Spot of skilaufen?

It’s that time of year again folks: Crimbo is over, the decorations are down, we’ve brought in the new year in style, everyone is still vaguely stuffed with turkey, mince pies and champers, and slightly mourning the end of the holiday period, when your thoughts turn to…SKIING!  Or is that just me?!  January in the UK sucks, in my humble opinion – it has got to be the best time of year to evacuate and escape from the drizzle in search of pristine pistes, raucous après-ski and (most relevant to me!) gorgeous alpine ski chalets. 
Ever since I worked a ski season in Switzerland in 2005 I have been a smidge obsessed with Swiss chalet-style interiors. Just the thought of the wooden beams, roaring fires, open plan set up, wooden decking outside, hot tubs, gorgeous throws and blankets and taxidermied marmots makes me start swooning (although I’m pretty sure that last design nugget is limited to the Hotel Annahof – don’t ask).  In recent years chalet design seems to have come a long way from the old fashioned gingham-flooded and too-cutesy interiors and has embraced a new contemporary style.
Maybe…three years ago, I was stopped dead in my tracks by an article (I think in the Sunday Times) about Richard Branson’s luxury ski chalet in Verbier.  The interiors had just been updated and were the perfect combination of high class luxury with down to earth natural materials.  And what a location too!!  Verbier is hands down my favourite resort in Europe, with its incredible ski area, bonkers après-ski and gorgeous chocolate-box cute village.  However, at a weekly rate of £90,000, I’m pretty sure I shall never see the interiors of this chalet in person, so I shall content myself with some online oogling (although I’m not sure what the deal is with the rubber duckies and toy dogs).

The bleached, distressed wood and contemporary fireplace are killing me!!  And can you imagine waking up to that view?!

I’m loving all the natural materials used in the accessories – wood block stools, sheepskin stools, sisal rugs – especially paired with the luxurious cashmeres and velvets.  I also love this open plan set up – very light-filled and calming.

I think this is my fave room – the rustic wooden beam/exotic lantern combo = perfection.

Hello gorgeous headboard detail:

And how much fun do these bunkbeds look for the kiddies?!

There are also a series of seriously gorgeous bathrooms – loving the combination of stone and wood, and apparently they all have retractable walls so you can enjoy the mountain views from the tub (note to self: genius).

And the living spaces are KILLING ME.  CHECK OUT THIS LIGHT FIXTURE!!!  That’s all I have to say.

And lastly, some awesome outdoors spaces:

Helllllllo hot tub.

Yep, pretty unbelievable…


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