pretty mountain homes...




...because they are on my mind.  If this place was mine this is what I'd be after.  I also wonder why most mountain house decor is so dark and dreary? Gimme white, wood, stone, sunlight and a pretty view.




love love love




This is the exact stair railing in my FIL's condo but lucky for us he has a carved bear...





see.







yes.




A little Ralph Lauren action.  So easy to copy but with a faux fur throw of course.





More RL.  That sofa, that painting.







this desk tucked somewhere.





no




no





Ski lift chair hanging from beams.  Why?

Have a good one. x



48 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing the carved bear :)

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  2. Mountain life the decor looks so rustic and simple...
    I wonder if many people sit in the silence and majesty of the mountains and then teach themselves to carve.
    It's a solitary and meditative craft.

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  3. I'm confused; sometimes you have to slap me upside the head for me to 'get it.' But were those last photos of your FIL's interiors? His decor, besides the carved bear?

    The actor Tom Cruise's luxury mountain home...Colorado?...went up for sale sometime back and somewhere on the web I saw some of the property in photos. 'Way too much yellowy-brown-looking wood inside for my tastes. You're right about keeping a mountain decor in neutrals because if you've got a lot of window views, why try to compete with nature's wonder?

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    1. no vicki the last few photos are of houses for sale in this area. the carved bear tho...that's his. lol

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    2. Well, thank goodness. I was worried for you, to be surrounded with that kind of 'decorating.'

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  4. My favorite? The black leather couch with painting of horses behind it (RL)!

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  5. oh the photos up to the "no" ones are simply breathtaking!
    and i'll take the dog any day! :)
    I've always loved lots of white and texture and wood. nordic. but warmer. rough elegance.
    doesn't get much better for me! thanks for this treat AJJ. xo

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    1. LOL! i meant to say rustic elegance. or... maybe it is rough. i don't know! but i like it.

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  6. WHEN are you going HOME?I think I asked that the last time..........The NO's are where YOU are NOW!!
    RIGHT?

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    1. I DON'T KNOW!
      no those are pics from local homes for sale. :)

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  7. I laughed to myself when I saw the rustic bed picture near the end. I thought, "well this has got to be a no" and then I saw your "no" and had to laugh again! I'm with you on the neutrals and wood, etc., but I'm still afraid of white furniture!

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  8. Hi Janet I love all the photos with the striking white furniture. Is that a disco ball in the 5th photo? The carved bear is so funny. ;-)

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    1. i'm not sure if it is but it looks like one!

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  9. Love Love the first two photos...yes some individuals take "rustic" a little too far. Funny about the carved bear. Yes and what is up with that ski lift?

    Check your email. ;)

    Linda
    xo

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    1. i have no idea about that ski lift. so strange.

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  10. Janet oh how I love the black rufted sofa and all ove beautiful pillows... I love RL, enormous log home he lives in... Did you see his Oprahs home interview with him, he even mixes the Navajo rugs and pillows in his home.

    As for the open rough beams and the white pieces, wow!
    I want to live in your yes home... Photo number #5, those old beams to die for.

    Being in the mountains is this all making you want to rethink your black bean cottage and move to the hills?
    If so your furniture would look great in a mountain home, I could see you adding the Ralph Lauren look to your home with the rugs being Indian prints and the pillows all in the greys, blacks and muted tones of grain.

    That you for making me wish I had a great mountain home :) next week a beach home :)

    See you soon.

    XxDore

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    1. ideally i'd love both! a city home and a mountain home would be nice!

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  11. I find it fascinating how differentt "mountain home" style is understood between Europe and America!

    For one thing, it would cost a fortune to heat one of those high-ceilinged places unless you have a particularly high-quality building... that's why chalets are originally small with small rooms, and I suppose that's why anything Alpine that is roomy is considered "luxurious". We also rarely have ineffiicient open fires, it's beautiful tiled or soapstone stoves instead, which do heat a whole house.
    Also the mountain style here goes way more towards the very pared-back minimalist modern these days, with lots of texture rather than the opulent RL fussy style. Really interesting to compare!

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    1. that is so fascinating. in america everything is big right?! my fil keeps his blinds closed almost year round to trap the warmth. it makes it quite dark and dreary but i get why he does it.

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    2. Haha, I'm living in the Tyrolian Alps and was thinking the exact same thing. Beautiful as they are but just looking at these huge windows makes me shiver.

      Oh, but the leather sofa is something I could totally live with. Gorgeous colours and textures!

      Tanja
      xx

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  12. (i just looked into this, and of course styles vary between the different Alpine countries and I know Swiss best because I live here. I did notice that US places tend to have round-hewn wood and European places sqare-hewn...
    If you google Alpine style you get different hits depending on the language (e.g. Alpine stil) but it's all interesting, I think!)

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  13. Those RL rooms are so nice and so you. You are funny!!! xxxx

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  14. The first photo is so you! I couldn't live with the black sofa and horse painting and the 'no's' are OH, No, never's! This post reminds me to ask you if you know what has happened to Steve of an Urban Cottage, I keep looking on his site in the hopes that he has returned to posting.

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    1. i think we lost steve to instagram. we've lost lots of other blogs to IG. :(

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    2. I'm still in mourning for Tabitha's Bourbon and Pearls blog! I follow her on Instagram, but it's not the same. Please don't go anywhere!

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    3. don't worry:) i flirted with IG but deleted it so it's pretty safe to say i'll stay here. :) i miss her blog toooooo!

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  16. This came at the perfect time! My hubby and I are decorating our new weekend house. It has a mix of coast and trees. I laughed out loud at the bear bedspread, etc! I am totally with you on this one. :)

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  17. those kitchen cabinets! up and down, and up and down! yikes!

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  18. That log bed could be really cute!! Just add some fresh bedding, big pillows, fluffy comforter, furry (non animal) throw, maybe remove the finish on the bed and white wash and just wax down. Add some pretty curtains and you have a comfy room. :)

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  19. I am 100% swooning over those arched exposed beams in photo #2. Wowzer. But, let's be honest here. That carved bear post deserves a close-up! ;)
    Lor

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  20. Loved this post!! The first homes and those windows...wow!!!! Yes to white and no bears please. :)
    Also...we need a baby update. Do you have a new grandchild yet?

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    1. oh yes. her name is lily. soooooo cute!

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    2. Congratulations! That's wonderful news! I hope the new family is healthy and enjoying Lily!

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    3. dianne if you'd like to see a little bit of lily you can look at B's instagram here is the link...

      https://instagram.com/brittneyann_69/

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  21. Gorgeous homes, the incredibly high ceilings really do make such a difference. Great inspiration though.

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  22. enjoyed this post.


    ann

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