The Western Design Conference is a juried showcase for handcrafted home goods and much more.

Design Elements: The Western Design Conference Returns This Fall

The 29th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) is back in action in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as an in-person event September 9 through 12. Showcasing handcrafted items that celebrate the spirit of the West, artisans display and sell their wares in the 28,000-square-foot Snow King Events Center. The jury selection committee accepted a record number of artists for 2021, jumping at the chance to unveil new trends in furniture, fashion, leather, interior design, jewelry, and metalwork, among other things. “Tickets to the opening night and fashion show are selling earlier than ever,” says executive director Allison Merritt, adding that they will adapt to any and all local health guidelines to ensure a safe environment.

Kicking off the four-day celebration is the Thursday evening Opening Preview Party, where guests sip specialty cocktails and enjoy catered bites as they explore the showroom and watch the live fashion show, as cowboy couture comes to life. During the following three days, guests can browse the showroom from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with the Designer Show House, in which interior designers display their styles and talents by curating full-sized rooms; westerndesignconference.com.

Design News The Spa at Sun Valley Makes a Spash

For the perfect pairing of world-class skiing and world-class pampering, look no further than Idaho’s Sun Valley Resort. Along with being voted by SKI magazine as the Number One Ski Resort in the West for 2021, Spas of America — the largest spa and wellness travel website — recently named The Spa at Sun Valley the number one spa in Idaho, and number 39 overall on their list of the Top 100 Spas, an annual award that recognizes spa-goers’ favorite destinations in North America. Established in 1936 as the first operating ski resort in North America, Sun Valley has a rich and storied history. Celebrating its 85th season this year, it’s become known for high-quality ski conditions and terrain, accommodations, and off-the-ski-hill activities, among which The Spa at Sun Valley is a leader.

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