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THE ART OF LIVING

THE JACKSON HOLE SHOWCASE OF HOMES


Story
JENN REIN
Photos
LATHAM JENKINS

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Simultaneously expressive and communicative, art and architecture work together to grace our world with beauty in form and function. During the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, architecture, building and interior design get
their due with the annual Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes tour, hosted by Homestead magazine. A local fundraiser for charities of the homeowners choices, it is a one-day, self-guided tour. A home in this outpost of the West, when thoughtfully executed, can be an ode to nature and living the aesthetic life. To take in what might be possible with the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes is to take in a whole separate genre of art that is embodied using space and location.

Architects, builders, designers and the myriad of craftsmen who come together to create these masterpieces join the homeowners who generously open their doors to the public, setting this Showcase of Homes apart from others. Once on the property, a walk-through is made special with the input of the professionals who brought the home to life. More than a simple home tour, this is an immersive experience.

During the Showcase of Homes, Patricia Kennedy is on hand to offer the brilliant details of how Interiors for WellnessTM accentuates the home environment.
During the Showcase of Homes, Patricia Kennedy is on hand to offer the brilliant details of how Interiors for WellnessTM accentuates the home environment.

Getting into the finer details of home design can lay bare a multitude of questions, and how often do we get to ask those questions of the architect responsible? Architect Brian Messana of the New York City firm Messana O’Rorke was present to discuss his design during the most recent Showcase, “We wanted to site the home toward the view of the Tetons, but we also have Sleeping Indian to consider. We wanted to create something that felt like it was always here, so the scale and materials needed to feel organic. The vocabulary of the exterior is very basic and echoes the simplicity of those early settlers here. Back then it was all about best use.”

The home in question is a study in minimalism, and the way the lines are affected by this aesthetic brings forth a clean and simple elegance. The space can be shared by the occupants with options for private and communal moments. This is the Western modern movement on display at its finest.

Touring through each piece of the home with the architect serving as docent gives the exploration memorable value.
Touring through each piece of the home with the architect serving as docent gives the exploration memorable value. “The space unfolds before you, with surprises that makes the home feel larger than it is,” says Messana. The lines of the home echo a stylized consistency that becomes instantly familiar, never distracting from the view that compelled the homeowner to select the location.

Located on a bluff 500 feet above the valley floor, featuring sweeping views of the Tetons, the Peace of Jackson home was designed with a wellness focus. Implementing a biophilic design concept means establishing connectivity to the natural environment using space and place. Local firm Rendezvous Design’s principal, Patricia Kennedy, has used the biophilic philosophy as inspiration for her Interiors for WellnessTM approach. With Interiors for WellnessTM, Kennedy elevates the daily living experience by bringing touchpoints for our five senses into the fold.

During the time in which summer morphs into fall, Jackson Hole comes alive with art and a celebration of the town’s Western lifestyle. By participating in the Jackson Hole Showcase of Homes, the guest gains access into private residences that are a result of careful design considerations.

MANIFESTING THE MODERN CHALET

For this home built by Dembergh Construction, the windows take center stage. Sourced from Brombal in Italy, they represent the finely crafted finishes that are regularly chosen for homeowners.
For this home built by Dembergh Construction, the windows take center stage. Sourced from Brombal in Italy, they represent the finely crafted finishes that are regularly chosen for homeowners.

Story
JENN REIN
Photos
KRAFTY PHOTOS

DEMBERGH CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION
DEMBERGHJH.COM

WILLOW CREEK WOODWORKS
CABINETRY + CUSTOM MILLWORK
WILLOWCW.COM

JACKSON HOLE AV
HOME AUTOMATION
JACKSONHOLEAV.COM

With a reputation in Jackson Hole that has spanned over 35 years, Dembergh Construction has been fortunate to work with some of the most accomplished architects and artisans in the region. Partner Mike Prichard emphasizes that the build side of a project hits its true mark when the relationship with the design side is “symbiotic.” For this recent project, Dembergh teamed up with CLB Architects, Willow Creek Woodworks and Jackson Hole AV to create a stunning modern chalet. “We work well together and this project was a great example of that.”

Prichard is referring to a recently completed build, one that tested Dembergh’s expertise in beautiful ways. Primarily, the placement of the windows in this mountain modern design gave his team something substantial to chew on. “It took a day and half to two days to build each window. The coolest thing is the trim detail, the shades are built in, so that each window appears to be seamless.” When approaching the home, the windows compel the onlooker’s gaze to linger. As the eye moves over the roof line and the exterior finishes, it is clear that deep inspiration has been beautifully manifested.

When the property owners engaged the architects, they communicated their love of the ski lodge culture in Austria. This is what drove the look and feel of their vision. “The lines are well thought through,” says Prichard. “The interior palette is light, and not just in color. There is a feel to it that is lighter.” This sensory experience is anchored by fir ceilings and white oak floors, married together with the Italian-made Brombal windows. Mountain sun graces the interior atmosphere, bringing the wonder of the outdoors into the comfortable spaces that comprise the home.
 

COMMUNAL BALANCE

The great room presents options in relaxation that include fireside dining. Opening into the kitchen, and flanked on both sides by views into nature, the open feel makes for expansive living.
The great room presents options in relaxation that include fireside dining. Opening into the kitchen, and flanked on both sides by views into nature, the open feel makes for expansive living.

The heart of this home lives on the main floor, with a great room that features dining space and flows into an open kitchen. From there, guests can easily access outdoor living, an area that features a fire pit and built-in hot tub. The homeowners have embraced the holistic approach to living in the Tetons. Indoor comfort paired with outdoor amenities takes a dwelling to sublime levels.

It’s clear this home is made to play host to friends and family who will be fortunate to enjoy all that it has to offer. The teams from Willow Creek Woodworks and Jackson Hole AV were attuned to every detail. Beyond the larger bedrooms, it is the bunkroom that exemplifies this welcoming vibe. The built-in beds are queen sized and have been wired for relaxation. USB ports are handy, and recessed lighting compartmentalizes each nest. A shared room becomes cozy and individualized despite its communal purpose.

The floating stairs were crafted in Bozeman, Montana, and match the pristine white oak flooring that is featured throughout the home.
The floating stairs were crafted in Bozeman, Montana, and match the pristine white oak flooring that is featured throughout the home.

If occupants are craving company, the limestone fireplace in the great room posits the most optimal meeting place, with a full wall of windows inspiring any plans that might be made for the day. The outdoors beckon with possibility, if only so exploring guests can look forward to reveling in this space at day’s end.

IT’S SO FUN WHEN THAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL COMES TOGETHER AND THE TEAM CAN TAKE PRIDE IN A JOB WELL DONE.
—JAXON CHING, WILLOW CREEK WOODWORKS

 

AT HOME IN THE DETAILS

A limestone fireplace allows the natural feel of the stone to show through, with a presentation that is raw beauty. Paired with the clean lines of the expansive windows, the elegant balance in design is a striking presentation.
A limestone fireplace allows the natural feel of the stone to show through, with a presentation that is raw beauty. Paired with the clean lines of the expansive windows, the elegant balance in design is a striking presentation.

Many talented hands aided in the success of this project. Beyond the teams from Dembergh Construction and CLB Architects, Willow Creek Woodworks brought their best to the table. Jaxon Ching speaks of the effort in ensuring the fluidity of the kitchen was addressed properly. “The horizontal planking and wood grain that had to be matched, going from the kitchen to the pantry and then into two rooms opposite of each other really presented a challenge. But it’s so fun when that attention to detail comes together and the team can take pride in a job well done.”

The great room features two fireplaces, and views of the Snake River Range. The paneling that flanks the limestone on this half of the room is actually a hidden doorway crafted and installed by Willow Creek Woodworks.
The great room features two fireplaces, and views of the Snake River Range. The paneling that flanks the limestone on this half of the room is actually a hidden doorway crafted and installed by Willow Creek Woodworks.

Another custom piece taken on by Willow Creek was the ladder system in the bunkroom. Their role on a job site goes beyond cabinetmaking, with metal fabrication a strong part of their portfolio. “I think this may have been only the second time we have had to address a ladder system. But in this case, we fabricated it all from beginning to end. The welding, the sanding, all of it. The challenge is motivating and solving the puzzle to make it come out just right is so gratifying.”

The fir ceilings and white oak flooring serve to frame the outdoor views, and allow nature’s palette to take the stage in almost every corner of the home.
The fir ceilings and white oak flooring serve to frame the outdoor views, and allow nature’s palette to take the stage in almost every corner of the home.

Small touches of personalization can build upon a whole design in satisfying ways. The clean lines of a European chalet sing in this space, but the theme does not feel cold. The tilework in the bathrooms present the perfect example of accommodating warmth and familiarity. With the help of the renowned East Coast interiors firm Bunny Williams, the tile motifs lend a sense of home and comfort.

Creekside views from a cozy bed can either propel one into the outdoors, or encourage a day long stay beneath finely made linens.
Creekside views from a cozy bed can either propel one into the outdoors, or encourage a day long stay beneath finely made linens.
A bunkroom built for full comfort means queen sized beds, recessed lighting, and views that bring nature’s sense of peace into the space. Although meant for communal living, the nested feel would give any guest a sense of privacy.
A bunkroom built for full comfort means queen sized beds, recessed lighting, and views that bring nature’s sense of peace into the space. Although meant for communal living, the nested feel would give any guest a sense of privacy.

Further expertise in bringing the job to completion came from the team at Jackson Hole AV. Rich Ashburn explains that his crew is often the last on a job site, tying together the very precise loose ends that result in highly functional security surveillance, lighting, and audiovisual systems. “Our team approach is balanced well, and we have so much respect for the modern aesthetic. Everything must be precise, and if it’s not, it shows.”

Although the clean lines were inspired by the European ski lodge feel, touches of home are channeled through the finish details, and bring a warmth to the fore that a hospitality space does not achieve.
Although the clean lines were inspired by the European ski lodge feel, touches of home are channeled through the finish details, and bring a warmth to the fore that a hospitality space does not achieve.

 

NATURE’S VOICE HAS A SAY

The environment surrounding this home lends to its aesthetic balance. The Snake River Range and the familiar curves of Sleeping Indian are landscape nuances that cannot be ignored, and the home itself does not distract from nature’s original design. A creek flows down from one of the neighboring peaks, creating a languid border on one edge of the site.

When approaching the site, the windows and roofline compel the viewer to take a closer look. But the elevated green space featuring tall grasses anchor the eye, exuding lush movement against the clean lines of this mountain modern home.
When approaching the site, the windows and roofline compel the viewer to take a closer look. But the elevated green space featuring tall grasses anchor the eye, exuding lush movement against the clean lines of this mountain modern home.

The meandering outdoor living space presents the beauty of limestone in concert with surrounding trees. If one chooses not to revel in the luxury of the hot tub or station themselves at the fire pit, a covered area accentuates how this zone of outdoor relaxation can be enjoyed. Dining al fresco, even during a snowfall, seems absolutely possible.

An elevated green space featuring tall grasses is set against the exterior finishes of the home and lends movement and color in an unexpected way. Prichard says of the mountain modern aesthetic, “The simplest form is the hardest to perfect. We need to make it all look like it’s supposed to be there. Aside from the expanse of windows, it’s the roof line that makes a statement without being over the top. It’s understated, subdued, and refined.”

 

LIVING PROOF OF EXPERTISE

The effort to complete this project took just over two years, and Dembergh Construction’s capable expertise took the build to the finish line with client and architectural expectations fully intact. “The proof of our expertise is always our last project,” says Prichard. The firm’s presence has been felt in Jackson for over 35 years, with a focus on the West Bank. “We’ll take a job out of that neighborhood if it’s interesting,” he says. “We work from a philosophy that we simply want to do cool and interesting things.”

An outdoor living space with impactful touches of green beckons the eye and the body. Options to enjoy a hot soak, a blazing fire pit, or al fresco dining under cover would keep any nature lover outside for the duration of their stay.
An outdoor living space with impactful touches of green beckons the eye and the body. Options to enjoy a hot soak, a blazing fire pit, or al fresco dining under cover would keep any nature lover outside for the duration of their stay.

A reputation built over decades has brought Dembergh to the point of being in demand without having to advertise. Getting assignments through word of mouth keeps this construction team busy working with some of the most pioneering design houses in the West. The projects result in experiential living at its finest, with the abundance of the Teton lifestyle ensuring full satisfaction.

A FINISHING TOUCH THAT SHINES

The heart of the home is given special treatment by Willow Creek Woodworks, making every culinary encounter a memorable experience.
The heart of the home is given special treatment by Willow Creek Woodworks, making every culinary encounter a memorable experience.

Story
JENN REIN
Photos
KRAFTY PHOTOS + MELINDA DUQUETTE

WILLOW CREEK WOODWORKS
CABINETRY + MILLWORK
WILLOWCW.COM

Within the residential spaces of Jackson Hole, design sensibilities are embraced with forward-thinking style. The craftsmanship must be in keeping with the vision of the design and brought to life with care. For the past 25 years, Willow Creek Woodworks has been offering their cabinetmaking expertise into this innovative design landscape, and the evolution of their full-service woodworks mill reflects the aesthetic needs of a homeowner. “Whatever new trend is happening,” says proprietor Jaxon Ching, “we stay ahead of the curve because of the foresight of the designers.”

Most recently, Ching has brought metal fabrication into the fold of his woodworking operation. “Going into metal work was done to meet the needs of the architects who are integrating a lot of steel work into the cabinetry,” he explains. This is the call of the mountain modern aesthetic. “The companies we were subbing out to do the metal work couldn’t always keep up. That’s when we decided to do it ourselves. It’s become especially active over the past five years.”

A bunk room ladder system displays the talent of Willow Creek Woodworks, focusing on their in metal fabrication.
A bunk room ladder system displays the talent of Willow Creek Woodworks, focusing on their in metal fabrication. “I feel pretty lucky to work with the clients, architects and designers that I do,” says Willow Creek owner Jaxon Ching, “I don’t take it for granted.”

Willow Creek’s manufacturing facility in Idaho Falls is well established and has seen its fair share of change. Ching had put part of the space up for sale—a 12,000 square foot shop—and found himself in the unusually lucky position of not selling. That space is now dedicated full time to metal fabrication. “The fact that we are pressed to do unique things has us buying equipment ahead of those demands, driven by the design community.”

Aside from crafting cabinetry, Ching’s team applies their deft hands to staircases and other custom finishes found in some of the finest homes in Jackson Hole. For a recently completed build, he took pride in a bunk room ladder system that allowed Willow Creek to fabricate every component. “I have this thing where I never say no. The challenge motivates me, and it’s a puzzle I like to figure out. Every time, you gain experience and do better next time.”

A dining room space is flanked by the finely crafted cabinetry that is the specialty of Willow Creek Woodworks, with accents in metal that are selected with the design sense of the clientele in mind.
A dining room space is flanked by the finely crafted cabinetry that is the specialty of Willow Creek Woodworks, with accents in metal that are selected with the design sense of the clientele in mind.

Willow Creek Woodworks has a reputation that shines especially in a home’s kitchen. Metal details can be had in these spaces and play a beautiful role in the daily lives of the homeowners. Culinary tasks are executed in an environment of clean lines and refined surfaces, all a result of this team’s talent and dedication.

It’s clear that Jaxon Ching is content with his work and by the design partnerships that feed his creative spirit. “What keeps me going is that there is always something new. In the end when it’s all put together and installed, that is what satisfies me. Right now, I’m working on an all-bronze door that will be 1,100 pounds. I don’t know how many people told me not to do it, but I’m going to try it. I’m up for the challenge.”

THE FACT THAT WE ARE PRESSED TO DO UNIQUE THINGS HAS US BUYING EQUIPMENT AHEAD OF THOSE DEMANDS, DRIVEN BY THE DESIGN COMMUNITY.
—JAXON CHING, WILLOW CREEK WOODWORKS

A SLICE OF BEAUTY:

FORM MEETS FUNCTION

The Rock Block from New West Knifeworks is functional art for your kitchen.
The Rock Block from New West Knifeworks is functional art for your kitchen.

Story
JENN REIN
Photos
SHANNON CORSI, JILL GOODSON + LUKE DOLAN

NEW WEST KNIFEWORKS
ARTISAN KNIFE MAKER
NEWWESTKNIFEWORKS.COM

2022 marks 25 years in business for New West KnifeWorks. The space from which this innovative outfit operates is a far cry from owner Corey Milligan’s humble start in a spare bedroom in his home. At the current factory in Victor, Idaho, a team of craftspeople hone the components that make up the specialty blades and artisan pieces that surround the brand.

Among those team members is Sarah Gage. A native of Michigan, Gage joined the New West KnifeWorks family to work on one specific item: the Rock Block. Made of stone native to the Tetons, wood and epoxy, this kitchen accessory serves as a showcase for the highly praised knife line that the New York Times has said is, “as beautiful as it is useful.”

Sarah Gage is a Rock Block maker at New West KnifeWorks. Finding the perfect rock sparks the start of each sculptural journey.
Sarah Gage is a Rock Block maker at New West KnifeWorks. Finding the perfect rock sparks the start of each sculptural journey.

Gage found her roots as a maker early on as she embraced woodworking in high school. Her college curriculum included welding. When hired to work full- time using her artisan skills as a sculptor and woodworker in order to shape the Rock Block, she understood this would be her opportunity to create beautiful, functional sculptures. “My passion for making art is molded into one really cool product,” she says. No two Rock Blocks are alike, making each of them unique to the kitchen in which they are featured.

A set of New West knives fit snugly into a Rock Block. Craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit are the marks of this Teton-based company.
A set of New West knives fit snugly into a Rock Block. Craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit are the marks of this Teton-based company.

The custom nature of the Rock Block lies in its unique composition, and shaping the piece.“My favorite part of the process is finding and cutting the rock,” Gage says. When a rock is chosen, it leads her to envision how the other components will come into play. Selecting the color or grain of the wood is inspired by the stone itself, as is the epoxy. The rocks that are used often include granite, which is found locally in abundance. But sourcing basalt or soapstone is not out of the question. “No matter the choice in rock, we try to maintain its ruggedness. We want to feature that natural edge. Getting a view of the natural world in your kitchen is so special.”

GETTING A VIEW OF THE NATURAL WORLD IN YOUR KITCHEN IS SO SPECIAL.
—SARAH GAGE, NEW WEST KNIFEWORKS

Crafting the Rock Block means marrying together stone, wood and resin. All of this is accomplished in the New West KnifeWorks facility in Victor, Idaho.
Crafting the Rock Block means marrying together stone, wood and resin. All of this is accomplished in the New West KnifeWorks facility in Victor, Idaho.

Gage extols the virtues of living an aesthetic life. A lover of architecture and a student of design, she believes, “When you are in your home, you always want it to be happy, healthy and inspiring. It’s the place where well-being starts.” The Rock Block is part of that equation, allowing a kitchen to feature a focal point of beauty, while at the same time, serving a practical purpose. A New West KnifeWorks Rock Block is fine art crafted for everyday use.

A Rock Block elevates the presentation of the hand finished blades by New West KnifeWorks—tools described as having “perfect balance” by Bon Appetit.
A Rock Block elevates the presentation of the hand finished blades by New West KnifeWorks—tools described as having “perfect balance” by Bon Appetit.

Intimate Choices, Thoughtful Design

DOGTROT HOME
The individualized culture that serves to define a home is reflected in carefully selected objects chosen by CLB and the client.


Story By
JENN REIN
Photos By
SHADE DEGGES, MATTHEW MILLMAN
+ SARAH AVERILL

ARCHITECTURE
CLB ARCHITECTS
CLBARCHITECTS.COM

FURNISHINGS
WILD WEST DESIGNS
NEWWESTFURNITURE.COM

The bespoke approach of CLB Architects acts as a calling card for a holistic design philosophy. Each project results in a true sense of place, echoing the needs and preferences of the client. Two decades in business have seen CLB grow from the niche of unparalleled custom architecture into a fully formed brand, with a robust approach to interiors that continues to expand its reach.

The CLB interiors department witnessed its inception as a natural extension of the firm’s architectural services. At CLB, the process of creating interiors is fluid and dynamic. In all projects, from hardscape to hardware, the aesthetic experience reads as a natural progression from site to architecture to interior spaces. The designers work in close collaboration with architects, builders and homeowners from the earliest pre-design stage. They strive to express their clients’ unique personalities and aesthetics in the most fitting response to site, paying close attention to appropriate scale, and selecting a palette and materials that help ground the home in its setting. The resulting interiors are comfortable, livable and original, and express a quiet sophistication that favors timelessness over trendiness.

CALDERA SUITES
Feeling at home in Teton Village with the help of CLB means settling into a space that is meant to foster beautiful mountain memories.

Interior design lead Sarah Kennedy explains, “Our residential projects embody a new and interesting approach for what it means to have a contemporary home in the West and have led to the opportunity of designing the owners’ suites at Caldera House. This high-end hospitality project was an amazing challenge that allowed our team to instill this fresh take on interiors in the West.” The results present with rich detail accentuated by clean lines that serve to balance a refined aesthetic.

PROMONTORY
This Park City home serves as an escape from Manhattan’s hectic financial industry. The homeowners worked in tandem with CLB to ensure a stylish and contemporary space.

This team shines brightest when challenged by the right projects and clients, says interior designer Maria James. “The best clients push us the most.” Currently, 80 percent of CLB’s architectural project base requires attention from the firm’s interiors division. “This is a curation of life through the objects that our clients hold close. Clean and contemporary are married to those objects, and we are able to tell a story through design,” says James.

STONE RIDGE
A neutral and grey palette is incorporated with furnishings that feature pops of blues and gold to align with the client’s Andy Warhol artwork throughout the home.

Telling such a design story accurately is achieved through deep collaboration with the client. Interior designer Jaye Infanger elaborates, “There is no template to our work. Understanding what is needed means transparency and open communication.”

LONE PINE
Intentional design from the CLB interiors team extends from overall concept to the smallest detail, resulting in a seamless merging of form and function.

The design ethos of CLB is supported by a heavily curated approach that balances the scale, mass and feel of a space. Intimate choices meet thoughtful design, reflecting the individualized culture that makes a house a home. The effort to bring originality to the blank canvas of each space is achieved by maintaining and growing relationships with local artisans, who showcase the region, says interior designer Cynthia Tibbitts.

Ensuring that each design challenge is met with consistent attention to detail has allowed CLB’s interiors team to stretch and grow their well-honed skills. They are now called to shape the interiors for homes that are not a part of CLB’s architectural portfolio. The strength of their work stands alone as an option for the client who wants to reinvent a space with the aid of sublime expertise.

The CLB interiors team is growing its reach through cultivated choices and personalized attention. Pictured from left to right: Erica Hawley, Libby Erker, Jaye Infanger, Cynthia Tibbitts, Sydney Millyard, Sarah Kennedy, Maria James, Halie Dedering

“Our work is inspired by place; each site and set of clients is unique. Each CLB design, from architecture to interiors, reflects that,” imparts Kennedy.

SKYLINE HOME
Devoting attention to texture, color and balance results in an open feel with touches of comfort.

A recent California project, nestled in the legendary Hollywood Hills, is a textbook example of what can be achieved when this squad of eight channels their talent. In this case, the client craved warmth and coziness within a space that had not been treated with any specialized care. After developing a muted palette that leaned toward a refined, beachy quality, the interiors team layered on unique textiles accompanied by warm wood finishes. They were delighted to be able to draw nature in with a full wall that opens to the outdoors, taking advantage of California light while inviting the temperate weather indoors.

CALDERA
A contemporary Western aesthetic brings out the best in an intimate kitchen space.

Such design achievements allow the entire CLB firm to cement an ever-growing reputation far beyond the Rocky Mountain West. The architectural side of the house works in full concert with the interiors team, boasting a culture of shared vision in brand identity, with a collective eye for meaningful detail.

Connection By Design

A completed project by Design Matters exemplifies the best use of space, light, color and texture, bringing a homeowner’s vision into reality.


Story By
JENN REIN
Photos By
BERNARD ANDRÉ

INTERIOR DESIGN
DESIGN MATTERS
www.dmjh.design

FURNISHINGS
WILD WEST DESIGNS
NEWWESTFURNITURE.COM

Today’s world has us all taking a deeper look at how to shape the best environment within the walls we call home. The team at Design Matters is poised to offer the expert attention that is needed to bring a thoughtful, collaborative design vision into reality.

Knowing what is needed at every stage for the architectural development of interiors can only be the result of deep experience and commitment to quality. Interior designer Julie Cavanaugh’s top-to-bottom approach for new builds and renovations ensures her clients are provided with critical details throughout the process. Her well-honed project management skills and planning expertise comprise the strong foundation on which Design Matters is built.

Capturing what can be achieved in a home is critical in the planning process. A rendering such as this provides full transparency into an idea.

With four design showrooms in the West, Cavanaugh instills unique details onto the canvas of a home, with full consideration to the environment. This is demonstrated in the crucial planning stages of a space, as schematics and renderings are developed. Guesswork for the homeowner is eliminated at every turn.

A finished master bath project by Design Matters sings with clean lines and elegant touches.

Cavanaugh started nurturing design relationships in the Teton region years ago, establishing trusted bonds with clientele. “Every time I returned, I was opening up to possibility,” she says. “I’ve felt so welcome here.”

Talking through aesthetic decisions in the Design Matters showroom on King Street can be done on a kitchen island. This nod to a home’s heart and what can be accomplished when like-minded people come together is no accident. “When you’ve been coming here for so many years, you can’t help but admire the spirit of this community,” explains Cavanaugh. “Feeling rooted here gives so much more meaning to that. The connections mean everything to me.”

The team at Design Matters creates renderings in order to foster ongoing collaboration with clients.

This designer finds herself in the way of beauty on a regular basis. The exposure sometimes has nothing to do with the elegant touches that are selected for a client. The sense of freedom surrounding the West is one of the grandest parts of its appeal, with the majesty of location setting the tone for continual inspiration.

Forging A New Vision of Everyday Art

Designed by Erin Hemmings, the Rock Block exemplifies New West’s commitment to functional art.


Story By
JENN REIN
Photos By
ARTHUR BLUE + COLE BUCKHART
+ DAN CAMPBELL

GALLERY
NEW WEST FINE ART GALLERY
NEWWESTFINEART.COM

From their expanded space on Jackson’s Town Square, the local artisans of New West KnifeWorks, Mountain Man Toy Shop and New West Fine Art
present everyday art for the contemporary Western lifestyle.

Standing in the showroom of finely honed culinary knives makes it easy to get lost in epicurean fantasies, but the manner in which these items are displayed commands attention. Particularly arresting is the Rock Block, a sculpture of raw stone and wood for storing and displaying knives described by Bon Appetit as “the perfect balance of power and grace.”

Liljestrom, Connor.
“The Watchers I,” 2020. Oil and mixed oil media on linen, 76 x 94 in.

Designer Erin Hemmings asserts that the Rock Block was born from necessity, but it also represents New West’s commitment to the art of everyday life. “People get attached to our knives because they combine form and function so beautifully,” he says. “You want to show off those superior tools in an artful way that has them ready at hand.”

Hand-forged in Teton Valley, Idaho, New West’s custom knives elevate your culinary experience.

Mountain Man Toy Shop takes the concept of artful tools to the next level. Bladesmith Jack Rellstab works exclusively in Damascus steel and exotic handle materials. “The patterns are endless,” he says. “Each blade is unique in that way. The superior quality comes from a special process of forging.” The result? Heirloom tools to be passed down and cherished for generations.

A Jackson Hole native who pays homage to the lore of the West through his work, artist Connor Liljestrom is featured by New West Fine Art, exclusively.

The urge to elevate everyday experience is also the primary aim
of New West Fine Art. Connor Liljestrom’s paintings communicate a visceral vibration. Liljestrom wants his work to be lived with, because he believes its meaning changes over time. In his most recent endeavor, “The Thousand” series, he works in a smaller size than the large canvases he’s used to. For the collector who wishes to curate multiple works from this Wyoming native, this series fits the bill.

Bladesmith Jack Rellstab showcases his latest Damascus steel creation.

“Working with New West gives me room to create and keep an idea like this going,” says Liljestrom. “I just said to myself, ‘I’m making a thousand of these.’ Because, why not? Why not keep going?”

That’s the cutting-edge spirit from which New West has forged a national reputation and helped launch a contemporary Western renaissance in Jackson Hole.

Leading with Integrity & Attention

Shooting Star’s Cirque View Homestead embodies thought- ful living inspired by place, cared for with the expertise of The Clear Creek Group.


Story By
JENN REIN
Photos By
KRAFTY PHOTOS + GORDON GREGORY

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
THE CLEAR CREEK GROUP
THECLEARCREEKGROUP.COM

FURNISHINGS
WILD WEST DESIGNS
NEWWESTFURNITURE.COM

The draw that beckons all walks of life to Jackson Hole is the surrounding landscape, abundant with nature’s beauty. To some, this atmosphere is seen through the high-caliber luxury rental market and the partnerships that exist to best serve that experience. Discerning travelers who are able to revel in this special view of Teton life rely on the legacy of The Clear Creek Group to make their visits memorable.

The Clear Creek Group’s founder, Morgan Bruemmer, and his staff foster integral relationships with second homeowners in order to deliver consistency, whether for caretaking or villa rental services. “The property owners who generously share their spaces make our mission worthwhile,” he says, “and
the level of trust we establish in caring for these homes gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy what might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The heart of the home is illuminated at The Clear Creek Group’s Aspenglow property, located at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis.

This trusted foundation is critical to the success of the firm. In business for nearly two decades, The Clear Creek Group is considered a true pioneer in a competitive market that shows no signs of slowing. The enduring commitment to excellence and the level of care offered by this team speak to the niche they have carved out as experts in upscale property management.

The loyalty of the homeowners who shape The Clear Creek Group’s villa rental portfolio is a testament to the specialized treatment they enjoy. “We take pride in our responsiveness to the needs of our homeowners and their properties,” Bruemmer says. It is this respectful consideration that breeds an ongoing commitment between the firm and the property owners, who know with certainty that their homes are in reliable hands.

Maintaining the rental properties within its portfolio with great care, The Clear Creek Group is poised to take the outdoor living experience in the Tetons to luxurious heights.

The Clear Creek Group’s reputation has established a space for the firm that is unique and exclusive. Elevating the experience in one of the most spectacular locations in the U.S. means leading with integrity. The quality of this leadership continues to set this team apart, and those second homeowners who engage their services gratefully reap the benefits.

The game room at Cirque View Homestead reflects the abundance of choice and comfort that can be found when choosing one of The Clear Creek Group’s properties for your Teton experience.

Welcome Home

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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

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 all- too-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.

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Chair by Buffalo Collection.
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Cape by Wearable Art by Jae Song.
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Necklace by Beltshazzar Jewels.

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.

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Guests browse the art inside Tayloe Piggott Gallery during Palates & Palettes.

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.

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Taste of the Tetons.

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.


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

For tickets, please visit:
westerndesignconference.com and
jacksonholechamber.com

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

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, community- centered fall.

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Table by David Stein Woodworking.