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Visions of Nature

Written By Kyra Ames       Photography By Gibeon Photography      

IT BEGAN WITH SEVERAL FERVENT SKETCHES made durning a long day spent outside in the warm sun on the slopes of a mountain. Inspiration came from the view — Lone Mountain towering so close that one couldn’t help but be distracted by its presence.  Architect Keith Anderson has a particular approach when it comes to the initial stages of his designs:…


Relaxed and Rustic on Rock Creek

Written By Melissa Mylchreest       Photography By Heidi Long      

ANYONE WHO HAS OVERSEEN THE BUILDING OF A HOUSE will tell you: Be prepared. Myriad things can and almost always will go wrong. Perhaps the builder and the architect are at odds, or the permitting process goes awry. Unforeseen design glitches. Unexpected costs. The hazards are many, and the likelihood of everything going smoothly is slim. But sometimes, every once…


In Search of Simplicity

Written By Corinne Garcia       Photography By Ryan Day Thompson      

ASK BILL COLLINS TO NAME HIS FAVORITE FEATURE of his family’s newly built Big Sky, Montana, home — aside from the garage, which is more like an immaculate, state-of-the-art man cave — and he’ll admit that it’s the outdoor shower. It’s here, standing under the warm water while looking out toward the thick timber and mountain views — where the only…


A Yellowstone Club Retreat

Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Roger Wade      

WHEN JERRY AND KARI LOCATI TAKE A QUICK GETAWAY from their busy lives in Bozeman, they head straight for their condominium at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky. “We never call it a condo, it’s really our ski chalet,” said Jerry, the founding principal of Locati Architects. By “chalet,” Jerry was referring to the alpine setting of the condominium in…


For the Love of the Catch

Written By Christine Rogel       Photography By Karl Neumann      

DIANA RUDOLPH AND JERRY SIEM REMEMBER the last time they remodeled a home together. It was a little fly-fishing cabin on the Jefferson River, a traditional log structure with rooms added on over time. The couple spent a summer fixing it up, using a power drill to make repairs on what Siem calls probably the worst Home Depot remodel ever. “We textured…


Nature, Inside and Out

Written By Seonaid B. Campbell       Photography By Darby Ask      

AH, THE JOYS OF BIG SKY! At Montana’s largest ski resort, families gather with friends to hit the slopes and enjoy the scenery. The views are resplendent. At center is the pyramid-like Lone Mountain. To the north are the craggy spires of the Spanish Peaks. The timbered valley between is Moonlight Basin, a maze of neighborhoods in rugged terrain with…


Good Medicine

Written By Alexis Marie Adams       Photography By Roger Wade      

IN LOS ANGELES IN THE 1970s, a mother told her son stories of a faraway place: one with trout-filled streams and sweeping prairies rimmed by mountains; where cowboys are real and the air is so pure and clean you’d drink it if you could. That boy grew up fed by his mother’s memories, which in turn nourished his dreams. It…


Wright On Target

Written By Michele Corriel       Photography By Karl Neumann      

“Space is the breath of art.”— Frank Lloyd Wright NOT FAR FROM BOZEMAN, MONTANA, within sight of both the Bridger Mountains and Spanish Peaks, Frank Cikan of Cikan Architects has created a home that pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School architectural style — albeit in a way that is tempered by Cikan’s own Montana vernacular. From the inset…


Rocky Mountain Modern, With A View

Written By Christine Phillips       Photography By Gibeon Photography      

WHEN THE OWNER AND FOUNDER of Blue Frog Bar & Grill and KABB, two popular bar-and-restaurant chains in Asia, envisioned a tranquil escape from his fast-paced life, he went back to his roots. The Montana native purchased an older vacation home tucked away on Flathead Lake, and enlisted the talents of J. Martin Builders, CTA Architects Engineers, and Hunter &…


Mountain Exposure

Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Edward Riddell      

STEPPING ACROSS THE THRESHOLD of the Shooting Star cabin in Teton Village, Wyoming, is like entering a refined but cozy cottage. Inside, through the rustic front door, the textures and warmth are striking. There’s a soothing quality to the foyer’s gray-washed, reclaimed wood. The soft glow of daylight filtering through the windows magnifies the weathered beauty of the wood, its color…


Bella Red Lodge

Written By Stella Fong       Photography By Karl Neumann      

ON THE SLOPES OF THE BEARTOOTHS, nestled in open, rolling terrain below Red Lodge Mountain, a Tuscan-style home evokes the look of a refined farmhouse in the Italian countryside.  While on vacation to Yellowstone National Park some 10 years ago, Pamela and Mark Templeton bought their 40 acres near Red Lodge “on a whim.” With a glint in her eye,…