I’ve always fantasized about having a vacation home in the mountains with vaulted, beamed ceilings, walls of windows, and a tall stone fireplace. A little rustic, but a little elegant.
So when I saw this Blue Ridge retreat featured in Carolina Home + Garden, it immediately went into my “dream home” file.
Building a Blue Ridge Retreat
The homeowners told their designer, Kathryn Long of Ambiance Interiors,
that they wanted a house they could feel at home in.
I love the little library-like nook tucked to one side of the living room:
According to Carolina Home + Garden magazine:
In a region where Western North Carolina’s highest mountains dominate the landscape, finding a flat lot with a great view almost asks too much. But a once-in-a-lifetime site in Burnsville’s Mountain Air community turned up for one lucky Texas couple.
They were seeking a cooler place to spend summers in retirement and the mild climate of Western North Carolina beckoned.
A comfy window seat was built into the upstairs walkway that looks like a perfect reading spot:
The four-poster bed was custom made for the homeowners.
This serene bedroom has the kind of views I’d love to wake up to in the morning:
The screened porch features a fire table designed by blacksmith Todd Miller:
“The fire table provides the warmth and conviviality of fire without the construction involvement of a full chimney. But more importantly, it doesn’t block the view to that old-growth forest, which is just below eye-level, so this house feels really grounded.”
The exterior features a mix of rock from Steep Creek Stoneworks and cedar-shake siding.The property borders Pisgah National Forest, and it’s visited by wildlife like black bears and bobcats.
The house was designed by Platt Architecture, built by Tyner Construction, featured in Carolina Home + Garden, and photographed by Jerry Markatos. The designer was Kathryn Long, ASID, of Ambiance Interiors. Visit their sites for more photos and information.