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These 3 Montana Homes Are All About Holistic Design

Thanks to top-notch integrated interior and architectural design, these mountain retreats truly reflect their owners’ style and transcend any one genre.



Photo by Audrey Hall

When translating your vision for your dream mountain home, you might assume that your personal style preferences really come to light once you’re ready for the furnishing phase. But what if your architect knew about the curves of the light fixture you love or the steel-colored velvet fabric you just keep coming back to? With an integrated interior design and architecture team, these fun aspects of your personality aren’t relegated to just the decor; they can inform every architectural element, as well. And when this holistic design approach is done right, the result is a mountain home that reflects your unique style and transcends any one genre.

These three Montana abodes do just that.


Photo by Audrey Hall

In this gorgeous Big Sky home, you’ll find a seamless connection between architecture and interior design. The rooflines and timbers echo the bones of a traditional ski chalet, while a stripped-away vibe and open floorplan keep things modern. The wood, steel, and stone emit a cool, geometric style, planned thoughtfully to balance the warm, rounded edges of the furnishings. The homeowner loves purples and moss greens, hues that are not only integrated into the interior design but also into the undertones of the architectural elements, like the steel fireplace feature.


Photo by Audrey Hall

The transition from the great room to the dining area is continuous, despite a large hanging bench that creates the sense of a partition. A large stone fireplace anchors a unique Y-shaped table that seats 20. Bountiful texture adds visual and sensory interest without distracting for the incredible mountain views, which are framed by oversize windows.


Photo by Audrey Hall

In this pine log retreat, the interiors are brightened against the plaster walls and monochromatic finishes. A handful of fixtures and furnishings were chosen by the homeowner—thus, the architecture and remaining interior design needed to highlight these favorite pieces. In the dining room, the intricate lines of the light fixture pop against the whitewashed fireplace, while a wooden mantel gives the eye a secondary anchor beyond the exquisite table and chairs. Steel windows balance the old world with the new.


Photo by Audrey Hall

The owner handpicked the backsplash tile found in the kitchen, and so the cabinet finishes needed to match. There are upwards of four species of wood in this one space alone, which complement the tile and clean-lined design, allowing it to take center stage.


Photo by Gordon Gregory

In this mountain abode, minimal style abounds. Smart, stark architecture mirrors the furnishings, which also weave in the cool-and-warm tones of the steel, wood, and stone.


Photo by Gordon Gregory

Just like the rest of this home, the kitchen is bright, airy, and full of economic storage—without sacrificing the surrounding views.

Because the architecture and interior design teams were integrated on all three of these Montana homes, so too were their architectural and interior elements—a symbiotic style from roof to rug, custom-tailored to each owner, which could only happen by envisioning these two aspects of the process as one, from the get-go.

Justin Tollefson, AIA and Leisa Kolstad are a principal architect and an interior designer, respectively, at Pearson Design Group, a Bozeman, Montana-based integrated architecture and interior design firm that offers a broad range of design aesthetics. View their profile or contact them at 406.587.1997.

Content for this article provided by Pearson Design Group.

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