I'll go right on and say it. When I was in year 6, my dad would take me out of school on the odd weekday (shock horror) and we'd drive up to the nearest ski resort for a day of skiing delight. I was only too happy to oblige as you can imagine. The teachers didn't even blink when supposedly a "sick student" I would return the next day with a suspicious tan on my face from where the ski goggles would normally sit.
These days, skiing is only on school holidays and there's more snow angels making and hot cocoa sipping than actually riding down the slopes.
CHALET CHIC INTERIORS
In collaboration with John Lewis
Styling & Photography: Jenny Kakoudakis
Today's styling challenge, in collaboration with John Lewis is bringing back memories of those early days of skiing. Their latest Edit is all about alpine chic and includes a sub-collection called 'Chamonix', named after the ski resort in the French Alps, close to the highest mountain peak in Europe, Mont Blanc.
With a retro feel to it (think 60s and 70s) John Lewis' Chamonix is your Alpine fantasy - nestled beneath powdery slopes, imagine a cosy, contemporary ski lodge hideaway. Creative, fun and inventive, this is chalet chic for the whole family.
I started the styling in the guest room given the latest news that I should be expecting a party of 4 adults and one baby on New year's Eve.
Note to myself: 4 adults?! I have two guest rooms, but only one has a bed in it. I do not have a cot either. I am scratching my head around this one. Any notes of support at the end will be much appreciated.
PRODUCTS I USED
Get the Look: Stag Print Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set, £50 for a double; Chamonix Motif Cushion Red/ Navy, £20; Icelandic sheepskin rug, £60; Glass Cloche Skiier Bauble, £6; Winter Snow Scene Bauble £4.50; Lasercut Wooden House Tree Decoration £4.
DRESS THE BED
The Alpine Edit has a lot of red, blue and white, but I decided to keep two colours in the guest bedroom: red and white. The bedding I chose has a white background with black printed stags and an unexpected red pipping (on the duvet and on the pillowcases).
To get properly into the seasonal spirit I teamed the duvet cover with the contrast stitch red fleece blanket. It's got the perfect size for a double bed and is very soft. It also echoes the colour of the cotton ball lights and the little mirror on the wall.
With the bedding shorted I accessorised with three cushions: a cream faux fur and two Fair Isle style cushions in inky blue and red.
DRESS THE FLOOR
On the floor, an Icelandic sheepskin rug in cream will keep my guests' feet warm while a white tulip armchair will keep clothes and books (or presents) in lieu of a side table.
DRESS THE ROOM
Red and white work well in this room which has walls painted in Farrow & Ball Mole's Breath. The iron cast bed frame supports the scheme well and to make the room a little more rustic - as you would expect a ski lodge to be - I brought the branches over from my office and added cotton ball lights in a similar colour way.
The retro look in the collection is visible in most products: a palette of deep blues, whites and reds sit alongside plush, faux-fur throws and rugs, plus ice skating and snowflake motifs. The ski-themed decorations and alpine-inspired graphics complete the look.