Shop This House: A Country Home in the Alps

To create a welcoming retreat high in the mountains, a family reimagines the traditional Gstaad chalet.

When interior designer Tara Bernerd found a one-of-a-kind country house for her family nestled in Gstaad, Switzerland, she wanted the outdoors to steal the show.

“The chalet’s panoramic views were just breathtaking,” says Bernerd, founder of a British architecture firm that has worked with hotels such as Sixty Soho, Belgraves, and the forthcoming Hotel Russell in London. “I could immediately picture coming in from a snowy day and feeling the warmth of that crackling fireplace.”

She reworked the chalet’s structure, adding two subterranean floors and modifying the existing floor plan to include large, open areas with a few intimate family rooms, and put the bedrooms above. The wide, wood-plank flooring that runs through the home is layered with neutral carpets—a palette that she offsets elsewhere, in moss-green curtain fabric from Etro and deep burgundy upholstery from Pierre Frey for the dining room chairs and living room sofa. She also mixed modern touches, such as a gray stone fireplace, a hair-and-hide stool, and a chrome-and-glass coffee table, with traditional family heirlooms like her father’s dining table.

“It’s my thing, combining different designs and bringing in layers,” Bernerd says. “I like to build spaces with a lot of character that aren’t overly chintzy.” See below for nine ways to achieve her eclectic look.

The Dining Room

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      1. Cody dining chair, $449;
      2. Grand baluster rectangular dining table, from $965;
      3. Iittala Ruutu vase, $195;
      4. Bishop’s Cape green rug by Diane von Furstenberg, from $266 per square foot;


The Living Room

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      1. Carson sofa, from $2,910;
      2. Swing-arm floor light with tray, from $2,063;
      3. Nantucket driftwood bowl, $456;
      4. EcoSmart 1200SS firebox, $5,490;
      5. New Objectivity stool, $5,544;
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