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Swiss House Interior Design - Part 2

Welcome back to our Swiss House breakdown, Tinsel readers! Last time we focused on the exterior and main interior areas of this amazing Truckee home nestled in the Tahoe Donner community.


Today will be part two, where we do a deeper dive into the kitchen, living room, and some other areas in the house. We’ll review some fabulous features and value-adds we were able to accomplish for the client by taking advantage of every square inch of the property.



As mentioned in our last post, this house is what I would describe as an eclectic mountain modern style, which led to a dynamic mix of styling and decor choices. The countertops were the same throughout the property - honed Carrara marble purchased by the slab and cut to size. We worked with local vendor Fergusson Truckee to design a custom plumbing package, and opted for a custom Kohler set in the Devonshire line. The client loved how brushed bronze finish contrasts the marble and wood surfaces throughout. Cabinets were more of a mixed bag, some were stained to blend in, and others were painted in the kitchen, bar, and master bath.



Speaking of mixing and matching, wee took a similar approach to the hardware and tile around the home. We incorporated brass, stone inlay, and matte black finishes to the cabinet hardware, depending on the context of the room. When it came to tile and finished surfaces, we used a wide range of options: white subway tiles, Carrara marble, black and white hex tile all from Arizona Tile. We also used a fun patterned cement from The Cement Tile Shop for an accent area.



The kitchen and dining area provided a great big space to work with. We designed an oversized kitchen island to anchor the space and leave plenty of room for working, socializing, and dining. The island includes custom cabinetry, a vegetable prep sink, and plenty of space for bar stools. Thermador appliances help make the meals (and clean-up) happen, while a white fireclay farmhouse sink pairs nicely with the oversized subway tile backsplash. Over the island, we used pendant lights sourced from Restoration Hardware, and the sink chandelier was an amazing crystal and brass find from Italy. Nearby, we were able to use a dead space adjacent to the kitchen to build a bar! We included an ice machine, beverage fridge, and finished the space with the same marble countertops and a fun black-and-white tile backsplash.



The living room extends seamlessly from the kitchen island, and we designed it with a floor to ceiling custom rolled steel fireplace as the centerpiece. It includes a flush mount tv frame to hide the entertainment setup, in order to make the space geared towards socializing more than the next episode. Decor incorporated some of the client’s pieces, with a mix of color and texture to make it family-friendly and cozy. Darker fabrics will help with mountain wear and tear, especially with all the Lake Tahoe outdoor activities we’re known for! The fireplace is flanked with custom live-edge shelving created by local artist, Natural Edge Saw Works in Truckee. They also helped us create a beautiful, custom live-edge vanity counter for the powder bath.


Swiss House made for an ambitious and exciting design project, and Tinsel House Studio would love to bring the same level of detail, care, and craft to redesigning your Lake Tahoe or Truckee area home. Reach out to us to get started realizing any of your interior design dreams today!

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