This open, family-friendly space in Wyoming is made for cooking, gathering, dining and lounging
Kitchen of the Week
Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Size: 750 square feet
Designer: Jennifer Prugh Visosky, principal at Grace Home Design
Visosky helped the family lay out a space to incorporate a large, casual dining area as well as an island with seating in the kitchen. Rustic touches warm the room and tie it to the surroundings. The backsplash tiles have a reflective quality, and close up they have a rustic design in a contemporary color scheme. “It’s a soft, contemporary tile that’s comforting,”she says. The very dark blue Paperstone countertops on the island play off the tiles. The other countertops are quartz.
The oversize counter stools are popular perches. “The kids practically live at this counter,” Visosky says. The easy-to-clean vinyl fabric adds a bold orange burst of color.
A tall cabinet and plenty of smart undercounter storage left room to keep this statement wall open and for Visosky to add two windows that look out to the forest. “There is a lot of wildlife activity out here — on delivery day there was a huge moose we were trying hard not to spook,” she says.
The family had mentioned how much they disliked the dark lighting scheme at their primary home in Minnesota. “So often lighting winds up getting value engineered; layered lighting should be nonnegotiable,” Visosky says. She incorporated cable lights around the perimeter and up the middle, glass cluster chandeliers over the dining table, toe-kick lighting, undershelf lighting and pendants over the island. “The pendants are metal, and they look like they’ve been shot out with a BB gun,” she says. They throw interesting light patterns and add a rustic touch to all of the clean, contemporary lines.
J Schatz Brute Pendants, Tech Lighting Monorail Kit: Tech Lighting; island countertop:Denim, Paperstone; vinyl on stools: Brentano; artwork: “Wendall,” by Kollabs, Diehl Gallery; feather-print wallpaper (seen in the powder room on the left): Volare-Mistral, Elitis
In this sitting area off the lounge, family members can put their feet on the ottoman and snuggle under a throw while keeping the cook company.
Visosky threw in some playful Western touches while still keeping the look contemporary. The ottoman is a tufted black cowhide; the swivel chairs are leather; and she included another fresh take on Western art. The painting, by Mike Weber, is called “Silly Espresso.”
The family loves their new home, and they come out here almost every month. “I’m trying to talk them into moving out here full-time,” Visosky says. But maybe the home is doing the talking for her.