Updated Vacation Home Has Train-Car Guest Bedroom

This vacation home was given a fresh new look that incorporates a variety of styles. The living room retains a masculine look with a blend of rustic and midcentury modern elements. Upstairs, white walls create a bright atmosphere, and a comfortable den offers plenty of seating as well as a custom reclaimed-wood coffee table. The home also features a railway sleeping car-inspired guest room that sleeps up to 10 people. 

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August 19, 2016

Photo By: Laura Martin Bovard

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Laura Martin Bovard

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Laura Martin Bovard

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Laura Martin Bovard

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Laura Martin Bovard

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Photo By: Eric Rorer

Living Room: Before

This living space looked like it had just stepped out of the seventies, with the floor to ceiling wood and heavy stone fireplace, but designers will give it some modern flair to match the rest of the house.

Masculine and Sophisticated Living Room

This lodge inspired living room is a unique space, perfect for entertaining. Floor to ceiling wood makes the space feel warm, like a hunting lodge, but large windows bring in plenty of natural light, making the space feel brighter. Furniture with darker colors and textures, such as leather and wood, blend with pieces like the ceiling fan and light fixtures to make the space masculine, yet sophisticated.

Plenty of Seating in Sophisticated Lodge Inspired Living Room

The furniture in this space gives the homeowners a perfect place to entertain. With plenty of seating in the convertible sleeper sofas, chairs and ottomans, the family can gather easily in one room, while vignettes offer a certain level of privacy. Modern end tabled and coffee table complete this sophisticated, masculine space.

Midcentury Modern Living Room With Paneled Ceiling

Many of the wood-paneled rooms in this cabin had a dark, cramped feel, so to lighten the look, designers painted the redwood walls white. The ceilings were left exposed to show off the beautiful natural tones.

Lodge Details in Living Room

In the living room, designers added little details, such as this mounted deer head drawing and small bison statue, as a nod to this vacation home's lodge roots.

Rustic Modern Kitchen And Dining Room With Midcentury Modern Furnishings

Pewter gray cabinets and stainless steel appliances serve as a handsome foil to this open plan kitchen and dining area's redwood ceiling. Reconfiguring the layout in the lakefront cabin allowed designers to show off views and make interiors feel lighter and more airy.

Neutral Chef Kitchen With Wood Ceiling

This cabin's gourmet kitchen makeover included the addition of an integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator that matched the gray cabinetry. Other cabinet doors were made out of reclaimed barnwood from a 100-year-old barn in Massachusetts. The island countertop is quartzite.

Cabin Open Plan Kitchen and Deck

This cabin's original kitchen had a bump-out window, four feet deep, which cramped the deck on the other side of the wall. In the renovation, designers reconfigured that space with a sliding glass door that beautifully highlights views of Lake Tahoe and easily joins indoors and outdoors.

Upstairs Loft: Before

The upstairs was dark and outdated, so designers took down the wood paneling and updated the decor to fit the modern vibe the homeowners were looking for.

Bright and Functional Second Floor Landing

Once closed in and dark, this newly renovated second floor landing is now light, bright and open. It is part office space, part reading room, part hangout area for the family to plan their day's activities. Custom, built-in book shelves house games, vintage first edition classics, family mementos and objects d'art, and the desk provides a space for reading and writing, adding extra function to the space.

Modern Desk with Orange Chair on Second Floor Landing

The desk in this second floor landing provides an elegant modern addition to the space. The modern desk gives the family a place to read or write with a funky lamp that provides plenty of light. The modern orange chair provides seating for the desk and a pop of color to the otherwise neutral space, tying in the two framed orange designs on the opposite wall.

Family Room: Before

Before the renovation, this family room felt confined and its storage space was built in and open; however, designers will will transform this space into a beautiful, usable room.

Living Room with Custom Coffee Table and Plenty of Seating

The living room is relaxed yet tailored, with a perfect blend of custom and retail furniture, to accommodate large gatherings of family and friends. A custom-designed, reclaimed wood coffee table is surrounded by sleeper sofas from Design Within Reach, enlivened with Nubby Kliim pillows to provide texture and color.

Railway Sleeping Car Inspired Guest Bedroom Sleeps 10

To accommodate as many people as possible, designers combined the exercise space and photography studio into an expansive, communal sleeping area with space for up to 10 people. Inspired by railway sleeping cars, the double-decker, double-sized bunk beds are cozy, comfortable and private, with well-appointed interiors including reading lights and book nooks. A comfy window seat doubles as day bed, and converts to a trundle bed when needed, while deep drawers provide plenty of storage space.

Neutral Master Bedroom With Yellow Pillows

To give this master bedroom a more polished feel, designers brought in new furnishings, fine art and pretty fabrics. The room's neutral palette shines a spotlight on its Lake Tahoe views.

Bathroom: Before

Although this bathroom had plenty of natural light, it still felt narrow and closed in, so designers will upgrade this space's looks.

Neutral Master Bathroom With Ladder

In the redesign of this lake house's master bathroom, designers opened up the awkward L-shaped room. Now, the room includes a private water closet for the toilet, a glassed-in shower, two sinks and a luxurious soaking tub. Walls are tiled in neutral porcelain

Enlarged Master Bathroom with View of Lake

For the master suite bathroom, a reconfigured floor plan borrowed space from the original master bath. Once an awkward, narrow room, the expansion created the space for a sublimely simple en suite bathroom tiled in eco-friendly porcelain. The room was further enlarged with windows and mirrors, which bring in more natural light and reflecting the magnificent views of the lake.

Second Floor Laundry Room: Before

Before the transformation, this second floor laundry room was a large, undefined space, so designers will create a usable space that has flow and definition, while minimizing empty, wasted space.

Monochromatic Patterned Tile Makes Laundry Room More Fun

In the second floor laundry, designers added monochromatic, patterned tile to add some funk to an all white space.

Second Floor Laundry Room With Monochromatic Tile

Pocket doors reveal a cleverly hidden second floor laundry room. Previously, this room had a lot of open, wasted space, so designers added a bit of definition to make the space functional, but also to divert the additional space to a room that needed it more. To give this small space a little personality, monochromatic tile was added to the space, making it a bit more funky.

Masculine Game Room with Pool Table and Wine Cellar

The design in the game room is a more masculine one, with darker tones and a rustically modern pool table. A wine cellar, customized with a sliding glass and steel door, houses the homeowners' collection of premier Crus. On the adjacent wall, framed album covers are hung to commemorate the homeowners' favorite music, giving the space a personal touch.

Timeless Black and White Bathroom

To get a little extra space in what was one a small, confined bathroom, this timeless black and white bathroom poached some space from the exercise room. Subway tiles on the wall and penny-round tiles on the floor gave the space a retro feeling, while the custom mirror and trough sink made the space a little more fun.

Guest Bathroom with Custom Mirror with Shelf for Toiletries and Toothbrush Storage

A fun addition to this timeless bathroom is the custom mirror above a large trough sink. It provides a shelf for toiletries and has two cut outs for old-fashioned Mason jars that are perfect places to store toothbrushes.

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