The art collection extends throughout the home, combining a variety of media and textures: sculpture, paintings, and pottery are displayed. Western art is the general theme, with Native American as well as southwestern influences. This collection is particularly expressed in the lower level of the home, which is accessed via an impressive oak staircase. Forrest shares that the staircase was constructed in Utah specifically for the home, and installed in one day without a single hiccup. The staircase itself is a work of art in the home. In addition to the art, a framed keepsake notes Forrest’s service in the US Navy. Forrest shares that he served in both World War II and the Korean War. On the lower level, a media room features a drop-down screen with entertainment system and a custom bar. The western flavor is evident in the bar, featuring carvings and a distressed finish. The design of the bar is mimicked by the design of the adjacent gun cabinet, with space to explore the favorite pieces of any collection. Brick walls in the lower level lend a sense of strength and masculinity to the home. The brick surrounds the gun cabinet in shades of tan and brown, contrasting the dark brown hue of the gun cabinet and the wood in the bar. Upstairs, the master suite offers a feminine touch. A large, comfortable room with its own fireplace, master bath and walk-in closet, it offers luxury and comfort to match the remarkable views. Tumbled travertine tile flows throughout the bathroom, which includes his-and-hers vanities, jetted tub and open shower. The nearby walk-in closet features such unique features as roll-out racks and a floor-to-ceiling shoe organizer. Plenty of space is offered for a closet with mass appeal. The second bedroom offers luxury to guests, with an en suite bath complete with handicap accessibility. A separate fireplace keeps guests cozy for winter visits. A guest house, located within steps of the main home, offers additional housing for visitors. An added feature of the property is a small, rustic cabin, added by the Clays for guest housing or an additional getaway. Forrest takes me on a tour of the cabin; as we arrive, I notice a small sign above the door that reads “What the Hey!” This happy-go-lucky message shares its spirit with the cabin, a sunny, warm and cozy retreat. The cabin sits alongside Canyon Creek. In fact, the creek trickles over the road itself as it continues through the property, and its gentle burbles adds a feeling of calm to the cabin. Forrest shares that this cabin is one of his favorite features of the ranch, and it centers around the energy of the nearby creek. “I don’t know where else you can wash dishes and watch the creek,” he says. I thank Forrest and Mary for their time and make my way back home, through the winding mountains and gorgeous terrain. The energy one feels at the Clays’ ranch is catching; it’s almost as though it moves continuously through the area. Between the motion of water, the animals and people who have been drawn to the land for thousands of years, the poetry of the area is inspirational. When one appreciates the land for what it is, and feels the poetry in motion, then one can truly appreciate the beauty of Wyoming. WLM
16 Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine | August 2010
Published on Aug 6, 2010
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