It has been such a thrill to finally preview our Montana Dog House with you this week on social media. Today we will officially start touring the home on our blog as our latest interiors tour series. This home is the cover of Mountain Living and inside the magazine you will find a 10-page spread on the home. You can follow this link to read our Mountain Living feature titled “Creature Comforts.” You can also follow this link to view the digital edition of the issue. In today’s blog, we will start with the entry, kitchen, dining room, and living room.
Heather and Scott had many draws to lay down roots in Ennis, Montana. From its small-town charm to the stunning mountain views, it offers a peaceful and calming respite for our founders to settle into each summer. However, family ties were another main draw to the scenic mountain town. Heather’s father, Charlie, has traveled to Ennis for years to fly-fish on the Madison River. As they decided to extend their time in Montana beyond a few weeks in the summer and as their family grew to include two Belgian Malinoises, Faust and Rue, Heather and Scott bought a neighboring lot. The lot is angled towards the river and the scenic mountains. They began to construct a home of their own with help from Steve and Carla Farnam Professional Designers and Clark and Sons Construction.
To best capture the majestic mountains and the Madison River views that surround their Montana home, the design goal was for Heather and Scott’s summer respite to have a timeless blend of modern and rustic elements throughout. Most notably, the reclaimed corral boards Scott salvaged and then installed on the walls of the front entry invite nature in. Faust and Rue feel perfectly at home in this airy and light-filled foyer.
Paired with the reclaimed corral boards, an original abstract art piece by artist Kent Youngstrom from the G. Grace Gallery in Nashville, TN introduces guests to the neutral palette of white, black, and warm wood that you will find throughout the home.
The kitchen in our Montana Dog House features a restful color palette of timeless neutrals, a sense of simplicity, and symmetry in the design. The priority was to make timeless choices. Colorado Yule honed marble countertops and taupe floor-to-ceiling cabinetry brighten the open kitchen. A custom plaster hood with a wood edge ties in with the ceiling beams. A linear pendant made of copper illuminates and completes the clean look of the Montana kitchen. You can learn even more about the kitchen by watching our kitchen tour video on IGTV (Instagram). You can also follow this link to watch.
Lofty ceilings and a light-filled floor plan creates the illusion of a larger space in this Montana home. In the adjacent open dining area, a lovely solid oak dining table is paired with a mix of seating that includes host chairs and plush ottoman-style benches. A tiered iron chandelier highlights the 23-foot-high wood-clad ceiling.
Here is another view of the dining room that shows you a glimpse of the stairwell. In the home Heather and Scott wanted an iron hand railing and balister. It was a challenge to find the iron in a straight run, as it was a very long way up to the second story. Instead, the compromise was to go with a wood hand rail and it is hard to even tell the difference!
In the living room, a photograph by Tracie Spence Photography draws your eye into the custom metal fireplace in the elegant and neutral living room. In this room, you will also find a pair of cozy sofas in a durable Crypton performance fabric paired with contrasting black and grey pillows. Sleek and modern leather recliners face the custom fireplace and offer another stylish seating option for the room. A mix of metal and stone tables make the Montana home feel classic yet modern.
As a designer, Heather has worked on homes with so many different styles and colors. She wanted her and Scott’s home to be really neutral. “When I come home, I want a really neutral palette. It’s more restful,” Heather explains.
Continue to follow along as we reveal and tour even more spaces in this home! For even more content and first looks, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see more.