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A Star LA Hair Stylist’s Year-Round Family Lake Cabin

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A Star LA Hair Stylist’s Year-Round Family Lake Cabin

September 11, 2019

Listen in when LA hair stylist Leanne Citrone trims Lauren Soloff’s platinum tresses, and you’ll hear upholstery choices and paint colors being parsed. The two became great friends when Leanne, co-owner of West Hollywood’s Andy LeCompte Salon (“LA’s most celeb-heavy beauty spot” according to Vogue) and Lauren, who runs her own interior design studio, worked together on Leanne’s Hancock Park house. They’ve since tackled the Citrone family cabin in Lake Arrowhead and invited us in for a look.

A low-key alpine enclave in the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Arrowhead is but an hour and a half east of LA, but “a completely different world,” says Leanne, “there’s even snow.” After years of trying to find an affordable weekend place, she discovered the area by accompanying her brother and sister-in-law on their own house hunting trip—”I returned the next weekend with my husband and our two kids; we saw ten places and bought the one closest to the lake.” Behind a layer of varnish, the 1941 paneled interior had great potential but needed the equivalent of a new haircut and color (scroll down to see the Before shots). We’re not the only ones admiring the results: the retreat appeared in Jenni Kayne’s blog Rip & Tan (Jenni has been a loyal client of Leanne’s since she was 14) and they shared their photos with us. If seeing them inspires you to make your own pilgrimage, check out Leanne’s Lake Arrowhead Travel Guide on Rip & Tan, antiques shops and hiking trails included.

Photography by Melissa Gidney, courtesy of Rip & Tan.

“Our approach to the remodel was: how can we make this better without spending a fortune?” says Leanne (shown here), noting that she wanted the look to be clean and minimal in contract to their “stuff-filled” house in LA. The first order of business: Lauren had the entire downstairs whitewashed up to the roofline (it’s Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, one of the favorites in our Architects’ Favorite Pure White Paints roundup). The sofas are from Restoration Hardware’s Ravello Collection covered in white outdoor fabric: “better for family life,” says Lauren,
Above: “Our approach to the remodel was: how can we make this better without spending a fortune?” says Leanne (shown here), noting that she wanted the look to be clean and minimal in contract to their “stuff-filled” house in LA. The first order of business: Lauren had the entire downstairs whitewashed up to the roofline (it’s Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, one of the favorites in our Architects’ Favorite Pure White Paints roundup). The sofas are from Restoration Hardware’s Ravello Collection covered in white outdoor fabric: “better for family life,” says Lauren,

Leanne and her husband, Michael Citrone, owner of used exercise equipment business Global Fitness, live with art at home and at work. For the cabin living room, they browsed their own collection and selected Chuck Close’s painting of Philip Glass and LA artist Alison Van Pelt’s Native American portrait Spotted Jack Rabbit.

The stone fireplace is original and gets put to use year-round. Lauren placed a patterned carpet over a sisal base: “The layered look adds depth, and in the summer, just the sisal can be used.”
Above: The stone fireplace is original and gets put to use year-round. Lauren placed a patterned carpet over a sisal base: “The layered look adds depth, and in the summer, just the sisal can be used.”

The coffee table is from LA’s Galerie Half, and the stools are from a local vintage store.

The kerosene lamp was a housewarming gift from a friend who picked it up on a visit home to Michigan: “I love it, but so far have been too scared to use it,” says Leanne.
Above: The kerosene lamp was a housewarming gift from a friend who picked it up on a visit home to Michigan: “I love it, but so far have been too scared to use it,” says Leanne.
The kitchen was given a makeover using the existing cabinetry. “We replaced the upper cabinets with open shelves, brought in new appliances and hardware, and swapped the granite counter out for marble,” says Lauren.
Above: The kitchen was given a makeover using the existing cabinetry. “We replaced the upper cabinets with open shelves, brought in new appliances and hardware, and swapped the granite counter out for marble,” says Lauren.
“Michael and I both grew up in England, which explains our appliance choices,” Leanne tells us. The fridge is a Smeg—”it has an old-fashioned look that we love”—and the range is an Aga.
Above: “Michael and I both grew up in England, which explains our appliance choices,” Leanne tells us. The fridge is a Smeg—”it has an old-fashioned look that we love”—and the range is an Aga.
The counter and backsplash are Pentelico, a marble with subtle greenish veining: “It came polished and I had it honed, which feels more casual and better for the cabin,” says Lauren.
Above: The counter and backsplash are Pentelico, a marble with subtle greenish veining: “It came polished and I had it honed, which feels more casual and better for the cabin,” says Lauren.
The shelves display plates from Heath and covered bowls by Hasami.
Above: The shelves display plates from Heath and covered bowls by Hasami.
Wire-brushed, engineered wide-plank oak floorboards replaced the kitchen’s wood laminate (as well as the living room and bedroom’s wall-to-wall carpeting). The range is Aga’s Three Oven gas model.
Above: Wire-brushed, engineered wide-plank oak floorboards replaced the kitchen’s wood laminate (as well as the living room and bedroom’s wall-to-wall carpeting). The range is Aga’s Three Oven gas model.
As a cabin-y contrast to the whitewashed beadboard, the stairs and rail were kept natural.
Above: As a cabin-y contrast to the whitewashed beadboard, the stairs and rail were kept natural.
The paneling in the bedrooms was also left natural but sanded to mute its varnished finish. Shown here: the first floor guest room.
Above: The paneling in the bedrooms was also left natural but sanded to mute its varnished finish. Shown here: the first floor guest room.
Lauren and Leanne found the room’s simple wooden bench at a sale at Mix Furniture on La Brea in LA. The tasseled alpaca blanket is Jenni Kayne’s Lightweight Throw; her West Hollywood boutique is situated right in front of Leanne’s salon.
Above: Lauren and Leanne found the room’s simple wooden bench at a sale at Mix Furniture on La Brea in LA. The tasseled alpaca blanket is Jenni Kayne’s Lightweight Throw; her West Hollywood boutique is situated right in front of Leanne’s salon.
In the guest room, a painted bookcase found at Brenda Antin Antiques holds Leanne’s late mother’s books.
Above: In the guest room, a painted bookcase found at Brenda Antin Antiques holds Leanne’s late mother’s books.
Lauren designed the custom bunk beds to continue the lines of the existing paneling.”The staggered configuration of bunks creates some space underneath,” she says. “The setup works with the shape of the room and was inspired by images of Scandinavian cabins and ski chalets.”
Above: Lauren designed the custom bunk beds to continue the lines of the existing paneling.”The staggered configuration of bunks creates some space underneath,” she says. “The setup works with the shape of the room and was inspired by images of Scandinavian cabins and ski chalets.”
A pull-down ladder to the attic was replaced by wooden stairs.
Above: A pull-down ladder to the attic was replaced by wooden stairs.
For visiting families, there’s just enough space for four twin mattresses in a row. The striped sheets and duvet covers are all from Ikea and include Nyponros duvet covers and pillowcases in charcoal.
Above: For visiting families, there’s just enough space for four twin mattresses in a row. The striped sheets and duvet covers are all from Ikea and include Nyponros duvet covers and pillowcases in charcoal.

Before

Above L: The place had a grandmotherly vibe. Above R: In lieu of a dining room, there’s now an eat-in kitchen.
Above L: The kitchen’s arched entry was opened up and the room was given a cosmetic makeover. Above R: The paneling came with a high sheen.

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In Carmel-by-the-Sea, a Quietly Elegant Cottage with Vintage Appeal

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