Jolene finds beauty in everything from a bright turquoise pillow in a Mexican hacienda to a peeling painted sideboard in a Texas Ranch. Jolene claims no specific style as “her specialty,” but instead works to honor design from around the world. In essence, she loves all design done well. Jolene believes that the soul of a house comes from its inhabitants and works to weave the dreams and desires of her clients into every aspect of her design. Each client has a story. Above all else, Jolene works to honor the client’s story, the home’s story, and the community’s story throughout the consultation, construction, and design process – establishing a house as a local home. Whether a simple condominium bathroom remodel, a kitchen design for a new build, or a redesign of a hundred year old home, Jolene approaches each project with contagious enthusiasm and a passion for creating the perfect design for you.
Jolene Esswein moved to Steamboat in 1982 and started working as a photographer and photo lab assistant. Her training as a photographer informs her design daily, informing composition and color decisions for her rooms/homes. She then went to work for Interiors with Altitude, specializing in bathroom and kitchen design. After working on projects of all sizes and scope, including condominiums and second homes, she conceived of and began Alpine Design.
As a little girl, Jolene loved building homes and tables out of twigs – and her passion for weathered wood persists to this day. Additionally, her father spent his free time designing and building cabinets, bookshelves, desks, and other furniture. Jolene would spend hours in her father’s shop learning the intricacies of woodworking and the principles of quality furniture design. In addition to these early inspirations, Jolene traveled extensively through Mexico, Greece, and India. She fell in love with the vibrant colors and eclectic combinations that inform design in these countries, and uses her travels as a source of inspiration.