long the western shore of California’s Lake
Tahoe, tucked into the idyllic Hurricane Bay
enclave, a family vacation home at once
blends into its surroundings and makes a
refreshing departure from them. Behind this
seeming contradiction is Los Angeles–based designer Jeff
Andrews, whom the clients—a San Francisco couple with three
young sons—found via a mutual friend. “They wanted to bend
the rules of the typical Lake Tahoe house and create something
a little more ‘rustic chic,’” says Andrews.
The bones were there, courtesy of architect Nicholas J.
Kromydas, who designed the six-bedroom, six-bath stone,
timber and glass house. Inside, Andrews took the opportunity
to treat the project—his first in Lake Tahoe—as a blank slate.
Outfitting the house required a unified plan, so Andrews and
the clients flew to Paris, shopped the Marchés aux Puces and
sent home “bits of vintage and industrial,” including patinaed
street lamps that would gain new life as pendants.
“Lighting is pivotal to the overall feel and design of the
home,” says Andrews. “I often draw inspiration for the rest of the
room from lighting.” He set the tone in the entrance hall with a
molded-glass and bronze chandelier by Michael McEwen. “It’s
a taste of what’s to come in the great room,” says Andrews.
Indeed, two more McEwen chandeliers, oversized versions of
the one in the entrance hall, dangle over the double-height
great room like giant pieces of jewelry. “You can see them from
the lake,” Andrews notes. “They’re like amber halos that glow
beneath the ceiling and fill up the voluminous space.”
Two generous Mimi London sofas covered in hardy Edelman
Leather and Designers Guild fabric anchor the space, each
accompanied by a Paul Evans stump table. A pair of circa-1960
Guillerme and Chambron Grand Repos chairs found through
Melissa Edelman Antiquaire are covered in fabric from Raoul
Textiles, their finger-like back supports appearing to reach
toward the vast ceiling. A single captain’s chair by Brazilian
modernist master Jean Gillon occupies a corner. “You’ll always
find our oldest son curled up there,” says the wife, who asked
Andrews to create “a home that could easily switch from winter
cabin to summer lake house.”