Craftsman-style home brings Georgia and Montana together

Story by Colton Martini | Photography by Gibeon Photography
The values found in traditional Southern architecture and design influence the building practices of the Northwest, guided by principles that are steeped in history, craftsmanship and regional culture.

The homeowner of this Southern Craftsman-style house in Whitefish worked closely with her builder and designers to create a home that reflected her Southern roots while embracing the area she now calls home. Trips to Seaside, Florida and her former home in Georgia, along with her love for the Rocky Mountain West, have inspired this beautiful home’s Southern flair and Western quality and sensibility.

Rob Brewer, of Rob Brewer Construction, was able to closely collaborate with the homeowner to achieve the custom look of the home.

“Many of the details were decided while the home was in production,” Brewer recalls. “The process was really rewarding for our team.”

Not afraid to take design risks, the homeowner incorporated layers of color and pattern at every turn. “The powder room set the theme,” says interior designer, Shaina Hansen, of Hunter and Company. “It took the homeowner all of a few moments to fall in love with the bird-themed wallpaper.” The colors in the wallpaper allowed for a wider range of color combinations, most noticeably the rich red in the handmade tiles of the vanity counters.

From the moment you approach the home’s gracious front porch, another traditional Southern staple, you’re greeted by a bold, Sherwin Williams Lusty Red entry door. The glass panes allow natural light to shine through to the living area, taking full advantage of sunlight year round, which is especially advantageous in the long gray winter months. For privacy, there are custom draperies that can simply be pulled across the opening. When not in use, they still add a blast of color and set a playful mood.

Mixed design styles helped create the relaxed and fun nature of the home. Whitewashed floors and white trim detail lend themselves to a cozy cottage style, while intricate faux beams running the length of the great room give the home a historic feel. Brewer says the beams are “one of his favorite details of the home.” The beams and crown are lit from inside, giving the room a homey ambient glow in the evenings. A cow-hide rug, paired with a unique vintage carousel horse, invites you to explore the home further.

The master bedroom walls are papered in a floral pattern superimposed to create a more geometric and contemporary visual impression. More traditional furniture, like the ornate headboard, is simplified, upholstered in a rich but neutral fabric. The nightstands and dresser are mirrored to add a modern touch while stylistically referencing a traditional aesthetic.

The blend of the elegant and comfortable creates a relaxed and interesting palette. The homeowner mixed neutral-toned furniture in her living and dining area, paired with a traditional rug, creating a foundation of color and enhancing the dramatic entryway.

The great room is designed to bring the homeowner’s blended family together. Connections between the living room, dining room, and kitchen make the space fully interactive.  The traditional kitchen is kept clean with a classic white foundation. Because the walls and wainscot were both painted in shades of white and gray, selective use of color impacts key areas of the home. For example, a turquoise-encrusted steer skull from Hunter and Company Interior Design is strategically placed above the range and provides a dramatic focal point.

“You will see hints of the same robin’s egg blue color throughout the house,” added Hansen.

The great room spills into to the outdoor living area. Immediately overlooking a small lake and gorgeous vistas of Big Mountain, the outdoor area is an equally inviting space. The home’s exterior has a classic Craftsman look but on a grander scale. A subdued gray adorns the home’s façade, albeit with a more contemporary flair, and the color blends gracefully with the surrounding mountains and landscape. The front porch has a swinging bed brought over from the homeowner’s previous residence. It’s a wonderful place to read a book or take a nap on a long summer day, one more reminder of the home’s Southern sensibilities.

Colton Martini, who studied architecture at Montana State University, is a practicing interior designer. He can can be reached at 406-480-2375, or 105A Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish.