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

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

Picture perfect in the south of France

South of France—your next home!

The charming Kathryn Ireland has allowed me to share these images of her amazing Farm in the South of France with you. Kathryn is selling her beautifully restored summer-get-a-way house featured in her book Summers in France, and plans to purchase a … Read more

Mountain Houses

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

Blue and White arrangement in the Dinning Room—and that Faux Bois table is beautiful

Following Faudree—the Estate Sale

Who will fill Charles Faudree's shoes? No one comes to my mind. I'll always think of him as the kindly gentleman who lived quietly and elegantly down the mountain from me. Mr. Faudree may have been a modest gentleman, but even to know him casually, … 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