At Home in a Gambrel

A Houston couple discovers a vintage gem near Lake Tahoe, giving it a fresh new look
At Home Ext

Photos by Matt Waclo

Interior designer Raegan Twisselmann and her husband, Seth, a commodities broker, followed a job to Houston more than a decade earlier, but it never felt like home. Both grew up in California, and they searched online to find a home near Lake Tahoe. In 2014, when they found a 1973 house with a gambrel roof, nestled in the woods in nearby Truckee, they made an offer, sight unseen.

At Home Fireplace

Raegan Twisselmann painted walls in neutral tones and retained the home’s wood-burning stove.

Captured by its vintage character, Raegan set about breathing new life into the 1973 breadbox-shaped property that provided floor-to-ceiling views of scenic Martis Valley. “I love taking old properties and making them shine,” she says.

At Home Pathway

Steps and a wooden handrail lead up the property’s slope; the front door was chopped in half to create a Dutch door and painted a cheery mustard yellow.

Raegan relocated with the couple’s two children, and Seth would join them from Houston on weekends. She retained the 1,600-square-foot home’s soaring beams and wood-burning stove but painted the walls and paneling in a warm, neutral palette. She had carpet removed and hardwood flooring installed downstairs; new carpet in the upstairs bedrooms and loft; and new tile, showers, tubs and hardware in upstairs and downstairs bathrooms.

At Home Dine

Sliding glass doors capture forest breezes and views.

To capture breezes on hot summer days, the front door was chopped in half to create a Dutch door. “Once you walk into the house there’s this voided space under the stairs where I created a nook for kids with hanging lights, a fluffy rug, pillows and games,” she adds.

At Home Kitchen

Live-edge wooden shelving and a subway-tile backsplash transform the kitchen wall; an industrial light fixture warms and brightens.

Army-green paint gave the generic kitchen cabinets a welcome facelift, as did replacing steel knobs and fixtures with brass. A kitchen wall is transformed by live-edge wooden open shelving and a backsplash of subway tiles. A custom industrial light fixture over the island and a yellow ceiling light with flowers woven through it warm and brighten.

At Home Chair

A vintage pillow added to a new leather chair with mid-mod lines enhances the ’70s character.

Upstairs, the original brown-stained beams and staircases were retained. “I want to preserve as much as I can and work from there,” Raegan says.

At Home Bed

Original brown-stained beams were retained. The addition of period furniture, art, lighting and bedding lend a fresh spin to the vintage vibe while windows afford timeless views.

At Home Bath

New tile, showers and tubs update bathrooms.

The addition of period art, lighting and bedding lend a fresh spin to that ’70s vibe while windows afford timeless forest views.

At Home Deck

Adirondack chairs on the home’s front porch offer relaxation and stunning views of the scenic Martis Valley nearby.

The couple has since relocated permanently to Truckee, where Seth works remotely—recently getting his realtor license—and Raegan runs the vintage-home-oriented design business Tinsel House Studio. “Living here, we can be outside more,” she says. “It feels like coming back to our roots.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Raegan Twisselmann Tinsel House Studio

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