You might have heard of Shannon Dellimore and her brand GlamGlow – its famed masks, including the award-winning SUPERMUD treatment, have been at the top of Sephora’s best-seller list for quite some time. After owning this vacation home on Big Bear Lake for several years, she decided to hire interior designer Ashley Donohue to help it find stylistic cohesiveness.
“Shannon is an entrepreneur with an incredible sense of style and personality. She grew up in California and spent many summers and winters vacationing in Big Bear. A few years ago she purchased this home on the lake to continue those traditions with her family,” the designer shared. After their initial meeting, Shannon knew immediately what she wanted and shared an inspiration photo with Ashley that then led to the selection of materials, color palette, and style. ” Since this is a vacation home and a place for relaxation, that was always something that drove the process and design decisions,” she explained, “this also gave us more flexibility in how we treated spaces and finishes and gave us the freedom to do things a little less traditionally.”
To work on this project, Ashley collaborated with the contractor who had originally built the home. This was a strategic decision because it allowed them to know their design limitations from the start, streamlining the process. However, not all was, ‘streamlined’… “The contractor did not use email,” the designer shared, “so you can imagine the complications of communicating drawings and details over text and phone calls. It was a new challenge for me, but in the end, it was a great success.” Luckily, being only two hours away by car, Ashley was able to make frequent trips back and forth to the site to check on the progress.
The home itself had beautiful architectural bones but lacked stylistic cohesiveness – part of the house didn’t match the other, which was the main goal with the renovation. One of the boldest and best decisions that Ashley made during the design process was to install 16 feet by 9 inches hand-hewn beams, sourced from Vintage Timberworks in Ventura, that were put into the master bedroom. She also references the iron shower enclosures by Bananas & Hammocks as one of her most successful design decisions: “They polished the look we established in the master bath and added a magical layer to the space.” In the end, Shannon felt that the space truly reflected her and her personality. Ashley quipped: “I think Shannon wanted to make this home her permanent residence, but for now, weekend trips will suffice!”