Interior Design Blog Montana

Interior Design Blog Montana – The Things We Get to See!

Lone Mountain Sunset in Big Sky, MT

Lone Mountain Sunset in 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.

My favorite Interior Design Blogs

Photos by Ryan Day Thompsonwww.ryandaythompson.com/

 

I thought you might like to see what Interior Design Blogs I like to read. Creative people need to keep their juices flowing which means looking for ideas. I want to see what people are doing in other parts of the country and the latest trends. This almost always gives you an idea or a new resource that can make a home and save clients money!

Here in no particular order are my Favorite Interior Design Blogs:

Mountain Living Blog  This is, of course, closer to what I do everyday style wise. It shows quite a few Colorado Ski Resorts but every once in a while Big Sky Montana gets to jump in there! I find it very interesting for the Interior Decorating part but it also shows Real Estate values quite a bit. Big Sky Montana is still very undervalued while giving you more of everything Colorado has to offer. Yes, I’m biased.

Joanna’s Blog Joanna Gaines of Chip and Joanna fame. You can take a girl out of Texas but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl! I was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Texas A&M so you know I have to love these two. Joanna is incredibly talented and does a very good job of doing great Interior Decorating while watching over her clients money.

Good Bones Great Pieces These two ladies are both authors and Interior Designers. So you get several perspectives as well as getting to go shopping with them. They also share resources so sometimes you pick up a source you might not have known about.

Montana Prairie Tales This blog is small town Montana. Joellyn lived in the big city and escaped like my husband(Buzz)and I did. Her interior design jobs are smaller because of being in rural Montana but she is talented.

Now you have a few blogs to go read if you love interior design blogs and are looking for some ideas and of course don’t forget we are always adding content to our blog! You can also check us out on Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. If you want to see some of our recent projects check out our Portfolio page and, of course, if you want to discuss an upcoming project please Contact us!

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Interior Design Company Montana-How Far Out Timewise?

Interior Design Company Montana

 

Another question that I receive is, how far out time wise are you? This seems to be a concern for many potential clients and I understand with projects coming in all scopes, sizes and timelines. The busiest season for Interior Design Company in Montana is usually around Christmas time but summer is quickly becoming a busy time as well.

First, let me give you a bit of background. My husband and I owned a Graphics and Marketing company in Dallas, Tx for 24 years. Our business was about meeting deadlines and delivering product built around very large campaigns. When I started doing Interior Design in Dallas and then Big Sky Montana deadlines were second nature. I have been able to decorate clients homes quickly under deadlines of rentals, family and Holidays. I started in Big Sky doing Interior Decorating on Rentals to help companies and their clients maximize their rental income. That means I had to decorate between rentals or rental seasons. You have to be ready to roll and get the job done before the next rental. Being able to do the Interior Design of a home quickly and make it look good has helped grow my business very quickly.

I have suppliers that are use to the quick turn of getting a home ready. Big pieces are ordered and ready to ship. Construction if needed has been planned and scheduled and accessories arrive so when the green light is given my team will work 7 days a week to make it all happen for the client. Much of timing depends on the scope of the project. If it involves me doing Construction Consulting that is controlled by the Builder but there are a number of great builders here in Big Sky. What I focus on with them is being readily available when decisions need to be made. It, also, allows me to keep up with the vision of the Interior Decorating and showing the client pictures, picking fabric, ordering and insuring things are lined up to finish the project once the construction ends.

If the project is just Interior Decorating or even bedding, that can happen pretty quickly once we establish clients likes and dislikes. If we have custom pieces that is where time can slow down. Many Interior Design Companies in Montana are not flexible enough to be able to go with already pre made pieces or accessories to make a tight deadline. I love doing custom pieces but I am flexible enough to have stock furniture and accessories that can be shipped and ready for a tight deadline. I had to learn to be flexible in my previous career and my training has paid off for many of my clients in Interior Design here in Montana! For example, I just finished a clients home here in Montana and they were pleased with the end product and timing so much that they flew me to the East Coast to finish the accessories in their main home. It was a 2 day whirl wind but we pulled it off and it looks great!

So if you have a project in Montana and especially in Big Sky Montana and are looking for an Interior Design Company in Montana please Contact us. I would also encourage you to check out our Portfolio page. We are also very active on Social Media and you can see our idea pages on Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook.

 

Interior Designer Big Sky MT -Do you work outside of Big Sky?

Cozy bedroom in Mountain home in Big Sky, MT.

One of the questions that I receive from Realtors, Builders and other potential clients is do you ever work outside of Big Sky MT? Of course! If you want to know about out of state, I have done projects in Texas and South Carolina. Most are talking local and I have done multiple projects in Bozeman and West Yellowstone. I travel anywhere within Montana and have travelled elsewhere. Once a client has a certain comfort level it is easy to do another home for them or their primary residence. I adapt to any theme or design quickly. I attribute that, to doing jobs in Dallas where Mountain Home is not high on the list of decorating themes to consider and the extensive time I have spent in areas such as Seaside, Florida and other beach areas. Being an Interior Designer Big Sky MT the area I would travel would certainly include these areas: Bozeman(of course), Ennis, Livingston, Big Timber, Manhattan, Three Forks and then Island Park, Idaho. The developments I have worked with in Big Sky are Spanish Peaks, Moonlight Basin, Big Sky Resort and all over Big Sky proper. If you live and work as an Interior Designer in Big Sky Montana, you are going to travel.

I’m known for being able to pull off an Interior Design job quicker than most designers.  In fact, close to half my Interior Decorating business is quick turn projects. So, I can travel anywhere and between on site and Internet I can do a design job very quickly. It might include an onsite visit with measuring, getting a feel for the client and house and then shipping in items and time on site to bring it all together. In Montana, you need to be able to do things remotely and then pull it all together if needed in just a few trips to minimize cost while creating a home that pleases the client!

What is key is the organization of ordering and delivery in a more rural setting. It brings me back to my former career of having to pull a number of media and print projects together and making it all come together within a timeframe. I did this for Fortune 500 companies under very tight time and budget constraints while sourcing products both internationally and domestic. It is very similar to the organization of construction, painter, appliances, furniture, etc..takes a special talent to communicate, organize and have everyone get along, while keeping the end goal in mind! Especially, as it gets close to transition times from construction wrapping up, cleaning of the house and furnishings starting to be delivered, placed and the final touches. There are a lot of moving parts!

So, if you are looking for an Interior Designer Big Sky MT located in SW Montana we may very well be the designer you are looking for! Feel free to look at our Portfolio page to see some of our recent projects. We can adapt to most any style! You can also check us out on Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. If you like what you see, feel free to Contact us.

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Video Ideas for Interior Decorating Big Sky MT

I feel the best way to keep up with new and exciting Interior Decorating ideas is watching shows, talking to people, reading and going to shows. Here are a few videos with my thoughts after each one. The beauty about an Interior Designer is that none of us are going to agree with each other 100% of the time! I know Big Sky MT Interior Decorating styles and others outside the area don’t know what the trends are in our Montana mountain town. What styles are bringing top dollar and what skilled labor and the harsh weather can do to some of these trends! Here is our first video: Top 10 Design Trends Of 2016

My thoughts are:

#10-I love the hard lines for the right place and design. I would limit it to some of the statement pieces. You just need to be careful and not overdue. New concepts can be fun and exciting. They just need to fit!

#9-Retro is in and we have used it on several Interior Decorating Big Sky MT projects. We are using it a lot between art and furnishings! We love games such as Foosball or Old Pinball Machines and we mixing in Big Sectional Sofas.

#8-Natural Fibers are a big part of what we do here in Big Sky. Seagrass or Jute rugs. Artwork or furniture using reclaimed wood. Exteriors and finishes using stone and wood finishes. The new and exciting things for 2016 are mixing in color on there natural fiber pieces. I am very excited about doing this in 2016!

#6-Love space savers and things that help in organization!

#5-Simple is in! It is me with accents! You come to Big Sky to get away from your busy life and you need a Big Sky Interior Decorator that understands that and gives you a soothing home!

#4-Love glass in the kitchen! Let your dishes be art!

#3-Again you come to Big Sky MT to relax. Pretty and practical helps soothe you!

#1-Maybe. This would work in some of our Interior Decorating Big Sky MT styles but not all! Love the design just would depend on the project. With a number of Modern Interior Decorating projects coming up for us in 2016 you will definitely see us use this design idea!

Next on the video is: Tiny Cabins in the Woods by Grig Stamate. I think this is very appropriate for Interior Decorating Big Sky MT ideas because a number of homes have or are considering guest cabins or cottages.

Home sizes are trending smaller and this gives you some good ideas on weekend cabins in the woods. These, of course, are perfect guest cabins for larger homes. My thoughts on making these small cabins bigger or living bigger are having lofts, bunk beds, porches, natural wood burning stoves, and I love the flower boxes! I would try and always use as much reclaimed materials in the project and I love how some of these small cabins are using bright colors for trim! I want to give full credit to Grig’s blog: howtobuildahouseblog.com

So those are 2 videos I thought you might find interesting and hopefully entertaining! If you want to see some Big Sky MT Interior Decorating of small cabins try here or you can view some of our recent projects here! You can also visit our Pinterest page, Houzz page or Facebook page to get some other ideas from us here at Tatom Design!

If you have an upcoming Interior Design project or are building a home and need help in creating a family vacation home you can’t wait to get to, please Contact us!

 

 

 

Rustic Montana Home

Interior Decorator Big Sky MT-Furniture Discussion

Rustic Montana Home

Can I Use Furniture I Already Have? 

I have many questions that come up repeatedly when talking to prospective clients about doing the Interior decorating for their Big Sky, MT home. The question of whether I can use furniture or art in the house or brought from the client’s home. My job is not to spend your money to fulfill my dreams or to put the project into my portfolio. There are numerous projects where I have done the interior decorating here in Big Sky, MT and used pieces that are already in the home. As long as the piece looks good I love saving money for everyone involved. In fact, you will learn there is nothing that pleases me like a good deal!!! You might have a couch, dining room table or any of a number of pieces that might fit in the design. Maybe we stay with the dining room table and get new updated chairs or vice versa. Big Sky, MT can be an expensive place for a second home and sometimes budgets can get a little tight after paying for the home. So we look at the overall theme and if we can use present pieces or pieces from home and still have a professional looking interior decorated home, we do it! You don’t have to tell your friends that if you don’t want to. Mums the word from me and I feel like that is part of my talent! I think it is very important for me to note, I am interested in you being pleased both in the looks and what everything costs.

How we do this is after deciding the theme, we see what fits. Ideally, you don’t want the existing furniture to drive the decor. We have done it that way and it has worked for the most part but that is not the ideal situation. You don’t want to force the interior decorating in your mountain home in Big Sky. It should fit. If it doesn’t fit, I have connections where I can sell your furniture to offset budget costs if you would like. So you can send me photos of pieces and we make mutual decisions on whether something might work. What you will find is I like deals and spend your money like it is my own. Very carefully!

Should you have an Interior Design project coming up in Big Sky Montana please feel free to get in touch with us so we can discuss your Big Sky, MT dream home. You can also check us out on Houzz or Pinterest to see some of our collection of projects or ideas that we will use to help determine your tastes and likes. You can also find us on Facebook or check out our Portfolio page. I love Interior Decorating in Big Sky, MT! One of the most beautiful places in the world!

Rustic Modern Interior Design-Timeless or a Fad?

 

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We have been doing a Rustic Modern style on a number of homes here in Big Sky Montana. I get asked whether this style is going to be dated or a fad when discussing client’s tastes. Rustic Modern is mostly about open, clean living and if done right it can be timeless! That being said when you start walking in Target and seeing rustic modern knockoff furniture everywhere and then go get a coffee and overhear someone talking about doing their house in rustic modern, we might have reached a saturation level. Just kidding! My opinion, if done right the simplification and clean, muted colors have a long time before they become dated in our busy lives craving simple, beautiful living. I’m going to outline my tenets of Rustic Modern Interior Design.

 

Rustic Modern Building Materials

Rustic modern style is about beautiful but low maintenance clean lines. It is about bringing rustic warmth with modern amenities. Outside of the house can be reclaimed wood, stone with clean lines and concrete that might be treated or stained. Once you walk in the home it is about bringing nature inside with big windows and an open floor plan. The windows, of course, need to be wood. This is one area you don’t want to skimp on with a rustic modern style. Don’t forget the 5th wall(ceiling)which is not ignored in a Rustic Modern style. At the very least, you can do faux beams but most times you finish the ceiling in wood with beams to accent and add to the home. Remember, we are trying to bring nature inside with the warmth of wood.

 

Rustic Modern Interior 

Colors are going to be neutral, calming colors and the use of natural fabrics and animal rugs to add to the simple living. The kitchen should be very updated with appliances with clean lines and low care maintenance. The furniture is modern using leathers, natural fabrics and neutral colors with clean angular lines. Each person has their own tastes and I recently had a client where we did Rustic Modern and she is a color girl. We added some color with pillows and art. There is a very famous quote by an Interior Designer named Bunny Williams, “If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.” She loved it and I loved it and most importantly, it worked for her and her family.

 

Rustic Lighting and Accessories

Lighting gives you the opportunity to add details and create the modern part of the Rustic Modern Interior Design. The shapes, type of lighting, shades, chandelier and sconces. The chandeliers, lamps and sconces can be metal with carefully chosen light to accent your modern look. It is your opportunity to make a statement and tie everything in between modern and rustic! Your accessories should accent everything else you have already done. Say if you have gone with lots of chrome on the furniture you can add silver trays, antlers and put skins on tables and floor and tie in with mirrors and other things that give the home a edgy look. We have chosen to do just blinds as window treatments in our modern rustic look.

 

If you found this interesting you might want to see this Home we did in Big Sky. Then check out the rest of our Portfolio pages. You can also check us out on Houzz, Pinterest and Facebook to see our design ideas and likes! If you have a project coming up that you are thinking of doing a Rustic Modern Interior Design style or another style please feel free to Contact us. We would love to discuss the project and always do complimentary consultations.

 

Big Sky MT Redo

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

here:

Montana Living Real Estate-Big Sky, MT

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!