Big Sky Rustic Mountain Home Redo

Welcome to our favorite Rustic Mountain home redo!

We love redoing properties, but helping put our client’s own stamp on their mountain homes is our favorite part. Our design team completely customized this remodel to our client’s rustic, reclaimed style! We mixed reclaimed lumber and modern metalwork throughout the remodel, which helped update the space while paying tribute to traditional textures. We used beautiful cream colors juxtaposed against rustic metalwork and reclaimed wood in the entryway. Personally, we believe this comparison highlights the unique traditional and rustic style in the home.

One of our favorite custom features is located in the upstairs bedroom. Our contractor constructed the doorway using modern iron and glass which provides an intriguing entry to the remodeled room. We further updated the upstairs bedroom with custom stonework and reclaimed wood around the fireplace. We are thrilled with the result and can’t wait to take on similar projects that test our ability to design unique spaces.

Are you looking to combine your favorite styles in your Montana home? Reach out to us today and we can begin designing your own rustic mountain home!

A special thanks to our partners on this incredible project: Centre Sky Architecture, Montana Custom Build, and  Homestead Woods Inc.

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Rustic Modern Rental Property

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.

Montana Interior Designer – Countertop Discussion

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.

 

Photo Credit: Victor Hanacek  www.victorhanacek.com

Rustic Modern Interior Design-Timeless or a Fad?

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.

 

My favorite Interior Design Blogs

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?

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.

 

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Interior Decorator Big Sky MT-Furniture Discussion

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!

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Big Sky MT Interior Designer – My Tastes vs Your Tastes – You Win!

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.

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Montana Interior Design Firm – What Size Interior Design budgets do you work with?

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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! 

If you found this helpful you might like this blog post on “What does Interior Design in Big Sky Encompass?”

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Big Sky, MT Interior Design Redo

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!