Raspberry, blueberry or strawberry—they have them all

Voila! French Pasteries in Cashiers

Have you ever just craved a little something sweet—something really special and delicious? Well, don't waste those calories on the ordinary or the mundane ... go for the real thing. According to the Wall Street Journal French pastry shops are the … Read more

Vases line the wall awaiting flowers from the garden

Cashiers Designer Showhouse—first floor

Thank you for your many responses to my posts on the Cashiers Designer Showhouse! Today I will share a few pictures of the first floor of this lovely home. The mudroom/flower room was my favorite—maybe because I want one. Showhouses are meant to give … Read more

Welcome to the showhouse entry

Cashiers Designer Showhouse—first glance

I have just finished editing a few photos from the Cashiers Designer Showhouse, and I plan to share them with you over the next few days. Today's images show the home's exterior and the beautiful gardens. Charming porches, gardens, pathways and … Read more

Mountain Houses

This original painting by Madeline    features the Powell house and family along with their favorite area haunts

Cashiers Designer Showhouse

The 17th annual Cashiers  Designer Showhouse begins this weekend. This year's home is situated on 29 beautiful acres and surrounded  by woods, ponds, winding trails, gardens and a spectacular view of Whiteside Mountain. The house is called the … Read more

Glass shower wall is leaving—really, what were they thinking

A bath takes shape!

The day has finally arrived—demolition of the Master bath and closet has begun! For you new readers, this is phase two of my whole house renovation here in Cashiers, N.C.. The budget changed drastically when I decided to keep this house for my own … Read more

Tile for the bathroom

Marble and FIG

Shopping, shopping and more shopping—yes, I am having fun! The Master bathroom renovation is underway. We are making all the selections for marble, tile and fixtures as we speak. I just spent the day in Asheville with my Architect, Keven Hawkins, … Read more


House Crush!

Welcome to the English Cottage inspired home

House Crush!

The beautiful home featured in this 'House Crush' is currently on the market in … Read more

Welcome home—Mr. Blandings would love this

House Crush!

I have been crushing on this house for years. It was one of the first homes ever … Read more