Storybook Living

When architectural designer Coleman Mills of Harrison Design met Cloudland Station CEO John Tatum, “I came away with one word: authentic,” he recalls. “I was impressed by the level of research and how he’s using old-world crafts to bring that vision to reality.” Mills sought to bring that spirit to The Mountain Laurel, the creekfront home showcased as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ first-annual Cloudland Station Showcottage, which opens this month. Materials include lap siding, stone and board and batten, all of which could be sourced from the surrounding land anchoring it to the landscape. “The true living space of this house is the outdoors, defined from the edge of the house to the creek and to the mountains beyond,” says Mills, who created an ample front porch, balcony and courtyard with a cozy firepit. It’s a fulfillment of Tatum’s vision to create a place for families to unplug and reconnect (albeit with amenities like fiber connectivity, on-site eateries and recreation). “We wanted to do it all in a meaningful way, with architecture that didn’t take away from the natural beauty,” says Tatum.

Cloudland Station Designer Showcottage 

Join Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles at the first-annual Cloudland Station Showcottage, The Mountain Laurel, designed by Harrison Design’s Coleman Mills. Open for tours on select days from June 26–July 17.


Square feet of indoor living space, plus an additional 695 square feet of outdoor living space


Bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sleeping loft, allowing the charming cottage to comfortably sleep a dozen people


Height in feet of ceiling in the living room, offering an expansive feel and ample space to enjoy friends and family


Talented interior designers from around the Southeast working together to furnish this dream mountain retreat


Steps from the cottage’s deck to the pristine trout stream


Miles of hiking and walking trails to explore