2018 Home Of The Year: Fairy-Tale Finish

A home once caught up in recession is completed as a bespoke gem

Photography by William Abranowicz

This is the story of a duckling that became a beautiful swan, a home tarped mid-construction in the 2009 recession to reemerge as a residential masterpiece years later. It began in 2005 with Carney Logan Burke Architects designing a vacation home for a UK couple at the new Snake River Sporting Club, a luxurious home development in an idyllic setting along Jackson Hole’s Snake River. Constructed by Teton Heritage Builders on a highly visible site near the club entrance, the home was rustic and refined, its stone-and-barnwood siding contrasting with smooth copper, its roof peaks mimicking the scenic ridgeline.

A chandelier by Lindsey Adelman is suspended above a HollyHunt walnut table. The chairs, leather (head) and linen (side),were created with low backs so they wouldn’t block the view ofthe custom credenza by Jim Berkenfield. “Woodruff,” an oil oncanvas by Jared Sanders, provides a focal point for the room

“The homeowners brought a more modern, European sensibility to the project,” recalls Carney Logan Burke principal Eric Logan. “It was a great opportunity to design a home that was responsive to place, not derivative of the National Park Lodge style that we saw so often back then.” But the recession halted construction, leaving the project in search of new owners.

Fast-forward to an afternoon in 2013, when a California couple walked into WRJ Design’s King Street showroom in Jackson and met with owners Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer. “They were looking for a home at the Snake River Sporting Club,” Jenkins says. “I said, ‘why not buy this house?’”

Immediately recognizing the home’s extraordinary potential, with “the exterior finishes and sloping lines of the design merging the home into the surrounding terrain,” the couple hired the WRJ team of Jenkins, Baer and senior designer Sabrina Schreibeis to complete the project.

Swivel chairs in front of the fireplace allow guests to take part in the conversation or turn to warm up in front of the fire

“We selected WRJ Design specifically for their expertise in cultivating this experience,” says the wife, referring to the home’s harmonious quality. “In collaboration with our general contractor, Teton Heritage Builders, WRJ emphasized a contemporary aesthetic focusing on clean lines with minimal wood trim” to create “a quiet and calming” interior space.

Looking back on the 11-year journey from beginning to completion, Teton Heritage Builders’ Greg O’Gwin is proud of the finished home. “The homeowners gave us the opportunity to build a masterpiece out of their exceptional collaboration with WRJ Design.”

A perfume bottle lamp by Porta Romana sits atop a graphite lacquer cabinet by BDDW with hand-carved ebony hardware;  “Bison” by Pete Zaluzec

A custom three-drawer walnut console with leather-wrapped drawer fonts and hand-stitched edges is positioned beneath Bradford Stewart‘s oil on canvas, “1227”

The first step for WRJ was learning how the homeowners planned to use the home. “Lifestyle comes first, before style,” Jenkins says. “How we are going to live, not just how it looks,” he adds. “Great design lifts the soul.”

Responding to the homeowners’ lifestyle cues, the WRJ team reconfigured the original seven-bedroom floor plan to include five bedrooms, a media room and offices. “We were hired to complete the interiors, from soup to nuts,” Jenkins says. “Interior architecture, electrical, plumbing—a bigger project than we had ever done before.”

Hand-blown leaded crystal pendants are suspended above the kitchen island. Crescent chairs are upholstered with walnut backs
“Great design lifts the soul.” –Interior Designer Rush Jenkins

Inspired by a recent trip to the Salone del Mobile market in Milan with its spare European contemporary approach, WRJ began by thinking about lighting, sourcing cutting-edge decorative fixtures that installed directly in ceilings and outlets recessed with nary a bump marring perfectly smooth surfaces. The futuristic features, installed by SAV Digital Environments, continued with solar window shades that disappear into ceilings, automated drapes and virtually invisible speakers hidden behind walls.

“Ginger” side chairs in contrasting leather flank a painted wood desk in Latte Milk and upholstered leather in Pana by Poltrona Frau. Overhead, “Libe,” a natural oak chandelier by Nella Vetrina, diffuses light

“The architect had brilliantly designed lift-and-slide glass doors in the living room and master bedroom that disappear into the walls,” says Jenkins. “The automated insect screens descend, and you can lie in bed and feel like you’re camping … but without bugs.” “Camping on cashmere!” adds Baer. “It’s glamping at a whole new level,” agrees Jenkins.

WRJ approached the home’s interiors like a work of art, designing and commissioning every element of furniture, art, drapes and finishes. And while the floor plan honors the unbroken line, the arrangement of furnishings allows for flexible use within the spaces, tailored to the homeowners.

A light-filled hallway leads to the office; captain’s mirror by BDDW. Brera Panca bench by Poltrona Frau

In the living room, subtle layers of texture in floor-to-ceiling Loro Piana drapes and sumptuous cashmere throws warm sleek surfaces. A seating area in front of the fireplace invites entertaining, with swiveling captain chairs that allow guests to put their feet on the hearth or turn back to the sofa for conversation. In a more intimate grouping, four custom-made Holly Hunt chairs seat two people each, so four couples can chat comfortably.

Throughout the home, bespoke pieces telegraph the talent of area artisans, including draperies fabricated by Jackson’s Stitch Upholstery and a leather-covered entry console by Idaho woodworker Jim Berkenfield, crafted to a design by WRJ’s Schreibeis and leatherwork by Amanda Jordan. “The homeowners were intentional about wanting to support local artists,” explains Baer. “We also helped them select the home’s gorgeous art from artists around the region.”

In the guest bathroom, a chandelier by Charles Loomis is suspended above the Boffi tub. Floor-to-ceiling custom drapery made from Loro Piana fabric adds drama to the room. Ottoman in leather by Bolier & Company

In the master bath, a special commission by Jackson artist Kathryn Mapes Turner of two cranes references the bird’s association with good fortune and longevity. Mating for life, cranes are Japan’s “bird of happiness.”

“It’s glamping at a whole new level.” –Interior Designer Rush Jenkins

Photographs by Edward Riddell, “Grasses #156” (left) and “#169” (right), grace the master bedroom

Those references resonate with the homeowners. “Upon entering the home, you are drawn to the calming palette, luxurious textures and soft natural light,” says the wife. “The experience is warm and inviting.”

Armchair and ottoman upholstered in Loro Piana fabric provide a front-row seating for taking in the view

The mudroom is upholstered with bleached white hair on cowhide

Steel-and-kiln-formed crystal clear iced-edge glass pendants provide light in the master bathroom

And despite the high-tech features, handcrafted artwork and the remarkable opportunity to create an ideal home down to the tiniest detail, “ultimately we are most proud of the emotion this home evokes,” says Baer, mirroring the homeowners’ sentiment. “The sense of tranquility and harmony. The serene experience as you move from space to space.”

Photo by Ed Riddell. Lift-and-slide doors provide access from the living room to the outdoor dining area with teak table and armchairs by Janus et Cie.

Creating a Bespoke Home

“Our approach starts with understanding the needs and priorities of the homeowner,” says Rush Jenkins of WRJ Design Associates. “We love creating one-of-a-kind pieces, and it’s thrilling to work with clients who appreciate bespoke work for their home.” Below Jenkins offers tips for identifying the best location for custom pieces in a home.

ONE Understand which areas in the home call for unique and bespoke pieces. Often, custom-designed furniture is an investment, so identifying the best areas to showcase pieces should be carefully identified. TWO Harmony between aesthetic, function, scale and material should all be considered. Drawings and detailed specifications are very important to make sure the designer, homeowner and fabricator are all on the same page. THREE Selecting the right combination of materials is key to the overall success of a piece. Woods, leathers, bronze and metal, as well as many other materials, are exciting to use. FOUR To create harmony and balance, the relationship between the custom pieces as they relate to the other furniture, fabrics, wall treatments, floor treatments and lighting in the room must be considered. FIVE Custom and bespoke pieces can become wonderful family heirlooms to pass down to future generations.

Photo by Ed Riddell. The home is tucked up against a ridge; copper siding will age to a beautiful patina

Hidden Magic

In addition to the home’s architecture and interior design, there’s an invisible, cutting-edge digital component contributing to its tranquility. Cory Reistad, SAV Digital Environments, worked with WRJ Design from the beginning of this project to provide lighting control, automated window treatments and AV. “This home took dedication and devotion to precision at every level from the entire team. Working with the iconic vision of WRJ on this project was a delight for us,” Reistad says. “We have become adept at weaving technology into homes while retaining design aesthetics, the marriage of the two, and that’s where technology and design align to maximize efficiency, convenience, and enhanced levels of comfort for our clients.” Below, Reistad shares a behind-the-scenes look at technological components in the home.

FLUSH DETAILS To eliminate bulky components such as wall outlets and switches, and preserve the aesthetics of the home, SAV used a trimless and flush mounting solution for lighting and shade controls. AUTOMATED SHADES & DRAPES Electronically controlled shades and drapes are hidden within pockets or recessed into the window casement, creating a seamless appearance with a simple push of a button. INVISIBLE SPEAKERS SAV installed invisible speakers in the walls and then finished over them with the surrounding surface to deliver ambient music that emanates throughout the space with no visual footprint. It’s almost as if the walls become the speakers



Carney, Logan, Burke Architects
Jackson, WY, 307-733-4000

Architecture Project Staff

John Carney
Eric Logan
Andy Ankeny

Interior Design

WRJ Design Associates
Jackson, WY, 307-200-4881

Interior Design Project Staff

Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer

Sabrina Schreibeis


Teton Heritage Builders
Jackson, WY, 307-733-8771

Construction Project Staff

Greg O’Gwin, Mauricio Alvarado

Landscape Design

Jim Verdone
Verdone Landscape Architects
Jackson, WY, 307-733-3062


Cory Reistad
SAV Digital Environments
Bozeman, MT, 406-586-5593

Civil Engineering

Brandon Jaques
Mountain West
Etna, WY, 307-413-0005


Jarron A. Pew
American Fork, UT, 800-287-0268


West Pointe Electric
Victor, ID, 855-973-5500


Kevin Rooney
Rocky Mountain Hardware
Jackson, WY, 307-732-0078

Custom Craftmanship

Teton Heritage Builders
All custom building details

Packsaddle Road
Jim Berkenfield: Entry console, living-room coffee table, living room end table, dining console, office printer cabinet

Amanda Jordan Bruemmer
Entry console leatherwork

Stitch Upholstery
Ann Lufkin
All drapery treatments

Custom living-room fireplace

D&F Steel
Custom entry stair rail

SAV Inc.
Audio Visual

Falls Cabinet and Millwork
Kitchen cabinetry and millwork throughout the home

Board by Design
Brad Reed Nelson, pool table

Zac Seipel
Stair Mirror, game bar table

Summit Marble & Granite
Kurtis McStay, custom powder room sink

Peak Glass
Custom media and entry door

Studio Joseph Watts
Guest master suite vanity pendants, stairwell pendants and all exterior sconces


EXTERIOR DETAIL ODIN ENTRANCE SCONCE Blackened bronze with kiln formed glass from Studio Joseph Watts ILLUM OUTDOOR BENCH Teak from Janus et Cie MUDROOM CUSTOM UPHOLSTERED WALL Bleached white hair on cowhide FOYER CUSTOM 3 DRAWER WOOD AND LEATHER CONSOLE Claro walnut with leather wrapped drawer fronts with hand-stitched edges from Jim Berkenfield / Amanda Jordan LENS SCONCE Hand-poured leaded lens with brown black patina and hand-rubbed wax finish from Holly Hunt AREA RUG Heathered bamboo and silk from Mansour Modern ARTWORK “1227” by Bradford Stewart Oil on canvas 60” x 102” from WRJ Home gallery HALLWAY BRERA PANCA BENCH Woven Leather from Poltrona Frau CAPTAINS MIRROR Leather frame lined in tiger maple with machined bronze hanging puck from BDDW OFFICE SEGRETO DESK Painted wood in latte milk and upholstered leather in panna from Poltrona Frau GINGER SIDE CHAIR Contrasting leathers from Poltrona Frau ROUND LIBE PENDANT Natural oak with crystal lozenges diffusing light and chromed metal base from Nella Vetrina COWHIDE AREA RUG Offset dash with ombre white to grey from Mansour Modern ARTWORK “CRANE SERIES” by Kathryn Mapes Turner from Turner Fine Art gallery LIVING ROOM DURA SOFA COM with dark gray mohair from Verellen ARMCHAIR Upholstered with wood-back from Calvin Klein LEYLA SWIVEL CHAIR from Verellen CUSTOM COFFEE TABLE from Jim Berkenfield 1949 SIDE TABLE Small round table, red top with marble base from Cassina LIVING ROOM (Sitting Area) OPEN ARMCHAIRSWalnut and linen from Holly Hunt COFFEE TABLE Perforated steel and glass from Molteni & C PETRIFIED WOOD STOOL One-of-a-kind RONDELLE CONSOLE Antique brass and hand stitched leather top, oil rubbed steel frame, ebonized ash drawer lined in leather, brass pull and blown glass rondelles from TOWN CUSTOM AREA RUG Wool from Mansour Modern OVALE TABLE LAMP Hand-blown glass base and shade from Carlo Moretti CUSTOM DRAPERY Wool from Loro Piana fabric ARTWORK “WHITE BISON” by Helen Durant from Diehl Gallery; “MOUNTAIN LINES” by Havoc Hendricks Acrylic on canvas 20” x 20” from WRJ Home gallery KITCHEN PISTIL PENDANTS Hand-blown leaded crystal from Holly Hunt CRESCENT CHAIR Upholstered with walnut black from Holly Hunt DINING ROOM TRICE DINING TABLE Walnut from Holly Hunt ENO ARM CHAIR Leather (head) and linen (side) from Bright Chair Company CUSTOM CREDENZA Walnut from Jim Berkenfield AGNES 10 BULB CHANDELIER Bronze finish with white glass tubes from Lindsey Adelman LURE SCONCE Hand-blown leaded glass and bronze patina from Holly Hunt ARTWORK “WOODRUFF” by Jared Sanders Oil on Canvas 40” x 92” from Altamira Fine Art gallery DETAIL LAKE CABINET Graphite Laquer with hand-carved ebony hardware from BDDW PERFUME BOTTLE LAMP Charcoal blown glass from John Brooks ARTWORK “BISON” by Peter Zaluzec Ink on Gampi Fiber from Horizon Fine Art Gallery MASTER BEDROOM AURORADUE KING BED Leather upholstery from Poltorna Frau WALL MOUNTED NIGHTSTAND Distressed blackened bronze with parchment gray leather front from BDDW ARAKAN BENCH Upholstered from Holly Hunt MOON PENDANT Hand-blown leaded crystal with brown black patina TURKISH HAND EMBROIDERED ACCENT PILLOWS One-of-a-kind ARTWORK “GRASSES #156” (left) “GRASSES #169” (right) Ed Riddell Archival Inkjet Print 30” x 36” from WRJ Home gallery MASTER BATHROOM WHO CHAIR Wood and leather from Molteni & C CRYSTAL SPHERE PENDANY Hand-blown leaded crystal from Holly Hunt HALO OVAL PENDANY CHANDELIER Concentric metal ring, clean lines, hand-finished metal surface in blackened steel from Roll & Hill ARTWORK “CRANE SERIES” by Kathryn Mapes Turner from Turner Fine Art gallery MASTER SITTING AREA DOMICILE OTTOMAN AND ARMCHAIR COM ottoman in leather – COM armchair in Loro Piana fabric from Boiler & Company OCCASSIONAL TABLE Bronze with black patina from Christian Liaigre CUSTOM DRAPERY Wool, silk, linen from Loro Piana fabric ARTWORK “FLAME” by Tim Rein carved stone 10”W x 7”D x 12”H from WRJ Home Gallery MASTER PATIO VISAVIS OUTDOOR ADJUSTABLE CHAISE LOUNGE WITH SIDE TABLE Teak from Janus et Cie EXTERIOR SITTING PURE SECTIONAL AND ARMCHAIRS Teak from Janus et Cie OUTDOOR COCKTAIL TABLE Aged oak from Sempre EXTERIOR DINING MISTRA DINING TABLE AND ARMCHAIRS Teak from Janus et Cie GUEST BATHROOM THICKET CHANDELIER Stainless steel finish with borosilicate clear glass rods with flame polished ends from Charles Loomis NOTO PENDANT Steel and kiln formed crystal clear ice edge glass from Studio Joseph Watts CUSTOM DRAPERY Linen from Loro Piana fabric

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