Category Archives: Mountain Style

Posted by Sharon Auld

There’s something so special and magical about a rustic mountain lodge at Christmastime. When there’s a chill in the winter air, and the mountain peaks are blanketed with fresh snow, a mountain lodge beckons with the promise of warmth and coziness after wintry day on the slopes. At Christmastime, decked out in twinkling lights and greenery, a mountain lodge is never more welcoming.

Naturally Chic, takes us to Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff and shares with us this rustic mountain lodge, holiday inspiration. Tara Whittaker Photography captures it all!

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittake Photography

From Naturally Chic:

“My inspiration for this table was simply the rustic beauty of the Wapiti Longhouse. I love this space! With a massive, fieldstone fireplace, wood beams, open timbers, and hard wood floors, it’s sheer perfection! The mantle is always decorated so beautifully for the holidays. It’s everything you want in a mountain lodge; rustic, warm, cozy and inviting!

I design lots of weddings, and while beautiful, I don’t always get to take full advantage of the raw, rustic beauty of this space. With this tablescape, I wanted it to complement the space. I wanted it to be warm, cozy and inviting!

I chose simple, rustic elements; a wood harvest table, a wood bench and willow chairs. I used lots of textures, lambskin, faux fur, and this great “wool sock” table runner with buffalo plaid napkins from Roots. Seasonal greenery, wood accents and lots of candlelight completed the look.”

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

“The centepiece is a simple, DIY project that anyone can do! It consists of a wood box and candles in glass cylinders (floating candles would be nice too). I used clippings from my yard and floral foam (available at any craft store) to secure it in place.”

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography“It’s no secret that I love wood; I used lots for this tablescape, including these gorgeous wood chargers from  Celebration Creation (you don’t have to be a wedding planner either to rent some accessories from your local decor shop).

I used crisp white, modern china plates and vintage silverware for the place settings. To complete the look, I made wood menus and used small pieces of leather for place cards.”

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker PhotographyLeather place card and engraved wood menu + holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

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Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table + wood menu designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

“I hope you enjoyed my take on a rustic, mountain lodge Christmas! Cheers!” Sharon, Naturally Chic

Rustic mountain lodge holiday table designed by Naturally Chic | Photo by Tara Whittaker Photography

Tablescape Design and Concept: Naturally Chic; Photography: Tara Whittaker Photography; Venue: Buffalo Mountain Lodge.

Wood menu: Naturally Chic; Wood Chargers: Celebration Creation; Floral Centrepiece: Naturally Chic; Buffalo Plaid Napkins (tea towels): Roots; Table Runner: Roots.
Models: Kari and Derek Owen; Ladies Fashion: Adorn Boutique; Hair & Makeup: Mountain Beauties (Hair – Suzanne and Makeup – Nadine).
Thank you to everyone from Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts for hosting us at Buffalo Mountain Lodge! Special thanks to Lauren, Pamela, Kerri and Bree! And a very special thank you to Kari and Derek for spending the day with us!

Posted by Sharon Auld

Men, if you are looking for some style inspiration for your next visit to the mountains, look no further than the iconic Canadian brand, Roots. It’s a fashion and lifestyle brand that first opened in Canada in August of 1973. It’s signature look is casual, athletic, outdoorsy, and it remains forever mountain chic.

The company regularly publishes “Look Books” that represent the current inspiration for the season. Not only will you find style inspiration in their latest Look Book – Journey to Jasper, but also some serious mountain eye candy, and I’m not referring to the models either! The latest book is chalk full of gorgeous shots from the summit of Whistler Mountain in Jasper National Park, Athabasca Glacier, Mount Edith Cavell and more! I personally make it a regular habit to check out the fantastic look books that are set in outdoor regions all across Canada.

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The sweaters below aren’t actually from Roots (The bag and beard balm is. Did I mention Roots is known for their leather products?). I found, the sweater and vest at the Whistler Sweater Shop. They’re authentic Cowichan sweaters, and might I add, pretty awesome. I can remember living on the West Coast for a short time when I was younger and I always coveted these sweaters. They’re amazingly warm and cozy!

An authentic Cowichan Sweater is made by the Coast Salish people of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC. You can read more about their fasinating history here.

cowichan-sweater

A leather backpack like this ‘Omars Pack Tribe‘ bag is the perfect accompaniment for a day trip to Jasper or Banff. And if you’re a mountain man sporting a beard, don’t forget to pick up some Beard Balm. It’s so popular that the stores have trouble keeping it stock. But, if you’re lucky enough to snag some, you’ll be well groomed for your adventures!

There are Roots retail stores in Whistler and Banff, and in most major Canadian cities!

Photo Credits: collage 1 – Photo 1 – Roots Journey to Jasper Look Book and Small Banff Canada Tribe bag; Men’s scarf; Men’s Boot ; collage 2: Roots Journey to Jasper Look Book; collage 3: Cowichan Sweaters ; leather pack and Prairie Boys Supply Co. Beard Balm available at Roots.

by Sharon Auld

Buffalo Plaid (also known as Buffalo Check) is one of this season’s hottest trends. Buffalo plaid has large squares that are usually red and black, though other colors are also popular. For me this checked fabric conjures up feelings of warmth and coziness. Maybe that’s why lots of people associate this plaid with the American blanket makers Pendleton or Woolrich, but in fact, this popular plaid has Scottish roots.

After a quick search on the internet, I found that this tartan is considered one of the oldest tartans and became known as the ‘Rob Roy’ tartan of the MacGregor Clan. Jock McCluskey, a descendant of the MacGregor Clan, originally settled in Canada in the 1800’s (and later in parts of the USA). He traded these heavy wool, tartan blankets for buffalo pelts with the Sioux and Cheyenne people (hence the name buffalo plaid).

Coming Up Plaid

 

Credits:</strong> 1. Roots; 2. Chapters Indigo; 3. Gap; 4. Roots; 5. Chapters Indigo; 6. J.Crew; 7. Etsy, Little Orange Room.

You may also have heard the term “Modern Lumberjack” or variations of a similar name. Yes, it’s considered a real thing and yes, it’s not just mountain men who wear plaid. Urbanites and country folk alike are embracing this season’s hottest look; a cool, “woodsy” vibe originally made popular by lumberjacks (bonus points for a full beard)! Will you be embracing this look and sporting a beard this season?