This incredible Silver Tip mountain home was so fun to furnish. This project was an incredibly quick turnaround on a budget. We had 6 weeks to get this house ready for rentals! Designing in Big Sky is always a challenge. Adding a tight deadline means you have to get creative and rely on local Big Sky and Bozeman craftsman, and great local furniture stores like Montana Expressions to get the job done! We added a 10-foot kitchen island instead of a dining area to create a casual dining space for a more functional vacation home design. We created 3 master suites to accommodate the needs for this ski property. To further extend the use of this mountain cabin, we also added 2 bunk rooms that are perfect for large families traveling together. The art featured in the home was curated and customized by a great local artist, Tehya Braun. We loved using her paintings to add fun pops of color. In the spirit of creating a functional and practical mountain, rental property all of the material we used were made with performance fabrics. We loved creating this rustic and modern vacation rental in beautiful Big Sky MT.
I call Big Sky, MT home. I love it! I am an Interior Designer and get the opportunity to work on some of the most beautiful homes in the country but the things I see and the people I meet are some of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I decided to share some of these experiences with you by doing a Interior Design Blog Montana theme. It is not all about interior design. I try and share some of the pics of what we get to see everyday. Both in scenery and wildlife! This is a picture that I took one evening when the clouds moved in as the sun was going down. You will find grizzly bear pictures, elk and fly fishing pictures also in the blog. After all, what is a Interior Design Blog Montana theme without some beautiful wildlife and scenery mixed in!
Our Big Sky, MT is in a unique part of the country. Located 45 minutes north of the NW entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is the largest ski acreage in North America. Bet you didn’t know that! Our lift lines are non existent. Christmas time you might have to wait 5 minutes. Big Sky has grown dramatically in the last 15 years but is still a very small town most of the time of the year.
Big Sky is blanketed in snow 6 months out of the year and sometimes longer. Today’s date is March 25th and we have had 14″ of snow in the last 72 hours. It is beautiful, although, at this point we are ready to start seeing some flowers and we are still 2 months out before we start seeing them. The beauty of this time of the year is very soon it will be muddy and yucky with the town deserted but the wildlife and fishing opportunities become tremendous over the next month. See here for my last years early trip into Yellowstone in April. April and early May are your big opportunities to see Grizzlies and controversial Wolves in the Park. You have to deal with very few people and you will find the Park Rangers much more relaxed this time of year. You will also have the opportunity to see Bison calves. They are very cute just be careful about Mama! The fly fishing opportunities also abound this time of year before runoff. Trout are starting to get more active and it is the Rainbows turn to spawn in the spring, while the Browns get to follow and nibble on eggs. You have better opportunities for bigger and more plentiful fish this time of year than you do when there are almost as many fisherman as fish during the summer!
Of course with an Interior Design Blog Montana theme we will also talk about Interior Design and what is happening in Big Sky and Montana in general. We will show you some of our interior design projects and some of our remodels and new construction. Bottomline you never know what we will talk about or too in our Interior Design Blog Montana!
So, while most of you are starting to see spring flowers we are still blanketed in the white stuff but don’t feel sorry for us because this is a special time of the year to be in Big Sky, MT believe it or not. If you are curious about our other posts please check out our Blog and if you want to see some of our latest projects take a look at our Portfolio. You can also check us out on Pinterest, Facebook and Houzz.
As a Montana Interior Designer in Big Sky, I get involved in discussions and decisions on countertops. Both in new construction and in remodels where we are trying to upgrade a home. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and one persons likes may not match another persons. My bottom line is if you love it then it is right! There are a number of choices and materials to choose from and things to consider. Hopefully, this article helps enlighten you on some things to consider when deciding on countertops, whether for your kitchen, bathroom or wherever else.
-Granite Countertops are what the majority of people want in their homes. They are beautiful and Granite is unique. It is a mined slab of natural earth material where no two slabs are alike. Because they are natural material, they are imperfect and some people are concerned that one countertop in a room may not match another countertop exactly. Some people love that slabs show character and some are bothered by it. Costs have dropped recently and granite is more reasonable than in the past. Chances are you will have to have seams depending on the size of countertop. The person that installs can minimize the seams but they are still there. This is due to slabs coming in somewhat uniform sizes and countertops coming in all kinds of lengths! Costs are a concern for me as a Montana Interior Designer and there are a few ways that I can help you in deciding on granite. Many times I can find remnants of an already used slab. Another cost consideration would be thickness of the slab. While the kitchen will normally be a 3″ slab a number of people are now going to 2″ slabs for bathroom and elsewhere countertops. You can also sometimes find excess inventory of certain colors or something that might have been around the yard for a while. Another cost consideration for countertops of all materials is the edge treatment. If you want a edge that is something different than comes from the mine it is going to have to be machined and normally that is going to add expense. The other consideration to consider on granite is if you want a non maintenance surface granite may not be the best for you. It needs to be periodically cleaned and sealed. There is one recent consideration on granite. There are slabs coming more and more from countries such as China that are lesser grade. They are much cheaper but can discolor and are not always as durable. I would ask where the slab has come from and discuss the origin with the supplier. As a Montana Interior Designer, I talk to as many suppliers as I can because they all have different materials, slabs and you never know when you might be able to save a client money!
-Quartz is manmade and is actually more expensive than granite right now. I say manmade, it is actually crushed quartz particles that is then formed with the help of rosin into a solid material. Very durable and has a look and feel of stone. There is no maintenance for quartz. At this point and time it is more expensive than granite. Some people are bothered that it is manufactured but if you want a countertop that you can place and not have to worry about quartz is it. I have used quartz countertops being a Montana Interior Designer and have no issues with using them in a home. In fact, in rentals, it is a very good choice. In theory it is stainless and incredibly durable. Quartz can be effected by sunlight over a period of time so if you have an area that gets noticeably more sunlight you would need to consider that. Because quartz is manufactured versus real stone if there are seams they will be much less noticeable. Quartz is made to look like stone and is much more uniform in color, texture and pattern. If that is important to you consider quartz.
-Quartzite is not to be mistaken for quartz. They are different materials. Quartzite is actually sandstone that has been put under pressure and heat. Choices of colors are more limited in Quartzite, usually, more whites and grays. Quartzite will have more streaking and may have colored streaks depending on materials present in the naturally occurring process. Quartzite, unlike quartz, requires maintenance since it is a stone. You need to seal and reseal to keep material from penetrating the stone. Costs are comparable to quartz.
Other Materials for Countertops
I like to mix things up as a Montana Interior Designer since I can be doing rustic, modern rustic, cabin, ski chalet or any of another styles. There are a couple of materials that I like to use as countertops on more of an accent basis mixed in with some of the materials talked about above. I will just name them alphabetically and not necessarily in order of preference because so much depends on the style and the design.
-Concrete is a great accent piece for islands and smaller areas. It is manmade so you have to seal it a couple times a year and it will stain. Most people view concrete as something that develops character and you can use different color mortars to accent your design. You can do a very light color all the way to black. It is a change of pace that is more of an accent than a long counter. Islands are perfect for concrete.
-Stainless Steel is also a good accent piece, although some will use it for a whole counter. Nothing wrong with either. It is in the personal taste category. Stainless will scratch easily and you either mark that down as character or you can get burnished stainless steel that you will be able to buff out some of the scratches. Stainless is good for a modern look and more of a commercial kitchen look where scratches would not matter anyway. Easy to clean and isn’t going to stain.
-Wood would be the other material I would like to mention that I have used as a Montana Interior Designer. We will use butcher block in limited areas to accent a kitchen. I love the look of butcher block mixed in with a darker colored countertop. This is something you have to seal and clean more than other materials but people that like to cook, love butcher blocks.
Cleaning of Countertops
Just a thought on cleaning of countertops. Over the years in my job as a Montana Interior Designer I have been taught a few things. Any of the natural earth made materials, the best way of cleaning them is with hydrogen peroxide and rock salt. This sanitizes all the little cracks and crevices without damaging the material of your countertop. On the manmade surfaces you can use more normal sanitary cleaners. I would not use bleach on any surface that you will be preparing food.
I hope you have found this article to be helpful. I know I have left out some surfaces so if you love a surface that I did not mention please feel free to drop me a note or comment. If you liked the information you might also check out the rest of our blog for more articles and please feel free to check out our Portfolio section to see some of our latest projects. You can also check us out on Pinterest, Houzz or Facebook and by all means if you have a project in Montana where you need a Montana Interior Decorator give us a shout for a free consultation.
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This is one of those topics that comes up being an Interior Decorator Big Sky MT. Whether it is a new build or a remodel this can be one of the most discussed and debated parts of the kitchen or bathroom decors and can definitely affect the overall budget. What kind of material, cost, color, seams all enter into the discussion. There are several things that I have found as an Interior Decorator that can help keep costs as reasonable as possible. First of all being in Big Sky, Montana you have less vendors to choose from. We just don’t live in a big town. All Interior Decorators in Big Sky MT are going to go to Bozeman. Our choice of suppliers has greatly improved over the years I have been doing this but our population still is very small compared to larger cities so, of course, we have less choices. Not bad choices just less choices.
Here are the things I have learned being an Interior Decorator Big Sky MT:
-On granite ask about remnants and extra large slabs. This can even be true on other materials. Many times companies have left over product from a project that might work well for a bath room countertop or a smaller kitchen countertop. On the larger slabs if you have a large area some times you can keep from going to a 2nd slab. Slabs are broken sometimes on larger slabs and can be cut to fit smaller projects. You have to be open to doing this but if your counter is cut from a larger remnant or larger broken piece and it doesn’t affect any part of the look of your counter, it is worth considering for some of my clients. Savings can be 30-50% under the right situation and it becomes a win-win for everyone.
-Get multiple quotes from different suppliers. Each has different product and materials so prices are going to vary. It also introduces you to more salesman. Salesman can be the key if you build a rapport with them quickly. They might know of a sale coming up, a remnant, excess inventory or a slab they are trying to move for whatever reason. Sometimes, they are also given margin room that they can give you a % off the listed price. A good friendly relationship can get you quantity discounts as well. If you go have discussions with several salesman in town and have them all working for you many times you will get a call on a special deal. I may have an advantage in being and Interior Decorator Big Sky MT and they know that but having a good relationship with several salesman someone is going to offer you a good deal. Everyone likes working with someone they like and I am a big believer that is how you can drive your best bargain.
-Keep an open mind. Sometimes there might be a slab that is excess inventory or has not sold for whatever reason. Maybe the slab has been there for a while or they ordered too much of the same lot run. Maybe the slab is thinner than a normal slab. The normal slab is 3″ thick but the trend to save money is going to 2″ on counters besides the kitchen. You might need to consider paint color changes in a room and if you had a paint color you were deciding between and you can get a great deal on a counter top that you might have to go with your 2nd choice paint, it might be considering. As an Interior Decorator in Big Sky MT sometimes things get expensive and if we had a close second on paint choice and we can save good money, I need to present you that choice for you to make.
-Be a friend to everyone at the yard. You will be surprised what someone will tell you if you are nice, ask an opinion and listen. People in the back know a lot about the product. They might be an installer, do the cutting or move product and they might be able to tell you to check on this product or give you a heads up on a product they would steer away from. Granite shops are known to have varied opinions that they will share with you while the salesman runs and gets a call or talks to someone else. You are an information gatherer from anyone that is willing to share information. When you go from one place to another share the information you gathered and then see what the opinions of more experts want to share with you.
-Edges and finishes cost money. It is a simple fact that if something has to be done to your slab for your liking it is going to cost money 99 times out of 100. If you want a Beveled, Cove, Dupont or Ogee edge compared to the edge that comes from the mill you should expect to pay extra. These are all edges that time will be spent on very expensive machines to give you the desired edge contour that you want and you will be billed a very healthy rate to get the custom edges. The same thing goes for finishes. If you want a leathered finish, a certain sheen or shine that is not from the mill you are going back on a machine to get the desired effect. That machine and person that runs it doesn’t work for free. The only exception is getting lucky with a remnant which I have done a number of times. In fact, as a Interior Decorator Big Sky MT, I have people that will call me when such pieces come up. It works incredibly well if you have the right project.
-Find a handyman to do the demo of pulling old counters off, sheetrock if necessary, disposing of the trash. You can save money by doing that with a handyman. Make sure they understand the specs and what is being done. That is a big part of my job as an Interior Decorator Big Sky MT is putting the right people together and making sure they understand what the other sub needs. Most countertop people in Bozeman don’t even do both but in the few cases I know of, you can potentially save hundreds of dollars.
-Find a handyman to do the plumbing of putting a sink in. There are a number of types of sinks and ways to put them in with countertops. Some countertop companies do light plumbing but many times a good handyman can save you hundreds here as well.
-Use other less expensive materials to break up the size you need of more expensive materials. We like to use butcher block, concrete and any other complimentary products on wings of a slab to cut down on the square footage for say high end granite. For instance, many times it adds to a kitchen to have some butcher block. If it saves money, as well, that makes it all the better.
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My Interior Design Tastes vs Your Interior Design Tastes-You Win! – Big Sky MT Interior Designer
I’m going to start writing blog posts on some of the most common questions clients ask before hiring an Interior Designer. These are questions that come up across the board no matter the size of house, budget, style, location, etc…Let’s take Big Sky, MT where I live and do Interior Design, as an example. Big Sky is a ski resort with a wide variance of developments. You can have very large homes in super high end developments such as: Spanish Peaks, Yellowstone Club and Moonlight Basin. Then, on the other end, we have more modest homes in the meadow and mountains surrounding Big Sky. Big Sky Resort was started in the early 70’s, so you are looking at many homes and developments that are 30+ years old. So, you have many homes that need updating to maximize their Big Sky, MT Real Estate values. If you are going to be successful as a Big Sky MT Interior Designer, you have to be adaptable. You better be able to do Rustic, Rustic Modern, Ski Chalet, Cabin look, Modern, European, Lodge and whatever else clients want. It is enjoyable to decorate in different styles and keeps me excited and energized!
Which gets me to the title of this post. When I decorate am I decorating for my tastes or yours? First of all, I am not decorating for my portfolio or to please myself. I please the client first and get my satisfaction out of bringing their tastes together to make a home they can love and enjoy. So how do I learn your tastes? There are a number of ways! We do a lot of talking! The more, the better! This is easy for me because I love to talk and make new friends! We use to show pictures out of magazines to find someone’s Interior Decorating likes and styles. I still have piles of them! Now, I can send you to my Pinterest, Houzz, or Webpage. You pin or like my ideas or share your ideas. We can even have a private page that just you and me and maybe a friend that knows your tastes can visit and make notes and comments. This leads to a discussion where we start to get to know each other(remember friends). If you are in Big Sky, we go see houses I have decorated and go shopping together for an afternoon. When the buying starts I send pictures at first asking for feedback. Do you like this? What do you think of this? I have done over 100 projects between Montana and Texas so the system works. Most, all the items I purchase are returnable and we usually will return a couple of things that don’t fit your idea of the house.
This whole process is to try and get inside your head a bit from a Big Sky MT Interior Designer standpoint. A good Interior Designer picks up on the little things and comments you make such as: Love this, To die For, I’d Marry That, Gotta have that, Yes, and all the other funny things I’ve heard through the years. This process is all about us having fun while turning your Big Sky, MT home into something you love!
Feel free to visit my Houzz, Pinterest or Facebook page or look at our Portfolio section to see some of the recent projects we have had the honor of doing! If you have a need for a Big Sky MT Interior Designer and have a project please feel free to call or email me. It’s easy, I live in this beautiful place! Contact me.
If you liked this article, you might find this one on What size Interior Design budgets we deal with here.
Montana Interior Design Firm – What Size Budgets Do You Work With?
This will be one of the first questions my future interior design clients will ask me. Big Sky, MT can be an expensive place but doesn’t always have to be. Budgets, first of all, depend on the scope of the design project. A Montana Interior Design Firm can save you money just from being local.
Are we talking about a home that someone purchased furnished that you just need to spruce up with accessories and bedding?
Is it a rental unit that needs to have pieces added to maximize rental revenue?
Do we need to open up a floor plan to make the home flow easier?
Are we repainting, new floors, tile, etc…
Project Scope Defines Budget
Being a Big Sky Interior Designer, I am usually dealing with 2nd homes for absentee owners. That means I get involved and help watch over a number of different facets, as you can see from above. Furnishing is just one of many things I do here in Big Sky as an Interior Designer. A third of the time, the Interior Design project involves some construction facet along with furnishing the home. That means hours spent picking finishes, paint colors, floors, tile and talking with the construction crews on schedules, order of installation and just getting the job done right. This seems to be the most overwhelming part to homeowners. This is where it is nice to have professional help in picking complimentary finishes and colors. If you are someone that enjoys being more involved in the choices of finishes, paint colors and tiles, it is nice to have someone to bounce ideas or confirm choices.
Once the construction ends, the furnishing begins. I will have done a great deal of background work so we will have furnishings moving in as the construction crews go out. So when someone wants to talk budget sizes it can be a very wide variance of numbers. We have done simple bedding projects for as little as $3000 and have done construction oversight, interior design and furnishing for as much as $500,000. A wide variance but when you consider that we have a number of factors that me might get involved in or it might be a very simple interior decorating job where we are just freshening up a house it begins to make sense. You have to be versatile to be a Big Sky Interior Designer. Big Sky has older developments that are being freshened up and new developments like, Moonlight, Spanish Peaks or Yellowstone Club where new homes are being built.
The best way to get a budget is for you to have a general idea of what you are wanting to do with your home. We can give you a rough ballpark figure over the phone. We are all about maximizing value and how you interior decorate your home in Big Sky will have an impact on what you get in return both as a rental or if you eventually want to sell it after you enjoy it. That means we might give you two ranges or suggest a few pieces where you will not want to skimp. What we have found over the years is those clients that are so tightly budget minded might short change themselves on maximizing value of their home due to a few thousand dollars. I respect that decision, just feel we are not doing our job if we don’t give options that potentially maximize your asset.
Interior design budgets depend on the scope of the work, what you have in mind for a home and how far along you are with the vision of what you want your home to look like. It also depends on what step of the process we are brought in. Many times we can save you significant dollars if we are early enough in the process to help conceptualize furniture and make suggestions on finishes. Being a Montana Interior Design Firm we know what finishes, furniture and accessories are readily available here in Montana. That can be a big advantage in our little town of Big Sky!
I hope you have found this helpful. There are so many factors in Big Sky, MT that can affect your budget for Interior Design and Construction. Time of the year, difficulty of getting product to sight, availability of labor, etc…If you have a project coming up that you are going to need a Montana Interior Design Firm that actually is in Big Sky please contact us. We would love to help and if you want to see some of our projects you can visit our Portfolio pages or you can visit us on Houzz, Pinterest or Facebook. Remember to like or follow us so you can get back to the page easily!
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Sometimes we get real excited and go out and do something out of the norm! This is our 2nd home that we have purchased out of foreclosure to redo. We look for a home that has good bones that is outdated and maybe been neglected the last few years. Then we get after the Interior Design part of it! We knock out walls to open the floor plan, widen doors, give it new flooring and carpeting. New architectural accents with porch downstairs, shutters and window seat in master. Then finish it with new paint, new lighting, new front deck and new landscaping. It turned out very nice and has had rave reviews from Realtors in Big Sky. This home is in the Aspengrove neighborhood of Big Sky, MT. From an interior design standpoint this is the type neighborhood that we think anyone would love to live in. Quiet, wildlife, off the beaten path but still has great access to the mountain and town. The house is set off from the road a good distance, set in it’s own forest of pine trees with good views. You will see moose, elk, deer and maybe a bear or two. The goal as an Interior Designer was to have the house fit in to the natural surroundings of Big Sky. It needed to accent what was already put there by Mother Nature. All the feedback is that we did a good job in doing that on this Big Sky, MT redo! Please feel free to contact us if you have a home in Big Sky, MT that needs a loving touch!
So like last year we chose to purchase a foreclosure on a home in Big Sky, MT. This was another solid boned house that needed some tender loving care. We didn’t gut it like the last home but we did just about everything else we could do! Hardwoods, tile throughout, new fireplace, new front deck, new porch, a window seat in the master, etc…I think you get the picture! It is just freshly on the market with professional photos. Big Sky MT Redo(s) are about updating the home, and getting it on the market for the summer sale season. You can look at our Portfolio page here for the writeup on the Big Sky MT Redo.
You can see it on our Facebook page here: Tatom Design Big Sky Redo or you can go see the listing and the professional photos
I am going to try and put up some before and after photos in the next few days. It has been a real challenge doing the redo while still having a full load of clients projects! I wouldn’t have it any other way! We very much like the different projects we do. From new construction, to freshening a house either for the client’s own use or to help maximize sale price. Helping developers plan their look or staging houses for builders for quick sale! Decorating Christmas trees for Celebrities or large developments we enjoy the different projects that we get involved in. They keep each day new and fresh! Things never get boring here at Tatom Design and Big Sky is growing fast but is still a diamond in the rough!
Here is a project we did on the slopes of Big Sky Resort. Interior Decorating in Big Sky MT allows me to look at some of the most incredible views while working on client’s homes. Sometimes when you are interior decorating in Big Sky space becomes one of the most important considerations.This is a cozy cabin built right on the slopes of Big Sky, MT. A small two bedroom cabin that needed to maximize space while bringing in color and giving an inviting place to enjoy after a day on the slopes. The interior decorating included new carpet, rug, antler accents and bringing in bright reds and comfy leather sofa and chairs. This Big Sky ski cabin is all about skiing, rustic log accents and showing off the wildlife of our beautiful area. This kind of interior decorating can vastly improve the amount of return a home can get from vacation rentals. It creates a place to enjoy at the end of the day!
If you like what you see you and you have an Interior Decorating Big Sky MT need please feel free to Contact us. You can also find us on Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. Kathy can adapt to numerous styles and will get to know you, your styles and likes and furnish a beautiful mountain home you will love and can be proud of.