Contemporary Mountain Cabin

This is a contemporary mountain cabin located at the base of Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, MT. This was a particularly fun project to work on alongside our client who craved a unique design that would serve their family’s needs. Together, we centered this design with the use leathers, animal furs, clean lines and natural tones. The final product is a light, airy, and contemporary design that has the perfect natural palette for a mountain-modern dream home. We loved putting together this sophisticated yet functional design.

What do you need in your Montana dream home? Do you want a place to relax and recharge? We designed this log home to be a warm and inviting space to unwind after a long day of playing at the ski area close by. At Tatom Design, we want to produce an inviting house that is durable yet stylish. Above all, we aim to create what fits with the clients taste while serving its function as a mountain ski cabin in Big Sky, MT.

Do you like what you see? We would live to work with you! Please feel free to check out our Portfolio page to see some of our recent projects. You can also find us on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram and Facebook. Reach out to us, we would love to start working on the property of your dreams!

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

Interior Design Big Sky, MT

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!

 

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As a Big Sky Interior Designer, where do you purchase furniture, rugs and accessories?

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!

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Getting Involved in People’s Holiday Season in Big Sky MT

Today was our first real snow day here in Big Sky. Our family was discussing and some are happy to see snow and some could wait a while longer! Halloween was just a few days ago and it can be anything from a super nice fall night to a complete blizzard!

My mind has turned to the Holidays:

  1. Being a Big Sky Interior Designer, I have to think several months ahead with clients. We have to have homes ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas family time! It is a great deal of fun trying to get client’s homes ready for the relaxing, fun times in Big Sky during those times! Very fulfilling!
  2. Our son Tate is coming home from his first semester at the Air Force Academy(YEAH!) and we are planning his flights. We can’t wait to see him and are super excited! He has been gone since June so it will be great to have him home!
  3. Christmas movies have started! Gets started earlier and earlier every year but as a family we have watched one every night since Halloween! Love this time of the year.

This is a time of year that is very busy for us. From getting homes ready for families, to turning houses over to rental companies and all the many details that entails. We decorate a few homes so when clients arrive they walk into a tree and a decorated house so they don’t waste a minute of their time during this precious time of the year in Big Sky. I love being an Interior Designer in Big Sky this time of the year and the rush of helping people’s dreams come true with furnishing their vacation homes. That special time of the year starts the first day of real snow! I wonder what Christmas movie is on TV tonight?

Let us know if we can help in any way on a present or future design job. We would love to help you make a dream come true!

Best wishes from Tatom Design and Big Sky MT and feel free to visit and or like us on Facebook-Tatom Design!

 

Our first good snowfall of the year here in Big Sky!

Our first good snowfall of the year here in Big Sky MT!

Can your Interior Designer help you make Money on Redoing a House?

Can you increase the value of a home by freshening, redesigning or changing the Interior Design before putting it on the market? As an Interior Designer in Big Sky we can only speak about SW Montana and from previous experience in Dallas, Tx but we definitely have seen it pay off time and again.

Let me ask you this. If you go into a home that has tastes that are several decades old versus a home that is up to date and furnished well, which are you going to drive a harder bargain for. One appeals to you and the other you know you will need to spend money to get it to the level you want. I know there are many factors that affect this decision such as location, needs, etc…but all things being equal putting a house on the market that is updated and shows well brings more money and sells it sooner than the other end of the spectrum. Over the last 18 months we have been asked by several realtors in Big Sky to freshen up a house that has been on the market for a while. Every time the Big Sky house sold quickly after putting it back on the market with the sell price being fairly close to the listing price. Coincidence? We don’t believe so! A redesign of at least part of the house gives buyers a vision and reduces some unknowns that affect home value. You certainly have to spend your money wisely but doing one or two rooms can change how buyers view the home.

The biggest rooms to consider are kitchen, den, master and master bathroom. Is it foolproof? No, but our experience is if you have two homes of comparable size and locale and one shows good taste in design and one does not it becomes easier for most buyers to trust what they see versus what they may not be able to picture.

Many times adding one accent or changing a few things that are out of date gives you an advantage over the rest of the competition in the market. At Tatom Design, we aren’t Realtors. They are the experts. We can only go by what we are being asked to do and what we have seen happen after helping a home become more desirable.

If you have a home in Big Sky or are looking at purchasing one and looking for Interior Design help, please feel free to email or call us to discuss your project! We would love to help! Also, please visit our Facebook page and give us a Like if you like what you see. You can also follow us on Twitter under @TatomDesign!