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Inside a Charming North Carolina Mountain Cottage

Atlanta architect Norman Askins and his decorator wife Joane renovated a charming 1940s cottage in Highlands, North Carolina, at the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains.  I came across the home in Southern Living Magazine a few years ago and loved it, and recently came across photos of the home again and wanted to share them with you.  The home has much cottage charm, and the gardens are simply stunning. The garden images are particularly appealing to look at on these bitter cold winter days!

The exterior of the home includes a new lattice front porch, a new door, repaired and painted shingles (Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore), and new white trim and board-and-batten shutters:


In the back of the home, Askins created a rectangular lawn and an elaborate terraced garden in the French 19th century style.  The garden is full of shaped boxwood; sculptural obelisks; curving, pruned hedges; and an abundance of flowers, including roses, coneflower, phlox, and hydrangeas:



Isn’t this a serene and secluded outdoor dining area?


On the inside of the home, the couple lightened up the space by painting over the pine paneled walls with white (Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore).  The home’s interior palette is fairly neutral and light, allowing attention to be drawn to the views of the lush outdoors.

The foyer showcases the homeowner’s Delft blue tile collection and pretty blue and white ginger jars:


The dining room, painted Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore, is full of pretty antique furnishings and lovely fabrics:


The neutral living room:


The cottage kitchen is my favorite room in the home. The wood planked walls and ceiling, the stone fireplace, and the antique furnishings give country character to the space:


An enclosed porch:


The master bedroom, with a new vaulted ceiling, and pretty toile bedding:


What a lovely retreat! I imagine that it is beautiful during each and every season of the year.

photos from Southern Living


15 thoughts on “Inside a Charming North Carolina Mountain Cottage

  1. I remember this house from Southern Living. As I recall the interiors were quite a transformation, and they’re so charming and livable (not every beautifully decorated home has that quality). But that garden — wow! It’s stunning. Thank your for sharing this.

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