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As a Colorado interior design firm, we know that good space planning is at the heart of a good design. We also understand that laying out a space can be difficult for the untrained eye. So, when we came across one of the best space planning guides we’ve seen, we knew we had to share the article! This Houzz piece on “mastering the open floor plan” includes a number of great tips, including:

Determine the purpose of your spaces and think about how many people could be in the room at one time.  In this room we created one  grouping around the fireplace and television and another small conversation grouping facing the view.    

Think about which spaces should be close to one another, like the kitchen and dining areas.

It’s also really important to consider the paths from space to space; you need to allow room for people to walk around easily.

Check out the Houzz article for more great space-planning tips. Are you interested in a thoughtful layout for your Western-style home? Contact Home on the Range today.

Images: Interior design by Home on the Range; Photography by Tim Murphy (photos 1-2) and Kevin Schultz (photo 3); Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins

Here in Steamboat Springs, we are lucky to have the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival which provides both locals and visitors with a wide range of music events throughout the year.  Coming up soon – on Valentine’s Day to be exact – is a concert you won’t want to miss!  See below for details.

The Strings in the Mountains Music Pavilion

Strings in the Mountains - home to inspiring music in Steamboat Springs


Feb 14,  Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn Blues, rock, gospel, folk, R&B and country

Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn Blues concert at Strings in the Mountains Feb. 14


At Home on the Range we are proud supporters of Strings in the Mountains and applaud the amazing job they have done building the Music Festival over the past 20+ years.


At Home on the Range, we think it’s always fun to bring something unexpected into your interior design. Keeping a sense of humor by adding a whimsical and fun accessory not only creates interest and stimulates conversation, but also stops a room from feeling too predictable. Here are a few products and designs that exemplify this idea…

What could be more funky than using an old tin bucket for a sink?  We had a lot of fun with this bathroom:

Speaking of fun decorating for a Western-style bathroom, look at this great tub we saw on Houzz!

The two photos below are from a teen’s bedroom design by Home on the Range. We placed the zebra on top of the antique hutch as a quirky element; our client already had the zebra, and this seemed like the perfect home for it!

This bench is certainly a unique and fun furnishing.

And we love the humor in these Arteriors lamps!

Contact Home on the Range for help with keeping whimsy and humor in your home decor.

Photos: 1 Interior design by Home on the Range; 2 via Houzz; 3 and 4 Home on the Range; 5 via Houzz; 6 via Arteriors 

The St. Cloud Mountain Club,  located in the perfect ski-in, ski-out location at the Steamboat Springs Ski area, is a top notch private membership club catering to the local and second home owners who live away from the ski mountain. The Club offers an array of  amenities including valet parking, a ski valet service and boot dryers, which make the transition from home to the slopes that much easier!  St. Cloud also offers a wonderful respite from the hectic dining scene on the mountain. I love the fact that if you are meeting friends or family for lunch, you can take off your ski boots and have them warming as you put your feet up in front of the fire and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the Club.  In the evening, the St Cloud Mountain club is open for cocktails and appetizers and they host many local events as a way of giving back to the community.

Those of you who have been in Steamboat for a number of years will remember that Home on the Range, and prior to that, Barton’s of Steamboat were in this location and we love how St. Cloud transformed what was originally a mountain-style interior with big log accents into a stylish and contemporary space.

The lounge, pictured below, is a great gathering place for club members, complete with an evening cocktail bar.

Warm tones and comfortable furniture provide coziness after skiing.

Benches make the space feel more open, and the large windows offer a wonderful view of skiers passing by on their way to the slopes which are a few steps away.

Visit the St. Cloud Mountain Club website to find out more about what they have to offer, or stop in for a glass of wine at their stunning bar and enjoy the beautiful contemporary mountain design.

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As you’ve seen in previous blog posts, at Home on the Range we like to collaborate with wonderful artisans and artists who help add a special touch to the homes we work on .    Susan Schiesser is one of our favorite artists.   Her art works beautifully in our more eclectic and contemporary homes but is versatile enough to transition into more traditional homes as well.

One beautiful piece by Susan is sitting on the fireplace mantel in this warm rustic contemporary  living room.

In this eclectic dining room by Home on the Range, another of Susan’s paintings adds a great splash of color and complements the burnt orange fabric on the Berman Rosetti dining chairs and the colors in the chandelier from Crystal Glass Studios.

As Susan describes on her website, her work often contains influences from nature and the environment, and her style is “contemporary realism.” Here are a few more works by Susan that illustrate the dynamic nature of her art:

"Bali" by Susan Schiesser

"Rainbow Barcelona" by Susan Schiesser

"Passionate Undertow" by Susan Schiesser

Visit to find out more about her and to see more of her stunning paintings.

If you’re interested in one-of-a-kind interior design, contact Home on the Range today.

Images: 1-2 Interior design by Home on the Range; 3-5 Works by Susan Shiesser

Get ready to mark your calendars because there’s a wonderful event coming up here in Colorado that you won’t want to miss: the Colorado Garden & Home Show. The show will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from Feb. 12 – Feb. 19, and it will be a fantastic time for local home and garden enthusiasts.

There will be a number of helpful demonstrations, along with over 1,400 booths on view, more than 10 gardens with their own special themes—and even a “sugar art show.”

The show website describes it best:

“Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement.”

Be sure to visit the Colorado Garden & Home Show website for more information, including FAQs, directions and a schedule of seminars.

Images via

Builder Magazine recently had a piece featuring a builder’s expectations of “Custom Home Design Trends for 2012,” and home theaters were among the top 10. Since this luxury feature is expected to gain popularity this year, we want to show examples of home theaters with rustic, mountain style. Take a look at these designs…

The finishes in this space have a nice rustic feel, including the textile pattern on the sofa, the warm throw on the ottoman and, of course, the woodwork and cabinetry.

We saw this theater featured on Electronic House and liked the look of the stone. Electronic House also points out “a Rocky Mountain Quartz floor.”

And here’s one from the Home on the Range portfolio. We designed a home theater for a mountain eclectic-style home in Colorado. The natural wood look warms up the space.

If you’re interested in a stylish home theater design for your Western-style home, contact Home on the Range Interiors in Steamboat Springs, CO today.

Photos: 1 via Pinterest; 2 via Electronic House; 3 Interior design by Home on the Range, Photo by Tim Murphy, Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins

It’s the beginning of a new year, which means many of us are making resolutions. For those of you who have resolved to organize your home for 2012, we want to offer helpful tips to do just that. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

Get furniture that serves multiple purposes, like a coffee table with storage inside, as House Beautiful suggests.

Similarly, if you’re running out of room in the bedroom, Better Homes and Gardens suggests taking advantage of the foot of your bed. A trunk adds instant storage.

Don’t ignore the details. Even the junk drawer can be organized with special drawer dividers, like House Beautiful shows.

Are you interested in practical interior design that aids your organizational goals? Contact Home on the Range in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Images: 1-2 Interior design by Home on the Range, Photos by Tim Murphy, Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins; 3 via House Beautiful

With the New Year here, many people are wondering what 2012 will bring in terms of home design trends. This is a big year for color, so here are some of the popular hues you should know about:

Pantone’s Color of the Year
Pantone named Tangerine Tango its Color of the Year for 2012. The orange shade works well in rustic interiors. Here  you can see a Western-style design by Susan Howard of Home on the Range with an orange rug that livens up the space.

Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2012
Benjamin Moore developed four different palettes full of trendy shades for 2012. We especially like this space, which includes natural hues from its Earth & Sky palette.

Sherwin-William’s Colormix™ 2012
Sherwin-Williams also made four palettes for 2012; these were based around earthy tones of neutrals, reds, greens and blues.

Let us know which colors you’re most excited about for Western design in 2012.

Images: 1 Interior design by Home on the Range, Photo by Kevin Schultz, Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins; 2 via; 3 via

At Home on the Range, we enjoy working with talented artisans to help design unique interiors. We’ve worked with John Gallis of Norseman Designs West on number of projects, and we’re always thrilled with his designs and craftsmanship. John and his team create works of art rather than just furniture pieces.   Each piece  makes a statement in  the homes where we have placed them.

A Home on the Range entryway design with a custom John Gallis table

For a bit of background, the Norseman Designs West website explains:

“John Gallis has been fashioning custom furniture for over 25 years. His heirloom-quality western and rustic pieces have consistently taken honors at the prestigious Western Design Conference and have won numerous other national design awards.”

Every Norseman piece is unique. Here’s a small sampling of his work:

Visit to learn more about John Gallis.

If you’re interested in personalized interior design for your Western home, contact Home on the Range Interiors.

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