Mountain modern meets Cashiers charm— and a new 3,000-square-foot home lives large—thanks to the designers of the 2020 Cashiers Designer Showhouse situated on Silver Run Reserve
Back Porch // Francie Hargrove, Francie Hargrove Interior Design
Porches have evolved from heavy hues into light, luxurious settings for extended relaxation. “I like to create rooms where people want to linger and enjoy conversations, whether it’s over a cocktail or dinner or just reading a great book,” says designer Francie Hargrove. The rich pigment in the abstract painting established her palette of navy blue and chocolate brown. An ebony finish on the waterfall coffee table, accessorized with antlers and an onyx bowl, serves as an anchor against neutral furnishings and drapery. The high ceilings called for a series of panels that added warmth and intimacy to the vast space, yet still let the light filter in. An antique carved wood buffet from France doubles as a bar. With drinks in hand, the residents and guests can choose from various seating, including a swivel chair upholstered in Belgium linen, hair-on-hide stools or barrel-back chairs that marry with the warm tones of the stone fireplace.
HAIR-ON-HIDE STOOLS and UPHOLSTERY Lee Industries FABRIC PANELS Fabricut TRIM Texture Fabrics TABLE Phillips Collection CHANDELIER and LAMPS Visual Comfort POTTERY LAMP Christopher Spitzmiller, Inc. through Visual Comfort BARREL BACK CHAIRS and WOOD ROUND TABLES Arteriors SIDE TABLE BY BARREL-BACK CHAIR Napa Home & Garden ANTIQUE MARBLE TOP TABLE and CONTAINERS Illuminati Antiques CONSOLE TABLE Made Goods PAINTED CONSOLE Gabby BRONZE INDIAN SCULPTURE Toby West
Foyer and Stairwell // Holly Laughridge, Acorns at Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Foyers deserve amazing mirrors, says Holly Laughridge, and she looked no further when she found the trumeau mirror that became the focal point of her entryway. The carved ribbon-tied musical trophy on the wood piece, circa 1820, established the designer’s timeless style. The mirror’s light wood, along with with the Jan Barboglio sconces and an iron table with a green glass top, keep the entryway light and airy. Antiques and heirlooms blend with new pieces, such as an antique wool that was rewoven into a new rug. A vintage European fabric in green and orange and a pair of ferns provide traditional accents while the rug creates a calming point of entry, even for virtual viewers. “All of the colors were very representative of a mountain home,” says Laughridge. “In my mind, everything just kind of blended well together.”
TRUMEAU MIRROR English Accent Antiques LIGHT FIXTURE Circa Lighting ALL FURNISHINGS, ACCESSORIES and ARTWORK Acorns at Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Dining Room // Tori Alexander, Alexander Interiors
Nature’s palette is evident in Tori Alexander’s first showhouse. The designer says she pushed her own tastes to the extreme, such as in choosing the floral chintz in a chartreuse citron for the skirted table. “My design aesthetic is traditional and timeless with a fresh and young perspective,” she says. Mixing color, texture and pattern is her signature, and she did so with the table, wicker chairs, gilded settee, painted wood high chair and artwork. To create visual interest and bring attention to the height of the room, Alexander hung the draperies high, accented corners with columns and wicker urns, and hung a delicate iron chandelier. “My whole objective was to frame the window and really emphasize nature’s beauty,” says the Nashville designer. “That’s, to me, what Cashiers and this area is about, is incorporating the natural elements inside and out.”
CUSTOM TABLE SKIRT Jean Monro Clarence House fabric with Samuel & Sons trim CUSTOM DRAPES Fabricut CHANDELIER Circa Lighting WICKER URNS and DINING CHAIRS Mainly Baskets Home ANTIQUE WOOD PEDESTALS and BRASS HURRICANES Chairish ANTIQUE GREEN HIGH CHAIR Vivianne Metzger Antiques CUSTOM CUSHION IN HIGH CHAIR Sister Parish CUSTOM CUSHIONS IN DINING CHAIRS Schumacher fabric with Samuel & Sons trim VINTAGE CHINA Bordallo Pinheiro through Interiors Market CUSTOM NAPKINS Jane Shelton Fabrics French-painted wood plaques The Belle Meade Shoppes WOOD BOWL CENTERPIECE GasLamp Too
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Kitchen and Interior Specifications // June Chamberlain, June Chamberlain Interiors
As the lead specifications designer for the Showhouse, June Chamberlain worked with the Silver Run Reserve developers, opting for contemporary touches such as iron windows, natural quartzite countertops and white oak floors for the foundation of the clean, modern kitchen. Top of mind was mimicking the outdoor view inside, she says, which cemented her choice of green for the home’s color scheme. “Every season you look outside, you’re going to see some green,” she says. Above the backsplash, she placed the vertical paneling that ran through the main level, including the kitchen alcove. Bistro lighting in antique brass ties in with the cabinetry hardware. Chamberlain envisioned a homeowner who wanted everyday items at arms’ length, which led to the open shelving and a copper-pot rack underneath the vent hood. She imagined kids piling up on the bench, covered in durable hide. “Who doesn’t love to sit in a comfortable spot in the kitchen?”
CUSTOM HOOD and CABINETRY Keystone Millworks APPLIANCES Signature Kitchen Suite PLUMBING and COUNTERTOPS Ciot FLOORING Authentic Reclaimed Flooring WALL PAINT Sherwin-Williams Alabaster CABINETRY PAINT Sherwin-Williams Retreat BENCH WITH HIDE Lee Industries COPPER POTS Interiors Market FLOOR RUGS Designer Carpets RUG ON ISLAND B.D. Jeffries ACCESSORIES Noah J & Co. POTTED PLANTS Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts ALCOVE ARTWORK Stephanie Wheeler through Jennifer Balcos Gallery
Great Room // Lynn Monday, Lynn Monday Home
The home’s floor-to-ceiling iron windows and stone fireplace steered Lynn Monday toward a monochromatic space that she hoped would please those who appreciate contemporary or cottage design. “I was lucky to have the great room, and the windows were spectacular,” she says. The low-profile furnishings and Kravet draperies in a sand hue allow the eye to gravitate toward the picture-perfect setting. The blues, grays and tans in the stone fireplace led to the textiles selection, including a Colefax and Fowler ivy fabric for the custom channel-back sofas. The waterfall skirts on the sofas speak to the cottage nature of the beamed great room. The designer layered in prints, such as a chevron, stripe and animal print, with tactile pieces such as a sisal rug, urns and accessories with patina. Chariot wheels and French well pulleys on the mantel add an element of masculinity against softer feminine details. Contemporary mirrors flanking the fireplace seem to fade from the soft colors in the couch. “I wanted everything to melt into each other,” she says.
SOFA and CHAIRS Custom FABRIC Colefax and Fowler DRAPERY Kravet MOSAIC DRINK STOOLS and AUBUSSON BROWN AND BLUE PILLOWS Toby West RUG Stark LEOPARD PRINT PILLOWS Lee Jofa BUFFET, FRENCH WOOD BOWL, CHARIOT WHEELS, FRENCH PULLEYS and ENGLISH SANDSTONE WHIPPETS Side Door Antiques MIRRORS John-Richard COFFEE TABLE RH BIRCH TREES ARTWORK Shari Erickson
Second Master and Bathroom // Cathy Rhodes, Cathy Rhodes Interiors
From the moment Cathy Rhodes saw the iron windows and scenery, she gravitated toward soft neutrals. “I really wanted to make sure that your eyes were drawn outside and you are very aware of where you are,” she says. Browns and creams ground this soothing and serene escape. The quatrefoil motif in the hand-blocked linen drapery fabric signals a fresh approach to mountain interiors. Meanwhile, the contemporary twist of the turned wood spindles in the four-poster bed speaks to the cottage’s transitional nature. Custom features include a leaf embroidery for the shams and bedding in mushroom, and a glaze for the lamps, situated on ribbed bedside tables, that coordinate with the fabrics. At the foot of the bed, an iron bench with a soft and inviting wool demonstrates the designer’s talent for bringing contemporary pieces into a traditional floor plan. In the bathroom, the wallpaper’s leaf pattern and the shape of the mirror pair perfectly with the wood vanity to complete the suite.
KING FAITH BED Tritter Feefer CUSTOM EMBROIDERED RIO LINEN KING COVERLET & EURO SHAMS Cathy Rhodes Interiors with Peacock Alley CUSTOM CURTAIN PANELS Elizabeth Eakins fabric with Samuel & Sons trim WINDOW TREATMENT HARDWARE The Finial Company ROMAN SHADES FABRIC Elizabeth Eakins SHAM & PILLOW INSERTS, MELODY EMBROIDERED SHEET SET, ANGELO REVERSIBLE BLANKET, WHITE GOOSE DOWN DUVET INSERT, MATTRESS ENHANCER, BOUCLÉ THROW BLANKETS & CASHMERE THROW Peacock Alley BED PILLOW Christopher Farr Cloth BEDSIDE TABLES Mr. Brown CUSTOM BEDSIDE LAMPS Paul Schneider Ceramics TEAK WALL ARTWORK & ESKOR TABLE LAMP Made Goods BENCH Bradley USA RUG Designer Carpets ARTWORK Lindsey Porter through Anne Irwin Fine Art Bathroom WALLPAPER & ROMAN SHADE FABRIC Christopher Farr Cloth MIRROR Robert James MANCHESTER SOAP PUMP, SOAP DISH, TISSUE BOX & TRAY SET Pigeon & Poodle PLUMBING Ciot CABINETRY Keystone Millworks COUNTERTOPS Cosentino
Master Bathroom // Lisa Wester, Lisa Wester Interiors
They say location is everything in real estate, and designer Lisa Wester was thrilled to find her room next to dear friend Kerry Howard’s bedroom. “The thought of collaborating with him was nothing short of an honor,” she says. As they shared ideas for fabrics and wallpaper, the design naturally evolved to an earthy, tribal nature. The jewel print of the drapery fabric is bold, yet tones down the modern square dimensional print in the taupe wallpaper, both recognizably Thibaut, she says. Wester’s vignette around the stone tub, nestled in a handmade steel cradle, includes a custom abstract by Ginger Oglesby, an Indonesian vest from the late 19th century, Turkish peshtemal handwoven towels and a vintage Greek amphora jar on the stool. Wooden shields, natural bone horn mirrors, black antelope mount and European black horn mounts amp up the bathroom’s masculinity.
TUB MTI through Noland Company Atlanta TILE Traditions in Tile and Stone CABINETRY Keystone Millworks PLUMBING Ciot DRAPERY and WALLPAPER Thibaut DRAPERY CONSTRUCTION The Drapery Room ARTWORK Jennifer Rivera, Ginger Oglesby, Dirk Walker, Bruce Marion and Marci Erspamer through dk Gallery RUG Paige Albright Orientals ROUSSEAU PENDANTS Circa Lighting FRINGED SUEDE VANITY STOOL Made Goods HANDMADE SOAP Simplicitee Naturals MIRRORS and ANTELOPE MOUNTS Semi-custom
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Master bedroom // Kerry Howard (Honorary Designer), Susan P. Vernon and Baylie Weeks, Tribus Interior Design
“As most people know, I love color,” says Kerry Howard of Tribus Interior Design, who also served as the showhome’s honorary designer. A sunny tobacco color in the drapery fabric sets the tone for the Tribus design trio. The Kravet drapery frames the trees and provides the jumping off point for the tribal prints, which seemed fitting for the home’s mountain modern feel, says Howard. On the faux-bois poster bed, recycled cork upholstery adds a sustainable statement. Tribus Interior Design layered tribal and animal prints with tactile elements, such as a cream coverlet with a waterfall fringe and braided leather piping on the Euro pillows. The bird’s nest shape of the metal chandelier enhances the organic nature of the transitional space with a wow factor. Underneath, the scale of the Kelly Wearstler chairs provides a modern element opposite the credenza with its outstanding overscale brushed brass hardware. Some of the mixed media and acrylic pieces celebrate artists from the Carolinas, and Howard’s antique-hunting prowess accentuates the collected vibe. “When you do a showhouse, you can really show your personality,” Howard says. “I was allowed to be me in this space.”
DRAPERY FABRIC Paolo Mashino for Kravet; construction by The Drapery Room DRAPERY HARDWARE Kravet BED Century Furniture CHAIRS Kelly Wearstler by Kravet CREDENZA Arteriors LIGHT FIXTURE Circa Lighting GLAZED CERAMIC LAMPS Currey & Company ACCENT TABLE Kravet GRASS CLOTH NIGHTSTANDS Vanguard Furniture RUG Togar Rugs ARTWORK Enid Williams, Caleb Mahoney, Paul Yanko
Mudroom & Laundry Room // Elly P. Cooper, Elly Poston Interiors
The gorgeous golden tones that set Cashiers aglow, especially in the fall, polished the palette for Elly P. Cooper’s laundry room and multipurpose mudroom. “The western North Carolina mountains are so beautiful and such a special place,” she says. For her showhouse debut, Cooper started with the hand-blocked wallpaper and painted the trim the same color of the cabinetry. “This saffron and green pairing is so fun and fresh and appropriate for the natural surroundings of Cashiers,” she says. The Indian flower wallcovering in the laundry room and Oscar de la Renta fabric for the roman shade in the mudroom give the dual spaces a collected air. Her fresh take on traditional incorporates color and pattern with a mix of antiques. Cooper envisioned the homeowner using the chestnut table, with its crusty patina, for various purposes, whether working on a laptop, as a bar or even a potting space.
Laundry WASHER, DRYER and STYLER STEAM CLOSET LG CABINETRY Keystone Millworks COUNTERTOPS Cosentino; fabricated by CR Home WALLPAPER Jasper WICKER TRAY Amanda Lindroth TOWELS Weezie PAINT Sherwin-Williams Retreat Mudroom ROMAN SHADE Oscar de La Renta for Lee Jofa ANTIQUE CHESTNUT TABLE Justin Westbrook Antiques ANTIQUE LADDERBACK CHAIRS Charles Hanlon Antiques CUSTOM CHAIR SKIRTS Cowtan & Tout ANTIQUE FRENCH BENCH PISTACHIO LEATHER Holland & Sherry IRON LANTERN Circa Lighting LAMPS Christopher Spitzmiller, Inc. for Circa Lighting CUSTOM LAMP SHADES Bunny Williams Home
Bedroom and Bathroom // Zeb Grant, Zeb Grant Design
For his first Cashiers showhouse, Zeb Grant found himself at home with the opportunity to bridge the natural world with classic and modern interior design. The use of green—his favorite hue personally—snowballed, he says, from the custom headboard in velvet to the Schumacher Lotus Garden fabric for the duvet and main euros. “It has lots of great color in it, but the background is a different shade of green that coordinated really well with the headboard,” he says. “It made me think of the mountains.” A grouping of antique fish plates, framed duck prints and blue oyster platters connect to the outdoors in the cozy, traditional bedroom. The club wing chair reveals carved mallards at the end of the arms, making it one of the most talked about pieces in the room, he says. Sconces in matte black and a custom driftwood mirror juxtapose modern with the outdoors in the bathroom.
FURNISHINGS Holland MacRae BEDDING Schumacher, Cowtan & Tout, Peacock Alley RUGS ABN Rug Gallery PAINT Sherwin-Williams Grassland TABLE LAMPS Circa Lighting BRASS FLOOR LAMP Currey & Company BOOKS E. Lawrence, Ltd. Bathroom DRIFTWOOD MIRROR Custom SCONCES Visual Comfort TOWELS Weezie CABINETRY Keystone Millworks COUNTERTOPS Cosentino PLUMBING Ciot
Main Floor Powder // Stuart Pliner, Stuart Pliner Design
Stuart Pliner’s contemporary leanings turned the powder room into a bold interpretation of mountain greenery. A high-gloss tile, horizontal wallpaper and a camouflage fabric with varying shades of green blend into the tall room. Instead of a cafe curtain, he swagged the camouflage drapes in green, gray and blue around the raised window, acting as parentheses of sorts. A valance made of antiqued brass picks up the color of the custom wood mirror above the marble vanity with a black matte faucet. Oval sconces in a combination of brass and black lessen the angular feel of the room and maximize the narrow vanity wall. “Every angle, no matter where you are in the space, albeit small, you will be able to see something different,” he says.
TILE Traditions in Tile and Stone PLUMBING Ciot WALLPAPER Omexco through The Romo Group TILE WALL Traditions in Tile and Stone VANITY SINK and FAUCET Stone Forest DRAPERY Kirkby Design through The Romo Group BATHROOM ACCESSORIES Kassatex MARBLE SOAP DISPENSER Rusticks AURA OVAL BRONZE SCONCE Circa Lighting PHOTOGRAPH Stuart Pliner WOOD MIRROR and DRAPERY VALANCE Custom
Bedroom and Bathroom // Doug Weiss, Douglas Weiss Interiors
Doug Weiss fashioned a multipurpose room for business and pleasure, complete with an antique desk and glam bar cart. “How many places in the house can you eat and drink? Because that’s what we do when we entertain,” he says. “It’s just a way to celebrate your home.” Weiss also drew inspiration from his recent purchase of a home in Highlands, North Carolina, to design a space with autumnal colors, keeping with his “earthy glam” aesthetic. The tribal print on the sofa serves as the starting point for the room’s masculine design. Other decisions correspond with the sofa, from the sienna shade in the ottoman to the cross between tribal and floral prints in the rug. Weiss sought at least one antique for the room, and found it in the William IV English desk. “I like to ground it with a sense of a past, a sense of age, like it’s survived a lot more than we have,” he says.
DRAPERY Made to Measure Designs with Jim Thompson fabric SOFA and DESK CHAIR Charles Stewart with Jim Thompson fabric PILLOWS ON SOFA Jim Thompson CUSTOM END TABLES Tritter Feefer LAMPS ON END TABLES AND DESK Parc Monceau LAMP SHADES Edgar-Reeves RATTAN CHAIR Serena & Lily RUG Moattar BAR CART Williams Sonoma Home SCULPTURAL TABLE Bungalow Classic CEILING FIXTURE Circa Lighting
Second Floor Landing // Douglas Hilton, DWH Interiors
Even before the pandemic, the angled space and presence of railings challenged Douglas Hilton. “I think I had 22 different floor plans,” says the designer, who doesn’t often create floor plans. His design concept solidified, thanks to some early mornings, into a contemplative space that was still visually stimulating. He built the room around the Cowtan & Tout fabric in dark red, blue, teal green, orange and black, which frames the window and lends an eastern European bohemian feel, he says. A carved wood bird sculpture and Catie Radney’s mixed media and collage adds to the collected global vibe. Hilton transitioned from the heavier textures of the embroidery, Persian rug and Syrian center table to more refined and whimsical pieces, such as the penwork cabinet, a needlepoint child’s chair and an art grouping. “Don’t limit yourself to what you think a space should be or should have in it; create what you want,” he says. “It’s full of European pieces in the mountains of North Carolina, but I personally think it works beautifully.”
FABRICS and TRIM Cowtan & Tout SYRIAN TABLE, ITALIAN BRASS/GLASS OVAL ÉTAGÈRE, FRENCH WALNUT NEEDLEPOINT CHILD’S CHAIR and PENWORK CABINET Parc Monceau ARTWORK Amy Cobb, Suzy Schultz, Patricia Beggins Magers, Catie Radney and Brooke Shaden through dk Gallery ANTIQUE RUGS Keivan Woven Arts
Front Porch // Ann Sherrill, Rusticks
The front porch is the harbinger of things to come, which in the case of this showhouse, means a mix of traditional and contemporary styles. Ann Sherrill effortlessly decorated the inviting first impression with a combination of mountain staples, rustic artistry and designer fabrics. She took cues from the porches of her store, Rusticks, to add handcrafted hickory rocking chairs and a swing loaded with pillows. Schumacher’s chinoiserie vine fabric enchants in cobalt, a refreshing and popular color choice for mountain living, she says. “I had seen this fabric and thought it would be pretty mixed with the white pillows on the swing,” she says. Behind the swing, a live-edge mirror brightens up the porch and makes it appear more spacious. A woven basket sculpture by Matt Tommey nestled under the lanterns as well as planters with ferns embody casual yet sophisticated Cashiers style.
SILVER RUN DEVELOPER Jay Hurt BUILDER Ben Harris ALL FURNITURE and ACCESSORIES Rusticks FABRIC Schumacher BASKET SCULPTURE Matt Tommey
Glamping Tent // Margaret Kirkland and Zach Weiler, Margaret Kirkland Interiors
“In a year of an international pandemic, everyone’s travel routines were halted and changed to stay much closer to home,” says designer Margaret Kirkland. “Camping and road trips became hugely popular in 2020, and we loved the challenge of designing a camping tent into a destination for people to enjoy their creature comforts.” Luxurious fabrics, antiques and accessories, such as a Moroccan tray table, chinoiserie bamboo side tables and a bone-inlay telescope evoke an exotic, global flair. Unintimidated by designing a space that opened to the outdoors, Kirkland layered hearty leather and performance fabrics from Thibaut and patterns with saturated color and movement. “We also wanted vibrant blues and reds that would pop against the very neutral canvas walls of the tent,” she says. Red pinstripe fabric on the walls and ceiling cocoon the bed from the lounge area and dining area on the porch while ambient lighting increases the cozy factor.
FABRIC Thibaut ANTIQUES Parc Monceau BED LINENS Fine Linens ARTWORK Anne Irwin Fine Art ORIENTAL RUGS Keivan Woven Arts TABLE LINENS Freshly Set PENDANT Holland MacRae FERMOIE LAMPSHADES Edgar Reeves Lighting