Legends of the Fall

What you'll find in our Rustic issue—traditionally our most popular issue with readers
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The entryway in an updated, wilderness cabin outside Vail, Colorado, that deftly mixes rustic with refinement. Photo by Kimberly Gavin.

They were intrepid, those pioneers who settled the West, adept at pivoting when fickle autumn threw them a curve ball like a snowstorm in the middle of September. That adaptable spirit lives on today as event planners swivel amidst what seem like daily changes in social distancing, crowd number limitations and mask orders as best practices continue to evolve. Three iconic Wyoming September art events have changed gears from years past and moved nimbly into this new world. The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and Cody’s Rendezvous Royale have all reimagined their programs in a variety of formats from online streaming to limited in-person bidding.

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Photo by Povy Atchison

In this, our Rustic issue—traditionally our most popular issue with readers—you’ll meet craftsman David Bzawy and his gorgeous whitetail deer shed-antler art, and artisan Laura Smith who creates glass pieces as delicate as snowflakes. You’ll visit Bozeman, Montana’s Little Star Diner as it updates traditional diner food in a hip new setting—as well as travel to a unique home near Glacier National Park that takes its design cues from historic Forest Service fire lookout towers with 360-degree views.

Homes in this issue include three interpretations of “rustic”—a secluded lakeside lodge in Colorado that nods to the past and traditional craftsmanship, including an old style of wooden construction called “piece-en-piece”; a chalet-like retreat slope-side in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that incorporates reclaimed wood from chicken coops and West Virginia mines; and an updated, wilderness cabin outside Vail, Colorado, that deftly mixes rustic with refinement—the off-the-grid retreat is highly automated with its own hydropower plant and fiber optics.

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“Hunter’s Watch,” by featured artist Thomas Blackshear, was selected as the 2020 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival poster and is available for sale on the JH Chamber website.

Autumn for pioneers was a settling-in time as they labored to stock larders with game and fill pantry shelves with canned produce for the winter ahead. When they were done, they treated themselves to a well-earned bath with water warmed on the stove and poured into a makeshift tub. There’s still nothing like a luxurious bath at the end of the day, even for us new-world pioneers, and in this issue we make a splash with five fabulous freestanding bathtubs.

Wishing you an abundant autumn, whether your harvest comes from your garden—or from your heart. Happy Fall!

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