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Ski Season Is Upon Us

Ski Season Is Upon Us

Left: Mountain home by K.H. Webb Architect in Vail, Colorado, with Matouk linens. Photo by Kimberly Gavin. Right: Matouk Terra bedding.

In the throes of autumn when some are taking advantage of the pre-holiday lull with long walks in the woods, others are scurrying to prepare for upcoming entertaining extravaganzas. Successfully hosting holiday dinners and overnight guests take finesse, stocking guest rooms with sheets and towels, polishing the silver, and perhaps even decorating with boughs of holly. Those with second homes in the mountains are opening them up, eagerly anticipating ski season. Dust bunnies are cleared out while sheepskin rugs, firewood, and cozy blankets are ushered in. Our Ski Chic Pinterest board is one of our favorites.

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Bedroom with a modern mountain aesthetic by Blair Porteous of San Francisco-based firm Sage Modern.

The above bedroom, designed by Sage Modern, has a spare aesthetic but incorporates sheepskin and rustic wood pieces. Blogger and interior designer Erin Gates favors just such elements, including faux bois wallpaper, reclaimed wood nightstands, faux fur throws, and buffalo check fabrics used in fresh ways. As for entertaining must-haves for mountain guest rooms, Gates lists cozy slippers and a tiny Keurig machine. For a similar look, try Matouk Terra bedding, done in a yarn-dyed linen twill; it’s breathable and easy, ideal for second homes.

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Design by RKD Architects. Photo by Kimberly Gavin

RKD Architects designed this home high in the mountains for a creative, art collecting couple. The interiors are sleek, allowing the focus to remain onthe view. A leather-upholstered bed is dressed with crisp white linens with navy and taupe trim and a simple grey duvet tucked in at the bottom and a lush throw. The Matouk Greta throw in wool, silk, and cashmere would be a perfect, luxurious choice here.

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Mountain home in Ketchum, Idaho with interiors by Caroline Morson of The Morson Collection.

Caroline Morson, owner of the high-end, contemporary furniture showroom The Morson Collection in downtown Boston, furnished this sleek home for clients in Ketchum, Idaho. Rather than opt for a traditional ski vibe, they went sleek, creating an escape made for entertaining.

The goal was “clean and clutter free,” Morson says,” in order to blur the lines between interior and exterior to take best advantage of the magnificent mountain views.” Raw, natural materials such as concrete, steel, river rocks, and wood prevail. The custom designed bed contains tons of compartments and drawers for storage. The cozy bedding is tucked in all the way around. Try the Sullivan quilt tucked in and opt for the Matouk Orla throw for a snug layer on top.

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Left: Matouk Sullivan quilt. Right: Matouk Orla throw.

When outfitting the bed in a colder clime, Matouk designer Annie Graham has this advice: “Matouk textiles are quite fine, made to be comfortable against the skin. So, in order to generate warmth and insulation, I always recommend layering. Start with a top sheet, then add a blanket, a duvet, and finally, a throw at the foot of the bed.”

Our Bed Coverings 101 post can walk you through every piece you might put on your bed so you can layer to perfection.

For warmth, Graham agrees that Sullivan with its box quilted pattern makes it a nice match for much mountain home décor. For throws Graham recommends the Matouk Orla, a chunky knit that is nice and heavy, and Soledad, made of an extremely cozy blend of lambswool and alpaca.

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If you’re a guest rather than a ski house homeowner, we have tips for you too. These eight items make gracious housewarming gifts.

1 Tamworth Distillery Tamworth Garden Eau de Vie Apple Brandy
2 Brass Bar Set
3 Wood and Faulk Folding Camp Stool
4 Holztiger Wooden Brown Bear
5 Farmhouse Pottery Bell Pitcher
6 Alexandra Ferguson Ski Lodge Pillow
7 Menu Multi Basket Picnic Basket
8 Matouk Soledad Lap Throws