When Claire Thomas, a Los Angeles resident and the blogger behind The Kitchy Kitchen, spontaneously found herself purchasing an A-Frame cabin on Big Bear Lake in California, she knew she needed some help styling it to fit her Mid-Century modern taste. The cabin in question felt like the ultimate test of her design and renovation skills.

Claire bought the cabin somewhat quickly after being inspired by a trip her sister had taken to Big Bear:



“I had no intention of buying a cabin, I swear.
My sister, Amanda, had gone on a lake trip with her husband,
and was telling me how much she loved it… I did what
any normal person would do and immediately looked up housing
prices for local lake areas. I told my husband about the idea:
renovating a cabin into a vacation home and rental, and he
somehow was cool with me throttling forward.”

Claire had been to Big Bear Lake during her childhood and quickly started fantasizing about the possibilites of owning a cabin there.

Claire started out as a assistant food stylist and personal chef, before creating her blog and eventually becoming interested in interior design. She now has two cookbooks out, a TV show, and is cofounder of the LA bakery, Sweet Laurel — all the while completing this cabin renovation on and documenting her progress on Instagram @kitchycabin and on her blog. Check out the finished result of her hard work below!

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

The couple drove up “just to look” and linked up with a knowledgable real estate agent who had lived in the area for 40 years and knew it well. They saw several properties but were left feeling uninspired by each of them, and made the decision that maybe this was not the greatest idea after all and headed for home. But then, Claire says, the real estate agent called them back: “He said, ‘There’s a listing going up in a week or two at my office – I haven’t seen it myself, but do you want to pop in?’ It was on our way out of town, so why not!”

And, well, the rest is history.

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas


“We went in and I was immediately like, ‘This could be so amazing!”

The cabin itself is a 1970s-era A-Frame and was quite sizable, sleeping 8-10, which meant that she could have family and friends visits for ski weekends. Tackling each room one by one (unsurprisingly starting with the kitchen fist), Claire re-painted, opened up the floorplan, filled the home with all new appliances and hardware, then installed hardwoods and tile throughout.

Her design inspiration for this space was, what she described, as “a 1960’s-era ski weekend party”. This retro sensitbility is palpable in the color palette and subtle gold accents throughout the home. The propery is now available to rent on AirBnb!

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

the kitchy cabin — west elm x claire thomas

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Brenda

March 13, 2019

I would love to know where she got the wallpaper that is shown in the close-up of the bar cart; and, are the drapes (in the same picture) from West Elm?

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