Western Design Conference Designer Show House in Jackson Hole to Feature Nationally Known Interior Designers

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After a highly successful debut at the 2015 Western Design Conference, the Designer Show House returns to Jackson, Wyoming, this year, including rooms created by nationally known designers Agnes Bourne and Christopher Kennedy. Built in a rustic contemporary style, the new life-size six-room “house” will be constructed directly on the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale floor at Jackson Hole’s Snow King Events Center.

The exterior for this year’s Designer Show House at the Western Design Conference + Sale in Jackson Hole will be constructed in rustic contemporary style by B&B Builders.

This year new and returning designers from across the country are collaborating on a cohesive flow for the Designer Show House.

A conference call connecting interior designers in six different states set the stage for the Western Design Conference‘s 2016 Designer Show House set to open in Jackson Hole, this September. Designers dialed in from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, California, Massachusetts and North Carolina to announce their plans for the six-room life-size home environment to be constructed in the center of the Western Design Conference (WDC) exhibit floor at the Snow King Events Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

B&B Builders of Idaho is creating the rustic contemporary exterior of this year’s house, debuting Thursday night, Sept. 8, 2016, at the WDC Opening Preview Party + Fashion Show. The opportunity to visit the show house is included in regular admission throughout the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale, Sept. 8-11.

“The Show House comes alive with the individual vision and twist the designers bring to their rooms. This year new and returning designers from across the country are collaborating on a cohesive flow for the Designer Show House,” says WDC Director Allison Merritt.

“Part of what makes the experience so unique is the opportunity for the public to meet and talk with designers in the spaces they’ve created – getting inspiration first hand on how to incorporate stunning one-of-a-kind pieces by our over 100 juried artists into a custom designed home environment.”

B&B Builders of Rigby, Idaho, will construct the Designer Show House with Western-inspired contemporary flair. The commercial and residential general contracting firm has been designing and building custom homes in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah since 1993. And this year, the show house façade’s “porch” will double as an outdoor sanctuary, featuring furniture crafted by Brian Boggs Chairmakers of Asheville, North Carolina. Boggs starts from rough logs to create his exquisite handmade pieces that draw from the natural beauty and strength of their source trees.

Nationally recognized designer Agnes Bourne of Agnes Bourne Studio in Jackson Hole envisions the home’s foyer with a deep connection to the rich local arts scene. Bourne has created TAG (the Teton Arts Group), gathering individual artists, the Art Association of Jackson Hole, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and Center of Wonder to collaborate on the design of the space. TAG members will join Bourne in welcoming guests as they enter the house.

Palm Springs-based interior designer and modern furniture designer Christopher Kennedy, has chosen a parlor as his contribution for the show house. Known for his unique brand of luxurious modernism combining vintage and contemporary sensibilities, Kennedy plans a “California meets the mountains” style for the room.

Terry and Claudia Winchell of Fighting Bear Antiques will return to design the great room as a historically inspired anchor for the show house featuring a recently acquired furniture collection from a lodge in Michigan. The Winchells, located in Jackson Hole, specialize in finding Western pieces including Molesworth, rustic furniture, American Indian beadwork and Navajo rugs and textiles.

Xssentials, a Jackson Hole firm known for home technology solutions and automated systems, will partner with Jackson firm Forsyth & Brown to design a state-of-the-art media room design imbued with comfort and style. Both firms participated in the 2015 Designer Show House and look forward to working together on the space.

New to the WDC but with 25 years of proven experience, Kibler & Kirch of Billings and Red Lodge, Montana, will bring timeless sensibility to Jackson by designing a bedroom with a library for the show house. The firm’s Montana roots will provide an authentic Western grounding for the uniquely livable space.

The WDC Designer Show House is presented by "Mountain Living" magazine and sponsored by Deanna Briggs of REMAX/Obsidian Real Estate.

The Western Design Conference Opening Preview Party and Ward + Blake Architects-sponsored Fashion Show take place Sept. 8, 2016, at the Snow King Center. The WDC continues Sept. 9 –11 with the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale, the Designer Show House, and Retail Row shopping. Tickets for the 3-day Exhibit + Sale are $15 per day; tickets for the Opening Preview Party, Live Auction and Fashion Show are $50/person; $125/person for limited reserved seating.

About the Western Design Conference:
The 24th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale is a four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with a love of the West. The Western Design Conference was founded in Cody, Wyo., as a way to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods and moved to Jackson in 2007. Allison Merritt, who purchased the WDC in 2014, after seven years acting as event manager, continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the reach of the show. Additional information on the WDC, including schedules and tickets, is available at westerndesignconference.com.

Media Contacts: Amy Stark, WordenGroup Public Relations, amy(at)wordenpr(dot)com, 307.734.5335

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