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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cashiers Showhouse

A few weeks ago, my best friend and I met in Cashiers, N. C. for the 14th annual decorator's showhouse.  This year, it was a log cabin which was built in l967.  It is made of two log cabins, one from the l790's and one from the 1830's.  They were purchased, dismantled, moved and reconstructed here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It sits on 42 acres and as you enter the gate, you cross the Eastern Continental Divide.  The house was remodeled by 17 interior designers and 4 landscape architects for the show.

Look at the logs and chinking and stonework.

This entry patio was done by James Farmer.  The folding chair is only there for viewers to sit to put on shoe covers.  I had to stop photographing here, because they did not allow pictures inside. 

BUT, when I got to the porches, I started snapping again.  This is the lounging porch done by Francie Hargrove who owns a wonderful shop in town.  I so want to pull a chair up to this table and sit for hours.  Imagine the beautiful memories that you could make in the cool mountain air with the crickets chirping, the wine flowing, and your  friends surrounding you.  It is so beautiful and just my favorite rustic style in the world. 

Here's a centerpiece that everyone can see over!  Just an old wooden dough bowl filled with moss.  Perfect!

I fell in love with this pewter wine coaster.  It is a spaniel flushing a duck from the reeds.  I was determined to buy one of these when we went to Francie's shop until I saw the price.  Sticker shock! 

Look at these glass bird votives.  So cute.  Don't you love the wood table?

These free form dishes are topped with pewter acorn napkin rings.  Love. Love. Love.

And look at the beautiful monogram on the linens.

These unusual hurricanes are terrific for this table.

Across the porch is this a-ma-zing bar.  Seriously cute.  Brown and cream checked curtains surround this entire porch.

I didn't get the whole outdoor fireplace, but this is the mantle with this incredible black forest antler plaque.  Oh, my gosh.....this piece is soooo special.  I don't know if I could bear to let it hang outside.  See the curtains?

And look at the twig trellis that surrounds the porch.

On the back porch, I fell in love with these iron turkeys.  I looked for these in town, but never found them.

I would live out here.  How about this great planter? 

Have you ever seen a cuter swing?  Check it out.  Burlap and nailheads.  Hung by ropes.  Darling!

Could it be more creative?

The other end of the porch held this stunning vignette.

You can't fake the beauty of this railing.

All of the flower boxes on the railings were filled with these cheerful Black Eyed Susans.

And here's the view to the crystal clear lake.  The showhouse cafe has table and chairs here and they were having problems getting people to leave and give the seats to the next people.  Nobody wanted to leave this view.  This was really a great showhouse.  Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner from Bravo TV's "Million Dollar Decorators" both spoke, as well as James Farmer and Charles Faudree, who did the entryway.  Rumor has it that Charles is moving there. 

I loved the day I spent with my dear friend whom I haven't seen all summer.  She has the most exquisite taste and just built a mountain house herself.  She has promised that I can do a post soon on it. The perfect day with just the right person.  Worth the drive!!! 


  1. Wow! Thanks for taking the time to post this. I am in love with every inch!


  2. The SWING... the checked panels, the twig trellis, the setting & view~ SWOON! I would be hyperventilating! I can only IMAGINE the interior. Factor in James Farmer and Charles Faudree~ it had to be a show stopper! I just got my hands on James Farmer's A Time to Plant book & CF's Details...

    What a wonderful treat~ I would have loved to have seen this showhouse. Thanks for my porch tour :-)

  3. What a neat tour. Would love to have seen the inside. Hate those no photos rules. The table is such a contrast of fine linens and details with roughed boards.

    I'd love to have you join us at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. This is wonderful. I love that older homes were repurposed into something so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Dianne

  5. that was wonderful i always love the outdoors much more than the in!

  6. So Beautiful! I love home tours, especially spent with a dear friend. Thanks for taking us along for a tour of the gorgeous home!

  7. Wow!! What a gorgeous place! Lots of great ideas to copy. I love the big square planter. I searched high and low for something similar this Spring and had no luck. That porch swing is pretty amazing, too. Sounds like a perfect day :)

  8. Hi Linda...

    Ohhh my...this is my dream cabin/house for sure! The property is simply gorgeous and I just love how they decorated the porches, etc.! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely place with us!

    Warmest autumn wishes,

  9. What a fun field trip! Thanks for taking us along, Linda. I LOVE the acorn napkin rings! Why do I suspect I'd have the same reaction to their price tag as you did to the one on the wine coaster? ... Great porch swing for that space, too!

  10. Wow!! What a classy log cabin!!! It's so elegant and comfortable!!! The exquisite details make all the difference. Thanks for sharing your observant eye and good close up photography. MJ

  11. I'm now your newest follower. What a great post! I hope you don't mind but I pinned a few of your beautiful photo's on my Pinterest account. I would love to visit there one of these days.



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