{ mountain house }

Meet our "retirement home" in Truckee, California, near Lake Tahoe. (The "retirement home" part is kind of a joke... our average age is closer to 30 than it is to 40. But this house is where we want to grow old.) We just moved in late in 2011, so we've been working quickly to get it decorated. A definite work in progress.

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The ultimate selling point of this house was how many spaces the architect managed to fit into just 1800 square feet: 3 bedrooms PLUS a family room PLUS a loft PLUS a finished attic. With my office in the loft, Mark's office in the attic, and a full-time family room, that still leaves two whole rooms for guests. Amazing. Would we love a half bath? Sure. Would we trade it for any of the bonus spaces? No way.

{  Exterior  }

We weren't immediately sold on those big octagon windows (though they've now grown on us), but the rest of the exterior had us instantly. We love the modern lines of the overall house structure, but the stained wood siding looks completely at home in the mountains. All exterior shots are "before"... the beautiful landscaping is likely to deteriorate after the long winter and our inexperienced care! (Not to mention that we'll need to trim back a lot of the foliage to make our house more fire-resistant come springtime.)




Great Room  }

The great room isn't a huge space, and it's a bit on the dark side since it's on the northern side of the house, in the shade and devoid of skylights. But it's a great space to maximize the welcoming, cozy vibe since it's not too cavernous. And it still gives us space to have a L-O-N-G dining table, which was at the top of my wish list.

Before


The kitchen that we'll remodel... some day.



Vision


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Family Room  }

Coming from many years of a condo and lots of rental apartments, we've never had a space as big as this family room. While we were (and are) a bit perplexed about how to decorate around the centrally-placed and dominating octagon windows, and the tall walls, we loved all the possibilities the upstairs family room offered. (Not to mention just the fact of having a family room at all -- so novel to us!)

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Vision


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Blue Guest Room  }

Our guest rooms are definitely cozy spaces, and we had to look past some painfully neon paint to see the potential for what became the blue room. But now it has all the comforts our guests could want, assuming they don't mind minimal square footage. (Having space to spread out is what the common areas are for!)

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Yellow Guest Room }

The room that became our yellow room is even smaller than the blue guest room. While the room was an absolutely blank slate to start out, it also felt very dark and cave-like. Our mission was to soften and brighten it up, and squeeze in everything our guests would need to feel at home.

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{  Master Bedroom  }

The master bedroom came with lots of nice features: a vaulted ceiling, a door to the deck, a window seat (which I've always wanted to have!), and an en suite bathroom. Unfortunately, all of those features are bossy about where the furniture can go, giving us only one option for where the bed will fit, dictating small nightstands and making it challenging to squeeze anything else into the room. But we're slowly transforming the room into our mellow little retreat (as if a house in the mountains isn't already enough of a retreat!).

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Progress


{  Master Bath  }

In the first grown-up bathroom we've ever had, we have some long-term plans to replace the bulky tub surround with a freestanding soaking tub (which will also free up some floor space), put in more efficient fixtures and brighten up the walls. But for now, we haven't changed a thing, because it's still plenty swanky for us long-term apartment dwellers.

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My Loft Office  }

Since I work from home, I need a dedicated office space, and we've learned the hard way that it's pretty challenging to have guests stay with us and get work done when guest quarters and office space occupy the same room. So this loft helped sell us on the house. Though it initially looked like just a long, narrow space, we saw the potential to create a fully functional home office and sewing/craft/miscellaneous space. It could still use some additional lighting, but it gives me all the space I need to do all sorts of work.

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{  Mark's Attic Office  }

I'm not the only one who works full-time at home, so Mark needs his own dedicated office space too. And this attic is where his office lives. Even though this attic is the least visible room in the house, it's probably the most important because of the ripple effect it creates in the rest of the rooms of the house (allowing us to have a full-time family room and two dedicated guest rooms). Of course, even though it's the most important, it's still the least decorated.

Before


{  Garage  }

It's about as small as a two-car garage can get, but we have big plans for some organization systems.

Before (previous owners' photo)


Progress



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