This Wyoming Mid-Century Modern has distinct west-coast flair thanks to the handiwork of Hollywood set designer and Cincinnati native Robert Harbour. A grad of both Turpin High School and UC’s DAAP program, Harbour worked as an architect before realizing his heart was actually in film. He moved from New York to Los Angeles in the 1990s and broke into the business by doing set design work for television and film. Soon, The X-Files came calling; during four years designing sets for “Scully” and “Mulder” (whose adventures carried them through deserts, FBI buildings, forests, and small town America), Harbour and the rest of the show’s art department won an Emmy and an IATSE Award for their work. He later went on to design sets for Heroes, Fencewalker, Criminal Minds, and Hart of Dixie.
While living in LA, Harbour also started flipping houses and staging them with vintage furniture. Some clients bought the homes furnished, some didn’t; either way Harbour’s eye for design made for quick sales. Thirty-some flipped houses later, he’s semi-retired and living part time in Cincinnati. While caring for an ailing sister, he flipped a house here, too: this Wyoming ranch, which went sale pending one day after it was listed, is complete with a visually stunning great room-slash-kitchen and the dreamiest master closet we’ve seen in a while.
Will he consider more flip projects here? “The reaction I get from [this house] will tell me if I’m in the right community,” says Harbour. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, as we’d love to see more of his work.