An Updated 1960s A-Frame Still Has the Fireplace Made of Petrified Wood

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A living room with a white chair and the upper floor on display
Main room

Name: Jeneleen Floyd, husband, two children, and a poodle
Location: Lake Arrowhead, California
Type of home: House
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Fireplace seating area as seen from loft

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: We are a family of four. Our two children are ages 4 and 6. We reside in Los Angeles and were eager to have an escape from the city for our kids to experience the mountains.

Dining area as seen from loft

In 2021, during the pandemic, we found the perfect project for our vacation home. We bought a fixer A-frame cabin in Lake Arrowhead, California. It had not been updated in nearly 40 years. We did a lot of the work ourselves. We aimed to add modern touches to the home by completely renovating the kitchen and bathrooms while staying true to the mid-century roots.

Stairwell slat wall

My husband and I are both artists. I studied painting at MICA and my husband works in visual effects. We wanted the cabin to be a bright and modern escape from the city. I usually gravitate to a more maximalist style, but we designed this home with a minimalist and contemporary palette.

Staircase wall

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or fewer: 1965, modern, A-frame, mountain retreat

Dining area

What is your favorite room and why? The main room of the cabin is definitely my favorite. It has the amazing A-frame ceiling and a wall of glass that allows light to pour in. The house is surrounded by a grove of pine, cedar, and redwood trees that frame the living room view. One of things that we first fell in love with is the living room fireplace; it is made entirely of petrified wood.

Fireplace seating area

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing we purchased was a Barcelona-style daybed for the main room. We wanted a place for resting in front of the fire and looking out onto the trees.

Dining area

Any advice for creating a home you love? Choose colors and pieces that can allow a calm in your day. I find that having a simplified space without clutter allows my imagination to thrive.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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