More than a cabin, this mountain retreat has refined style and year-round luxury

This stylish mountain hideaway is a home for all seasons, but it's already got us dreaming of cozy winter evenings by the fire

white sectional sofa and coffee table in corner window
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Bought in early 2020 as a second home, this stunning mountain hideaway suddenly became a full-time living space during the Covid pandemic with reimagined interiors to make it work all year round. 

One of the world's best homes, it's located in Martis Camp, between historic Truckee, California, and North Lake Tahoe. The new interiors reference the classic ideas of mountain living - roaring fires, rustic materials, cozy blankets - but also introduce more unusual finishes and materials to give the space unexpected refined luxury. 

The owners called on the expertise of design duo Susan Collins Weir and Chris Weir, of Studio Collins Weir (opens in new tab) to rework the interiors during the pandemic. The finished results are exactly what the owners were looking for. 'This is a home of elevated luxury that you don’t have to worry about taking you boots off at the entry,' says Susan Collins Weir, 'and a place for their family to gather.'

Entry

entry foyer with simple console and windows either side

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The contemporary home is clad in the traditional materials of Martis Camp – weathered wood, steel and stone and the entry foyer perfectly merges the outside and inside scenes. 

Studio Collins Weir weren't stuck for hallway ideas for this client, having worked with them on previous homes. 'We recreated a few pieces from past projects with this client, such as the custom steel console at the home’s entry,' says designer Susan. The simple lines of this piece set the tone for the rest of the home, and introducing steel as a material for its furniture promises that this project will take mountain cabin style to a more sophisticated level. 

Open-plan living room 

open plan living dining kitchen with glass walls and wooden cladding taupe sofas

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Living room ideas for this impressive open-plan space include layering shades of grey with natural textures and textiles. The seating space is arranged in front of the fire. 

'Rich leathers, suede and textures invite family gatherings around the fireplace,' says Susan. 'The swivel chairs are pieces developed in the Studio, while the u-shaped sectional promotes conversation and at the center a Calcutta coffee table by Flexform.'

Kitchen-dining space

open plan dining kitchen with gray chairs and black table

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Still part of the home's open-plan 'great room', the dining space bridges the living and kitchen areas. 

Studio Collins Weir's dining room ideas feature a smart walnut dining table, with metal detailing to repeat the material themes seen elsewhere in the home. The chairs are from Marta Sala, The Future Perfect. 

Behind it, the kitchen is an organic-looking space with shades of stone, pale wood and walnut cladding to mirror the fittings of the rest of the great room. Kitchen ideas for a room like this, where the main living space is open plan to the working section of the kitchen, often work best if the kitchen can subtly merge into the background. The use of natural colors and materials facilitates this, though this beautiful kitchen is definitely worth a second glance. 

Home office

home office with modern desk and chair and corner window

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With excellent natural light from the big corner window, plus inspiring mountain and forest views, this has everything needed for a comfortable, productive workspace. 

If you're looking for home office ideas, you may not be able to match the view but opting for a large workspace and clear, uncluttered surroundings are excellent starting points. 

Cozy seating area

white sectional sofa with corner window and coffee table

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The redesign put every inch of space to good use throughout the home. Here, a corner window has been turned into a cozy and inviting seating space with a glamorous white sectional sofa and statement coffee table. 

Bedroom

bedroom with white linen and bedhead and gray bedside table

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Bedroom ideas in this space include a custom-designed bed and leather-covered bedside table by SCW. The palette is a sophisticated and extremely liveable mix of winter whites and grays.

Bedroom sitting space

white armchair in bedroom with window behind

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There's space in the primary bedroom for another relaxing spot – complete with mountain view. The lounge chair is upholstered in woven ivory, with a stone sculptural side table from Coup D’Etat.

Bathroom

bathroom with egg shaped bath in window and vanity unit with marble top

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Studio Collins Weir's husband and wife design team didn't have to look far for Bathroom ideas for this beautiful space. All the inspiration they needed is outside of that window. 

Smart contemporary fittings were chosen to complement the mountain views, with the tub placed to make the most of them too. Dark wood trim for the vanity unit and a marble backsplash, add to the glamour and elevate this way beyond the average cabin washroom aesthetic. 

Karen is the houses editor for homesandgardens.com and homes editor for the brand’s sister titles, Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors, and an experienced writer on interiors and gardens. She loves visiting historic houses for Period Living and writing about rural properties for Country Homes & Interiors, and working with photographers to capture all shapes and sizes of properties. Karen began her career as a sub editor at Hi-Fi News and Record Review magazine, starting to write album reviews just as they switched from vinyl to CD releases. Her move to women’s magazines came soon after, in the shape of Living magazine, which covered cookery, fashion, beauty, homes and gardening. From Living Karen moved to Ideal Home magazine, where as deputy chief sub, then chief sub, she started to really take an interest in properties, architecture, interior design and gardening.