When Sacramento interior designer Rebecca Plumb was invited by clients Lisa and Geoff Bardot to help reimagine the vacation home they were remodeling in South Lake Tahoe (a getaway they’d dubbed Camp Golden Bear), she knew that the palette would be nothing like the drab brown-on-brown color scheme that dominates many mountain cabins.
“They are both amazingly creative people who are really into color,” says Plumb, who’d already helped design a cheery studio space for this accomplished artistic couple. (She’s a graphic designer; he’s a photographer.) “I knew they wanted something that felt different; it needed to feel like them.” Inspiration came in the form of a vintage striped Pendleton blanket, which led to vivid color choices: saturated blue, green and gold tones with some red accents. The hues give off a playful vibe, reminding visitors that this is a destination where fun is the point.
“We knew we wanted the cabin to have a vintage camp feeling,” explains Plumb. “My job was to make it feel as elevated as possible and still feel like Tahoe. When people go to a vacation home, I think they’re looking for something aspirational. In this era of Instagram, they want a snapable moment of their vacation.”
Plumb worked in close collaboration with Lisa, who helped refine the color choices and source accessories, and Geoff, who did much of the construction and “poured his whole body and soul into this place.” Together, they managed to create a joyful space that conjures up a whole new way of seeing and experiencing Tahoe.