Midcentury gambrel cabin gets fabulous transformation in the Sierra Nevadas


This project involves the renovation of a midcentury gambrel cabin by Tinsel House, nestled in the woods of the Tahoe Donner Community, near Truckee, California. Enchanted by its vintage character, the designer set out to infuse new life into this 1973 built house that features floor-to-ceiling views of picturesque Martis Valley.

Encompassing 1,600 square feet of living space, the designer retained some of the original character of this home, including the soaring beams and wood-burning stove. A fresh coat of paint was added to the walls and paneling in a warm, neutral palette. On the lower level, carpeting was removed, while the upper-level bedrooms and loft received brand new carpet.


What We Love: This midcentury gambrel cabin offers its inhabitants a fantastic indoor-outdoor living experience, surrounded by a tranquil environment. The designer did a beautiful job of preserving the original character of this home while injecting her personal design style throughout. We are especially loving the inviting atmosphere and the cozy nook under the staircase for the kids!

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall aesthetics and design style of this renovated mountain cabin? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the Lake Tahoe region: Insanely beautiful mountain modern home in the Sierra Mountains and Mountain modern home in Martis Camp with indoor-outdoor living.


Above: Steps lead up the property’s slope to the front entry. The door was transformed into a Dutch door and painted with an inviting mustard yellow. This door can now be left partially open to capture fresh breezes on hot summer days.



Above: Large windows capture unforgettable views of Martis Valley.





Above: Dead space under the stairs was transformed into a nook for kids, featuring hanging lights, a cozy rug, layering of pillows, and games.





Above: On the front porch, Adirondack chairs offer a comfortable spot to relax while enjoying the tranquil views surrounding this home.


Above: In the kitchen, floating shelves consist of live-edge wood, while a white subway tile backsplash offers a clean and crisp aesthetic. The cabinets were given a fresh coat of paint and the hardware was updated. An industrial light fixture above the island adds visual interest.


Bathrooms were updated with new tiling, hardware, tubs, and showers.

Above: On the upper level, the original beams and staircase were retained, as the designer wished to preserve as much of the character of the home as possible.

Above: Throughout this home, the addition of period furnishings, art, lighting, and bedding lends a fresh touch to the vintage vibe.

Photos: Courtesy of Tinsel House Studio

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