2024 Homestead Magazine


Homestead Magazine


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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These days it seems like the “green” movement is permeating every aspect of home design – from biodegradable wallpaper to eco-friendly cleaning products and composting toilets; there’s an earth-friendly or energy-saving option for anything you could hope to design, buy, or build.

In Jackson, we are especially aware of these green options because of our proximity to several of the country’s most beautiful national parks and forests. We want to keep our cherished national parks and beautiful landscape as pristine as possible, but it can get tricky when the farms that are so important to our region produce non-point agricultural runoff and groundwater pollution.

That’s why we’ve been so intrigued by a new technology we’ve seen popping up around Jackson. Filterpave, a hard-surfaced porous pavement made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass, offers environmental benefits that touch many of the issues that impact this region. The material in Filterpave is a mix of elastomeric binder and glass fragments that would typically be landfilled. Then, the porous consistency of the material results in a reduction of storm water runoff, allowing groundwater to be replenished and filtered- an imperative part of sustaining our eco-system.
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The Cat Room

Trauner Designs, Inc. is known in Jackson Hole for designing some of our town’s most iconic spaces. From the Snake River Grill, Jenny Lake Lodge, and country clubs like Teton Pines and Golf & Tennis, to some of the finest residences in neighborhoods throughout Jackson, Trauner Designs sets the deluxe Wild West tone that makes our town so unique.

That’s why when one of Trauner’s clients asked them to design a cat room for their new home, the company approached the project with their usual panache. The result is an entire playroom designed in Trauner’s signature rustic style, where some very lucky cats can spend their days jumping, hiding, scratching, and chasing. Plus, the views from one of the windows features Sleeping Indian… how purrfect for a feline who’s been jumping around all day and in need of a cat nap.

Hotel Terra Gets Local


+ Story by Jennifer Dorsey

+ Photography by Latham Jenkins


With two national parks in the Jackson Hole area, wildlife and ranch animal themes naturally crop up in local art collections. Even so, the Nine Francois photos at Hotel Terra prompt a double take.

Wielding a wide-angle lens, the Texas-based photographer scoots in super-close to her subjects and snaps them from oddly intimate angles. Later, she strips surrounding details from the image until just the animal—be it deer, elk or bison—remains.

“For the viewer, there’s a sense of play, an intimacy in the photos,” says Francois, whose work can be found in Jackson at RARE Gallery. “The plain background lets you concentrate on how beautiful the forms are.”

It’s not surprising that animal photographs with a twist would hang at Hotel Terra. The property’s entire decorative scheme plays on the idea of the unexpected: Materials and shapes associated with Jackson Hole’s rustic side come together in a way that’s sophisticated and contemporary, an apt description of the valley as a whole.
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Size Wise

Pocket Ranch brings the outside in with this inspired design by Strout Architects, Teton Heritage Builders and Laurie Waterhouse Interiors.

+ Story by Nicole Burdick

+ Photography by David Swift

To create a home that integrates with the landscape is appealing; to design one that breathes in the natural environment requires a connection to the space that—dare we say—offers a glimpse at how a dwelling becomes part of the ecosystem. Atop Heck of a Hill, one such home does just that.

In a way that early homesteaders might appreciate, Pocket Ranch revels in efficiency. And that is just what homeowner Richard Spencer had in mind when he went looking to build this time around. Pocket Ranch capitalizes on simplicity, though its history is a bit more rugged. Having been started for a previous owner in 2007, the home sat in Tyvek wrap for nearly two years, sustaining the recession, before Spencer came upon it in his search for the kind of place in which he’d like to settle. The story, and the house, started rebuilding. [Read more…]