On the outside, a new two-bedroom guest house in Wilson, Wyoming looks as though it’s been on site forever.
Inside, it’s modern and up-to-date, thanks to interiors by Rush Jenkins of WRJ Design.
“It’s rustic outside but inside there’s a more contemporary feel,” Jenkins says. “It reflects the West but it needed to be calm in its Western setting.”
To achieve that, its architects chose exterior cladding in reclaimed barn wood, with a standing seam metal roof. Inside, its ceilings are shiplap with reclaimed timber, with walls of plaster. “The clients wanted the cabin to have a feel like the main house – and a clean aesthetic,” he says.
They’re a couple with three teenage boys whose main residence is in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area. So this is their second home – a Wyoming retreat for family and friends. “The boys use the guest house, and a lot of guests do also,” he says. “It’s a place where the family can expand now and offer more accommodations.”
It’s 1,000 square feet – a jewel box of a cabin that maximizes its interior space. At the entry, it opens up to views on the north and south, past pond and pasture to the Grand Tetons. “They’re framed with very tall windows,” he says.
There are neighbors to the left and right, but they’re mostly out of view because of the home’s siting. “They can’t see the homes next to it,” he says. “There are trees – spruces, cottonwoods, and aspens that are 40, 50, and 60 years old – and in the summer it’s pretty wooded.”
Inside, the great room has a large window that looks north and fireplace in gray granite that was quarried nearby. The master suite is off to the right. And there’s a bunkroom to the left with four full size bunks for the teenagers and friends and a bath.
Jenkins demonstrated his finely-honed sense of style with the textures he selected. There are cashmere and linen drapes, a cowhide rug, and mohair fabric for the sofa. There’s a leather-clad chest of drawers in the master. And the kitchen countertop offers luminous qualities reminiscent of ice in the nearby mountains.
He was careful too, to feature the work of local artists, artisans, and photographers. The dining table is a walnut live edge slab made by local craftsman. Above the sofa is a photo by Jackson photographer Tuck Fauntleroy; others are by Ed Riddell, also from the area. “The art in entirety is all local,” he says. “It’s important to support the community and have art from the area.”
One exception is the cast sculptured skull above the fireplace, by Ashley Tudor, an artist out of San Francisco.
But since that’s home to the clients, technically it’s local too.
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