Designer James Thomas, LLC mountain home

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Idaho-based architecture firm Michael Blash and Associates designed the home’s structure, setting the stage for Thomas and Riker’s interior design.

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A neutral, medium tone corduroy couch brings soft luxury and Western casualness into the living space.

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A custom-built concrete sink complements the bathroom’s raw textures and materials.

Mountain Magnificence

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

By Lesley Stanley
Photos by Tim Brown

The 12,000-square-foot Sun Valley Residence pays homage to its snowy peak surroundings by not clashing slick contemporary style with Western design clichés. “We still wanted the project to reflect the location because of the incredible views and landscape, but we were afraid of going too contemporary because it wouldn’t feel appropriate for the setting,” says James Thomas LLC's Thomas Riker, who designed the home’s interiors with his partner James Dolenc. The two designers struck the right balance with a modern-meets-earthy style that plays off the home’s architectural palette of steel, wood, and local stone. Texture-rich fabrics and neutral colors make the house feel warm and inviting without screaming “mountain home.” “This is an incredible, breathtaking house,” Riker says. “We are very thrilled with the result.”


James Thomas often partners with general contractor Stecor Construction to take their projects from drawings to realities. “Every detail and project is a challenge and we are able to accomplish them,” says Steve Danciutiu, owner of Stecor Construction. Their attention to both the designer’s overall vision and the smallest details allows Stecor to build the projects precisely to plan, creating interiors that are truly personalized to each client’s tastes.

Only the finest materials like luxurious silks and rich wools dominate Hokanson’s rugs. “You get great colors and great detail,” says Larry Hokanson, principal of Hokanson. “These two fibers just improve with time.” The detail is evident in their reinterpreted historical pieces done for some of the country’s most well-regarded homes, including the White House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion. The key to choosing the perfect style for a room is dependent on the space’s mood, colors, and overall design. “It is a great pleasure working with James Thomas because they understand the product, what they need, and their budget,” Hokanson says. Together, the two design firms often create custom pieces that are beautiful and timeless, lending the perfect finishing touch to James Thomas’ designs.

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