I hope you don't tire of my cabin posts. This should be the last one for awhile, but I wanted to share this beautiful home in - guess where? - Cashiers, North Carolina!! Remember here and here? So, Toby West, Ainsworth and Noah were neighbors with the late Charles Faudree who also had a cabin here and who decorated the home I featured in 'Cabin Fever'. Apparently, this mountain area is a haven for other decorators, too.
It's a small world and a an awful lot of talent in these hills.
So, Hal Ainsworth and Winton Noah, who at the time of this publication, owned the largest space at the Atlanta Decorating and Design Centre, a condo in Atlanta, and an apartment in Paris decided to build this log home as their weekend getaway.
With it's massive 32-foot ceilings in the entrance hall and the living room, they needed large scale furnishings to make the spaces cozy and welcoming. As an example, the living room sofa is 109" long and 46" deep. The doorways are 8' tall.
Since they regularly travelled to Europe 6 - 8 times a year for their valued finds and clearly had lots of great pieces to choose from, they then proceeded to fill their home with a collection of antiques, folk art, twig and willow furniture - all complemented by the homey touches of quilts, toiles, plaids and checks. All just beautiful.
But, the biggest surprise of all was the white shiplapped and beamed guest room with blue and white decor! At first, I thought there were some pages missing from the magazine and that I was looking at another story, but, no it was all part of the plan......as well as another white walled guest room and games room.
Quite a partnership these two have considering that Ainsworth was quoted as saying in the article that "I can decorate and Hal can't add"! Obviously, they work as a tandem team and fill in the voids for one another as needed.
They have three wraparound porches.
The very big sofa I mentioned.
Hal's bedroom with a Niermann Weeks bed and Carleton Varney toile.
Winton Noah's bed is made from local wood.
And this is the surprise - love the shiplap walls and painted beams. Also, the blue and white is just lovely.
Another guest room with patchwork and plaids.
July - August 2001