Mountain Echo

A new residence in Cashiers, North Carolina, nestles neatly into its majestic setting thanks to colors and textures that reference its mountainous surrounds

Look at the view. That’s all interior designer Cathy Rhodes had to do when choosing the palette for this Cashiers, North Carolina, home. “The colors and textures echo the natural surroundings,” she says. Soft grays, creamy hues and wood finishes recall tree bark and the rocky outcropping the home sits on. Blues, light and dark, pull in the ever-changing range of tones of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “The whole draw to Cashiers is the beautiful mountain setting,” says Rhodes.

Located on almost 6 acres in Pinchot, a master planned community, this Atlanta family’s home embraces vistas of a meadow, forests and, of course, the mountain range. Designed by architects Sarah Frances Herzog and Sam Edgens of Edgens Herzog Architects, the home offers a nearly seamless connection between indoors and out. “The house transitions beautifully from the exterior to the interior rooms, through the porches and to the property beyond,” says Herzog.

Inspired by English Arts and Crafts precedents, the home integrates well with its mountain setting thanks to materials common to western North Carolina. Cedar shingle siding and a cedar shake roof clad the outside. Inside, hand-scraped maple floors finished in a soft gray glaze, white pine beams stained dark and Tennessee fieldstone make the home feel like it grew out of the mountains themselves. “When you walk through the entry and into the great room with its 12-foot ceilings and stunning mountain view, you are immediately welcomed outside,” says Rhodes.

Even with the plentiful views from indoor rooms, it’s the outdoor living space that the family enjoys most. The kitchen opens onto a covered loggia and screened porch with an outdoor dining table, fireplace and sitting area. “People come to the mountains to be outdoors. It’s lovely to have multiple places where family and friends can gather,” says Herzog.

Because the family spends most weekends here, the owners also asked for spaces that offered privacy for kids and adults alike. The architects tapped into transitional spaces to tuck in little getaways such as the game and puzzle nook, built-in daybed and window seat. Upstairs, the couple’s high schoolers can find escape in their bedrooms as well as a bunk room and game room for hanging out with their own guests.

The master bedroom also offers plenty of respite. “This is the most secluded part of the house,” says Herzog. “It’s also at the point where the house sits highest above grade so we knew there was an opportunity to create large banks of windows. It’s peaceful, serene and has beautiful views.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Cathy Rhodes, Cathy Rhodes Interiors, (404) 307-0616; ARCHITECTS Sarah Frances Herzog and Sam Edgens, Edgens Herzog Architects, (828) 526-2413; BUILDER John Underwood; JW Underwood Construction, (828) 371-2777; LANDSCAPE DESIGN Tate Landscaping Services, Inc., (828) 526-8953;