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Cali Chalet: Progress

This pic pretty much showcases where we are with all things Cali Chalet, since the Demo Day post earlier.

The biggest update being that we sandblasted the ceilings, inspired by Emily Henderson’s efforts in her own family’s California mountain home. We even called up her recommended contractor, Mike from Culwell Abrasive and we are very pleased with our result. Mike says he wants to do more of this kind of work, so if you are sitting under some orangey midcentury ceilings in SoCal, now you know who to call.

Also of note, some new stairs were constructed to lead down into the sunken living room. What was there before had a big drop, and I didn’t want my baby to die, so you can see the new buildup that we added. This makes so much more sense that it is really hard to imagine it was any other way.

Here’s a little reminder of the before, with a look at the previous stairs.

It’s looking so much better in there already.  New hardwood flooring is going in this week and I can not wait for that major improvement. 

It was fun to have the flooring discussion on my Instagram stories. It looked a little something like this.

We settled on #5 which was a strong leader in the choices that my friends and fam sent over on Instastories. I love the feedback loop on Instagram Stories…. it rivals early days blog comments. Haha.

Turns out #5 was the sole real hardwood choice among a group of vinyl options. We thought vinyl was going to be the best choice for our budget but it turned out that floating hardwood over top of our existing flooring was going to work out without any major demolition of the existing floors, so we picked the more natural option. It’s a matte Hickory in a 7.5 inch wide plank. But my, hasn’t vinyl flooring come a long way. Those other contenders really would have looked fine. 

Welp, that’s the latest in progress at our mountain house project. We are headed up in two weeks with a Christmas Tree to enjoy those new hardwood floors and daydream about furnishings! 

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Cali Chalet: Demo Day

Oh hey Y’all. So, the Cali Chalet project has been moving along at its pace, but I’m long overdue for an update. Let’s dig in.

Over the first few weekends there we donned our safety glasses and took to DIY demo, banging up all of the unwanted structure and finishes in the Cali Chalet kitchen. Everyone channeled their inner Chip Gaines… except me. I channeled early term pregnant Joanna.

The homies were such great helpers.

Notice my position! Haha.

The pups got in on the action as well!

Gotta be safe.

I was pretty pregnant for these trips, and so I did more observing (napping) than I might have liked.. But I did smash what I could, particularly the backsplash tile.

Before demo

Maybe as a result, we have a kid that is fairly tolerant of noisy environments.

It just keeps getting better. Next up, a range hood solution. 

First order of business was to remove this weird closet that was floating between the entry and the kitchen. On the kitchen side, it housed a pantry, fridge and a little wine bar situation. We saved that setup and plan to relocate it on the left wall, opposite of the stove.

We left a big hole in the floor that has been a nasty hazard with electrical and plumbing.

In addition to the uppers, we felt the tile backsplash needed to go for as clean a slate we could get without a full demo. I’m bouncing between ideas for what direction we will take next, the easy/obvious solution being to toss up some floating shelves. 

Now that we have replaced and painted drywall above the granite countertops, I like how bright and peaceful it feels, comparatively.

If you are wondering about what’s next its new floor installation, complete the refrigerator cabinetry on that left wall, and paint the cabs.

Stay tuned for more… and follow mine and Sarah’s renovation progress on Instagram for updates.

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Cali Chalet: Inspiration & Direction

The Cali Chalet is a new kind of beast for me to wrestle with so I had to search long and hard for inspiration and direction.

It’s a 90’s Contemporary Mountain Home decorated straight outta the heart of a Mediterranean Wine & Coffee lover with a flair for bird themed stained glass and tiffany lamps.

The pre-renovation kitchen

When we met this house, she did not present an easy solution to me for what she could become. Some obvious needs included toning down the mix of pine, oak trim, bamboo, tile, slate and 7 (YES LITERALLY 7) various shades of paint, all visible at once in the main living area. So, I’m taking this as a challenge and will do my best to bring it around to a cooler Southern California Cabin style that our family can relate to.

It’s so interesting to see how families manifest their own style. The Mediterranean Wine Lovers that lived here before told me that when they renovated in 2006, the entire home was covered in floral on floral from furniture to wallpaper. Boy, would I love to see that!

The laid back mountain version of our family’s style will be another fun exploration. With this home we are looking toward a more rustic and cozy application. We will lighten up the main living spaces again and seek a neutral backdrop. But, I’m leaning into some moody colors in the bedrooms – appropriate for the cold winters in this pine forest.

I’ve started to amass some inspiration on my Pinterest Board. The overall desired vibe is coming together! Here are some examples and the thinking behind the pin!

For a little while I was seeking complimentary floor finishes for the orangey knotty pine ceilings. This A-Frame had a nice combo with some light oak flooring.
Another shot of the same home as above.

And then, our girl Emily Hendo made it known that stripping the orangey ceiling stain was an option, so I started dreaming about a raw pine ceiling instead, and so it looks like that is where we are headed.

This image caught my eye and got me thinking about what could be in regards to the ceiling.

Do you think we can turn the Cali Chalet kitchen (seen below) into something more like the image above?

Hello random closet

I like green paint lately, but not that shade of green. How about these instead!?

Jenny Wolf bedroom from her NoHo loft project

These dark greens are giving me the warm, cozy vibes that I think we will love on snowy mountain house weekends.

I love the moody green of the reading nook at the Chris Loves Julian Mountain Cabin

Besides toning down the main living area and darkening up the bedrooms, the Cali Chalet needs a decor direction for furniture and accessories. When I think of this home, I’m dreaming along the lines of creamy neutral tones for the large pieces and I’d like to keep the colors minimal and mix textures where it comes to textiles and accessories. I’m sure our bedrooms will include a lot of moody blues and greens to maintain that pine forest feeling.

It will be interesting to see how the elements unfold at this home away from home vacation spot. Find more Cali Chalet here.

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The Cali Chalet: An Introduction

Hey Friends & Fam,

What a week! It’s been a long time in the making, but TEOT has a couple of really great irons in the fire, with Sarah’s new A-Frame by the Lake, the new shop location and now this intro, to the Cali Chalet!

The Cali Chalet is a new weekend getaway home for my family. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, its an easy hour and forty minute drive from our home in the Palisades, and almost 5,000 feet above the sea we live by.

It’s so exciting to explore the California version of Mountain Living… Growing up in the foothills of North Carolina with frequent trips to the Appalachians, the mountains are a part of me and they call to me, just like all the Wanderlusty posters say they should.

The home that we scored is a sprawling 90s Contemporary. We are perched up on the hill a mile above the lake with tree top views. There are huge pines all around us, a beautiful Maple in the front yard and an Elm out back, which I just can’t wait to watch change through the seasons! My NC heart is so very content up here! My crew has been joking around that the baby and I are gonna come live full time and the dude will have to visit us on the weekends.

That bright green Maple makes me so happy!

After watching a number of cute little cabins get snatched up pretty quickly, we stumbled into this gigantic 90s contemporary home with so many nooks and crannies and lifestyle features that we just had to go for it. It’s large enough to host multiple families along with our own growing one, much more than we imagined when we started. Holidays are going to be so much fun!

Aside from the 3 bedrooms and large media room that we will turn into a kid’s play room with bunkbeds, there is also room for our vintage Shasta Camper project (which was criteria number one in the search.) Bonus, it comes in the form of a 3 car garage which means plenty of room to spread out tools and get rid of our storage unit in town. There is also a studio space in that garage in which we hope to add a pottery wheel and a kiln for my old college hobby (and the grandparents’ more recent delve).

Underneath the house, there is a pimped out wood workshop with a dust collection system, which won the heart of my woodworkin dude. None of this was pictured in the real estate listing, so you can imagine our surprise as we uncovered each bonus space.

For our crew of inveterate dabblers, tool collectors and hobbyists, there is an incredible amount of tinkering space. There is even a whole room dedicated to hot tub club, one of my favorite past times! I can’t wait to show you what that hilarious room looks like! It looks like a dream come true. Here, let me just go ahead and show you how the sellers had it styled when we visited the home for the first time.

I hope the cheetah comes with!
(it didn’t)

 

In fact here is a tour of the home as we were introduced to it, through the real estate pics.

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So that’s it. The fun new project where we have been spending our weekends.

I’m sure you are wondering how we are going to approach the decor in this dated 90s home, and on most days I’m wondering that to. But a plan is coming together and we are getting started and I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed. More to come soon!

 

 

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