My summer traveling is about to come to a close, but I have to share with you all this fun and fabulous trip I took this past weekend to the Cashiers Designer Showhouse in Cashiers, North Carolina. My sweet friend Sara Bernhardt and I made the windy drive from Atlanta to Cashiers. We stayed at the lovely Chatooga Club, which was decorated by Kathleen Rivers. It was every bit as southern chic as you would expect. Painted pine wood, lush traditional fabrics, and big wicker chairs by the fire. I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, and there was just something special about the intimacy of this stay.
The showhouse was also nothing short of wonderful. From the rooms to the vendors to the company, it definitely stood out. I was inspired by great design, mingled with some of my favorite bloggers and designers, and bought some fun new things that I am happy to share.
See all of my highlights below. This showhouse was definitely worth the trip, not only for the design, but for the fun weekend with old and new friends in the refreshing mountain air.
A special thank you to Domino Media Group for hosting me this weekend, especially Elizabeth Cook.
I tried to get photos of as many rooms as I could (not every room in the showhouse is seen below). All photos are by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood (unless I am in them- then by Sara Bernhardt)
Love the ivy and boxwood surrounding the home. The front exterior architecture had a very rustic French feel.
The hallway ran the width of the back of the home. I adored the stone flooring and some of the vignettes along the way, like this one by Atlanta based Huff Harrington Home.
Another hallway view.
The laundry took a creative play on the wallpapered cabinets. Something different and cheerful from Grayson Pratt.
One of my favorite spaces was the solarium by Francie Hargrove. It was the perfect mix of beautiful antiques, soothing colors, along with a very peaceful interior fountain.
It has been awhile since I’ve seen exposed wood in a kitchen (and no hardware). I love when the countertops continue into the backsplash. By Sara Brown
Not a great picture of the breakfast room designed by Sara Brown. I really love that beautiful wooden dining table.
The canopied bed makes this high-ceiling room more intimate. A serene way to wake-up in the mountains. By Janie Wilburn
A sweet dressing room moment also by Janie Wilburn.
A fun wallpaper moment in the guest bathroom by Douglas Hilton.
Susan Currie used a trellis valance in this girls bedroom. It added a creative touch of fun.
Another favorite room was this sweet dressing room with lovely bird wallpaper. I adore that pink ceiling! Designed by Sande Beck
More of the the dressing room.
The upstairs office was a fun use of texture and color. Designed by Lynn Monday.
Another shoutout to one of my favorite artists, Renee Bouchon. She had some wonderful pieces of art throughout the showhouse. This gallery wall was my favorite.
The view from the back of the home: fabulous!
Bloggers and vendors
So much fun visiting with these blogger and designer friends!
From left to right: Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch, my friend Sara Bernhardt, me, Lee Cox from Mallard’s Nest, Design and Lance Jackson from Parker Kennedy Living.
Mark D. Sikes spoke as the keynote speaker, and then signed copies of his book, Beautiful
With Mark D. Sikes later in the day at a private cocktail party.
Elizabeth Cook (who hosted an amazing weekend) is on the left, and Mark D. Sikes is on the right.
For those who will ask: dress and shoes
A whole bunch of fun faces including:
James Farmer, Mark D. Sikes, Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch, Lance Jackson of Parker Kennedy Living, Lee Mallard of Mallard’s Nest Design, and Mandy from Waiting on Martha.
Bloody Mary’s were a hit!
SO were the spectacular tablecloths by India Armory.
My bag (the left-in stores, so no link) and Sara’s bag (the right)
The Goldbug Collection has wonderful and creative jewelry and a reasonable price point. I bought this ring!
My favorite new purchase is my green belt from Blair’s Belts!
A close up!
The Chatooga Club
Designed by Kathleen Rivers, this club with seven lodging rooms was a beyond luxurious stay. I was lucky enough to head to her gorgeous home, which I will share Monday on the blog. She is truly a chic woman with impeccable taste.