Since having children, a place we love visiting which is a little bit closer to home, is Lech in Austria. Lech is a very charming and idyllic town, nestled in a part of the larger Alberg ski area. There is diverse terrain for different skill levels, from gentle bunny slopes to challenging runs for enthusiasts. The Tyrolean architecture in the area spans from medieval castles and fortresses to traditional wooden chalets adorned with flower-filed balconies. Cobblestone streets and a welcoming sense of warmth paired with a blend of boutiques and cosy cafes in the village centre make it a delightful visit.
We normally go for 10 days before Christmas and they call it millionaire skiing because there’s nobody on the slopes and it’s fresh powder. It’s gorgeous and it’s very romantic before Christmas. There are beautiful horses and sleighs, and hot chocolates. There’s also the most amazing toboggan where you put a torch on your forehead and snow down which is a delight.
Finally, the captivating slopes of Verbier in Switzerland. Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Verbier is a haven for winter enthusiasts seeking both adventure and refinement. Part of the Four Valleys ski area, what sets Verbier apart is not only its world-class skiing but also its cosmopolitan flair. The village exudes a chic atmosphere and the alpine architecture here seamlessly blends traditional Swiss chalets with modern luxury, offering a visual feast that resonates with any design enthusiast.
For me, a love for mountains and an affinity for interior design are not disparate realms. The same appreciation for colour, texture, and balance that guides my design choices is mirrored in the palette of snowy landscapes. The tactile sensation of freshly fallen snow underfoot, and the delicate interplay of light and shadow on mountain peaks – these are things that inspire great design.