Mountain Houses
Mountain Houses
By Philippe Saharoff
Text by Gwenaëlle Leprat
  • Imprint: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2007
  • Price: $45.00
  • Trim Size: 8 78 x 10 34
  • ISBN: 1-58479-648-0
  • EAN: 9781584796480
  • Page Count: 240
  • Format: Hardcover

Double-height living rooms warmed by crackling fires; cozy bedrooms under the eaves, beds piled high with down comforters; rustic kitchens with rough-hewn wood beams—mountain houses offer the perfect winter refuge. And in the spring, when the weather turns warm, doors and windows are flung open to take in views of verdant valleys and pristine lakes.

Nowhere is the beauty of living in the mountains more evident than in the Alps, where the spectacular landscape has given rise to equally gorgeous homes. In Mountain Houses, photographer Philippe Saharoff takes us to 30 of these lovely chalets, farmhouses, and cottages, located in Chamonix, Gstaad, and other picturesque towns of the Swiss and French Alps.

More than 300 stunning photographs, taken in all seasons, bring the rustic charm and timeless comfort of each home to life. While wood and stone are the predominant materials, the houses are decorated in a wide range of styles. Some are accented with contemporary touches; others have been renovated or completely reinvented; still others are new houses constructed to blend into the countryside. Whatever their style, these are houses we want to enter and linger in, and Mountain Houses gives us a welcome invitation.

About the author

Philippe Saharoff has published numerous books about decoration, travel, and craft. He also travels around the world as a photojournalist for magazines such as Madame Figaro and Elle Déco. Mountain Houses is an homage to his upbringing in the department of Savoie, where he first began photographing the old chalets of Aravis.

GWENAËLLE LEPRAT lived in the countryside in Provence, the Alps, and the Riviera before becoming a journalist. A former editor in chief of Création Passion and Modes & Travaux, she has also written for Journal de Textile and Maison Créative.