This Jackson Hole Home is Cozy and Colorful
He’s the yin to her yang, and their mountain residence reflects both their styles and personalities
The first time designer Jennifer Visosky met with her clients she recalls getting a distinct vibe from the New York power couple. “I felt a sense of playfulness, lightness and freedom,” she says about the duo, who moved to Jackson Hole seeking all three.
After several years of vacationing in the resort community, the wife—with 20 years in the fashion industry—and her German husband, who has ties to the auto business, decided to make a permanent commitment.
Initially picturing themselves sitting in front of a roaring fire in a log cabin, that vision was upended when they toured a modern structure by CLB Architects on 35 acres in Crescent H Ranch. “The house was such a blank slate and we loved how it embraced nature,” says the wife. “And we knew Jen with her quirky and colorful personality would find a way to give us both what we wanted.”
Excited about finding the sweet spot between the high-energy fashionista and her more reserved mate, Visosky says, “My goal was to marry her vibrant personality and his pulled-back sensibility and fulfill the potential of this house.”
That merger is immediately evident in the living and dining rooms, where, in the former, the leather Chesterfield sofa and green velvet chairs are all about him, and the Moooi dining chairs fashioned from charred wood bring a sense of drama more in keeping with her aesthetic.
“The living room is my husband. It’s warm, laid back and cozy, and reflects how he feels here,” says the wife, who sees the unique set of dining chairs—thanks to the process, no two are alike—as more like her. “I love the story of lighting those chairs on fire; there is something about the beauty and character of burnt wood,” she adds. “It feels like a New York way of making art.”
That urban sensibility persists in what is dubbed the music room, where an industrial perforated metal-framed cabinet houses a turntable and record collection, and one wall in the loft-like two-story space is swathed with vinyl wallpaper with the words Kiss Me emblazoned in the center.
The supremely romantic gesture also speaks to the playful nature of its inhabitants, as do the hybrid chairs featuring an oxymoronic combination of a traditional frame topped with deer antlers.
“The chairs are a nod to the West while the carpet, which resembles a piece of graffiti, imparts a city street feel,” says Visosky, who covered the room’s remaining upholstered seating with a silver-and-purple metallic camouflage print. About the latter the wife comments, “He wanted muted camouflage touches and I wanted color. Jen found a way to give us both.”
That kind of eye-catching juxtaposition continues in the kitchen, where chairs with a contemporary profile tempered with an Old World plaid fabric elevate the monochromatic space. Similarly in the media room, cheetah-patterned throw pillows and velvet-topped ottomans bring an edge to the white sectional while a 15-foot-long triptych depicting a cowboy bar scene by local artist Travis Walker makes a bold you-know-you’re-in-Wyoming statement.
Throughout, the designer deftly employed wallpaper to make every space sing. In one guest room a montage of abstract blooms backs a striped headboard; in another, a Southwest-themed wallcovering offsets a curved bed meant to embrace its inhabitants.
“My goal was to marry her vibrant personality and his pulled-back sensibility.” — Interior Designer Jennifer Visosky
Things take a graphic turn in the owners’ suite, where the black-and-white color scheme and butterfly wallpaper match the wife’s go-to favorite fashion pairing of denim jeans and a black cashmere sweater or white button-down shirt.
“I’ve always been someone who doesn’t know how to mix patterns and that’s why I prefer classics,” the wife says. “Everything in the house had a fairly soft palette, and Jen combined colors and prints to give it the unexpected look it needed.”
“The right wallpaper feels like artwork,” says interior designer Jennifer Visosky, who more than makes her point in a modern Wyoming residence where carefully selected wallcoverings provide a powerful punch. Consider the number of ways the right wallpaper can transform a room by:
ESTABLISHING INDIVIDUALITY “Wallpaper brings a strong sense of place to a space by adding color, drama and personality,” says Visosky, who points to the various sleeping quarters in this house as examples. “I used a variety of bright hues and patterns to turn otherwise ordinary spaces into something special and to make each room unique.” BRINGING THE EYE UPWARD “Rooms with high ceilings benefit from a floor-to-ceiling connection that makes you look up,” the designer explains. It also emphasizes the volume while promoting a sense of airiness—something especially welcome in tight quarters. MAKING A STATEMENT The right wallpaper immediately signals how people are meant to feel when they enter a particular room. In this house the sheen of vinyl wallpaper on a two-story wall in the music room creates an urban impact that is visible from various vantage points. In the owners’ suite floating butterflies shift the tone to calm and ethereal.