This Log Cabin in Canada Is Not Your Average Mountain Getaway | Architectural Digest

Such surprises imbue the house with a sense of playfulness. For instance, the walls of “the hideout,” a carpeted ’70s-styled den, are lined with cedar shingles: An irreverent nod to the region’s palette—British Columbia was built on logging, after all—that also adds texture and warmth to the space. By wrapping an exterior material into the interior, the shingles also play with perspective. “When you roll into the driveway at night, and it’s glowing—because the lower part of the exterior is shingles as well—it actually looks like this is outside. It’s pretty trippy,” Lyndon says. In the similarly shingled powder room, a mirrored ceiling gives the impression that the room stretches 16 feet high. “It’s really fun working with Lyndon because he wants to explore interesting things everywhere,” Mark says.

By mingling snowmobiles and outdoor gear with art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Lyndon and Mark sought to defy notions of what a garage can be. Roly Poly chairs by Faye Toogood were added to the garage to treat it more like a living room than just a utilitarian space.

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No space in the house defies expectations more, though, than the garage. Here, Lyndon and his daughters listen to music and wax their snowboards. Glass-fronted cabinets store outdoor gear. A snowmobile fronts a pair of Roly Poly chairs. Even paintings by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein hang on the walls. “One of the most important things in having a mountain house like this is your gear, and where you have your gear, you spend a ton of time,” Mark says. “[The garage] is really one of the hearts of the home. It’s the temple to what you’re out here for, so we gave it attention like it was a living room and made it moody and fun to be in.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the garage has become one of Lyndon’s favorite rooms in the entire house. Scrolling through his phone, he finds a picture of the room before it was renovated. He turns the screen, revealing a plain, cramped, and totally utilitarian interior. “It was awful,” he says. “But we had to go and make it awesome.” 

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