Diamond LifeAuthor:Abigail Stone
Niche Interiors injects glitter and glam into the apres-ski vernacular of a Montana mountain home.
Jennifer Jones of San Francisco-based Niche Interiors had been behind a very stylish design of a Pacific Heights residence whose owners trusted she could work the same magic on the three-story, 7000-square-foot home in Montana’s exclusive Yellowstone Club that they’d just purchased.
“They didn’t want to do anything cliche,” recalls Jones. “So it was about referencing the outdoors while making it feel sophisticated.” Blending ski-chalet vibes with rich colors and sparkling metallics might have proved disastrous; Jones admits that “there weren’t a lot of reference points.” But she and senior designers Lynn Trinh and Anna Eways managed — despite the pandemic’s restrictions, which limited them to a single visit before installation — to create a space that is glamorous, welcoming and durable.
A pair of emerald sofas, their deep color a nod to the area’s rich foliage, anchor the open-concept great room. Like jewels, they’re enhanced by their pale setting: oatmeal wool rugs, plaster walls, neutral drapery and contemporary lighting. In the dining room, a painting could be mistaken for a window, its wintry visuals channelling the mountain landscape. A faux-leather banquette in the kitchen nook and woven leather barstools in the kitchen blend practicality and polish
That same elegance whips through the main bedroom, whose snowy sheen comes courtesy of walls hand-painted by decorative artist Caroline Lizarraga, a silk and wool rug from the Rug Company, a channel-tufted bed from Holly Hunt and Ochre’s wood and brass lamps. Lizarraga’s work also enhances the office, where matte peacock blue walls play hide-and-seek with an art deco pattern that was picked out in the paint’s shiny sibling. Navy blue washes a carefully constructed arrangement of beds in the bunk room, while a deconstructed teal sectional in the game room can be arranged in endless configurations. “It’s a reflection of their playful, cosmopolitan personality,” says Jones, “When a client’s taste shines through, that, for me, is the measure of a successful project.”