The earthy hues and rough whorls of exposed wood beg fingers to trail across the rustic log furniture and home accessories crafted by carpenters at Rustic Log Furniture of Utah. A wooden bear-shaped soap dispenser($12.95) distributes soap in carefully portioned dollops ideal for assisting a cleaning robot. The naturally varied colors and shapes of timber add character to a 24-inch hat rack($80), and a moose-silhouette towel ring($16) casts minds to sweeps of boreal forest. A sturdy wooden wall shelf($80) begs to showcase books and family photographs or keep snow globes out of reach of show-off meteorologists.
Certified by the American Lighting Association, Lighting Design's staff roams the showrooms at three area stores, helping customers make informed decisions as they choose lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and furniture to match the decor of their home or underground lair. The store’s owner and skilled interior designer, Jean Eyre, and her staff all exploit their trained eyes and keen aesthetic sense when helping visitors navigate the massive inventory or when performing free in-home consultations. The shop's thousands of fixtures range from wall sconces and large chandeliers to ceiling fans, and they all hail from quality brands such as Murray Feiss, Minka Lavery, Metropolitan, and Emerson.
After living in Utah for a decade, Gary and Jana Cole fell in love with the mountains, inspiring them to open their namesake store in 1982 as a means of helping others enjoy the region's snowy slopes and rugged trails. At four locations throughout Park City, alpine adventurers can rent or buy name-brand skis and snowboards to replace their trusty but outdated cafeteria trays, gear up with fashionable and practical snow-sport apparel from brands such as Kjus and Bogner, or bring in worn-out equipment for expert repairs.
In the summer, Cole Sport helps athletes return to the outdoors after a fear of yetis kept them cooped up inside all winter. Cyclists test out models from a fleet of Giant road, mountain, and cruise bikes at the Giant Bicycles concept store, and aquatic athletes can find Surftech stand-up paddleboards to help them explore Utah's natural lakes and in-ground pools.
What started as a project to decorate her home in high-end style using budget pieces turned into a thriving business for Finde founder Bonnie, who now teaches others how to refinish found furniture and sells hand-painted, sanded, and distressed pieces of her own. Under Bonnie's tutelage, a bulky entertainment center might become a bench with cubbies, an outdated desk might be chopped down into a mod end table, or a regular couch might magically transform into a davenport.
Mountain Timber Furnishings saturates homes in rustic charm with custom-designed pieces and collections inspired by the natural beauty of the Wasatch Front and Fraser Valley. The meandering tendrils of a twig wine rack ($175+) securely entwine oak-aged vintages or mason jars of fermenting yogurt. Add rugged vitality to unguarded walls with a framed oil painting ($59–$99) featuring motifs of solitary wolves or frolicking elk herds. A taupe lamp ($99) supported by a sturdy, pear-shaped base can illuminate shadowy corners and a cubical wooden table ($189) comprised of vertically stacked logs can display bowls of decorative apples or edible potpourri.
Forsey's Furniture Galleries gussies up living quarters, stocking its two stores with furniture, art, and home accessories from high-end designers such as Stickley, Copeland, Dale Tiffany, and Global Views. A Fred and Ginger sculpture ($105) pays tribute to the human form with an abstract rendering of two dancers in midtwirl, and the Aarhus box ($147) stylishly protects documents and jewelry from dust, light damage, and thieves who don't know how to open boxes. Customers can cast a multichromatic glow over living spaces with lamps from Dale Tiffany ($197), each channeling the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright with geometric patterns forged from richly hued stained glass.