Yellowstone show dining room chairs

Mark Hampton

This Bridgehampton home is not your typical Hamptons beach house — that is, white and modern. Instead, the designers from Mark Hampton LLC went for something more traditional, with chinoiserie wallpaper, leather-covered dining chairs and lacquered wooden buffets. Photo by Steve Freihon

Sasha Adler

A high-rise apartment in Chicago called for ultracontemporary design. So, in the dining room, Sasha Adler hung a large-scale, moody Wolfgang Tillmans photograph behind the bright white dining chairs that surround a custom-designed glass-topped table. The real eye-catchers, though, are the vintage pendants from Galerie Glustin, in Paris, overlooking it all. Photo by Werner Straube

Cashmere Interiors

Nearly every room of this Cashmere Interiors–designed ski chalet in Big Sky, Montana’s Yellowstone Club community has magnificent views. That includes the high-ceilinged dining room, which boasts a pale yet warm palette enhanced by soft wood notes. The furnishings, including the live-edge table and three matte black pendants hanging above it, are pared down and clean lined, with the stripe-upholstered armchair and bamboo dining chairs adding an eclectic touch. Photo courtesy of Cashmere Interiors

Eric Cohler

For a 1970s Charleston, South Carolina, home, Eric Cohler designed a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows to give full play to the wooded surroundings. Chic yet simple furnishings, like a glass-topped dining table that matches the windows, add elegance without distracting from nature’s beauty. Photo by Claudio Santini

To fill the expanses of an open-layout New York apartment, designer Brad Ford decided on a mix of industrial and rustic furnishings. In the dining area, he paired a four-person wood table with leather chairs in the same color, opting for bare floor rather than an area rug to keep the flow through the home fluid. In the Photo by Scott Frances

yellow dining room by Brian Murphy

This San Francisco dining room by Brian Murphy is the epitome of glamour, with its dramatic crystal chandelier, leopard-print-upholstered chairs and round table echoing the space’s unconventional curves. Photo by Sergio Villatoro

dining room by Soucie Horner

Soucie Horner employed a neutral palette and streamlined furniture to create a sense of relaxed elegance in the dining room of this British Virgin Islands family retreat. Photo by Werner Straube

dining room by Studio Shamshiri

In renovating and designing a 1922 Spanish Colonial in Los Angeles, Studio Shamshiri wanted the space to feel layered and collected, and to reflect the way the homeowners entertain, as they achieved in the bohemian-feeling dining room. Photo by Lisa Romerein, François Halard

dining room by Sofia Aspe

Vibrant wall-size art, a glittering gold chandelier and striped pillow-topped chairs converge in this eclectic, inviting dining space in a Sofía Aspe–designed vacation home in Mexico. Photo by Alfonso de Bejar

Nina Farmer completely overhauled a 1911 Colonial home in Brookline, Massachusetts, modernizing the interiors while keeping the exterior traditional. This stately dining room features a Hunt Slonem painting and a table with plenty of room for large holiday gatherings. Photo by Eric Piasecki

dining room by Lisa Tharp Design

Natural light reflects off the white walls, pale wood floors and marble-topped table in this dining room by Lisa Tharp, creating a contrast with black sconces and marble fireplace. Photo by Michael J. Lee

The neutral palette in this Bridgehampton, New York, dining room by Timothy Godbold sets a serene mood, and the round table encourages conversation. Photo by Alec Hemer

In this Manhattan dining room by Kemble Interiors, a Niermann Weeks chandelier hangs over the table, which is surrounded by Barry Dixon chairs. Photo by Simon Upton

The Dallas dining room of Kelli Ford, part of the Kirsten Kelli design duo, features soaring ceilings, a pair of massive chandeliers and a stunning sunburst mirror over the fireplace. Photo by Max Kim-Bee

Thad Hayes updated this turn-of-the-century shingle-style house on Long Island, whose dining room features a round iron chandelier and a set of bowback Windsor armchairs. Photo by Scott Frances

Sofia Aspe didn’t shy away from mixing color and pattern in this Mexico City dining room, which includes 1stdibs-sourced items like a table by Ole Wanscher and vintage chairs by Niels Otto Møller covered in a vibrant Kravet fabric. Photo by Alfonso de Bejar

A wall mural based on Monet’s water lilies adorns this Brian J. McCarthy-designed dining room on Long Island. The space also features a dining table with a sculptural base and a mirrored sideboard. Photo by Fritz von der Schulenburg

Embossed leather-inset millwork panels line the walls of this Sara Story–designed dining room, whose brass detailing and gilded and oxidized silver-lead verre églomisé ceiling by Miriam Ellner make the space even more dramatic. Photo by Masano Kawana

Hand-painted wallpaper by Gracie and gilded-gold de Gournay tea paper on the ceiling imbue this Marin County, California, dining room with warmth and color. Suzanne Rheinstein and Associates designed the space, which features a circa-1780 Chippendale mahogany serving table, a pair of circa-1825 Georgian Sheffield silver-plate three-candle candelabras and 19th-century Chinese glazed stoneware altar fruit, all from Rheinstein’s shop, Hollyhock. Photo by Pieter Estersohn

In this house in Southampton, New York, a former residence of Consuelo Vanderbilt, the dining room’s wall treillage and floral ceiling design were fabricated in plaster. Thomas Pheasant Interiors designed the space, as well as the convex mirror hanging above the French limestone mantle. Photo by Durston Saylor

Metallic ceiling paper by Stark pops against the navy silk Designtex wallcovering in this Manhattan dining room by Mendelson Group. Vintage Carlo di Carli side chairs are from Van den Akker, and the host chair is upholstered in a John Rosselli fabric with nailhead trim. Photo by Eric Piasecki

A pair of custom Murano glass Mizar chandeliers by Pierpaolo Seguso are a focal point in this Dallas dining room by Emily Summers Studio. A Moroccan mosaic tile border adds texture to the neutral space, and it ties into the custom embroidery on the back of the Martino dining chairs by Nancy Corzine. Photo by Laura Wilson

A custom-designed needlepoint rug by Beauvais Carpets anchors this richly hued Manhattan dining room by Brockschmidt & Coleman, which includes chairs upholstered in Christopher Hyland Inc.’s Starburst satin, a pair of emerald-green Italian glass urns from Matt Murphy Studio and curtains in Quadrille’s China Seas Saya Gata pattern. The pair of Argentine gilded tole chandeliers are from Greenwich Living. Photo by Brian Shumway

In this airy Lower Manhattan loft by Damon Liss, a Serge Mouille chandelier hangs over a BDDW Slab dining table with a oxidized maple top and blackened bronze wishbone base. Carlo di Carli dining chairs, 1954, from Donzella, complete the space. Photo by Trevor Tondro

For the 2013 Kips Bay Show House, Kristen McGinnis paired custom high-gloss wall with patinated Japanese gold-leafed paper on the ceiling by Maya Romanoff. The Joaquim Tenreiro dining table and chairs are from R & Company, and the neon light installation was a collaboration between McGinnis and her best friend of 30 years, Elliott Hundley. Photo by Rikki Snyder

Tucker & Marks designed this intimate dining room for the 2010 San Francisco Showcase in a 1929 Normandy-style mansion designed by Albert L. Farr. The massive 18th-century French oak, ash and walnut archival cabinet, from C. Mariani Antiques, inspired the space, which also features a gilded 1920s Spanish 12-armed chandelier from Amy Perlin Antiques. Photo by Matthew Millman

Hubert Zandberg Interiors designed this London pied-à-terre as a contemporary take on a traditional gentleman’s club, and in the dining room, pale blue chairs by Soane surround a custom dark-wood table by Zandberg. Photo by Simon Upton

In this Palm Beach residence by Celerie Kemble Interiors, pale blue tufted chairs surround the dining table, which has a carved-wood base. Photo by Kemble Interiors

For this Sun Valley, Idaho, residence, M. Elle Design created a simple, elegant dining room where the slip-covered chairs surround a rustic table, keeping the focus on the dramatic vaulted ceiling. Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna Photography


Bullock visits set of Kevin Costner's 'Yellowstone' TV show

HAMILTON (AP) — Actor Kevin Costner welcomed Gov. Steve Bullock last week to the set of the new cable TV series "Yellowstone," much of which is being shot at the Chief Joseph Ranch.

In the main living room of the lodge, decorated for the set with historic Navajo rugs hanging from the balconies and Remington bronzes on the tables, Costner and Bullock, along with writer/director Taylor Sheridan, discussed the pros and cons of filming in Montana.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, foreground from left, appears with actor Kevin Costner, production designer Ruth De Jong and writer-director Taylor Sheridan in the lodge at the Chief Joseph Ranch during a visit to the set of the television series "Yellowstone" in Darby, Mont.

Costner, looking relaxed in blue jeans and a dark sweater, said filming "Dances with Wolves" in South Dakota and "Field of Dreams" in Iowa changed the way those states are perceived. He called the new series "a postcard for Montana."

"What a cool state to be the governor," Costner said. "If something like 'Yellowstone' has a way of highlighting, being somewhat of a dramatic love letter to your state, we'll be successful. The writing for it is superior."

"But how's the acting?" Bullock replied with a grin.

"Well, I'm being sent home right now," Costner joked. "Actually, my community is on fire. But I do think something like 'Yellowstone' can change people, making it so they want to go here."

Costner has a home outside of Santa Barbara, California, where the Thomas fire has charred more than 96,000 acres and two new fires broke out last week.

Joking aside, both Costner and Sheridan noted the economic boost "Yellowstone" is bringing to the Bitterroot Valley as well as Montana overall. The Montana Department of Commerce estimates the production has paid about $100,000 in labor, plus another $1.45 million for lodging, supplies, props, location fees and other expenses — including $25,000 for filming scenes in the Capitol.

"We spent $500,000 on hotels and car rentals," said Perri Eppie, the publicity coordinator for "Yellowstone." ''We've even stolen a few of your people and brought them to Utah," where some interior shots are being filmed.

They've hired at least 63 people as drivers, technicians and production assistants, and an untold number of laborers to build fences, redo the corrals and arenas, and become extras for filming.

One company they hired was Rocky Mountain Homes in Hamilton, to add a front porch to the 100-year-old log home with river rock accents, because Sheridan decided he wanted the main entrance to be on the north side of the house. The company had to dig a large trench 6 feet down for the foundation, then build the deck.

"We asked them how long they thought it would take, and they said four months when I first asked," said Ruth DeJong, the production designer. "I said 'That's not how we operate' and they had it done in nine days. They were amazing."

Last Thursday, the grounds were buzzing with activity as Eppie took members of the press and state officials on a tour of the filming site. ATVs ferried people and equipment around, while riders put horses through their paces.

According to a press release, "Yellowstone" chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (played by Costner) who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States.

"Amid shifting alliances, open wounds, and hard-earned respect, the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders — an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America's first national park. Far from media scrutiny, it's a violent world of poisoned drinking water and unsolved murders. Yellowstone is an intense study of the modern West rife with land developers, energy speculators, assorted politicians, estranged family, and tribal players. Within this pentagon of interests, land lust is insatiable and love is weaponized."

"We had a real bear chasing some characters — they ended up roping him," Eppie said. "We also had six wolves out here" as part of the show.

Sheridan, who is a Wyoming native and perhaps best known for the recently released movie "Wind River", said he came up with the idea for "Yellowstone" and started writing it in Livingston in 2013. DeJong was looking for a site to shoot it in the Paradise Valley when she stumbled upon the Chief Joseph Ranch.

"I wrote a show where I wanted to be, and that wasn't in California, but in Montana," Sheridan said. "So I came up with a story line I thought was relevant.

"I could have shot this anywhere else, but I couldn't find this anywhere else. . I decided to make a financial sacrifice to come here."

The solitude and scenery was part of that incentive, but the lack of tax credits provided in other states, as well as the remoteness of the location, was a challenge. Sheridan said he's willing to testify before the Montana Legislature about the power of tax incentives for filmmakers.

"I took a funding hit to come to the state for this, so anything I can do to sweeten the pot would be great. But you're stuck with me now," Sheridan said, grinning. "But for the next one, and the next one ."

"Yellowstone" will air on the Paramount Network, which will replace the cable channel Spike in January. The show, which has filmed off and on in Darby, Helena, the Crow Reservation and Utah since August, will return to the Bitterroot in March to shoot some final scenes before airing this summer.

Depending on reactions to the show, they just might be back for a second season.

"It's special to be here and do what we do," DeJong said.

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R. Higgins Interiors

A Montana Retreat


History Renewed

Natchez Trace

A Breath of Fresh Air

Belle Meade Estate

The Ranch Transformed


Great Smoky Getaway

Blackberry Farm

A Place to Call Home

Woodlawn Drive

Contemporary Western Dream

Governor's Club

On Top of the World

Twelve Twelve

A Farm in Town

Goodlettsville Estate

A Study In Contrast

Belle Meade Boulevard



Yellowstone Club Montana

Size:8,900 SF
Style:Contemporary Mountain House

New Construction two-year build

Located minutes from the Yellowstone National Park, this vacation home is the perfect mountain retreat for families of all sizes. With 6 bedrooms and an open concept entertaining floor plan, there was a space designated for everyone to relax and retreat, or be social with guest or family members. This young family lives a very active lifestyle so we wanted the space to feel slightly more contemporary than their Nashville home, but textural and rustic enough to fit into the Montana landscape. Roger and the team focused heavily on earthy palettes, textures shown in wallcoverings and the venetian plaster applications throughout the home, contemporary lighting and just enough antique finds to make the place feel like more than a second home.


A Montana Retreat

The Yellowstone Club is an exclusive resident only property located in the rolling mountains of Big Sky Montana. The community offers golf, skiing, and is geared towards family-friendly designed lifestyles, so this easily became the perfect location for our clients vacation residence. With an unobstructed view of one of the main ski slopes, and nestled next to a creek you can hear while lounging in the master suite, it was without question this was the home they were searching for.

As you enter the home you immediately see the 30’ stairwell where we customized lighting to hang from the upper level to lower. You see through to the dining room, the suede dining chairs placed throughout, and the open concept expansive living dining and kitchen areas all working in contrast with one another to deliniate different social areas of the main level. As you peruse through the great room there is a patio that runs the length of the residence where you can see the perfect view of the slopes and large expanse of the Montana landscape.

“We furnished the home from top to bottom, including pizza makers and utensils in all the drawers, in a 5 month period! We may never be able to say that again! This was a great accomplishment for our team and such an exciting project to work on out of state, with gracious and very trusting clients that made it all possible.”

The palette of this project was earth toned, textural and extracted from the landscape in both summer and winter months. The summers in Yellowstone can be pretty vibrant in hue, so we pulled rich greens and slate blues for several areas in the home, like the office and boys’ bunk rooms. The pillows in the living room combine both texture and pattern with all of the colors used throughout, being the most central room of the home.

Some really special items that stand out in the project were the mid-century pieces the client allowed Roger to hunt for at antique auctions and dealers in the Southeast. We found a set of 6 vintage leather chairs at the Nashville Antique and Garden show, and contrasted them in the lower level game room with a parchment wrapped table found at an auction. The construction of the property was immaculate. Every corner and detail of the home was executed by the Yellowstone Development team and it made the install of our furnishings elevate the space easily.

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Natchez Trace

Size:Approx. 7,500 SF
Style:Federal, with a later addition
Scope:Ongoing project
  • Modernized historic home
  • Updated finishes
  • New upholstery and lighting
  • Dining room (formerly a more recent kitchen) paneled with walnut, antique mirror and chandeliers
  • Kitchen remodel
  • Furnishing of interior rooms

A historic property in Williamson County filled with a young family and a desire to entertain, Roger and Ann transformed the main living spaces of this home into a colorful representation of this family’s personality.

The 1821 home’s original kitchen is now an extension of the screened porch that was added to connect the two existing structures. An addition was added to the left hand side of the property to mirror the right, to hold the new kitchen that was large enough for this family and their guests.

This client had a bountiful amount of great antiques, and you can see them used in each room of the home. Timeless patterns, antiques, and southern style make this a timeless property. 


History Renewed

Several chapters in the story of this timeworn 1850s farmhouse had already been written when Roger was called in to provide an extreme makeover. The most recent renovation had occurred during the 1970s; to say there was plenty of unrealized potential would be an understatement. The property also included an original log cabin, which was to be part of the project.

“An old house is never a job you really finish – you just work on it one piece at a time.”

When Roger and team arrived, the original kitchen was still standing, but it sat apart from the main house. The clients already had numerous traditional furniture pieces, most of which they wanted to retain. Many were family heirlooms with clear sentimental ties. Having them recovered breathed new life into old treasures, helping them fit comfortably among the pieces Roger brought in to achieve a homier feel.

Another challenge? The wallpaper. “The entry hall had this amazing hand-painted wallpaper,” Roger remembers. “It was definitely too good to take down. But still, it was just shockingly yellow. Our solution was to have it glazed, which toned it down just enough to make it softer and more subtle.” The final result now graces the front cover of Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup.

The extensive renovation included a large new kitchen addition, which predictably has become a center of the family’s home life. “The kitchen is a really big room. But they entertain all the time. Now they can put out a giant buffet on the kitchen island, entertain 150 guests, no problem,” says Ann.

The third-floor attic now enjoys new life as a bunk room and playroom for the couple’s three children. The log cabin serves as a music room, occasionally accommodating overnight guests as well. A spacious screened porch was added to connect the house proper to the original kitchen, now used as a fitness room.

A home as old as this one may never truly be done. But for now, it provides everything this active family could ask for.


This historic Williamson County property already had loads of timeless southern charm. The client owns a large collection of great antiques; Roger was able to integrate them seamlessly into each room’s design.

Roger Higgins Design Sketch Natchez Trace Living Room
Roger Higgins Design Sketch Natchez Trace Boys Bedroom


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Belle Meade Estate

Size:4,800 SF
Style:Cape Cod
Scope:Over a 10-year period:
  • New furniture
  • construction of an addition
  • updated paint and finishes throughout

Located near Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, this stately Nashville residence contained a lifetime’s worth of accumulation. Our client had a combination of treasures collected from travels, family heirlooms and gifts from her children. The collection of photographs and artwork was also extensive. From photographs and artwork to furniture, nearly every item held strong sentimental value. But the sheer volume of it all was becoming a challenge. Roger was called in to edit, rearrange and repurpose everything to make the home feel comfortable but not overwhelming. After adding millwork details and a new sunporch, we updated paint and finishes throughout the home. The refreshed space provided a wonderful environment for a fresh take on the sprawling collection. Old favorites have taken on new life, creating the perfect space for hosting gatherings of friends and family.


A Breath of Fresh Air

For many of Roger’s clients, the decision to engage him represents something of a family legacy. The owner of this home worked with Roger on a previous house, as have her parents and multiple siblings. The goal this time around was to edit down a large collection, adding in whatever was required to bring a focused vision to the newly-acquired space. 

“There’s a definite personality here now. It looks like someone really lives here.”

Even though she does have some formal pieces, the homeowner’s lifestyle is decidedly casual. So to cultivate a more relaxed environment, Roger suggested recovering numerous pieces in simple, down-to-earth canvas. “It wasn’t expensive,” Roger remembers. “But it didn’t need to be. We just bought it and made a bunch of white slipcovers to calm everything down a bit.”

He also reframed artwork to achieve a more refined sense of scale and proportion, creating new groupings as he went. Unique hand-rubbed finishes on walls – and even on some ceilings – tie everything together, though each individual room clearly speaks with its own voice. 

One of the biggest challenges on this project? An impossibly long and narrow living room. Ultimately, the solution for taming this unwieldy space proved deceptively simple – one strategically-placed dining table to create two well-defined seating groups. The long expanse now feels natural and balanced, and actually gained versatility in the bargain.

Proving, once again, that the best inspirations are often those that feel so natural as to never be noticed.




Westview Avenue

Size:6,800 SF
Style:Heavily Modified Ranch

Renovated over a two-year period

Nestled in one of Nashville’s most aspirational neighborhoods, the location and sheer practicality of this Belle Meade home made the decision easy for a young family looking to put down roots. The couple felt an immediate draw to the neighborhood; they just knew it would provide the perfect backdrop for their three sons, two dogs, and easygoing approach to entertaining. But they also felt strongly that the house itself would first require a profound transformation. Roger and his team focused on maximizing the home’s beauty, comfort, and livability. This entailed modifying the floor plan to dramatically increase ceiling heights in the center of the home while adding a porch and additional living space off the back. In each room, a judicious blend of old and new elements creates a dance of texture and pattern to contrast the soft color palette of the walls. Antiques are now juxtaposed with a growing art collection, including an original Andy Warhol. Meanwhile, artwork by their own children personalizes the space while infusing it with vibrant, youthful energy.


The Ranch Transformed

Sometimes a particular location – the street, the surrounding neighborhood, the breathtaking views – is close enough to perfection that the house itself almost becomes an afterthought. This Belle Meade charmer is a case in point. By all accounts, the late-60s ranch was rather unremarkable when its current owners first happened upon it. But what the home lacked in finesse, it more than made up for in potential.

Though the owners’ original intent had been to make a few simple renovations, they soon realized they had an opportunity to create something much more personal. And before they knew it, they found themselves happily embracing the idea of an extreme makeover.

“We pretty much ended up gutting this house and starting fresh. Only a couple of the original bathrooms remain.”

Just beyond the entry hall, the height of the living room has more than doubled, with extensive custom wax-finished white oak drawing the eye ever upward. The transformation is dramatic, creating a grand entrance that instantly sets the tone for all that follows. “Yes, I believe in millwork,” laughs Roger.

Moving inward, the expansive family room now boasts a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Its sweeping lines create a pleasing contrast, connecting to a pair of screened porches overlooking an elegant pool and patio. The large back yard affords plenty of room for kids, dogs, and gatherings of nearly any size.

Inside and out, no detail is ever too small to escape Roger’s attention. From handcrafted copper gutters and downspouts to the matching copper porch screens, all elements resonate together to evoke an easygoing sense of peace, joy, and harmony.

And at the end of the day, isn’t that what family is all about?

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Blackberry Farm

Size:Approx. 6,000 SF
Style:Mountain vacation home
Scope:New construction, 4 years from concept to completion

Here, Roger and Ann were able to design the entire house in concert with the Blackberry Farm building team. Roger wanted the home to provide a soft backdrop both for the stunning natural vistas outside, along with the sophisticated contemporary art collection inside.

The house is unique for a mountain home, with its mix of clean-lined upholstery and dramatic artwork juxtaposed against tones and materials more typical of its East Tennessee location. Every room features custom millwork, and texture was emphasized over color throughout. The client was based in Hong Kong throughout the process, and the antiques filling the home were sourced from across the globe.

While the home is beautiful year-round, it shines especially brightly during the holidays. It truly has become one of their favorite places. 


Great Smoky Getaway

Nestled into one of East Tennessee’s most breathtaking landscapes, this newly constructed getaway expresses modern sensibilities using a range of natural tones and materials. Four years in the making, the final result surpassed the clients’ highest expectations.

“There are homes out here that are stunningly beautiful, but more of a lodge feel. This client wouldn’t have gone for that in a million years.”

“The setting implies a mountain/rustic feel, but that’s not their style,” says Roger. “They have a serious contemporary art collection and prefer things with a higher level of finish. The goal was to meld those things together.”

During design and construction, the home’s owners were residing in Hong Kong. Roger traveled to begin the dialogue in person, then stayed connected via weekly phone calls.

“You can see their personality throughout,” says Ann. “They gravitate toward very fancy. Shiny, lacquered, gold. But still, you’re in the mountains. Somehow you have to marry where you are with what you have, and never compete with the view. Oh, and make it all look as if achieving this was no trouble,” she laughs.


This house is quite unique for a mountain home. Its mix of clean-lined upholstery and dramatic artwork balances beautifully with tones and materials more typical of its East Tennessee location.

Roger Higgins Design Sketch Blackberry Farm Master Bedroom
Roger Higgins Design Sketch Blackberry Farm Screened Porch
Roger Higgins Design Sketch Blackberry Farm Living Room


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Woodlawn Drive

Size:4,700 SF
Style:American Colonial
Scope:Over a 7-year period:
  • Kitchen remodel
  • All baths remodeled
  • Refinished floors
  • Upholstered over existing paneling
  • Complete decoration and furnishing

Roger describes their previous home as simply classic architecture on a beautiful wooded lot.

His favorite part of the home were the walls in the entry that he on a whim decided to hand paint one evening to look like wallpaper he had seen. He loved the unexpected chartreuse green draperies in the dining room, and he was able to incorporate antiques and his findings throughout the house over the duration of their time in this home

They couldn’t completely renovate it all at once, so they started with refinishing the floors, remodeling the kitchen, and one by one redoing all of the bathrooms. One room in particular had horrible existing paneling, so they upholstered the walls over top of it and it became one of the coziest rooms in the house.


When taking in the work of any designer whose taste you appreciate, it’s only natural to imagine how that designer’s own home might look and feel. These photographs offer a glimpse into the private world of Roger Higgins and Ann Shipp, long-time partners both in business and in life. Located in one of Nashville’s most beloved older neighborhoods, this property on Woodlawn Avenue was the couple’s personal residence until they moved to their current home.

“Honestly, it was a very traditional house that we just put all of our stuff in. Just a collection of things that happen during your life.”

Here, every piece seems to have a story: a sofa purchased for the Governor’s Club opening showhouse. The acrylic coffee table Roger stumbled across at a yard sale while still in college. An ornate four-panel screen the couple purchased while vacationing in Florida.

Even today, Roger and Ann are in perpetual shopping mode, ready for the unexpected treasure that may be lurking around the next corner. “Roger always can tell you the story behind each piece, in crazy detail,” Ann marvels. “If it was something you could just order out of a catalog, he wouldn’t remember it at all. But if it has some sort of life to it, he remembers it.”

But of course there was more to it than simply finding new ways to arrange a lifetime’s worth of accumulation – much more, as it turned out. “The den had some really hideous cheap paneling,” Roger recalls. “Rather than pull it out and drywall, we used fabric and upholstered over padding. So it absorbs sound, and makes the room feel way more cozy than paneling ever could.”

As is often the case, the kitchen ended up becoming one of the largest challenges. The design was so hopelessly dated, with everything rendered in shades avocado, that the decision to start over from scratch wasn’t even an issue for discussion. The result? An inviting, light-filled space that feels elegantly up-to-date while resonating perfectly with the home’s traditional essence.

Which leads straight back to Roger and Ann’s cardinal rule: of course do what’s right for the client, but also do what’s right for the house.

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Governor's Club

Size:8,500 SF
Style:Western Contemporary
Scope:Over a 3-year period:

The client’s goal for this home was to present their collection of artwork and furnishings within an architectural style they had long admired. They envisioned a unique blend of western, contemporary and lodge aesthetics. But, it also needed to be unapologetically casual – a welcoming place where they could enjoy friends and dogs, garden in the yard, and welcome their college-age children back home throughout the year. The couple’s furniture spanned a range of styles, including everything from Victorian family pieces to mid-century upholstery and chairs. As always, Roger’s challenge was to pull it all together in a way that beautifully evokes an effortless sense of balance. Mission accomplished.


Contemporary Western Dream

When clients have the luxury of bringing Roger into a project at the point of construction, they open the doors to a level of creative vision which isn’t always feasible when updating an older structure. 

The easygoing family who make their home here had a clear sense of who they are, and how they wanted to approach life. They imagined a casual, livable space that could balance the rugged feel of a western lodge with contemporary sensibilities. The house also needed to make sense for the couple’s children and dogs.

“When you’re dealing purely with natural materials, I feel like I can work in a huge range of textures, and somehow it always comes together.”

They got their wish – a modern, light-filled space that feels as if it were fashioned almost entirely of ancient wood and stone. “The natural colors provide a great background for objects, and for life itself,” says Roger. Everywhere one turns, earth tones blend effortlessly. The story here is one of raw, organic surfaces coming together in a cohesive symphony of smooth sophistication. 

Yet, as natural as everything feels, each room also offers up unexpected surprises: a powder room sink marries a clear glass bowl to a base cut from a tree trunk. The butcher block dining table rests on heavy wooden rollers made for printing antique wallpaper. In the study, a bright vintage Italian racing bicycle accents the wall behind a desk. 

And yes, it all manages to make beautiful sense.

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Guest Bath - Governor's Club - R Higgins Interiors

Twelve Twelve

Size:1,973 SF
Style:Condominium penthouse
Scope:Comprehensive design, approx. 6 months

This project was done for the son of an existing client. He essentially arrived in Nashville with nothing but his suitcase and a vision. He wanted the space to feel comfortable and inviting, yet still masculine. Roger accomplished this through skillful use of contrast – by incorporating new pieces alongside old ones, the sensibility of patina and age help us appreciate items which are polished and new.

Upholstered walls, architectural fragments, updated lighting and a mix of new upholstery quickly elevated this space far beyond the typical glassy high-rise.


On Top of the World

Often, a family’s connection with Roger spans more than a single generation. If you’re fortunate enough to have spent a childhood comfortably ensconced in a Roger Higgins design, it’s understandable that you want to carry the tradition forward when establishing your own home. This penthouse suite, high atop Nashville’s stylish Twelve Twelve tower, provides a perfect case in point.

“I’d already done his mother and father’s house. Predictably, he was an absolute joy to work with.”

“I met with this client just three times,” Roger notes. “Once when he hired me, again to give him a sense of what I was seeing, and a third time as he moved in. At that point, we had everything completely ready for him to just walk in and live.” 

No detail is too small, none too insignificant, to escape his keen eye. By the time this penthouse’s owner stepped into his new home, Roger’s team had made certain that every pillow, towel, plate and fork was perfectly in place.

A completed project such as this one may look deceptively simple. But there is magic in the approach to texture, achieved through artful, intentional layering that is more easily felt than seen. Just try moving a few pieces around, or taking an element or two out of the tableau, and the inherent perfection of Roger’s vision quickly becomes obvious.

The right thing finds its way to the right place – always.


This condominium penthouse boasts one of downtown Nashville’s most breathtaking views. Upholstered walls, architectural fragments, updated lighting and upholstery quickly elevated this space far beyond the typical glassy high-rise.

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Room with a View - Nashville Penthouse - R.Higgins Interiors

Goodlettsville Estate

Size:8,500 SF
Scope:Over a 3.5-year period:
  • Renovation and second-story addition
  • Millwork and architectural details added throughout home
  • New furniture/accessories
  • Updated paint colors and wall treatments

In its park-like setting in the middle of Goodlettsville, TN, this home became a new project for a young family.

The client purchased it as a high-end builder spec house, then turned to Roger to adapt it to their vision. The goal was to create a comfortable haven, well-suited to hosting lots of children, friends, family and a multitude of dogs. We enlarged the floor plan, adding personal details and millwork throughout. Nearly all of the home’s furnishings were selected or designed by Roger. The result fits the family’s casual lifestyle perfectly.


A Farm in Town

Nestled in the rolling landscape of middle Tennessee, this home offers the rare combination of proximity to civilization along with acres of breathing room. But while the outdoor space stretches nearly as far as the eye can see, this young family required more living space indoors. Roger’s solution included a second-story addition, but also a remarkable transformation: the existing garage has been turned into a cozy den alongside an airy, casual entry/mudroom. 

“The upstairs layout wasn’t ideal for door placement, so we had a cabinet façade made. You actually walk through the cabinet into a hidden hallway.”

The new upstairs landing serves as a children’s play area, complete with fireplace. Several bedrooms radiate out from this central hub; two of them can be accessed only by walking through a concealed doorway cleverly disguised as a large sea-green wardrobe.

Downstairs, the family entrance room features hand-formed Saltillo tile and a large walnut daybed. The daybed, designed by Roger specifically for this space, offers handy storage for dog leashes, scarves, mittens and other essential accoutrements of modern family life. Extensive custom millwork adds old-world charm to this newly redefined space.

Hardwood flooring and a gorgeous wall of dark bookcases create a cozy, classic ambiance for the new den. The wool upholstery adorning the walls was matched to the color of the swimming pool just outside. 

The new addition integrates perfectly with the original house, at the same time taking everything to a new level of livability.

Extensive custom millwork and cabinetry feel right at home.
Updated upholstery and accessories welcome treasured antiques into their new setting.
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TBD - Belle Meade Boulevard - R.Higgins Interiors

Belle Meade Boulevard

Size:9,600 SF
Scope:Over a 10-year period:
  • Renovated kitchen
  • updated paint colors and finishes throughout
  • retained some existing furniture but replaced and furnished many rooms throughout over a three-year period

This classic Belle Meade 1920's Mediterranean style house had survived multiple renovations and additions before our client purchased it. In its previous life, this home was oriented for large-scale parties, with spaces designed to accommodate a full staff. But priorities change over time. So Roger opened up the small kitchen, updating it to achieve a more approachable, family-friendly feel. After all, their kitchen is where this family spend the most time together. We updated paint colors throughout, refurbishing and upholstering much of the existing furniture. An assortment of newly-aquired antiques and accessories were mixed in, helping to complete a classic, timeless picture.


When this long-time client moved household to a comparatively smaller Belle Meade property, she hoped to bring along as much of her existing furniture as possible. Another goal was to retain as much of the current décor as was practical. But the previous owner had embraced an overall look somewhat evocative of an art gallery. It was now time to steer in a more traditional, welcoming direction.

“The homeowner loves a cool, water-inspired color palette. So we did lots of soft blues and greens, which I find really restful.”

One of Roger’s guiding principals is contrast, and this home provides a beautiful case study. “It’s always important to mix in a variety of textures and materials,” Roger explains. The entry hall features rustic stone consoles alongside shimmering drapes and hand-painted wallpaper, to cite just one example. 

Of course, contrasting colors also play a key role. Throughout the home, pale blues, greens and neutrals set off the darker wood antiques perfectly, making everything shine just a bit more. Sisal rugs and subtle gray-blue ceilings add threads of continuity, helping create an environment that is inviting, relaxing and eminently livable. 

Roger approaches each room like a painting, adding touches of visual interest as he works toward the elusive balance that defines his work. In the end, it all comes down to the details. “I tend to use a lot of pillows, which everyone appreciates,” he says. “But a well-chosen throw is another nice way to add what I call elegant clutter, without taking up space.”

And as with a great painting, those final touches make all the difference. 

Updated upholstery and accessories welcome treasured antiques into their new setting.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge Obsidian Dining Room

A Range of Appealing Items

Summer Dates and Hours*

Opens: May 7, 2021 (Take-out only*)
Closes: October 31, 2021

Breakfast: 6:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Dinner: 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Winter Dates and Hours

Opens: December 16, 2021
Closes: March 6, 2022

Breakfast: 6:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Lunch 11:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Dinner: 5:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (Reservations required. Special Christmas Day December 25 Dinner 4:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. and New Year’s Eve December 31 Dinner 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.)

*Opening and closing dates are subject to change based on future conditions and public health guidance.

Beautiful custom chandeliers accent the Obsidian Dining Room. The Obsidian serves a range of appealing items including Bison Short Ribs and Wild Alaska Salmon. Seating is the summer is first-come, first served for all meals. Breakfast is à la carte. During the evening, reflect on your day with friends and family at the Firehole Lounge, located just off the Obsidian Dining Room. If you’re lucky, you’ll get one of the comfy chairs in front of the large fireplace!

Winter visitors to Old Faithful will also find a warm escape and great meal at the Obsidian Dining Room. In winter, we serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with reservations required for dinner. The Firehole Lounge is open as well, and there are perfect seats for sitting back and propping up your feet in front of the fireplace.


Dinner reservations for winter season are required.

Dress Code

Dress code is casual.


For the current summer menu, please visit the restaurant. Winter menus will be posted soon.


Old Faithful Snow Lodge Obsidian Dining Room, 2051 Snow Lodge Ave, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190


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Montana log mansion brings splendor to ‘Yellowstone’

The hit Paramount Network series “Yellowstone” is a feast for the eyes.

Dramatic backdrops of mountainsides, rushing rivers and scorching sunsets perfectly capture the territory that rancher John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is trying to defend against the interests of condo developers.

But the pièce de résistance is the 5,000- square-foot log mansion where Dutton and his adult children live on the series. It is the Chief Joseph Ranch, named after the head of the Nez Perce tribe, and it was built in 1917 by the architectural firm of Bates & Gamble as a summer house for glass tycoon William Ford and his family.

The two-story parlor measures 2,200 square feet and has a 35-foot-high ceiling. As location manager Mark Jarrett explains, “The ranch is one of the main characters on the show and its scope and scale make it that way.”

With new episodes airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, Jarrett spoke to The Post from Virginia about how the “Yellowstone” team found that house.

Who owns the house?
Shane Libel. He lives there with his wife, Angela, and their family. They have been the perfect host family. Shane is becoming part of the crew. He was always around.

The two-story parlor at the Chief Joseph Ranch.

What kind of house were the producers looking for?
It was mainly our writer Taylor Sheridan and our production designer Ruth De Jong leading the charge. She was wanting the vision to be 360 degrees in any direction. Through [renowned production designer] Jack Fisk we learned how to find scope, scale and true locations. Ruth went to Montana and was set on the Chief Joseph Ranch. The studio wanted to have that location in Utah, where most of the filming was done. There was a war-room meeting: Do we go up to this ranch or do we Scotch-tape locations together? Find a ranch. Find a mountain. Once we all got to Montana, there was no hesitation. It was so obvious.

How long will you have use of the Chief Joseph Ranch?
We locked in use of the house for five seasons. The price structure grows with that. The deal that we made for the property was a monthly hold with daily fees attached. There would be a daily fee for construction on the property. If we were filming there would be another fee. If it had been any other family, I don’t know if the deal would have happened, with Hollywood standing on your doorstep. I can’t say enough about the Libels.

How did you film inside the house, in that huge parlor?
They suspended cables from pier to pier, wrapped the timbers with blankets and hung lights. They used standard lights on stands on the floor. There were rubber mats on the floor to protect the wood. People put booties over their construction boots if it was raining. We had limited access inside the house. The crew was very receptive. They understood the entire ranch was a “hot” set. You couldn’t even drive into the grass.

Did the cast stay at the ranch?
No. We utilized rental properties in the area or found hotels in [nearby] Hamilton. The Libels stayed in the house, in the rooms upstairs. There’s a cabin on the property where Taylor stays with his family. We used another house for the greenroom. The ranch is so pretty you could go for a ride.


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Yellowstone Ranch, Lodge Great Room... Kevin Costner as owner/land baron, John Dutton... Set Decorator Carla Curry SDSA International walks us through some of the amazing sets for this modern Western – a rancher herself, she’s determined they be authentic! Image ©2019 Paramount Network

June 23rd, 2019 by Chase Helzer

Set Decorator
Carla Curry SDSA
Production Designers
Ruth DeJong, Cary White
Paramount Network

The Modern Western is here. Writer and director Taylor Sheridan has created YELLOWSTONE, the definitive contemporary embodiment of the genre, but without Set Decorator Carla Curry SDSA, the story would be have a huge hole the size of Montana. 
YELLOWSTONE is the story of the Dutton Family and the struggle to hold on to the largest working cattle ranch in Montana. The show is the closest family drama to DALLAS in years, with John Wayne’s TRUE GRIT thrown in. But instead of riding in on a horse, family patriarch John Dutton [Kevin Costner] does so in his black helicopter, signature “Y” symbol of Yellowstone Ranch slapped to the side.

Sheridan is a real cowboy from Texas, so he writes stories that reflect his experiences, of course with a heightened sense of reality that every great family drama has.
The first Season follows the Dutton family as they navigate the factors that are trying to tear them apart, internal and external. The family includes three sons Lee [Dave Annable], Jamie [Wes Benton], Kayce [Luke Grimes] and daughter Beth [Kelly Reilly], lead by their father John [Kevin Costner + Josh Lucas as the younger John Dutton]. The Yellowstone Ranch has been in the family for decades, passed down from Generation to Generation and is now in the stewardship of John Dutton, who is aware he has to prepare his progeny to continue it. The ranch is the center of story, physically and psychologically, the Dutton’s struggle to hold onto it against outside forces. 
Having the largest working cattle ranch and owning the largest piece of property in the state of Montana has put a target on the Dutton family.
Opponents from developers to the local Native American tribe are after the land that has been in the Dutton family for generations.
There are boundaries crossed and re-crossed...and new ones drawn.
 --Chase Helzer, Social Media Director, SDSA
Editor’s note: 
SET DECOR and SDSA Social Media Director Chase Helzer, who is an ardent fan of YELLOWSTONE, e-talked with the always delightful and insightful Carla Curry...on her way from Utah stages to Montana locations to begin shooting the third season of this hit series - See below!
We also recently checked in with Carla at her ranch in Texas during the hiatus, before she goes back to Montana to finish out the Season and begin the next.
Check the delightful video above! 
We know you will enjoy!
Karen Burg, Editor


SET DECOR: What was your first thought about the sets when you read the initial script?

Carla: My husband and I ranch. The first scene with John Dutton talking to his horse after the wreck brought me to tears. I knew after that first scene that I needed to be a part of this story.  

SET DECOR: You went from a period Western, GODLESS, to a contemporary Western.
Can you tell us about making that leap?
About set decorating the period vs the current?

Carla: My favorite part of the job is the research and storytelling. We get an opportunity to tell the story with the surroundings. So making them authentic at every turn is our goal. It makes it believable for the audience, and gives the actors an environment that hopefully makes their job easier as well. There wasn’t much of a leap between a period western and contemporary. My first job on a film set was a period western, so it’s a comfortable place for me to work. And, as I said before, my husband and I ranch, so this is also familiar stomping grounds. 

SET DECOR: Show Creator Taylor Sheridan, has created the modern Western with YELLOWSTONE...after having several contemporary films set in the West, including HELL OR HIGH WATER, WIND RIVER, SICARIO, but this is a true Western...
How did you reflect this on your sets? 

Carla: Taylor writes from his cowboy experience. He’s the real deal cowboy. When we first met, we found we had a lot in common, and have developed a shorthand of sorts over these past 2 seasons. We try to bring authenticity to the screen. There is a difference between a new cowboy hat hanging on the back of a chair, and a sweat stained hat that’s been worn in the summer and has that authentic patina. We both know the difference. Hopefully we bring this authenticity to this show to make the audience want to be a part of the western life.  

SET DECOR: Sourcing set pieces...
Since you are on a rather remote location, you can’t easily go to prophouses, so how do you source set pieces? 

Carla: We shoot our show in northern Utah and southern Montana. My entire career has been primarily on the road, and often in more remote locations than we are in now. We had a very limited prep
by the time the Dutton Ranch location was found. Thank goodness Omega helped us with our “smash and grab”!  My First Season Asst. Set Decorator Gabby Villarreal and I flew into LA on a Monday, shopped Omega Cinema Props on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, then flew to Montana Thursday morning as they started loading up 53’ trailers. The trailers started arriving on Friday, and everything was sorted in the trailers and dressed in. Shooting started the following week! It was a magical, stressful time, and I’m proud of what we put together. We couldn’t have pulled that off without the support of our vendors and the talent of the local crew.  

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SET DECOR: Each set tells a story, what is your process in creating that story? 

Carla: Undoubtedly this is the most fun, it’s a constant collaboration with Taylor and the Production Designer. For instance, we have a scene where one of our actors walks into a house that was occupied by someone killed in action somewhere else. It was a poignant scene, where everything was still in place, just as the character left it when he walked out that morning and never came home. It’s our goal to translate that emotion with the surroundings.  

SET DECOR: How much is filmed on location and what’s filmed on a soundstage?

Carla: We film all exterior Dutton Ranch and the Lodge Great Room in Montana, much of it at the Chief Joseph Ranch. Everything else is filmed primarily in Utah. The other interiors of the lodge are located on our soundstages. Season One’s Production Designer, Ruth DeJong, made the call to use real logs from Montana for our interiors on stage, which has made a remarkably seamless transition from the actual lodge in Montana to Utah. We have carefully curated all of the interiors in both locations to add to the illusion. 

SET DECOR: Please tell us about shooting in the mountains of Montana and Utah.
The challenges, the pluses... 

Carla: The locations are breathtaking. I’ll take it over an office every day! There are challenges...most of them being about communication. We film on private property tucked back in the mountains in Utah, where there is no cell service at all. It’s both a blessing and curse. But we plan ahead knowing the challenge. The benefit of shooting a show up here is that the locals know what to expect. And are generally prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.  

SET DECOR: Was there a set that came together amazingly easily? 

Carla: THE BUNKHOUSE!  I love our Bunkhouse! There are so many small details in there that usually don’t get much screen time. Originally, there were limited scenes written for the bunkhouse. When Taylor walked in the first time, he immediately told us he was going to have to write more for it!
The actor who plays Lloyd is actually an old friend....and also a real-deal cowboy. I was able to get some of his old rodeo photos and put them around his bunk. When he walked in for the first time he exclaimed that his favorite “real” moment was the half full bottle of Ibuprofen next to his bed!  

SET DECOR: A particularly difficult challenge? How did you deal with it? 

Carla: Challenges are what fuel me. The trickier it gets, the more energized I become. 

SET DECOR: Did you have a favorite set from Season 1? 

Carla: The Lodge Great Room. This location lodge was built in 1917. It has become one of the main characters of the show. We wanted to make it feel as grand as it was originally intended, and put in a mixture of antiques, heirlooms and new elements that reflect the evolution of the Dutton Family through the years.    

SET DECOR: From Season 2?  

Carla: Beth’s Office. She is the antithesis of the log and horse world, so her work environment reflects that. We chose sleek clean furnishings, which feel more like her character. 

SET DECOR: What can you tell us about Season 2?  

Carla: BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELTS!  The characters are going places you never would expect.  

SET DECOR: Any personal Items you put on set?

Carla: LOL. The sweaty cowboy hats I described above are my husband’s. We perpetually have stacks of old hats around our house. It was a perfect way to clean out and repurpose. He’s a team roper, so I also use all of his old ropes. 

SET DECOR: Most set decorators don’t live on a ranch in Texas!  Please tell us about being able to channel that... 

Carla: Home is where your heart is, and mine is firmly planted out on the ranch. We operate a small outfit, and live in a 100-year-old farmhouse. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. After the long hours and chaos of being on a show for months at time, it’s great to be able to come home and just worry about feeding the cows, horses and chickens. As for this show, it’s a story that mirrors our lifestyle...on a much larger scale! I’ve been grateful to have the opportunity to work on a project that is so close to my heart.   

SET DECOR: And a depth of knowledge about quilting... 

Carla: I became a quilter 13 years ago. I always toted a cheap sewing machine with me to do quick hems on set, and have always been lured to the art of quilting. I’ve done several art/craft forms over the years, but this one is the one I’ll do the rest of my life. It combines everything...the design, the colors, the precision. My Great Grandmother was a quilter, my Grandmother was a quilter. And now I’m able to connect and feel their presence through their quilts. With every finished quilt I make, I hope that it will somehow still be around long after I’m gone.  

SET DECOR: How did that quilting connection come into play on this series? 

Carla: We use a lot of antique quilts in this show. I’m always on the hunt for old quilts in good shape. It’s like a moth to a flame. LOL

SET DECOR: We first covered your work with the film WALK THE LINE. You’ve done such a variety since, from comedic films PAUL and A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST to dramatic series such as IN PLAIN SIGHT, the compelling film CRAZY HEART, and so many others!
Do you have a favorite? 

Carla: I always say my favorite show is the one I’m currently working on. My body of work is so varied, and each one brings something special to the table. I’d have to say that FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS was a particular favorite, because it was, again, about a subject I grew up with. I am a New Mexico native, and grew up 90 miles from Odessa Texas. FNL was a true story, and I had lived most of it. (As an opponent!) 

SET DECOR: What do you bring with you that you rely on, that you can’t do without? 

Carla: I’ve set up my quilting studio in the “garage” of a 5th-wheel Toy Hauler trailer. It goes with me to every show, and is my therapy and addiction on those precious days off.  

SET DECOR: And we must mention Mimi the Movie Dog, of course! 

Carla: Mimi the Movie Dog has been with me now almost 6 years! She has gone from Walmart parking lot rescue to being our Morale Officer. 
And hanging out with the stars. 
She keeps us all smiling.

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Lodge Great Room... “The lodge was built in 1917, and retains its incredible bones. We worked with a blank slate, brought in furnishings to reflect the evolution of the Dutton family's home. Many of the pieces are antiques and heirlooms. This room was a challenge as it's very large, but needed to still feel like the cozy heart of the home...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge Great Room... Overview of the 2200 sq ft Great Room... Carla brought in truckloads of furnishings for the lodge from Omega|Cinema Props... Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge Great Room... “Antique Tiffany chandelier, original to the lodge, c.1917...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge Great Room... “This enormous fireplace requires 5' logs! It's the heart of the Great Room.” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge, nook... “The smaller of the two fireplaces in the Great Room makes a great reading nook for the family...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge, John Dutton’s home office... “A mixture of Antique, and heirloom. The painting behind his desk is from a talented Montana artist Dave Powell. We also commissioned him to paint an illustrated letter addressed to John Dutton regarding the painting. His art fits into John Dutton's world perfectly...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge, Dining room, Season 2... “The Dutton Dining room is a poignant reminder of who is missing at the table. We again chose antiques mixed with heirlooms from the Dutton family. The china is Royal Copenhagen, which has been made for over 100 years to reinforce the feeling of generations before...” Daughter Beth Dutton [Kelly Reilly], family patriarch John Dutton [Kevin Costner] and sons Kayce Dutton [Luke Grimes], Jamie Dutton [Wes Bentley]... Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge Kitchen... “Authenticity is what we strive for. The cowboy hats were from our stash at the ranch. All perfectly aged..” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge Kitchen.... As Carla says, “The real deal...” See article below for details! Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge Great Room, stairway... “Original log stairway was covered in green Astroturf when we came in. Now lovingly restored to its original splendor...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge, John Dutton’s bedroom/haven... “We wanted to give John a warm retreat from the daily madness he deals with. This space reflects not only the family history, but a relaxing space for him to unwind...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

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Lodge, Dutton’s bedroom... Carla resourced several antique lamps from Practical Props. Others were found in the area... Image ©2019 Paramount Network


Lodge, Dutton’s bedroom/haven... Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Lodge, Yellowstone brand, stained glass window... “Our Yellowstone brand, beautifully created for our lodge doors by a local Montana craftsman...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Yellowstone Ranch exterior... “The Yellowstone Ranch barns. They have become as much of a character on this show as the actors. They are easily recognized as western icons. It is a working barn, complete with the tack room, beautiful wooden stalls, and stacks of hay and feed...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Yellowstone Ranch exterior... Kayce & John Dutton [Luke Grimes, Kevin Costner] at the Yellowstone Ranch... Photo by Emerson Miller ©2019 Paramount Network

Yellowstone Ranch, bunkhouse... The realism of the torn mattress and chipped, worn metal of the bunk beds serve as metaphor for Kayce’s life at this moment... Luke Grimes. Photo by Emerson Miller ©2019 Paramount Network

Bunkhouse... Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Bunkhouse... “One of my favorite sets. It's the Cowboy ‘Dorm’, where they eat, sleep and play. Everything in this room feels like it's been there for years, with layers and layers of ‘real’...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Bunkhouse... “My friend Forrie Smith's (who plays Lloyd) bunk. We used his actual rodeo photos, and when he is working on set, we can often find him lounging on ‘his’ bunk...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Bunkhouse... “Every cowboy has his favorite tack pieces. We made sure that each bunk had its personal area reflecting their character’s persona...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Lee’s house... “In Season 2, we have a glimpse of Lee's house (the oldest son who was killed in the first episode). It was a reminder of how fragile life is. He got up that morning, left the house and never came home. It was our goal to make sure and tell that story with the dressing....” Mimi. Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Beck Brothers office... “The Beck Brothers. Power hungry. Full-on predators of all species.” Image ©2019 Paramount Network #26

Beth Dutton’s office... “A complete departure from the log and western world. Beth has a hard edge which we defined in the space around her...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Beth Dutton’s office... Her power point... Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Beth Dutton’s office... “There are cowhide chairs in front of her desk, as a nod to the world she comes from. But a total departure from all the Dutton sets we've seen before.” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Beth Dutton’s office... Conference... The chandelier contemporary and hard-edged! Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Governor’s office... “We visited the actual governor's office in Helena Montana, and gleaned the essence of that office for our set. Lucky to find the chandelier at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore!...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Casino office... “Chairman Rainwater's Casino Office. A new slick space with authentic native arts...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Western boutique... “Fun to do this high-end shop!” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Western boutique... “Beth had quite a scene in here, ” Carla notes wryly... Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Western boutique... Note the slab table/desk on wheels, the high-end apparel and accessories amidst raw wood walls and displays... Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Trapper cabin... “A remote cabin with a glamping feel. We dressed this to feel cozy. With antiques, and rich textiles that feel like the modern west...” Image ©2019 Paramount Network

Ranch grounds... “Phil Shirey, Leadman for Season 1 and 2. We have worked together for over 17 years. Couldn't have done it without him. Also did GODLESS just before we started on this...”

YELLOWSTONE Set Dec crew... “Part of the ‘village’ that makes this show look the way it looks! Our fabulous set dressing crew. Everyone looks better in a cowboy hat!” Front Row: Stephen Turner, Carla, Ryan Bingham Back Row: Mimi the Movie Dog, Christine Schuman, Les Boothe, Scott Schmidt, wade Rogers, Ben Fox, Leadman Phil Shirey

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser... For the Park City, Utah annual H4H fundraiser, an auctioned tour of the set helped raise over $10,000! Carla, Les Boothe, Monet DeVillier, Peter Stephenson. “We are the decorating team! Couldn’t do it without these talented folks!”

YELLOWSTONE set... Actor Jefferson White, who plays Jimmy Hurstrom, Set Decorator Carla Curry SDSA International and Set Dec Assistant/Morale Officer Mimi the Movie Dog, expert at ranch living and vagabonding in style...

YELLOWSTONE... “Our motto...”

A work in progress... While the production has been on hiatus during the pandemic, quilter extraordinaire, Carla Curry and her mother made over 350 masks. [See video below!] She started sewing together the scraps of fabric left over from the masks, “And one row became another row... ...and it’s still in progress.” It’s her nod to all of those working the front lines...


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