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This Montana home is the perfect getaway.
  • Inviting and Comfortable

    "We have the kind of house that no one ever wants to leave,” says Kaye Callard-Woodmansee of the home she shares with her husband, Bruce, in Bigfork, Montana. “Guests never cease to comment on its inviting and comfortable appeal, no matter what season it is.”

    It is no surprise that friends and family want to linger. The Callard-Woodmansee home, situated on 4 acres, is the very essence of a rural getaway, tucked away at the northern tip of Flathead Lake – the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River.

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015
  • Tranquility

    The couple was seduced by the tranquility of Bigfork seven years ago. They were living in South Carolina at the time.

    “We came up here because it was recommended to us by a horse trainer,” says Kaye. “We started looking at properties, found this piece of land, and ended up building our home.”

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015
  • Stick to Budget

    What they built is testament to Kaye’s ability to successfully drive a project from concept to completion, due to many years spent in the advertising business.

    Her top tip?

    “Always keep budget in mind. Spend money where you want the biggest impact and then you can save on other things. Done well doesn’t mean you have to spend a bomb.”

    Suffice it to say, Kaye and Bruce’s home is done well. Working with architect Keith Beck, the couple opted for a stone and wood structure comprising five foundations linked by a series of bridges.

     

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015
  • Spacious Inside

    The inside of the house honors its natural surroundings and features knotty alder doors, Douglas fir beams, and wide-plank oak flooring.

    The house has six fireplaces, with one designed to be a backup heat source should the furnace fail.
     

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015
  • Custom Kitchen

    Laid-back gatherings take place in the custom-made kitchen.

    “I’m a big buffet person, so I also have a 12-foot island in my kitchen where I serve food,” says Kaye.

    Designed according to the Shaker ethos of beauty and utility, the generous island unit, complemented by painted wood cabinets, is a blend of functionality and personality.

     

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015
  • Traditional and Vintage

     Kaye is the first to admit that she has exacting standards.

    “I like to get things right, even down to the smallest details,” she says.

    Rooms rock a relaxed family vibe, furnished with an eclectic blend of traditional and vintage pieces, all offset by contemporary works of art by American artist John Nieto.

    Taking inspiration from the large flower garden, Kaye has pepped up her home with punches of purple and pink, which sit well with her more traditional palette of deep reds, greens, and mustards.
     

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015
  • Making the Garden Fun

    A highlight of the property is the garden, bursting with vibrant blooms to ensure maximum visual impact.

    “I have tried to make my garden fun for when my grandkids come to stay,” says Kaye. “They absolutely love playing here. Life is all about creating memories, right?”

    In fact, Kaye has poured as much love and attention into her garden as she has her house, creating a haven for the whole family.
     

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015
  • Favorite Spot

    Does she have a favorite part of the garden?

    “Yes! We love to relax around our fire pit or up on the patio where we enjoy wine and appetizers. It really is incredibly peaceful,” says Kaye.

    “We love living here. It’s just a wonderful place, and people visit from all over the world because of Glacier Park,” says Kaye. “We are always meeting wonderful people. There's also fly fishing and hiking. It’s a beautiful, beautiful part of the country and we are very happy here.”

    Date Published: May 27, 2015
    Date Updated: May 27, 2015

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