched openings in the hallway and bathrooms.” The materials of the guest home and detached garage are also simple: boardformed concrete, cedar shingles, bonderized steel, and glass. The slant of the roof and a 6-foot overhang on all sides distribute snow loads and protect the structure, despite the roof’s thinness. “I think the connection to nature is the thing that people love about the house,” Carney says. “When you’re in those corner bedrooms, the window is less than 3 feet from the foot of the bed. You really feel like you’re camping in the woods.” The Carneys lived in the guest home for three years while their main house was designed and constructed—now, they have ceded it to visiting guests and grandkids, but its lessons in focused living continue to resonate. “I think that having the discipline of designing for small spaces makes you better even when you’re not constrained,” Carney says. The dictum to be reductive in the selection of materials, to simplify spaces, and think about what a structure should do—what it should welcome. All of this contributes to the serendipitous quality the home has, perched at the crook of a stream in the bucolic woods.

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The guesthouse complements the original home in material selection, orientation, and shape. “The roof slopes are all evocative of the main house—extending them off to the east. It’s the same vocabulary, the same organic flow,” says Ward.

For this guest home designed by Ward + Blake Architects on 3 ½ acres of open prairie land, the story is a classic one: After seven years, the homeowners’ family simply outgrew the main house. “Our goals were to finish what was an embryo of a design idea when we originally designed the house, which was to complete the existing courtyard,” explains architect Tom Ward. As a result, they envisioned a design that would in fact cut about 4 ½ feet below the existing grade of the property to create the driveway that approaches the guesthouse, leaving pristine view corridors undisturbed. Ward + Blake considered the guest home and existing home as a unified pair, and selected the same reclaimedwood exteriors and hand-fabricated steel cladding for the guest home; over time, the unfinished steel will mottle to a

patina that calls back to the façade of the primary residence. “If you’re working with a small amount of floor area, there’s a need to unify the spaces to create a sense of spatiality—break the functions into discrete rooms,” Ward says. Ward + Blake combined living room, office space, dining, kitchen, and entry into one simple, linear shape, which served the dual purpose of completing the square of the original compound’s design. Cabinetry of vertical-grain Douglas fir helps to demarcate the spatial transitions and give a sense of seamlessness to the great room’s flow. This creates one big, lifted space that “you can transition through at your own pace.” The guest home’s entry forms another hub where doorways to bedrooms and bathrooms are located—the rest simply stretches forward in front of the eye, inviting an evolving generation of family living.


“If you’re working with a small amount of floor area, there’s a need to unify the spaces to create a sense of spatiality.” - Tom Ward of Ward + Blake Architects


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3 | THE CABIN HOMAGE One historic national park structure in Yellowstone inspired this log cabin guest home addition—the Madison Museum designed by Herbert Maier in 1929 and since designated part of a National Historic Landmark. The homeowners fell in love with the National Park Service rustic look, and Ellis Nunn Architects delivered on a classic, 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath cabin, complete with massive stone corners and a stone fireplace. As project architect John Kjos explains, the firm made many intriguing discoveries as they updated the 1920s aesthetic for

21st-century occupants. “Instead of peeling the logs,” he says, “which can give you a uniformly light-colored look,” they chose to use a skip peel. The process of prying off the bark instead of peeling it is “more like the techniques of 100 years ago—that helps achieve a really rustic, authentic feel.” Another detail that lends historic authenticity is the use of real wood windows instead of aluminum-clad panes. However, Kjos says, “I went for a thin roof profile,” which is an advantage of modern building in contrast to the museums that served as the cabin’s inspiration. Historically, the need to batten in from

the elements meant much thicker and more substantial roofs on log buildings. Ceilings of reclaimed wood with a small gap between the ceiling and the wall logs; Montana fieldstone (in place of the rhyolite that Yellowstone builders once sourced on-site); and a beautifully crafted door made by Yellowstone Traditions continue the guest home’s aesthetic of rugged warmth, perfectly suited to its wooded setting. In fact, the master bedroom was voted one of “20 Coziest Bedrooms” on Bigger? Not always better—as these three ingenious interpretations of extra living quarters so amply demonstrate.

The cabin Ellis Nunn Architects designed has two porches—one facing south and one facing north. The team placed the larger rocks at the base of the structure, decreasing in size as they got closer to the building. Yellowstone National Park builders and architects often used rubble at the base of the buildings they designed to organizationally tie them to the landscape.


Horn of Plenty

Leather, bone, antler, hide: In the West, we are never far removed from indigenous materials. The tradition of decorating with wall mounts and animal trophies dates back to European aristocrats and the grand tradition of the country home; now, Jackson Hole interior designers find creative ways to insert a trace of unexpected wildness into the textures of contemporary interior spaces. All it takes is a touch.

ANTHROPOLOGIE DRAWER PULLS, MILLED ANTLER “It’s a refinement of taking these materials, whether it’s hide or antler, and polishing it to a sense of elegance that you want to touch and feel and handle—to be tactile rather than just to be looked at.”

–Kathy Reedy, ek Reedy Interiors

PRINCESS STAG WALL MOUNT These wooden, hand-carved stag heads were collected by the Prince and Princess of Belgium and displayed in their Royal Lodge. “For us, it’s become part of our culture, it’s become our philosophy of design—we acquire these collectible antiques because they have a historical content that makes them much more interesting.”

– Rush Jenkins, WRJ Design

HERON SIDEBOARD CONSOLE The console is available inlaid with mother of pearl, horn, or bone. “Our wildlife is definitely part of our lifestyle. It’s nice to kind of remember that, and bring it somehow into our designs.”

– Kathy Reedy, ek Reedy Interiors


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ELK MOUNT, ASHLEY TUDOR “What Ashley Tudor does artistically is in honor of the hunt. She has taken the skull and has created solid bronze casts that are highly polished. It takes her many, many hours to do that and create these incredible mounts that are a fresh, very unique artistic interpretation of the stag.”

– Rush Jenkins, WRJ Design

JAEGER CHANDELIER Crafted of buffalo horn that is cut, sliced, and then polished, almost like glass eyewear.

– ek Reedy Interiors

HAND-BLOWN GLASS CHANDELIER, NORTH RIM GLASS STUDIO LLC “When you put a Western touch in a different setting, it sets it off in a new way. It doesn’t take very much. The hair on hide is great on a chair seat, for example. We also like these glass antlers because they provide a little bit of a twist on it.”

– Jodi Forsyth & Amy Brown, Forsyth & Brown



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A Window On Creativity

It took 9 million years to sculpt the mountainscape of Jackson Hole, but only 20 to upshift the built landscape. This tectonic shift toward contemporary architecture began with artists Ed and Lee Riddell and architect Will Bruder, a trio whose latest project—a downtown jewel box of design—encapsulates their trailblazing journey.


A master of luminosity, Will Bruder draws in light through apertures, or slot windows. On the solstices, sunlight cuts a straight line from the Eames molded plywood chair through the bedroom.


Two decades ago, Ed and Lee Riddell were living in a log cabin when they offered to host a Phoenix-based architect who was visiting to design the new Teton County Library. Will Bruder had already designed the instantly iconic Phoenix Central Library; he arrived with a modern portfolio, but also an open mind. Specializing in “the architecture of place,” Bruder approaches each new project as an exploration of materials and making. He catalogues the built history of each region and comes to understand the community. His designs grow “from the outside in and the inside out.” In Jackson Hole, Bruder discovered latent connections to contemporary architecture like the seminal, unfinished 1940s Mies van der Rohe project for the Resor family at Snake River Ranch. In the Old Faithful Inn, he was surprised to find a vanguard translation of log—he’d expected cabins like his hosts’ home. Such buildings spoke to him of a homegrown desire to experiment. On that first trip to Jackson Hole,

STORY BY Katy Niner PHOTOS BY Ed Riddell

Bruder also found kinship with the Riddells. Creatively simpatico, the three kept in touch, trading books and ideas. “Will turned us into architecture junkies,” Ed Riddell says. From junkies to patrons: When the Riddells needed a new office for their growing advertising agency, they turned to Bruder, who imagined the building (now Jackson Hole Title and Escrow) as a confluence of the new industrial activity in West Jackson with traditions of barn-based ranching and the soaring scale of Old Faithful. The contemporary architecture of the Riddell Building, completed in 1995, temporarily polarized the community. Young, local architects celebrated it. The old guard was wary. As Riddell recalls, the mayor at the time vowed to prevent “anything like it from ever being built in Jackson again.” But in the end it opened the contemporary door in Jackson Hole. Architects, then and now, consider it a turning point, furthered by Bruder’s subsequent designs: The Mad River building and Teton County Library.

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Usually, Bruder begins with the conceptual rather than the concrete. Knowing the Riddells so well, he had an idea of how their wish list had evolved over the 20 years of friendship. “Architecture happens from head to heart to hand,” he says.

TIMELESS IN TOWN Working in an inspired space made the Riddells want to live in one, too. After a decade living in the house Bruder designed for them in Wilson, the Riddells became drawn to the idea of living in the heart of town, as they had done in Italy. Once again, they recruited Bruder. Together, they set search criteria: a three-block radius of Town Square (to enable walking) and northern light for their studio. A lone lot rose to the walking challenge: A


“It is this beautifully crafted box that is about giving an armature for Ed and Lee to go from what life has been to what life will become.” - Architect Will Bruder

foot patch next to the former Gai Mode salon. During that initial visit, Bruder did something he doesn’t normally do: On the last day, he sat down at the Riddells’ dining table and sketched a scale drawing. “By the end of a day working together, willing to make mistakes, we, by and large, had a house that looks very much like it is today,” Bruder says. On paper and in reality, Riddell Urban unfolds as a sequence of spaces, eloquently


attuned to function. The lower level is malleable: The studio and office can become a gallery with Bruder-designed tracked panels, or a guest bedroom by way of a Murphy bed. By Bruder’s hand, a staircase—linking the downstairs studio to the upstairs living area— becomes more than a functional passage. The two-story gallery of pictures collected or created by the Riddells leads to a tokonoma, a Japanese altar upon which the Riddells have placed their most beautiful objects. In a

nod to Bruder’s canine client, he carved a floor-level window on the landing for the Riddells’ Brittany spaniel, Tosca. An open concept encompasses the kitchen, dining, and living areas—all beneath a subtly slanted ceiling and its optical illusion of expanding volume. Humble materials complement more refined finishes. In the kitchen, Ikea cabinets augment stainless steel countertops. DuPont Corian solid surfacing lines the shower—a surprise in the master bath. Accent and gallery walls are oriented strand board, an inexpensive composite sandblasted to become as soft as handmade paper. “As a sculptor, you seek joints between materials,” Bruder says. “Craft becomes the manifestation of ordinary things becoming extraordinary by the way pieces interlock.” A master of light, Bruder invites illumination through apertures—slot windows he first introduced in the Riddells’ Wilson home. Two pairs of apertures in the living area and bedroom are oriented to the solstices—the days when sunlight slices the rooms in absolute alignment. The experience is transcendent, Riddell says, and invokes Anasazi solar calendars. Like Leonardo da Vinci, Bruder is constantly inventing. “A lot of architects come up with the big ideas, but Bruder is very detail-oriented,” Riddell says. “He is designing up until the very last minute. Behind the paint on the walls are Bruder sketches.”

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metal around the fireplace; the living area extends to the mountains beyond via the balcony above the street.


The malleable first floor accommodates multiple arrangements, thanks to two ingenious Bruder designs: tracked panels and a Murphy bed. The former allow for gallery walls or privacy, while the latter creates a guest bedroom.

Bruder also oversees each project from concept through construction. Ever responsive, he worked in dynamic interplay with the builder, Jeremie Moore of Serenity Inc. Mistakes became opportunities for Bruder to redesign. “Contemporary is a different beast to build,” Riddell says. “There are a lot of details which add to the angst unless you have an open mind about it.” The positivity of the building process is manifest in the peacefully oriented final product. With the garage abutting the alley, the street view is not of a closed door, but rather an open window on creativity. The exterior siding—flash-burned by Delta Millworks into a maintenance-free finish called shou sugi ban—recalls the tumbledown barns considered picturesque in the valley. Through these design choices, Riddell Urban


becomes a palimpsest of place and testament to the architectural character of Jackson Hole. Bruder considers Riddell Urban a wunderkammer, a Renaissance-era “box of curiosities,” where ordinary objects become extraordinary by virtue of careful composition. “It is this beautifully crafted box that is about giving an armature for Ed and Lee to go from what life has been to what life will become,” he says. Thus the home becomes a metaphor for the Riddells’ trajectory as people, artists, and community members, working in context and concert with Bruder. “It’s a jewel box that will weather and patina like the buildings that have been in town for 100-plus years,” Bruder says. “Architecture ages and weathers, like people. That’s how you achieve timelessness.”

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No angle goes unnoticed by architect Will Bruder. His designs incorporate the geometry of place. When drafting Riddell Urban, he made sure that the pitch of the roofline echoed the slope of neighboring Snow King, the “town hill� framed by many interior windows.


Good Prairie Stock STORY BY Kirsten Rue PHOTOS COURTESY OF Centennial Woods Meg Thompson

On a long drive from, say, Jackson Hole to Cheyenne, one might be tempted to label the vast prairie streaming past the car windows as an “empty” landscape. This, artist and furniture artisan Meg Thompson would suggest, is an oversimplification. “If you get up close and personal in almost any landscape in the West, you will find evidence of humans—from 50 years ago to thousands of years ago,” Thompson says. “We have a long, interconnected relationship with this desert called the American West.” It is a relationship Thompson honors as a native daughter of Wyoming and, most importantly, as a craftsman. She grew up on a small ranch south of Laramie and “as a kid out on the prairie, the landscape was an animate being and constant companion that informed my world in a way people could not.” As she combed the surrounding shortgrass prairie, Thompson’s finds multiplied from rusty cavalry tin cans to sunbaked leather holsters and arrowheads. In her own environment, Thompson locates a lingering human trace that is anything but bereft. She channels this soul of the prairie

into each of her meticulously handcrafted custom furniture pieces, and into the visual art installations she frequently creates to enliven the prairie itself. Although her route back to the Wyoming plains included a detour in Brooklyn, New York, where she studied cabinetmaking, Thompson now focuses on bespoke materials reclaimed from promising old woodpiles or homesteads just one hinge slip from collapse. Word has gotten out: Frequently, ranchers

contact her directly or she returns home to a pile of lumber neatly stacked on her front stoop. Thompson also works directly with clients to transform sentimental scraps of wood—a family barn perhaps—into pieces such as a dining table, thus creating a tangible heirloom of the building’s past. The “imperfections” inherent in old wood are, in Thompson’s view, the very scars that imbue each piece with the physical and energetic soul of its provenance. She works actively not to camouflage or buff these imperfections away, but rather to accentuate them in the finished work of art. “For example,” Thompson explains, “I have found old bullet slugs in barn siding before, and I

“I have found old bullet slugs in barn siding before, and I will work to highlight that detail by using it as a drawer front.” - Furniture artisan Meg Thompson 102

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Bottom left: Colt Sofa Table by Meg Thompson. Far left: Prairie Sentinel Buffet by Meg Thompson. Left: wood sample, nail pulls, and bowtie detail.

will work to highlight that detail by using it as a drawer front. Or I will leave an indented, round area on the front edge of a shelf where a horse has nibbled away at the wood.” In 2012, her entry received the Exhibitors’ Choice award at the Western Design Conference. Thompson isn’t the only artisan finding value in Wyoming-weathered wood. Suzanna Hamilton, founder of the Western Craft Association and an authority on Western antiques and crafts, notes, “We have a great romance going on with reclaimed wood right now. People respond to the character, patina, and softness that it has.” Reclaimed hardwood has become nearly ubiquitous in western residential and commercial projects as a result. Homegrown Wyoming company Centennial Woods, however, markets reclaimed wood that is organic to the life cycle—and weather cycle—of the state itself. Ed Spal, CEO of the Laramie-based company, explains that Centennial Woods operates in some ways as two companies. Sixteen years ago, the founders of the business took a look at the snow fences that lattice the Wyoming prairie, especially along the lonelier stretches of the interstate, and saw an opportunity. What did they discover? Snow fence represents a green solution to two needs: maintaining Wyoming’s roads during oftentimes harsh winters, and inventing a more sustainable end destination for wood that is strong, nontoxic, and weathered to the perfect patina. A snow fence, erected to prevent snow from blowing on the road, saves the state in snowplowing costs. In turn, Centennial Woods’ team of 34 employees saves the Wyoming Department of Transportation the expense of replacing and disposing of each fence by milling the used wood—which stays up 10 to 15 years— for a variety of construction needs all over the world. Spal estimates that, since 1999, the work of Centennial Woods has saved WYDOT (and, by extension, Wyoming taxpayers) approximately $18 million. After Centennial Woods’ craftsmen remove the aged snow-fence wood, they sort through it intending to salvage as much as possible. From exterior siding to interior paneling and

fascia, snow fence suits many building purposes. “Each order is custom,” Spal explains. “We’re focused on solution selling—what works for the consumer or contractor.” Technicians can also apply specially formulated water sealant or safe, nontoxic dyes by request. All finishing work is sensitive to the unique character of the wood—a texture achieved over a decade of scouring snows. Says Spal, “Wood in a home is like chocolate for the body. It’s a comfort feeling type of thing that you derive from having this aesthetically rustic look from natural, real wood in your home.” Homeowners who choose reclaimed wood— whether for an accent wall or a handmade credenza—also participate in an economy with a decidedly green tint. The Forest Stewardship Council audits Centennial Woods annually and has granted it a 100-percent green rating.

The original snow-fence timber is sustainably harvested within the region from ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and Douglas fir forests. Centennial Woods has reclaimed a whopping 12 million feet of snow-fence wood and circumvented more than 13,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions since its inception. The practice of repurposing wood from the prairies is not far removed from those of original U.S. homesteaders, Hamilton points out. “This hearkens back to how this country was really founded,” she says, referring especially to the time period between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. “Found, repurposed, recycled—it’s not a different process. It’s just a 21st-century interpretation of that practice.” Waste not, want not. It’s a credo that works in Wyoming.

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Space to Rest “Good composition is good composition regardless if it’s a building’s façade or a painting,” says September Vhay. She should know; she’s worked as both artist and architect. Now known primarily as a painter of expressive wildlife subjects against minimalist backgrounds, the artist nevertheless continues to identify aesthetic similarities between two careers that seem, at the outset, so different. In the two professions, Vhay explains, “you use different parts of your brain to solve artistic problems.” Vhay’s family includes both architects and artists, so this concept makes intuitive sense to her: Her father and grandfather were both architects, her sister and great-grandfather artists. The latter, Gutzon Borglum, sculpted Mount Rushmore. After arriving in Jackson, Vhay worked for seven years as a full-time architect while painting in her spare time. Eventually this dual life proved unsustainable. “I loved architecture,” she says, “but I felt I had more to say as a painter.” From there, she took the calculated risk to focus solely on painting for one year. She’s never looked back.

PARTI IN PROCESS For Vhay, successful works of art and successfully designed spaces well from the same point of inspiration. In architecture, this is known as the parti—or central idea—which organizes a design concept. For every painting she creates, Vhay approaches its problem in the same fashion. A home—living room, garage, and all—begins as a bubble diagram. “The same thing with a drawing,” she says. “I’ll do a big, loose gestural one figuring out form and then I’ll hone in on proportions and then it becomes more detailed. When everything comes together it looks simple, but there’s so much structure and thought behind how it looks simple.” There are other tools of the trade that unexpectedly cross over as well. Architectsin-training often learn to create watercolor presentation drawings, and Vhay worked in watercolors when she made the permanent shift to painting full-time. Her skill with watercolor gives her a reverence—and caution—for protecting the white space of the paper; this cannot be recovered once the painting begins. “That deliberateness is translated into my oil paintings—I do drawings and studies before I actually do a painting so that, by the time I


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get the brush to the canvas, I know where I’m going,” she elaborates. Vhay also paints in very thin layers, which allow light to hit the canvas and illuminate her subject with the freshness and depth that has become synonymous with her oeuvre. Committed observation helps the artist grasp the singular gesture she will translate into oil or charcoal—the fleck of light over the form; the flexion of joints. Her compositions deploy negative space in equal measure to achieve their impact. “My goal is to get the essence of an animal across to people … and backgrounds are distracting to the animal,” she says. Vhay describes all of the shapes that are instrumental to a painting’s composition using the metaphor of a team. The eye of a horse? That might be the star forward, all flash and dazzle. The other elements of the painting make up the rest of the team; they must be balanced in their supporting roles. This tug towards simplicity leads Vhay to paint backgrounds with restrained textures or softened edges. Recently, she’s played with leaving a bit of primed linen visible at the bottom of her canvases: “I like the fact that the primed linen is raw; it expresses what was there from the beginning.” A pleasing austerity governs how Vhay prefers to appreciate the art of others as well. She explains that, when visiting a museum or show,

“I do drawings and studies before I actually do a painting so that, by the time I get the brush to the canvas, I know where I’m going.” - Artist September Vhay


she frequently selects just one or two paintings and studies it intently. “I definitely prefer a sparsely hung gallery because then I think people experience art in its own right and are not distracted by other artwork surrounding it.” She appreciates this quality at Altamira Fine Art, where she herself is represented. The high ceilings and sparse hangings allow for plenty of time when patrons can be, in a sense, “alone” with a work. Uncluttered interiors not only give one ample time with a work of art, they “give your mind a place to rest.” Not coincidentally, Vhay identifies with modern design; its bare aesthetic allows the focus to rest on materials and the space itself. The same principle applies to art: “The emptiness gives the viewer a space to which they can bring their perception to a painting.” Winsome and reflective, Vhay’s paintings capture moments of pause—the inquisitive blink of a colt or the moment before a ram shifts his weight. They beckon and entreat us to breathe and simply be; a space one gladly enters.

“Friesian’s Zeal,” 40 x 40 in., charcoal on paper

“O’Keeffe Dreams Two,” 10 x 10 in., watercolor on paper

“Eclipse’s Play,” 15 x 24 in., oil on Belgian linen. September Vhay is represented at Altamira Fine Art.


An Artful Draw Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival September 7–18, 2016 STORY BY Jenn Rein PHOTOS BY Latham Jenkins Western Design Conference

Those who know Jackson Hole (or the arts) look forward to autumn’s arrival and the transformation of this boots-upon-boardwalks ski town into a world-class showcase of artistic talent. Now in its 32nd year, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival impresses both locals and visitors alike with the art of the West for an alltoo-brief 10 days in September. This little town that likes to go big dazzles with events that hold broad appeal for lovers of art and design.

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, the mastermind behind the FAF, cements its annual theme with the selection of a featured artist and one of his or her original artworks. This piece then inspires the event poster, a collectible and much-coveted souvenir for many attendees. Western art fans will most certainly appreciate this year’s featured artist, Edward Aldrich. The renowned oil painter depicts the majesty of the Rockies and celebrates the fauna that call this terrain home. His rich use of color and light remind wildlife art aficionados, once more, why this genre remains so beguiling.

Top right: Chair by Buffalo Collection. Left: Necklace by Beltshazzar Jewels. Right: Cape by Wearable Art by Jae Song.


OUTSIDE OF THE [WESTERN] BOX For a peek into design innovation, the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale has you covered. Chances to browse, shop, and stimulate the design sense are ample, as the WDC Exhibit + Sale stretches over four days and includes multiple events. The always sold-out Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show gives the public a chance to interact with the many artisans on hand, and to preview and purchase their work during a festive night of entertainment, food, signature cocktails, and shopping. The signature fashion show unveils the latest couture on the runway. More than $19,000 in awards is given out annually for excellence in design to 130-plus artists selected each year by the WDC jury. The one-of-a-kind, museum-quality work showcased ranges from cowboy to contemporary: Be prepared to be wowed. Original pieces on display include accents for the home, fashion, jewelry, and furniture. A great deal of this work can be acquired through the WDC’s Designer Show House—six rooms curated by prominent interior designers, featuring practical application of many of the juried artists’ beautifully crafted items. The addition of the WDC’s Retail Row represents a bonus shopping experience at the Snow King Center venue. For 24 years the WDC Exhibit + Sale has been uniting collectors and artists on a non-commission basis while presenting unique work to the public that is galvanized by themes of the American West.


Above: Guests browse the art inside Tayloe Piggott Gallery during Palates & Palettes. Left: Taste of the Tetons. Bottom right: Table by David Stein Woodworking.

Occurring early in the festival, the Palates & Palettes Gallery Walk pairs the art found within the galleries that line the Jackson Town Square with the work that is being accomplished by local culinary artists. This first night exploring the gallery scene is a crowd favorite, but beware—the food moves fast, and requires a pace quicker than a meander. If you find your desire for plated artistry unsated, the Taste of the Tetons will serve your craving for more. Scheduled on the FAF’s first Sunday, this flavorful experience takes place on the Town Square in conjunction with the juried art fair, Takin’ It to the Streets. Held simultaneously, these two outdoor events are the perfect way to spend a fall Sunday in Jackson. In the true fashion of the West, the Fall Arts Festival ends with a showdown: The QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction in the Square challenges artists to create a finished work in the span of 90 minutes. The pieces are then auctioned off to a captivated crowd, who will also be there to witness the sale of Edward Aldrich’s original work. This final ritual gives one lucky collector the ultimate takeaway from Jackson Hole’s annual Fall Arts Festival. If every season signifies a return or shift of some kind, then surely there can be no better way to usher in an artful, communitycentered fall.

CALENDAR Thursday, September 8

Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale - Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show 6-10pm

Friday – Sunday, September 9-11 Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale 10am-5pm

Friday, September 9 Palates & Palettes

Sunday, September 11 Taste of the Tetons

Wednesday, September 14 Ned Aldrich Poster Signing

Saturday, September 17 QuickDraw

Sunday, September 18 Sunday Art Brunch

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EVENT Showcase of Homes STORY BY Jenn Rein PHOTOS BY Latham Jenkins

During the Fall Arts Festival’s final weekend, the Homestead magazine-hosted Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes features multiple properties that have hit the sweet spot: a marriage of finely honed design and expert craftsmanship. With talent culled from local builders and design pros, the resulting spaces exist beautifully in concert with Mother Nature’s gift.

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE A successful showcase is also a philanthropic one. Each year, the individual homeowners choose a nonprofit that will benefit from the proceeds. The 2015 showcase homeowners chose to support the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy. The Showcase of Homes offers a unique twist for patrons as well: At each residence, the design and build professionals who created it are on hand to discuss the


property and their work. Take the time to explore your curiosity regarding structure and design while engaging with experts.

CHASING THE VIBE Following the map of homes around Jackson Hole offers a chance to soak in the narrow gap of autumn that occurs at high altitude. Lit with yellowing aspens and turning cottonwoods, the hills take on a special kind of magic. At each location, these views can be enjoyed with small bites or wine. Rockin’ Dogs and Ice Cream cart won the hearts of 2015 attendees as the culinary pairing to beat at the Ridgetop Pavilion on North Gros Ventre Butte. From driveway heaters to automated shades to remote cameras, the “living technology” team at Xssentials has put its impressive expertise to full use at this modern marvel of a home. Teton Heritage Builders constructed the contemporary residence.


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EXPLORATION IN DESIGN The 2015 showcase took this writer on a journey in aesthetic contrast. Snake River Sporting Club’s Tall Timber Cottage proves that Western interiors can get a fresh take. An elegant reflection of WRJ Design’s signature style where heritage meets contemporary, the design choices displayed in this home bear the surrounding landscape in mind. Ellis Nunn Architects’ Teton Village Retreat features ski-in/ski-out access to the legendary slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Western finishes—Doug fir, dramatic stone masonry, and custom ironwork—reflect the manner in which this architectural firm has made its name. Within a forest sanctuary in Wilson, Fish Creek Compound exemplifies Carney Logan Burke’s style and serves as the personal residence for founding partner John Carney. His own design,

it is accented by the use of bonderized steel and board-formed concrete, while a natural stream flows through the property, providing the tranquil soundtrack.

To the left, architect John Carney chats with guests at the home he designed for his family off of Fish Creek Road. On the right, representatives from Xssentials and Teton Heritage Builders host a stop on the tour at North Gros Ventre Butte.

SEEDS OF INSPIRATION The 2016 event will take place on September 16th and 17th, promising further peeks into innovation and tradition. For all future showcase explorations, coordinator Megan Jenkins hopes the takeaway for an attendee will include “exposure to the unexpected.” She explains, “To have homeowners open their doors like this is so generous, and the added bonus of meeting the team that helped to build the home—it puts this tour over the top for anyone who hopes to explore design possibilities and stretch their own perspective.”

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The home of Sylvia Neil & Dan Fischel on the west bank of the Snake River was the perfect setting for an unforgettable evening in support of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Symphony of Flavor There is dining out for a cause, and then there’s a truly exceptional, never-to-be-repeated evening. The Jackson Hole Wine Auction Signature Private Dinners fall resoundingly in the latter category. Each June, generous homeowners open up their residences to guests and top chefs and vintners from around the world. Last year was no exception: James Beard award-winning chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig in New York City donated her time and team, much to the delight of guests and their taste buds. Drawing on her gastropub roots, Bloomfield crafted a special menu for a bevy of attendees 116

EVENT Jackson Hole Wine Auction Signature Private Dinners June 23-25, 2016

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who then sampled dishes including delicate sea bream crudo and wood grilled dry aged ribeye. For each dish, the winemakers of Masi Agricola hand-selected the wine pairings; Fonseca Porto was poured for dessert. The best pairing of all, however, goes beyond even the culinary indulgence and laughter of the evening. All funds raised through the Signature Private Dinners support the Grand Teton Music Festival’s programming throughout the year. Due to the limited availability of the events, they tend to sell out in a flash. Better snag your tickets before the champagne goes flat.

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The seasonally inspired menu was prepared by the culinary team from New York City’s The Spotted Pig, led by James Beard Award-winning chef April Bloomfield.

Guests enjoyed a perfect Teton summer evening filled with good conversation, the expertly paired superb Italian wines of Masi Agricola, and Chef Bloomfield’s exquisite flavors.


Stock Your Walls Tayloe Piggott Gallery 62 S Glenwood 307-733-0555 Esteban Vicente “Unity, 1993” Oil on Canvas 40 x 50 in.

RARE Gallery Jackson Hole 60 E Broadway 307-733-8726 Rick Armstrong “Teton Storm” Edition of 20 Photograph on Optica Raglan 40 x 60 in.



We asked four galleries (and one painter!) to share a work worth lingering over. From the abstract to the representational, their selections reveal just a glimpse of the range available to discerning collectors in Jackson Hole. Walk the grid of the Town Square—and go even a little farther than that—to uncover the artists who are bound to bring drama, quietude, or personality to your now-not-so-forlorn walls.

Turner Fine Art Trio Fine Art 545 N Cache Ave 307-734-4444 Kathryn Turner “Two Step” 24 x 28 in.

Trailside Galleries 130 E Broadway 307-733-3186 Dinah Worman “Roads & Snowy Fields” Oil on Canvas 48 x 48 in.



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The Pinnacle of Alpine Elegance

Consider a contour map: Each line follows a distinct feature; collectively, the lines chart a unique topography. Such is the same with our Exclusive Lines: Each brand contributes its distinct voice of superior craftsmanship and design while coalescing into a singular landscape curated by WRJ Design.

From the spectacular spires of Savoy come the worldrenowned woolens of Arpin, a mill employing exquisite techniques refined over eight generations—a perfect reflection of the alpine elegance found in the Rocky Mountains.

Inspired Modern Living

Working in collaboration with the world’s foremost furniture designers, Bolier produces luxurious furnishings inspired by tradition and designed for modern lifestyles. With an esteemed roster of designers, Bolier boasts a distinctly global sensibility.

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The U.S. claims a coven of visionary designers, led by Calvin Klein. By applying a minimalist aesthetic to all aspects of modern living, Calvin Klein has reshaped the landscape of American design and beyond.

Sourcing Nature’s Finest Fibers

Our quintessential collection, Loro Piana travels the globe to find the finest fibers for sumptuous fabrics. A sixth-generation Italian company, its discerning clientele appreciate tradition, beauty, nature, and craftsmanship.

Fundamental Contemporary

The wide world of design owes much of its modern depth and breadth to this 80-year-old Italian manufacturer. Founded on an obsession with quality, Molteni remains the global leader in modern furniture made well.

Ageless Expressions of Beauty

Picture intelligent design and expert craftsmanship rich with sartorial savoir faire; picture Poltrona Frau. The legacy brand represents the apex of Italian design, expressed in every impeccable leather piece, be it furniture or a Ferrari.

International Design Heritage

Top right: Mosaique Dining Plate by Hermès, Paris. Top left: Gio Ponti Armchair by Molteni & C, Italy. Middle left: Ovale Lamp by Carlo Moretti, Venice. Bottom left: LC4 Villa Church Chaise by Cassina, Italy.

For nearly a century, Cassina has been synonymous with some of the most important names in 20th-century design, including Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Frank Lloyd Wright, and remains the Italian definition of high-end designer furniture.

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Rooted in the glass mastery of Murano, the Moretti brothers scale new heights of functional sculpture by melding their trade with contemporary Italian design. Creativity and innovation converge in their luminous collection—each piece mouth-blown, hand-finished, signed, and dated.

Iconically French

Every elegant piece produced by Hermès draws upon the deep well of French history. Table settings take on the inspiration of high art with references to art deco friezes, historic mosaics, and Andalusian ironwork.

Attuned to Environment

Janus et Cie encourages outdoor living by aligning style and values in designs at once materially innovative and environmentally sustainable. Befitting its eco-conscious aesthetic, a Janus et Cie piece lives as effortlessly indoors as out.


A Masterful Legacy

As the last remaining silversmith in France, Puiforcat carries forth an exquisite family tradition. The art deco imprint of fourth-generation master silversmith Jean Puiforcat endures in the elegant geometry of current collections.

The Pioneer of Alpine Elegance

A connoisseur of quality, Ralph Lauren Home sets the standard for alpine elegance inspired by nature. We draw inspiration from Ralph Lauren’s passion for all things beautiful, be it in fashion or furnishings.

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For four centuries, Saint-Louis has channeled history and creativity into crystal manufacturing. Each piece represents an evolution of Saint-Louis’ luminous legacy and technological advancements, thereby representing sophistication in all forms.

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Sempre expresses Parisian style through the finest European materials: Belgian bluestone and Italian white marble. As one of only several dealers in the U.S., we work with Sempre to customize pieces for our clients.

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Architectural Stone & Tile

525 Elk Ave, #4 307-732-1819

Showroom & Installation Architectural Stone & Tile is a tile, stone, and countertop showroom in Jackson, Wyoming, featuring beautiful materials from around the world. Our shop displays classic stone materials, handmade ceramics, glass mosaics, contemporary large-format tiles, quartz materials, and everything in between. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we’ll be happy to find it for you!

ALWAYS EVOLVING PRODUCTS Our showroom’s collection of stone and tile is thoughtfully selected to offer variety without being overwhelming. The Architectural Stone & Tile team constantly reviews showroom products to ensure that everything we display is current and relevant. On top of that, new tile samples arrive every week from near and far—this includes everything from Californian handmade ceramic tiles to reclaimed stones sourced from European castles. Architectural Stone & Tile’s newest showroom display includes a tub from Victoria + Albert Baths, an English brand with a worldwide reputation for creating beautiful, freestanding tubs and basins. These tubs and basins have sculptural lines and are made from a unique volcanic limestone material that retains heat more effectively than standard tub materials. Stop in to see it for yourself.


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A Showroom Worth Finding

Our friendly showroom staff, led by Angie Friesen, will help customers select appropriate materials for their application, completing their artistic vision.

HOW TO FIND US If you are coming from Jackson, Architectural Stone & Tile is a short, five-minute drive south on Highway 89. Look for Elk Avenue on your left between the Rafter J and South Park entrance roads. Continue up the hill to the end of Elk Avenue—we’re in the contemporary building on the left. It’s a showroom worth finding!


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Cayuse Western Americana

255 Glenwood St 307-739-1940

Western Antiques Tucked 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.

Mary Schmitt in her showroom.

This spectacular longhorn skull was hand carved by Jenny Booth, an award-winning artist of Cody, Wyoming. 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.


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Q&A WITH MARY SCHMITT 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.

Silver overlaid spur (one of a pair) circa 1920, by Fred Fredholm. The spurs belonged to a Native American cowboy and stuntman, who acquired them during his stint in Hollywood.

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

the Great Plains and the Western saddle had just been invented in Texas. It was a time when quicker communication became possible. 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. 125

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270 W Pearl, Suite 103 307-734-1908

Legal Services Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP is a boutique law firm based in Jackson, Wyoming, with the expertise and sophistication of a firm with national reach. Our experienced and dedicated staff of 15 attorneys is licensed in multiple states and takes a collaborative approach to working with clients, with each other, and with our clients’ trusted advisors. This team is your expert in real estate, trusts, and navigating Wyoming’s unique tax and estate benefits, wherever you may be resident.

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REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION EXPERTS LRWB’s attorneys have a nuanced understanding of every stage of your real estate transaction. We’ll walk you through, step by step, and provide clarity, expertise, and efficiency. Our firm can advise you on financing, construction, development, corporate involvement, tax implications, and investment potential for your real estate transaction.


Erika Nash, Partner

Our firm can advise you on establishing domicile here in Wyoming and making the most of our state’s tax and business benefits. We take a teambased and personalized approach to each client and like to say, “We’re here to help, not to take over.” We know you have valued advisors in your home state, and we offer an integrative strategy to create the best outcome for you.

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YOUR JACKSON HOLE AMBASSADORS The LRWB attorneys know Wyoming and Jackson Hole. More importantly, we have roots in the community and the state. Our partners and staff attorneys have served in leadership positions or on boards at organizations including the Wyoming State Bar Foundation, the College of Law Advisory Board, Equal Justice Wyoming, the Teton County Library Foundation Board, and many others. There is no better partner for your introduction to the valley.


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Jorgensen Associates PC Engineering, Surveying, & Land Use Planning

1315 Hwy 89 S, Ste 203 307-733-5150

“We provide the services that transform inspiration into reality.”

For more than four decades, public and private entities in the Greater Yellowstone region have turned to Jorgensen Associates PC for comprehensive and sensible engineering, land surveying, and land use planning services. Jorgensen Associates is committed to environmentally friendly engineering solutions. We help provide the foundation upon which successful projects are built.

ADVISING YOU ON YOUR PROPERTY We help property owners interpret the regulations and navigate the permitting processes to ensure the goals they have for their properties are realized. This includes residences, barns, and water features. We can jump on board to assist with the layout of infrastructure, grading, and erosion control.

NUTS & BOLTS CIVIL ENGINEERING We check intangible things like water supply, sewer and power lines, communications potential, and more to be sure that your chosen location is adequately supplied with the infrastructure you need. We also address your access to roads, community pathways, and bridges.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING We’ve worked on structural engineering projects of all sizes throughout the valley, including retaining walls, bridges, and residential structures.

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING & SURVEYING We investigate the soils to ensure adequate stability for residences, retaining walls, roads, and bridges. From surveying work on a variety of topographies, documenting the lay of the land and property boundaries, and identifying view angles, proper window orientation, and more, we investigate sites thoroughly to ensure that buildings are placed to optimize the uniqueness of each property.

FULL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Let us handle it. We can act as the owner’s representative here in Jackson Hole, coordinating with contractors and architects on budgets and quality control. We value our long relationships with design and build professionals in the valley, and are always here to contribute expertise to your home building project.

From left to right: Josh Fuller, geotechnical engineer; Sheila Petrunich, civil engineer; Thomas Kirsten, principal engineer


2016 Homestead Advertiser Directory Architecture Ankeny Architecture and Design – pg 28-29 4265 Polo Pony Rd PO Box 11062 Jackson, WY 83002 307-413-0904 Berlin Architects – pg 14, 58-63 275 Veronica Lane, Suite 200 PO Box 4119 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-5697 Carney Logan Burke Architects – pg 25, 86-91 215 South King St PO Box 9218 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-4000 Dubbe Moulder Architects – pg 30-31, 83 1160 Alpine Lane, Suite 2A PO Box 9227 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-9551 37 North First East PO Box 169 Driggs, ID 83422 208-354-0151 Dynia Architects – pg 48-49 1085 W Hwy 22 PO Box 4356 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-3766 Ellis Nunn & Associates Architecture – pg 56, 86-91 70 N Center St PO Box 7778 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-1779


Howells Architecture + Design – pg 70-73 3820 SE Bybee Blvd Portland, OR 97202 503-869-3715

JH Builders – pg 6 970 W Broadway, Suite 216 PO Box 642 Jackson, WY 83001 307-734-5245

Kinsey, LLC – pg 16 1070 Elkrun Lane, #60 PO Box 12258 Jackson, WY 83002 307-203-2852

Mill Iron Timberworks – pg 24 3955 Antelope Lane PO Box 10970 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-0529

Poss Architecture + Planning and Poss Interior Design – pg 36-37 605 East Main St Aspen, CO 81611 970-925-4755 Ward + Blake Architects – pg 74-78, 86-91 200 E Broadway PO Box 10399 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-6867

Builders/ Contractors Benchmark Builders – pg 46-47 265 E Kelly Ave PO Box 4738 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-4013 C.C. Builders – pg 26, 58-63 1521 Martin Lane Jackson, WY 83001 Cox Construction, Inc. – pg 74-78 PO Box 9237 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-0554 Dembergh Construction – pg 4, 70-73 1230 N Ida Lane #7 PO Box 1636 Wilson, WY 83014 307-733-0133

Rendezvous Custom Homes – pg 34 PO Box 11911 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-7477 Serenity, Inc – pg 95 655 W Deer Dr, Suite 3 PO Box 7122 Jackson, WY 83002 307-734-0927 Wilkinson-Montesano Builders – pg 28-29 PO Box 4560 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-9581 784 Rocky Road Industrial Loop Driggs, ID 83422 208-456-9581 With the Grain – pg 32-33 PO Box 1289 Driggs, ID 83422 303-886-2800

Cabinetry & Custom Millwork Willow Creek Woodworks, Inc. – pg 20, 58-63, 70-73 4021 E Lincoln Rd. Idaho Falls, ID 83401 888-522-2486

Engineering & Planning Jorgensen Associates PC – pg 127 1315 Hwy 89 South, Suite 203 PO Box 9550 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-5150

Events/ Organizations Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival – pg 110-111 Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce 307-733-3316 Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes – pg 112-113 215 N Millward Ave Jackson, WY 83001 307-690-8256 Jackson Hole Wine Auction – pg 116-117 4015 N Lake Creek Dr. #1 Wilson, WY 83014 307-733-3050 ext 102 Western Design Conference – pg 110-111 PO Box 7889 Jackson, WY 83002 307-690-9719

Galleries & Antiques Altamira Fine Art – pg 9, 35 172 Center St PO Box 4859 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-4700

Cayuse Western Americana – pg 13, 124-125 255 N Glenwood Ave PO Box 1006 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-1940 Fighting Bear Antiques – pg 104 375 S Cache PO Box 3790 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-2669 RARE Gallery of Fine Art – pg 114, 118-119 60 East Broadway, 2nd Floor PO Box 1427 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-8726 Tayloe Piggott Gallery – pg 18-19, 118-119 62 S Glenwood St PO Box 1435 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-0555 Trailside Galleries – pg 115, 118-119 130 E Broadway PO Box 1149 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-3186 Turner Fine Art – pg 106, 118-119 545 N Cache Ave Jackson, WY 83001 307-690-9632

Home Automation Xssentials – pg 52-54, 79 160 W Deloney Ave, Suite B Jackson, WY 83001 307-201-7040


Homewares Azadi Fine Rugs – pg 131 55 N Glenwood St, Suite A Jackson, WY 83001 307-734-0169 dwelling – pg 3, 70-73 80 W Broadway, Suite 104 PO Box 4027 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-8582 Home Again – pg 94 890 US 89 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-2232 Kismet Rug Gallery – pg 55 150 E Broadway PO Box 6368 Jackson, WY 83002 307-739-8984 Rocky Mountain Hardware – pg 5 485 W Broadway Jackson, WY 83001 307-732-0078 Stockton & Shirk Showroom – pg 50-51 745 W Broadway PO Box 12019 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-0274 Twenty Two Home – pg 22-23 45 E Deloney Ave PO Box 4778 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-9922 Wild West Designs – pg 82 140 W Broadway PO Box 2726 Jackson, WY 83001 307-734-7600

WRJ Home Design Studio & Interiors – pg 28-29, 64-69, 92-93, 122, 132 30 S King St PO Box 910 Jackson, WY 83001 307-200-4881

Interior Design Brian Goff Interior Design – pg 8, 58-63 665 N 4128 E, Suite 1 Rigby, ID 83445 307-733-3530 Designed Interiors – pg 3, 70-73 80 W Broadway, Suite 104 PO Box 4027 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-8582

Snake River Interiors – pg 22-23 164 E Deloney Ave PO Box 1552 Jackson, WY 83001 307-733-3005 Stockton & Shirk Interior Design – pg 50-51 745 W Broadway PO Box 12019 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-0274 WRJ Design – pg 28-29, 64-69, 92-93, 122, 132 30 S King St PO Box 910 Jackson, WY 83001 307-200-4881

Landscaping & Landscape Architecture

ek Reedy Interiors – pg 74-78, 92-93 4010 W Lake Creek Dr Wilson, WY 83014 307-739-9121

Agrostis Inc. – pg 28-29, 38-41 1130 Maple Way, Suite 2C PO Box 3074 Jackson, WY 83001 307-413-1883

Forsyth & Brown Interior Design – pg 11, 92-93 1160 Alpine Ln, 2C PO Box 12285 Jackson, WY 83002 307-200-6608

Boreal Landscaping – pg 7, 38-41 PO Box 124 Moose, WY 83012 307-730-2508

Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Interior Design – pg 84 1715 High School Rd, Suite 210 Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-3008 Shannon White Design – pg 105 PO Box 3154 Jackson, WY 83001 415-730-0724

MD Nursery and Landscaping – pg 10 2389 S Hwy 33 Driggs, ID 83422 208-354-8816 Mountainscapes Inc. – pg 2 PO Box 8948 Jackson, WY 83002 307-734-7512

Legal Services

Security Services

Long Reimer Winegar Beppler LLP – pg 126 270 W Pearl Ave, Suite 103 PO Box 3070 Jackson, WY 83001

Watchguard Security Services – pg 17 1560 Martin Ln PO Box 7362 Jackson, WY 83002 307-733-5844

Moving & Storage Black Diamond Moving Co. – pg 120 615 Elk Ave, Suite D Jackson, WY 83001 307-739-8553

Property Management Abode Jackson Hole – pg 80-81 125 E Pearl Ave, Suite 4 PO Box 1890 Jackson, WY 83001 307-264-1616 Boreal Property Management – pg 7 PO Box 124 Moose, WY 83012 307-730-2508

Real Estate Locale: Jackson Hole Real Estate – pg 44-45 Latham Jenkins 1925 N Moose Wilson Rd Wilson, WY 83014 307-690-1642


Services Independent Jets – pg 120 877-501-JETS (5387) Simplify JH – pg 130 Janet Munro PO Box 854 Wilson, WY 83014 307-690-2813

Stone & Tile Specialists Architectural Stone & Tile – pg 123 525 Elk Ave, #4 PO Box 6710 Jackson, WY 83002 307-732-1819 Earth Elements Design Center – pg 42-43 12 Penny Lane Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 406-414-7040 Stone Works of Jackson Hole – pg 21 1230 Ida Lane, Suite 3 PO Box 288 Wilson, WY 83014 307-734-8744

3 Creek Ranch Golf Club – pg 15 2800 Ranch House Circle Jackson, WY 83001 307-732-8900


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