When Sacramento-based interior designer Rebecca Plumb was invited by clients Lisa and Jeff Pardo to help reimagine the vacation home they were remodeling in South Lake Tahoe (a getaway they named Camp Golden Bear), she realized the palette wouldn’t be as dull as the brown scheme on Brown that dominates many mountain cabins.
“They’re both amazingly creative and a lover of color,” says Plumb, who actually helped design a cheerful studio space for these two high-profile art couples. (She’s a graphic designer; he’s a photographer.) “I knew they wanted something different; you should feel like them.” Inspiration came in the form of a vintage striped Pendleton blanket, which resulted in bright color options: saturated shades of blue, green, and gold with some red accents. The hues create a playful vibe, reminding visitors that this is a destination where fun is the goal.
“We knew we wanted the cabin to have a vintage camp feel,” Plumb explains. “My job was to make it feel as elevated as possible while still feeling like a Tahoe. When people go to vacation homes, I think they’re looking for something ambitious. In this age of Instagram, they want a quick moment from their vacation.”
Plumb worked in close collaboration with Lisa, who helped refine the source’s color and accessory choices, and Jeff, who did a lot of the building and “poured his entire body and soul into this space.” Together we have managed to create an exhilarating space that evokes a whole new way to see and experience Tahoe.