|Wool cushion from Pottery Barn, wool throw vintage.|
If you are thinking of investing in a vacation property (and judging from the activity in this category in the area we rented this is a very popular purchase these days) I would highly recommend renting for at least a couple of seasons- or maybe for always. An additional property is very expensive to maintain, is a constant worry (is it being broken into while you're not there etc, mechanical things breaking down etc) and if you ever need/want to sell it you'll be paying capital gains tax on the selling price: what a commotion.
We were excited about our rental (especially considering we weren't very familiar with the area) and we spent the first weekend in December moving in our own linens and kitchen things. If you're going to be using a place for just inside of four months it can be much more pleasant to fluff it up with your own items, your own style. Rentals are typically a bit utilitarian when it comes to bedding and kitchen items, you'll feel more at home with your own little "extras".
I have a love of old wool blankets and I've collected them over the years, typically from Etsy. They came in handy at the chalet in the living area, I threw them over the existing furniture which warmed up the room but also protected the furniture from spills and mess.
|This black and white wool blanket from Iceland covered a chair.|
This one is my favourite, it's from the 1970's.
|Linen pillow cover Pottery Barn.|
|Large windows looking out over a forest.|
Rentals rarely have mattress pads on the mattresses, and I'll tell you, as far as I'm concerned mattress pads are KEY. I buy them from Lands' End typically, and I go for the ones with the highest cotton content.
I then layered the beds with flannel sheets and vintage wool blankets, all topped off with one of the quilts.
|Thick wool blankets.|
|Cute trees on bedsheets.|
Snowshoe-themed flannel sheets from a discount store.
|Basket for recycling.|
|The tablecloth warming up the dining area.|
I brought our own dishes in a white, yellow and blue colour scheme as well as a good coffee maker, electric milk frother for the coffee (that was a popular item) and an electric slow-cooker.
|Snacks. Yup chips and dip.|
|More snacks, and paper napkins.|
|A typical dinner, chicken from the slow cooker with vegetables.|
|The slow cooker insert with chicken ready to start cooking.|
I liked this one because the insert was stove-top safe.
This allowed me to braise things before the slow cook process began.
|Scout living the life.|
|Ole Rascal and MrBP ready to head down the black diamond slope.|
Scout loved lying around by the fire:
|Scout holding hands with Rascal G.|
Have you ever rented a vacation home for a season, be it winter or summer?
Do you have a dream of owning a cottage or a chalet in the woods?