Bringing Montana Home
article by Rachel Hopkins
images by Megan Crawford
Some Montana women are born here, and some just belong here even if they were raised elsewhere. It’s that sense of belonging and a deep-rooted feeling of home that these women feel for our amazing state that truly makes them one of us. Some of these talented women are so inspired by their surroundings that they create beautiful items that bring a bit of the outside in to your home. Holly Poehnert is one such artist!
Holly grew up in Southern California and spent her summers building sandcastles and tree forts. Every family vacation was spent camping. These experiences are what lead to her love of the outdoors. On those camping trips, she would spend hours lining all the paths around their campsites with rocks. She would use wildflowers and tablecloths to make beautiful outdoor rooms. “I studied art from a young age, so sketching and painting have always been a part of my world. Perhaps training my eye to capture those perfect moments of beauty that move and inspire me to create things.” Her love of art lead her to study fashion illustration and interior design in college.
Holly moved from California to Ouray, Colorado where she and her husband spent 23 years. Together they owned a small motel, gift shop, and antique store, but it wasn’t until 2004 when she moved to Montana that she really felt home. In 2005 Holly started her business, Red Wool Slippers, at The Barn Antiques in Bigfork, and when the shop owner retired in September of 2018, I was blessed to have her join my team of vendors here at Station 8.
I can’t even describe how thrilled I was to have her join us, as she had been my favorite vendor at The Barn for years. Holly’s style clearly depicts her love of the National Park lodges and vintage camp history. She creates beautiful pillows out of vintage fabrics, hand paints signs, makes art using old photographs— all surrounded by vintage furniture she hand paints in her signature color red. All of this put together creates a look that will give your home a cozy Montana feel. I often wonder if there is anything she can’t do!
This spring as you start to prepare your home for the season of “company,” come into the shop and see what Red Wool Slippers has to offer to spruce up your home!
On Behalf of Station 8,