This A-Frame's Decor Is Built on Vintage Finds and DIY Upgrades

A couple bring their decorating A-game to their vintage A-frame, filling it with outdoorsy treasures and typography that delivers a graphic punch.

modern a-frame exterior

Three years ago, Tamara and Ron Bailey bought a 1964 A-frame in the mountain town of Big Bear City, California. The design-savvy couple (she's the creative director of an imports store, and he hand-paints signs and wall decor for their business, One Red Buffalo) DIY'd the updates to their home.

They had fun filling rooms with signs with a graphic edge and outdoorsy finds that remind Tamara of childhood vacations to national parks. She and Ron hop on their bikes and cruise around town, stopping at garage and estate sales, hoping to find another gem to add to their decor. The cabin has allowed such creative expression that it makes the hunt fun no matter where they're looking.

Layout Support

a-frame interior kitchen and dining

The couple gained dining space by tearing out a cabinet, then reusing the countertop to create a table with a cutout to fit around a support beam. The new table is also a good spot to play a hand of cards or a board game. Red Turkish rugs and vintage signs add color to the neutral design of the space.

Aged Antique

kitchen with patina tile backsplash

The backsplash is crafted from new ceiling tiles that the couple aged with hydrogen peroxide and salt before sealing. A white apron sink gives the kitchen a farmhouse look, as does the vintage farmers market sign above. Dark cabinet hardware reflects the dark accents throughout the cabin's design.

Dual Purpose

a-frame interior sitting area

Multifunctional pieces are critical to the small cabin's livability. A bench in the living area serves as a coffee table and can be pulled outside for extra seating. The blue stool holds playing cards in its drawer, while a picnic basket beside the chair stores games. Camp blankets from the 1970s cover the chair cushions for extra texture and warmth.

Decoy Decor

bright flowers and fishing decor

A worn turquoise side table adds to the antique charm of the cabin. A vintage fishing decoy hints at the woodsy theme of Tamara and Ron Bailey's cabin. Decoys are one of Tamara's favorite collectibles.

Perfect Mix

distressed furniture with rustic decor

Tamara isn't a flea market purist. She happily mixes old with new, such as a resin deer head with Indian bread storage cans and a weathered painted cabinet. Worn wood oars are the perfect decor for long, narrow spaces, like door frames.

Layered Linens

camp-inspired bedroom

Tamara's formula for bedding in the A-frame is simple: a white matelassé coverlet draped with a wool camp blanket. The one in the guest bedroom is a 1930s point blanket from Orr Felt & Blanket Co. Variations in the stripe patterns and colors of the blanket and rug add visual interest.


rustic bedroom corner with camp decor

Tamara used a cabinet door from a garage sale to frame a vintage Santa Fe railroad advertising poster in the guest bedroom. A paint-chipped metal bench and canister complement the natural wood textures in the space.

Personal Collection

fishing and camp-inspired decor

Scouting memorabilia nod to the couple's Eagle Scout son, while this book first piqued Tamara's interest in A-frames. Vintage finds like this run throughout the home and personalize the design to the homeowners and their interests.

Gallery Wall

camp-inspired artwork in stairway

Jaunts to flea markets in Texas turned up a cabin sign and a bear made from corrugated metal, which now grace a wall by the staircase. These pieces' rusted and worn texture emphasize the natural wood ceiling and stairs.

Gone Fishing

vintage wicker bag and framed lures

Tamara snagged the vintage fishing creel at the Coburg Vintage & Antique Fair in Oregon, a show where she's had good luck finding coastal-theme items. It anchors a display of lures she matted on burlap and framed.

Party Pit

camp-inspired outdoor entertaining area

To create a cozy alfresco retreat, the couple poured a concrete fire pit, then surrounded it with a daybed made from salvaged deck wood and a $20 pair of garage-sale Adirondack chairs. Wood stumps serve as stools and side tables, and a camping blanket transforms the daybed cushion into a cabin chic accent.

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