Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ski House Decorating Ideas

My Family

My boys at race day at Cranmore
Good news came for our town yesterday when National Geographic named North Conway NH as one of the top 25 best ski towns in the WORLD! Wow. That will provide a nice boost for our winter tourism. In honor of our ski town, I am writing a post about ski house decor. In our area, we have lots of beautiful New England Farmhouses and Country Inns, but we also have an abundance of Ski House or lodge inspired homes. My home's design was definitely inspired by the contemporary ski lodge concept. High ceilings, many big windows, lofts and soaring fireplaces. Many homes have lots of wood in their interiors. Wooden ceilings, wainscoting, board lined walls, hardwood floors. It is common also to see big log homes nestled into the the side of a mountain. Many older ski homes have been passed down through generations of the same family. They are filled with decor of a forgotten era, each generation adding little treasures and collections. This well-worn lodge/cottage look has been attained by years of use.
Here are a few examples of modern lodge style interior design:


Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Bedrooms often have bunk beds to accommodate large groups of skiers:


Skis and snowshoes are used as wall decor:
via Rustic Mountain Design

Pottery Barn
 Antler chandeliers are another unique decor choice (my husband wants one of these):

CDN Antler Chandeliers
CDN Antler Chandeliers

Vintage Ski posters often adorn the walls in the houses in my neck of the woods. These posters were made to advertise Ski Areas, but soon became popular as wall decoration. I have several in my home. These are from

We also have our own local art! These prints are new (all made within the last few years) but were designed in the style of vintage ski posters. The artwork was created by Dianne Mello, local artist, and sold exclusively by a local business, Framed Art Superstore. These prints are colorful, whimsical and make great wall decor!

All of these great posters can be found online at the Framed Art Superstore Outlet!

And FINALLY, here is a picture of my Uncle Anthony Fortini  skiing in New Hampshire in the early 1940s. I have those skis and poles on my wall!

Hope you enjoyed this post on Ski House Decor. If you are thinking about a ski vacation, come visit our little town of North Conway, New Hampshire....named as one of the best 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic Magazine!