A mountain-inspired getaway, this home was designed for a ten-person family as a place to escape from the city and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Montana mountains. This home mixes natural elements with eclectic patterns and warm textures to create a rustic ambience that mimics the scenery of its high altitudes.
Stepping into this design, you’re immediately greeted by floor-to-ceiling windows that give you privy to a mountain backdrop. Organic fabrics such as cotton and leather are key to designing a space that’s reminiscent of simpler times.
Renovating a home for a big family, designer Jodee March derived her inspiration for this residence from the Big Sky, Montana area where the house is located. Using her skills and vision to create an indoor haven, her team stayed true to the magnificent natural surroundings. This is apparent throughout the home’s details both big and small from the soaring beams to the large bay windows.
“Interior Design presents unique challenges here in Big Sky that I eagerly embrace,” Jodee explained. “I use our environment as a constant source of inspiration, and I am motivated by the opportunity to offer beautifully designed spaces as an antidote for living in an often-chaotic world.”
In this stunning home, Jodee combines both contemporary and clean-line finishes with a rustic mountain flair to create a place that is not only beautiful, but functions well for a family of ten. Read on to learn more about the design, the challenges, how she sourced inspiration, and what’s coming up next in the world of mountain design.
A Brief Glance into the Design
This project was recently built as a spec house and was purchased by a family who was new to the area. The place serves as a second home for the large family of ten who originate from the southeast. Designing a home for this many people brought forth unique challenges, but also offered opportunities for one-of-a-kind flair and unconventional design touches that might otherwise be overlooked.
The house, situated on a gorgeous lot that offers views from nearly every window, gave the ability to create a design that showcased the natural beauty of the space, both inside and out. This can be seen when you first enter the home. Huge picture windows display magnificent views of Lone Peak, and the gorgeous blue skies surrounding it. This sky element was brought inside through the blue hues in different fabrics, rugs, and artwork scattered around the home.
“The house itself has such amazing views that a big part of it was bringing the outside in.” By using the landscape to her advantage, Jodee layers textures and natural elements throughout the home, so that each room feels warm and comfortable.
Using Creative Design Challenges to an Advantage
Just like any home design, this residence came with its own set of obstacles to overcome. And, with a family of ten, there were certainly plenty of difficulties to uncover and problems to solve. However, the beauty of interior design is just that—the best work comes from solving the toughest problems!
With eight children, it was crucial that the home offered spaces for everyone to enjoy spending time together, but it also needed to provide separation and privacy. This was resolved by creating large living spaces with plenty of comfortable seating as well as cozy sleeping spaces, including a room full of bunk beds—perfect for a fun sleepover!
Another obstacle faced during the design of this home was building a secure area for all the gear needed to enjoy it in the winter months. With so many outdoor activities, ample space for storage was a must, especially since this would be the clients’ second home.
Along with the more traditional obstacles faced when designing the physical space, the fact that this was a second home had to be taken into careful consideration. Because this was a vacation home, Jodee and the design team had to work virtually from concept to completion with the homeowners. While the family lived full-time in a large city, it was important that the design was both contemporary and rustic and maintained elements of a Montana lifestyle. Thanks to Jodee’s thirty years of design expertise, she was able to add a distinct regional touch to give the space a contemporary cabin feel.
Sourcing Inspiration and Creating Your Design
While looking to scenery and other mountain-inspired interiors offers an impressive amount of inspiration, it can be tough to know just where to start when it comes to your own home design.
When considering where to start a design project, choose a piece for inspiration. Think about what inspires you—maybe it’s an item that’s reminiscent of one of your favorite days or maybe it’s a piece of art that reminds you of your goals for the year. Or, perhaps, it’s simply a rug with a fun pattern or color that you fall in love with every time you see. Whether it’s a specific color, a piece of furniture, or a design that inspires you, simply choosing one thing can help with the overwhelming feeling of getting started.
“I like for my clients to choose a color, accessory, or a piece of art that speaks to them, and I often will work around that piece to complete a project,” Jodee explained. In this project full of serene views, incredible architecture, and touches of contemporary design, the family chose the color blue, which correlates with the big, blue Montana skies. Blue is carried throughout the home’s furnishings, blankets, and throw pillows, and can also be seen in the artwork and area rugs. Just a touch of this color in every room helps to make the design feel effortlessly cohesive.
Looking Ahead at the Design Trends
One of the unique things about Montana is that it doesn’t necessarily follow the flow of design trends from the rest of the country. While that can be confusing for some, Jodee sees it as an opportunity to keep her finger on the pulse of the industry and what is coming next. So, what exactly should we look for in the coming months?
“Interior design is trending more toward nature in the coming years, and away from anything artificial. More natural, warmer tones are coming back into style, and lots of texture layered into the designs. We are seeing people move away from white and back into warmer color stories,” Jodee predicts.
Whether you’re looking to renovate your home or you’re just here to get inspired, there’s so much to look forward to when it comes to home design and trends this year. Keep an eye out for up-and-coming textures, natural tones, and warmer colors to stay ahead of the trends, all while keeping your design both classic and timeless.
Written by BIG SKY HOME INTERIORS; Interior Design by BIG SKY HOME INTERIORS; Photography by JUSTINE JANE PHOTOGRAPHY