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Publication Date: 2016-12-06


Inside Eight Stylish Ski Retreats

Ski houses and mountain homes don’t have to be all plaid throws and country-style charm (though, admittedly, those certainly have their place). See how eight top designers created sophisticated, warm spaces that welcome guests while making the most of gorgeous surroundings.


For this mountain home in Aspen, Colorado, New York City-based interior designer Laura Bohn of Laura Bohn Design Associates created a contemporary interior that features comfortable furnishings, clean lines, minimal decoration and a soft, earthy palette that complements the home's picturesque location. A stone wall fireplace adds an outdoor feel to the light-filled living room, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow views of the majestic mountains, which can be enjoyed from the large L-shaped sofa. See more of the home here >

For this rustic modern vacation home on the California shores of Lake Tahoe, interior designer Jeff Andrews blended custom furniture with reclaimed materials and vintage accents for a comfortable yet stylish mountain home. The living room, as seen from the dining room, features custom sectional sofas designed by Andrews for Mimi London, a pair of Guillerme et Chambron midcentury modern armchairs, and a vintage painting over the fireplace. See more of the home here >

Charged with designing a mountain home that didn’t feel cliche, interior design firm Johnson Sokol introduced urban edginess into this Jackson Hole, Wyoming, retreat with midcentury accents, bright artwork and bold furnishings. A vibrantly colored photograph of Pinyon Canyon by Eric Cahan sets the overall palette for the living room, while a midcentury Yves Klein coffee table with gold leaf filling is a work of art unto itself. The two sofas are from Dune; the lounge chairs are from Downtown and are covered in an orange boiled wool fabric from Kravet. See more of the home here >

Designer Nicky Dobree took on the task of modernizing a traditional ski chalet in the Swiss town of Klosters, imbuing the family getaway with a chic sense of minimalism that fits in perfectly with the environment. In one of the sitting rooms, the sofas are arranged in a U-shape to create intimacy and space to socialize after a day on the piste. The focal point is the large stone fireplace, which has lambswool curtains on either side to add texture and keep in warmth. See more of the home here >

This vacation home in Big Sky, Montana's exclusive Yellowstone Club was extensively remodeled by Lisa Kanning of Brooklyn-based firm LKID and contractor Big Sky Build to give it a modern aesthetic. She replaced the room's previous small-scale furniture with a room-sized stone-colored rug from Niba Rugs and a custom sectional sofa by Thayer Coggin to balance the large open space. In front of the fireplace is a pair of The Bright Group's Elana Benches. The cocktail table is from Baker Furniture and Fuse Lighting's Aspen Chandelier hangs above. See more of the home here >

For this ski house in rural Montana, interior designer Gary McBournie used a color palette of blues, oranges, yellows and reds to reflect the scenic views and changing light of the surroundings. The large wall in the living room posed a bit of design challenge with its doors and multiple windows. McBournie hung ivory worsted wool draperies as high as possible in the room to take advantage of the ceiling height and to help filter the bright sunlight. The wooden Tuscan chandelier from Dennis & Leen is well proportioned for the space and pairs nicely with the ceiling beams. See more of the home here >

For this ski-in, ski-out only family vacation home near Lake Tahoe, CA, interior designer Lisa Staprans chose an eclectic mix of furnishings to complement the home's striking architecture. In the living room, a custom lighting fixture from Hammerton Lighting hangs in front of a fireplace made from local Sierra granite and Idaho stone. Seating includes a custom sofa designed by Staprans and a lounge chair from Design Within Reach. Vintage coffee tables, including a Noguchi table, and wool carpets from Morocco and Tibet round out the living room. See more of the home here >

Interior designer Bill Peace and his team at Peace Design created this idyllic mountain getaway with industrial details and casually elegant furnishings in Big Sky, Montana. Nestled deep within the Rocky Mountains, Peace worked with architect Kip Halvorsen of Faure-Halvorsen to maximize the mountainside location, choosing to use interior bridges and corridors to connect different parts of the three story, four-bedroom home. In the living room, small stools and a detachable ottoman for the sofa allow several seating configurations. See more of the home here >


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