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Mountain Modern Revisited

The hard corners of the Hubbardton Forge lighting add an industrial layer to the mountain contemporary look provided by the colorful area rugs and local artwork.


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Every CMWID project produces a unique design that reflects the homeowner’s personality. “I help them get to the look that’s completely their own,” Colleen McFadden-Walls says. After having a retail presence in Jackson Hole for two decades, she is now Belle Cose at Home’s preferred interior designer. Her job, she explains, is giving clients the confidence to discover their own design aesthetic with every item and element they consider.


Walls’ JH portfolio represents over 22 years of commercial and residential projects with people from all over the globe. She is also currently working on projects in exciting locations like Maui, Turks and Caicos, Anguilla and San Francisco. “I’m grateful for those opportunities,” she says.

This project is a perfect example. A spec home built on a beautifully landscaped piece of property south of Jackson, it had simple, clean lines, but uninspiring finishes. “The clients hired us to furnish the home and add some architectural elements to provide a more custom look,” Walls says. She and her design associate, Kathie Harrington, introduced the homeowners to different concept photos to get a sense of their taste. The three takeaways: They liked projects that used mixes of geometric and distinctly colorful area rugs. They wanted the overall look to be close to modern, but still comfortable, warm and welcoming. And they liked red.

This multi- functional TV room can be converted into a guest room by removing the sofa’s cushions and pulling down the Murphy bed stored behind it. The bookshelf above the sofa serves as the bed’s base.

“We started with area rugs that provided a contemporary mountain look as well as the color that gave it personality,” says Harrington. “We also brought color in through the artwork, purchased from local galleries, while staying neutral everywhere else.” A sprinkling of retro and industrial pieces added a non- traditional twist to the mountain contemporary feel.

During the process of helping clients define their aesthetic, Walls says, “I feel it’s my responsibility to make sure they get the utmost in quality. I don’t like to buy catalog furniture or imported pieces. I like to use local artisans and American-made furniture. The integrity of the project is very important to me in that aspect.”
The result? A home perfectly suited to the clients that is unlike any other in Jackson Hole.

To give the living room a central architectural focus, floating bookshelves and a linear gas fireplace with a charcoal-textured porcelain surround were added. Walls says, “The accent wall behind them provides another dimension.” The wood-and-steel bar stools (in facing page photo) lend an industrial touch, complementing the modern version of the Windsor back dining chairs.
The more private space of the family room combines multiple textures and accents: wood, metal, leather—and nubby boucle? fabrics to provide warmth.