"Vintage Mountain Feel"--Charming Artwork for Chalets

A friend sent me a link to a blog by a fabulous European artist who specializes in creating artwork, murals and decorative painted wall effects for European castles, chateaus, restaurants and hotels.  I have to say, he is pretty special and his work is very impressive.  If you'd like to look at his blog, it's demeurspeintes.blogspot.com.

His spectacular images are sometimes jaw-dropping, especially those that are over scale parodies of some of the history's greatest artists.  It's really worth a visit to his site to enjoy some of these and to appreciate his talent.

In perusing and frankly, savoring, his gorgeous photos, I ran across a posting that shows some delightful work he did for a Mageve hotel called Au Soli.  You know I love everything European Mountain Style, especially when it includes charming vintage references, as do these.  (The captions are taken directly from his site.)

A mix inspired by two pictures of famous photographer Georges Tairraz.

An inspiring view of a mountaineer contemplating Matterhorn on the Italian side.

Inspired by an illustration of Armand Vallee.

An old guide, of Chamonix probably.

Also inspired by Armand Vallee.

Charming skier ...a man was by her side but she looks better on her own...
The artist mentions how much he loves the "vintage mountain look" of the 30's through 60's.  Me too!!  In fact, here at Lake Tahoe, we call that look "Old Tahoe".  There are still many charming old cabins from that era that are still in original condition with old linoleum kitchen flooring, pickwick pine on the walls and chalet inspired railings and widow shutters.  In fact, I've had several clients hire me to help them create that look from scratch for new construction or remodel projects.  Such fun!

European Chalet Style in the Eyes of Mai Tai, a Blogging Favorite

Since I live at Lake Tahoe and ski at Squaw Valley as often as I like during the winter months, I pretty much get my fill of skiing here at home.  If I'm going to take a vacation, I want to go to a European city or head to a beach on a tropical island.  It's not that I would turn down a free trip to ski in Europe, it's just not at the top of my list of priorities.

However, that does not stop me from fantasizing about what it might be like to ski in Europe.  I get my European ski fix from the blogger, Mai Tai.  An American who lives a luxurious life in the South of France, Mai Tai takes a European ski holiday every spring and does a beautiful job of documenting it, showing just the things I want to see.  She shows delicious food, apres ski photos at the best European lodges, luxury rooms in holiday chalets, restaurants and bars.  Mai Tai gives you a good peek at European contemporary luxury chalet style. It doesn't hurt that Mai Tai herself is beautiful, always elegantly dressed and successfully wields a top notch camera.

Check out Mai Tai's ski vacations.  She's been blogging for a long time so you'll find lots to see in this string of postings titled skiing.  Set aside some free time, sit down with a cup of cocoa and enjoy, (just keep hitting previous posts every time you hit the end of the column and more will load in).

Ready, set schuss!

The elegant Mai Tai, almost always in a Hermes scarf!
Mai Tai is always interested in the details.

Capturing the overall experience.