Monday, December 27, 2010

Swedish Winter Retreat in Vail

Several months ago a reader sent me these photos of a beautiful ski home in Vail, Colorado. She thought I would love the Swedish decor which is so unusual in a ski home. The dramatic entry immediately caught my eye.

Of course I fell in love the hand painting on the walls and the beautiful Swedish Mora clock.Most ski homes are predominately wood and stone, but I loved the lightness of this space. The cathedral ceilings and natural wood floors are enhanced by the pale green painted cabinets and soft yellow painted furniture. Notice the chairs are each embellished with the birth dates of owners and their children. I love the gorgeous natural light streaming into the kitchen area. The living room also has incredible light. The blue delft tile fireplace is lovely. Again notice the painted furniture, lace curtains, light upholstery and rugs - so unique for ski house.

I like how designer, Jan Chenault, mixed antiques with reproductions, like this amoire with a mirrored front to disguise the weight of the piece and to reflect light around the room. Very smart!

But my favorite is the Ski Locker Room. I love the paint combination on the ski lockers.
It also looks like the owners names are painted on them in blue. What a wonderful retreat for a lucky family.

To see more of this beautiful home click HERE

(All Photos Mountain Living )


  1. ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ belated merry xmas! ¸¸.•*¨*•♫

  2. Quite the colorful retreat in Vail and while the decorating is pretty it seems almost at odds with the structure itself. I do have to admit I love that ski locker room as well.

  3. * Happy Day after Christmas! And what a BEAUUUTIFUL way to start the day~~~ that entrance is SO INCREDIBLY ENTICING n' WELCOMING!!!

    I looked at the OTHER mountain homes, too (I hope to someday have one again where our first one was... Park City, UT) & my heart did a little (OK, B*I*G!) pitter patter~~~ love the look, love the lifestyle n' love to ski! I'm all about the stone, rock, wood & glass ~~~ sooo fab! Thank goodness my husband loves it too! (Annnnd The Belle-girl, our sweet huntin' dawg!)

    THANKS for the TREAT, m' friend!!!

    Linda in AZ *

  4. Her home is so stunning! Love the first photo! xo

  5. All simply beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Love Vail, wish I were there. I've spent the day taking down decorations. I'm probably the first up and the first down and it feels sooo good. Happy New Year!!

  7. I have actually been in this house and had the privilege to work on a new home for the family that owns it. So excited to see this work in a blog! Their new house is Gustavian as well, but done in shades of purple, blue and gray. The ski room now has silver framed photos instead of names painted on the door. FYI - I believe this house is for sale (furnished) if any of your readers are in the market for an exquisite (and expensive) house basically at the base of Vail.

  8. It's really great!
    Have a wonderful New 2011 Year!

  9. Ha! I read your title as "winter retreat in JAIL"...looked at the pix...and thought, I need to go commit a crime...or two.

  10. Thank you for sharing! One of my happy memories of Sweden is all of the places I visited with such lovely colorfully painted & furnished rooms.

    I hope you are having a blessed week!

    : )

    Julie M.

  11. So you I adore that ski locker room, thanks for sharing these here!

  12. This is so wonderful! So appealing, bright and unique! Crazy about it all!! Christie @ Three Pixie Lane

  13. What a charming twist on a ski house. Love the creative touches!


  14. Gina, charming retreat indeed! And many lovely Swedish elements!

    Just stopping by to wish you a happy, healthy and fun 2011. I look forward to many chats, sis!

    Love to you and your family,


  15. ach, just love it!!! especially the kitchen and the ski locker room. gorgeous and fun!!

  16. Beautiful and absolutely stunning home! The kitchen and living room are just beautiful and we love the Mora clock! Great job!

  17. Keep us in mind when you want to add more Swedish finishing accents in your home. I grew up in Scandinavia and studied Rosepainting! We are right here in Vail Valley - Avant Palette, Custom Wall Finishes & Murals.


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