Our impulse Buy: 1970’s A Frame Cabin

January 20, 2018

I believe some of the greatest things I’ve done have happened when I’ve followed my gut. Reid, the kids, and I visited Lake Arrowhead all but twice and made an offer on a 1970’s A-frame on our second visit. The next day, we were told the sellers accepted the offer and found ourselves in the midst of the home buying process. Living in LA, I was and still am nervous about living an hour and a half away and getting work done on it. While this nearly 1800 square foot beauty was shining in her day, she is clearly worn out now (namely the kitchen) and needs a loving face lift. Our kids are OBSESSED with the woods, this wooden A-frame, the fresh air, the sliver of lake we see from our deck, and I am obsessed with dreams of a pancake breakfasts with my kids while sitting at the bar of my island in my new kitchen. This purchase started with a dream, and continues with a dream. I promise to document the process, the ugly, and hopefully lots of pretty to show you coming up. Who doesn’t love a good before and after picture? I think we have the next couple weekends booked as we go up Friday through Sunday and become weekend warriors. Send all the tips, hugs and painting contractor names our way.


XO Shalice

Stay tuned to our renovation and comment if you’d like to see more!

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  • I cannot wait to dig into this place.

  • Congratulations!! I love the A frame and so excited to see the progress.

    • Thanks Marianne, I can’t wait to share more of the renovation! <3

  • Mary Chavez

    It’s lovely. And the area is beautiful Can’t wait to see your renovations

    • Thanks Mary! So cozy, you’d love it. Just a little dated. Can’t wait to give it a little face lift 😘

  • Bonjour Mademoiselle Shalice, So very wonderful … this home purchase sounded great and such a beautiful thing for the family’s little getaways. We are almost neighbors, we have a cabin in Big Bear which we bought back in 1999, it was a good investments, we have it rented out as a vacation home for the skiers during the Winter. We use it in the Summer and always have a beautiful time there. I am so happy for you. Your family will have such great times in Arrowhead. 👍🏼💗👍🏼

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    • Oh awesome! Yes we can’t wait for the little getaways in the summer! Can I ask which site you use to rent it out on? We’re doing some research. Xx thx!

      • We used Destination Big Bear.com rental services site. They have been very thorough and professional in their services. ♥️👍🏼

  • Gabe Buglewicz

    Shalice, this looks amazing! My grandparents had an a-frame cabin when we were growing up and i have so many wonderful memories of visiting it. Would love to have one of my own some day. So I’m a little jealous! 😉 You will make so many memories there with your family. Congrats on the new purchase! I’m sure Reid is like a kid on Christmas just waiting to dig into the renovation!

    • Gabe! Thanks !! Please come visit. We can’t wait to rip into and show some of the before and afters and oops, haha. We go this weekend equipped with sleeping bags. Thx again !

  • Ellie Navarro

    Hi! Oh wow, we did the same thing and have an a-frame as well, only ours is in green valley which is near big bear! Cant wait to see ur design ideas so i can possibly “borrow” a few!! 😉Good luck and best wishes for a fun and exciting journey!!

    • Hi Ellie
      Congrats on your purchase! I just posted more pictures today.

  • Girls On Chemo

    I want to see some before shots!!! I love renovating. We only ever buy “projects” and then doctor them up the way we want them.