Our client had fallen in love with Morzine following several winter holidays over the years and after an extensive property search they came across a superb plot of land on an elevated site, close to the Super Morzine lift station. For them, it was perfect! They came to us with an interior design brief that included a Scandinavian feel, they liked industrial influences and were very averse to interior design trends that might quickly age.
As is the case with most of our UK-based clients, it’s often difficult for them to visualise the end results of their building project. Busy lives, busy work, young families; these things make it hard to develop a design direction and often there are too many ideas floating about. And of course COVID-19 hasn’t helped either! Our design studio is right here, on the ground in Morzine, so we’re best placed to follow projects and manage interior concepts. Once we’d broken down the project with our client, Goldilocks became a neutral and classic space, enhanced by the amazing views of Morzine and featuring some key pieces of furniture that really add to the atmosphere.
The dining areas are my favourite spaces in each property. The light streams in and the views from the kitchen are breathtaking. I feel it’s really important for chalets to have large, open plan, social space and here we kept it smart but cosy – perfect for relaxed family dinners. I paired the classic dining chairs with a locally-sourced living edge dining table from Sculpteurs du Lac and the bold fabric on the banquette adds a pop of colour without being too funky. The tan leather bar stools add to the chic vibe and are suitable for all seasons, rather than simply focusing on the winter.
As anyone who’s ever stayed in a ski chalet will know, floor to ceiling windows and expansive pools of light are a classic part of Alpine architecture. This presents huge opportunities and some challenges for interior designers. Selecting which windows should have curtains and which shouldn’t was key at Goldilocks at also at Three Bears. We decided to frame the views with a light fabric so as not to interfere with the views, but also to soften down the edges of the room. High ceilings are also typical in Alpine chalet design, which means that ceiling lights are often redundant when it comes to bringing light into a room. Here, we used lower level lighting to create ambiance and a cosy hue. Of course, the classic sheepskin throws and soft sofa fabrics help to make the whole space more relaxing.
I’m often asked what one tip I’d give to people designing their own alpine home. My advice is to be concise and considered in your overall style – and stick to it. It’s often very tempting to try and include a number of different (and often ‘current’) design themes, then you become confused and stressed and the whole process becomes less enjoyable. I’ve seen this many times, learning to mix materials such as stone and wood with softer textures takes time, but my advice is to give it a go. People often worry about matching wooden chair legs with a different wood on a floor for example; in my opinion this adds warmth and character to a room. On the other hand, over-mixing your interiors can be a disaster. So try and stay true to your original design brief – and of course, hire a professional designer if you need help!