Incline 2016 Design Project

March 6, 2017

“From the first month Alpine Home opened I felt they had the best selection of home furnishing in the Tahoe area and the nicest staff.  I hit off immediately with Steve (the owner).  Our first project for my Sacramento home exceeded even my high expectations and I commented to Steve this design process was just ‘a little bit addicting”.  “I am so glad we had the opportunity to follow up the 2012 project with our project together last year in Incline.  The beautiful new scraped walnut flooring and rich background color proved the perfect background for all our beautiful new custom designed furniture and art.  It has a great mountain modern feel and meets all my requirements for large family gatherings.”

Former Sacramento design clients let me know they were planning to sell their vacation home on the west shore and settle in Incline Village.  The Sacramento home had been my first large design project as Alpine Home, the new Tahoe City home furnishings location opened in May 2012.

I was excited about the opportunity to once again collaborate with a client that over time has also become a friend, and whose own design sense and knowledge of the art world has been finely honed in the years she has worked as a docent at the Crocker Museum.  

The Sacramento design project allowed me to pull from my history as a merchant and former buyer with Baker, Knapp and Tubbs; the showroom and store division of Baker Furniture.  We chose some iconic design pieces from the Barbara Barry and Thomas Pheasant collections for Baker.  The highly stylized furnishings proved the perfect mix in for the make- over of the1930’s brick Georgian.  The result was an ideal gallery setting for the owner’s collection of fine contemporary art.

Fast forward to 2016…..the new Incline project allowed owner and designer to explore a new vernacular.  The client’s former west shore home had been a more typical mountain cabin.  The newly purchased Incline home was designed by an architect with Asian references.  Built-ins with flared ends and an elaborate wood kitchen hood referenced Asian architecture, Walls were in a soft celadon color that contrasted with massive, dark wood beams.  

Owner and designer decided on a color scheme that grounded the interiors with an olive based color and scraped walnut flooring and base boards throughout the house.  The effect was to create a more unified background that complements the dark wood beams throughout the interior.  Asian details were removed, in favor of more mountain modern design elements, such as the new mixed metal kitchen hood with pounded metal and rivet detail.

The custom designed furniture by Alpine Home followed the mountain modern theme.   The overall scale of the furnishings needed to be large to be in keeping with the architecture of the house and to provide enough seating for large holiday family gatherings.  The highly textured and tonal fabric selections created a seamless background for showcasing the owner’s sculpture and art collections .  A red accent color adds interest and warmth to the interiors.

  • The large sectional in the living room grounds the main living space.  Contrast leather and spaced nail-head add interest.  The coffee table features a hand hewn chisel edged marble top and forged iron metal base.  The custom sofa back table with simple trestle base and the custom console with sliding doors, are both made of sand blasted oak.  Above the console hangs a dark finished baroque mirror and a whimsical bust-with-bird sculpture by a Sacramento artist friend of the clients’.
  • A split dining bench was selected for the exotic wood dining table that opens to seat up to 14 guests.  A custom long linear hand forged metal light fixture with branch detail and warm amber art glass hangs above the dining table.
  • The mountain modern design theme continues in the master bedroom which has vaulted ceilings.  A custom 70” upholstered headboard and textural and tonal fabrics were used on the bed.  Favorite Navajo velvets by Andrew Martin cover the pillows. Hand forged metal chairs and lighting in rich bronze tones continue the mountain modern design theme.  The side table lamps are of crushed shells.   Exotic mapa burl wood and Mexican Oak are used for dressers and side tables.