It’s always a treat to spend some time up in the mountains of North Carolina – especially when I’m invited by dear friends! I don’t even mind navigating the busy Atlanta traffic, because I know when I reach those majestic blue marvels, the temperature will soon drop 15 to 20 degrees and relaxation will set in.
Over the past Labor Day weekend, my husband John and I traveled to see our friends. While the men played their usual round of all-day golf, the ladies and I enjoyed taking a lovely stroll along the ridge line and exploring the vast beauty of the nature that surrounds us. Of course, like any other typical female, we also just had to indulge in a little shopping and dining. However this trip was extra special because the Cashier’s Designer Showhouse was going on at the same time, right under our noses!
This year, the selected site was a 1933 low country Southern-style home with soaring ceilings and spacious rooms for entertaining. Slightly off the beaten path, this lovely manor house sits on 29 acres of beautifully lush property that overlooks the Chattooga Valley and Whiteside Mountain.
As I toured the home with my friends, I couldn’t help but notice how many gorgeous pieces of antique furniture and accessories had been placed in every room. Bedrooms were filled with English chest, French chairs, dressing tables, paintings – so many lovely timeless pieces. One room that I especially liked was a ladies’ bedroom, completely covered in a pale pink hue, with the most spectacular view of the mountains. Inside was a beautifully appointed walnut bed, a stunning 19th century walnut secretary (the kind that you just don’t see that often), a Louis XV bergere along with a set of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, paintings and flowers galore. It just made you want to move your suitcase right in!
Ever so gradually, did I finally make my way downstairs, through the rest of the house and onto the lush gardens that encircled the home. You know, it’s always a delight to attend a showhouse. It’s a wonderful glimpse into the magic and beauty that comes together, either through the homeowner or through the vision of a talented decorator, in a lovely place simply called home. I hope you get there next year – I certainly plan to!