Other mountain house design ideas from this scene include a large chandelier made of deer antlers, a pair of sofas and side chairs upholstered in a soft white fabric, and throw pillows, including (on each sofa) a pair of pillows in strié coral velvet inset with a Greek key pattern, as well as (on each side chair) an leopard-print linen pillow. One tufted, curved accent chair with a matching ottoman is upholstered in a dark brown linen-type fabric. At the center of the seating area is a large square coffee table upholstered in a dark, rich fabric. A neutral patterned area rug grounds the seating area. Arrangements of simple cut greenery on the mantel, coffee table, and console add a punch of color. Swing-arm floor lamps and stacks of books invite one to sit and read by the fire. Soft white shiplap walls and curtains keep the room light and airy.

How many of Francie Hargrove’s favorites can we spot in her design of a mountain-style living room in Cashiers, North Carolina? Animal print, check. Simon Pearce glass vase, check. Fresh-picked foliage, check.

1. Cashmere

“On the body or on the bed. Cortland Park Cashmere sweaters and Cashmere Wrapping throws are definitely worth the splurge,” says Hargrove.

2. Anything Animal Print

“Leopard, giraffe, zebra, or antelope. If it’s spotted or striped, I’m all over it.”

3. Simon Pearce Glassware

“Hurricanes, wineglasses, whatever. His creations add sparkle to any space.”

4. In The Glen Candle  By We Took To The Woods

“The handsome bark-covered container is almost as fine as the woody fragrance inside.”

5. Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick In Corail Signature (#317)

“It’s a happy, peachy color that reminds me of the strié velvet pillows in my living room.”

6. Bourbon Walnut Banana Bread From The Chocolate Heaven Company

“I buy the loaves straight from the oven and by the dozen from the bakery in Highlands [North Carolina]. If we don’t eat them all first, our friends will graciously accept the leftovers.”

7. The Color Camel

“It’s the neutral that’s not.”

8. Fresh-Picked Foliage

“In the fall, I clip soaring oak branches from our tree out back. I love it when the acorns are still attached. Just toss them in a tall, sleek vessel and you’ve got natural sculpture.”


By Margaret Zainey Roux | Photography by Emily Followill

For interior design inspiration from Francie Hargrove, read “Mountain Chic in Cashiers.”