Summertide, the Crystal Bay, Nev., estate once owned by billionaire Howard Hughes, sits on 5.5 acres along Lake Tahoe. The estate has 500 feet of lake frontage, a 2,518-square-foot main house, a 1,343-square-foot guesthouse and a separate four-car garage. The property has only had one other owner since Hughes.
The original log cabin main house holds court over spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. Summertide, a 5.5-acre property in Crystal Bay, Nev., once owned by billionaire Howard Hughes, has 500 feet of frontage on the famous lake. The Adirondack-style estate sits on five parcels and has a buoy and a pier to maximize waterfront living.
A stone fireplace cozies up the living room in the main house of billionaire Howard Hughes’ former estate, Summertide. With 500 feet of frontage on Lake Tahoe in Crystal Bay, Nev., the 5.5-acre estate has a 2,518-square-foot main house, a 1,343-square-foot guesthouse, a detached four-car garage and a pier and buoy for enjoying the lake.
There’s nothing like a chandelier to create an elegant dining atmosphere. But wiring for an outdoor fixture can be complicated, and wet-rated styles are somewhat limited. One solution is to hang a candle chandelier from the beams of a pergola or covered patio, as designer Howard Roberts did here. Use battery-operated LED “candles” for easy operation. Add string lights radiating from the chandelier’s mounting to create a magical canopy of light above diners' heads.
A traditional gray and white bedroom has 18-foot ceilings. The soft, calming space includes a custom headboard by designer Phoebe Howard, a bench, a bedside table with a lamp, chandelier made of an antique birdcage, white bedding and a darker door.
Lots of ideas worth copying in this master bedroom from James Michael Howard. The artwork hung from thick brass chains are a new approach to displaying artwork and the mix of elegance and comfort in the heavy curtains hung at the bedroom entrance both soften and enunciate the room’s beautiful lines.
Midcentury-modern style is characterized by simplicity and natural shapes. This era of design is most known for its mass production of household objects, including the popular Eames chair and Howard Miller sunburst clock. Midcentury-modern designs are often emphasized by ample windows, an open floor plan and the idea of bringing the outdoors in, like in this prime living space.
Floor-to-ceiling windows framed with curtains let plenty of natural light into this airy luxury bedroom. Pale gray-green hues and an infusion of ivory keep the space soft yet sophisticated. The room, designed by Phoebe Howard for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta, also has a canopy bed, fireplace, desk, a variety of seating and a dominant photograph above the fireplace.
A gold sconce, a single gold tchotchke and two gold candleholders are all designer Phoebe Howard needed to create a subtle sense of luxury in this room. Follow her cue and shop your home or garage sales and home stores for just a few classic gold accents to add a feeling of wealth to your living room.