“Being in a place that is truly winter-y—where there are mountains and a blanket of snow on the valley floor—adds so much to the holidays,” says Danette Burr Dixon, the founder of Style Jackson Hole, which does interior design and styling. “It brings this instant coziness to homes and makes it feel very natural to put flannel sheets on the beds, bring out the plaid blankets and fur throws, and settle down in front of a crackling fire.” Stylist Jill King, founder of Styling the New West, agrees: “I moved here from Texas and having an actual winter with mountains and snow makes it so much more fun and authentic to decorate for the holidays.” Both Burr and King offer clients everything from decorating an entire house for the season, hanging outdoor lights, seasonal flowers and festive swagging, planning and styling dinner parties, and delivering trimmed Christmas trees. “I love making families’ holidays perfect,” King says.
“We love flowers,” says Style Jackson Hole’s Danette Burr Dixon. Having sprigs of pine or a bouquet with berries can make a room smell inviting, while feeling cozy and festive.
“I like this pine with two amaryllises and red berries; it’s simple, seasonal, and just the right amount in a bedroom or nook.”
“Some families just want a tree delivered, others tell me to ‘go for it’ and do the whole house,” says Jill King of Styling the New West. Last year, for a family with 4 pre-teen kids who gave King styling carte blanche, she created a “12 Days of Christmas” theme and used it throughout the house. “They were arriving 12 days before Christmas,” King says, “so the theme seemed like it’d be extra fun counting down to the holidays.” In addition to trimming the tree with 12 various toys and trinkets and decorations of all kinds, King put 12 “fun, little presents” that the whole family could enjoy under it. She also put small trees in each of the 4 kids’ bedrooms, and left a present under each of these. The family was delighted.
“You wish it, we dish it,” says chef Alicia Brieger, who founded Unprocessed Kitchen in 2014. “We especially love doing holiday meals for people. Every family has their own traditions and dishes and it’s fun to recreate these for people when they’re away from home.” Brieger and the rest of the Unprocessed Kitchen team—there are 8 other chefs—do drop-off delivery of custom meals, private in-house cooking, and even one-on-one cooking classes. “Whatever a family’s traditions are, we can make them happen here in Jackson,” says Brieger, who trained at New York City’s Natural Gourmet Institute.
There is holiday decorating and seasonal decorating, says Styling the New West founder Jill King. “You can mix Christmas elements with more general winter-y items like plaid blankets and flannel sheets to make it last longer,” she says. “A lot of clients come in for Christmas and then leave, but are back out President’s Weekend and they still want their house to look festive: designs with snowflakes, woodland animals, and sleighs work all winter.”
“You don’t need to have tons of stuff to make a home feel festive,” Danette Burr Dixon says. “I love the holiday feel of this charcuterie board we did and all it took was pine cones, antlers, and a candle.” Dixon says she always tries to engage all of the senses. “Having a home that smells like Christmas or winter—cinnamon and pine scents are some of my favorites—adds so much to how you feel in it. I think these scents just invite you to relax and get comfortable.”
“We offer a boutique style menu of services—from trees to garlands, lights, antlers, door embellishments, party decorations, and entire homes,” she says. Here clients with kids asked Dixon to create a “Christmas Village” look in their Shooting Star home. “I usually go more understated than this, but I wanted tons of details that would really make it say “Christmas” to the kids, so we put Christmas-y things everywhere,” Dixon says. She even created and set up little craft projects for the kids to do while they were here.
King can go so far as to buy holiday table decor for clients. Here are plates she found to go with the 12 Days of Christmas theme. “I love styling tablescapes, whether for a specific event, or just family dinners,” King says. Also on the table are nutcrackers, cookies and poppers, all in a 12 Days of Christmas theme. “I’ll do whatever a client wants and needs, but it’s really fun when they tell me to ‘go for it,’” she says. King, who loves to bake, often has fresh cookies waiting for clients. She’s also built snowmen and arranged for Santa Claus to visit client’s homes.
If you want to create a winter feel rather than a holiday feel, “You can add little details into bedrooms,” Dixon says. “Pillows, sheets, and textured blankets are fun and easy.” Dixon has sourced cozy sheets with a variety of winter designs and made from a variety of fabrics—organic cottons, chunky wool, furry blankets, and flannel sheets—for clients. “When I meet with clients, we listen to their needs. I love the details and take pride in making people’s holidays and ski vacations perfect.”
“A lot of people, when they’re in town here, whether on vacation or at their second home, want to spend time with their family or doing things outside rather than being in the kitchen,” says Alicia Brieger, a private chef and the founder of Unprocessed Kitchen, which offers drop-off and in-house preparation of custom menus. “I started [Unprocessed Kitchen] because I know how much times it takes to cook, especially when you’re talking about cooking from scratch and using high-quality, organic ingredients. You could spend all day in the kitchen!” Brieger posts seasonal menus on the Unprocessed Kitchen website, but “these are just to give people ideas. We’ll make anything they want.”
Glassblower Laurie Thal hosts open studios several times throughout the year, but the best time to visit her studio is during the holiday season when she opens it to groups wanting to make their own hand-blown glass ornaments. Of course, coaching is included. “I like giving people the opportunity to see where we make the magic happen,” Laurie says. “And it’s fun for them to experience what it’s like to actually work with glass, and then leave with a keepsake ornament they created themselves.” Laurie’s studio, which she built in 1988, is just off Teton Village Rd., in a bucolic setting on the Snake River. Laurie and partner Dan Altwies, who sandblasts the glass vessels Laurie blows, earned the “Top Glass Artist” award at the 2016 Scottsdale Arts Festival and the two have been juried into one of the country’s most prestigious craft shows, the Smithsonian Craft Show. A gallery attached to the studio makes for unique holiday shopping too. Thalglass.com; to book a private glass blowing event, call (307) 690-2491.