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This Must be the Place: Austrian Ski Lodge Chic

Jagdgut_Wachtelhof_austrian_ski_lodge_11.jpgOur two-inch snow tease here in Richmond has me dreaming of wintery locales. Ever since I saw Jagdgut Wachtelhof, the gorgeous Austrian ski lodge outside of Salzburg in Lonny magazine, I’ve been mildly obsessed with its designer, Michele Bönan. This summer, I stayed at another Bönan-designed property, the Portrait Firenze, and was completely taken (I took a MILLION photos, post coming soon). He has a knack for creating spaces that feel modern but use classic elements. Here, he achieved that by keeping the pattern down, using furniture with clean lines and sprinkling with modern lighting and contemporary photography (especially that of Massimo Listri, whom I love), and presto!, chic, stylish but livable interiors.


Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 10.37.02 PMOne of  his smarter tricks is giving the walls mock-wainscoting with paint. Here he also “framed” the walls in black.

What an amazing graphic logo (used throughout on pillows). And I love the reoccurring piping, must be my preppy roots. Bönan’s also big on symmetry, which helps his rooms feel neat. I need to try that.


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I noticed the handles on the back of the chairs in Florence, too. It makes moving chairs in and out easier and finishes them off a bit, too.Jagdgut_Wachtelhof_austrian_ski_lodge_11.jpg
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Guestrooms and hallways get more faux-architecture with paint.Jagdgut_Wachtelhof_austrian_ski_lodge_12Jagdgut_Wachtelhof_austrian_ski_lodge_3.jpgThe spa has a great cabinlike rusticness.


I love the idea of turning the firewood into a design element. It’s the alpine version of a climbing vine.

This is part of a reoccurring series of design hotels that reflect a true sense of place. Read about other This Must be the Places and see the This Must be the Place Tumblr page.

Photos via Lonny and Jagdgut Wachtelhof.


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