Lindsey’s Fifteen Favorite Things
Our new contributing blog writer, Lindsey Jones Johnson, photographed by Julie Jay
I’m a designer, writer, baker, and lover of all things that happen in the kitchen. Especially those involving butter, sugar, flour… and frosting. With three rambunctious boys, one cat, ten chickens and a new life in Wyoming every day is an adventure that needs whisking into shape.
It was only a little over a year ago that I was deep in a career as an interior designer, working on beach houses, in sunny coastal southern California. My husband and I were given an opportunity to relocate, changing our lives on a grand (Teton) scale, to Jackson. We’d always envisioned raising our boys in wide open spaces with charming, mountain town living, so this was a long-awaited dream come true.
While I’m still learning to drive in the snow (while crossing fingers winter number two isn’t as big of a doozy), I’m delighted to share my stories of raising a family and favorite recipes as well as tips and picks for both the home and closet. In the meantime, enjoy fifteen of my absolute favorite Belle Cose things.
1. Vagabond House Concho Place Setting
Casually western with poncho inspired carvings, I’m obsessed with Vegabond House’s one-of-a-kind flatware.
2. Temple St. Clair Trio Earrings
A creative expression of Bohemian flair with moonstone and diamonds, these distinctive Temple St. Clair earrings inspire my wanderlust.
3. Etkie Cuff
With its soft, muted pattern this beaded leather cuff is an everyday statement piece. It also serves a cause, helping to preserve the Native American cultural heritage, which I love.
4. Simon Pearce Cake Dome
A classic piece like this will never leave my counter, beautifully showcasing baked goods and treats throughout every season.
5. Vince Raglan Oatmeal Sweater (please call our King Street boutique for inquiries at 307.733.0233)
Cozy and warm with subtle autumn hues, this pullover is my new go-to for fall.
6. Michael Stars Faux Fur Vest (please call our Westbank boutique for inquiries at 307.732.2640)
Both snuggle worthy and statement maker this vest is the ideal finish to any winter wardrobe.
7. Linda Richards Cable Knit Hat with Pom (please call our King Street boutique for inquiries at 307.733.0233)
Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice your playful sense of style to stay warm.
8. Heather B Moore At Last Charm
I added this whimsical charm to the top of my Christmas list for my husband as a sweet reminder to keep the romance alive each and every day.
9. Vintage Canisters
As a baker, these guys are essential to my kitchen running smoothly. Mine are currently filled with an assortment of chocolate chips.
10. Citizen of Humanity Emmanuelle Bootcut Jean (please call our King Street boutique for inquiries at 307.733.0233)
The color… The fit… this is THE perfect jean from day to night.
11. Brown Allen Poncho
Dinner party ready… You may not see me in anything else this holiday season.
12. Star Home Antler Platter
In Jackson, it’s all about the antlers and I adore this versatile serving piece for its handsome aesthetic. Last winter we had quite a few elk make daily visits so this platter is a tribute to our forest friends.
13. Armenta Diamond Stacking Rings
I’m a fan of connecting each uniquely designed ring to a person or memory and this particular band adds an edge to my collection with its oxidized metal.
14. Deborah Rhodes Linen Napkins
A timeless linen napkin with a touch of fringe can be easily dressed up or down depending on what dinnerware you choose to use.
15. Farm House Pottery Dining Collection
Rustic yet sophisticated, this collection is the perfect stage for our farm-to-table recipes.
Lindsey Thornburg Cloaks
In a true kaleidoscope of colors, Lindsey Thornburg pays homage to American heritage company Pendleton and her own upbringing in Montana and Colorado. Having the brilliant insight to turn her grandfather’s blanket collection into cloaks, the designer reflects, “It’s really comforting to have a blanket around you all the time. It feels good; it lifts your spirit.” Lindsey, we couldn’t agree more…
The designer, Lindsey Thornburg in New York
Now based out of Brooklyn the designer is never far from her original inspiration and makes frequent trips back west. Tried and true, her outerwear is tested for comfort and coziness making the collection a chic celebration of American style and spirit.
Explains the designer, "My cloaks don't have any seams so Pendleton's breathtaking fabrics aren't obstructed by any style lines or seams. My cloak is simply a canvas for the Pendleton textiles to drape and take form. Not only are the cloaks like a piece of art, they also will keep you warm throughout the coldest of winters."
Limited Selection Available:
Please call Belle Cose at the Four Seasons at 307.732.5612 for inquiries on the below collection.
Stella Maris Trench Cloak
Black Los Ojos Trench Cloak
Tamiami Trail Trench Cloak
White Los Ojos Trench Cloak
Designed by Jason Lenox in Dallas, Texas the collection is handmade in a small village in the Central Highlands of Mexico. Crafted entirely by one family of artisans the all-hand tooling process uses a combination of copper and nickel, known as Solid German Silver. Creating unique pieces with the look and feel of turn-of-the century Navajo work J. Alexander is known for a vintage finish that will will last throughout the years.
Jason Alexander at home in Dallas, Texas.
Adorned with turquoise, onyx and coral the line of southwestern and rustic home accessories includes all natural stones which are individually selected for their beauty and character. Each groove and etch is made using a traditional Navajo method from the 1900’s in which silversmiths use a stamping technique to a point of almost mathematical perfection. Creating beautifully intricate designs stamps were historically handmade from iron or steel and often passed down from generation to generation.
Perfect for Every Room
It’s no surprise we couldn’t keep them on our Town Square shelves. Neutral enough to compliment any décor color scheme, our Ankole Horn accessories immediately flew out the door. Now back in stock, we have an even larger selection to choose from.
Nothing says Wyoming like cattle horn.
With a belief that dignity is restored as a person’s work is appreciated these beautiful handmade accessories are created as part of a sustainable program to refurbish the discarded horns (they are byproducts of the East African beef industry) while creating jobs and stimulating economic growth in Kampala, Uganda.
Making a sustainable statement.
Commanding a dramatic presence, the lucite based full horns make lovely focal pieces. Can you imagine walking into the above home?! The compliments would never stop coming.
Their organic shape has a wild, yet sophisticated feel easily taking any dining table center piece, foyer vignette or side table to an entirely new level. Use one, two or a grouping for even more fun!
We love these mix and match tumblers whether serving wine or water.
If looking for a subtler approach, the above tumblers and below platters make festive additions to fall tabletops and are completely food safe. Truth be told, we love them too much to save them for only one season. After all, we do live in the heart of ranching country and cattle horn fits so well with the Wyoming lifestyle.
Ankole horn makes a beautiful backdrop to seasonal vegetables.
And we all know that hard-to-shop for person who already has it all… Not to worry, a tumbler or cocktail napkin and tray set make perfect gifts for men and women. Belle Cose’s gift wrapping service make giving presents more effortless than ever!
F clearly stands for “fabulous”
A handsome addition to any room.
This Season’s Transitional Staples
Crisp mornings can mean only one thing... back-to-school shopping and we've decided not to let the kiddos have all the fun.
A is For Accessories
Store those straw bags and replace them with easy, every day saddle and tote bags. We also recommend summer brights buckle up and take a backseat to transitional neutrals. We love the classic MC Wallace collection for its chic quilting and yet relaxed silhouette. The perfect carry-all, allowing style and function to seamlessly co-exist, the Sutton tote is available in an array of sizes and seasonal colors. Giving a chic nod to equestrian style, the saddle bag makes a sporty return this season. Its buttery, caramel color and edgy hardware create a delightful blend of country and city design.
MZ Wallace Medium Sutton Tote and Sorial Saddle Bag.
B is for Booties
Summer sandals aren’t much of a match for autumn in Wyoming. Not ready for fur, we want to take advantage of every single pre-snow, slush-free day by sporting booties. Short and sweet, our two favorites are suede in keeping with our neutrals mantra and look great with just about everything.
Eileen Fisher Leaf Bootie and Cole Haan Abbot Bootie.
Brown Allan Navajo Poncho and Christopher Fischer Cashmere Crew Sweater.
C is for Cashmere
If there were ever a seasonal staple we would bet the better half of our closet on it being cashmere. Known for its extensive selection, Belle Cose on King Street carries an assortment which can be a beautiful thing while we wait on Wyoming weather to make up its mind. Light weight and softer than soft, this Western inspired cashmere blend poncho gives just enough coverage when on the go. And by adding sweet little details like ruffled collar and sleeves, this camel colored cashmere pull-over is feminine without the fuss.
7 For All Mankind b(air) Ankle Skinny Jean and Vince Corduroy Skinny Cargo
Back-to-school wouldn't be any fun if we couldn't earn a few extra bonus points. Whether paired with cute flats, either of our above booties or a classic riding boot both 7 For All Mankind's b(air) frayed ankle skinny jeans and Vince's olive corduroy skinny cargo pants are absolute must-haves. They'll go with everything you already own while giving your current wardrobe a fresh fall pick-me-up.
This Season’s Transitional Staples
Please call Belle Cose on King Street at 307.733.0233 for clothing and accessory inquiries.
Are You Ready?
On August 21, 2017, Teton County, Wyoming residents and visitors will have the opportunity to watch as the moon moves fully in front of the sun. This extraordinary moment marks the first total eclipse of the sun visible from all 48 contiguous United States since 1979 and the first visible from coast to coast in the US since 1918.
As a dear friend of Belle Cose we would like to invite you to a complimentary eclipse "expose" presented by Teton Skies today, August 18, from 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Look through a special solar telescope and learn about Monday's upcoming phenomena from astronomer Ryan Hennessy. If interested please call 733-2640 for more information and last minute booking.
Make sure to stop by Belle Cose and check out our array of exclusive eclipse souvenirs. Artist Steven Beutler has custom designed Teton Eclipse posters which we have added to a few everyday essentials.
Beutler Design Posters come in multiple sizes.
Mary Lake Thompson Teton Eclipse Canvas Tote
Click here to view more custom eclipse favorites!
We are so excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity. If you would like more information about the eclipse in Jackson Hole please visit tetoneclipse.com.
Belle Cose Westbank | An Evening of Bar(re) Hopping & Shopping
After a little rebranding, spring cleaning and revamping, we’re delighted to debut our new Westbank lifestyle boutique. With the addition of clothing, accessory and gift collections including Tom Ford, Rails, Johnny Was, Michael Stars, Roberta Roller Rabbit and Tocca (just to name a few!) the store provides endless options making the it well worth the drive from town.
And if you haven’t been able to pop by, tonight is THE perfect evening to do it!
We’ve teamed up with friends, Kendra Butler of Alpen Beauty Bar and fitness aficionado Rachel Kantor of Ski Barre, to celebrate the Ski Barre’s Grand Opening soiree. With unique classes including Arms & Abs, Wilson’s newest fitness studio is not-to-be-missed!
So grab your girlfriends, because we’re all staying open late… enjoy personal shopping with Jenn at Belle Cose Westbank from 6:00-8:00pm, sips, light bites, music, massages, makeovers, eyebrow waxing and, of course, discounts for even more reasons to celebrate!
What's New at Belle Cose?
Celebrate the summer & entertain beautifully with these new arrivals.
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Brighten up your summer party with Mario Luca Giusti's vibrant serving pieces and glassware. Guests will be captivated by their chic and festive pop of color while added durability will assure your mind is at ease.
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Adding simple greenery inside these Simon Pearce jars when extra room allows is an easy and sophisticated way to style a summer table.
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Celebrate all things Jackson Hole with Nancy Liston's delightful hand painted collection. Perfect for festive entertaining, or as hostess gifts, each piece captures the spirit of our special little mountain town.
With so many fabulous finds delivered daily to each store, it’s more than a challenge to narrow down our favorites (but somehow, we managed).
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Monica Rich Kossan | Marilyn Yellow Gold Link Bracelet With Diamond Pave
Monica's heaviest, most substantial chain is updated to add a subtle sparkle to this classic style with a diamond pave link.
This 18k gold bracelet can be worn alone or be a dramatic starting point to building your charm collection.
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Farmhouse Pottery | Cheese Stones
The perfect hostess gift! Place it in the oven to warm soft cheese
or store it in the freezer to serve on a hot day.
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August Morgan | Cocktail Napkins
Who doesn't enjoy a little humor with their beverage of choice?