Ambition = Reality: One of the trickiest things about this process is trying to explain to potential renters, or indeed to friends and family (firstly), what seems perfectly clear and obvious in our heads. We both have had such a clear vision of the final property look all along, and while certain building features have shifted or bent one way or another, a lot of these elements of the interior design have remained. And of course, now we are in a position to be able to actually take bookings, those visual difficulties remain and are thrown into sharp relief. How can we visualise demonstrate the property that people are GOING to be renting this season, given a lot of those visual elements don't actually exist yet, but will soon?
Website Dilemmas: When we were choosing pictures to put up on the site, prior to the interior photo shoot, this challenge was all the more obvious. We decided to use photos of the view from the chalet on all sides - that view will obviously remain the same pre and post renovation. And is such a selling point. We also decided to include the floorplans, so that at least is obvious how it will all fit together. We also debated (at length) whether or not to include a Mood Board type slide on there. We're still not 100% decided either way yet whether to include it on the website. In the meantime until that decision is made (!), I've decided to post it here as a temporary illustration of what has been in our heads all along.
Here Goes: We've been using these images (and many many many hundreds more) all along as inspiration and reference points for the build and interior design.
The Bedrooms: Generally the 3 smaller double/ twins will look like the photos below. In fact, the two (top and middle left) are nearly identical. The light fittings we've got are exactly the ones in the below top image. There will be a feature reclaimed wood wall behind the bed, and all other walls will be crisply painted in white. There will be lovely full length charcoal curtains, and white linen with scatter cushions and faux fur cosy blankets.
Two Special Rooms: The bunk room will have built in solid and comfortable bunks, much like the picture to the right here, but not with the sloping ceiling. And the master bedroom will be very similar to the below image - the windows are very alike those, apart from that ours will be floor to ceiling, and the curtains will be nicer (!).
Bathrooms: The below images are pretty spot on too. The tiles are pretty much exactly like the below right pic - large and black and square, and a bit textured *technical term*. The sinks are rectangular, but with two distinct taps rather than the top image.
Sitting + Dining Room: The coffee table will be pretty spot on the left image. A mixture of reclaimed older wood, and metal, and probably in a square or a rectangle. The sofas are grey, and there are two of them, rather than the corner sofa below; the picture below is the exact sofa, minus inevitable scatter cushions. The flooring will be wooden, and there will be a feature reclaimed wall with the rest crisp white. The dining table will be handmade, with built in benches. And with a fabulous antler chandelier.
Picture Window: The wall at one end of the open plan living area will be a floor to ceiling sliding door and fixed window, much like the image to the right here. It will lead out to a balcony, and an outside seating area and rose wine (probably).
Kitchen: The kitchen will look fairly close to the below two pictures. The doors will be handmade from wood, and the kitchen top will be Zimbabwean granite in leather (!?) finish. In French the finish is 'cuir' which translates as 'leather', and therefore sounds way less fun in English. Essentially it has a slight texture to it. The sink will be built in, as below, and there will be a central island, with bar stools, a hob and an extractor that rises up out of the island at the touch of a button (I must learn how to use this).
Actual Appliances: The below appliances are bought, paid for and delivered. Well, delivered to Darren's parents's house (sitting piled up in dining room and garage, thank you again for the storage) in Hertfordshire, but not yet to France. More of why not yet in France in a later post anon. I'm excited about MANY things in this build. I'm particularly excited about this fridge which has a MAJOR ice machine in the freezer, and a big compartment which will fit in a bottle of bubbles (or two) for a quick chill down very easily. But actually - you won't need said quick chill down as the below wine fridge has two temperature zones - one for red and one for white. It has enough space for enough bottles for a week long trip (we checked).
Mmmm Food: I'm also VERY excited about the two Miele ovens we're installing. We toyed with an oven, a combination oven (oven and microwave in one) and plate warmer, but it worked out as ridiculously more expensive to go that route, when the oven you get it far teenier, and no one ever really uses the plate warmer anyway. This way - TWO whole ovens, and you can use one whole oven for plate warming if needs be. There will be turkey (or goose) for ten, with all the trimmings this Christmas in these two. Along with the exciting Miele hob too...
And Then There's the Tap: Which I realise is usually not the most exciting part. But this one REALLY is. It's a Quooker Boiling Water Tap. That's right. Tea in the morning has no wait time. Hot Choc after a day out on the mountain is instant. No need to wait for that tedious kettle to ponder things for so long.
Boot Room: Last but definitely not least is the little boot room (and utility room) we're installing under the stairs. Which will be a mixture of the two below images. There will be a ski rack (of course) and heated boot warmers. We're both very VERY excited about this...no more damp ski boots. No more fffffreezing mornings regretting choosing skiing over snowboarding that morning all those years ago as you squeeze your feet into those unyielding stiff torture devices...
So There You Go: This will be our chalet. When we do the interior shoot, it will be interesting to compare our photos with the above pictures, as we're sure that they will match pretty closely...hopefully this will help to visualise the look and tone of it. But still undecided about including on the chalet website...