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Travel to Norway’s Herang Tunet Hotel For a True Winter Lodge Experience

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When it comes to snowy getaways,  Tahoe or Jackson Hole are apt to come to mind, but there are some absolutely amazing getaways much further away — far up in the fjords of Norway, in fact. Herang Tunet Hotel,  a Norwegian lodge getaway, can be found between the Hegge Fjord and Jotunheimen, Norway’s highest mountain range.

Located in the village of Heggenes, the Norwegian lodge is situated in a landscape of forest, lake and mountains, and provides an absolutely perfect winter getaway for snow lovers. Thanks to its proximity to the ski resort of Beitostolen  and nearby Jotunheimen National Park, the outdoor opportunities in winter are myriad. Think skiing, dogsledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, sledding and more.


Owned and operated by Marco and Marie-José, a graphic designer and interior designer, respectively, the couple originally set up Herang Tunet as a guest house. Marco and Marie-José lent their creative skills to theming each of the five rooms around a different geographical region, including Norway, France, Holland, Iceland and Sweden. Additionally, the four suites at Herang Tunet are themed by cities: Rome, Aspen, London and New York.



Herang Tunet is a cozy, intimate guest experience, capable of housing up to 14 guests. For meals, the lodge’s restaurant, with its central woodburning stove, is a perfect landing spot after a brisk day of outdoor adventuring. Round out your evening with an Aquavit nightcap and session in the sauna, and all will be right with the world. Tempted to try a stay at Herang Tunet in the winter? Take a peek at some of the photos of the lodge and its winter activities in the slideshow.

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Take a Winter Wonderland Tour of Camp Wandawega

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It’s safe to say that we’re a little obsessed with Camp Wandawega, a resort in Wisconsin whose location, look and feel  are inspiring us to run away and spend a few weeks at camp — whether the season is summer or winter.  The camp’s charms are myriad, and lodging ranges from a treehouse to historic cottages, tipis and canvas tents — oh, and a treehouse, too. We caught up with Camp Wandawega founder Tereasa Surratt to found out more about the camp in the winter season. Be sure to also check out Tereasa’s two books, A Very Modest Cottage and Found, Free and Flea.

How would you describe the feel of Camp Wandawega?

“Nostalgic. A visit to Camp Wandawega is like walking back in time. Its storied past of speakeasy-turned-church camp combined with the fact that it’s almost entirely original makes folks feel like they’ve entered a time capsule. You find yourself completely immersed in all of the summer camp activities that your grandparents would have taken part in. Time moves slower. Life is simpler.”

How does the property change season by season?

“Every season opens up to an entirely new opportunity to embrace the palette of the gorgeous Wisconsin seasons. From color drives and apple picking to ice skating and skiing . . . it has truly become a four seasons resort. I love to decorate with the hues of the changing landscape, and apparently so did the former owners. (We found a trunk of vintage barkcloth in the attic that  was used back in the ’20s to deck out the restaurant . . . gorgeous handmade table runners and chair slips for spring, summer and fall.)”

What inspires you about winter at camp?

“I simply cannot wait for the first snow. We build a huge ice rink on the lake and park an outdoor fire pit on the pier . . . then surround it with outdoor benches and string lights around the perimeter for  skating under the stars.”

 What are some of your most memorable moments at the camp in winter?

Tethering the innertubes to the vintage snowmobiles and pulling friends around the frozen lake (helmets mandatory) . . . spending the afternoon ice fishing until dark, then everyone gathering around the chili pot to help with our big communal dinners . . . then retiring to the lodge fireplace for cards and spiced mulled cider.”

What is your inspiration for decorating during the winter season?

Simple. Handmade. Minimal color palette. I love to take inspiration from outside the window. Warm vintage woods paired with simple white porcelain dishes . . . and pile on the blankets! (No such thing as too much tartan in our house.) And no room is complete without the orange flicker of a blazing fire in a stone hearth.

What are your favorite decorating tips for keeping winter décor fresh after the holidays?

“I try not to rely on holiday-themed trendy color palettes . . . but I adore the simplicity of a classic, sophisticated palette of white paired with organic woods, and bouquets of fresh-cut evergreen, accented with clusters of berries. I love to cozy up our guest rooms by hanging vintage wool tartan throws at the door of each room. Each guest is greeted with a retro jigsaw puzzle and a stack of old books to peruse. I keep a full coffee bar of Bailey’ and whipped cream at the ready in the main house kitchen for friends to warm up with throughout the day.  Folks are greeted at the front door with a basket spilling with handknit wool caps, mittens and scarves.”

How do you make winter stays at the camp both kid- and grown-up-friendly?

“We are built for kids of all ages. Grown-ups seem to relapse into childhood the minute they see the rope swing and ice rink.”

What’s your favorite winter drink?

“Hot toddies. Or hot buttered rum. Or Baileys and coffee . . . I can’t decide!”

What’s your favorite way to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

“Start with a group of a dozen close friends, add a fresh blanket of snow, a big fire, a big potluck dinner and a long night of darts, pool, cards and merriment!”

What would you love to add to the camp in future winter seasons?

“I’m working on customizing a room to stock all winter camp gear, so that it’s brimming with vintage snowshoes, cross-country skis, antique hockey sticks and ice skates. . . . A  place for all of my retro Pendleton ski pants and jackets, which guests can borrow from during their visits.”

For more information, check out Camp Wandawega’s site online.
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All photos courtesy Tereasa Surratt

Dreamy Winter Getaway: Ferme de Moudon

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Thinking of getting it away from it all this holiday season? If the thought of a secluded ski chalet in France sounds like a great destination, then we recommend you explore Ferme de Moudon, located outside of top ski town Les Gets. Named by Tatler magazine as “The finest ski chalet in the French Alps,” the chalet, designed by Nicky Dobree, holds up to 10 guests and features gorgeous views of snowy fields, trees, and valleys.

Ferme de Moudon features two generously apportioned living rooms, a state-of-the-art entertainment center, and an open plan chef’s kitchen. We’re in love with Dobree’s thoughtful design details in the bedrooms, such as the luxurious fur throw seen below.

Learn more about this divine destination at Ferme de Moudon. For a full tour, just click below.

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Source: Photos courtesy Ferme de Moudon

Adding Texture and Visual Pop With Our Fur Collection

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We recently asked Angela, an editor at CasaSugar, to style some pieces from our fur collection at her home. She told us that she had fun integrating the pieces into her home, and sent us this shot to share.

“The idea was to try add a wintery spin to my uber-traditional brown corduroy sofa. Piling on layers of patterned and textural accessories not only made the sofa feel cozier, but it really helped to bring in some of my personality to the piece,” Angela told us. “To get the look, I folded one of my favorite quilts and tucked it into the cushions to break up some of the brown. Since the quilt was brown and white, adding two different colored fur pillows didn’t look out of place. In fact, I think it added more of an eclectic feel. The flokati rug complemented the texture of the furry pillows and also stayed within the brown and white color palette. A flame stitch pattern on the ottoman also didn’t clash with the bold print of the flokati because of the varying scales of the two patterns. Finally, I grabbed a bright teal pom pom throw and folded that over the arm to add a pop of color, and of course, more texture. Even flowers can be used to highlight the details you want to emphasize – I like to fill apothecary bottles with yellow craspedia to pick up on the fun pom pom trim on my teal throw.”

Inspired to decorate with some fur this season? Try it out! Today through Sunday, our faux fur is 30 percent off.