THE SNOW PATROL: NICOLA O’MARA



BOUTIQUE HOTEL VIBES: A chalet designed by Nicola O’Mara using a range of natural, textured, layered and organic fabrics…


Designer Nicola O’Mara is in high demand as she not only produces timelessly elegant interiors, she also fully refurbishes properties and returns them to their former glory. One of Nicola’s most recent projects in the mountains is a testament to her skill in creating a warm and inviting retreat in an otherwise freezing – and potentially hostile – environment; her talent was honed on the coast of Cornwall, England, where summers are delightful but winters are known to be harsh, stormy and unforgiving. Nicola’s interiors are renowned for their relaxing quality and her dedication to thoughtful styling; every detail has been carefully chosen to reflect the location of the property and produce a warm and inviting ambience that guests never want to leave…


LIT! Recessed lighting and free standing artworks; velvet upholstered dining chairs

The furnishings Nicola installs have a timeless, elegant quality and are both beautiful and durable – simple lines encased in a blend of both dark and honey coloured woods…


NIGHTSHADE: Slate, burgundy, natural wood, scented pillar candles in storm lanterns…

*Nicola takes on projects around Europe with more in the pipeline in the Alps and upcoming research trips planned for Denmark, Norway and Amsterdam…


ABOVE: Beautiful styling by Nicola O’Mara on the cover of a previous issue; a view over Val d’Isere, where the chalet is located

NICOLA O’MARA: http://www.nicolaomara.com



DESIGN INSPO:


Most luxury residences now demand at least a gym and sauna or steam room, if not a pool. Other, more unique, installations may include a snow shower and/or ice fountain, as seen below…


ABOVE: The snow shower at Cheval Blanc Paris; the ice fountain in the spa of The Martinez, Cannes

CLEAN: Bathroom detail courtesy of the master of the understated: Christian Liaigre

COUNTRY: Few designers create perfect country chic better than Lady Bamford

RECOVER: Top American designer Ken Fulk perfectly captures the Alpine vibe *Photography by Douglas Friedman

WINTER WHITE: GET THE VIBE


WARMTH: Stay cosy with merino wool fabrics from De le Cuona…

STYLE: Elegant fabrics from Decuona… cosy, but cool

ICE WATER: ’Wonderwall’ by photographer David Yarrow; ‘Transition’ by artist Jethro Jackson

NATURAL BEAUTY: Closet by Neatsmith; natural wood, under-heated flooring by Broadleaf Timber

CONTROLLING NATURE: A light control by designer Kelly Hoppen for Focus SB; a snowflake panel from a Garden Getaway log cabin

DEFROST: Monogrammed cashmere hot water bottle cover from Initially London

INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACE: Boulder pots in a garden designed by Richard Miers; a wall panel by Easiwall is the perfect way to bring a fresh vibe into the kitchen area of your home

TABLESCAPE: Beautifully embroidered pheasant motif on exquisite table linen by Bonadea; Alpine flowers mixed with sweet-peas by Rob van Helden of RVH Floral Design. If Rob didn’t do your flowers for your home or event, I always say: ”better luck next time!”

MUST HAVE’: An Espresso Martini from The Wild Rabbit at Kingham, England; an ’ASPEN – lodge’ scented candle from the travel collection by Nicky Summer Bougie…

WARM UP: Hearty cuisine with a healthy message by top chef Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall, England…

ICE FLOW: Middle, a silk and wool hand-knotted Tibetan rug from the collection by designer Matthew Wailes…

FOOT NOTE: Looking to buy or sell an upscale property? Check out Charles McDowell and also Home Hunts – see our exclusive profiles on these two services on my pages at http://www.nickysummer.com; for garden design, we recommend Nazarian, Richard Miers or Bartholomew Landscaping – also see recent profiles on these services here in the online magazine. For low maintenance greenery in your mountain residence we suggest Easigrass and Easiwall 100% recyclable products. All brands mentioned here can be found via their own independent Instagram accounts.


TIME TO LEAVE: On board with De le Cuona, naturally…

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