The snow is falling steadily in this early part of the year and we are greeted by an immaculate landscape as we head to Charlotte Mauge’s chalet. This former city-girl and resident of Paris has swapped the daily grind of urban life for a family project below Lake Geneva. A dream made reality by the involvement of a joiner who went as far as referring to his grandfather’s construction notebooks. On the outskirts of Megève, facing the majesty of Mont Blanc, a whole world of influences has come together. The scorched spruce comes from the surrounding forest as do the vintage features, from the lovely blue ceramic and brass stove to the drinking trough converted to a sink. While the handles on the cupboards come straight from the USA, and even – for the turquoise ones – from the Santa Fe Native American Reservation. Unabashed persistence is the modus operandi of Charlotte Mauge, a great admirer of Canada and the Adirondacks. The result is there. In this house with a definite Savoyard feel, there is a bit of America when all is said and done. As in her style of dressing, which she likes to use as a starting point when designing and developing her decor. A tour in the middle of a pine forest, between two swigs of hot milk with chocolate – Swiss obviously!