What do you get when the owner of a design firm and his partner — both bargain hunters — buy a collection of cabins in California's Mendocino County? An upscale, rustic getaway called The Brambles that feels as if it's plucked from another era.
The couple (who also own The Madrones next door) sought to dial things back to the '40s and the '50s, when the lodgings accommodated mill workers. "We wanted to do something (to the four cabins) that was turn of the century and keeping with the history of the property," says co-owner and seasoned designer James Roberts.
Nestled under towering redwoods, the place's style is definitely more eclectic than anything else, blending steampunk elements with Victorian-era antiques. Throughout the restoration, there was also a focus on repurposing. "We recycled almost everything we could (from the property)," says Roberts, including shingles, redwood and siding.