This re-imagined A-frame shouts summer camp meets 70's chalet. Hidden back in Serene Lakes (a small lakeside community on Donner Summit in Tahoe, California), this cabin hadn't been touched in 50 years - so we gutted it, turning it into a fun, campy weekend getaway.

Our goal was to make it warm, comfortable and different than the wood-on-wood-on-antler look that often goes on up in the mountains. We brought in lots of colors, textures and pops of nostalgia for a punchy upgrade.

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We created this custom blue paint to truly make this beautiful giant pop against the surrounding greenery.

This raised deck was intended for play time and relax time, and our front door kept that perfect balance of modern and retro lodge feel.

We wanted to draw the eye to the nature outside and the wood ceiling above in this master bedroom, so we painted one wall black and chose textured curtains in a corresponding palate.

This bunk room isn't for kids only. Boasting four twin beds and a secret hiding space in the rafters above, this could very well be the kids favorite room, maybe ours too.

We finished this living room with a woodsy green and faux fur accessories for a cozy and warm touch.

This guest room is full of cozy textures and a warm palate, making guests want to stay in bed all day long.

Natural light was the main event in this guest room. Natural wood, thick neutral fabrics only complimented the warm sunshine.

Open floor plans with bathrooms and bedrooms are tricky, but this one flows just right.

We utilized this small corner of the living room to create the perfect spot for a game night, or to gaze out into the trees. While still keeping nice and warm of course.

For the staircase we added wooden dowels to draw your eye towards what could otherwise have been a lackluster corner. We tucked in some green vintage chairs found at the Alameda Antiques Fair, and hung a big nature-inspired print. Now it's the perfect nook to settle in with a friend and a cup of joe.

This nook let us play with some bright, bolder colors that tie into the splashes we have in the kitchen. Giving this natural and nature forward cabin a little more modern and lively feel.

We added octagonal tile as a colorful kitchen backsplash in a purposefully non-uniform pattern for a punchy kick.

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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Press