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Letter from the Editor: Evolving Home

One constant in the Northern Rockies house is the connection to the surrounding landscape

Written by Seabring Davis  

Seabring Davis

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Hearth and Soul Building a Timeless Legacy An Uncommon Cabin in the Woods Timeless Fusion Mountain Tradition A Modern Vision Summer Camp Perfect Harmony Winter Getaway: Red Lodge, Montana Beyond the Cabin A Fine Balance Good Country Authentically Western A Home for the Ages Where the Living is Easy Music in the Mountains The Flight of the Hummingbird Living the Dream Integrating Nature Mountain Exposure Eclectic Parkitecture Uniting Color Historic Symmetry The Year Of The Horse A Yellowstone Club Retreat Dining Out: The Taste of Whitefish Letter from the Editor: How Big is Your Bucket Letter from the Editor: Falling Short Western Design: Rustic Allure Dining Out: Fish Food Western Design: In the Studio with Painter Hugh Wilson Western Design: Home Base From the Editor Dining Out: Tradition, with a Twist Letter from the Editor: I Know Where the Fish Are Letter from the Editor: Big Sky Country Letter from the Editor: Forging Ahead Dining Out: Barn Dance Letter from the Editor: Like an Open Road Letter from the Editor: The Language of Fishing Letter from the Editor: Cast Again Editor’s Letter: The Passing Season Dining Out: Saffron Table Dining Out: Lone Mountain Ranch Serves Up a Sense of Place Western Design: Uniquely Rustic Western Design: JLF & Associates Letter from the Editor: Season of Possibility Dining Out: A Montana Tradition, Chico Hot Springs Letter from the Editor: Design Trends Dining Out: The Ranch at Rock Creek Redefines Montana Cuisine Dining Out: Seasonal Bliss Western Design: Refined Rustic Letter from the Editor: Winter Wave Letter from the Editor: Blending Seasons Western Design: A New Mountain Lodge Western Design: Historic Haven Western Design: In the Studio with the Viers Western Focus: Classic Connection: Miller Architects Western Design: Reviving the Barn From the Editor: Seasons of Simplicity Dining Out: Innovation Meets Tradition at Bisl Letter from the Editor: What is art? Dining Out: Holland Lake Lodge, Rustic Wonderful Letter from the Editor: The Secret Weapon Letter from the Editor: Fly Fishing for the Greater Good Western Design: Mountain Zen Western Design: Creekside Contemporary Living Big Sky on HGTV The Spirit of the West in Jackson, Wyoming Letter from the Editor: First Snow Dining Out: The Old Hotel Letter from the Editor: Signs of Summer Letter from the Editor: The Angler’s Sojourn Dining Out: Simply Good Food From the Editor: Hit the Road Making a Statement: Miller Architects Letter from the Editor: Winter’s Toll Letter from the Editor: Evolving Home Dining Out: Comfort Food Western Design: Cowboy Modern Western Design: The Idaho Club Letter from the Editor: Talking Art Dining Out: Conserving Montana One Table at a Time Dining Out: Cosmopolitan Cuisine at TEN Dining Out: Ranch to Restaurant Letter from the Editor: Waiting for Summer Letter from the Editor: Arts Economy Letter from the Editor: First Frost Letter from the Editor: Why Art? Letter from the Editor: Up Close and Personal Letter from the Editor: A Tradition of Talent Letter from the Editor: Winter Reflection Letter from the Editor: Staying Power
Photography by Audrey Hall  
September 2012


To showcase some of the best architecture and design in the Northern Rockies we begin the search early in the year. Conversations with architectural firms, general contractors and interior designers spark leads on a diverse selection of homes that encapsulate classic style as well as the evolving genre of contemporary design. In the process, new trends emerge and innovative styles shine.

Since launching Big Sky Journal HOME seven years ago, I’ve watched consumer tastes shift from a passion for rustic log and timber homes with woodsy interiors to cleaner lines and lighter interiors. Although the love of wood, particularly antique and reclaimed products has stayed strong, as companies such as Montana Reclaimed Lumber, On Site Management and numerous architects repurpose aged woods inventively with an eye toward environmental consciousness in the building industry, there seems to be a shift toward Modern design. The result is a unique mountain style of architecture that marries contemporary and rustic influences.

One constant in the Northern Rockies house is the connection to the surrounding landscape. Whether mountaintop or lakeside, you’ll see every house in this issue reaches out the front door and into the world. See Locati Architects’ design (“Where the Livin’ is Easy”) built on the shores of Whitefish Lake it embodies that indoor-outdoor connection. Another residence, “A Home for the Ages” in the foothills outside of Bozeman the architecture mirrors the height and mystery of the surrounding forest. In Idaho, Jim McLaughlin’s open Modern design extends to the Wood River Valley seamlessly (“Echoing the Natural”). 

The annual HOME issue is meant to inspire, inform and even initiate us in the realm of the evolving home. With so many talented individuals and creative consumers in the region it’s impossible to include every project we’d like to feature, but here are some of the very best. We hope it will spark ideas for your next project.

Thank you for bringing us home.