My children have been hoping for snow. Not a big storm. Just enough precipitation to build a snowman and spend a couple of hours with their sleds. I have heard that Mother Nature sometimes sends snow to children who wear their pajamas backwards and inside out. Putting spoons under pillows seems to work as well. We may have to give these tricks a try if we don't get any snow soon, but until then, we can look at pictures and dream . . . 

"The sight of a charming sleigh greets guests to the lodge."
Austria's Jagdgut Wachtelhof Ski Lodge.
Interior design by Michele Bonan.
Photography by Patrick Cline.
Art direction by Michelle Adams.
"Peak of Perfection" written by Robert Leleux.
Lonny (January/February 2013).

Herd of approximately 20 reindeer made of tree limbs and branches that decorate designer Shelley Penner's Vancouver yard at Christmastime.
Photography by Bryan Harrison.

Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.

Treehouse in backyard of Kevin O'Connor, host of This Old House and Ask This Old House. Mr. O'Connor built the house as a project with his children.
 Photo copyright 2013 Kevin O'Connor.

"An outdoor courtyard offers a cheerful snow-dusted vignette. A vintage mirror hangs above a wire urn filled with greens and branches for a picture-perfect winter scene."
"Outdoor Holiday Decorating" produced by Lucy Fitzgerald.

"Atelier AM gave the interiors of this Aspen, Colorado, vacation home - built by architect David Finholm using bleached spruce logs - a compelling contemporary redesign."
Renovation by Alexandra and Michael Misczynskis of Atelier AM.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn.
Text by Patricia Leigh Brown.
"Winter Palace" produced by Howard Christian.
Architectural Digest (December 2011). 

"The heated pool is used throughout the year; the terrace is laid with Colorado buff sandstone."
Aspen, Colorado, vacation home.
Architect: David Finholm.
Renovation by Alexandra and Michael Misczynskis of Atelier AM.
Photography by Pieter Estersohn.
Text by Patricia Leigh Brown.
"Winter Palace" produced by Howard Christian.
Architectural Digest (December 2011). 

"Among the places designer Vicente Wolf visited on his trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, is the Chapel at Peterhof Palace, situated just outside the city."
Text and photography by Vicente Wolf.

Mademoiselle Cover - December 1, 1936.
Art by Jean Coquillot.
Photo license property of Conde Nast Collection.
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"Aglow with lights from inside and out, designer Sarah Richardson's sprawling 4,000-square-foot country house offers a warm, inviting respite from the snowy landscape."
Photography by Michael Graydon.
Canadian House and Home (November 2011).

"Even the flamingos are chilling out."
Photography by Mehgan Murphy, National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
"Pandas Play in the Snow" by Beth Py-Lieberman.
"Around the Mall" blog of the Smithsonian website.
January 27, 2009.

"The town of Chamonix, in France's Haute-Savoie region, at dusk."
Photography by Walter Bibkow/Getty Images.

"The Wachtelhof's pool, which is heated year-round, offers staggering views of the natural surroundings." 
Austria's Jagdgut Wachtelhof Ski Lodge.
Interior design by Michele Bonan.
Photography by Patrick Cline.
Art direction by Michelle Adams.
"Peak of Perfection" written by Robert Leleux.
Lonny (January/February 2013).

Good Housekeeping magazine cover, January 1913.
Illustrator: Coles Phillips.

"Snowcapped Lone Peak rises behind a Big Sky, Montana, stone-and-timber house designer by Locati Architects and decorated by Michael S. Smith."
Photography by Roger Davies.
Text by Mayer Rus.
"A Rustic Yet Modern Montana Ski House" produced by Michael Reynolds.
Architectural Digest (December 2012).

"Situated in the picturesque town surrounding the Jackson Hole resort, North Colter Lodge was built by local architect Ellis Nunn in 2001. The cedar exterior blends elegantly into the forested landscape, and large windows frame exquisite mountain views."
Teton Village, Wyoming.
Photography by Brian Siegfried.
"Elevated Luxury" text by Amanda Friedman.

"Although the exterior was designed in traditional chalet style, with a gently sloping roof and overhanging eaves, this year-old Alpine retreat contains refreshingly modern and sleek interiors. Spread over four stories, the thoughtfully planned layout features a mix of living and entertaining spaces, as well as two wraparound balconies perfect for taking in the exquisite views."
Courchevel, France.
Photography: Knight Frank.
"Elevated Luxury" text by Amanda Friedman.

"The logs, which [architect Antoine] Predock imagined as representing fallen trees, are a dominant feature of the rear elevation, extending from deep in the landscape through the facade and into the upper reaches of the three-bedroom residence's interiors."
Charles Sabel and Miriam Horn commissioned this house, a galvanized-aluminum-clad, 2,200-square-foot design on 15-acres in Colorado's Rocky Mountains.
Architect: Antoine Predock, FAIA.
Photography by Robert Reck.
"A Not So Log Cabin" text by Joseph Giovannini.

"A unique contemporary residence located in the center of town, this 2010 home is notable for its gridlike white facade . . . Designed by local architect Ray Messier, the three-story structure features dramatic limestone tiling in the entryway and white-oak floors throughout the other rooms."
Telluride, Colorado.
Photo: Telluride Real Estate Corp.
"Elevated Luxury" text by Amanda Friedman.

"Originally built in 1958, this picture-perfect French chalet was renovated in 2002. Located in the heart of the exclusive Three Valleys resort in the French Alps, the house offers easy access to the slopes as well as stunning views of the Dent de Burgin, Saulire, and Cretes Mountains."
Meribel, France.
Photo: Emile Garcin.
"Elevated Luxury" text by Amanda Friedman.

"Poised at the base of a mountain, a woman shows the best in ski style, with a striped scarf tucked into the low-slung belt of her jade sport ensemble."
Illustration by Jean Pages.

"For this 'Holiday and Winter Travel' issues of Vogue magazine, Jean Pages illustrated a woman dressed in blue and red ski attire and smoking a cigarette, with skiers in the background. Set against a sky filled with round, pinkish-purple clouds, the resort fashion illustration appeared on the December 15, 1933, cover."
Illustration by Jean Pages.

"The best classic ski lifts, from Vermont to Colorado, let you relax, reflect and enjoy the scenery."
"Classic Ski Lifts" by Brigid Mander.
Wall Street Journal (December 27, 2013).

Illustration by Pierre Mourgue.

"A house in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, on the outskirts of Aspen, Colorado, which was renovated and expanded by Paris-based designer Caroline Sarkozy and architect Laurent Bourgois."
Renovation architect: Laurent Bourgois.
Photography by Eric Piasecki.
Styled by Stephen Pappas.

"Mom is startled to find a snowman stashed in the freezer."
Artist/illustrator: John Falter.
"Snowman in the Freezer" - Saturday Evening Post cover (February 21, 1959).


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