Sun Valley Architecture and Interiors

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Sun Valley Architecture and Interiors
Sun Valley has always been a place where folks could relax and recharge. Early explorers camping out in what is now the town of Ketchum noted that ". . . the place was promising, the weather fine and the grass good, so that our worn out horses both fed and rested."
Over the last century, the beautiful Idaho landscape became infused with movie stars and millionaires, ushering in a whole new level of "roughing it in comfort." Sun Valley residents take great pride in ensuring their personal space is as unique and beautiful as the surroundings; faddish ways do not exist here. No matter where a Sun Valley resident spends time-big screen, office building, or at the nearest fishing stream-their homes exude a blend of elegance, contentment, and unique Western charm. From timeless rustic designs to ultra-modern interiors, Sun Valley Architecture and Interiors explores some of the homes that exemplify the Sun Valley lifestyle-living in luxurious comfort.
Devoted to the variety of architecture and design of the Western Teton region, Sun Valley Architecture and Interiors is filled with stunning photographs of homes that capture the unique charm of this Idaho gem. From contemporary homes highlighted with wrought-iron and shiny glass to ancient fishing cottages still standing beyond all expectations, all the homes have an accessible common-sense elegance and each one exudes personality.
Also included:
The fascinating history of Sun Valley
Vintage photos, posters, maps, and other memorabilia
A look at the popularity of recreation in the area and how it influences the style

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This is one of the most stunning places on the planet. While most of us have traveled to various parts of the world, we keep coming back to our "home."
--Mariel Hemingway

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Introduction
Anatomy may be destiny but location can have divine decree, and the Wood River Valley was predetermined to enchant. Count Felix Schaffgotsch, when scouting for the perfect setting for his European-style destination ski resort, said it had "More delightful features of any place I've seen." At its conception, elegance became a permanent facet of the area, and Sun Valley continues attracting clientele of East Coast notables and Hollywood stars. All bring a wealth of style and creativity to the community, and express themselves in their homes and lifestyles. Sun Valley is a geographic ideal, a gem in a perfect setting. Since it became popular in the 1930s, the unique blend of wild places and civilization ensured that Sun Valley would continue to flourish. Its neighbor Ketchum has been equally prosperous.
Because many of the wealthy clientele enjoyed Sun Valley and Ketchum so much, it seemed logical for them to build vacation homes there because of the frequency of their visits. The style of Sun Valley became one based upon recreation-it is a pendulum swinging between opulence and simplicity. The vacation spirit is here regardless of season, and pursuits such as fishing, hiking, skiing, biking or relaxation take precedence. The natural surroundings give life a gaiety, and weather, no matter what type, is taken with excitement and anticipation of what it will bring. Residents and visitors find delight in skiing newly powdered slopes, enjoying crisp fall evenings, riding a bicycle over fallen leaves, or casting for trout on an early summer morning. This vacation joy is expressed in a relaxed comfortable style unique to Sun Valley. As famous New York designer Billy Baldwin said, "Some people confuse luxury with grandeur. To me comfort is perhaps the ultimate luxury."
This book is devoted to the variety of architecture and design, art and artistry that make up Sun Valley style. From modern homes constructed of iron and glass to long-lasting rustic fishing cottages, each place celebrates the style because they are infused with the personalities of their owners. For some, grandeur and luxury are their signature style, while for others, whimsy and eclecticism abound. Common loves and choices seem to have melded all.

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