Reflections on Mountain Home Interior Design
A designer shares his thoughts on the timelessness of mountain interiors
With a new year here, what better time to think about what’s new in home design than right now?
We sat down with Jeremiah Young, Creative Director & Principal at Kibler & Kirch, an interior design firm and showroom in Montana, to discuss all things mountain home design. With ten years spent in design practice, and “more like a lifetime paying attention to the built environment,” Young lives and breathes good design.
Even while studying English Literature in college and working as a librarian in Asheville, North Carolina, Young remained enthralled with design. “Despite whatever degree someone gets in college, the most successful people are those follow their passion and their good instincts,” says Young. “In those years I literally read every book I could on architecture, interiors, and design. That continues to this day. I teach myself, and learn every day.”
Young’s passion for interiors is contagious, and it shows. “It rubs off on my staff and my clients in a big way,” he says.
Young and team at Kibler & Kirch are known for a distinctive–and distinctly Western–style, utilizing furnishings and décor ranging from rustic to refined. “We often tell people that we work on “cabins” but they are more like homes—large mountain homes,” says Young.
Increasingly across the West, homeowners are considering their mountain property as a primary residence. These homes are often seen as legacy properties–built to be in the family for generations. “My favorite part is that our clients are building homes where their kids and entire families can gather. So many grown children and grandkids coming here to be together,” says Young.
How does this affect the design process? “Our design practice is all about not following trends,” Young says. “We’re building something to last. Something that does not need to be replaced.”
The timelessness of Young’s designs are comforting and cozy–lush textures, vintage elements, rustic refinement and modern features create sophisticated mountain living.
“Timelessness for me is all about materials that get better with age, gain patina, and turn out to be worth the initial cost,” he says. “I love mohair and leather, stone and great wood, luxurious fabrics. Those things are here to stay no matter what ‘style’ of interior we put them in.”
2021 brings a new sense of hope and anticipation, after a year of turmoil and uncertainty. May your design dreams be inspired by the comfort, elegance and enduring passion of Jeremiah Young’s love for timeless interiors.