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Cold-Weather Sports Gear Heats Up Interiors

We’re still in shorts and T-shirts in Alabama so far this fall, so it appears pretty incredible that the U.S. ski and snowboard season will kick off in only a couple of weeks. But folks in Colorado, Utah, Vermont and other mountain-high locales are already waxing tightening and boards boot screws since they count down to the first day on the slopes.

Bearing this in mind, here’s a glance at interiors that set the scene for cold-weather fun. Snow sports equipment takes on another life as wall art, quirky furniture and much more, lending a laid-back vibe plus a sign of experience. Which ones make you want to catch your ski sticks? Let us know in the Comments!

Salinas Lasheras

From the toboggan and snowshoes into the gallery wall of vintage ski posters, this dwelling area pays tribute to cold-weather sports. What I love most, though, is that the designer resisted the paychecks appearance, taking the rest of the trappings from the contrary direction: a plush rug instead of a bearskin, a sleek sectional and midcentury modern chair, grass cloth rather than paneling.

Kenny Craft, CNU LEED AP

Who says a worn-out ski cable is destined for the garbage heap? This salvaged one, speckled with rust, forms an industrial-style handrail within an outside staircase.

Nancy Clendaniel

Old skis come together to make a quirky spin on collage frames. Fill out the panels with — what else? — shots of household members schussing down their favorite runs.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Snowshoes would be to ski decor as older tennis racquets are into the weathered appearance. In this pint-size powder room, a snowshoe mirror matches the wintry, woodsy wallpaper.

Robin Pelissier Interior Design & Robin’s Nest

OK, I am cheating a bit… that the coatrack in this airy chairs corner is really created from water skis. But the concept is so appealing that I couldn’t resist. Substitute snow skis, and it would seem just right to get a mountain chalet.

Although these bins are more suited for sleepovers than equipment storage, that does not make them any less fun.

Crafted from reclaimed skis, the distressed blue chair in the corner of this room is as much sculptural art since it’s furniture.

Room Resolutions

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that the snowboarders. A seat fashioned from an old board in the base of the mattress, not to mention that the wall treatment, leaves no uncertainty as to the occupant’s sport of choice.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Picture lounging within this escape apr├Ęs-ski, nursing tender muscles by the flame and sipping on a mug of hot mulled wine. Can there be a better way to celebrate winter?

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