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Wesco Fabrics participated in the Denver Design Center LAUNCH event earlier this month, and we loved seeing some of their stylish offerings.  

Here is a fun window treatment by Michelle of Wesco Fabrics. It was inspired by one of Yves Saint Laurent's creations

At YSL Retrospective from left to right Lynne Barton Bier -Laura Cotter-Dick Gentry - Susan Howard

 

We love traveling and working with Dick and Marla Gentry because they are always interested in different cultures and different design aesthetics.  They delve into each country they visit and everything the country has to offer.  They then use what they have discovered in their travels to help them create stunning collections of fabrics.  We Asked Dick to do a guest post for us explaining how he comes up with his collections.  Below is his post about launching new decorative fabrics:

I develop new decorative fabric collections for Wesco Fabrics throughout the year. The process starts by scanning world-wide textile and home furnishing markets for trend snippets that form my vision on directions. I plunge into anything that may inspire such as fashion, museum exhibits, and all sorts of media. Recent retrospectives of couturiers, Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier, were visually exciting with their courage to take risks.

One of our new offerings from the Gentry Collection, “Imagine,” showcased beautiful designs in a harmonious palette. A key motif is the Suzani, a tribal textile design from the “stans,” Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and throughout Central Asia. Woven matelassé designs in a soft spring palette were also standouts.

—Dick Gentry

To find out more about Wesco, visit WescoFabrics.com and be sure to check out Gentry Connects, Dick Gentry’s blog. They also have a wonderful YouTube video showcasing textiles from the different countries in Asia that Dick has visited. 

With Earth Day in April, going green has been giving many people food for thought this month. Environmentally friendly practices and features can be used in multiple facets of our lives, including our home environments. Here are a few green elements we at Home on the Range have incorporated into a number of our interior design projects: Reclaimed Wood Reclaimed wood is a great natural material we often turn to for rustic bathroom and kitchen designs; we’ve also found many contemporary furniture pieces made of reclaimed wood.

Tracy Plasma TV Console from Four Hands

Architectural Antiques This is another example of going green by reusing older elements in modern-day design. Architectural antiqueslike corbels, doors, shutters and more have added meaningful layers to a variety of Home on the Range projects.

This Mine Style house by Home on the Range includes an antique door.

Multi-functional Furnishings A great Houzz article on “ways to go greener through design” suggests using multi-functional furnishings, and we couldn’t agree more. Ottomans used as coffee tables or with storage space inside are great options.

Here, we used a great ottoman as a coffee table.

We often look for ways to incorporate fluorescent or LED lighting into our lighting design as an energy saving feature.

Custom dining fixture was designed for fluorescent lighting

Contact Home on the Range Interiors in Steamboat Springs, CO for help creating a unique design scheme for your mountain home.

A recent Arcilook blog post on kitchen backsplashes caught our eye. As Arcilook details:

“If you’re looking for one project that can truly transform your kitchen into a space you’ll love to share (without spending a fortune), consider upgrading your backsplash.”

We completely agree, but we also want to take it one step further: A backsplash can add a lot to the look of not only the kitchen, but also bath and powder rooms. Here are some beautiful backsplashes sure to inspire.

This backsplash makes a statement behind the stove, pulling in shades of brown, gray and cream from the surrounding cabinets, walls and countertops.

A textured stone wall is the backsplash for this bath vanity.

Here, glass mosaic tile wainscot becomes the backsplash for the vanity.

The following four photos are all from design projects by Home on the Range.

This is a detailed look at the  kitchen back splash we used in a home we just completed in Steamboat.  See below for pictures of the kitchen and how the back splash pulled everything together.

The colors in this backsplash work well with a green slate countertop, painted green cabinet and the golden brown tone of the antique white oak cabinetry.

The tile works beautifully with the custom concrete sink and counter top from Concrete Revolution

Note the green painted cabinet under the window and the slate counter top in the foreground. The same slate was used on the lower island counter top as well.

An iridescent glass tile backsplash is the perfect complement to the stone wall in this recreation bar below.

Talk to Lynne or Susan at Home on the Range in Steamboat Springs, CO for help with designing your dream kitchen or bathroom and with interior finishes to suit your style. Visit our website to find out more.

Images 1-3 via Houzz, as linked above; 4-7 Interior design by Home on the Range; Photography by Tim Murphy; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins

In line with our recent posts about Colorado outdoor living, today we want to focus our attention on different furniture styles for your deck or patio. Whether you’re interested in lounging under the sun, entertaining friends and family or dining around a table, there’s something for you in our top outdoor furniture picks for your home.

Old Hickory has been in the rustic furniture business for over 100 years and has provided furniture for many of the great lodges in the National Parks.  

Great photo showing President Taft on an Old Hickory settee!

The addition of the sunbrella cushions and pads to these lounge chairs and settees adds some color and additional comfort to the rustic styles:

 Groovy Stuff is another rustic outdoor furniture company we use a lot in the mountains.  They have some fun designs and offer rustic wagon wheel furniture as well as Adirondack styles.  Many of their furniture pieces are made from  reclaimed wood : 

Take a look at how Stone 2 Furniture works in both an urban setting and a rustic mountain setting.  Stone 2 Stone has wonderful sculptural look that I can’t resist!  It ‘s looks are also deceiving because you wouldn’t anticipate how comfortable it is!  

We have been placing Palecek  furniture on patios and decks for over 20 years and have found their quality to be dependable and their styles always cutting edge.  Whether you want the traditional wicker settee that would have been on Grandma’s porch or are interested in the latest look, Palacek has it all.   We selected three of the newer pieces from Palecek to showcase their versatility of style:

Love this new take on the barrel chair!

The interesting curve on the leg of this coffee table make it look almost Asian - love the simple yet interesting design

This lounge chair has it all - style, comfort and durability!

We look to Woodard for metal furniture, and especially love these two sets:

I love the pop of red on the cushions of this patio furniture by Woodard

The transitional lines of this Palladian dining set works well in any setting.

How are you setting up your patio for spring? You can check out our posts on inspiring rustic outdoor living spaces and dining alfresco in style for inspiration.

Images: 1-2 Old Hickory; 3-4 Groovy Stuff; 5-7 Stone 2 Furniture; 8-10 via Palecek; 11-12 via Woodard

We just came across a wonderful slideshow on Cultivate about incorporating reclaimed wood into the heart of a home. It discusses the benefits of using reclaimed wood as a material—like going green and getting pieces with stories and history—as well as suggestions for bringing reclaimed wood into kitchens—whether as furniture, cabinetry, wall coverings or smaller details.

At Home on the Range, we’ve incorporated reclaimed wood into many of our kitchen designs, including the first four kitchens shown below…

Reclaimed timbers on the center island of this Pioneer Homestead Ranch came from Amish barns in Canada. The island was custom made for the space by Rustic Woodworks.

Antique elm is used in this Lake Lodge kitchen because it’s fairly light in color and has a beautiful grain. The island adds a rich aqua color, reflecting the shadings of the aqua verde marble countertop.

In this Old Homestead Ranch kitchen we used antique white oak for the lower cabinets but painted the upper cabinets a multi-layered cream color to go with the tile on the countertops and to keep the kitchen from feeling too dark.

Reclaimed wood materials can also be used throughout an entire kitchen which works beautifully in a  rustic mountain style home.

 Carole King’s kitchen was featured in Architectural Digest, and we like its comfortable rustic look. We don’t know who the designer is or if the wood here is reclaimed, but the magazine does explain the celebrity singer strove to create an “environmentally friendly” home. Plus it’s so fitting with the rustic kitchen theme we couldn’t help but include it:

 

The kitchen below that caught our eye on HOUZZ  has a wonderful mix of rustic and reclaimed materials.

Lake Country Builders traditional kitchen

 

If you’re interested in a stylish rustic kitchen design for your Colorado home, contact Home on the Range.

Images: 1-4 Interior design by Home on the Range; Photography by Tim Murphy; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins. 5 via Architectural Digest 6 via Houzz 

As promised in our post on dining alfresco in style, in today’s post we’re sharing some fun ideas for outdoor dining accessories.  These linens and accessories will enhance any outdoor table setting.   Whether you like something more neutral or like vibrant colors you may find something here to suit your fancy:

 

For a simple rustic look, use natural placemats and pair with colors that reflect the environment around you–soft greens and browns would create an inviting table. Add iron hurricanes and a vase of freshly picked wildflowers as finishing touches.

 

I also love to add color to my outdoor table settings – I found this one on Pinterest and love how it looks like a field of wildflowers!

 

What a fun colorful tablecloth in this table setting.  I  love the way they have created a sense of privacy with the fence and the fabric.

Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick eclectic patio

 

Set a lively table and keep conversation flowing by mixing any of the colorful accessories and table linens below.

 

Campo di Fiori vases and hurricanes

Amber Glass Orbs from Campo di Fiori 

Colorful votive candleholders

Grasslands candles from http://www.vancekitira.com

Tag table linens   tagltd.com

Tag striped placemats

Tag table runner and silverware basket

Tag tiered server

Yellow Forever Oilcloth

This blue oilcloth would look fantastic paired with white china and a vase of yellow daisies.

How are you going to set your outdoor table for spring? You can contact Home on the Range for purchasing information if any of these dining accessories caught your eye.

 

Photo 1 – don’t know the source  Photo 2 via Pinterest Photo 3 via Houzz  Photos 4-10 products available at Home on the Range

Lynne on the banks of the Seine

Lynne Barton Bier

When I lived in France I fell in love with the way French would move their meals outside as soon as the weather permitted.  Memories of the long tables covered in brightly colored tablecloths and vases filled with flowers from the garden or surrounding fields, with chunks of baguette littered here and there and wine glasses at varying stages of fullness, of sparkling conversation that would last until well after the sun went down and the candles had burned to interesting puddles of wax  have become a part of my psyche.  Here in Steamboat Springs we have a short window for dining outdoors and even then, we often need to have heaters scattered around to ward off the evening chill.  In spite of the challenges I will stretch the season for as long as possible to be able to enjoy every moment.   My passion for dining alfresco lead me to the creation of this blog so I can share both  some fun tables and great settings I have come across.  ( This is a follow up on our post on rustic outdoor living spaces and we will do another on our favorite outdoor dining accessories!).   Here are some inviting outdoor dining spaces complete with a rustic, natural style.   Take a look…

This New Mexico Territorial covered porch with its brightly colored oilcloth table covering is a perfect spot to eat lunch out of the hot mid-day sun..

 

 


The stone wall is a beautiful backdrop to this alfresco dining space, which shows a table can still be set with stylish dinnerware and centerpieces, even if it is outdoors.  

This dining space features an iron chandelier and I love the way the curtains frame the opening to create a feeling of intimacy – what a romantic spot to dine!


This rustic table is situated conveniently next to a tremendous outdoor cooking area.  I love the way they have flowers everywhere!


This great spot lets nature do most of the outdoor decorating, a technique that would also work here in Colorado.

Do these images make you want to set up a table outside to gather friends and family around?

Images: 1 via Home on the Range 2 via Houzz; 3 liveandenliven.com via Pinterest; 4 via Houzz; 5 via Elle Decor

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