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Your Ski Chalet Essentials

Now that ski season is in full swing, it’s imperative that you properly equip your chalet (or, at the very least, the place you’ll live this winter) to make sure you’re getting the most out of your wintry escapades. The ideal winter den requires a strong balance of ruggedness, alpinism and—above all else—coziness.

And we’ve got just the five things you’ll need to strike that balance, from animal hide to open flame.»

Going Long: The (Busy) Gentleman’s Guide to Gifting

As you’ve recently learned, winning the holidays is not easy. It requires things like good penmanship, moderation and, obviously, a mistletoe state of mind.

But for those of you inclined to go for the haymaker, we’d like to present the holy grail of competitive gift-giving—something we here at Kempt HQ like to call “Going Long.” (Trademark pending.)

Think of Going Long as the ultimate showcase of confidence and thoughtfulness—an Oprah Winfrey-an approach to appeasing the masses. You find one tremendously bold, unquestionably useful yet wholly unexpected piece of property, and you buy one for everyone. That’s it. No gift diversity here.

Done right, your generous persona goes viral, ensuring you invitations, favors and godchildren for years to come. Possibly even a LinkedIn referral. Done wrong, and... well, let’s just say your refrigerator door might be a bit bare next winter.

Thus, we humbly present our suggestions for those of you willing to Go Long this holiday season—in decreasing order of safety (and thusly, increasing order of ambition):»

Stay Positive

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We tend not to think much about our furniture’s feelings, but these tufted linen rugs are giving us a change of heart, presenting positive and negative takes on the same floor covering. We know which one’s going in the bathroom…

Vanishing Point

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It’s extremely rare that a rug catches our eye…in fact, this may be the first time it’s ever happened.

But this Thomas Paul rug isn't your average piece of dandelion décor. Spanning eight feet across, all those stems make for quite a vanishing point, to the point that the black spot in the middle starts to look like the bottom of a pit. In other words, it’s halfway between Urban Outfitters and Trompe L’Oeil.

Of course, we’re not quite at the point of paying a grand for it. But it’s still an impressive piece of work.

On the Rug

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The gold standard of rugs is still the oversized Persian covering, but it’s been the gold standard for well over a century now. Maybe it’s time for something a bit more modern.

This rug from the French company Chevalier Edition is a good example (courtesy of Mr. Spear). It won’t give you the stateliness of a Persian rug, but it has the advantage of looking like it came from the twenty-first century, not the nineteenth.