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Celebrating the States: The Rockies

by Lauren Chorpening

When I was working on the Midwest post a few weeks ago, I was surprised at my lack of knowledge about states in my own region. North Dakota, Indiana and Ohio feel removed from my life in the Midwest and I tend to exclude them when thinking about Middle America. Now that I’ve been preparing and researching for today’s feature on the Rocky Mountain states, it’s even more clear to me that I am possibly more in need of these D*S articles than our readers. While I can say I’ve visited every region in the United States, the nuances and unique aspects of each state have been warped into generalizations in my mind. I love how writing these features is starting to change that for me.

While there are technically eight states that can be considered in the Mountain West region of the U.S., today I’m focusing on the four northern-most states in the group — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado. Don’t worry, the other states will be covered as part of other regions. This region is known for beautiful scenery, cultural hubs, outdoor recreation and neighborly living. Looking through the home tours we’ve featured over the years, it’s easy to see a theme of art appreciation and the influence the outdoors have on homes in the Rockies. –Lauren

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WYOMING Celebrated artist and designer, June Glasson, lives in Laramie, WY after living all over the world. Her home is place of peace and inspiration.

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is a talented Wyoming-based illustrator and sculptor. His works of personified animals — some native to the mountains, others not at all — feel whimsical and magical.

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MONTANA Natural tones in this Missoula, MT bungalow fit right in with the gorgeous surroundings.

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Montana artist, , uses his artwork to educate and tell stories about Indigenous culture.

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Jen’s father’s desire for a challenging renovation project sparked a move from Rhode Island to Billings, MT. The restored home was worth the relocation.

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IDAHO Lonnie and Rebbeca’s dream home in Idaho Falls has been a labor of love but worth the wait.

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Kirsten Grove is the interior stylist and blogger behind and author of the book . She lives in Boise, ID.

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Kalah and Steve have incorporated modern, Scandinavian and country design into their Nampa, ID farmhouse for an aesthetic that is truly them.

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is a Native spiritual poet, writer and reporter from Wyoming.

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A little girl’s bedroom was by a local interior designer.

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is a visual artist, graphic designer and photographer with a studio based in Denver, CO.

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COLORADO This beautiful Denver, CO home of Batya and Matt is made even more spectacular with wallpaper in almost every room of the house.

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Interior designer, Anna Smith of , has transformed homes in Denver, CO including her own home. We showcased Anna’s kitchen a few years ago and it is still one of our favorites.

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High ceilings, large windows and exposed brick sold Frances and Thaddeus on this Victorian home in Denver, CO.

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    I love this, but as a native Coloradoan and Denverite I’m not sure I can agree with the idea of “thoughtful growth.” People are jamming in here like a clown car and developers are following suit (in fact many people I know – myself included – can’t even afford to live in the city anymore). I know growth is inevitable and I sound like a curmudgeon, but I have SEVERE solastalgia and I miss so much about the old (less crowded) Denver.

    (Solastalgia, if you don’t know, is the idea of feeling deeply homesick for a place you never left because it’s changed so much.)

    • I’m a native too and it’s unbearable what’s being done to Colorado! Thank you for teaching me the word for what I’ve been feeling.

  • Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, but no Utah? We are high west mountain folk! The Wasatch Mountains are part of the Rockies for goodness sake.

    • Hi Emily

      Utah is coming up in another series- stay tuned :)

      There were many states that overlapped several regional areas- but we will be including ALL states in this series.

      Grace

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