When we made the decision to move to Jackson, Wyoming it certainly wasn’t for the housing opportunities. People joke that the billionaires are pushing out the millionaires, but it’s not too far from the truth. A modest three bedroom home literally goes for over 700k here (and that’s more like a fixer-upper!)
But, there’s a reason people want to live in the shadow of the majestic Tetons. The beauty is astounding and the recreational opportunities are endless.
Plus the schools are excellent, the community welcoming and the culture thriving. And so, we took a chance and crammed our family of seven into a 1200 square foot government home.
We are the lucky ones. Many spend their summers living in their car.
We struggle daily with letting go and finding contentment in the millions of blessings that surround us instead of focusing on what we can’t have. It’s a choice.
After living in Yellowstone for five and half years and never really feeling like our house was a home, I was (and am) determined to make this one different.
While I am no interior decorating pro (nor do I claim to be!), I wanted to bring what we loved to the forefront of what we saw inside AND out of our home.
The idea here is little corners and walls and pockets of reminders to get outside and do what we love. They are shared memories, inspiration and hope when the walls start closing in just a little.
This is above our dining room table. I love how it combines our love of Wyoming winters with camping and summer playing. And moose, of course! While the photograph is small, it is the first outdoor photo we took of all 5 of the kids together.
Winter poster: JB’s Wild Wyoming
Hand-drawn summer/get outside/exploring posters: Live Love North
Metal moose and tree: Urban Mining Company
This is what we see when we walk in the house through the (very small) mud room. Ignore our this-isn’t-organized-because-it’s-used hanging rack (shoe organizer….perfect for drying hats and gloves!) I LOVE this sign. It’s a reminder to me that we worked so hard to get here, life is NEVER perfect and to take each moment as a blessing, because it certainly is!
Living the Dream Metal Art: BE. Designs & Creations
This is side wall of our mud room. We have a few My Outdoor Alphabet posters in our home and I just think they’re fun. They’re always great conversation starters.
This is our “snow/skiing” bathroom. It’s tiny, but always makes me smile and feel a little cooler in the heat of summer. The Pray for Snow sign is one my husband has had forever that we found in his closet of the house he grew up in.
The photographs are our family skiing at Bridger Bowl (top) and Mtn Papa and I backcountry skiing pre-kids (glory days ;))
If you’ve skied Jackson Hole, you’ve heard of Corbet’s Couloir. It’s a tough chute (depending on the level of snow) and something I will never ski. HA! But, I would bet my kids will someday….
Corbet’s Couloir poster by Wild Blue Dream, along with the one below. Aren’t they fantastic??
Finally, this is the main collage wall in our living room. It’s a combination of the most important things in our life. We joke the sign should read “This is Our Crazy Place”, but I love my kids read it and find some security in that even on the bad days, this is still our happy place.
The sign on the right middle is a personalized print from Wild Blue Dream. I had to make it fit in that frame, so it’s a bit zoomed in. I love that it shows the mountains we see out our back window along with our whole family (Baby #5 unborn).
The photograph on the bottom right my brother took of the Alaska mountains I called home growing up.
This is Our Happy Place Sign: Echo Echo Lily
This is the small sign on the left. I love this saying so much. It’s available here.
And I just have to show off this tapestry my mom designed and made. It’s my boys hiking to Jenny Lake many years ago, long before we moved here. Isn’t it incredible??
And finally I am surprised how often I need this reminder. It hangs over the doorway in the kitchen to the mudroom (and then outside!) When I am stressing in the kitchen over meals or grumpy kids or a grumpy mom, this always helps!
Go Outside Sign: BE. Creations & Designs
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