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A Wyoming Home Filled With Rainbows and Tumbleweeds

by Liberty Lausterer

Every morning, light filters through the south-facing windows in ’s home, forming a rainbow. A prism of color beams into the living room while June and her five-year-old daughter, Pim, sit on the sofa for “rainbow time.” This, says June, is because the lead glass windows in her 1909 bungalow were made by a craftsman who etched the glass with such artistry that now her family can begin each day with a rainbow. If this sounds a teensy bit magical, then you’ll also appreciate how June and her partner Rattawut Lapcharoensap wound up purchasing a home in Laramie, WY after previously living in England, Brooklyn, Berlin, and Bangkok.

June, an artist and designer, and Rattawut, who teaches in the University of Wyoming’s MFA in Creative Writing program, were renting with no intention of buying a house — let alone settling in Laramie — when June’s mother went for a walk. She turned the corner from their rental and saw a man placing a “For Sale By Owner” sign on a house. Five minutes later, June and Rattawut were walking through a house that very nearly had “a nice little bow on it,” June says. In the three years since, June has filled her family’s home with furniture found at antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, and her own DIY creations (the only brand new exceptions being the two Room and Board sofas, mattresses, and Pim’s bed). Combining her “inner window-dresser” with a desire for comfort, June has created rooms as enchanting as the morning rainbows.

But how, you might ask, does a woman who worked as a window dresser for Bergdorf Goodman end up living as an artist in Wyoming, a place with “a subtle color palette?” It came to pass that just as June’s life was going exactly as she wanted, her back gave out. Between her chronic pain, a workaholic schedule, and the birth of their daughter, June and Rattawut were ready for a different lifestyle. They found it in Laramie, in a backyard full of chickens and aspen trees, in a home filled with the old and the playful, and in a frontier known for its tumbleweed. Here, they’re finding a balance between time spent working and time spent hiking in the mountains or fly-fishing in a nearby lake. As John Muir said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” The path June and her family have taken has led them across the High Plains and Rocky Mountains to a home filled with rainbows and tumbleweeds. And this has made all the difference. —

Photography by and June Glasson

Home Tour of June Glasson for Design*Sponge
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June sourced an antique light fixture from Aphrodite’s Emporium in downtown Laramie, WY and then placed tumbleweeds over it. She uses objects to tell her family's story of who they are and where they've been.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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The hot pink pillows are covered in Hmong fabric from northern Thailand. Examples of June's eye for beautifully crafted secondhand finds are reflected in the navy chairs, coffee table, and rugs.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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June is especially drawn to bright Thai fabrics, Western rugs, and mid-century and handmade wood furniture. The paintings above the Room and Board sofa are her own.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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Sunlight shines through the lead glass windows each morning, creating a rainbow in the living room. June acquired the large print on the mantel through Design*Sponge a few years ago.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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The carved deer head came from a junk shop in Saratoga, WY, and the turned wood pieces are from a carpenter in Bangkok.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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In the TV room, June reupholstered the foot stool and made the pink pillow from an old poncho. June is following in her father’s legacy of antiquing.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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June stripped and refinished the dining room table with several coats of varnish. This was as much an act of hospitality as an aesthetic choice, because now there’s no need to trouble with coasters or a fear of stains. "If something looks good but isn't comfortable, it doesn't last in our home," June says.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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The wall weavings are from Chiang Mai. The artwork in the hallway (by Colleen Friday and Diana Baumbach) was the result of a trade. Remarkably, the tropical plant is thriving in Wyoming.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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The door between the dining room and the kitchen features etched glass depicting the nearby Snowy Range Mountains.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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In the kitchen, an educational poster of a pig, found at an antique store in Berlin, hangs above knotty pine paneling. The most challenging part of owning an older home, June says, is not having the time or resources to get all the projects done that she would like. On the other hand, she adds, this means she has a home filled with charm, history, and all the original hardware and details.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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The windowsill is covered with objects June's family has collected. The quirky tiles came with the house and are believed to have been painted by a local artist.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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Pim's bookshelf is stuffed full of books that are usually scattered throughout the house (along with her toys). If you look closely, June says, you can see glitter and paint on everything.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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June has carved out space in her basement for paintings, art supplies, and a wall full of inspiration. It’s here that she painted the cover illustrations for Flannery O’Connor’s back catalogue.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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Items above the studio desk reflect June's eye for collecting. She can often be seen pushing a small grocery cart through the local flea market.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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Because June and Rattawut traveled a lot in their 20's, they weren't able to accumulate much in the way of material possessions. Instead, June collected this small selection of objects, each one with a story. Then she'd pull them out, arrange them, and know she was home.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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Formerly a potting shed, this space is now a writing studio for Rattawut. The potting bench serves as a writing desk. Palette wood and bookshelves were added to the surrounding walls. Rattawut displays his Tenkara (Japanese fly-fishing) rods on the wall to the left of the painting — when he isn’t using them to fish with June and Pim.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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June feeds "the Ladies" (Genghis, the Reds, Blondie, and Tackle-box) next to the chicken coop she built using cabinets from her neighbor’s basement. It weighs a ton, jokes June, but there’s no way this thing is going anywhere, not even in a place known for its fierce winds. Across from the chicken coop are aspen trees where June and Pim like to sit in the grass and have lunch. Pim calls it the “fairy forest.”
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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June has perfected the art of the objet trouvé.
June Glasson's Home Tour for Design*Sponge
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A floor plan of June, Rattawut, and Pim's home. June's dream is to turn their freestanding garage (located next to the chickens) into a studio.

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Comments

  • I’m a sucker for craftsman houses, so it was almost a given that I’d like this. But she really took it up a notch. And that ex-potting shed turned into a writing studio is so cozy!
    Just one question: is it safe to have the tumbleweed on the light fixture? It doesn’t get too hot?

  • looks like a home should feel … lovely. great job!

    and i, too, have concern about the tumbleweeds catching on fire from the heat of the light fixture. stay safe! and thanks for the tour.

    kathy

  • Beautiful! Love every inch of it. Especially the window in the dining room. I had to go back and just stare at it for a while…

  • @taste of france – I was wondering the same! But it looks like the tumbleweed is coated in something?

  • What a nice surprise to come across this morning while sitting on my couch in Laramie, Wy! Such a beautiful home, I’ll bet I’ve walked past it at some point :)

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