Rustic lake house retreat inspired by gorgeous Lake Tahoe surroundings


This rustic lake house retreat was designed by Arcanum Architecture in collaboration with Jennifer Robin Interiors, located in Lake Tahoe, California. The project entails a remodel for a historic home on Lake Tahoe’s west shore. This two-story home is nestled in a development that restricts modifications to the exterior facade.

The homeowner’s embarked on a two-year journey to tear down the existing home and rebuild it to its former glory. The appearance of the exterior may look like it did back in the 1960s, however, the design offers additional ceiling height (the original was under the typical 8-feet) and an updated floor plan layout.

Above: The entryway light fixture was sourced from The Urban Electric Company.


The homeowner’s are a family of five, that use this home as a summer retreat. The project team worked together to banish the dark and outdated home, opting for spaces that are cozy and cool and reflect the vernacular of the setting. Accommodating large groups was a top priority, so the designer’s created a spacious great room with ample seating. There is also a bunk room that is outfitted with four beds for hosting overnight guests.

Above: The shelving flanking the fireplace is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green. The round coffee tables are from Restoration Hardware. The sofa is a custom creation by the designer, fabricated by Kroll Furniture. It features a nailhead-trimmed body upholstered in Moore & Giles leather. Plush cushions are covered in a soft velvet from Mark Alexander.


What We Love: This rustic lake house retreat uses a beautiful color palette throughout that evokes the great outdoors. The design team did a fabulous job of making the homeowner’s and their guests feel that they are fully immersed this lakeside environment. The new layout is bright and airy with beautiful furnishings and fixtures that creates a warm and comfortable living oasis… Readers, what do you think. Would this home be your idea for the perfect summer retreat? Tell us in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other inspiring home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the architects of this project, Arcanum Architecture: Spectacular California home inspired by northern European architecture and Modern farmhouse style with timeless interiors in Northern California.



Above: The kitchen features a custom concrete countertop by Sonoma Cast Stone, complimented by a limestone backsplash. The pendant lights above the island were sourced from The Urban Electric Company.


Above: The accent wall in the dining room is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green. The dwelling is absent of any drywall, transitioning from palette of rustic to industrial. The ceiling in the great room is clad with a light cedar and steel ceiling beams. The walls throughout are Douglas fir planks, featuring a custom stain that strikingly highlights the grain.


Above: The lower cabinets in the kitchen are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green. Reclaimed timber was used on the island and upper cabinets.


Above: An oxidized maple-slab dining table was fabricated by Tod Von Mertens, complimented by Richard Wrightman chairs and custom benches.


Above: The rug in the media room is from Merida Studio.




Above: The rug in the master bedroom is from Merida Studio.


Above: The master bedroom dresser is by Tod Von Mertens.



Above: In the master bathroom, vanities composed of reclaimed wood and sconces from Urban Electric set a rustic-industrial tone. Henry Low Profile Lavatory Faucet by Waterworks are over the sinks.


Photos: Paul Dyer Photography

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1 year ago

I would like to know about the print with the ladies in swimsuits in the entryway?

Ellen Burnhauser
4 years ago

Where is the round light with the candles in it that is above the dinning room table please it’s beautiful!

Heidi H
4 years ago

Beautiful home! Can anyone tell me which company makes the dinning room chandelier?

4 years ago

Love it all! Can you please tell me the name of the flooring?

cj healey
5 years ago

Beautiful job! Does anyone know who makes the small round table with the vase of pink flowers on top?