FYI: This Styling Trick Will Instantly Make Your Home Feel Larger

Gabrielle Savoie

For one L.A.-based couple, coming across a midcentury modern A-frame cabin in Big Bear, California, was all it took to pull the trigger on a lake house for their young family—a short two-hour drive from their Silverlake home. The creative couple, who owns The Odells, a women's clothing store in Los Angeles, had always dreamed of owning a weekend retreat in the iconic architectural style—but the space was less than ideal for a family of four. Still, this didn't deter Laura and Jason Odell from turning this tiny space into a dream family home to share with their son, Shaun, 6, and their daughter, Layla, 3. 

"It was a complete renovation and expansion project for us," explains Laura. "We love A-frames," adds Jason. "When we saw the house and its lakeside location, we knew we had to pounce on it. The house wasn't livable, not even for a night when we purchased it. It was super dark, with small windows and low ceilings. Let's just say I had a vision of a bright and airy open A-frame in my head." After extensive work, the creative couple was able to turn this tiny space into an airy three-bedroom, two-bath weekend retreat for the whole family to enjoy. Take the tour, and pick up a few family-friendly lake house decorating ideas for your own space.

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