Heart & Detail
Inside a Teton Village Chalet with Anne Buresh Interior Design
by Cassidy Mantor
Interior designer Anne Buresh recalls the African proverb, “It takes a village” as she begins discussing a project her firm completed earlier this year in Teton Village. The proverb conveys the idea that people come together and work toward the common goal of helping the children of their village reach their full potential, and that is precisely how Anne’s design process works. On this particular project, the village included the Anne Buresh Interior Design team, the homeowner, Outpost JH, and the photographer Tuck Fauntleroy. Collaboration and community are two elements of central focus for Anne. With studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jackson, Wyoming, Anne Buresh Interior Design brings a warm elegance to distinguished living spaces throughout North America.
Anne recently completed designing two core living spaces in a Chicago family’s ski house in Teton Village. Situated high atop North Granite Ridge Road, the 5,000-square-foot chateau was renovated to sleep 12 and entertain up to 20 guests for midday ski lunches. When the family does not stay in the home, it is offered as a luxury rental through Outpost JH. The main design challenge Anne faced was delivering a perfectly tailored home to her clients that would suit their extraordinary attention to detail and discerning taste, while also creating an environment that would offer warmth and comfort to corporate guests and others staying in the home through Outpost. The living room and sitting room were Anne’s canvas, and one carryover from the renovation was that the client requested that she use two existing rugs in the new design.
Deanna Briggs of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International referred her client to Anne Buresh Interior Design because of the firm’s clear, hands-on, detail-oriented process from start to finish. “I first met the homeowner through a Zoom call during COVID,” Anne recalls. “She began sharing the story of her family and she expressed how they wanted a comfortable, relaxing place for everyone to gather and a space to also enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. She told me, ‘I need to be able to entertain as many as 20 people skiing off the back of the mountain to our home so we can all enjoy a big pot of stew at lunch.’” Anne delighted in her client’s lifestyle that embraced a traditional ski lunch and found that it resonated with her own upbringing in North Carolina and the Southern sensibility and hospitality that is woven into her designs today.
The spaces Anne designs have a global perspective. Her work finds the balance between Jackson’s wildness and the ease associated with Southern charm. She doesn’t just bring the outside in, she also feels the environment on a spiritual level and brings it to life in a unique and tasteful way that is sublime and enjoyable to live in. Anne’s work channels the heartbeat of the landscape and amplifies one’s sense of place.
“She began sharing the story of her family and she expressed how they wanted a comfortable, relaxing place for everyone to gather and a space to also enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. She told me, ‘I need to be able to entertain as many as 20 people skiing off the back of the mountain to our home so we can all enjoy a big pot of stew at lunch.’”
-Anne Buresh, Anne Buresh Interior Design
Anne assembled mood boards with swatches of leather and durable performance fabrics, trims, and other materials to kick off the design process for the Granite Ridge home. The color palette was influenced by the mountains and sunrises and sunsets – dusty blues, taupes, and warm oranges. An iconic Amy Ringholz painting hangs over the fireplace and per the client’s request, two original rugs were incorporated into the living room and sitting room in such a thoughtful way that they feel like new selections. Anne seamlessly created continuity between the sentimental value of the rugs and an elevated look and feel for the new spaces. A soft herringbone throw and leather ottomans add cozy and grounded texture while allowing the eye to wander to the windows and views outside – where the ultimate creative art exists.
The family wanted the sitting room to be comfortable while retaining a level of style. Anne selected leather swivel chairs and handmade pillows. She added an ottoman as a way for the family and guests to kick their feet up and relax. “It’s a lot more than chairs and pillows,” she explains. “You don’t want to have to reach too far for a drink or a place to put your phone. Comfort is having the space fit and function for your lifestyle.” A big-screen TV and a bar area with a wine fridge are nearby. The entire space has an organic feeling and flow that opens to the outdoors.
The physical comfort that Anne’s designs offer begins with the close attention to detail in the floor plan layouts, which are key to functionality and flow in a home. A floor plan is developed with certain spacing and feng shui in mind and it is tailored to fit like a custom suit. “Meeting the client’s functionality means that a space can feel cozy even if it’s just one person sitting in a room with tall ceilings,” Anne says. “We design to create a calm and comforting feeling. We want the space to embrace you as if someone had their arms outstretched and was welcoming you in.” Then, Anne works her magic and layers in elements that enhance her signature feeling of warmth and well-being.
“Meeting the client’s functionality means that a space can feel cozy even if it’s just one person sitting in a room with tall ceilings. We design to create a calm and comforting feeling. We want the space to embrace you as if someone had their arms outstretched and was welcoming you in.”
-Anne Buresh, Anne Buresh Interior Design
“In the Granite Ridge Chalet, we brought out the colors of our client’s rug and enhanced her memory of the piece,” Anne explains. Textures, fabrics, and details such as trims and accessories sourced with a global aesthetic add to the comfort of the space. Anne expertly weaves in accent tables and convenient, functional, and stylish details that are as equally appropriate in the West as they are hallmarks of Southern hospitality. She adds, “Everyone has a place to put their glass. Everyone has a place to put their feet up. Every space has that physical ease that comes from the intentional placement of objects and attention to detail regarding the furniture.”
Anne’s spaces are refined and finessed, a testament to her Southern roots and fluency in the local vernacular of the mountains. Clients appreciate her worldly perspective that enhances not only the homeowners’ and their family’s experience in the house but also that of the people who are renting it. The proof of her ability to convey such a strong sense of place is in the reviews. One renter wrote, “The property was stunning. Period. The attention to detail inside was a 10 out of 10. Everything you could possibly need was there. Everything was considered.” Another called it a five-star stay on the mountain, while a third wrote, “It was everything we’d hoped for while staying in JH for spring break.”
“I’m grateful for the connections I have made in Jackson and I look forward to collaborating and creating beautiful sanctuaries in the near future.”
-Anne Buresh, Anne Buresh Interior Design
Presently, the homeowners on Granite Ridge are enjoying the space themselves and are in the midst of an extended stay through the holidays. For Anne Buresh Interior Design, the holidays offer much to look forward to. Celebrations and gatherings in beautiful places underpin Anne’s design. To say Anne brings spaces to life is an understatement. She is exceptionally talented at transforming blank slates into warm and stylish environments that manifest joy and peace. Her designs enable the spaces she’s touched and the people in them to reach their maximum potential.
As the holidays approach, Anne is looking forward to expanding her firm’s Teton Village design presence and strengthening her collaboration with businesses in town. “I’m grateful for the connections I have made in Jackson and I look forward to collaborating and creating beautiful sanctuaries in the near future,” she shares. Indeed, a space from Anne is a beautifully harmonious expression of heart and detail.