11 Enchanting Winter Escapes
It’s right about now when the reality that winter is here and will be sticking around for a while begins to set in. Nesting in the warmth of our homes is part of what winter is all about, but it’s also a beautiful season. The light is crisp, the air is refreshing, and the snowy landscapes are beautiful. This year, we’re resisting the urge to hibernate in favor of exploring the places where winter is the most beautiful time of year. To inspire you to get out and experience all that winter has to offer, we’ve collected some of our favorite cold-climate spaces. Keep scrolling to see our picks!
With a stately modern fireplace and a view like this, we couldn’t ask for much more. But the contemporary wood furnishings, overscale pendant lamp, and rustic woodsy accents make for an inviting spot to survey the alpine landscape beyond.
This lively Aspen home is a refreshing departure from the cabin-esque décor we so commonly see in mountain homes. Indeed, the live edge side table and pair of matching hide club chairs are the few accents suggesting the home’s locale. We love the mint sofa and cheeky green fur pillows, and the abstract polka dot rug and contemporary painting are just the icing on the cake.
This kitchen strikes the perfect balance between rustic and modern. The rough-hewn wood walls and custom cabinetry are nicely balanced by modern, matte black lighting. Vintage-style barstools and striking black marble backsplash and countertops tie these complementary elements together.
This cozy Swiss chalet is beyond inviting. With a roaring fireplace, sumptuous yet understated furnishings, and a wall of windows to take full advantage of the captivating Swiss Alps that surround the property, the reclaimed wood walls and picture-perfect view obviate the need for artwork.
If anybody knows how to deal with winter, it’s Northern Europeans. This Stockholm space creates a cozy environment in which to pass the chilly nights. Pairing midcentury-inspired chairs with an old-world fireplace and contemporary, streamlined floor lamps creates a layered moment that’s surprisingly warm.
We tend to forget how appealing beachside locales can be in the winter. There’s something so beautifully quiet and serene about being near the ocean in the off-season. This Nantucket home proves that with the addition of a soft, high-pile rug and a faux-fur throw, a summer home can be easily transformed into a cozy, cold-weather retreat. Bright-white walls keep the space feeling bright and airy—all the better to beat the winter blues.
We love the pared down nature of this Scandinavian home. Though the walls are constructed of unfinished pine, the knots create an interesting pattern that add visual interest to the space. A simple color palette and generous windows let in the bright winter light.
If snow and ice aren’t your bag, there’s always the eternally sophisticated English countryside. Bright patterns ward off the gray days while a large fireplace complete with built-in velvet fender create the perfect place for an afternoon sherry in this Derbyshire estate.
We love the inclusion of vibrant, cheerful accessories in this otherwise neutral bedroom. Winter landscapes are typically devoid of color, which is what makes this bedroom so appealing. The gray walls and reclaimed wood walls add an alpine element that balance the more feminine elements of the space.
We’re so used to seeing bohemian spaces in warm-weather climates. But this home in Mont Blanc, France, is proof that this style translates beautifully to colder regions as well. In fact, we love how much cozier the multi-layered space feels with the inclusion of happy-hued prints, globally-inspired textiles, and funky, vintage furniture.
This home above Switzerland’s Lake Maggiore is, well, major. Sweeping views of the water below and mountains beyond create the perfect setting for understated, concrete-toned décor. Despite the sparse furnishings, this space feels more restrained than cold. The recessed shelving creates architectural interest while a corner fireplace ups the cozy factor.