Step into this modern meets rustic retreat surrounded by nature in Montana

modern rustic living room with a fireplace

Fullerton Architects in collaboration with Kylee Shintaffer Design have designed this breathtaking modern rustic retreat that is located in Bigfork, Montana. This dwelling was constructed as a getaway home for a family with four college-age children whose primary residence is based in Texas.

Their vision was to create a gathering place where they could immerse themselves in nature and be surrounded by the outdoor activities that they enjoy doing together, as well as a place to eventually retire. The wife desired a white farmhouse, while the husband dreamed of a rustic, woodsy retreat. The outcome was to harmoniously merge these two visions — blending materials and furnishings to achieve an “elevated rustic style”.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Fullerton Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Kylee Shintaffer Design

modern rustic living room with tall ceilings

Above: The central focus of the double-volume, open-concept living space is a beautiful blend of farmhouse and rustic elements: a soaring white plaster chimney with three massive stones that frame the fireplace.

modern rustic sunroom

Above: Seamlessly connected to its surrounding environment, large windows frame nature-filled views of aspen, cedar, tamarack, and pine trees.

modern rustic home entry with a console table

Organic elements were incorporated into the home to create a seamless connection with the terrain. This includes Montana Moss Rock and reclaimed timbers for the ceiling. These elements, along with the versatile “barn” that serves as a garage and guesthouse, effectively fulfilled the desire for the rustic retreat.

modern rustic kitchen with a large island and tall ceilings

Above: The pendant lights over the kitchen island are the Arc 30″ Blackened Brass, Black Walnut from Allied Marker.

modern rustic built-in dining banquette

What We Love: This modern rustic retreat in Montana features a striking combination of rustic and refined elements throughout its design. Surrounded by nature, this is the ultimate getaway for those who love to connect with the great outdoors. The project team did a fabulous job of inviting the outdoors inside with all of the natural elements used in the material palette. The overall design aesthetic is so warm and inviting… how amazing would it be to be an overnight guest at this amazing getaway home?

Tell Us: What elements in the design of this family getaway home do you find most inspiring? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other spectacular home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Montana: Inside a Montana homestead with a stunning mountain rustic aesthetic and A phenomenal mountain dream home with sweeping views of Big Sky Country.

modern rustic great room

To achieve the white farmhouse aesthetic, the designer illuminated the interiors by whitewashing the wood walls and introducing contrasting accents.  To add a visually striking contrast against the lighter wood walls, a wood window was stained in a darker shade.

modern rustic dining room

The interior of this dwelling features white-washed cedar paneling that counterbalances the darker timbers, adding character and depth. The blend of modern and rustic elements creates an inviting atmosphere that prevents the home from feeling too perfect or formal.

modern rustic dining room

modern rustic home bar

Above: This wonderful screened porch features a dinner bell and breathtaking views of nature.

modern rustic dining room with large windows

modern rustic screened porch

modern rustic home office

modern rustic mudroom with a built-in window seat

Above: This mudroom is the perfect drop zone for outdoor gear. It features a vintage drapers table and concrete floor tiles.

modern rustic kitchen pantry

Above: This inviting butler’s pantry features a family heirloom — a shopkeeper’s cabinet that adds an element that is functional and fun. The designer enhanced its appeal by adding a custom walnut back and painting the interior in a burnt orange hue, introducing a modern edge to a timeless design.

modern rustic powder room

modern rustic bedroom with a canopy bed and vaulted ceiling

Above: The main suite and a guest suite are located on the main level. There are three additional guest bedrooms situated on the upper level.

modern rustic bedroom with a freestanding tub

modern rustic bedroom with a wood ceiling

Above: An exterior stone wall from this home carries through to this cozy bedroom and echoes the natural rock formations outside.

modern rustic bedroom

modern rustic bathroom

modern rustic bathroom with a freestanding tub

modern rustic hallway with a built-in bed niche

Above: A pair of whimsical sleeping nooks are situated on the upstairs landing for hosting overnight guests or future grandchildren’s sleepovers. Built-in shelving can store personal items, while a wall sconce is perfect for task lighting. Curtains allow for privacy.

modern rustic bedroom with patterned green and white wallpaper

modern rustic bedroom with patterned green and white wallpaper

modern rustic bedroom with blue and white patterned wallpaper

modern rustic home exterior in the woods

This five-bedroom modern rustic home in Montana includes a separate two-bedroom barn to host overnight guests of this empty-nester couple. The exterior facade is characterized by a mix of rough-sawn cedar planks with a light-grey wash, dark-stainer windows, reclaimed wooden timber rafters and trusses, and a steel roof.

modern rustic attic family room

Above: This loft space is the perfect spot for family gathering. One side has a cozy book nook, while the other has a versatile pedestal table that can be used for playing games or just hanging out.

modern rustic attic family room

Above: Tucked under the rustic beams of the ceiling lies this cozy loft space. Low bookcases, a small game table, and a playfully painted floor make it the perfect spot for reading, playing a game, lounging, or soaking in the views of the river beyond.

modern rustic kitchen

Above: In the loft of this rustic barn guest house is a cozy living area along with a compact kitchen nestled along one wall. The work table plays double-duty as an island or it can be moved behind the sofa to act as a console table. 

modern rustic dining banquette

Above: The guest barn is anchored with seating in the center and lined with a cozy built-in eating nook on one side (pictured above) and a kitchenette on the other.

modern rustic bedroom with tongue and groove paneling in white

modern rustic bedroom with tongue and groove paneling in white and art gallery wall

Above: This casual country house guest bedroom features a gallery wall sourced from KRB NYC.

modern rustic home with a landscape view of the river

Built from the ground up, this beautiful retreat is idyllically nestled along the Flathead River, which runs through the entirety of Flathead Valley, beginning just south of Glacier National Park and into and out of Flathead Lake.

modern rustic home with a landscape view


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6 months ago

Beautiful to see a modern rustic home done well – so calm and peaceful

Ms.Jennifer Lee
6 months ago

This is a home where the design is so lovely, that I could move in tomorrow! Lots of wonderful details. I know I will review it again and again. Thank you!