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Revitalization of the Bozeman Cannery
As a designer my days are filled with thoughtful, interesting, and talented people.  I am often left speechless, wondering "Who in the heck thought up this one!"Did you know that in 1912, the Gallatin Valley was known as the ‘Pea Capital of the Nation,” producing 75% of the nation’s crop.? The Bozeman Canning Company was opened in the summer of 1917, canning peas, beans, and meat. Between 3,000 and 3,500 acres were contracted by three to four growers to feed the cannery. On Average, 13,000 cases of peas per day were produced.  They were marketed as “Peas That Please” Read More →
Yellowstone Parkitecture
Today I learned a new term. . . 'Parkitecture'. Yellowstone National Park is located a mere 45 miles from Bozeman and just 15 miles from Big Sky, Montana. We often forget how lucky we are to sit in proximity to such beauty and natural wonder. Old Faithful Inn is quite possibly the biggest and best example of Parkitecture.   In the winter of 1903 - 1904, just 40 laborers built the Robert Reamers masterpiece.  With its log and limb lobby and massive stone fireplace the inn is an example of the golden age of rustic resort architecture style, which is also known as National Par Read More →
Genius in Bozeman and Big Sky
As a designer, I'm always seeking creative, inspirational, one of a kind artists to work with. Sophistication, craftsmanship, and beautiful details are all found locally right here in Bozeman Montana.  Here are just a few choice examples:Integrity builders Michael advocates utilizing reclaimed resources, and thrives on one-of-a-kind pieces.  Fine furniture, doors, cabinetry... If you can explain it, he can make it!  Check out his website.http://integritybuildersmt.comFry Steel and WorksRuss creates one of a kind commission furniture pieces as well as large scale installatio Read More →
Paradise for Designers
Located between Bozeman and Big Sky Montana you will find Earth Elements... a paradise for designers. The Earth Elements Design Centers feature the finest in home finishes including slab, tile & stone, wood flooring, bath and kitchen fixtures, door hardware, appliances, lighting, and cabinetry - all housed under one roof.  Interactive showroom installations showcase the latest trends in cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, tile, and flooring. I found out a little too late that the shower heads really do work!     Just being inside the showroom I felt the energy and the nee Read More →
200 Years... Going on 300
Hundreds of years in the forest... another 100 years as a barn.  Now, preparing for another century of life.  As I traveled through Bozeman, Montana on my way to Big Sky, I stopped to snap some images of these beautiful timbers being unloaded on a sunny afternoon.   Their past life included being transformed from timber on the property to a turn-of-the-century barn in eastern Montana.  Now, we are hoping for an epic stretch of several more years when these timbers are installed as ceiling beams in a building project in the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky."These 35 foot sol Read More →
Design Rules Worth Breaking
"To create, one must first question everything."~ Eileen GrayAs my creative minds wanders, I'm always asking myself "What if..."?    I'm constantly pushing the boundaries of Interior Design 101.  Designing in Big Sky and Bozeman makes it easier to step outside norms as so often, these projects are vacation homes and clients enjoy stepping a bit outside their comfort zone. Here are half a dozen examples of old rules I've thrown out the window...  Do not mix the old with the new.  I say do it!  Your home should reflect who you are.  If you love that Read More →
The Eclectic Vibe of Bozeman
New to Bozeman?  Five quick tips from Noelle: Check out the Museum of the Rockies.   The famous dinosaur man Jack Horner actually works there...you know that little movie called Jurassic Park?  Yep….that's him. Dinosaur skeletons, fossils, bones!  It's impressive!What puts the cool in Bozeman?  Cactus Records.  This ever evolving locally owned record store is Full of CDs, novelty gifts, vinyl records, music apparel, posters, and concert tickets. Music lovers will lose themselves.If you have been here very long you know where it is… If you're new to Read More →
'Mountain Modern'
'Mountain Modern' has become the most asked for design character in Big Sky and Bozeman.   This 'style' is favored by designers and homeowners that want clean shapes with natural elements.  Open floor plans, use of local materials, exposed craftsmanship, pleasing color palettes and low maintenance landscaping are all timeless features that make for easy living in the mountains.  Here are my top 5 components of a Mountain Modern Home. Simple but unique shape of the structure.  These homes tend to be boxy with low pitched roofs and have large windows with natural light. Read More →
Undecorating in Montana
Recently I purchased an old home in Bozeman, Montana.  The neighborhood is fabulous, blocks from Montana State University,  Old trees, screened in porches and cracked sidewalks make this the most charming and sought after part of the city.   I did what I could afford and bought the most run down home within a two mile radius of the university.  I could see the potential. Now my journey begins.My plan is to avoid turning the home into something unrecognizable.  The past is important and should inform what an old building becomes so it is important that I be true to the Read More →
How Interior Design and Color Influences Happiness
I live in Bozeman, Montanta, and prior to this, was in Big Sky, Montana for 15 years. These are a wonderful places to live. In Big Sky, the schools are small, people are friendly. With only 2000 permanent residents,  I found Big Sky an Idyllic place to live.    Shortly after moving there I learned that Big Sky has only three seasons:Ski SeasonFishing SeasonMud SeasonSki season, fishing season and mud season.   Winters can be long and cold. Summers are always far too short, truly beginning in July and ending mid September.   It's the mud season that Read More →
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