A Massive Family Retreat With a Cozy, Mid-Century Inspired Interior

Located in Martis Camp, California, a private, gated community of Lake Tahoe, this new build is a multigenerational family vacation home. The large abode was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson on the edge of a valley with views of Sawtooth Ridge, a group of peaks on the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The home spans 15,000 square feet with three separate living quarters and a central communal space for gathering. While many of the spaces are grand, The Wiseman Group managed to create a warm and cozy interior with references to mid-century modern design through custom furniture in appropriate proportions.

Snowy exterior shot of modern home with black slatted volume and red slatted volume

One of the most notable design elements of the project is the red slatted wall that runs from the exterior through the interior. It lines hallways and staircases and is the backdrop of the main living space.

interior shot of long hallway of modern home with large red-slatted wall and skylights

modern interior of large house with double height living room

A large green volume cantilevers out above the kitchen helping to differentiate the area from the dining room and living room.

modern interior of large house with double height living room

modern interior of large house with double height living room

The dining room required an oversized table, making this 12-seater Oscar Tusquets Blanca table the perfect size. Paired with edgy black chairs, that balance the mid-century vibe with more contemporary furnishings.

modern interior of large house with double height living room

A custom, L-shaped sofa frames the living room space with the 16 cow hide patchwork area rug underneath it. Rounding out the space are four red Cassina P22 chairs that complement the red wall and offer various seating positions to enjoy the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

modern interior of large house with double height living room

modern interior of large house with double height living room

angle view of modern bathroom with deep blue walls

hallway view of large modern house

covered patio view of large modern house with outdoor furniture and views of snowy landscape

angled view of double bunkbeds

double height open red slatted wall with stairs behind it

On the other side of the red slatted wall is a floating staircase that leads to the top floor.

view of upper part of open staircase with open red slatted wall on one side and hallway on other

seating vignette with two green chairs in front of large window looking out to snowy landscape

In the primary suite, a pair of sage green Jens Risom Big Chairs and ottoman are situated towards the mountain views, which are seen through the single pain glass window.

half view of modern bedroom with white and sage green bedding

large modern bathroom with two glass walls looking out to snowy landscape

Another way to enjoy the views are when bathing in the primary bathroom with a tub and freestanding shower in the corner of two walls of windows.

corner of modern interior with two walls of floor to ceiling windows with Egg Chair

interior shot of modern bathroom looking through shower to large window wall

Another shower with a view…

set of stairs leading down to basement with open stairs above and red slatted wall to side

modern rom interior with staircase

modern home interior with basement bar

cover patio of modern house looking out past hot tub and two red chairs to snowy landscape

large modern home exterior made of various materials and colors

large modern home exterior made of various materials and colors

large modern home exterior made of various materials and colors

Photos by Matthew Millman.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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