We’ve been busy as bees around the store and gallery prepping for our first ever designer show house and it couldn’t be more fun. It’s taken hours and hours of measuring, planning and ordering (plus four guys and a big truck to load up all the furniture and art) but we’ve loved every minute of it.
It all started a few months ago when we raised our hands to be a part of the 2015 Cashiers Designers Showhouse benefitting the Cashiers Historical Society, sponsored by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. We were thrilled when they said yes and gave us a gorgeous, light-filled bedroom to play with. And we were honored beyond words to be a part of this event – believe us when we say the design bar has been set very, very high in years past. Take a peek at some of last year’s spaces (all from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles):
We knew we were going to have our work cut out for us so the very first thing we did was pow-wow with our in-store designers, Sam Jones and Martha Douglas Peyton. They’re a wonderful team and a perfect combination of ying and yang and we were instantly all on the same page: we wanted a room that was pretty, chic and would whisper “Huff Harrington” or maybe even “Cashiers meets Paris Chic”.
Cue the hours of space planning, plotting, going over fabric samples, phone calls and designing the headboard and bed linens – and that doesn’t even include choosing furniture and accessories, including our piece de resistance antique chandelier. We’d get all excited about a gorgeous painted antique buffet occupying the spot of honor in the room…and then watch it walk out the store with a new owner. Back to square one. The incredible Louis XVI mirror from Paris will be perfect. Wait, what? It sold yesterday?
Okay, let’s try this piece (one of our faves):
We had a blast over at the gallery one morning picking the most gorgeous paintings to complement the interior. We chose a few edgy abstracts to add a little zing, a couple beautifully painted French pieces (bien sur!) and a few that we simply couldn’t resist adding to the space.
We found a gorgeous silk Fabricut fabric to make the be-all, end-all lumbar bed pillow along with luxurious sheeting and a little surprise at the foot of the bed. And we couldn’t live without finding a home for this sassy little piece:
When it was time to install, we loaded up the car and off we went with a trunkful of accessories and all the things you think you might need to install a room. Three different sets of table lamps in case we change our minds? Check. Extension cords? Check. Sewing kit? Check. Light bulbs for the antique French chandelier that takes 16 bulbs? Uh…we’ll get those there. How about fishing wire to invisibly hang a certain mirror? Good thing there’s an excellent outfitter in Cashiers who was more than happy to oblige. Luckily, the efficient guys at Knox Addley were loaded with every tool known to mankind so we didn’t have to worry about that.
By the way, if you haven’t been to Cashiers, or its neighbor Highlands, you should know it involves a three-hour drive from Atlanta (the last half an hour is nothing but blood-curdling hairpin turns) but when you arrive, the temperature is ten degrees cooler, the air smells delicious and the flowers are blooming their hearts out.
We can’t give too much away yet – you’ll have to feast your eyes on it in person – but we can tell you our little hideaway turned out exactly the way we envisioned it. We spent the most fun eight hours having the time of our lives and fielding a few challenges that we giggled hysterically over on the way home.
This year’s house is full of mountain-chic charm and we can’t wait to see each and every space from the participating designers. Our advice to you? Buy your tickets, plan a weekend and enjoy the mountain beauty.
P.S: we’re happy to announce that Huff Harrington Home will have a little pop-up boutique at the show house from Friday, August 21 through Monday, August 24th. Oooh la la!