2015 Cashiers Designer Showhouse:: Part 2

by | Sep 8, 2015 | Ace Around Town, Showhouses | 0 comments

Not all of us have a guest house, for a multitude of reasons whether it’s for financial or due to land restrictions. Neither reason applies in the case of Goodman Cottage, the 2015 Cashiers Designer Showhouse. The fortunate owners had both (a guest house and the main house), amidst immaculately landscaped hills. Unfortunately, we were running late and had less than two hours to go through the property. However, the time was significantly lessened, because I managed to get lost on a path, the one “less traveled.” The one that took me through wooded gardens complete with time-worn statuary and a meandering stream.

This wooded wonderland could all be yours if you have 3 million readily available, or a rich uncle.  A dream of ours is to own a mountain house, and another dream of mine would be to own the Cottage with everything in it. Move in ready.

Goodman Cottage was not only sited on a prime location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it also featured the design talent of some of the southeastern’s finest. Although the house was built in 1990, the designers successfully used the pine paneling and some decades old features as a backdrop. A challenge, but one that was met with skill and panache the ultimate trademark of great design.

I know I said in my last post that it would be a two-part tour on the blog. But, I lied. It’s actually going to be four parts. As my daughter said “girl you can snap.” And snap I did to the tune of over three hundred pictures. I realized that I simply couldn’t do justice in just a few posts, so it’s going to be a series. More to come in the following weeks.

I’ve always contended that I’m not a professional photographer, but I hope my photos capture the essence of great design and offer inspiration…so today we are hanging out in the kitchen with Barbara Heath (The Merchantile), the Gentleman’s Game Room with James Farmer and the Dining Room by Ann Sherrill. Inspiration is truly everywhere at Goodman Cottage.


Designer/ Barbara Heath-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

If you’ve ever wondered how to address two story windows separated by a row of cabinetry, then look no further. Atlanta’s own Barbara Heath hung sumptuous drapery panels from the top of the 2nd story window to the counter-top. The tribal patterned rug brought in additional warmth and contrast. 


Designer/ Barbara Heath-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A perfectly styled corner, and a closer look at the jaw-dropping drapery.


Designer/ Ann Sherrill-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A skillful blending of old and new. I love the neutral palette which allowed the jaw-dropping views to take center stage. 


Designer/ Ann Sherrill-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

This room emitted such warmth and character, from the textures to the antique furnishings. Homage was paid to the outdoor vistas by bringing in artful arrangements of live greenery. The drapery was kept light and airy taking advantage of the southern exposures.


Designer/ Ann Sherrill-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

There are so many opportunities in design to use drapery to soften niches or interior doorways. I love the fact that Ann used the drapery to frame the incredible artwork in this niche…


Designer/ Sally Johannessen-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

The breezeway was a perfectly-curated mix of antiquities and natural elements, such as agates and geodes. All elevated by the stately crystal chandelier overhead.  Rustic opulence in the Blue Ridge mountains.

Designer/ Sally Johannessen-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A close-up of the table-top display…


Designer/ James Farmer-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

I would be remiss if I didn’t say I owned one of James Farmers cookbooks. He applies the same sense of traditions to his interiors. From the well-worn leather seating to the use of time worn textures.


Designer/ James Farmer-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A true southern gentleman’s game room complete with a moose antler chandelier. 


Designer/ James Farmer-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

I’ve always felt that pictures breath life into a home. James graciously shared his life story with us by displaying a side console of  personal photos.

Designer/ James Farmer-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

This room just epitomizes southern charm…and, of course, the unexpected twist of potted hydrangeas belies another passion of the designer which is gardening & landscaping.


Designer/ James Farmer-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Glorious sunshine mixed with James Farmer signature style.

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Until next time,