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IT’S MOUNTAIN HOUSE REVEAL WEEK!!!!!!!! In case you’ve missed the countdown to it on social media (we are treating it like “shark week,” for obvious reasons(??)), we are revealing the entire house (almost), area by area, day by day this week. The house is featured in House Beautiful and on newsstands tomorrow! Please go buy it where there is an exclusive story I wrote for it as well as photos of the master bed and bath, which we can’t reveal for a couple of weeks here (magazines get what’s called “exclusivity” to give readers something unique to see in print instead of seeing everything online). But back to the reveals…

Today, we are featuring the living room and entry. She is a BIG post, but full of beautiful images and lots of words by me.

But let’s back up a bit. This week marks the two year anniversary that we closed on this house, which gives you some perspective on how long it takes to plan (5 months), design, renovate (1 year), decorate, style, shoot (4 months) and publish (2 months) a house. And I have so much help. We went 2-3 times over budget (I still can’t bring myself to calculate) and it took twice as long as we predicted, but “renovation amnesia” is a real thing, and can be forgotten because our family (and friends) are IN LOVE with this home. It has this very special positive, calming energy and feels so easy to live here.

Here are the facts if you’re just joining us: it’s a 3,200 square foot house, an hour and a half outside of LA in Lake Arrowhead. It was built in the 1960s with additions and some renovations done in the ’90s and 2000s. We documented the entire process here, and yes even let you choose many of the design elements or room plans via this I Design, You Decide contest. I have learned more this year about design than all years combined. We changed E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. in this house, to really create a dream house full of comfort, light and calmness for my family. And I have to make sure that you understand that I didn’t or couldn’t have done this by myself. I had an incredible design team who helped me make every decision; thank you Julie Rose, Velinda Hellen and Grace De Asis (and our contractor Jeff Malcolm).

Let’s take a peek at what it looked like before to remind you where we came from and why.

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The living room was always great. The light was amazing and it felt really open and calm. The house has a GREAT layout so we didn’t end up doing too much structural.

We opened up this room to the kitchen, but otherwise, it was just changing all the finishes, though when you are talking fireplace, ceiling, smooth coating walls, flooring, railings, stairs, doors and windows, the finishes were a lot. We even took off all the window and door moldings and of course replaced all the lighting.

As a reminder, the style that we were going for was warm minimalism, modern mountain, in a rustic yet refined Scandinavian chalet vibe…but family-friendly obviously. We wanted LESS stuff, less contrast, and a LOT of comfort and calm.

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Here she is, the living room where we spend so many happy hours as a family.

Let me walk you through the process and more importantly the intentions that we had while designing the house. This house is so cohesive, happy and yet full of comfort without sacrificing too much style. Here is why:

We minimized the number of finishes throughout.

This feels really cohesive, calm and is really easy for your eye to understand. There isn’t a lot of high contrast or patterns or colors, with mostly that beautiful beech wood (all from Ross Alan Reclaimed Lumber in LA), white/light gray and hits of black. I can’t stress this enough: our #1 goal was for it to feel calm here, therefore we chose less contrasting finishes and colors which means less busy-ness. A good example of this is choosing stools (this are from Article) that actually blended into the wood island, which is something that I wouldn’t do in every house but is perfect here. Also, the window frames (we sourced from Marvin) match the wood on the floors/ceiling, again hoping that your eye rests instead of bounces. The sofa and rug are the same tones which keep it really seamless and so calm (although there are some days I wish I had done the sofa in a green or blue). But by bringing in hits of black everywhere it grounds it and adds some excitement.

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We maximized the light, focusing on the nature outside.

Natural light is your #1 design element. We made the windows the focus (all white oak contemporary from Marvin) and chose finishes that bounce the light around, and yet are quiet enough that the green trees outside become part of the design. We also added skylights from Velux wherever possible. The light in this room is amazing all day every day, even when it’s cloudy.

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We splurged on doors and windows.

Years ago, I asked an architect what he would spend his money on in a house renovation, and he said “doors and windows” and now I understand why. In our LA home, we made sure that those elements were original or mimicked the original and it makes a difference, it does…so we did the same with this one. You can’t tell that much in this room because there is only one door, but all the doors are the beautiful reclaimed wood, made by Ross Alan. They are solid and feel so high quality.

As mentioned, we worked with Marvin on all the windows, choosing their white oak contemporary frames and boy are they stunning. The huge A-frame windows were in bad shape and redoing them wasn’t an easy feat (stay tuned for a full post about the how and why we chose our new windows) but the new ones are nothing short of stunning. We chose to have the new door to the garage (which wasn’t there before) as a simple white flat panel, so it “went away” but now I regret not having that be in the wood as well (see below).

We focused on the architecture.

Again, the wood, windows, and open space and light are really the feature of this house, so why clutter it up with a ton of stuff to distract from it?

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We went SIMPLE.

We chose the most minimal version of everything. For example, the fireplace—by schmearing over it with plaster (German schmear—see this post for the hows/whys), you still get the stone look, but way less busy and with less contrast. And the stair railing—it’s still black iron, but we designed it to be so simple and sleek with no decorative detailing except the wood on top which matches our wood on the floor. Every single choice went through the lens of “could this be simpler?” We didn’t even use moldings around doors and just a tiny quarter round on the floor to even it out. This mostly works in a midcentury or contemporary house.

We mixed high, low, vintage, new, big-box or one-of-a-kind throughout the house.

This ensured that our house looked personal, collected, unique and had a lot of soul. I LOVE that vintage side table with the three legs and while it’s kinda oversized and we thought there was no way it would work in the space, it really does. There is a ton of Target’s new fall collection mixed throughout the house (not available just yet, I got some early releases for the shoot, but everything will be on sale August 25) like textiles, bedding, lighting and accessories, and a few splurgy vintage pieces (mostly chairs because I love a statement chair) that I got either at local stores (Pop Up Home, Midcentury LA) or online via Chairish and 1stdibs. The leather strapping rocking chair was my 40th birthday present.

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We prioritized comfort and livability.

Every piece of furniture is kid-friendly, with any lighter upholstered pieces (like the sofa) being in Crypton fabric, and the light rug is a performance rug (meant to be easy to clean) from Ben Soleimani. Nothing is precious and there are not a lot of accessories (even pillows!) for them to move around which I then have to put back. Sometimes, I look at that coffee table (ours from LA we got from Lulu and Georgia years ago) and think why didn’t I put some books on the bottom shelf?? I do think it would have looked better, but we don’t NEED books there and likely the kids would just take them off and throw them around the house. The wood log holder (again from Target’s new fall collection coming soon) with porcelain logs is decorative as the fireplace is gas so I suppose I contradicted myself there (but it’s sooo good).

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We stayed neutral.

All the major pieces are neutral because I wanted calmness and flexibility. I really loved how we had a neutral sofa and rug in here prior to the renovation so we stuck with that, but there are days when I wish I had done the sofa in a darker green or blue. I literally go back and forth on it daily, some days LOVING that everything is tonal and calm. The good thing is that with this color palette I can easily add more color and pattern and change it with the seasons (which I will).

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The sofa is pretty darn incredible and even looks great from the back—it’s a vintage piece that I found on Chairish, bought through Gallery L7 in LA and had reupholstered in family-friendly Crypton (in their Calico Maxwell fabric in Pewter). The curve in the corner really makes it special.

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Sitting in that corner, above, is so dreamy and cozy. We felt that it was a sofa that didn’t want a lot of pillows, because the back is so ergonomic, tapering back. I could have styled it with more pillows and maybe it would have looked better, but I was trying to keep it as livable and true to the minimal aesthetic as possible. But of course, NOW I want more pillows. 🙂

We chose simple, or really special lighting throughout—some more splurgy and some affordable, like the sconces in the living room, which were $130. The round light going up the stairs, from Allied Maker, was chosen because it didn’t compete with the other thin and linear sconces, and was a nice solid, round shape behind the stair railings. The detailing in person makes it feel really special and handmade.

Speaking of, we carried elements that were “thin, black and linear” throughout the house. Note the black railing (installed by 3D Stairs & Wood Works), the black standing lamp, the island pendant, the coffee table legs, etc.

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Almost all the textiles in this house are from Target’s new fall line (again, not available until August 25), because I personally think that pillows and blankets are a GREAT place to save. For you eagle eyes, you will notice that the room is styled differently in a lot of the shots, that’s because House Beautiful asked for options, as well some shots looked better with certain things styled a certain way. The black tubular chair you see in the living room ended up in the loft and a vintage Cherner chair sits there now instead.

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The entry is so simple, just a bench (that we sourced from Ethnicraft) and some art that my kids made with pressed flowers from the forest behind our house labeled “spring 2019.”

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I love love love the pressed flowers as art so much and the kids point them out to everyone who walks into the house. It was so easy—we just pressed them inside books, then after a month pulled them out, and we framed them in a cool minimal way that didn’t feel so crafty and we think looks really elevated. We put them on pretty thick watercolor paper (that has a lot of texture) by using super glue and framed them in readymade IKEA frames.

The wall that that is up against is new. We closed up an open area under the stairs, creating a hall closet, which looked like this before:

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We wanted to create a closet to actually use the space, which also simplified the architecture in a good way. The stairs were very thoughtfully designed by my team (thanks Velinda for all your problem solving there and hard work!) and frankly, they are stunning. The railing goes directly into the wood, not a plate which is a detail that we love but is more expensive to accomplish. We used hollow iron rods (I believe because they are less expensive) with thicker solid rods every few feet for code.

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The last rod was supposed to be a thicker support rod and yes needs to be switched out because if a child swings on it, it wobbles and will surely break at some point. But let me divert your attention to that light switch. We went with Forbes and Lomax wherever it was really obviously visible, and while they are a splurge, boy are they a treat and everyone loves them.

BEFORE AND AFTERS:

We love a side by side to see where we came from and where we are at now:

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HOW WE FEEL ABOUT LIVING IN IT AFTER 2 MONTHS:

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It’s been a couple of months living here off and on (and me staring at the room) since we finished the project…how am I feeling about it? We thought for each room we’d go through the livability of it because while you make these decisions that you think you won’t regret, guess what, there are always some things you would tweak or even find that you end up using a room entirely differently than you intended. So here goes for the living room:

Generally, this room gets a TON of use and we love it. Right now, I’m missing some color, namely blue in here, so I’ve added a blue throw instead of the green one and a few other pillows, which is an easy fix. I might move the art (a lithograph by Cy Twombly) next to the stairs where it feels a bit empty and put more blue above the fireplace. Who knows?

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The sofa, which I love aesthetically is a challenge as it’s modular and it slides EVERYWHERE and the back cushions fall off easily. The kids treat it like big building blocks for a fort, which was adorable at first but means I’m literally rebuilding the room every day that they do that. It didn’t slide around before when it had the original upholstery (a thick terrycloth), so I’m currently playing with the idea of putting felt or some sort of anti-slip material on the bottom of the top cushions to keep them in place, and maybe even wrapping rug pads over the feet or attaching the bottom cushions to each other with velcro. It’s driving me NUTS.

I do kinda want to switch the rug in here with the rug in the guest room or the family room (coming up later this week). When the room is perfectly styled, I like that the rug and sofa are tonal and kinda run into each other, but other times I’m wondering if I could have made a more colorful choice. So many ways to skin a cat. We didn’t find that sectional until 10 days before the shoot so we had to make the decision on fabric in like 1-2 days to get it upholstered in time. The idea of going darker was so scary to me because we were so used to the lighter sofa in here, but I’m tempted to get darker slipcovers made (a dark blue or green) and see how that feels. Would that ground the living room more or make it feel busier? Probably both.

Also the rug is high pile and while it is a performance rug, i had no idea how much foot traffic would be on the space from the kitchen to the front door so it just gets trampled. The guest room rug is a low pile, but neutral and the guest room gets less foot traffic. This one is really cozy, though… .

Lastly, if you are sitting in that sweet spot of the sofa, you can’t reach your coffee/drink so we need a table either on the left of the sofa or behind it. We have something for now but still shopping…

But generally, this room is SO comfortable, warm, inviting and easy to keep styled as we live with way fewer accessories, and yet it doesn’t feel bare. The architecture, light, windows, fireplace and wood are the real features and the furniture is all so comfortable and kid-friendly. No real regrets, just some tweaks – THANK GOODNESS.

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Thanks for making it through the whole post. It’s a lot of info and I could have even said more, so please, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them. And don’t forget to go out and get the issue of the magazine tomorrow!! Again, there is a whole story in there that I wrote, different than what you read here. Come back tomorrow for the downstairs guest bed and bath.

Again, I wanted to give a great big thank you to my incredible design team who made this house a possibility: Julie Rose, Velinda Hellen and Grace De Asis. Photos are by our own Sara Ligorria-Tramp, styled by me with help from Emily Bowser, Erik Staalberg and Veronica Crawford. Our contractor was Jeff Malcolm and our architect (that we used at the beginning of the project) was John Lyles.

Here are all the resources.

Living Room Resources

Finishes:

Beechwood Mantel by Ross Alan Reclaimed Lumber | Beechwood Ceiling by Ross Alan Reclaimed Lumber | White Oak Contemporary Windows by Marvin | Beechwood Flooring by Ross Alan Reclaimed Lumber | White Cliff Matte Countertop via Cambria | Pure White by Sherwin-Williams

Furniture:

Vintage Sofa from Gallery L7 via Chairish | W. Andersag Teak & Leather Rocking Chair via 1stdibs | Esther Chair via Target | Thomas Bina Olivia Coffee Table by Lulu & Georgia | Esse Canyon Tan Counter Stool by Article | Vintage Mango Wood Tripod Side Table Wood from Habitat Gallery via Chairish

Art & Decor:

Performance Elda Rug via Ben SoleimaniLana Ivory Sheepskin by Article | Art Over Peninsula by Arielle Zamora | Farmhouse Pitcher by Sheldon Ceramics | Black Vase by Ben Medansky | Farmhouse Jewelry Box by Sheldon Ceramics | Leather Wrapped Rock by Made Solid  | Chain 2: Tara 4 by MQuan | Opening Tray by Skagerak | ZigZag Vase by Bobbie Specker via Mantel | Apothecary Matches by Lawson Fenning | Ridge Coasters by LGS Studio via Lawson Fenning | Peterson Real Fyre Birch Log Set via Woodland Direct | Once viii by Jane DentonQuilted Velvet Lumbar Pillow via Target | Firewood Holder via Target (coming soon) | Green Throw via Target (coming soon) | White Knit Pouf via Target (coming soon) | Quilted Throw via Target (coming soon) | Pillow via Target (coming soon)

Lighting: 

Stark Minimalist Sconce via Shades of Light | Table Lamp via CB2 (no longer available) | Black Floor Lamp (vintage)

Staircase & Entry Resources

Finishes:

Wall Mounts by Alpine Metal Design via Etsy (no longer available) | Beechwood Handrails by 3D Stairs & Wood Works | Balusters by 3D Stairs & Wood Works | Stair Tread by Ross Alan Reclaimed Lumber

Furniture:

Oak Spindle Bench via Ethnicraft

Art & Decor:

Hovsta Frame via IKEA

Lighting:

Concentric 10″ Sconces by Allied Maker | LYNEA Lamp 

Check out the rest of The Mountain House reveals here: The Kitchen The Kitchen Organization | The Kitchen Appliances | The Powder Bath | The Kids’ RoomThe Downstairs Guest Suite | The Loft | The Hall Bath | The Upstairs Guest Bath | The Dining Room | The Family Room

  1. So so great! Congrats Emily and team!

  2. Job well done! The wood tones matching throughout the space is breathtaking and easy on the eyes. I love that couch, hopefully some Velcro can fix the movement for you because it’s great.
    I also love the vertical black railings.
    The schmear was a great success!
    The drapey blanket moving around the room makes me crazy but I get why you do it for different shots.
    Lovely room, you guys! Take a bow

    1. Just use white Velcro Industrial Strength Sticky Back, 2” wide. I used it to hold concrete sculptures and lamps on tables my kids and husband kept knocking over. Life changing!

    2. Ha. it actually kinda annoys me, too (the blanket moving around) and I didn’t realize that we did it so much until i saw the photos. Here’s why – house Beautiful wanted some photos that were different than what we were going to run so we kinda had to shoot it twice – and they have some that we don’t and vice versa. And then the shot of the back of the sofa, I COULD NOT get that green quilt to style (mostly because its a bed quilt – but i love the color) so i gave up and used the easy to style throw. But anyway, why the mantel is different is for the same reason – to give them some different shots than us.

      1. I totally get it! Pics came out great!

  3. Gorgeous and perfect, it’s triumph

  4. Congratulations, Emily! This is stunning! About the updates, that’s what I like about your blog. I loved seeing the different iterations of the living room in LA. It’s so fun!

    1. So beautiful! Could you share the budget for the room, especially the windows? Thank you!

  5. I’m speechless, this turned out so beautiful! You all did an awesome job, now enjoy and be proud of the result!

  6. The moment we’ve all been waiting for! And you did not disappoint! The room seems like the perfect canvas for you to play around with for years to come. It reminds me a bit of your previous home, and I’ve been missing those modern vibes since you moved into your tudor. Well done team!

    1. Beautiful! Kudos to you and your team. Love how the fireplace turned out. Most importantly it seems like an amazing retreat for you and your family.

    2. thank you! i’ve bee missing those modern vibes, too. xx

  7. Really beautiful and looks absolutely comfortable. Did you do anything more with the fireplace after the initial schmear? Curious if it looks more amazing because the room is finished or if it was further refinished.

    1. nope! We schmeared it once – wait, I think he had to come back for touch ups but it was like 8 months ago so I don’t remember 🙂 Thank you!

      1. I was thinking the same thing. It looks like the schmear is lighter. I know you were thinking g of maybe going lighter? Did you end up painting it lighter?

  8. Love the way it came out! My favorite part of this room is the stairs, sooo much better than the “before” area. Maybe consider not drinking/eating in this space instead of adding a table? I started only drinking/eating in my dining room recently and it has made my life a lot easier and simpler (less mess, more relaxing – I’m fully in the moment drinking my tea at the table, then I’m fully in the moment reading on my couch (or watching Big Brother when my kids are asleep TBH)).

    1. Those stairs and railing? Best!

  9. It’s beautiful and cozy – but doesn’t seem full of personality. Will you weird it up per OG Emily? I miss your unique finds and styling.

    1. Hmm. i see what you mean, but I think its just more neutral and quiet – which was so necessary for the purpose of this house. But check this out – the sectional is a weird 70’s modular, the rocking chair is a vintage masterpiece, the two side tables are vintage and one of a kind,, the standing lamp is vintage and the lithograph is totally unique. I think they are all just quiet and neutral. But I can see how it doesn’t feel weird. I’ve thought about bringing in some vintage plaid pillows or something like that.

  10. I think if I walked into this room, I would let out a big sigh and say “Ahhhhh.” There’s no noise in this room. Contentment all the way. I love the wood tones. Love the idea of the stools blending into the wood instead of contrast. You can tell this house was a labor of love. I’m already visualizing Christmas in this room.

    1. it is SO CALM. it just gives us so much mental and physical space. And i can’t wait for christmas here, too. 😉

      1. Yes, I immediately envisioned a Christmas tree near those glorious windows!

  11. That fireplace is a triumph. Such a lovely space

  12. Love everything about this post! German smear is my favorite, love the couch and seeing how the changes in the wood ceiling/windows made such a difference. Great job! Love the blog, my favorites are the design posts like these.

  13. It looks amazing! Love the fireplace!! BTW- if you & your family love it, that’s all that matters 🙂 BUT, I love it too!

  14. Absolutely beautiful.

  15. Emily- this room is amazing! You did such a wonderful job! I wish I had all the money in the world so you could come and redo my house in houston! Wonderful wonderful wonderful job!!

  16. This is even better than I expected! Everything looks so cohesive.

    One question — is that stump/live wood side table the one you got at the flea market? I didn’t see it in the sources.

  17. Keep it neutral. Resist the urge for color. This room looks like all your wish pictures from way back when — just beautiful

  18. Oh goodness. I saw that first picture and it made me take an audible breath. It’s so peaceful and comfortable looking. Lovely!

  19. Emily, it looks fantastic. I love the pared back pillows/accessories. So restrained. I’m using the same color palette for my nursery – gray sofa, black metal crib, neutral rug, wood side tables/accents. Last minute, I ordered a blue upholstered rocking chair and am feeling quite validated 😊 For fun, I used the Schumacher deconstructed stripe wallpaper (white), and rainbow colored art and textiles. Love having a neutral palette that can be flexible (we don’t know gender.) Hopefully, the rest of the mountain house continues to validate my recent splurges!

  20. Calm and beautiful. Wow. Congrats! xx

  21. OMG Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! The pictures of the room are seriously beautiful and the space feels so calming. I think you nailed it and I cannot wait to see the rest of the house!

  22. Underwhelming. Soulless.

    1. Yeah it’s not coming together for me too. Not a fan of the chair on right or the boxy sectional. Doesn’t fit well with the kitchen.

    2. That’s a bit harsh—especially given that the content here is provided to you for free and nobody forces you to look at it if you don’t like it. Honest feedback is valuable but only when it is delivered with some civility.

      I very much like the design and can appreciate all the hard work that went into it!! Nice job!

    3. if this is soulless, then i don’t want to have a soul.

  23. Wow- such a stunner! I’ve missed a lot of the progress posts so I’m sure you discussed this previously, but did you reclad the whole ceiling/floor above? It looks different from the before shots so I’m guessing you did. I’m sure that was an expensive choice that wasn’t made lightly, but WOW it elevates the space into true “magazine 2019” worthy space! I could legitimately comment about every design decision in here with heart eyes! But that couch is AMAZING. It would look terrible in my house but in this room it works soo well! I like it much better than the Article sofa with legs. I say go for it on velcro and some dark slip covers.. but I only say that because it isn’t my money 🙂

    1. thank you! and you know what – I don’t know if i’ve really talked about the ceiling yet (although i do tomorrow in the loft reveal post because you see it so much more). But here’s what we did – we left the rafters and just sanded them down and yes reclad all the horizontal tongue and groove with the same wood as the flooring – reclaimed beech from ross allen reclaimed. It wasn’t cheap (labor on high ceilings takes a lot of time), but it saved our marriage as I couldn’t live with the dark orange stained wood and wanted to paint it white and brian was VEHEMENTLY against painting it white. like he would have run for president on that platform. We both wanted wood, and i’m SO Glad we did it.

      1. The ceiling is absolutely gorgeous! Emily, I’ve been following your blog and I thought you had walnut blasted the ceilings. Did you subsequently decide to sand the rafters and reclad the tongue and groove because the walnut blasting didn’t work out? Any thoughts on why it didn’t?

      2. Haha glad it saved your marriage! It’s so beautiful! Pretty sure I was team white when you discussed it on the blog/insta before, but now I can’t even imagine this space in white. The wood MAKES it!

  24. IM FREAKING OUT, ITS SO GOOD!!!!! Holy. MOLY. I love when you hold yourself back a bit, the results are absolutely stunning. I know you wish you had more bold colors here but I’m so glad you stuck with your original vision of Scandinavian Mountain house. THIS feels like that. It’s so stunning. I’m so jealous of those doors and windows. What a treat. And I zoomed in on the dining nook sneak peak and my heart raced faster. I can’t wait to see the full reveal!!

    1. AGREED!!!
      so glad you stuck with original vision!!!

  25. GORGEOUS, as always! What a cozy, happy, yet minimal space. I’m in love

  26. The whole room is stunning. I don’t generally pay much attention to stairs, but I love the thick wood on the treads and the black bars. The side view of the stairs is art all by itself.

    I also love the schmear treatment on the fireplace. I thought the old fireplace looked fine, but this is really special.

    Congrats on a great job.

  27. The house is amazing! Great work. Love all neutrals.
    My cushions move on my sofa. on Amazon I bought anti slip/grip pad like a rug pad but smaller

  28. GORGEOUS! Thank you for sharing the final result and for bringing your readers along on the process.
    The photos breath the calmness and I can only image how it feels to have the room embrace you in person.

    It’s exceptional design!

    real quick question – the footer candle holder… would you mind sharing the source? Thank you!

    1. Will echo the request for details on that footed candle. Primitive but minimal, purr.

  29. Congratulations! I’ve loved following along, and really appreciate all of the information and honesty you’ve shared throughout. It’s beautiful! Ok, now I must get out of the parking garage and actually go upstairs to my office! 😂

  30. Just stunning… as expected! Wondering how you lightened the wood tone of the ceiling! I’m dealing with an identical ceiling to the one in your before photos, which is amazing, but creates a real cave-like feel. I’d love to lighten it up! Was yours sandblasted? Can you tell us about the process?

    1. There are several blog posts telling all about it. They had it clad in entirely different wood. It’s so beautiful!

    2. We basically left the rafters (we sanded them) and reclad the horizontal tongue and groove with reclaimed beech. It took about 4 days with 2 guys on scaffolding. But SO WORTH IT.

  31. Emily and EHD team……Amazing! I’m running out to get House Beautiful, gotta see what they chose in photos too. Just such a beautiful home. I’m so glad you have been enjoying this house so much this summer.

    It’s really gooooood!

  32. Love the clean look! What is the wall color please?

    1. Hey! We just added it in the resources, it is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams!

    2. Yes I would like to know the paint color too please!

  33. Wow, I have never seen this from you before… and I like it. I feel the calm vibe immediately. The soft textures, layering and those handmade shapes in the wood and ceramic pieces, the quirky vintage, YES to all of that! It looks original and very like Emily.

    As for tweaks, I hope you can fix the sliding issue with the sofa because the scale and shape are perfect and I personally love the low contrast of the light color in the large room. I would rather consider the rug being slightly darker grey, grey/blue, or muted blue, although I love the subtle pattern in this one. And, I agree about a slightly more colorful artwork on the mantle. The writing piece is just a little too lightweight here.

    It’s very well done! I look forward to seeing the rest!!!

    1. Have you considered any of the newest rugs from Lulu & Georgia? I see some nice ones in greys and blues and modern patterns….
      Also forgot to say I love the shape of the entryway bench and sophisticated kid art!

    2. Have you looked at the newest rugs from Lulu and Georgia? Some interesting greys and blues, geometric patterns, and Ellen’s new collection.

  34. I feel like I read a lot about the ceiling at one point but maybe the story was never entirely wrapped up about what you did to treat the wood & fix the orangey color? I’m going to have to go back and look for those posts because it turned out perfectly. Thanks for being so real about the sofa – I bet strong velcro would solve your problem!

  35. What brand of fireplace insert did you use?

  36. Whoa! The permanent details in this space are incredible – no door frames! the stairs! those windows! the gorgeous wood! the stairs!! Then you add in the jewelry – your birthday present is awesome! the sliding couch! the quirky tables! I gotta say I am loving disappearing bar stools. I can’t wait to see the rest of the reveals!

  37. I love it! I also have a view with lots of windows which the eyes beg to focus on. I think the neutral colors complement that and the structural furnishings are so interesting. Love the tables and side chairs. So unique and bring the natural elements in. I agree that playing with the art and decor on the mantle is going to be so fun! Great job team Emily Henderson!

  38. The living room feels perfectly “Emily” with a fun, modern vibe. It feels comfortable, and the neutrals bring home the serene, Scandi feel. It’s truly a Scandinavian mountain house dream!!! The sofa is an incredible find—unique, vintage, minimal, with an cool back-side, perfectly scaled!! Love everything. Well done and congrats to Emily and her amazing team!

  39. Just beautiful, simple & calm but so elegant! May I ask what paint color you used on the wall? I’m having a hard time picking one for my own neutral living room and like how yours seems off white, not too white, not too bright or beige and still a warm tone. Thanks!

    1. Hey Claudia! We just added it in the resources, it is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams. The house gets a lot of natural light so this white color is a bit brighter white than it seems. I was going to use it in my bedroom but it was a little too stark for my space so test it out in your house first! I ended up going with Polar Bear by Behr which has a little bit of warmth to it, hope that helps!

      1. Thanks so much for sharing Julie and all the other helpful tips and links on your website!

  40. Gahhhh Emily!!! You’re home away from home is so beautiful!! Your Cabins has a lot of similar elements to my home. I live in an 80’s contemporary and love soft modern design. This Cabin is everything! I’m so excited to finally see such a thoughtful remodel of an old 80’s contemporary space. This is my inspiration as we tackle our remodel! 🙂 Thank you!

    Please share the details of how to get the spindles on the stairs to be sturdy and end into the stairs! Their so unique and sleek.

  41. I am so excited about this week, it is ridiculous! I love everything! I want to ask about the comfort of the sofa. It is so beautiful and stunning in the room. Is the low back comfy? I always look at these sofas and think they are so beautiful but always wonder how comfortable they are.

  42. I frequently struggle with combining popular and trendy elements with classic, timeless design. In my opinion, you have recreated a West Elm display, with higher end pieces. Everyone wants different amounts of character in their home, and perhaps you have chosen to minimize that in order to highlight current trends. I worry, without unique and personal touches, might this aesthetic may be too easy to date in a few years? Some of the items, for example the picture of text, may have already become cliche. Of course as a blogger, trends are the name of the game, so it must be difficult choice when it is your own home. And if you have the means, it is also entirely possible to update the style every few years. To each his or her own!

    1. Wow I couldn’t disagree more! (Respectfully of course). There is a TON of character in this design, and honestly, this is such an incredibly well done rendering of yes, certain trends, but so many of these pieces are just so unique and stunning that I don’t think this will ever look dated. Honestly, I’m stumped as to how you think this is West Elm? You could not find those side tables, black vase, or leather rocking chair on the mass market at all. And while you might be able to find a similar style of couch, I doubt it would be the same. I think Emily has thoughtfully included some mass market items for those of us who may be inspired by her aesthetic but not have the big budget for the higher end items (like that rocking chair!!).

      So many designers are jumping on the california cool/scandinavian bandwagon, and a lot of their stuff looks the same. Not this design! There is so much unique stuff going on, plus the actual house is amazing. LOVE THE STAIRS. It looks so much cleaner/less busy with the wall closed off like that. Ugh the before was :(. I truly think Emily and her team are killing it. Every single room they design is just so beautiful. Sigh. Well done Emily and team!!

  43. May I ask how you transformed your fireplace? It looks amazing!

  44. Been on pins and needles waiting impatiently lol this reveal!! It’s stunning! So cozy, warm, modern and livable.

    I love the space as is but I love blue too! I think a rich man ultramarine or lighter blue would look really ground the space and keep The calm.

    That railing is so simple and such a statement. I’d love to know any extra details you share. I’ve never seen spindles that end into the floor.

    Beautiful as expected! <3

  45. Beyond perfection!

  46. Thank you for a) pointing out how the stools blend into the cabinet base. It’s a great example of how to keep things simple visually and was super helpful for sparking ideas for my own space. Namely, paining our stools to match the cabinets. 🙂 Sometimes I get fixated thinking there needs to be contrast or color and this post gives me permission to keep things low-contrast. b) for the last section giving a real accounting of how things feel and where your mind goes living in the space. I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who obsesses about little changes and what to do next.

  47. What does Brian think???

    And can you share the paint color(s)?

    Thanks

    1. Hey! We just added it in the resources, it is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams!

  48. Just beautiful! I love all the use of reclaimed wood and the feeling of calmness this space has, but I think you are right and it needs a little bit more color to feel cosier and more like you. Now it’s just a tiny bit too impersonal and neutral. That said it’s still a very beautiful space, congrats to EHD!

  49. I think the carpetless stairs made the biggest difference!

  50. It’s so beautiful! And it’s entertaining to hear your inner dialogue as you fight the minimalism and neutral color palette. It will be interesting to see how the space evolves over time.

    Sponsorships and editorial make it so hard to share- I know- and you need them to make money. But I also wish you could share more about these little decisions as you go instead of in giant posts at the end. It makes the process a lot more engaging for your readers. The best content on IG and blogs tends to be designer’s own homes. Maybe sponsors need to restructure their contracts a bit- it’s not just polished final reveals that highlight their products. Progress dialogue and little moments behind the scenes almost do this better because people engage better with small sound bytes. And is the coverage from a magazine editorial worth sacrificing the freedom you have to share?

    Just some food for thought. Thanks for all you share.

    1. I completely agree with you Joellyn! Little decisions and tweeks are the most interesting part of design content. This is pretty eye candy but doesn’t really engage the reader. I also wish that I design – you decide could have been more about furniture and decorating choices and less about tiles and cabinet doors. The end result is gorgeous tho!

  51. This. Is. So. So. Calm.
    It literally helped me take a deep beeath and slowly exhale.
    I’ve had a really full and exhausting day and at 11.48 PM, THIS helped me relax! It reminds me of (I think it was Chanel?)who said something about taking one item off before you leave the house?
    Less is definitely more.
    This house seems more like your vibe. Much more so than your LA house. This house ‘fits’ you. 🙂

  52. Looks lovely!

  53. I love EVERYTHING. This is sooo my aesthetic. The couch, the rug, the styling…you really nailed mountain scandi minimalist chic. Im sure you’ll tweak it but im so glad this is where you landed for the reveal.

  54. Love this! I’ve been having MHM withdrawals lately. I’m so happy to see this reveal today. This is one beautiful home.

  55. Here’s the real question: does Brian love it? 🙂
    I think it’s beautiful…the wood up, down, and all around steals the show in the natural light!

  56. Emily, it’s gorgeous! I want to sit in there all day and all night. What blows my mind is your sense of vision. Looking at the original photos, I never could have imagined this end product. But you did! Man is that fireplace a stunner. I think I may have voted against working with it (ye of little faith 🙋🏻‍♀️) and I stand very, very corrected.
    The only thing I wonder about is the rug. I’m likely alone on this…. but I think my eye wants less rug and more floor? When I glance at all my super scandy inspo on Pinterest, I see lots of long beautiful floorboards as the base. I know the rug adds so much warmth and I know the rules about the fronts of chairs on the rug… but could a smaller one work? Or I’d love to glance at it with only the sheepskin throw rug and not the big area rug. Just to see. Would that completely throw everything off? Well, you’re the pro around here so I’ll leave that to you 😉
    Hats off to your whole team for this triumph. I mean, you guys are wizards. 👏🏼

  57. Where is the footed candle from? I didnt catch it in the resources.

    1. It’s from Target’s fall line, coming soon!

  58. In the foyer by the round mirror there’s a sconce that plugs into the outlet underneath it, I checked sources a few times but don’t see it linked, I love it where’s it from?

    1. April! That sconce is amazing, it is from Human Home and comes in 2 sizes!
      Here is the link: https://humanhome.co/products/lynea-plug-lamp?variant=5627638317087

  59. This is so serene, so beautiful. Congratulations on the House Beautiful feature! I just arrived at our Lake Arrowhead vacation home last night, eager to escape the Houston heat for a few days. I call this area my “alternate universe”. Our home needs much updating, but I’m so inspired by what you and your team have done. Just fabulous!! PS…saw your cute hubby coming out of Jensen’s awhile back!

  60. This is so serene, so beautiful. Congratulations on your House Beautiful feature! I just arrived at our Lake Arrowhead vacation home last night, eager to escape the Houston heat for a few days. I call this area my “alternate universe”. Our place needs many updates, and I’m so inspired by what you and your team have accomplished. It’s just fabulous! PS…I saw your cute hubby coming out of Jensen’s awhile back!

  61. I love it! I love all the neutrals. I actually cringe a little to hear you say that you want to add color (although I know it would still look amazing).

  62. Beautiful, heavenly. What a transformation. I can imagine it feels so wonderful to be in that space. I like all your choices!

  63. Love the honesty about function with the kids. I want beautiful velvet couches that I picture myself ready and lounging on, but in reality with two kids and 3 dogs they will look like they came from a garbage sale in about a month covered in food and dog hair. Beautiful family friendly design is not always discussed and I appreciate that!! Beautiful work crew!

  64. I love, love all this! So fresh yet timeless. Thank you for sharing your photos and process.
    I had seen & liked the House Beautiful spread — the Sept. issue landed in our mailbox this weekend. But seeing these pictures adds even more perspective and enjoyment.
    I just have one question: what became of the original wood ceiling and beams — did you cover them over with new wood, or did they have to come out?

  65. I mean…wow…you just get better if that’s even possible! I’m currently decorating my living room in a modern Spanish style and trying to stay neutral in the color pallet as much as possible to achieve my vision and it’s hard to not throw some bold color in the space so I understand your feelings. You brought the drama in with your two side tables, that amazing vintage rocker and your vintage sofa (not to mention all the architectural features) it’s neutral heaven!!! It’s exactly what I need to do in my space! Soooo excited to see the rest! Well done EHD team 🙌🏼

  66. IT’S AMAZING!! This week is going to be equally fun and annoying because I’m going to be constantly bummed by not winning the vacation giveaway!! I love the low contrast vibe in here! I personally think you should resist the urge to add blue/green, but you do you!

    We have heavy duty velcro strips that attach our bottom and back sofa cushions and they are a GAME CHANGER. Definitely do velcro.

    Can’t wait for the rest of the reveals!

  67. Amazing! You and your team are amazing. This was such a journey for you and quite risky. You did it! Congratulations and many years of happiness in your Mountain Home. It’s perfect.

  68. I’m sorry to bring a negative tone to this and understand if you delete my comment, but I am truly confused about the strategy behind this Mountain House Reveal week. It is obviously a stunningly beautiful home that you all have worked extremely hard on. But from a content perspective we have already seen the permanent finishes. The reclaimed ceilings, the fireplace treatment… it has all been covered here and on IG (which it SHOULD be – readers want progress, not just final reveals). So as you guys have been promoting this epic week I was scratching my head, but thought “ok, at least we get to see how they decided to finally decorate the house”. And then I come and read this and the photos are beautiful, despite the choices being VERY neutral without as much of Emily’s playful aesthetic I am used to, but I can get down with a calm sanctuary retreat. BUT THEN I get to the end of the article and Emily dissects everything she did and all the things she wants to change. So at the end of the day this isn’t even the real end product, it’s just a regurgitation of the temporary look that is being featured in the magazine. Cool…

    1. I have to agree with you there…we are getting the design regrets in the reveal post and it makes it less exciting! It’s 100% bc the team was on a deadline to make the magazine….and that’s the same thing that happened with her new home, too. Just rushed decisions (that cost a TON of money!) that I thought still looked GREAT in the space. Let us be excited for a reveal! No space will ever be perfect or without small regrets (as this blog has been so honest about).

    2. i literally squirmed with joy when i got to the bottom of the post and got to read the regrets. thank you for sharing them. makes it so much better.

  69. This looks amazing! Love the idea of using porcelain logs next to the gas fireplace. I have a corner fireplace like this and have been #struggling with rug placement, I see you’ve used two rugs (I think) is that what you’d recommend?
    Can’t wait to see the rest!

  70. I now understand why we’ve heard you rave about Ross Alan Reclaimed Lumber… The architecture of the house paired with THAT wood MAKES this house. The windows, doors, and fireplace make me drool too.

    Thank you for talking over the details so candidly with us – So interesting to hear that there’s no moldings, and just a quarter round for the base. I wouldn’t have thought of that.

    I definitely see vintage/quirky Emily in here, but a subdued, more calm version that totally fits this space.

    GORGEOUS WORK, and I can’t wait to see more.

  71. This is so lovely! I will say, your description of the sofa sounds the opposite of calming! It seems you aren’t sold on the color, function of pillows, and lack of drink space, all of which could be solved with a different sofa (perhaps in a lovely muted blue or green?). I think this one may just be too blocky and contemporary for the house’s vibe. Can’t wait to see the rest!

    1. I love the neutrality and calmness of the room! Plus the stair solution brilliant. I really appreciate the full disclosure from the team. Even with unlimited funds and time it is hard to get 100/100. I have been tempted at similar sofas and still surprised at the lack of visual comfort level of that sofa, particularly if you see people sitting on them, (like Brian in the photo above) or anyone for that matter are they really comfortable to sit on? or more a full lying down sofa? Thanks, understated spectacular job!

      1. I was wondering the same thing. As a tall person, I don’t think I would go with a low back, deep sofa. Brian sits on it, and it seems soft, as he almost touches the rug, but if they like it – that is what really important. Overall this room is STUNNING!

  72. Wow!! Blown away!!!! You and your team are truly gifted!

  73. Love the room and I think you went the right way keeping the sectional and rug neutral. The sectional is actually one of my favourite parts – I’m currently on the lookout for something with this same shape that looks good from behind and now I need to keep my eye out for something similar. The technique on the fireplace looks amazing.

    The only thing I’m scratching my head about this room is that there is NO storage. From a practicality standpoint, this being a vacation home, I would personally need a space to put games, cards, glasses, magazines, coasters, pens, kids toys etc.

  74. As much as colour is a temptation in every redesign, you did well to reign it in. The house does all the talking as it should. I believe every house tells you what it wants to be. And you nailed it!

  75. This is STUNNING. The idea of renovating a 3,200 sqft home is giving me anxiety and I live in a one bedroom in West Hollywood. The fact that you pulled this off with a second home you live an hour and a half away from is a true testament to patience and flexibility.

    I love that the space is so tranquil and has such a radically different feel from your Los Feliz spot but is still so clearly a Emily Henderson design. Bravo for creating such a gorgeous home, Emily and Co.! Hard work pays off!

  76. Gorgeous! I have a few design questions for you:

    Is it OK to put a side table next to the sectional in addition to the coffee table in front of it? I assumed that would be too many tables in one space, but the utility is undeniable.

    In open concept homes like this, would you ever mix finishes or styles of lighting in the kitchen, living room, and stairway?

    How has the family-friendly material on the couch held up so far? I’m shopping for a new couch and worried that a light color is a huge mistake in case it gets dirty!

    Thanks, you’ve always been a huge inspiration and help as I have been designing my first home that I’ve renovated with my husband. Read about our progress here: http://www.usagainstthehouse.com

  77. this is breath-taking and breath-GIVING! wow. you all knocked it out of the park. i am in love, and also can’t wait to see you style it up for christmas!!!!!!

  78. Wow, it’s gorgeous but why why why cover up the stonework on the fireplace?

  79. Emily and team: Congratulations. The house is absolutely gorgeous. I love the minimal look and the calming tones. It’s been fun following along, and I can’t believe it’s been two years. The fireplace is perfect. The windows, the stairs, all the wood – just breathtaking.

    Enjoy, and I hope you and your family enjoy many happy times at the mountain house.

  80. That was so much fun to read! I love your style, honesty and before and afters in the same angle! Such a treat – I seriously just devoured the post 🙂

  81. Absolutely LOVE how you kept those original good bones – this is just beautiful! Can’t wait for the rest of the reveal.

  82. I love it! So different from your “pops of jewel tones” self! If I were to make any changes, I’d say it’s missing some plants (in neutral baskets or rough ceramics to mimic the fireplace) and I say GO FOR A GREEN SOFA! Or blue! Do ittt… And add the velcro to the couch. No one would know plus, design isn’t inherently kid friendly so Eff the rules!

  83. Thanks for sharing with us, Emily! I enjoy learning your process on making decisions–and also, your honesty in telling how the kids complicate the “perfect” choices. Even though my four kids are now grown, I still have that “kid friendly” mentality. “The light fabric is so lovely, but how will the family destroy it when they visit?” Your mountain home is indeed a calm space. I’m sure you will be able to fix the kid-caused problems, or just learn to live with them! Congrats.

  84. Wow! Stunning, tranquil room!
    Checked out the post you linked to about the German Schmear and the fireplace now looks so different than those photos. Was there another step in the process that I missed?

  85. I agree completely with the architect you referenced – windows and doors are so important in a remodel. We have a prow front similar to yours, only with some odd shapes. We replaced all the glass in the prow and did all new windows and doors and what a difference! It was costly and a mess and oh so interesting to watch the process.
    Welcome to Lake Arrowhead! Congratulations to you and your team on a beautifully conceptualized home. I think it reflects your design aesthetic perfectly.

  86. I think this is your best work so far – and I’ve been following you since Secrets from A Stylist!!! When the reveals are over (I really don’t want them to be over) would you consider a post by Brian? I know he doesn’t like it, but he’s the quiet hero, so I’d love to hear what he thinks.

  87. I was desperate to find those incredibly real-looking porceline logs in the log holder. Ha! The porceline is the log set in the actual fire box…and the logs in the log holder are real, right? Dang it.
    P.S. The room is SO wonderful. Can’t wait to see it styled for Christmas.

  88. It’s beautiful and perfect and I love it. Congrats Emily and team! Everything looks thought through and intentional. And I know how extremely tough that is to do when designing anything minimal because you can’t very well “distract the eye” (a favorite mantra of mine, as I make lots of mistakes haha). The attention to detail is really incredible. Bravo!

    I question whether the Velcro would help or hurt the sofa situation with the kids. My kid loves ripping Velcro pieces apart. Something about that sound. Maybe it’s the lesser of two evils though

  89. I really like it! Opening up the wall to the kitchen is a real game changer. Also the fireplace! It looks so good.

    Could you please share the source of the cushion you and your daughter are sitting on?

  90. I was so excited to see what you have done to it! Lake Arrowhead is such great location! You made it so beautiful and family friendly but in style! Love, Love love!!!

  91. Just read the House Beautiful piece online via my public library’s app. Very nice! But I love your follow-up here on how everything in these beautifully styled photos works in real life!

  92. Looks absolutely amazing. I love how the fireplace turned out.

  93. You captured what seemed like an impossible combination – scandi and rustic! Not too sparse, and warm without looking cabin kitschy. And it looks like it was always meant to be this way. And the coffee table looks fabulous there. It wasn’t my favorite in the LA house, but it is perfect for the Mountain House! I can appreciate the design of it so much more in this space. I think the finishes are what pulls it all together. I would have loved a breakdown of how/why you chose the furniture layout you did. What sofa placements did you try and reject – and why. And some details on why this works. So that for those who are not remodeling all the finishes in their house, how to approximate this look. Maybe for future posts

  94. This is a beautiful, neutral space for sure. I’d love to see you play with color more as you tweak the room beyond the photo shoot. Something about the neutrality of this space is reading a little unfinished to me. Like maybe the concrete feel of the fireplace paired with the lack of window treatments (which I totally get since you want that view but then you trade-off a softening/texture opportunity) just kind of gives me an in-progress/building/industrial vibe. I guess I want more warmth and color and family presence (like design-wise, not like, add more children) in the decor, but totally get if that’s not your direction for this space.

  95. Wow, you killed it with this one. So many heart eyes for this house. It is so gorgeous, dunno what my favorite part is, but maybe the huge, tall windows. Doors and windows have such an impact in a reno!! Kudos to all of you talented folks.

  96. Beautiful…..just beautiful!

  97. I like everything- even the white door in the background (doesn’t steal attention from the gorgeous stair railing), everything except the pouf. The pouf doesn’t look high end enough for this space.

  98. Love it and the minimal look of everything. Definitely my favorite personal design style for my own home!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the house!! Great work!!!

  99. Love it’s it is, very calming. Particularly love the green throw, looks amazing!

  100. Yay, the MH reveal is finally here!

    I appreciate that you shared your thought process that was going on during the design, plus the “after living in it for a while” thoughts and potential tweaks. I think the little things like “can’t reach the coffee from the sofa sweet spot” are super important, and it’s good that you shared that kind of stuff as well as the gorgeous photos.

  101. This is super beautiful!! CANNOT WAIT for this whole week of posts. In this room I particularly love the big shot of looking into the kitchen from the window wall of the living room – the flow and connection through the house is obvious and incredible. Also, the pressed flower art!! Perfect! So glad that idea came through the way you hoped – I remember the blog post back when about it.

  102. Stunning renovation! But where did you hide all the electrical outlets? I’m sure you still have them but they are not visible, which I love. Even that lamp on the tripod table doesn’t have a visible cord so either that was just for the shoot or there is an outlet hiding somewhere close. Great job and enjoy your new home.

  103. I’m so in love with your mountain house. It literally stops me in my tracks every time one of its images floats through my IG feed or pinterest or wherever. I do a double-take and then realize that, ah yes, it’s Emily’s mountain house…that’s why I am so drawn to the image.

    You had mentioned you used high end light switches whenever they were in a really visible spot. Does that mean you mixed and matched light switches throughout the home? Are the others still black or is it okay to have some in white and others black? I’d love to know your thoughts on this!

    Also, thank you for spending time talking to us about the things that frustrate you too! You are the very first designer I followed who would openly talk about your mistakes or the fact that sometimes the functionality of a piece isn’t as great as you hoped…..I so appreciate your transparency, and it makes me feel so much better about my own mistakes (which happen more often than I like to admit).

  104. So good. Love what you did to update the fireplace. Happy the Cherner chairs made it up there.

  105. Beautiful!

  106. Where is the black live edge side table from?! Love this room. Congrats. xx

  107. Great work.

  108. Absolutely stunning!!! Can’t wait for the rest of mountain house week!

  109. It is simply stunning! Bravo to you and your team for creating such a neutral but really warm and welcoming room! A difficult task, for sure, but you all pulled it off! I am always impressed with what you guys manage to create! Keep it up! We love to watch the EHD team make their brand of magic!

  110. The windows and ceiling you created are so magnificent that you can’t go wrong whatever you chose and change and change again regarding furniture and accessories. As for the COUCH sliding issues, I grew up with modular couches that had metal hooks and eyes screwed into the frame underneath to HOOK each section together – two per side.. Worked perfectly. Maybe can work with whatever framing is under you couch. Would hate to think of Velcro sticking to and rubbing against that beautiful fabric. There must be some way to engineer attachments from underneath. Good luck!

  111. It’s so beautiful! And I get what you mean about the calming effect of low contrast and simple materials.

    I can’t wait to see it in person Saturday and meet you!

  112. Wow, the improvement over the before is just staggering. It looks so beautiful and cozy and relaxing!

    It sounds like it’s still a tender area, but if you ever feel like sharing the money stuff with us, I would love to read about it. One of my all time favorite posts was when you detailed the costs and decisions of redoing the outside of your house (the tree-in-the-living-room, eight flights of stairs to the front door house). I would love that kind of breakdown on this project!

    Beautiful work, team. I’m available for housesitting anytime. 😉

  113. Looks lovely. Really excited for you to add some dark colour to the couch. I think it would up the drama and the warmth of the space. Well done, team!

  114. Looove it! And I love that’s it’s different than your other projects. It’s like “Cozy Scandinavian.” Did I mention yet how excited I am to see it on Saturday?! 🤩 😁 Also looking forward to seeing Target’s fall line. I spend a lot of time there and love how much they’ve stepped up their design game!

  115. So pretty! Love the natural palette and textures. This is a bit of a departure from your usual palette, which is why you shouldn’t change the sofa color or feel like you need to add blue. Stick with your neutral color story. Beautifully done!

  116. Stunning and calm, the windows and wood are divine. My favourite element is without a doubt the pressed flower art. The simplicity of the stalks and the gentle touch of nature it adds is peaceful, and then the sentimentality of being made with your kids- so sweet!

  117. Okay, so serious question. Do you have clothes that are just for the mountain house or do you pack a bag every time you go there? And if you do pack a bag how do you keep everything straight. 🙂

  118. It’s literally perfect! A dream home, and I love how functional it is for your family. Love the black accents with the warm light wood. What a labor of love! ❤️

  119. My favorites:
    the neutrals! I think it feels so much calmer than any project I’ve ever seen you do! I love the calmness. I dont think it needs any color whatsoever!!!
    I LOVE your kid’s artworks! Genius and also so beautiful! What a beautiful thing to have that also looks incredible!
    My two questions:
    1) Why did you choose black accents and not keep that more neutral toned?
    2) how did you choose this specific house to buy? Did you just know that you knew that you knew? If you know what I mean?
    Its GORGEOUS! GREAT JOB!!!!

  120. Absolutely beautiful and restful! I’m 66 and have needed color my entire life, especially blue, but since my awful divorce I’ve wanted to start over with something like this. You’ve given me the inspiration to do it! Thank you…you CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Please don’t give in to the urge to add color. That blanket is enough. The blue rug? Nope. Very happy for you. Enjoy!!

  121. What can one say but ” totally stunning”. Well thought through and retains that ala-naturale look and feel about it.

  122. I would like to see the total cost revealed. The cost of the house and the cost of the renovations without the free sponsorships and trade discounts. The cost to the average person to achieve this home result.
    I’m sure it is close or over $1 million.

  123. I would like to see the total cost revealed. The cost of the house and the cost of the renovations without the free sponsorships and trade discounts. The cost to the average person to achieve this home result.
    I’m sure it is close or over $1 million.

  124. 😍😍😍 where is the big floor pillow from!?

    1. I was wondering the same thing!

  125. Did you have to structurally do anything to remove the beams, or were they just decorative? It looks like they are gone from the main living space so I was just curious. Thanks! It is beautiful.

  126. This house is so beautiful. I’ve been following along from the beginning and I love how it turned out. On a separate note – I’m an LA local and I need to have a chair reupholstered in more kid friendly fabric. Do you mind sharing your resource (or resources) for good furniture reupholstery? I have no idea where to start.

    Thanks!

  127. Hi Emily, love this room, it is gorgeous!! Can you tell us where the art above the fireplace is from? Also, how was the mantle on the fireplace made? Thank you!!

  128. Such a beautiful calm room. Thank you for sharing all the ins and outs of how you put the room together. I’m from the UK and I’m really intrigued by the gas fire, I don’t think you can get anything like it here! Can you share where it is from? Thanks!

  129. It’s beautiful, Emily. I love how calm and serene it is. Well done.

  130. It’s so beautiful and I’m so sad I can’t see it in person!

  131. YEEEEES

    you (entire team) did it!

    this is what I thought when I saw the opening photo. I was thinking this in relation to your original style poll vote and compromise in the beginning of this big project. Well done.

  132. Perfection!

  133. I like the vibe you were going for and I think you really nailed it. That said, it’s too minimalist for me. My eyes crave some color in this space, and I think adding blue or a warm green or even a hint of yellow would make it feel happier to me.
    But you really did hit the scandi minimalism on its head. Congrats Emily and team!

  134. The space is amazing and very inviting. Just what you want for a vacation home. But you certainly schmeared the living daylights out of that beautiful rock fireplace!

  135. It looks fresh and comfortable with the calm color scheme and all the natural wood. I do rather like your old fireplace, but I love stone. This living room is going to be so great for your whole family and the way you opened it to the kitchen was really smart. I love reading about your process and especially about your thoughts after testing it!!

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