The charming town of Cashiers, North Carolina, located in the Nantahala National Forest, celebrates 20 years of the Cashiers Historical Society’s Designer Showhouse, available for tours through August 27. Presented by the Cashiers Historical Society, it is the society’s primary fundraiser, showcasing interior and landscape designers from the Cashiers and Atlanta areas. This year’s showhouse spotlights Cottage Walk, a luxury cottage community of eight new farmhouse cottages in the heart of downtown Cashiers.
The cottages are the creations of developer Chuck Watson and architect Sam Edgens of Edgens Herzog Architects out of Highlands, North Carolina. Each cottage offers the charm of wood-burning fireplaces in both the living room and screened-in porch, and three bedrooms, each with a private bath. Large windows offer beautiful views from every angle, while cedar shake roofs and painted wood reflect the charm of the peaceful mountain setting. Within walking distance of these lavish cottages is The Village Green, a 12.5-acre park, retail shopping and restaurant destination.
Three cottages are featured on this year’s tour: the Hooper, Elm and Birch cottages. Designers used a variety of tones in the interior design, many of them muted, including gray, cream and tan, in plaids, stripes and floral themes. Animals are featured in the décor as well, including in the artwork, wallpaper and accessories.
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Hometown Cashiers interior design talent includes Francie Hargrove, whose inviting Elm Cottage master bedroom is a soothing must-see. Another local Cashiers design star, Paula Jones of The Summer House, worked her magic on the Birch Cottage back porch, while Atlanta interior designer Anna Louise Wolfe styled a fabulous bedroom in the Birch Cottage. The Elm Cottage bonus room, designed by Mark Williams and Niki Papadopoulos of Atlanta’s Mark Williams Design Associates, won rave reviews.
Another Atlanta designer, Jena Salmon, used colorful paintings and bright furniture to adorn white-walled stairwells. “Each cottage is a little bit different. I wanted to keep each stairwell decor cohesive with each cottage’s theme, while highlighting different Southern artists,” says Jena. “I chose a dramatic contemporary piece of art to highlight in the Hooper’s stairwell that flows nicely with its connecting room. One of the artists I chose to work with, Christy Kinard, painted specific pieces for the showhouse that highlighted Cashier’s native flowers.” Meanwhile, the landscaping found throughout is the work of Sharon Holt of Greenthumb Nursery of Seagrove, NC.
The trip to the Cashiers Designer Showhouse 2017 is lovely and certainly worth it to not only see the stunning cottages and the beautiful work of the designers, but also to enjoy the cool temps and the delightful atmosphere that Cashiers offers, making for a wonderful late-summer getaway!
Tours of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse cottages are available through August 27, 2017. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets start at $40. To see the floorplans, purchase tickets and more, click here.
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