That last post sent me into a tailspin. If I can't actually look at the mountains outside my frost covered windows, I can damn well make sure the inside has a little of that ski chalet warmth I yearn for. This is one of those stories where you can add and subtract to your heart's content, based on seasonal changes, pocketbook constraints, and the materials or designs that resonate with you.
A buffalo or deer head may or may not call to you, but being enveloped in cowhide is undeniably luxurious.
Architectural elements set against the natural materials, warm woods, and stone that mimics the outside provide the indoor/outdoor connection. That's what it's really about ~ being grounded; at one with nature.
Anything made of antler is de rigueur. I love this inkwell/candle set. It's a tad less predictable than a chandelier, and would feel at home amongst modern or western decor, whispering the western look like the wind thru Aspen trees.
or perhaps something more modern, referencing the antlers, without actually being antlers
|Emery et cie|
Black Forest Bears originally thought to be carved in the Black Forests of Germany, actually come from Switzerland. Since their 1800's carved roots to today, they remain highly collectable and are synonymous with a lodge look. They are always whimsical and amusing, even if they truly pose danger!
Antique skis or snow shoes make great authentic art
I decided my husband needed to collect Edward Curtis serigraphs one year. Edward documented the rites and rituals of a dying nation, but anything that represents the past is a great connection to sacred mountain land. Are you a Cowboy or an Indian?
Pendleton Blankets are making a comeback, but for some, they were never out of style
I love a good basket collection as much as a porcelain collection. Cluster them together on a piece of furniture or hang a grouping of them on a wall ~ making an impact for mere pennies (depending on the baskets of choice, of course)
|Great basket makers|
Something covered in sheepskin ~
or shearling ~ Oooh la la…love it!
This wallpaper proves to be popular all over the country, but is especially at home among the pines and poplars surrounding you.
Root, twig, or log furniture lends a rustic air, again, bringing nature in, and in your own way cuts to the core of mountain living. You can do it casually or elegantly
Anything from Ralph Lauren is a safe bet. Did I mention I am predicting a Southwestern trend approaching?
Creating a cozy retreat home is the essence of the chic mountain home. The interest lies in the blending of the rustic and refined, with one eye always out the window