A Jetsetter's Lakefront Montana Getaway

This modern Whitefish home provides a much-needed retreat from the hustle and bustle—with a stunning indoor-outdoor connection to boot.

Where do you go to get away from it all?

This homeowner retreats from her busy travel schedule at her lakeside mountain abode in Whitefish, Montana. On top of showcasing its incredible site at every available opportunity, the home also supports the way the owner loves to unwind: by entertaining friends and family in style.

With a sophisticated mix of modern clean lines, minimal fuss, and soft feminine details, the home’s architecture and interior design are contemporary yet warm and welcoming. Its design showcases the owner’s personality and invites her and her loved ones to relax, unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and drink in the views.

The indoor-outdoor connection is established from the minute you walk through the front door to the moment you unwind on the back deck—and even when you retire in your room for the evening. Everywhere you look, the serenity of the lake, trees, and mountains beyond inspire you to reconnect to Mother Nature and leave feeling refreshed.

The living room and bedroom face the lake, and the landscaping is comprised of low-maintenance native grasses—all design choices to encourage “vacation mode.”

The living room’s pocket doors open to provide a seamless indoor-outdoor connection and uninterrupted views of the site.

A herringbone pattern adorns the living room’s flush hearth.

Tufted velvet sofas add femininity and warmth, and their royal blue palette echoes the lake beyond. Tapered steel columns create a subtle partition from the dining area.

Modern lines continue in the kitchen, as well as large windows and doors without trim—underscoring the home’s clean aesthetic. Miele appliances and wooden monolith cabinets with no hardware also keep the design simple and peaceful.

The kitchen’s light fixture and hammered metal sink soften up the space.

An earthy green paint complements the property in this sitting area.

A wine room is an integral part of a home built for unwinding and entertaining.

A 10-foot ceiling in this bunkroom allows for three tiers of lodging—a fun way to maximize space while entertaining families.

The owner didn’t even want to take a shower without capitalizing on the stunning lakeside views, hence the master bath’s full-height window.

The master bedroom is enveloped in floor-to-ceiling views—the ultimate spot for rejuvenation and tranquility.


ARCHITECTURE Robert L. Gilbert, AIA  INTERIOR DESIGN Hunter Interior Design CONSTRUCTION Bear Mountain Builders LANDSCAPE DESIGN Valley Earthscapes

Robert L. Gilbert, AIA  and Michael Donohue, NCARB are principal architects and owners of Stillwater Architecture, an award-winning lakefront and mountain architecture firm with office locations in Boulder and Chicago. Contact them at 720.441.7460. 

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