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Nicky Dobree

La Canadienne chalet

My brief was to design an alpine retreat for my client’s family and friends.  The penthouse, perched at the top of the building with views across Val d’isere’s mountain range, was a wonderful starting point.  Working with local contractors we built the space to be just that.

A rare double height space in the sitting room draws your eye to the wide mountain views and creates a sense of space.  We used old timber to clad the some of the walls and plastered others in white to let the light bounce back in.

A pale blue colour palette throughout the apartment creates harmony and restfulness.

In the sitting room we designed the sofas and upholstered them in linen and wool.  They sit in front of a Ralph Lauren timber coffee table and are grounded by a chunky sisal rug.  Fur cushions and cashmere throws add another textural contrast and invite you to snuggle down by the fire and relax.  The fireplace was designed using the local stone which is echoed on the kitchen worktops too.

The dining table and chairs were bespoke by Nicky Dobree. For practicality, the dining chairs are upholstered with removable linen covers.  In the corner stands an elegant and timeless Christian Liaigre bronze lamp.  This accent of bronze can also be found in the wall lights and ironmongery which has been used throughout.  Above the dining table hangs an antler chandelier with linen shades, a nod to the hunting heritage of the region.

The master and guest bedrooms are high up under the eaves and feels as if you are on top of the world.  Clad in timber and sitting under the large ceiling beams you feel cocooned as if in a nest.  Cream wool carpets add to the softness and cosiness underfoot and a pair of armchairs create the perfect restless and comfortable reading corner next to the windows.

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