One of the best parts about living in Geneva is the proximity to the mountains. All we have to do is jump in the car and drive an hour to go skiing in the French Alps. Even after a year of living here I can’t quite get over how cool that is! Most of the time we head up for a day trip, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a chalet tucked away in the mountains and cozy up by a fire after a long day of skiing. A girl can dream right?
One of the best designers of ski chalets is Nicky Dobree, whose work is featured in the new book Modern Living: Chalet Style by Claire Bingham. Nicky does modern, luxury chalets better than anyone and has me wishing I could win the lottery and hire her to design one for me. She manages to create warm and rustic settings, but with a contemporary and sophisticated edge. Nicky often achieves this by adding in touches of dark tones like black and rich browns to add definition to the wood and stone structures. In this living room I love how she wrapped the exposed brick chimney in black bands to create a focal point and an updated feel.
What an impressive dining room! The antler chandeliers are typical for a chalet but she added black shades to dress them up. Even though there is a lot of wood in this space, it doesn’t feel overbearing as Nicky has painted the ceiling a pale color and added a light rug and furnishings.
This chalet has a much more modern vibe with the sleek grey stone fireplace and lightened wood ceiling, but Nicky has added subtle traditional elements like the plaid curtains and armchairs to keep the design from feeling removed from the surroundings and architecture.
How cozy is this bedroom?! I really like the darker, richer finish on the wood paneling, compared to the typical knotted pine look. The whole room, including the door, is wrapped to create a cocoon-type setting. I could definitely spend a lazy morning in that bed!
Another great bedroom, this time with bunkbeds. Nicky is an expert at lighting and creating inviting spaces. What kid wouldn’t want to hide in here with a book!
She’s also a master at details, from unique wall treatments to unique pieces like this antler lamp and the antique chair – both traditional things you’d find in a chalet but used in a modern way.
And of course Nicky has designed her own chalet in the French Alps. Ferme de Moudon is nestled just outside Les Gets and is available to rent in both winter and summer. It doesn’t come cheap – weekly rental starts at €12,500 for the winter season – but it sleeps twelve and comes equipped with a concierge, private chef and chauffeur. Anyone want to make a reservation and take me along?? 😉