Big Sky Chalet

The Rockies

Montana boasts some of the most majestic and rugged terrain in the country, so this stunning 18,000 square foot home demanded an approach that complemented the magnificent site. Hand cleft stone and roughhewn timber architecture inspired us to define the sensibility of the bold, modern interiors with a rustic elegance. It became the perfect reflection of an adventurous family who embrace outdoor living and value authentic connection to the land and to each other.

With a luxurious spin on Western décor, we celebrated the magnificent view from the dining room with a pair of antler chandeliers – cast in glass and tipped in gold – created by an atelier in rural Vermont. A gifted woodworker crafted the dining table from a single piece of walnut supported by bleached tree trunks. A romantic table for two was created from the extension of this noble tree and extends the seating capacity for large family gatherings. An intriguing X-form base, discovered by chance in the corner of the woodworker’s studio and now topped with hand wrought blue zinc, becomes a memorable statement of welcome at the entry foyer.

For the enormous kitchen island, bluestone was the perfect natural material to create a seamless, monolithic statement. We used sequential slabs of Calacatta gold marble for the countertops and backsplashes set behind the open-back upper cabinets made of hand cast glass with blued steel frames. The organic sweep of the marble veining travels right through the cabinets like the flow of the surrounding rivers and mountains. Custom designed furniture, lighting, and textiles amplify the impact of the unique interiors with linen, angora, and suede providing visual layering and tactile warmth. By night, the home is illuminated by handcrafted light fixtures sparkling with cast glass and perforated metals expressing the exceptional talent of local artisans. Here, the boundary between outside and inside is artistically blurred, creating a feeling of being truly at one with nature.

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With a luxurious spin on Western décor, we celebrated the magnificent view from the dining room with a pair of antler chandeliers – cast in glass and tipped in gold – created by an atelier in rural Vermont.