Designing the West

Tasteful interiors by leading designers 


Designing the West: Fresh Western

October | November 2013       Written By Eliza Cross      

Much like the fashion industry, interior design trends come and go. Yesterday’s “almond” appliances give way to brushed stainless steel, and wall-to-wall carpeting is replaced with sustainably sourced bamboo. The interior…

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Designing the West: Reimagined and Repurposed

August | September 2016       Written By Eliza Cross       Photography By Audrey Hall      

With the name “The Architect’s Wife,” people can’t help but be intrigued by the design store located in an old brick building in downtown Bozeman, Montana. “I wanted our retail…

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Designing the West: Infusion Design

Spring | Summer 2010       Written By Thea Marx      

“Authentic doesn’t have to mean antique,” says Santa Fe designer David Naylor. “Authenticity is at the hand of the craftsman, his devotion and skill.” Naylor has a passion for unique…

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Designing the West: Timeless by Design

Winter | Spring 2011       Written By Lydia E. Plunk      

In the hills above northern Scottsdale, the striking contemporary home attracts the sunshine as naturally as an outcropping of rocks. At night, light radiates outward with the magic of a…

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Designing the West: Mix Master

Summer | Fall 2011       Written By Christy Nielson      

When you walk into The Arrangement showroom in Dallas, Texas, owned by Katherine Snedeker, you realize immediately that this is not your typical Western furnishings store. Everything has been dialed…

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Designing the West: Artistic Genesis

April | May 2013       Written By Eliza Cross      

Interior designers have different ways of handling initial client consultations. Some begin with budget discussions or a lifestyle questionnaire, and others ask their clients to show them photos of rooms…

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Designing the West: Multi-Discipline Design

June | July 2013       Written By Eliza Cross      

“Cher Auction Fetches $3.5 Million.” “Sale of Brooke Astor Estate Trove Brings $18.8 Million.” Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design Associates have influenced some of the biggest headlines…

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Designing the West: Livable Luxury

February | March 2016       Written By Eliza Cross      

Some people just have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Take Jay Jeffers, for instance. The San Francisco-based designer was on a water taxi…

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Designing the West: Confluence

Summer | Fall 2010       Written By Thea Marx      

Though Katherine Reedy discovered Wyoming as a design student in college, she didn’t indulge her passion for fly fishing or the beauty of the Cowboy State until she had tackled…

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Designing the West: Agnes Bourne

Spring | Summer 2009       Written By Thea Marx      

Saying one is born to be a designer is a cliché, but in the case of Agnes Bourne, it’s very much the case. The evidence is in her history: When,…

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Designing the West: Holistic Design

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Eliza Cross      

Designing a new custom home from the ground up usually involves the researching, interviewing, hiring, scheduling and coordinating of a sizable team of professionals — from the architect and builder to…

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Designing the West: Breaking the Convention

Winter | Spring 2010       Written By Thea Marx      

When it comes to “thinking outside the box,” designer Jason Lenox just might be the man who wrote the book. With his own brand of Western design, Lenox will reach…

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Designing the West: Making Modern Heirlooms

December 2017 | January 2018       Written By Eliza Cross       Photography By Gibeon Photography      

Designer Linda Perlman first fell in love with Native American textiles when she served as a trustee at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. “The museum has an incredible collection, and…

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Designing the West: Personal Panache

April | May 2012       Written By Christene Meyers      

Art is an “all in the family” affair for the Vallones of Scottsdale, Arizona. Mother Donna Vallone is an award-winning designer with an international clientele. Daughter Berkley is carving a reputation…

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Designing the West: Organic Design

June | July 2012       By Chase Reynolds Ewald       Photography By David Wakely      

California visionaries have always been leaders in the ever-evolving conversation about outdoor living, from Cliff May’s iconic ranch homes — still fresh and modern after 80 years — and the…

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Designing the West: Success in Simplification

June | July 2017       Written By Eliza Cross      

While other teens were working as restaurant servers and lifeguards after high school, interior designer Kristen Thomas was busy studying for her realtor’s license. “My parents were both in real…

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Designing the West: Illuminated Design

August | September 2013       Written By Eliza Cross      

Who can predict what early influences might inspire a young man to choose a particular path? Award-winning interior and lighting designer Jonathan Browning creates high-end, meticulously detailed, museum-quality lighting for…

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Designing the West: Conceptual Design

February | March 2013       Written By Eliza Cross      

Not every adolescent girl can appreciate the intricacies of a well-designed laundry room, but Erika Jennings discovered her calling at an early age. “I always loved homes, even as a child,” says Jennings, owner…

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Designing the West: Personality and Panache

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Eliza Cross      

Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus called her “a design force to be reckoned with.” NBC named her one of the top designers in the country, and she was a top…

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Out in front

Fall | Winter 2010       Written By Kathy Chin Leong      

When interior designer Pam Pennington suggested covering a client’s red brick fireplace from floor to ceiling with black slate tiles, homeowner Casey Renking was hesitant, especially since he was originally…

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Designing the West: Peaceful Retreats

June | July 2015       Written By Eliza Cross      

The roots of service run deep in designer Joe McGuire’s life. As a boy he grew up at Rancho Encantado, a ranch hotel on the outskirts of Santa Fe (now…

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Designing the West: Modern, Classic and Conscientious

October | November 2012       Written By Eliza Cross      

When most people go to the movies they become engrossed with the action and characters, but Andrea Schumacher was always fascinated with the backgrounds and props of the stage. So when…

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Designing the West: Natural Sanctuaries

August | September 2014       Written By Eliza Cross      

Interior design might not be the first career choice people associate with a master’s degree in psychology, but Elisa Chambers says the two disciplines are an ideal match. “Great homes begin…

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Designing the West: Rustic Meets Modern

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Eliza Cross      

The Japanese call the art of embracing imperfection wabi-sabi. Derived from Buddhist teachings about the impermanence of existence, the concept defines beauty to include such qualities as asymmetry, simplicity and…

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Designing the West: Modern Mixmaster

February | March 2017       Written By Eliza Cross      

If someone calls the headquarters of Alice Lane and asks to speak to Alice, founder Jessica Bennett can be pretty certain that the caller isn’t a close friend. Bennett named…

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Designing the West: Vibrant Spirits

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Eliza Cross      

When Pamela and Richard Hanlon of Washington, D.C. bought a second home in Santa Fe six years ago, they knew they needed help. “We were East Coasters, and we really didn’t…

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Designing the West: Intuitive Interiors

February | March 2014       Written By Eliza Cross      

Paula Berg’s clients and design projects take her all over the country, from a family estate in Scarsdale to a Miami Beach home to a ski retreat in Park City. Her eponymous design firm…

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Designing the West: Adding Dimension

June | July 2016       Written By Eliza Cross       Photography By David Patterson      

Susse Budde’s European parents were never into fancy cars or keeping up with the Joneses. Instead, the couple made good design a priority. “My parents were always passionate about architecture…

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Designing the West: Designing with Passion

Fall | Winter 2008       Written By Thea Marx      

The elegant dance of the line in the air before the fly touches the water to meet the rising fish creates one of Heidi Weiskopf’s favorite moments. The gracefulness with…

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Designing the West: Simply Divine

August | September 2015       Written By Eliza Cross      

Like many people, Jennifer Prugh Visosky was deeply affected by the events of September 11, 2001. “At that time I was very busy professionally, traveling often between Los Angeles and…

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Designing the West: William Peace

Fall | Winter 2009       Written By Thea Marx      

French Art Deco or rustic. New York versus Montana. Soft against rough. Designer William Peace, ASID, thrives on a style of contrast that has made him a leading force in…

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Designing the West: Living Outside

Spring | Summer 2011       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Casey Dunn      

Laird Jackson Design House is an architectural and interiors firm that guarantees surprises. For designer/owner Ryan Jackson, that translates to a style that pushes limits and combines the unexpected. Inside…

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Designing the West: Nothing to Hide

Fall | Winter 2011       Written By Amy Lemen      

When Kyle Bunting was a kid, his dad — a successful, self-made entrepreneur — used to buy cowhides and turn them into Texas maps with individually handcrafted squares that represented…

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Designing the West: Staying Power

October | November 2017       Written By Eliza Cross      

Design trends, like fashion styles, tend to change every season. Yesterday’s bell bottoms become this year’s skinny jeans, and Tuscan textiles give way to Ikat prints. This is precisely why…

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Designing the West: Balancing Form and Function

August | September 2017       Written By Eliza Cross      

Designer Kate Binger loved rearranging her furniture as a young girl, but she always had to deal with one large obstacle. “My parents bought me a massive, vintage post office…

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Designing the West: Curatorial Vision

October | November 2016       Written By Eliza Cross      

For as long as he can remember, designer Chandler Prewitt has been entranced by the magic of New Mexico. “From a young age, I spent summers with my grandparents at…

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Designing the West: Comfort and Joy

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Eliza Cross       By Kimberly Gavin      

From a young age, designer Dana Hugo became an expert at making a space feel like home. Thanks to her father’s job transfers, the family moved cities often. But Hugo…

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Designing the West: Precision Planner

August | September 2012       Written By Eliza Cross      

Detail-driven. Fanatical. Über-organized. Type A. Any of these might describe interior designer Jennifer Hoey Smith, ASID, a Sun Valley interior designer known for creating clean, contemporary, elegant spaces that are…

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Designing the West: Traditional With A Twist

February | March 2012       Written By Kathy Chin Leong      

A kitchen table on industrial wheels? A French baroque ottoman topped with a cushion of shiny patent leather? A living room stool made of ... furry cowhide? These unexpected elements undoubtedly…

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Designing the West: Harmonious Trio

February | March 2015       Written By Eliza Cross      

Sometimes three heads really are better than one. Capitalizing on their individual strengths and interests, the partners at Salt Lake City-based LMK Interior Design each oversee a different aspect of the…

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Designing the West: Cultivated by Nature

April | May 2017       Written By Eliza Cross      

A summer lawn mowing job fostered Davis Dalbok’s early love of the natural world. “When I was 7 and 8 years old, I cut the grass for our neighbors and…

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Designing the West: Rustic Comfort

April | May 2016       Written By Eliza Cross      

“Diana Vincent puts pencil to paper and works magic,” says Suzanne O’Brien, who hired the interior designer to renovate her family’s Lake Tahoe home. “Diana’s naturally creative, and she has…

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Designing the West: Mounts as Art?

Winter | Spring 2009       Written By Thea Marx      

Like a painting over the mantel in formal homes, mounts are a staple art piece for mountain and country abodes. The type of mount displayed often serves as a way…

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