A Look Back: 2011 Cashiers Designer Showhouse

In anticipation of the 15th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse opening this Saturday, I wanted to look back on several of our favorite spaces from last year’s Showhouse, “Reflections.”

Lounging Porch, Francie Hargrove; franciehargrove.com

I am a passionate lover of porches. As a genuine Southern girl I need a cozy porch that has at least one nice spot to curl up with a captivating book. Hargrove’s furniture choices for the lounging porch looked absolutely inviting and provided several nice spots to choose from. The versatility of this porch with its personal fireplace, dining table and seating area made it the perfect place to enjoy a summer brunch or a chilly winter night.

Front Porch, Dianne Estes

This quaint porch surrounded by lush vegetation and charming wooden birdhouses was the ideal place to greet guests. And when there is a comfortable swing in sight, I am sold!

Library, Lynn Monday; mondayshouseofdesign.com

Monday’s library had all the necessities for a place that inspires curiosity and hours of study. The mini bar set up using a rustic dresser and floor to ceiling wooden bookshelf and the polo perfect shadowbox were two details I could not resist lingering over.

Guest Retreat, Tish Mills; harmoniousliving.net


Patterned pillows on a wooden and wicker daybed with a lovely carved wooden stool serving as a table in the center of the room, these are details that brought elegance to the countryside. I’d relax for awhile in Mills’ guest retreat, wouldn’t you?


Writer’s Retreat, Barbara Heath; blog.mercantileatlanta.com

As a writer, I could use a writer’s retreat, and Heath’s would be a dream. It was difficult to not become enchanted in this retreat with its exotic accent pieces: fresh orchids in a pot that appears to be straight from the garden, a small ceramic table with changing faces, the large lantern hung off-center and a beautifully carved writing desk.

This Year’s Showhouse runs August 18 through September 2. General admission tickets cost $25. For more info, click here.

What rooms from the 2011 Showhouse are your favorites? Which rooms do you wish were in your home?