The Christmas decorations have come down, the floors hovered for the umpteenth time (seriously, those fir needles are little buggers!) and it’s that time of year when all we want to do is #Escapeforwinter. I’m collaborating with Julian Charles, the luxury home décor brand on their campaign to inspire you with some interior style ideas inspired by snowy, wintery destinations. Apart from visiting Dubai and Cuba in recent years, I tend to really embrace winter rather than try and hide away from it. The Scandinavians got it right with the concept of Hygge which I first wrote about over two years ago and is now a mainstream term for all things cosy and warming during the cold and dark winters. Over the past years, I’ve been really lucky to have been able to get away each winter, mostly overnight stays in Britain. Amberley Castle, Bibury in the Cotswolds, and the New Forest have been some winter highlights.
But it was a skiing trip to Saalbach in Austria that was the ultimate #Escapeforwinter for me. Saalbach is a charming village full of character with this yellow onion-domed church in its centre. A bustling ski resort with a mixture of modern and traditional buildings and a lively night life taking the apres-ski well into the night!
It was one of those trips that I’d love to do every year – or even every other year. But that I know realistically that won’t happen, especially with my young family. We were really lucky to be offered up this apartment by a friend. It was recently refurbished and was an amazing chalet to stay in right in the centre of Saalbach. Think wall-to-wall windows making the most of this spectacular views and this wrap-around balcony where you could cosy up with a hot cuppa watching the stars coming out at night. The interior was sleek and elegant but also family-friendly with modern pops of colour. For me, it was the ideal balance between modern chalet interiors and practical family living… although we did cover up the hide rug so my little one didn’t spill any cocoa on it!
The wood panelled walls reflect that authentic alpine atmosphere as does the cosy tartan and stag print. The pops of pink, purples and greens ads a modern and fun touch to this Austrian chalet. For me, I think a faux fur bedspread and some cable-knit throws would add a bit more cosy hyggeness to this fab ski chalet.