For me, the ultimate winter luxury is sitting under a warm throw in front of the fire while snow falls down outside, an oasis, not away from the season, but in celebration of it! A visit to a mountain chalet means days of fun and frolic in the snow, and nights of quiet calm, reading a book or playing cards with a warm drink in hand. Pure winter joy.
Chalets can run the gamut from stark, modern interiors and architecture, to old world retreats from another time, but all generally have elements in common: lots of exposed natural woods, rich, hard-wearing fabrics, plenty of animal touches like antlers or fur throws (real or faux), and of course, the centerpiece of any winter retreat, a fireplace for all to gather around.
At night in the mountains, I like to keep the lighting dim, so the firelight and candles dancing around the room make one feel cozy and warm, yet don’t interfere with my enjoyment of nighttime views of the winter wonderland outside. I also like make sure there is plenty of space at the dining table, as there are always extra ski-hungry mouths to feed!
At the end of the evening, retiring to a layered nest of a bed is a must - never too many throws, blankets and pillows!
Just thinking about chalet time has me counting the days until winter break!
For more ski chalet architecture and interior design inspiration, please visit my “Ski Chalet” Pinterest page.