Meet Jacque Jenkins-Stireman: Quintessentially Client-Focused

Jacque Jenkins-Stireman-Design - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A banner year, marked by milestone projects and two new team members, finds the creative climate inside Jacque Jenkins-Stireman’s eponymous interior design firm brimming with inspiration and activity.

From the moment Jacque opened her studio doors more than 15 years ago, she welcomed clients as friends—a genuine graciousness that evolved into enduring relationships with loyal families, many of whom announce their visits in advance so that Jacque and crew can ready their homes for their arrival. More than creative collaborators, Jacque’s team takes care of the homes they design long after the project wraps. Such enduring care grows from a natural extension of the firm’s friendship with clients.

Jacque’s approach epitomizes personal touch, says Ashley Cadwalader, Director of Operations. “We go the extra mile. We are truly client focused, taking everything to that next level. That’s the reason we had to grow: we have built a wonderful sense of expectation among our clients, above and beyond designing their homes.”

With this individualized approach in mind, it seemed only natural for the firm to take a moment and introduce itself—in its new, five-strong form. Bringing diverse backgrounds and expertise, the JJS Design team members complement one another.

The introductions must begin, as the firm did, with Jacque herself: Over the course of her two-decade career, Principal Jacque Jenkins-Stireman has designed an ambitious array of interiors across the country, from residential homes to commercial spaces and premier resort developments. She began building her portfolio in Newport Beach, California, where she graduated from the Interior Design Institute after receiving her BA from San Jose State University. She moved to Jackson nearly 20 years ago—a place that suits her tailored approach. No matter the scope of the project, Jacque places her client’s priorities first, knowing the design will follow once the vision and values are collaboratively set. By engaging all stakeholders and focusing on the client, she lets each interior’s aesthetic evolve in response to that core client relationship; fluent in a spectrum of styles, she deploys different textures, patterns and periods accordingly. Thoroughly bespoke, every interior designed by Jacque still bears the subtle imprint of her eclectic, vivid, informed imagination.

The most recent recruit, Interior Designer Brianna McIntire, elevates the technical capacity of the team. A Wyoming native, Brianna graduated from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Art and Design with a BS in Interior Architecture and Design. She started her career working on commercial and residential projects, a spectrum that taught her a great deal about the systematics of structures and the relationship between architecture and interior design. Only in her home state could she pursue in tandem her passion for design and her outdoor pursuits. At JJS Design, she works on the construction side of projects, specializing in interior elevations and finishes.

Also new, Design Assistant Vanessa Pratt draws on her dozen years working in merchandising and buying—experience that honed her attention to detail, strong work ethic and time-management skills. A Boston native, she headed west for college, studying International Relations at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Enamored with the mountain lifestyle, she followed her love of adventure and skiing to Jackson. Creative and client-focused, Vanessa adds significantly to the team.

Associate Designer Kathie Harrington discovered her talent after designing her own home, even though her interest took root long before as an undergraduate studying home economics and as a mother creating spaces attuned to the well-being of her family. Her creative and committed approach finds her animating interiors with careful details and her timeless sense of style. She enjoys working closely with Jacque to help define and realize the vision of their clients.

In her role as Director of Operations Ashley Cadwalader manages client relations and drives the firm’s strategy and growth. She joined JJS Design in 2014, after starting her career in nonprofit marketing and event development—a resume that reflects her bachelor’s degree in Logistics and Marketing from the University of Tennessee. Keen to continue nurturing her business acumen, she recently earned her MPA from Villanova University, knowledge she brings to bear daily at JJS Design.

Each of these five talents followed their distinct trajectories to find themselves in Jackson, in a lasting home at JJS Design.

What’s On Your Walls?

Today, we’re excited to introduce a guest blog by Jennifer Prugh Visosky, the owner of local interior design firm Grace Home Design. We’ve long been fans of Jennifer’s funky, fresh style in a variety of Jackson Hole residential projects. In our “A Home in Tune” Dream Home piece from the 2015 issue, we covered an extensive remodel she completed in partnership with Jackson Hole Contracting. In that home, fantastic wallpaper selection made a big impact. To learn more, we asked Jennifer to weigh in with tips and snippets from her portfolio. The message? Don’t fear introducing new textures to your home designs. It just might bring the music of your room to life.

In the mountains, there is an odd, yet understandable, aversion to wallpaper. Perhaps designers don’t want to offend the “majestic views,” or maybe they feel that pattern and texture will overwhelm log walls and reclaimed wood floors.

The truth? Wallpaper is perfect in the mountains, and (when done properly) it actually compliments all of the beauty outside our front doors.

Think about it. The outdoors are a riot of color. Mother Nature isn’t drab and brown, she’s bright, fresh and a little garish—greens, reds, yellows, purples and blues mixed with texture and grit. When we want to “bring the outdoors in,” wallpaper just makes sense.

Of course, you don’t want a wall of dark, moody blooms next to a wall of windows looking out onto the Tetons, but a feather pattern in a powder room? Yes please. Or how about a bedroom with a headboard wall of flowers?

The key is choosing a pattern that is reminiscent of your surroundings. You don’t want palm trees in Jackson or aspen trees in Key West. But whimsical, colorful, bold? As long as the pattern or texture or color makes sense, run with it.

The only other rule? Create calm among the patterns by pulling out some of the colors for accents, furniture and lighting to create a classic, yet thought-provoking balance.

Here Are a Few Examples of Mountain-Appropriate Wallpaper

Headboard Wall
Headboard Wall
This master suite is a study in balance—girly without veering too close to “man repeller” sweet. The depth of the acid-green floral Elitis “Opulence” wallpaper requires that the rest of the room be steeped in calm with solid fabrics and layered neutrals. A dusty pink herringbone wool daybed keeps the room from floating away on pastels, fluffy pillows, and dainty furniture.

Powder Room Grace Home Design
Wallpaper in a Powder Room
This exceptional feather paper from Elitis makes the powder room a complete showstopper. Not only is the color palette spot on for a mountain home, the pattern is a bold twist on traditional mountain design. I love using wallpaper in powder rooms because it transforms a potentially dull space into a jewel box.

Contemporary Child Grace Home Design
Grown Up Little Girl’s Room
The two patterns in this space are a combination of metallic and cream, and a mottled pattern of bright pinks and yellows on a cream background. Again, the motif nods to mountain neutrals, with a delicate splash of color…kind of like a Wyoming meadow dotted with bright flowers. With so much pattern in the space, we kept everything else simple and neutral with a couple of pops of bright pink to bring out the color in the walls.

My Favorite Resources
With all of the advances in printing technology today, there are endless possibilities for wild designs, super vibrant colors and 3-D texture. This is truly artwork for your walls. Here are a few of my favorite new resources that will make you reconsider wallpaper.

Elitis: Excellent patterns, colors and innovative ideas.

Wall & Deco: Love using their outdoor wallpaper for bringing pattern to a bathroom or outside space.

Flat Vernacular: Truly some of the best patterns in the business with witty and often humorous prints.

Your 4 Walls: This company designs great papers with a lot of texture and more neutral colors. If you are looking for understated, this is the place to shop.

Flavor Paper: Edgy, urban and very artistic. This company has some really outstanding patterns that you won’t find anywhere else.

About Grace Home Design & Life’s Too Short For Beige

Life’s Too Short for Beige is a fresh, feisty, audacious resource for vibrant, colorful, playful living. It’s a place to ignite your passion for design, get you excited about discovering new ideas and then show you how to infuse these ideas into your own homes.

Grace Home Design is the brainchild of Jackson Hole interior designer Jennifer Prugh Visosky.

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New WRJ Design Showroom Opens for Appointments in Jackson Hole

WRJ Design’s new WRJ Rustic showroom includes such unique pieces as a wooden Asian trough used as table centerpiece and a vintage Philadelphia birdhouse shown atop a rusted metal wine rack.

WRJ Design’s new WRJ Rustic showroom includes such unique pieces as a wooden Asian trough used as table centerpiece and a vintage Philadelphia birdhouse shown atop a rusted metal wine rack.

Whether it’s to browse sumptuous samples of exclusively-carried luxury brand lines or to mingle with artists during the annual Palates & Palettes Fall Arts Festival event, our team has always admired WRJ Design’s downtown showroom space. Blending design inspiration with singularly spectacular retail selections, the showroom is a top destination for anyone who is designing, buying, or decorating a home. And now, much to the excitement of these same interior aficionados, WRJ has announced the opening of a new showroom–WRJ Rustic. This expanded space will house antiques, collectibles and rustic design, providing another beautiful venue to absorb the freshest takes on designing for our valley, all while sparking inspiration that truly crosses the globe. Learn more below:

WRJ Design of Jackson Hole has expanded its showroom space with the addition of WRJ Rustic, an additional showroom highlighting antiques, collectibles and more “rustic” design elements and ideas, says WRJ Design CEO Rush Jenkins. WRJ Rustic is now open by appointment.

“Our clients enjoy both contemporary and rustic design – and everything in between,” says Jenkins. “We’ve created the new showroom with a more rustic flavor, giving focus to antiques and collectibles from all over the world – Europe, Asia, the U.S., Turkey and Morocco.” Pieces currently for sale in the recently completed showroom can range from the whimsical – a 20th century German gerbil cage that mimics European houses – to the unusual and unexpected – an industrial-looking rusted metal grid wine rack and a clean-lined Philadelphia birdhouse with “window” detailing on either end and a rich patina.

“Some of our one-of-a kind pieces include wooden troughs from Asia that make wonderful centerpieces on a table, vintage cabinets from the Adirondacks, and very special hand carved stags with original antlers from the late 18th-/early 19th-century royal hunting lodge of the Prince and Princess of Belgium,” says Jenkins.

“Rustic interpretation is in the eye of the beholder,” explains WRJ Design COO Klaus Baer. “For WRJ, we interpret rustic as having clean lines, and not restricted to the styles of the American West. Our take is more global, with both European and American mountain influences – and then incorporating the unique and textural rustic pieces into contemporary clean design.”

The WRJ Showroom in Jackson is known for displaying the work of a carefully curated selection of artists, with a focus on local work. WRJ Rustic will show the work of three artists new to WRJ, whose work offered an intriguing counterpoint to the new showroom’s rustic style: Montana artist Julie Chapman and Havoc and Laura Hendricks of Salt Lake City.

WRJ Rustic is open by appointment only; appointments can be made at the WRJ Showroom, 30 S. King Street, or by phone at 307-200-4881.

About WRJ Design:

Headquartered in Jackson, Wyoming, WRJ Design imparts the special serenity of its local Teton landscape to interior designs in Jackson Hole and across the country. Begun out of a passion for great design by Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer, WRJ creates experiences and environments through its designs, whether for interiors or exhibitions, that provide timeless reflections of the owners or collectors. WRJ’s exhibition designs for titans of philanthropy, fashion, music and politics offer insight into the lives of these luminaries as they showcase the objects they loved. For more information visit www.wrjdesign.com.

The Western Design Conference Showcases Homestead Partners

Western Design Conference WRJ Design

Interior by WRJ Design


For our team at Homestead Magazine, the annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival represents the kick-off of a new season of design innovation and national attention to our homegrown hotbed of professional talent. We host our own Showcase of Homes on September 18th and 19th, and we encourage all of our readers and lovers of local home design to attend the Western Design Conference the week before. Spotlighting work by some of our partners–such as WRJ Design, Fighting Bear Antiques, Forsyth & Brown, and Xssentials–this year’s Designer Show House represents a chance to be inspired in rooms completely curated by the participating designers. Get your tickets today for both events and experience a double whammy of Jackson Hole architecture and interior design!

More information on the Western Design Conference below. All ticket proceeds from the Homestead Magazine Showcase of Homes are donated to local charities selected by our homeowners.

Design enthusiasts have even more to look forward to this year at the Western Design Conference (WDC) in Jackson Hole, Sept. 10-13, 2015. In addition to the four-day annual Exhibit + Sale and the Live Auction + Fashion Show at the Opening Preview Party, this year’s WDC – the world’s preeminent exhibition of handcrafted Western furniture, fashion and accessories – will feature an all new Designer Show House at the center of the exhibit space inside the Jackson, Wyo., Snow King Events Center.

Featuring six professionally designed rooms by Jackson Hole interior designers for guests to explore, the Designer Show House “gets Western Design Conference guests thinking beyond the remarkable individual objects and onto the idea of creating entire rooms,” says WDC Executive Director Allison Merritt. Guests of the WDC Opening Preview Party on Sept. 10 will have the additional opportunity to meet and talk with the show house interior designers who will be in their rooms and available to discuss their work.

Western Design Conference Victoria Scarlett

Interior by Victoria Scarlett

“I am thrilled with the inclusion of the Designer Show House in this year’s event,” says Merritt. “We have such incredibly talented designers in Jackson, and to give each of them a life-size platform to showcase their work is exciting for the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale. We’re pleased to be able to provide attendees such a visual and interactive design experience in real room settings.”

The Designer Show House foyer will be designed by Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design. Inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds its Jackson headquarters, the firm is known for imparting the special harmony and serenity of its Teton setting to interior designs in Jackson Hole and across the country. WRJ also designed the exterior facade and floor plan of rooms for the WDC Designer Show House in collaboration with JLF & Associates and Big-D Signature.

The great room of the show house will be designed by Terry and Claudia Winchell of Fighting Bear Antiques, who specialize in furnishings by Thomas Molesworth, rustic furniture, American Indian beadwork, Navajo rugs and textiles, and other fine antiques. The Winchells’ expertise includes discovering special historical Western pieces by early craftsmen whose work now serves as inspiration for some of the WDC’s contemporary functional artists.

“The participating interior designers were allowed to choose the function of their rooms in the Designer Show House and incorporate pieces from WDC juried artists,” explains Merritt, “so this year’s setting includes two dining rooms.” One dining room will feature the work of EK Reedy Interiors. Believing that interiors are an expression of beauty and performance, EK Reedy founder Katherine Reedy takes her years of New York experience and applies her design processes to the vast spaces in Wyoming and around the country. Forsyth & Brown will also design a dining room for the WDC. For more than 18 years partners Jodi Forsyth and Amy Brown have been designing homes for a highly discerning national clientele as well as working locally in Shooting Star and the Jackson Hole Four Seasons.

The show house’s bedroom will be designed by Victoria Scarlett Interior Designs. With more than 25 years of experience in both commercial and residential design, Victoria Scarlett has managed the production and installation of projects all over the world. And Xssentials, a Jackson Hole firm known for designing home technology solutions and automated systems, will create a music room to complete the floor plan. The Western Design Conference Designer Show House is sponsored by LintonBingle Associate Brokers and Spring Creek Ranch, as well as by all of the participating interior design firms.

The Western Design Conference Opening Preview Party and Ward + Blake Architects-sponsored Fashion Show take place Sept. 10, 2015, at the Snow King Center. The WDC continues Sept. 11 –13 with the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale, the Designer Show House, and Retail Row shopping. Three-day passes for the Exhibit + Sale are $15; tickets for the Opening Preview Party, Live Auction and Fashion Show are $50/person; $125/person for limited reserved seating. For tickets, visit http://westerndesignconference.com/events/.

About the Western Design Conference:
The 23rd annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale is a four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with a love of the West, sponsored by Mountain Living magazine. The Western Design Conference was founded 23 years ago in Cody, Wyo., as a way to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods. The WDC moved to Jackson in 2007. Allison Merritt, who purchased the WDC in 2014, after seven years acting as event manager, continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the reach of the show. From documented American craft, to home design, to couture fashion, the show encompasses all aspects of the best of Western design. Additional information on the WDC, including schedules and tickets, is available at www.westerndesignconference.com and on Facebook and Twitter @WesternDesign.

That’s A Wrap! Another Successful Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes

Shooting Star Elegance dining room.For two days of banner fall weather–crisp, blazing with color, and dappled with ideal late season sunshine–troupes of intrigued homeowners, art lovers, and Fall Arts Fest attendees entered the foyers of some of Jackson Hole’s most elegant residences, looked up to the ceilings, and said, “Aaaahhhh.” It’s hard not to, after all, when you encounter some of the valley’s most dazzling residential design.

It was the second annual Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, hosted by our team at Homestead Magazine, and another runaway success. This time, four generous homeowners opened the doors of their residences to benefit local charities, while the teams of designers, architects, and artisans associated with each one were present to welcome every guest. Couples and groups of friends hailing from Cincinnati, the Bay area, the East Coast, and beyond all remarked on the unique opportunity to see such a variety of homes in an equally diverse variety of valley settings.

JH Builders at the River Meadows Retreat

The self-guided tours could begin and end anywhere, and could also be spread over two days. Many began with the European-reminiscent stonework and glass breezeways of the Shooting Star Elegance property, whose glorious indoor/outdoor living spaces and water feature provide a tranquil escape nestled at the base of Rendezvous Mountain. From there, a natural next stop proved to be the the artistic and superlatively appointed Teton Pines Sanctuary, a family home in one of the Clusters bordered by serene aspen groves and completed with a collection of world-class artwork. The next two stops took guests further into different habitats of the valley, from wooded National Forest-bordered land at the River Meadows Retreat to a snaking drive through the Snake River Canyon and its glowing mountain maples to the Martin Creek Cabin. River Meadows meant a spectacular peek inside a custom-constructed Swedish Cope log home, while the Cabin mixed fresh alpine styling with a peaceful creek-front setting at the Snake River Sporting Club.

Beyond the awe-inspiring settings, furnishings, fixtures, and design elements, however, the real draw of the Showcase events is the way they allow tour guests to meet and mingle with our area’s hardworking, visionary design professionals. It’s also a pleasure for the same professionals to interface with the local community and potentially interested new clients.

Rush Jenkins, who along with his partner Klaus Baer at WRJ Design decorated both the Martin Creek Cabin and Teton Pines Sanctuary, spoke to the singular character of the event.

“It was WRJ’s pleasure to participate in the 2014 Showcase of Homes, hosted by Homestead Magazine. We are grateful to our clients for sharing their homes with the public, which allowed some of our work to be seen for the first time. Having the opportunity to collaborate with professionals and experts in their field was a great honor.”

It is, indeed, rare to leave the showroom and enter spaces that have been envisioned, executed, and decorated by local artisans–to experience them in their fullness is a fantastic opportunity. The conversations between patrons and professionals, however, are what really set the Showcase apart. “The Showcase of Homes was an excellent event for Snake River Sporting Club and for Re/Max Obsidian Real Estate,” noted Fred Harness of the Martin Creek Cabin, “we’ve had several follow-up communications with new clients wanting more details on the next phase of new homes we are building. Definitely a success!”

Throughout each self-guided tour, guests had the chance to get their questions answered. For instance, tracking down the rich green soapstone used in the River Meadows Retreat, or learning about how the smoothly curved walls in the Shooting Star home were crafted by Big D Signature.

While nibbling treats and sipping from glasses of wine, these conversations continued throughout the day, as multiple professionals emceed each home. “It’s great to see the finished product and the excitement of people’s reactions and how they come together to experience our completed homes, from the old materials to the contemporary styles,” said Jon Eaton of Big D. This sentiment was echoed John D. Korhonen, an architect with Ellis Nunn & Associates, who touched on the “positive feedback and conversation,” while Andrew Miller of JH Builders mentioned that “it was great to meet a variety of people from all over the country.”

The generosity of the homeowners in both opening their spaces to the public eye and in selecting the four charity beneficiaries for ticket sales–PAWS JH, The Yellowstone Foundation, Community Resource Center, and Fire Services/EMS–truly capped the event’s success. As Megan Jenkins, who helped organize Showcase, said, “It really is the perfect way to enjoy a great day, see the valley, meet the artisans behind each project, and best of all, give back to the community.”

We hope to see you at the Showcase of Homes during the Fall Arts Festival next year! Until then, stay tuned by subscribing to our blog, where we update our readers regarding interesting artistic happenings and feature ongoing profiles of Jackson Hole’s design professionals.

Buzz is Building for the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes!

Check out this press release from the Fall Arts Festival about our upcoming event:

Showcase of Homes Tour Reveals the Art of Living Spaces in Jackson
Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival event opens doors on exclusive homes and ranches

Fall Arts Fest Showcase of Homes

“Shooting Star Elegance” (left) and “River Meadows Retreat” (right) are two of the homes to be featured in the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s Showcase of Homes Tour.

Jackson, Wyoming – August 22, 2014 – The art of Jackson Hole home design has become an integral part of the annual Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, offering visitors the opportunity to peek behind usually closed doors both of mountain modern Jackson, Wyo., residences and of surrounding historic ranches. The Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, September 12 and 13, provides a chance to experience the beautiful craftsmanship and unique architectural designs of local homes – including firsthand discussions with the professionals who designed and built them – while Historic Ranch Tours on September 6 offers the chance to experience Jackson Hole’s cowboy culture of old while exploring the beautiful country properties.

“Visitors and locals alike are curious to get an insider’s view of some of Jackson Hole’s fabulous homes and ranches,” says Maureen Murphy, director of special events for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, “so these ‘art of the home’ tours have been a popular addition to our annual line-up of Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival events.”

The first home on the Showcase of Homes tour is Shooting Star Elegance, located at the base of Rendezvous Mountain and combining old world style with modern appointments of the highest level. Next is the thoughtfully designed 5,515-square-foot “cabin in the woods” known as the River Meadows Retreat. The tour will also visit Martin Creek Cabin, located in the private Snake River Sporting Club, where the river runs through it.

Now in its second year, the Showcase of Homes tour gives its guests the opportunity to see a variety of imaginative Jackson residential design. More than just a walk-through, the tour also includes face-to-face interaction with the designers, architects and creative professionals responsible for some of the most exclusive and artistic homes in Jackson Hole. Hosted by Homestead Magazine, the Showcase tour is available Sept. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $75, available at WRJ Design Showroom at 30 S. King St., or online via Homestead Magazine. Ticket proceeds are donated to local charities chosen by the participating homeowners. The tour is limited to 250 tickets so purchase early; this event typically sells out.

Those interested in architecture and design dating back to Jackson Hole’s early days will enjoy the Historic Ranch Tour, where guests will tour historical valley ranches while getting a taste of the area’s cowboy heritage with real cowboys, Wild West entertainment, and an old-fashioned Western barbecue. Hosted by Mountain Living magazine, the tour leaves at 2 p.m. from Home Ranch Parking Lot on the corner of Cache and Gill Streets in Jackson. Tickets are $50, available from the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Limited seats are available so advance reservations are required.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival continues to secure Jackson’s place as a leading cultural destination for collectors, art lovers, and families alike. The 10-day event presented by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce brings a signature mix of visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts to Jackson, Wyo., September 3 – 14, 2014. Along with the Showcase of Homes tour, The Fall Arts Festival offers visitors more than 50 family-friendly events, many of them free. Visit the festival online at http://www.jacksonholechamber.com/fall_arts_festival/ for a full calendar of events.

Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson is served by major airlines including Delta, United, American and SkyWest. Reservation information for Jackson’s numerous hotels, as well as a complete schedule of Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival events can be found at www.jacksonholechamber.com. For additional information, contact Maureen Murphy at Jackson Hole Chamber, 307.733.3316.

2013 Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes: Recap

This year as part of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, Homestead Magazine’s Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes presented something unique: the chance for patrons to leave the gallery space for the home interior space. In recognition of the vibrant architectural, design, and building community of the valley, the Showcase offered ticket holders an intimate glimpse into every aspect of three magnificent local homes, and the opportunity to interface directly with the design professionals who made it so.

From airy modern to warmly-textured western to updated lodge luxury, the three featured properties—Gros Ventre Overlook, Owl Creek Elk Refuge, and Tucker Ranch Retreat—meant a full sampling of the latest in architectural and design innovation. “We loved the fact that all three houses were very different and all three spectacular!” noted one guest. Spaced over two glorious fall days in Jackson Hole, 200 guests experienced a treasure hunt of a day with rambles through “dream homes” that are usually sealed to the public, hors d’oeuvres, and most importantly, the chance to enjoy face-to-face conversations with premier valley artisans in the fields of architecture, building, and interior and exterior design.

The Showcase of Homes was successful in raising $9000 for local charities selected by the generous homeowners that opened up their doors, including The Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Center for the Arts, and JH Land Trust. Each organization will also receive a matching grant through the Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities. Event organizer Megan Jenkins counted the event a resounding success based on “the enthusiasm showed for each project by all of the attendees” and the “opportunity for people to have one-on-one conversations with the design professionals.  You could really appreciate the work and craftsmanship of each home.  People really had a great time and were extremely complimentary. ”  She hopes that the attendees were inspired and motivated to try “innovative things with their own spaces.”

This was echoed by multiple guests, who indicated that they attended precisely to network with design professionals and were looking forward to following up with the artisans who designed, built, or furnished the homes they visited during the tour. One noted the “informative,” “friendly,” and “welcoming” aspect of the Showcase, while another enthused, “I loved seeing the exquisite houses and having all of the builders, designers and others present to answer questions.”

Participating design professionals were able to connect with patrons in the context of their own design schemes and craftsmanship, illuminating their work in new ways. “It really is rewarding to have great clients who let you show off their home and attendees who comment on what a great job we all did,” noted Sharon Nunn, Vice-President of Ellis Nunn & Associates, Inc., whose firm designed the Owl Creek Refuge. “I look forward to doing it again next year.”

Bradley Suske of The Bradley Company—landscaping firm for the Tucker Rancher Retreat—felt similarly. “I thought it was an amazing experience for me,” he said. “I really felt like I was in my element.”

Megan Jenkins was pleasantly surprised at “how excited people were to be able to tour some of the masterpieces that are in this valley.” The three homes on the self-guided Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes tour allowed a multi-layered peek into all the creativity afoot in the Intermountain West, and the Renaissance in western style being forged by our singular community of creators, drafters, and craftspeople. With the canvas of the Tetons as its backdrop, Jackson Hole’s creative identity continues to evolve, and these exciting new properties are on the vanguard of it all.

Our mission at Homestead Magazine is to highlight Jackson Hole’s top-notch residential architecture and design community for local homeowners and visitors. Next year, we hope you’ll join us to tour one-of-a-kind homes, learn the ins and outs of the design process, and be inspired by the myriad possibilities of your own spaces.

WRJ Design Associates: Refined Taste Finds a Home in the Tetons

With clients ranging from Sotheby’s in New York to Julien’s celebrity auction house in L.A., and with high-end corporate, residential and landscape projects around the globe, jet setting and city-living have been the norm for Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design Associates LTD.

So when the designers chose small-town Victor, ID as the home-base for their first retail store, WRJ Home, this past May, you’d never expect it to feel like such a perfect fit for their refined tastes.
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Four Daughters: Not Your Typical Jackson Kitsch

Four Daughters: another western collectibles store on Town Square? One more shop that sells Jackson Hole souvenirs and gifts?

Not so fast say Lyle and Jesse Gestal, owners of Four Daughters, one of the newest additions to Jackson’s town square. Down the wooden steps and across from the Boot Legger, this sister duo has brought to life their unique vision for a store selling Western inspired memorabilia with a big wow-factor.

“We wanted to sell art and one-of-a-kind collectibles without the typical Jackson kitsch” Says Lyle, the youngest of the four Gestal sisters. “We’ve both worked in retail here, and wanted Four Daughters to stand out from the rest of the Jackson crowd.” So after securing their new retail space, the sisters spent their off-season making road trips across the American west, finding inspiration in Taos, and unique items in antique shops throughout Utah and Wyoming. Thus the store became a collection of Western-inspired items from vintage belt buckles and old-fashioned pocketknives to restored antique furniture and worn leather saddles.
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