Our Favorite Fan Caves

Game-day watch parties never looked so good


Planning to watch the big game this weekend? We are. If your fan cave could use a bit of heIp in the design department, read on for a look at some of our favorite game-watching spots, each done Mountain Living style. 


During football season, this Montana guest house (above) is game-watching central for the homeowners and their three sons. The kitchen got a facelift to complement the funky "BAR" sign overhead, which designer Abby Hetherington found at a vintage shop in Bozeman. The designer painted the existing cabinets black, then gave the bar a silver-leaf finish. The armoire is made from a Model T Ford's doors, and stools from Halo Styles swivel like classic diner stools. The living area's curved sofa from USA Rags is covered in cobalt-blue brushed velvet. "You could basically drive over it and it would still look awesome," Hetherington says. See more of this home here: A Playful, 'Retro Chic' Guesthouse


Photo by Audrey Hall

In our book, game time also means food time, which is why we'd like to pull up a stool and take in the action from this home's bright, airy, and artful kitchen. Catching our fancy are the custom-made, quarter-sawn white oak cabinets and an island that combines a functional butcher-block top with waterfall edges of white engineered quartz. The bar stools,  designed by Terry Hunziker for Sutherland Furniture, invite us to take snack break during halftime. See more of this home here: This Jackson Home Underwent an Artful Transformation


This rustic rec room has it all: a long leather sectional to accommodate lots of game-watchers; a television framed by a wall of rugged Montana moss rock; and four cozy, recessed bunk beds for fans who can't quite make it through overtime. See more of this home here: Rustic Redefined


Photo by David O. Marlow

Interior designers Andrew Sheinman and Francis Nicdao wanted this space to feel calm and relaxing, "so we didn't use a lot of color," Sheinman says. "The unity of surfaces creates an air of luxury." The designers took cues from the home's architecture (by Charles Cunniffe Architects) when selecting the color palette, which ranges from creamy beiges to chocolate browns. Solid hues showcase the clean lines of the furnishings, while rich textures (rough stone walls, a glossy onyx bar) create a sense of balance. A wall of fire adds the perfect finishing touch. See more of this home here: 2012 Home of the Year: Naturally Glamorous


Photo by Gibeon Photography

This Big Sky, Montana, home's lounge would be the perfect spot to entertain guests while watching the game. The square iron tables were built by Custom II Manufacturing in Bozeman. An upholstered banquette offers plenty of extra seating, and a built-in bar is the perfect spot to serve those chips and dip. The walls are clad with reclaimed wood beams; the floors are wide oak planks that arrived whitewashed, but the builders at Highline Partners sanded the planks, then applied a black wash to achieve the soft, weathered look they wanted. See more of this home here: 2011 Home of the Year

If you could watch this weekend's game from any one of these spots, which would you choose? Post a comment below and let us know!


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