Rustic, unpredictable and organic describes the holiday décor inside Monte Seus and Kate Crowston's idyllic home on the Rogue River.

Rustic, unpredictable and organic describes the holiday décor inside Monte Seus and Kate Crowston's idyllic home on the Rogue River.

A prominent Tulelake farmer and avid outdoorsman, Monte was smitten when he spied the riverfront acreage. Intended as a weekend retreat, he broke ground on the first portion of the home in 1995. In 2001, when he decided to transform the riverfront lair into his full-time residence, he hired Bend architect Bob Stalvey to design the opulent foyer, formal living and dining rooms, wine cellar, guest rooms and master bedroom suite.

"It's an extraordinary home. It has a great deal of formality and grand lines. The numerous [sets of] 7, 8, and 9 floor-to-ceiling glass panels accentuate the Rogue River," says Kate, his partner and designer who owns Kate Crowston Interiors in Medford. The curvilinear design of the home mimics the meandering river and the expansive riverside windows allow sunlight and the spectacular views to fill the home. The couple chose to decorate their home with Monte's extensive collection of artifacts and antique farming, hunting, and fishing implements. These rustic pieces provide the inspiration for holiday decorations. Combined with greenery, antlers, acorns, feathers, fresh fruits, and berries, Kate's ingenious style gives this sublime home a unique holiday glow.

The domed foyer hosts the pinecone-topped 13-foot Christmas tree with its hunting and fishing-themed ornaments and red accents. Whimsy comes into play when a vintage tricycle and rusted child's wagon (loaded with presents) are tucked under the imposing tree. The grand chandelier in the foyer, as well as the one in the dining room, descend at the touch of a button for easy cleaning, bulb-changing and of course, decorating.

Kate likes using organic materials such as Manzanita, pine, cedar, magnolia, moss-covered oak branches, and pinecones. "It's fun decorating with organic and found pieces." For a tree skirt, she wrapped Monte's grandmother's red horsehair lap robe around the base.

In the refined yet comfortable living room, more whimsy is found on the huge mounted elk sporting a red ornament nose. Charming ornaments, fly fishing lures, pine cones and other meaningful family items have been worked into the live greenery throughout the room. Seasonal pillows and candles around the room complete the festive look.

Not to be left out, the holiday fun extends into the master bedroom and bath as well. A small tree, decorated with vintage fishing lures and rustic ornaments, warms the bedroom. Elegant, seasonal, clear glass ornaments, candles and silver vessels bring the festivities into the master bath.

The expansive kitchen boasts Sub-Zero appliances, two sinks, natural cherry cabinets (that hide any sign of the refrigerator) and stunning granite countertops. "To me it looks like frozen ice with fossilized things," says Kate of the natural stone. A narrow strip of natural cherry in the light maple wood flooring frames the kitchen and breakfast area. Oversize frolicking reindeer parade down the granite serving area, surrounded by fresh seasonal greenery from the garden and ornaments and vintage pieces tucked in between.

The breakfast area's 10 windows provide an expansive view of the river's beauty from the kitchen. Dressed for Christmas morning, the focal point of the long breakfast table is a large, metal goose taken from Kate's garden. Contrasting in size, texture and style, clear crystal candlesticks and glasses are set on deep red, amber and woven organza placemats. The centerpiece's greenery is dotted with apples from their orchard, pears, tangerines, pomegranates and copper-hued pheasant feathers. For the depth of color and aroma, Kate insists on using only real fruit in all her displays.

The large formal dining room sits adjacent to the kitchen. The antique mahogany table is surrounded by vast river views and chairs recently reupholstered in a delicate silk block print. Pewter upholstery tacks surrounding the seats and backs add an elegant touch to the simple pattern.

And this couple is never at a loss for the perfect bottle of wine to accentuate a holiday repast at either table. Monte built a refrigerated 720-bottle wine room adjoining the living room. An artisan Tiffany-style pendant lamp hangs from the center of the cool room lined with handmade wooden storage racks. Small accent lights illuminate Monte's extensive collection of small arrowheads and larger stone tools from private farm land in the Tulelake area. "I've been collecting them since I was a pup," he says, "I wanted to intersperse artifacts with wine."

The monochromatic hues and clean lines of the home's interior allow the homeowners and their guests to appreciate its natural setting and make a perfect palette for Kate's excellent design. "When I take the long, dirt road home at the end of the day and reach this destination, it's peaceful and tranquil"... a respite from everything," says Kate, "It's such a nice thing to look forward to." And such a delightful place to spend the holidays!