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Swiss House Interior Design- Part 1

Hi Tinsel readers, today we’re starting another two-part series on an exciting project- a full house interior design, bringing the client’s vision to life in their new construction home in the highly sought after community of Tahoe Donner. Welcome to...Swiss House!


This home is an example of an eclectic mountain modern style. We had a hand in selecting everything from the exterior details to the kitchen hardware, and we were able to incorporate numerous pieces of the client’s personal belongings to create comfortable, lived-in spaces. Let’s take a tour of the property, starting with what you see first...



Curb Appeal: This four bedroom, five bathroom new construction home already had plenty of visual appeal before we arrived. We were able to elevate the outdoor space with pieces that made it feel true to its mountain-escape roots. The yard was designed for entertaining family and friends, so we worked with that expectation in mind. Starting with the deck, we installed an infinity-view hot tub. A flagstone patio compliments the space, with areas designed around a locally-sourced oversized picnic table, and a square steel fire pit. To round it out, we added in an all-important grill, a custom cornhole game, and an abundance of native landscaping on the property to create a natural sanctuary as it fills in over the years.



Welcome Home: Walking through the entryway, you’ll pass the vibrant chartreuse door and matching address numbers. At 2,895 square feet, this mountain modern home featured plenty of space for Tinsel to leave a mark! This homeowner was going for a cozy, lived-in feel, and wanted it to be welcoming to family and friends. They had a collection of fascinating decor to choose from - vintage furniture, precious kids art, and passed down treasures from family members. These items were carefully placed throughout the property to balance visual interest across the spaces.



Key Details: This was an open concept design and a home made for entertaining. We installed handscraped hickory hardwood floors throughout for a rustic finish, and opted for a darker color that blended nicely with a stained ceiling already in place. The floors are beautiful, timeless, and full of character that can handle years of loving wear. The paint plan was simple: white. We would be adding interest to the property with other elements, and used a neutral shade - Navajo White by Benjamin Moore in a flat finish. A custom stain for the doors and trim matches the floors, and brings warmth to every opening. We worked closely with local vendors for custom accents items like the rolled steel on the fireplace, and the live edge wood shelving.


Next time, we’ll take a closer look at the kitchen, living room, and other areas of Swiss House. I can’t wait to show off some of the details like the drinks bar we created, and the over-sink chandelier. Stay tuned, and reach out if you need help with any interior design work in the meantime. Tinsel House Studio is here to help!

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