The article “Mountain Chic in Cashiers” from the September-October 2019 issue of Flower magazine features items from the following vendors and designers. Any items not listed are unknown. Photography by Emily Followill

Front elevation of a mountain house designed by architect Shannon Hargrove in Cashiers, North Carolina, with a detached two-car garage with stable-style doors and a pea gravel driveway. The landscape by Bellwether Landscape Architects features boxwoods in a variety of sizes, mulch, and only small areas of grass, fitting in with many trees that surround the mountain property

Mountain residence in Cashiers, North Carolina

Interior Design: Francie Hargrove, 828.743.1700;

Residential Architecture: Shannon Hargrove;

Landscape Architecture: Bellwether Landscape Architects, 404.996.1232,

Porch Living Area

Considered to be the best seat in the house, the raised hearth of the Tennessee fieldstone fireplace makes the perfect perch for toasting marshmallows on cool evenings. A pair of candelabras carved from tree roots and an antique Belgian Black Forest plaque add to this mountain house porch’s enchanted forest vibe. Other features on this screen porch include a sofa and chairs in a light upholstery. Throw pillows and an afghan bring in a punch of bright orange that complements the muted teal millwork. A large white-and-neutral striped area rug and a pair of chevron-print throw pillows add visual interest through pattern. And though upholstered in a light fabric, a curved upholstered bench with deep, plush tufting makes a bold statement. An antique, simple wood desk holds a chunky glass lamp and a large copper pot holding a green plant. A large modern coffee table with a wood top and streamlined metal base, along with wood variety of stools and small side tables, complete the space.

Porch Dining Area

The screen porch features wood tones and other earthy hues, with a rough-hewn wooden table for 8. Francie Hargrove’s choices for mountain house decor on the porch include moth orchids in a copper pot, faux bois candlesticks and plant stand with fern, a large pottery jug with a dark glaze, an orange afghan with white fringe, a white curtain panel, and 6 leather upholstered dining chairs with grommets that compliment that pair of Appalachian hoop chairs at earth end of the table.

Dining Room

The dining room’s ivory walls and slipcovered mouton-leg chairs downplay the deep charcoal color on the chandelier and industrial steel-base table. Delicate pressed botanicals temper the bulk of the reclaimed ceiling beams. Other features include floor-to-ceiling curtain panels in a large gingham print in natural white and khaki. On the table is a loose, rustic floral arrangement of branches, including dogwood blooms, oak leaves, as well as a candle in a Simon Pearce hurricane. The framed pressed botanicals are hung in a large grid of 9 on one wall.

Living Room

Inspired by the grandeur of French limestone mantels, she created a wooden version from pieces of mismatched timber inadvertently included in a shipment of reclaimed beams. The fieldstone surround supports the weight of the mantel and corrals all of the room’s neutral hues. 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.


A kitchen’s raised-panel cabinetry and beadboard range hood bring a bit of refinery into the otherwise rustic space. Francie Hargrove stuck with a white and neutral color palette in this mountain house kitchen, including a soft white painted finish for the cabinets and a light, neutral stone countertop. At the kitchen island, square barstools feature solid bases, simple lines, light leather upholstery, and a border of grommets just below the seat. Two large lanterns hang above the island. Five white octagonal porcelain plates hang in a vertical line on either side of soft white curtains, flanking the French doors. A large antique copper pot sits on a stainless steel oven.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom’s white-on-white palette gains depth from layers of contrasting textures, including rough shiplap walls, smooth porcelain plates, and the coarse hair-on-hide bed. A blue chaise with matching throw and a glazed lamp add a pop of light blue, while a landscape painting featuring a morning sky also breaks up the neutral palette.

Master Bath

Floral prints and a French mirror and antique walnut French commode give the bath a sense of luxury rather than utility.

Crystal sconces are hard-wired into a wide, frameless mirror to optimize natural light in the master bathroom. Light blue paint distinguishes the shiplap walls of the master bath from the other rooms, while white and neutral gingham curtain panels and a soft white sink vanity with a light neutral stone countertop maintain consistency with the materials Francie Hargrove used throughout her "chic mountain house" design theme.

  • Sconces from Visual Comfort,
  • Antique walnut chest, Illuminati Antiques, Atlanta, Georgia, 404.519.0186
  • Hand-colored botanicals, custom-framed at Gallery on the Green, Cashiers, North Carolina, 828.743.3068