This beautiful home in Big Sky, Montana’s Yellowstone Club is a low-slung, ranch-inspired residence, which can only be described as earthy, textured and thoroughly Western. The home has been designed by Montana-based architecture firm KMA Inc., the home delivers exactly what the client’s wanted, a design that infuses rustic with modern elements in a space that is as welcoming as it is beautiful. Not your typical mountain lodge, the home can feel intimate for the owner’s family but can also welcome a large group of guests for entertaining. The interior spaces were dreamed up by Colorado-based Worth Interiors with the help of the homeowners. Collaborating with Montana-based Highline Partners, the project’s contractor, the furnishings and finishes directly influenced the built structure to yield brilliant results.
Many of the home’s furnishings, light fixtures and even architectural details were designed by Worth Interiors. A lounge area was designed in place of a formal dining room, which was thought to be too stuffy for laid-back living. The room features hollow concrete tables and a built-in banquette under voluminous windows for cocktail hour. Square iron tables greet guests of four for casual dinner parties, for more formal affairs, the tables can be rearranged to seat 14. For bar storage, the designer cut into the log walls, lined it with leather in a chartreuse hue and slid in glass shelving on stainless-steel pegs.
The home is filled with textures, defining spaces with rough-hewn timbers beside smooth plaster walls. The entryway features iron benches covered in leather, against walls wrapped in cowhide panels. One of the bedrooms contains a custom-made platform bed of reclaimed wood with a wood-and-iron headboard. Finished with throw pillows in a multitude of fabrics, the bed is a perfect example of combining textural opposites. The materials palette adds depth to the design, tying vignettes throughout the home together by way of materials and themes. Clean-lined furnishings add a modern flair while leather and faux-fur adds hints of Western style.
A neutral color palette was used with reclaimed wood beams on the ceilings and walls refined with a wire wheel (a process that clean old wood and brings out its color and character). Wide-plank oak that arrived whitewashed was sanded and black washed to give it a soft, weathered look on the floors. A few accents of eye-catching bold color were splashed throughout the home. The home’s not-so-hidden secret in its perfect balance between surprise and tranquility, rustic and modern, texture and color.
Photos: Courtesy of Benjamin Benschneider