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Temperatures are in the 70’s this weekend in Steamboat Springs, something that usually doesn’t happen until late May.  The warm temperatures are  getting me  in the mood to start preparing our outdoor living spaces so we can enjoy this gorgeous weather.  Here are five captivating spaces sure to inspire ideas for your own outdoor living haven in Colorado…or wherever your outdoor living space is!


Here’s a space from the Home on the Range portfolio. Cozy seating around the outdoor fireplace is perfect for a relaxing evening outdoors.


Private Paradise Portland Landscaping traditional patio
The stone fireplace and columns, the stone tile floor and the  wood beams give this Portland space a decidedly rustic feel.

MIx traditional
Lynnette of Design Associates
AMS Landscape Design Studios contemporary landscape
                                                       This spectacular setting in  California with the infinity pool and the outdoor fireplace is rustic in a coastal way, but we loved it so much we had to include it!!
What are your favorite outdoor living spaces?  Leave a comment to let us know; we would love to hear your ideas!

Images: 1 Home on the Range; 2-4 via Houzz, as linked above

Transitional style—a combination of contemporary and traditional design elements—is really big in home design these days and we love the timeless feel it evokes.  We also  love to pair the transitional look with a rustic mountain feel that’s perfect for the Western lifestyle.    Below are some examples of Transitional Mountain style – which also overlaps with Rustic Contemporary style.

 

Transitional mountain rustic great room by Home on the Range Designer Lynne Barton Bier

 

This is a great explanation of transitional design from Houzz:

“Through its simple lines, neutral color scheme, and use of light and warmth, transitional style joins the best of both the traditional and modern worlds.”

 

 

Rustic Family Room transitional family room

With its updated traditional appeal and natural wood and stone finishes, this family room marries transitional and rustic style in one harmonious space.

 

Transitional Kitchen & Dining room

This dining room is a great example of transitional with it’s traditional styling paired with more contemporary furniture pieces.   With its wood floors and beams it could easily work in a mountain environment.

We’ve also picked out a few beautiful transitional products that would work well in Western homes.

This Arteriors lamp is one of our top 5 ambient light fixture picks

Modern Classic Galbraith Bedding from Eastern Accents would look stylish in a Colorado bedroom.

This Chair and Ottoman from Wesley Hall would look right at home in a transitional mountain living room.

This Waterloo chandelier from Curry and Company would be perfect for a transitional room

Here is a great chandelier that would work well in a mountain transitional home.  It is one of our favorites from Curry and  Company

http://www.curreycodealers.com/

 

At Home on the Range, mountain transitional is one of the four main styles we’ve noticed that are important in current Colorado design. We would love to help create a Western interior design scheme perfect for you and your lifestyle. Do you like the mountain transitional look, or do you prefer mountain contemporary, mountain lodge or Old West style? Leave a comment to let us know!

Images: 1 via Home on the Range2 and 3 via Houzz;  4 Arteriors; 5 via Eastern Accents; 6via Wesley Hall  7 via Curry and Company

While at the recent Design Bloggers Conference in LA,   I was completely inspired by the story of Lisa Robison, the founder of Dwell with Dignity  and designer Kim Turner who joined Lisa in her amazing endeavor to change peoples’ lives for the better.   I want to share their story here on our blog because it is a testament to the power of design and to the power of individual determination.  Lisa’s story propelled me to come back to Steamboat and contact Habitat for Humanity to explore ways the design community in Steamboat can help with their projects.  http://www.routtcohabitat.org/  .   Below is some information on Lisa and Dwell with Dignity that came from their website.

“Founder, Lisa Robison, is an Interior Designer who has spent the past decade raising her children and immersing herself in all things design-related.   Her desire to give back to her community and to pursue her passion for design culminated in the concept of Dwell with Dignity. Her strong belief that good design improves ones quality of life (and the “nest egg” birthday gift from her husband) resulted in the incorporation of this non-profit foundation in April of 2009.”

“Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.”

Dwell with Dignity is a wonderful organization that has changed many people’s lives for the better since it began in spring 2009. Before and after photos of their design projects can be seen online, including this home for a family of four…

And this one for a mom and her young son…

Can you imagine being a child who was sleeping on an old mattress on the floor in a run down apartment having their life changed so dramatically by being able to come home to a safe haven where they can have a sense of pride in their surroundings.   Visit dwellwithdignity.org to find out more, and be sure to also check out their blog.

Lynne Barton Bier

Principal/Lead Designer

Home on the Range Interiors

Images via dwellwithdignity.org

At Home on the Range Interiors we love to use architectural antiques to add layers and to bring a sense of history into the homes we work on. This is particularly important in second homes where our clients are starting fresh we don’t have the benefit of using their family heirlooms and items from their years of travel and collecting.  We are constantly on the search for pieces that have a lot of textural interest and a patina that only comes with age.  What never ceases to amaze us is how beautifully the colors of age old pieces blend with contemporary design .  When you are putting a room together, try juxtaposing older pieces with newer pieces  in the room to give it more interest and depth. Below we’re sharing a few decorative architectural artifacts , along with photos of rooms  designed by Home on the Range where architectural antiques have been integrated into the design .

Old Indonesian Carving via Shepton’s Antiques

Architectural Corbel, also via Shepton’s Antiques

 Carved Vintage Panel from Madura via Wesco Fabrics

Carved Teak Panel from Vintage Madura Bed, also via Wesco Fabrics

Here are four spaces by Home on the Range that feature architectural antiques.

Shutters add interest to this New Mexico Territorial house.

An antique window grate works well in this Western Mine Style bath.

An antique door adds character to this Mine Style house.

And here, old shutters are used for a mirror.

 

contact Home on the Range.

Images: 1-2 Shepton’s Antiques; 3-4 Wesco Fabrics Warehouse; 5-8 Interior design by Home on the Range; Photography by Tim Murphy; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins; Building by Gary Cogswell

Parallel trends are often seen in fashion and interior design as both are closely linked with  color and style forecasts and both use the latest fabrics in their creations.  In Steamboat we tend to be a little less “glitzy” and a little more rustic than other areas but we love to incorporate components of the latest trends into our design.  The color blue, and the use of leather is hot this year and that works beautifully with our Western heritage!

Pictured below  is a bunkhouse sitting room we did here in Steamboat with denims, leathers and red accents

leather, denim and red accents used in a Western home

And here is how it translates into fashion!

http://lifeallover.com/outfit-red-solo-cup/

Great outfit put together by Payje Bier

Here are some other examples of the parallel between  fashion and interior design:

Dick Gentry from Wesco Fabrics just hosted a very well attended window treatment webinar where his workroom manager, Joanne, showcased some  of the creative window treatments she had designed based on runway fashion. http://www.gentryconnects.com/2012/03/haute-couture-window-treatments.html

Inverted pinch pleat with buttons

Balloon shade with ruffle

 

The next High Point Furniture Market is coming up at the end of April, and one market correspondent took notes on top trends from the recent Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that she thinks will also find their way into the furnishings industry.  As I mentioned above, we may not be as high style here in Steamboat, but there are a number of components that will work well in Western interiors, from the leathers to the furs and feathers!


Fresh uses of leather like Peter Som brought into this creative ensemble are also expected to appear in furnishings.

Fur and feathers—seen on this Prabal Gurung ensemble and others—are two unexpected elements helping to bring texture to fashion and home design.

Visit highpointmarket.org to learn about all the expected parallels in fashion and interior design trends. We’re excited to see how these are re-imagined for furnishings—aren’t you?

Images: Home on the Range – Architect Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA http://www.jprarchitecture.com/ – Tim Murphyhttp://www.timmurphyphotography.com/ ,Payje Bier at http://lifeallover.com/  ,  Gentry Connects  http://www.gentryconnects.com ,  Imaxtree via highpointmarket.org

Spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, and last week we were still experiencing some snowy winter weather here in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Here are some tips from Home on the Range on combating the gray days of winter:

  • Take a trip to somewhere warm and sunny! Designer Lynne Bier just went to Los Angeles for the Design Bloggers Conference and then headed over to the Bacara Resort after the conference to spend a few days. There’s nothing like seeing palm trees to get you out of the winter blues!

    Bacara Resort

  • Embrace the outdoors and stay active with cross-country skiing, alpine skiing or snowshoeing.
  • Decorate your home’s interior with fresh flowers. We always love having a bouquet of daisies and tulips or other bright blooms on the kitchen counter

    Kitchen from Mountain Eclectic Home by Home on the Range Interiors

  • Go shopping for a cheerful accessory you can wear, like a yellow scarf or bag. It’ll bring a smile to your face and remind you of a sunny day!
  • Do something that makes you laugh.  Laughter is the best medicine, and will help combat any gray day!

What are you doing to vanquish the winter blues?

Images: 1 via bacararesort.com; 2 Interior design by Home on the Range, Photo by Tim Murphy, Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins; 3 via modcloth.com

Lynne Bier, principal and lead designer at Home on the Range, attended the Design Bloggers Conference earlier this week and was happy to meet a number of people in the industry. It’s always nice to put a face to a company you do business with, which is exactly what happened when Lynne got to talk to Patrick Bradshaw of Wesley Hall Furniture.

At Home on the Range, we always love how Wesley Hall stays on top of the design industry in terms of quality and style. As described on their company website:

“Over the last 20 years, Wesley Hall has become a key manufacturer in the upper segment of the upholstered furniture market. We attribute our success to an unwavering commitment to providing excellent service, quality, fashion, and value.”

Here are some of our favorite upholstered furniture pieces from Wesley Hall:

They have many beautiful chairs, including these four options:

This swivel fits into smaller spaces but is still really comfortable!

A fun fabric can really change the look of this chair - we love the chair both ways.

Here is a similar style in a solid. It also looks great in leather.

We love the mix of wood and fabric on this fun accent chair.

This sofa has a great transitional frame:

This comes in both a loveseat size and a sofa size

And we love the curve on these ottomans:

Which of these pieces stand out to you?

Home on the Range designer Lynne Bier enjoyed the Design Bloggers Conference last week and wants to spotlight renowned interior designer Bunny Williams, who gave the keynote speech on the final day of the conference.

Lynne Bier and Bunny Williams

If you’ve been following the conference buzz on Twitter, you may have seen how much everyone loved Bunny Williams’ talk  – so much that Bunny received a standing ovation!   She has a wise outlook on the industry, and her interior design style is a marriage of beauty and function. Blending modern and traditional pieces in her design, Bunny strives for—and achieves—timeless spaces that are comfortable and lived in, characteristics that are easily seen in the design of her own apartment:

Here are a few of the points from Bunny’s talk that Lynne Bier says really spoke to her:

Select several quality pieces of furniture and you will have them forever

Stay neutral on your main upholstered pieces and then you can use pillows and throws to change things up when you want to add a new touch

Study everything you can, travel for new ideas and stay organized.  Design takes a lot of work and focus

Give back to the community and mentor young designers

Mix in pieces from different eras and different countries to keep your design interesting

Visit BunnyWilliams.com to learn more about the interior designer as well as her BeeLine Home collection.

 

Images via bunnywilliams.com

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