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The perfect blend of clean contemporary lines with natural rustic materials creates an aesthetic that has opened a new chapter on Western Design.

There are many terms for what is quickly evolving into a new genre of design.

  • Mountain Modern
  • Mountain Minimalist
  • Rustic Contemporary
  • Mountain Contemporary
  • Western Contemporary

The term that best describes my favorite form of this new genre is Rustic Contemporary. I place a strong emphasis on the use of natural and reclaimed materials such as rock, metals and reclaimed wood to add texture and warmth to the clean lines of contemporary architecture.

The indigenous moss rock used on this wall creates interest and the feeling of bringing the outdoors in, as it slices its way through a two-story window wall.

This hall and stairway illustrate the wonderful blend of clean, contemporary lines with stone, metal and wood. The new line of Hammerton light fixtures is designed to fit in beautifully with the Rustic Contemporary style.

In this master bedroom, the contemporary fireplace design pairs well with the moss rock. Reclaimed white oak floors add a layer of rusticity to the space, and once again, there is a wonderful feeling of bringing the outdoors into the room with the mix of glass, stone and reclaimed wood.

Oceanside Glass has paired glass and stone in their mosaics for the perfect blend of rustic and contemporary. We used their blend on the tub face in the master bath with a honey onyx tub deck. The cherry cabinets from Rustic Woodworks add a warm touch to the room.

We, the designers at Home on the Range, are always on the lookout for the newest products that will enhance the design of our clients’ homes without becoming dated in a short period of time. Although we watch the current trends and incorporate elements from those trends into our designs, it is important to us that, in all of our interpretations of the Western Lifestyle, our designs remain timeless in nature.

–Lynne Bier

Images: Photos by Tim Murphy; Interior designs by Home on the Range; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA

Home staging is an important real estate marketing tool. Staging your house can broaden its appeal to prospective buyers. When potential buyers walk in the door, they want to see a place that’s welcoming—a place they know they can call home.

In fact, AOL Real Estate recently shared this telling statistic:

“According to a HomeGain survey, simple staging techniques, such as cleaning and decluttering, can return up to 10 times the investment. Even more expensive jobs, like repainting rooms, can more than pay for themselves in increased sale price and reduced time on the market.”

So just think of the benefits of having a professional home stager come into your home to help you de-clutter, organize key areas and create furniture layouts that invite people in and make your rooms seem larger. Home on the Range Interiors in Steamboat Springs offers staging services, from working with your existing furnishings to bringing in furniture and accessories. Stop by Home on the Range in Logger’s Lane West of Steamboat to discuss which of our staging options would work the best for you, or contact us to schedule an appointment for one of our designers to come to your house for a consultation. You’ll be happy you did!

Watch for future posts with some key tips on staging your home.

Image: Photo by Tim Murphy; Interior design by Home on the Range; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA

American designer Charles Eames said something that really stands true in terms of interior design: “The details are not the details. They make the design.” While it’s very important that a room look good when taken as a whole, it’s definitely the little things that tie the space together into a complete, cohesive look.

Home on the Range did the interior design for this Western, ranch-style home, and this particular photo offers a close-up view that really highlights the details; just look at how the rough-hewn wood and accessories—right down to the hat and lantern—help transform this into a decidedly rustic space.

Charles Eames could not have been more right. From the architectural moulding to the accessories and materials, every detail in a space contributes to creating and showcasing your personal style. If you’re looking for an interior designer in Steamboat Springs, CO who can beautify your space down to the details, contact Home on the Range. We’d be happy to help.

Image: Photo by Tim Murphy; Interior design by Home on the Range; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA

The first post in our Design for the Western Lifestyle series will be about what we call the Refined Mountain Style. In Refined Mountain Style, the woods tend to be more finished. We often use cherry or alder for the doors and trim, and the beams are surfaced rather than left in the rough sawn or “crusty” state.

The furniture we incorporate into Refined Mountain Style is a little more European in feel, and the cabinetry is often a blend of natural woods with furniture-style painted and distressed pieces. As in all of our interiors, we will mix in touches of cowboy and lodge with Asian furniture pieces and European antiques to keep it interesting and eclectic. For visual examples, these are five spaces by Home on the Range Interiors that encompass Refined Mountain Style:

In this dining room, we used cherry for interior trim and ceiling paneling and incorporated Woodland dining chairs and sideboard.

This hall library shows an eclectic mix with a touch of Western with the twig light valance over the bookshelves, a painted door with iron clavos, an Asian cabinet and an oriental rug.

This Mountain Arts and Crafts guest bedroom uses a soft grey-green distressed paint on a tall wainscot mixed with indigenous moss rock on the fireplace to create a refined mountain look. The bed is framed by a cherry Arts and Crafts-style floating wall to give it a backdrop.

In this Lake Lodge home we mixed painted pieces from Woodland Furniture with soft floral fabrics to bring the mountain meadows viewed from the windows into the master bedroom.

In the adjacent bathroom we used rainforest green marble (which looks like twigs and branches in browns and greens) for the countertops and brought the mountain meadow feel back into the room with the fabric in the valances at the windows. The white painted distressed cabinetry keeps the room looking light and fresh, while the fir ceiling, reclaimed fir beams and alder trim bring back in the natural materials that are so important to the Western Design style.

Look for our next post in this series on Mountain Contemporary Style. If you’re searching for a designer who can translate your vision of a Western lifestyle into beautiful home décor, contact Home on the Range in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Images: Photos by Tim Murphy; Interior designs by Home on the Range; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA

The West has always been known for its individuality, rugged landscapes and pioneer spirit. From Cowboy or Pioneer Homestead to Refined Mountain or Rustic Contemporary, we will explore the common elements we have discovered while designing for the Western lifestyle and at the same time show how these elements can be combined to create completely different interiors.

Key elements in designing for the Western lifestyle include:

  • Creating a cozy, inviting environment where you can gather with family and friends
  • Bringing the outdoors in by using natural materials — metal, stone and wood for the interior finishes
  • Selecting a mix of furniture pieces that will stand the test of time
  • Allowing for each person’s vision of the Western lifestyle to find its expression

Beginning this week, we will be doing a blog series taking you through the ins and outs of five unique styles, all of which fit under the umbrella of Western design: Refined Mountain, Mountain Contemporary, Western Cowboy, Mountain Lodge and New Mexico Territorial. Come back and visit to see how each of these themes fits into interior design for the Western lifestyle. You can even follow the blog to have our updates sent right to your reader or email inbox!

Working with amazing artists is just one of the great things we enjoy at Home on the Range. We’ve worked with Ann Wolff of Ann Wolff Glass Design quite a bit, and simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to showcase some of the work she’s done for us.

This is a beautiful custom wine room door by Ann Wolff that we put in a Mountain Contemporary house.


Original sketch and images of a wine cellar Ann Wolff did for Home on the Range.

Ann Wolff Glass Design is a long-established Colorado custom glass studio. The work is site-specific and therefore sensitive to the requirements and aesthetic needs of the owner, architect and interior designer. Ann often uses fine European glass and long-established techniques such as glass painting, a rarity in residential work.


A guest bath window for Home on the Range.

The studio is equally accomplished in both traditional and contemporary design. It has been the recipient of many awards, featured in many articles and was highlighted on HGTV. The studio was founded in Aspen and, while hardly limited to, it is very at home with mountain and western aesthetics. Each job is treated with the utmost focus and care.


Library windows painted in the European style.

You can visit Ann’s online gallery to see more of her beautiful work. We will continue spotlighting our favorite local artists here on the blog, so be sure to check back or subscribe to have our posts sent straight to you!

As a furniture showroom and interior design firm, Home on the Range has favorite vendors where we know we can find great home furnishings and fabrics. Wesco Fabrics is one such company, and we’ve incorporated pieces from Wesco into many of our clients’ homes.

In the Western Mine Style-house to the right, we incorporated a coral Asian cabinet from Wesco to create a more eclectic look.

Dick Gentry, Vice President of Wesco Fabrics, explains the company best, saying:

“[Wesco Fabrics] travels the world’s best textile markets to source beautiful and unique fabrics for the window, chair and bed. For the past 17 years we have directly imported exotic furniture and accessories from Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, China, France, Holland, and even North Carolina. We are honored to serve top-level interior design companies such as Home on the Range.”

Look at some of these photos Wesco shared with us:

Home on the Range designers have traveled with Dick to Bali a number of times. Wesco Fabrics has hosted trips to Cannes on the French Riviera, Paris, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phuket Island, Koh Samui, a 10th century French chateau, Positano & the Amalfi Coast and Bali.

New decorative exclusive textiles from Wesco Fabrics.

Beautiful new exclusive woven textures from Wesco.

New furniture designs being developed in Wesco's Bali workshops.

Wesco has one of the largest collections of polished petrified wood tables in the Rockies!

Large slab tables of Suar Wood, Tamarind, Teak and Monkey Wood.

Wesco is also celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. You can visit to learn more, and be sure to visit Dick Gentry’s blog, Gentry Connects. If you love the look of Wesco’s products and fabrics, contact Home on the Range to help expertly incorporate them into your home’s design. | 502: Bad gateway

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