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Living Full Tilt at Whitefish Mountain Resort

When you live right smack on a ski run in Montana’s famed Whitefish Mountain Resort, you want to take in everything. In this great room, that translates to an unexpected way to marry indoor/outdoor living.

Photography by Heidi Long

Home by Altius Design Group, architect; Bigfork Builders, contractor; & Heidi Tate, interior designer




1. Many log and timber home great rooms have dramatic windows to spectacular views, but this one tops them all. If you put your toes up against the cantilevered glass and lean forward, it gives you the sensation of swooshing down the ski slopes that lie right outside.

2. A unique two-toned rock treatment encases the offset fireplace. For a touch of elegance, smooth, pale limestone surrounds the oversized firebox against a backdrop of smaller, colorful fieldstone. To extend the effect, the fieldstone flows to the wall beyond.

3. When it comes to stain choices, you’ll often see darker floors with timber posts and beams in a matching or lighter shade. Here, the designer flipped the script. The hardwood floors are stained a bright honey, while the overhead beams are a rich chocolate.

4. Repetition is key to the room’s successful interior design. Circles are found throughout the space — in the modern chandelier, the lamps and even the end table. Likewise, creamy white is copied in the sofas, the ceiling paint and the fireplace. The cohesive effect keeps your eyes moving around the room.


See also: A Colorado Timber Home as Stunning as Its Mountain Setting

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