Sunday, January 16, 2011

A winter white tale...

We woke up to a perfect snowy magical land on the day after Christmas

I guess you may have figured out that I really love snow...
We left Connecticut, after a few grueling days trying to send our Christmas guests home (JFK had turned into crazy man land) and relentless shoveling, on to Whistler for some fantastic skiing...

I'll admit, you have to be a little nutty to ski by blizzard and total white out conditions...
but I would not miss it for the world!

Back from Whistler snow to find this ....fortunately, I was able to get back to work, but Luke had the privilege of shoveling our courtyard for 2 days...mumbling (for no good reason) as to why did he agree to a gravel courtyard which cannot be plowed.


I tried to convince him to fly for the week end to Quebec for a lovely romantic escape and rest from all the shoveling. I will not share his comments, but he basically thought that i had lost my mind...

James Bond in Die Another Day (

If James Bond can look so stylish in extreme cold, I see no reason to
 complain about the rather low temperature in the hotel.


At least James Bond had a lovely time, in the Sweden Ice Hotel

Doesn't this look incredibly romantic?

We can even bring some colorful furniture to warm up the space


Couldn't convince Luke or any of my friends to fly to Quebec or Sweden;
 these fabulous rooms could be a nice compromise.

image: Ssara Dorio


 image: Shutterstock

 image: Residence Decoration

image from: Residence Decoration

This bed will keep me warm while I dream of snow

Anyone ready for more snow?

64 days to spring


  1. This post made me smile, especially the part about James Bond. That ice hotel is fantastic!

    One year when I was a kid my brother and I decided to take dad's skis and go down the driveway on them. The only problem was there was only about an inch of snow on the ground and the driveway was made of brick/gravel. Yikes! The skis didn't look so good after that. :( I still feel bad about it too!

    We got 4 inches of snow (which is sadly a lot for around here) around midnight last week but by morning it had rained so much it had all melted. I really hope we get more!

  2. your home look so gorgeous.
    even though i can only see the tippy top.

    i love snow too.

  3. I love a good snowstorm if I don't have to drive in it. That ice hotel is so cool but would never stay someplace where I would be cold... I'm a big baby! xo

  4. Beautiful images of comfort, luxury and fun Francine. Snow is wonderful isn't it ? It's just that it causes havoc here as we are not used to it. The images of your house are just lovely. Snow just makes everything so magical.
    We are going to the Ice Bar in London in a couple of weeks. Not quite as good as the hotel in Sweden but fun all the same.
    Have fun in the snow and keep warm. XXXX

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  6. beautiful! I LOVE snow. MISS snow. But DON"T want it here, 'cause it kills bananas and tropicals!!

  7. Francine we have more snow coming in tomorrow! I love all of the images you have chosen of ice and snow!

    Driving in it I would rather not...

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  8. Love all these beautiful white images and especially the spectacular ice hotel!! I need ski lessons from you!!

  9. Francine,
    Such beautiful images. Just enjoy!

  10. So gorgeous and dreamy! Love every photo! xoxo

  11. the ice hotel is so cool!!! i'd love to go there and see how it works... have a good one!

  12. Are you really counting down to spring?..:-) I love the snow - bring it on. And look at this beautiful post - makes me love it even more...

    I have skiied in white out conditions.. the problem is you don't realize how bad it is till you get up there..
    happy Wednesday


  13. This post is magical in that it almost makes me like winter:) For years I wanted a gravel driveway...but you have me feeling very grateful for my plow guy right now...although come spring I will be jealous of your country driveway again, no doubt!

  14. Hi Francine
    Your home looks gorgeous in the snow....and as for Whistler - I am so glad that I had a chance to visit with you when you were here. I am going to pass on the Ice Hotels as a week in Cabo or Palm Springs in the SUN feels better to me, although I love the crystalline white decor of the Ice Hotels.
    Here's to an early Spring. I just noticed yesterday that my bulbs are already starting to come up. That's the beauty of living on the West Coast.

  15. Your house is beautiful, gorgeous images.

  16. ooh how I wish our winters looked this pretty!! I guess it comes with it's share of problems.. though still.. it must make winter worthwhile!!

    Beautiful snow images Francine.. your home looks like it belongs in a fairy tale.. you just need elves to do the shoveling

    Love the Ssara Dorio image too.. Have a lovely weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  17. Bonjour Francine,
    Just found your beuatiful blog via your comment on Tish's blog. What a lovely image from Dario. Your home looks lovely even covered in snow. I'm a new follower and will be back again soon.

  18. Hello Francine - you have convinced me to re-think my next home and go with a more neutral palate. Each and every photo was soothing and stunning. I'm happy you had a great holiday in Whistler. What a surprise to come home to your home buried in snow; I must say your home looked so beautiful swallowed in fully white flakes.

    Wishing you a good weekend. I hope Luke gets a break from shoveling for awhile!

    x Deb

  19. Love this delicious and pristine white post! Whistler? Not too far from me...

    Happy shoveling - sorry you didn't get a romantic getaway. There's nothing like ice to force some snuggling.

    Happy New Year Francine.


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