Shannon Berrey

Once upon a Laurel Nest

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

While designing a room in a Showhouse, designers shell out big bucks for custom drapery, furniture, rugs, etc. While it's a fabulous way to spread our design wings, push the envelope, and create an over-the-top room that really represents our design aesthetic, it is also a huge expense. Luckily, everything in our rooms is for sale and the goal is to sell it all before the Showhouse closes! {Nothing leaves until after it closes} Well, our Cashiers Showhouse closed over the weekend and I agreed to deliver several items that sold to folks in the area. 

Bill Cook bought several of my more funky pieces, so I knew immediately he had good taste :) . We talked and I learned that he was a designer  {Vermilion Designs Interiors} in Atlanta, with a vacation home in Highlands. He was going to be out-of-town, so I wasn't, unfortunately, going to get to meet him. When I pulled into his street and came upon his driveway, I knew I was in for a treat. 

I felt like I just stumbled on the doorstep of Hansel and Gretel! It was just about the most charming storybook cottage I had ever seen. 

The attention to detail made me imagine how fabulous the interior of the cottage must be. And I had to repeatedly remind myself that there were severe consequences to breaking and entering. So, instead, I immediately texted Bill and said 'please tell me I can take pictures! please tell me about this property! please tell me about your inspiration! please tell me I can share this on my blog!!!!!???' And Bill was kind enough to send me write-ups and pictures on the evolution of his home.... {and perhaps an article on the penalties of stalking}  

Originally, Bill owned a post-war weekend home. He wanted more room to entertain his friends so the home came down and his imagination took off. He worked with his partner, architect Michael Faust, and the storybook inspiration included pitched roofs and ornate details, all completed by Christmas, 2011. The fairy tale images were blended with the local architectural influences of our Appalachian region. “Dutch and Scottish details were added as a nod to Bill’s family heritage,” says Faust. The result is Laurel Nest, a home tucked into the hillside with exhaustive attention to detail inside and out.

I just love the balcony railing made out of native laurel branches. I was convinced that if I stood there long enough, Goldilocks was going to wander out and peer over, Peter Rabbit and Mopsy were going to scamper through and I could have sworn I heard Little Red Riding Hood in the back, doing laundry.  

Tucked in the stairs are hand carved wooden mushroom stools, concrete greyhounds, stone covered planters, and concrete faux bois.

I mean, could you not live happily ever after here???

Come back at the end of the week for interior shots!!! {And yes, I acquired the interior shots completely legally thankyouverymuch}

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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