From bachelor pad to dream vacation home |

From bachelor pad to dream vacation home

There is only one problem with the Boutros’ house — work gets in the way of enjoying it as much as they would like.

Such are the hazards with a second residence.

They call the Bay Area home during the week and Squaw Valley home every weekend in the winter. And, oh, what a North Shore home it is.

“The colors and fabrics are warm and cozy. When we are there, we never want to leave,” said Danielle Boutros of her family of five.

They knew when they saw the house that it would be perfect. Structurally it was sound, the layout flowed. The only problem was that a bachelor had been living there who was a minimalist when it came to decor.

The 4,800-square-foot get-away was completely remodeled to give it that homey, mountain feel. It was so well done that Catherine Macfee & Associates Interior Design of Orinda won the 2002 American Society of Interior Designers Whole Interiors Award. The house is featured in the November issue of Sunset magazine. The design also won Mountain Living magazine’s Home of the Year.

“My idea was to give each room a theme,” Macfee said from her Bay Area office. “We wanted a comfortable space using their love of skiing and fishing.”

It took about a year to complete the redesign. This involved using logs from the Yosemite burn, an inside of a barn, carving bear heads for a headboard, using pine cones for the ends of curtain rods and scouring shops for the perfect antiques.

The once white walls now have a golden suede finish. Rustic reds and shades of gold dominate the house. The carpet is now wool.

Oversized African chairs are perfect for lounging in, as flames flicker in the massive fireplace.

The dining room table was constructed out of a slab of wood found in Santa Fe. An old French hutch was also brought back from New Mexico.

Light fixtures have been changed, with some more added, including “some fabulous old antique lamps,” Macfee said.

There is a mix of old and new. What could not be bought was custom built.

“The interior not only speaks to skiing and fishing, but the whole outdoors,” Boutros said. “In my mind it is the perfect mountain feeling. The whole feel of the house is exactly what we wanted.”

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