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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.

Homestead Looks Forward to its Annual Residential Showcase

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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.

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.

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.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jacksonholeshowcase.com