A Jackson Hole Motel Attracts Adventurers With Classic, Functional Style

Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.

When an outpost for adventurers is set in the midst of Wyoming's open spaces and soaring mountains, it's only natural that its design would reflect its surroundings. Such is the case of Mountain Modern Motel, a straightforward name for a cozy refuge that opened in Jackson Hole last spring. The team who undertook its look, TruexCullins, wanted to embrace the mythology of the Wild West by incorporating a sturdy buffalo plaid print into the locale's 135 rooms — which was the fabric of choice by folk hero Paul Bunyan — while also showcasing the rugged beauty of the peaks outside. Lastly, in a move that's in keeping with the region's no-frills mentality and on-trend with the modern "tiny house" movement, the plan also included a way to combine functionality with comfort. It has a "plaid-to-the-bone style and a laid-back mountain vibe," said principal Kim Deetjen. Its less-is-more rooms are furnished with the aforementioned checkered fabric to complement warm leather accents, while oversized images of the outdoors work as art and inspiration. In other words, it's a getaway that encourages guests to go out and explore, since there's a place that understands their spirit when they return.

Expand
lobby
1 of 6

Lobby

"To further expand the modernized 'base camp' concept, every element of decor in the lobby serves a functional purpose," Deetjen noted. Swathes of bright red and dusty blue surround a communal table made from distressed wood.

Expand
room
3 of 6

Guest Room

The defining feature of the guest rooms sits behind the beds. "Custom larger-than-life wall coverings celebrate Grand Teton backcountry, the National Elk Refuge and Jackson fly-fishing, to give guests a true sense of place," Deetjen said. Buffalo plaid pillows and throw blankets cover white linens.

Expand
room
4 of 6

Guest Room

Black-and-white walls make the pillows and throws pop, while unstained wood and translucent lamp shades give the place a rustic feel. A leather-backed headboard is a nod to the area's cattle industry.

Expand
storage space
5 of 6

Guest Room

A television and desk are artfully tucked into a storage wall, which caters to the motel's outdoorsy demographic. A two-tone wall feature provides definition and color to the functional space.


Based in Wisconsin, Kristine Hansen covers art, architecture, travel and food/drink, and lives in a 1920s bungalow.

View Work