Chalet Cyanella by Bo Design, Swiss Alps

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When most of us picture an Alpine getaway, we’re probably visualizing something like this Chalet Cyanella, by Bo Design. A spacious kitchen and dining area with sliding doors and balcony that open onto breathtaking mountain views…space dedicated to ski gear…bedrooms under eaves, with ensuite bathrooms, whirlpools, and separate showers…even bunk beds for the kids, in an arrangement that guarantees fun, if not much sleep! When the winter winds blow and you’ve had your fill of the slopes, curl up in one of the purple loungers in the handy bar and watch some TV or a classic movie. Should you need to do some quiet work, find the desk tucked into the stair alcove — and you won’t be disturbed. Or, for cuddling made for two, a quiet sitting room off the beaten path of this home is just the ticket.

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But most of all, this house speaks “active” language in a style both modern and welcoming: an abundance of wood throughout, with neutral shades for furnishings, linens, and lighting, say “contemporary”; plush seating, plenty of pillows, and fireplaces spell “cozy.” A swimming pool, when covered, becomes a media-enhanced workout room; skylights provide illumination to the master bedroom and stairs, even when the snow is deep. Unique lighting provides its own artistic touch to the rooms: “lane” lights along the ceiling of the pool space are a bright, warming red, while an abstract light fixture on the wall provides indirect, subtle additional illumination without glare or clutter. The designers at Bo espouse the Mies Van der Rohe maxim, “Less is more” ¬— yet in Chalet Cyanella, even that “less” feels like more than enough.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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