Homestead Magazine is Jackson Hole’s premier resource for art, architecture, real estate, and interior design. With a focus on the blend of western and contemporary design that is so unique to the Rocky Mountain West, Homestead Magazine serves many functions in the Jackson community. It is a directory of local resources, an editorial publication featuring original articles and photography, a showcase of work by top architects, artists, builders, designers, and artisans, and a source of inspiration for anyone building, buying, or decorating a home. Read More
Lay of the Land
Like the creek that winds through the 17-acre property, Andy and Elisa Chambers’ home off South Park Loop Road meanders gently through its pasture. A strand of water flows from the north, passes under the dining room and leads guests to a stately, well-proportioned portico and entryway done in Wyoming stone. The wood that clads much of the rest of the exterior comes from snow fences weathered to perfection by many a winter out on the high sage plains.
La Buena Vida
Harker Design has provided full-service design for clients in Jackson and in their primary residences throughout the country. This project took them to Punta Mita, Mexico—a property that juts into the ocean just 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. There, sultry breezes and quiet beach coves border an equally sleepy ancestral fishing village.
Teamwork can be a beautiful thing. Especially when play is involved. In the case of Jackson architect Larry Berlin and interior designer Agnes Bourne, a certain serendipitous quality comes naturally to their relationship: Play, in all its senses, was an integral element of their collaborative effort this single-family residence tucked away on a quiet street in East Jackson.
From a small, two-person millworks at its inception in 1997, to a company employing 25 craftsmen, Willow Creek Woodworks in Idaho Falls has established a reputation for beautiful solutions in home design. Read More
Living the West
Mary Schmitt’s interest in the antiques of the American West took a somewhat circuitous route to the gallery she opened in downtown Jackson in 1997. As a young girl in the Netherlands, she grew up outside The Hague while her father worked in international business.
Three walls and a roof have been around since the beginning of time, and that’s an idea that captivates Jackson-based architect Stephen Dynia. He’s probably noted dozens of such sheds during his drives across the Wyoming landscape to his satellite office in Denver. “The shed is a simple form, one that was adapted quickly as standard ranch architecture, because,” he says, “it’s effective.”
Jodi Forsyth & Amy Brown
Jodi Forsyth and Amy Brown have been working together for more than 15 years and have just celebrated the one-year anniversary of their own design studio, Forsyth & Brown. With a long history of successful projects in Jackson Hole, the pair has found an audience outside the area as well.
Tayloe Piggott founded Tayloe Piggott Gallery 16 years ago with a mission to seek out art from some of the most important contemporary artists of our time. The gallery is always evolving, specializing in art and fine jewelry that tells stories through the artists’ materials and processes, whether it be painting, sculpture or fine jewels. Tayloe focuses on curating her clients’ worlds, seeking out pieces that redefine modern luxury and timeless style.
Snake River Sporting Club
Perched majestically on a bend overlooking the Snake River, the clubhouse at Snake River Sporting Club can’t help but catch the eye. Yet “the club,” as it’s called, deliberately leaves wild borders undisturbed. From the dining room’s vantage point, the first hole of its signature Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course undulates in harmony between willow stands and riverbank.
I’m a materials-driven artist; pine needles, horsehair, clay, metal, beads and bone—each of them offers unique properties that inform and shape my artwork.
I’m a traveler and an artist. I always bring things home from my journeys—anything that is unusual or beautiful or says something about where I’ve been. My travels inspire me, and in my studio, I try to get that feeling onto canvas.
You need a strong foundation of skills and a plan when creating a piece of glass. Like having a blueprint; it’s important to have a direction when you first gather molten glass. There are moments when the material takes you in a new direction that can be fortuitous or can ruin the piece.
Recently, I’ve become frustrated with the lengthy process—from the clay original, to the wax replica, to the foundry, to the final bronze piece. This can sometimes take years, so I switched to woodcarvings. It moves along at a faster pace and is a process in which I’m fully involved.
Temperatures dipped below zero the night of December 5, 2013. But inside an elegant private home in Jackson Hole, Moroccan lentil soup simmered on the stove while a group of 40 artists and arts supporters buzzed with excitement. They were attending a very different sort of dinner party.
Fall Arts Festival
On a raw, wet mountain morning, ducking into West Lives On gallery’s warm and congenial log showroom melts the cold. The West’s pioneer past jumps to life, and if you’ve been searching for an authentic Western gallery “home,” this is the one. Gentle acoustic guitar melodies fill the air, and walls lined with images of the historic West complete the scene.
Gail Cook doesn’t recall how or exactly when the “collector’s bug” bit her. Or if it even did. “I think I was born a collector,” she says. “When I was young, I collected many different things: rocks, stamps, shells, trading cards, fossils, little plastic horses; I don’t know where it came from.”
Artists & Curator Focus
A showcase of selected galleries, artists and curators in Jackson Hole including Rick Armstrong and Hollee Armstrong.
Building Considerations in JH
Jackson enjoys a wealth of design, engineering and contracting experts who can help you build the perfect home, one that analyzes a number of elements that you may not have taken into consideration. Working in concert with an architect, an engineer, a contractor and a land management specialist, you can make your dream come true while building a structure that should last for the next century or longer. There is a lot to think about, from the soil your home sits on to earthquakes, floods, wildlife and fire.
On the Market
It’s a pretty special experience when you can live in a spectacular place and do good for the world at the same time. At Huntsman Springs in Driggs, Idaho, the Jon Huntsman Family has established a groundbreaking format for community design that benefits cancer research.
Some who look at Wyoming see beauty and wide-open spaces. Others see unparalleled opportunity. First Interstate Bank in Jackson Hole sees both.