This Lake Tahoe Vacation Home Is Like a Grown-Up Summer Camp

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Photo credit: Suzanna Scott Photography
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Martis Camp, a private gated community in Truckee, California, backs up to the Tahoe National Forest. “You can literally leave from the back door and go on a 45-minute hike,” says designer Brittany Haines of ABD Studio. “The clients even found a bear inside once, eating bacon straight from their refrigerator.” That would be Claire and Holden Spaht, who envisioned a sophisticated and modern but also laid-back getaway for them and their two teenagers when they hired Haines to design a vacation home in Martis Camp in 2015.

The community has strict architectural guidelines, so there's a cohesive feel of modern homes throughout. The Spaht family’s new-build includes black-stained wood cladding, a stone facade and metal roof, plus a separate art studio, screened porch with wood-burning stove, and stainless-steel hot tub. Inside, the home includes the Spahts's collection of art and furniture. The first piece they purchased, a Richard Mirasch photograph, set the watery palette, while works by Kiki Smith, Tim McKinley, Sarah Sze, Luke Butler, Robert Mangold, Louise Bourgeois, Margo Wolowiec and James Surls fill the walls.

Outside, “There are tennis courts, soccer fields and a ski run,” Claire Spaht says of the community. “It feels very kid-friendly, much like a summer camp.”

Entry

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Sconces Flanking Front Door: Urban Electric, open flame gas illumination. Art: custom comission, Margo Wolowiec. Rug: vintage JaJim flat weave, Tony Kitz Gallery.

Living Room

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Photo credit: Suzanna Scott Photography
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Photo credit: Suzanna Scott Photography

“The central focus of the main room is a Richard Misrach piece of a man floating in the water. “It evokes this serene feeling that Tahoe embodies for us and it’s one of my favorites,” Claire says. Art: Richard Misrach. Sofa and Chaise: Custom designs by ABD Studio. Lounge Chairs: vintage Arne Norell chairs from Sweden. Coffee Table: Custom design by ABD Studio. Rug: antique Persian Bijar, Marc Phillips Rugs. English Cricket Table: vintage.

Dining Room


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“She loves the slightly bohemian and is such a visual person,” Haines says of her client. “There’s something about having a different aesthetic than in your full-time homes that really transports you.” Pendant Lights: Frezoli Lozz. Dining Chairs: Sawkille Co. Dining Table: Nickey Kehoe. Rug: Armadillo & Co.

Kitchen

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“Sometimes when clients ask for open shelves, they have a lot of clutter, but Claire is the type of person that even the mixing bowls are aesthetically pleasing,” says the designer. Light at Breakfast Banquette: Vintage. Table at Breakfast Banquette: Custom design by ABD Studio. Cushions at Breakfast Banquette: Custom fabricated out of green leather.

Primary Bedroom

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Photo credit: Suzanna Scott Photography

“The piece over the master bed I had commissioned,” Claire Spaht says. “The artist is someone that really believes in the spiritual qualities of nature, has a restrained hand, but is lyrical and poetic.” Bed: Custom design by ABD Studio. Sconces: Tolomeo Sconces from DWR. Art Above Bed: Custom Commission by James Surls. Folk Art: Jockum Nordstrom. Pendant Light: Custom fabrication by Stephen White. Rug: Marc Phillips Rugs – Vintage Kilim

Media Room

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The media room features many collected pieces. Bulls Eye/Target Art Piece: Kenneth Noland. Hawk Art Piece:Kiki Smith. Sculptural Art Piece: Mary Shaffer. Sectional: Custom design by ABD Studio, Classic Cloth fabric. Leather Ottoman: Custom design by ABD Studio Sconces: Allied Maker. Lounge Chair: Vintage Womb Chair with custom upholstery in Cowtan & Tout nubby fabric. Floor Lamp: Atelier de Troupe. Rug: Tony Kitz Gallery – Vintage Moroccan Flat Weave

Bunk Room

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“The bunk room was a unique request, and it has four full-size beds,” Haines says. “The primary use was for their daughters and friends to have it as their zone, but it’s multifunctional.” Bath Tile: Commune Design. Bunks: Custom designed by ABD Studio Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric

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