In the dark, cold days of winter, I dream of settling into a nice chalet in the mountains. Surrounded by snow and cold, but engulfed in the warm glow of a fire and the comfort provide by rustic materials, friends, spirits and a good view. A comfortable modern aesthetic, laid back with a good place to read, nod off and cook up a good meal. My friends can go skiing. For me, a really comfortable chair, a nice window seat, and a simple but well designed kitchen would work wonders.
This home in the Swiss Alps plays on local architectural vernacular, and provides a glimpse of what I admire: a mix of wood both warm toned and cool, refined and rustic; vintage furniture; organic shapes and materials; punches of color; and a bit of brainy fun. A home in Tahoe could take inspiration from this chalet.
The entrance provide multiple points of interest. Lined in red-painted shingles, the entrance inverts the skin of the exterior into the interior, singling that something different is going to happen. Unfinished metal walls and raw wood floors, combine with contemporary art and velvet to create a warm embrace from the cold.
When the floors, walls and even ceiling are wood, the eye needs a visual break with other textures and colors. Here in the living room, a muted color palette of grey and white combine to create a calming environment, with pops of gold and tangerine to add some energy and movement. The living area is a casual-looking grouping of different seating areas, composed of custom raw lumber sectionals, contemporary marble tables and antiques. Two asymmetrical chairs in the living room are upholstered in different shades of Rosemary Halgarten fabric, providing a soft welcoming hug, while echoing the two coffee tables of similar but different dimensions.
An inglenook off the main living area provides an intimate place to connect, and capture the warmth of the fireplace.
Echoing the inglenook, the dining room is enclosed in its’ own sky hut, accessible to the kitchen through an operable window.
The kitchen combines unexpected finishes: wire brushed wood, grey marble and painted enamel backsplash. And a lovely suspension lamp adds even more fun. Too much fun?
The rustic flooring is given an interesting parquetry detail in the stair landing.
The bedrooms continue the neutral color palette, mixing in vintage lamps, textiles and bedding for texture.
Sign me up for this holiday trip!
David Bjørngaard, December 2016
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