Step back in time to the 1630s, where practicality ruled in the construction of early American log cabins. Built for survival, not style, these rough-hewn dwellings lacked modern amenities. Fast forward to today, and the log cabin has undergone a remarkable transformation, synonymous with luxury in many mountain resort towns.
One such example is a former Wyoming ranch house once owned by Senator Clifford Hansen. Time had not been kind to this historic property, leaving it dark, dated, and in need of major renovation. Enter a New York City transplant, drawn to the cowboy state and determined to revive the cabin's potential. Joined by architects and designer Rush Jenkins, the goal was to create a dream home for a growing family, respecting the cabin's character while blending seamlessly with modern desires.
"The challenge," explains Jenkins, "was to modernize without sacrificing integrity. We carefully integrated new technology, appliances, and systems while honoring the cabin's history." This philosophy guided the expansion of the footprint, adding essential spaces like a butler's pantry and laundry room, all within a comfortable 7,500 square feet.
A new wing housed serene sleeping quarters, including a luxurious primary suite designed for ultimate relaxation and privacy. A stone fireplace replaced the outdated one, and felt wallpaper and a custom damask headboard created a cocoon-like feel. A touch of the West came through a homegrown buffalo rug, its origins adding a personal touch.
The bathroom went full glam with floor-to-ceiling marble walls, sourced with meticulous precision. Copper fixtures, a freestanding tub, and limestone floors echoed the veins of the marble, creating a harmonious and calming space.
The kitchen underwent a complete transformation, both functionally and aesthetically. "The flow was wrong," says Jenkins, "so we opened it up to showcase the amazing views of the surrounding creeks." Shaker-style oak cabinets, Cristallo quartzite counters, and bronze details brought warmth and elegance, while Miele appliances and steel-and-brass lighting added a touch of modern luxury.
Original floors were replaced with oak and plaster accents, lightening the space. Notably, Jenkins preserved the discolored logs, using a walnut glaze to subtly neutralize the yellow and orange tones while retaining their warmth and character.
Inspired by the breathtaking landscape, the overall palette and furnishings reflected the natural beauty outside. "The interiors are in harmony with nature," says Jenkins. "We created peace and tranquility through views, antiques, art, and natural materials like cashmere, wood, and fur." The result is a stunning representation of modern luxury seamlessly integrated with the timeless spirit of the log cabin, a true testament to Jenkins' design philosophy.