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Western Cowboy design harks back to the long days in the saddle and to the rugged individuals who made their way west to carve out their corner of the wide open frontier.

Lynne Bier of Home on the Range worked closely with architect Joe Patrick Robbins, builder Gary Cogswell and their clients to create the Western Cowboy/Homestead Ranch style homes seen below.

Western Cowboy is the mixing of age-old materials; the leather of chaps with rough-sawn barn boards.

Indian and Cowboy memorabilia play a big role in layering on the character of the Old West. Flea markets, antique shops and auctions are great places to hunt for just the right pieces. You can add these pieces into a room to give it a touch of cowboy if you don’t want it in a whole house!

The furniture we put in this Old Western Ranch-style house is a blend of antiques brought out from the East paired with rough handmade furniture and quilts.

The master bedroom above features a four poster bed from Tiger Mountain Woodworks, a handmade reclaimed maple armoire from D. Andrew Cates and a chandelier from Lt. Moses Willard lighting.

The bedroom designed for the grandchildren makes use of an antique tablecloth we cut up to make curtains, antique quilts and old fashioned spindle beds. Pictured is another period lighting chandelier from Lt. Moses Willard.

To read more about the houses shown above, visit Steamboat Magazine, Architectural Digest and Ski Magazine – Mountain Life.

–Lynne Bier

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

Fireplaces play a major role in design schemes across the U.S., but they’re especially key in colder areas like Steamboat Springs. Here, fireplaces are just as important for warmth as they are for providing focal points in design, and with lows already in the 30s, we can’t think of anything cozier than sitting by a fireplace with the family enjoying nostalgic memories. Take a look at these spaces from the Home on the Range portfolio featuring blazing fireplaces inviting you to sit and stay awhile…

The fireplace in this mountain Arts and Crafts-style home is a focal point at the end of the room that beckons you.

The Western ranch-style house we designed features a fireplace wall in the living room complete with wood storage and television behind reclaimed wood doors…

…but the living room isn’t the only space that benefits from a fireplace. We also love these two fireplaces, which add warmth to a library and bedroom:

What do you love most about cozying up by the fire?

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

The first day of fall is just around the corner, providing a wonderful opportunity for seasonal decorating. The autumnal color palette especially suits Western homes, and we love the burnt oranges, deep greens, burgundy and chocolatey browns that are quintessential fall hues.

Decorating around a specific season is all about minor tweaks and accessory changes, not major overhauls. Put away summery knick knacks in exchange for fall-related odds and ends. Bring out warmer throw blankets, and change the pillows on the sofa to match. For more design ideas for the new season, visit Better Homes and Gardens. Their slideshow on “Ideas for Fall Decorating” offers an abundance of inspiration, from leaf pressings and wreaths to pumpkin displays and centerpieces.



Looking for fall décor for your home? Visit the Home on the Range showroom in Steamboat Springs, CO, where we offer accessories including dried and silk flowers, candles, art, hurricanes, copper pots and baskets, as well as sand cast pewter and antler accessories or click on the “like what you see” button on the right  for information on how we can ship any of the products pictured here to your home!

Images: Fall décor available through Home on the Range

Many people hear the words “mixing patterns” and immediately think it’s a big no-no. But done well, mixing patterns can be beautiful, not to mention as sophisticated as it is visually interesting. The lovely shelter magazine Elle Décor did a great piece on “How to Mix Patterns Stylishly.” Here are a couple of suggestions we especially agree with:

Staying within one color intensity is essential, as is keeping the palette consistent. In this mountain eclectic entry we incorporated pattern in the settee with a bold plaid and added a more neutral pattern on the accent pillows, tying together the patterns with similar red, aqua and gold tones.

But you can also add pattern somewhere more unexpected. Elle Décor suggests adding pattern to other areas as well, like the back side of a dining chair—precisely what we did in this dining room design:

If you’d like pattern expertly incorporated into your Colorado home, contact Home on the Range. We would be happy to help.

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

Home on the Range designers Lynne Bier and Susan Howard are always looking for high quality custom cabinets for their clients’ homes, and Rustic Woodworks of Steamboat Springs invariably comes out on top of the competition. There are many reasons why the artisans at Rustic Woodworks have custom-built the cabinetry for all but a few of the homes Lynne and Susan have worked on in Steamboat Springs in the past 15 years.  The craftsmanship and attention to detail exhibited by the team at Rustic is rare in this day and age.

This master bath with reclaimed pine cabinets by Rustic Woodworks was featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles’ Kitchen and Bath issue.

Old barn board was used to create this vanity in a Ski-Home in Steamboat Springs that was featured in the Mountain Life section of Ski Magazine.

The antique white oak bookshelves with custom twig valances add a warm, cozy touch to the “hallway” ASID Crystal Award winner for Single Space Residential – Colorado Chapter 2010.

Whether the project is a rustic homestead ranch house with distressed painted finishes and old wood, an arts-and-crafts home with clean cherry cabinets, or a contemporary home where the cabinets have inset 3-form panels or steel accents, Rustic Woodworks executes the design and construction of the cabinets to exacting detail.

Read the Rustic Woodworks brochure or visit their website at to learn more about how they work and what they have to offer – or contact us at Home on the Range if you are building a home or doing a remodel and we can help guide you through the design process.

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

Going green is big in design lately, and not just in terms of sustainability and eco-friendliness. We’ve also been seeing the color green all over the interior design world, including in some of our favorite shelter magazines. Elle Décor recently did a feature article on using green in home decorating.

At Home on the Range, we love incorporating green into our interiors as it works well with the natural materials often used in Western Design style and helps to bring the outdoors into the home. We find that when there is snow outside for 5 months out of the year, we crave greens to warm things up inside! Here’s a look at some of our interiors that showcase green.

The antiqued green finish on the kitchen cabinets in this Western Homestead Ranch at Lake Catamount was custom done by D. Andrew Cates, who is renowned for his reproduction furniture and wonderful finishes.

The rich blue-green of the bed skirt complements the walls in this Mountain Arts and Crafts-style bedroom, and the white trim adds to the mountain cottage feel.

We carried the green to the walls of the suite’s bathroom as well, and again accented it with white trim, cabinetry and mirrors.

In this bedroom we used a soft gray-green paint on the wainscot paired with cherry trim to create a cozy look.

Shades of green will continue to be big in design this fall, and they work in every room. How will you incorporate the color into your home?

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

As promised, in addition to explaining the power of home staging, we’re doing posts on key tips for staging your home. We recently came across an article from HGTV—“Top 10 Rules for Staging Homes from The Stagers”—and their tips align closely with our thoughts and experience with home staging. Their 10 rules include:

  1. Make curb appeal a top priority.

    Curb appeal is essential. Here, we used cushions and flowers to add a welcoming touch to the entry.

  2. Clean, clean and clean some more—the home should shine.
  3. Neutralize colors throughout the home to appeal to more people.
  4. Take down personal items like photos of you and your family so prospective buyers can picture themselves in the home.

    Additionally, details like fresh fruits and vegetables make a kitchen inviting and homey.

  5. Arrange the furniture for the best look and flow; hiring a professional is especially helpful in this arena.
  6. Hang updated artwork on the walls.
  7. Don’t ignore needed repairs any longer; get them fixed.
  8. Paint the walls with neutral colors.
  9. Remember prospective buyers will look at the floors, so they should be in good condition.
  10. Old light fixtures stand out as dated. Replace them with new models.

Visit to read more about these helpful tips in detail. If you’re putting your Colorado home on the market and need professional home staging, contact Home on the Range in Steamboat Springs.

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