Hellooo Cashiers? We’re ba-ack! We have been invited again to participate in the Cashiers Historical Society’s Show House, and for almost three weeks this August, we’ll be right in the heart of this pretty little mountain village.
The Cashier’s Show House is fun for us, because it’s a relaxing escape to a beautiful environment that is always a mix of comfortable elegance with informal chic. Back in our corporate days, it was the equivalent of casual Fridays: laid back with a twist; bow tie with a seersucker suit; cropped pants and Chanel flats. Or in the case of a house, weathered wood and modern art.
Celebrating its 20th year, this year’s Cashier Show House will be the most convenient and probably well-attended one in recent years, because it’s right smack in the middle of the village, within a stone’s throw of everyone’s favorite destination, Buck’s Coffee Cafe. And it’s not just one house: You get to visit three for the price of one!
With perfect timing, the Show house’s leading sponsor, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine has published the pictures from last year’s historic farmhouse on the gorgeous property of Burt Farm.
With a nod to Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles for their beautiful coverage and magnificent photography of Burt Farm, and to whet your appetite for more to come, here is a visit to last year’s Show House featuring some of our favorite designers, many of whom will be featured again this year.
We were fortunate enough to have the guest house, and the setting leant itself perfectly to our developing a whole story around our fictional muse: Nola Burt. We had so much fun developing the character of our furtive femme fatale that we even framed her publisher’s rejection letters in the bathroom, and learned later that people stopped to read them – along with the first page of her novel that was still sitting in the typewriter.
We missed our Nola, when the whole thing was over, but we did get some good chuckles out of her, and loved it when people told us they’d enjoyed reading her rejection letters, or hoped to visit her in Paris!
One of our favorite things about Show Houses (specially when they are published in a magazine so that you can visit it all over again!), is the inspiration we draw from other designers. And one of my favorite rooms at Burt Farm was the bathroom designed by Janie Wilburn. It’s had me dreaming of bunnies ever since.
You knew this would get personal at some point, so I’ll share a little secret with you: One of us Huffingtons is about to embark on her own renovation … of a condo in a high rise, downtown! I’ve got four small bathrooms to renovate, and thanks to budget restraints and a few inconvenient limitations inherent in the building, I’ll be doing only minor fixes to three of them. So each one has to pack a punch in other areas, and wallpaper is a sure way to get that wow! Is this the way to go? Send me your ideas, I’d love to know!
But I digress.
Be sure to visit this year’s 20th anniversary of the Cashier’s Show House tour, sponsored by the Cashier’s Historical Society. It runs from August 12th to the 27th, at Cottage Walk in “downtown” Cashiers. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(and still dreaming of bunnies)