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Books: Writing The West (Summer 2010)

Literary reviews of the Northern Rockies

Letter from the Editor: Forging Ahead

The beautiful thing about living out West is the pioneering spirit that continues to thrive in our culture

Written by Seabring Davis  

Seabring Davis

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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 Hearth and Soul Building a Timeless Legacy An Uncommon Cabin in the Woods Timeless Fusion Mountain Tradition A Modern Vision 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 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 Letter from the Editor: Staying Power
Photography by Gordon Gregory  
August 2009


The beautiful thing about living out West is the pioneering spirit that continues to thrive in our culture. I see it in the architecture of the Northern Rockies most evidently; different styles of homes so vividly express the people who live in them. Our region’s architects, designers and builders have the ability to forge ahead with their individual brands of design, often influenced by the natural world that engages us here.

In our annual HOME issue, in particular, I see strong resolution toward sustainable building. Look to our cover home for the most tremendous example of the homeowners’, architect’s and builder’s belief in attaining the highest status of LEED certification. Check out their award-winning platinum-level LEED Headwaters Camp in the Yellowstone Club. Other standout efforts to keep things simple showed in a compound designed by Miller Architects, Summer Camp in which a family opted to build a duplex with rustic reclaimed materials to house their extended family. In Jackson, Wyoming, where the average home costs upwards of $1 million, one owner defied the odds and built her dream house on a tight budget without skimping on architectural design. On a grassroots level, one builder has vowed to build off-the-grid style homes that incorporate wind, solar and geothermal components for the design, see the Oasis House (pg. 44) for an example of forward-thinking design.

You will find this issue is full of diversity and wonderful style — Rustic, Modern, Contemporary. Regardless of budget, the value is in good design that lasts and that’s what will sustain the future.

Thanks for bringing us home with you.