How To Turn Your City Apartment Into a Cozy Ski Chalet in 7 Easy Steps

How To Turn Your City Apartment Into a Cozy Ski Chalet in 7 Easy Steps

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Katie Holdefehr
Jan 17, 2017
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Full disclosure: I've never been skiing, or snowboarding, or so much as stepped foot on a snow-covered mountain range. But I've seen "Force Majeure" and have taken a virtual tour of Aerin Lauder's Aspen home, which basically qualifies me as a pseudo expert on the après-ski aesthetic. To get the look (without actually hitting the slopes), here are some cozy ways to work ski style into your apartment that won't look totally out of place.

Step 1: You're going to need a faux fur throw.

As every ski-themed movie will show you, the fuzzy fur throw is a must-have accessory for any self-respecting chalet. Luckily, IKEA has inexpensive faux options, including the TEJN rug, for as little as $15. Leave it neutral for a more traditional look, or try dyeing one to express your funkier sense of style.

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Step 2: Stock up on firewood (for purely decorative purposes).

If your apartment has a faux fireplace, you're likely not using it for anything besides extra storage, anyway. It only seems fitting to fill a fireplace you can't even use with logs that you will never light.

Step 3: Hang a staghorn (fern, that is).

As a general rule, no chalet is complete without a taxidermy deer head mounted above the fireplace. But because not everyone's a fan of real stuffed animals, we recommend imitating the look by investing in a staghorn fern. This unique plant will bring the same sculptural interest to the room as the real deal, but it won't require pulling out your bow and arrow.

Step 4: Put wool blankets on everything.

Heavy wool blankets can be used to warm up any spot, from an armchair to an entryway bench. Above, Heather and Eric are nailing the winter ski lodge look with the striped Hudson Bay blanket draped over the foot of their bed.

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Step 5: Bring the slopes inside.

If you want to get serious with your ski style, bring mountain style indoors with a giant wall hanging. The one above comes from Urban Outfitters ($70), but Society 6 also offers tapestries printed with snow scenes. With one of these hanging behind your couch, there's really no reason to ever go outside.

Step 6: Stock up on reclaimed wood.

From the looks of the worn wood wall above, you'd never guess that the apartment is located in Los Angeles. A little reclaimed wood goes a long way, so whether you choose to panel an entire wall or opt for a single piece of furniture is entirely up to you.

Step 7: Let antiques do the talking.

Collectibles like fireplace hand-bellows, wooden clogs and camp memorabilia lend a space cozy cabin vibes—even if it's hundreds of miles away from the nearest ski lift. Search thrift shops for finds with history, or if buying new is more your style, take tips from our ski style shopping guide.

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