Decorating a ski home or just looking to winterize your home? There's no reason to resort to the dated look of flannel sheet and criss-crossed wooden snowshoes hanging on a wall. Take a perspective that's as fresh as newly fallen snow, and you'll enjoy your cozy weekends substantially more. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning -- and be sure to click through the slideshow above for more inspiration.
Plaid has a long history in ski homes, but that's no reason to dismiss it. Instead of using plaid sheets or a grandfather-esque wing chair in classic red and green, try the pattern in a fresh color like Hermes orange or use it for upholstery in an unusual place, like a guest bedroom headboard.
|Capri Tartan Italian Lambswool Blanket, $160, Charlotte & Ivy||Alistair Plaid Pillow, $60, Crate & Barrel||Modern Plaid Rug, $399, CB2|
Furry blankets and pillows, sheepskin hides, and flokati rugs are a shoo-in for winter homes as they instantly add a warm and cozy ambience. Bring in a few touches of the textural elements throughout your interior, and you'll never want to leave.
|Furry Stool, $250, Furbish Studio||Two-tone Animal Fur Throw, $189, Zara Home||Pony-Skin Pillow, $30, Zara Home|
When you get home from the mountain after a long day of skiing or boarding, the last thing you'll want to do is leave your warm abode. Make distinct areas for different types of socializing or entertaining to create destinations within your home. Consider adding a round game table or a dedicated (and well-stocked) bar with high stools.
|Brixton Bar Cart, $799, Room & Board||Bouchon Counter Stool, $125, HD Buttercup||Vintage Game Table, $995, Jayson Home|
The fireplace is undoubtedly the most-trafficked area of a ski home, so it should be visually alluring. Consider stacking your firewood vertically beside it in an eye-catching way or framing it with artwork or sculptures.
|Vintage Glass Frame, $40, Dwell Studio||He Who Chops His Own Wood Is Twice Warmed by Travis Schneider, From $90, The Tappan Collective||Toro Bull Head, $175, Jayson Home|
Create an inspiring ski home, but not a delicate one. Winter homes are destined to encounter snow, slush, and mud, as well as sporting gear that's heavy and cumbersome. Purchase flooring that's durable -- or that can be affordably replaced in a few years. Steer clear of fragile items like glass vases and crystal stemware; instead, shop for sturdy ceramics and heavy tumblers.
|Earthenware Vase, $18, Target||Rake Me Over Rug, From $141, Flor||Enamelware Tumblers, $24 (Set of Four), West Elm|
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