Saturday, April 9, 2011

Chalet Chic

As our time in Munich winds down, I am hoping to spend as much time in the Alps as we can, with days spent hiking amongst the wildflowers and swimming in the beautiful Alpen lakes.  Sounds idyllic, doesn't it??  I hope it will be - you never know with children along!  I'll keep you posted.  :)

Anyway, I was in that frame of mind when I looked through some German edition Elle Deco (as it's called here) magazines recently and came across several versions of beautiful Alpen homes.  My preferences definitely lean toward urban design, but I thought these were something I could definitely handle!  Here are a few shots that I thought were worth sharing:

If you're going to go rustic alpine, I think this is the way to do it. 
The lighting, textured pillows and edgy table keep it fresh.

A modern, clean take. 
The title of this article was "Chalet Goes Zen" - I agree!

I love this type of table in any setting and here is no exception. 
Loving the nail head trim for some sophistication that also plays well in a rustic setting.  The porcelain on the table is all from Nymphemburg, explained below:

This piece, with similar pieces shown on the table above, is from a 260-year-old Munich manufacturer called Nymphenburg.  Most of the pieces are too traditional for my taste, but I really like these.

What kid wouldn't want to jump into those bunk beds?
I think I could even convince grown-ups to sleep in these! 
I love those gray wool blankets and the ladder - truly Chalet Chic.

The sourcing guide.  If you want any sources, let me know and I can translate for you.  :)

We're off to the Alps for the day tomorrow so I'll be back on Monday!


designchic said...

Oh the bunkbeds are definitely chalet chic. Also love the nail head trim on the beautiful white dining chairs. Hope you get in lots of hiking and swimming this weekend!!

annechovie said...

Very cozy, Barbara! I hope you're having a great time in the Alps.

Anonymous said...

love to stay at places like this when skiing and wouldn't mind this as a winter home...but I have a tendency to lean towards urban too... :)

The enchanted home said...

Love it all! I especially adore that picture of the bunk beds..could it be any cozier? All that gorgeous wood and with paired with stone..its just a perfect combination. It must be so beautiful around the Alps this time..we were there about 8 years ago and I still have the picture etched in my mind of how fabulously beautiful it was...breathtaking at every turn! Enjoy....

Mona thompson said...

Now this would be a vacation. Love staying in a place that is decorated as well or better than home. Gorgeous!

design elements said...

wonderful images - all of them chalet chic! Happy Sunday

Linda in AZ * said...

*** BJD~ This is just about as close to 100% "us" as can be!!! Our 18 years living in Europe, and skiing just about EVERYthing, EVERYwhere, has led me/us to a love of ANYTHING even CLOSE to that FAB European Lodge look... That first pic was sooo sophisticated & terriffic for a "FINE" lodge!!! Oh, how I miss it all!!!

Before you leave your Munich life, please go to the Post Hotel's wonderful little "private" bar, if you never had a chance to visit it~~~ we always preferred to sitting outside, but in winter, that bar is sooooo cozy, warm & welcoming & OOOOOOZES CHARM!!!

Linda in AZ *

PDC said...

Barbara - I am so glad to have found you via your comment on I am new to discovering you and have really been enjoying reading your posts. Kudos to you. Big love to you and your blog.


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