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.
Inspiration comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Being an Interior Designer in Big
Sky, MT I have to be versatile and fit all styles and budgets. Art becomes a very
interesting part of the budget. People want color, style and images that make a house
warm and inviting and show what they love and who they are. The problem is that close
to half the houses I interior decorate are used as vacation rental. This means that people
do not like to spend a great deal on high dollar art that could be subject to
traffic and potential wear.
This started my quest for finding good art at reasonable prices. My husband and I use to
own The Odee Company which is a printer and promotional product company in Dallas,
Tx. We sold to two long time employees and a friend. They have been very successful
and one of the areas they expanded into was wide format printing. One thing led to
another and they partnered with two artists and launched Canvaskick.com. Wide format
has become very accepted for art and Canvaskick does giclees that the artist can hand
sign. The giclee can have a resin finish added that makes it appear to be encased in
glass. Cost is around $650 for the giclee and the resin finish is extra. The originals go
for $6000 and up. So, this is an inexpensive way to have great color and art.
Walter Eduardo Soza. There supposedly are more artists and works from present artists
to soon be added. It has developed enough of a following that it has been featured on
Cassie Freeman’s, Hi Sugarplum webpage and has participated in her
One Room Challenge. I heard Cassie was in Big Sky for her sister’s wedding. I would
have loved to shown her some of my projects and some Dallas hospitality! Maybe next
time! My husband could have shown her some beautiful property on a pretty river!
I have used Canvaskick and Odee for both the giclees, as well as, other prints. They
turn them quickly. As an Interior Designer, we know everything happens yesterday.
Being a Big Sky Interior Designer with people wanting 2nd homes perfect for family and
friends really means yesterday. Canvaskick says two weeks to turn the art but I
would urge you to call. They have turned things for me in a crunch in very short order
and are great to work with, so always call Travis. I also would like to add, their shipping
is bulletproof. They ship nationwide. So, they custom build the box and the art is bubble
wrapped extremely well.
Next time you have a project that needs some reasonable art options consider wide
format and look up Canvaskick. Great way to add color and style!
I am a professional shopper. I have been all my professional career. From Word Records where I had to source creative and cutting edge marketing ideas and products to The Odee Company where I sourced products for customers from all over the world to Tatom Design, my reason for being put on this earth is to shop! To find the best product at the best price is one of my biggest thrills! It was easier when I decorated homes in Dallas, of course. I had thousands of options to shop. Becoming a Big Sky Interior Designer and has helped me continue to find unique sourcing avenues for what I need to furnish my clients homes. After a whole career of shopping for clients, developing skills in negotiations and having numerous sources for any one product I am able to give great value to my clients.
I use any avenue to source furnishings for clients. I use the internet, travel to Bozeman and Billings, attend auctions, go to Market in Dallas and Las Vegas take trips to Santa Fe and Denver and use my Dallas connections to make sure that clients have the best possible trends and fashions to furnish their mountain homes. I have contacts with reps all over the country from the East Coast to the West Coast to make sure I have numerous options to show clients. My contacts source rugs, furniture, lighting, accessories, fixtures, etc…It is a busy life but I enjoy it! My husband thinks I’m a little crazy but what does he know!
My shopping allows me to have numerous options and angles on how to furnish homes from high end luxury homes, to rustic ski homes, to quaint cabins. I can be hanging moose heads and old ship lap to overseeing installation of the finest marble or granite countertops in the same day.
I love being a Big Sky Interior Designer with all the varieties of Mountain Interior Design. Getting involved in different facets from construction to Interior Design to a Redesign or freshening up a Mountain Home keeps the creative juices flowing. Should you have a future or present project you would like to talk about, I would love a chance to discuss it with you and get the opportunity to get to know you. Please feel free to call or email!
So I thought I would give you my do good public service announcement for Big Sky. In my job as a Big Sky MT interior designer I get to drive a great many miles! Roads are very slick in the early season! I went to Bozeman and counted 6 cars off the road in the Canyon and many more in Bozeman! Not sure why it is so much slicker in the early part of the year until things get more solid. We have that thick, sticky snow that turns to an icy slippery mess. Even with snow tires and studs it seems to be difficult driving out there. If you are in a rental car go ahead and irritate some of us locals and drive way below the speed limit. Just use pullouts to let everyone pass! You can always view the scenery during the pullouts. Remember you came here to slow down and enjoy the scenery so just incorporate that in to your safe driving!
It gets this way the first 2 or 3 weeks of snow season and then returns in the late season. I look forward to roads getting packed and temperatures dropping to where the snow has more traction. This goes without saying but the downhills and the turns are what you should watch for at this time of the year. One of these pics is from our driveway which is an adventure this time of the year! Put in 4 wheel low, down shift to first gear and hold on for the ride!
If you are coming in December you should be fine and driving should be much improved for snow driving. If you can say that!
We are very busy at this time of the year with double digit projects going on most of which needs to be done by Christmas or before. Being a Big Sky MT Interior Designer revolves around these times of the year so we will be on the road with you so be careful and have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.
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Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
Sometimes we get asked what Interior Design services we help clients with on their homes here in Big Sky. The answer is in some ways all of the above. For most clients, this is their 2nd home. That means they may not be on site at all times during a build or redesign project. This can mean that we may be involved in the construction phase. We have many Builders and Architects in Big Sky that are incredibly capable artisans, that have great tastes and do a fantastic job. Clients sometimes feel that if we are going to be furnishing it that we should be involved at an early phase in picking finishes or the look. The weather can also affect interior design in Big Sky on how you furnish a home, colors, etc…Sometimes the homeowner may want help in a certain area of the home or may want a female opinion on paint colors, carpet, tile, etc… It gives them another eye to help make sure that the home fits together and has the right look and feel for the client.
Some clients bring us in to furnish the home after it is built. This starts with us having conversations and showing pictures and previous projects to get a feel for their tastes and likes. We then start showing furniture, accessories while shopping with them or send them pictures for them to approve. Furniture, etc.. starts getting delivered and we are able to show a room in the finished stage. There are always a few items we change out at that time but you start getting close to knowing what a clients likes and dislikes are. As more rooms are furnished you can start seeing the house take shape and the overall thought process of the interior design. This is the majority of what we do.
Some clients bring us in to redo a home either as a renovation construction wise or interior design wise. This can involve adding square footage, redoing a kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Of course, this leads to picking tile, carpet, new paint, new finishes, appliances, moving or knocking out walls or any of a number of other things. It also usually involves new furniture and lighting, art and accessories. This can add substantial value to your home if done right. Some clients do this right before putting the house on the market with one of the great Realtors we have in Big Sky. Many times the Realtor gives solid ideas on what is the best way to increase the value of the home.
Since this is a big 2nd home rental market sometimes we are brought in by a Vacation Rental Management company or homeowner to help increase the amount of rental income a home can bring in. The Vacation Rental Management companies have great knowledge of how to increase rental income and what clients are looking for in a rental. For instance, if you can reconfigure a room to where the home can sleep more people that can open up more potential rental candidates. Couple that with the fact that if you have a very good Interior Design job and you have a real edge over other Big Sky properties. If your potential vacation renters are looking through the possibilities, sleeping more people in a good location in a well furnished house is a real advantage.
Finally, every once in a while we find a property that we will purchase ourselves and redo. Our factors we consider are location, undervalued home with great bones that just might need a little TLC. This involves a pretty intense 1-4 months for transforming a home into something that should sell for top dollar in the market. We have a surprise on one of our redos that we will be announcing in the upcoming months! So keep looking back for new and exciting news!
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