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Warm and cozy rustic chalet in the snowy mountains of the French Alps

rustic mountain house exterior with snow

Dorothée Simon Architecture transformed an old farm building into a warm and welcoming family chalet nestled in the snow-covered mountains of the Savoy Alps in southeastern France. Initially, the owners of this house planned to repair only the annex — a small structure composed of stone and wood, which was behind the main chalet and used to be used as a barn. In the end, the owners decided to renovate the interiors of the entire house in addition to the barn structure.

Their newly updated interiors include a large living room, nine bedrooms, and bathrooms, as well as additional utility rooms so that a total of 29 rooms are suddenly located on four floors of the house — there is plenty of space for everyone. Despite the size, the interiors of this mountain retreat are warm and inviting yet at the same time stylish with all of the custom details throughout.

rustic mountain house exterior

What We Love: This family chalet was completely transformed into a warm and welcoming retreat in the French Alps. We love how the interior of each of the rooms was harmoniously connected with the pristine surroundings of the mountains through large windows. When decorating each space, customized details help to add comfort and warmth to make this the ultimate entertaining home. The living room is our favorite space in this home, with its striking fireplace, firewood storage, and overall aesthetics.

Tell Us: Would this rustic chalet be your idea of the ultimate getaway in the mountains? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the country of France: Rustic-chic luxury mountain chalet in Megève, France and Alpine cabin offers dreamy winter escape in the French Alps.

rustic mountain house entry

rustic modern living room with a fireplace

Wood is the primary material used throughout this chalet, which gives the space warmth and maintains harmony between the interior and exterior. The old wooden boards were partially disposed of and partially restored. During the renovation, “native” boards of suitable quality were found in the barn. They were given a second life by “relocating” them to the walls, as well as the doors of some chalet rooms. One of the triumphs of this project was the authentic fireplace, as it was completely restored.

rustic modern living room with a fireplace

Above: The palette of the entire chalet is neutral, but diluted with neat color accents: tiles, decor, textiles. The living room is the most restrained room, here the stunning view of the valley with its delicate shades of blue, gray and beige is responsible for the bright accents.

rustic modern living room coffee table vignette

rustic modern living room with a fireplace

rustic modern living room with a fireplace

rustic modern living room light fixture detail

rustic modern living room with a fireplace

Above: Large pendant lamps elegantly emphasize the wood texture of the walls and at the same time do not block the view of the landscape.

rustic modern great room

Above: To make each interior item fit perfectly into the space, most of them were custom fabricated: tables, benches, banquettes, and kitchen furniture.

rustic modern dining room

Above: The open layout of the living, dining and kitchen areas emphasizes the height and volume of the chalet.

rustic modern dining room

rustic modern kitchen

Above: The kitchen flooring is porcelain stoneware, custom fabricated by local craftsmen. The countertop is made of Zimbabwean marble.

rustic modern kitchen

Above: The artwork on the wall of the kitchen is by photographer Gilles Trillard.

rustic modern kitchen

rustic modern kitchen

rustic modern built-in dining nook

Above: The flooring in the dining area is porcelain stoneware that was custom fabricated by local craftsmen. The corner sofa and table were also custom-made.

rustic staircase

rustic staircase

rustic hallway

rustic modern bedroom

Above: The existing window openings were not enough. The architect wanted to make it possible to contemplate the mountain views without leaving the cozy chalet — so large panoramic windows were integrated in some of the rooms.

rustic modern bathroom with an integrated tub

rustic modern bedroom with a fireplace

rustic modern bedroom

Above: The bedroom features locally sourced oak board on the walls. The artwork on the wall above the bed is by photographer Gilles Trillard.

rustic modern bathroom

rustic modern bedroom with a fireplace

rustic modern bedroom with a fireplace

rustic modern bathroom

rustic modern bedroom

Above: On the walls and floor there is a locally sourced oak board. A vintage image from the New York Times hangs on the wall above the bed.

rustic modern bathroom

rustic modern bedroom

rustic modern bathroom

Above: The bathroom is in the bedroom.

rustic modern bathroom

rustic modern bedroom with sleeping nooks

rustic modern bedroom

rustic modern bathroom with a vanity and shower

rustic modern guest room with a large window

Above: This cozy guest room is situated on the attic floor. The coffee table was designed by Dorothea Simon and is made of the same wood as the walls. The pillows on the floor were custom-fabricated with fabric from Dedar Milano.

rustic modern family room with a pool table

Above: The game room is located on the attic level of the chalet.

rustic modern mudroom

rustic hallway

rustic mountain house exterior with snow

rustic mountain house exterior

rustic mountain house exterior patio with snow

rustic mountain house exterior with snow

rustic mountain house exterior patio with snow

PHOTOGRAPHER Gilles Trillard

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Geohollingsworth@msn
5 months ago

The furnishings and decor are superb but the dark wood everywhere makes the house too gloomy. Just look at how the lightly stained dining room table improves the scene in that photo. Maybe treat some rooms with a light stain?

Anneke Van de Laar
5 months ago

Beautiful chalet. We also live in a wooden house. There is something friendly and moving when you look at wheathered wood that provided shelter and comfort during sun, snow and rain. It has it’s own personality. Sounds weird, but mayby that someone can relate to this.
To everyone a “gezellige” Christmas time, and the best whishes for 2024!