Michelle Nussbaumer‘s decadently layered Swiss chalet is a far yodel from the usual images that mark the first day of the new year. You know the ones: those starkly bright, gleamingly white-gray spaces that all but announce “out with the old, in with the new!” Nary a stray ornament is in sight, much less the slightest memory of offending Christmas clutter! For those of us whose trees stay up through Epiphany—or later—and who intend to remain wrapped in a blanket by the fire for the next few weeks, these speckless spaces can feel frostily unappealing during some of the coldest days of winter! Instead, grab your cup of cocoa and curl up as we begin 2021 with a look at Michelle’s charmingly cozy chalet from the pages of Veranda magazine’s November-December 2014 issue.
Michelle restored the 300-year old Gstaad chalet after after a long search for the historic structure: “It’s really hard to find them, because people have torn them down and built even bigger ones,” she told Veranda. She blended the interior’s design together with a mixture of antiques from all over the world, vibrant fabrics from her Dallas showroom Ceylon et Cie, and layer upon layer of cozy charm. Take a peek inside!
Photography by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda.