The more I photograph the more I am seeing the shift from Mountain Rustic to Mountain Modern homes. Mountain modern homes are becoming the trend and why not - the design is beautiful and the floorplans are open and inviting, and the textures are more natural and raw.
The night stand - what a simple concept. Lot's of people have them, but how much thought have you put into your nightstand other than the table that will charge a cell phone or hold a glass of water? These designers have taken the simple idea of a nightstand and made them more than just a table, they have made them art!
Dining rooms may be one of the most visited rooms in the house - a great place for entertaining, family dinners, and in my house a wonderful desk, ha! I loved putting this blog post together because I was able to revisit all the fabulous dining rooms I have photographed this last year. A dining room in the mountains can have so much character, from the design, to the textures, to the amazing mountain views.
The rustic look is here to stay folks! Personally I love rustic touches added throughout a home. Who wouldn't love a design that emphasizing rugged, natural beauty, especially homes deep in the woods or perched high on a mountain? Being an architecture photographer in Montana, I have come across all different forms of rustic.
Sophia and I spent a full day shooting this stunning home in the Legends neighborhood of Bozeman, Montana. I love the overall feel of this home. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by the bright, open dining area, the contemporary kitchen, and the great room. The kitchen in gorgeous with it's straight, contemporary lines and modern finishings. Sophia has great style in her design - I even love how she repurposes older, antique furniture with a new updated look. So creative!
"Mountain modern" homes are starting to become the new trend in these high top, mountain retreats. This style of design allows for the cozy, intimate feel of the mountains without the dark and heavy, claustrophobic textures. The mountain modern home has more of a connection to the natural surroundings, an open airy feel, and lighter textures. Peers Homestead in Spanish Peaks Mountain Club in Big Sky, Montana is a perfect example of "mountain modern" at it's finest.
A couple weeks ago I was contacted by The Wall Street Journal to photograph the House of the Year. In the contest, readers vote on their favorite homes from among the winners of the year's previous House of the Week polls. Over 40,000 people voted for the house of the year and The Belz Chateau up in Moonlight Basin was crowed the winner.
Just recently a home I photographed in Yellowstone Club for Kelly Hohla Interiors was featured in most recent Modern Luxury Silicon Valley. (See online article here.) Kelly & her team completely captured the warm, cozy Montana ski home feel but has modern and bright touches that keeps the home stylish.
Exteriors are the icing on the cake. I spend most of my time shooting the interior of a house, but some of my favorite images are the exteriors. Living in Montana we have no shortage of amazing views. Architects spend a lot of time and thoughtfulness in designing home to make the most of the views while also considering the layout of the land and the owners needs - not a small feat.
Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph this stunning Yellowstone Club home in Big Sky, MT. This home is on point as a perfect example of "mountain contemporary", the current building trend in luxurious ski communities. The details of this ski-in-ski-out home are second to none! It's one of those places that was the perfect mix of mountain rustic, modern chic, & perfect planning that just has a comforting feeling of home.
Whether logging a few miles hiking past the trailhead, casting for that huge rainbow trout, or taking off the ski boots after a full day of powder on the slopes, there is one critical place to stop before plopping down on that cozy couch - the house bar, of course! An almost universal feature in mountain homes, the home bar is a central gathering place after a hard day taking in all that the mountains have to offer.
Custom Yellowstone Club Hillside Condo by Locati Arcitects & Interiors- Architectural Photography in Big Sky, Montana -
A couple weeks back I shot a beautiful condo for Yellowstone Club. We started the shoot early, early, early to catch the sun coming through the great room windows. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t totally cooperate with us, but honestly the home is so beautiful it didn’t really matter.
Just recently Mountain Living Magazine came out with an article about the newly renovated Rainbow Lodge at Yellowstone Club - see article here. Rainbow Lodge is a beautiful, log lodge sitting halfway up Pioneer Mountain offering delicious food, a workout facility and pool, and a recreation area.
When I tell people that I photograph architecture for a living I usually get a confused look or a question as to what exactly architecture photography is. "You just go into a house and shoot a bunch of photos, right?" Though that is a way to document a structure, architecture photography for commercial purposes is a bit more complex than that and is an art form in itself.