When you see it, you'll want to kick off your shoes, step inside, and claim it for your very own.
I want a get-away retreat.
Whisper Mountain (www.whispermountain.com) is the perfect place, located just a few miles outside Asheville, North Carolina. It offers the best of both worlds - city life / country living. This man-made, natural environment provides miles of hiking paths, ample streams for fishing, and nature provides a plethora of sights and sounds. If you feel the need for a little culture or epicurean cuisine, it's just down the road to the Grove Park Inn, the Biltmore, or the quaint shops in Asheville.
A major goal of the developers was to combine natural, man-made and recycled materials, to build as green and energy efficient as possible. Local products, many right from the Whisper Mountain land were used - rough-cut plank floors, shakes, and logs from the locust and spruce trees and stone from the mountain.
The copper table and brush-black Windsor chairs give a refined feel, while giving casual comfort. The handcrafted, nostalgic, metal cut-out lamp is the perfect size and reflects a lodge-look on a smaller scale.
The rough-hewn beams lining the fireplace frame the copper screen, giving the living room a directed focal point. The leather and nail head chairs and chaise emphasize the desire to make the home comfortable as well as functional. The painting of the family pet reminds us that living here is about 'real' life and the desire to take life a little less seriously.
The island was designed to serve as a small eating area for the family or convert to a buffet when they entertain guests. The color and style of the stools make a seamless transition between the kitchen and the connected dining area. The black stools and burnished ochre color on the walls create a strong contrast for the white wood cabinetry.
The guest bedroom and bathroom continue with the softer color palette, but the rustic mirror above the sink and the leather accent pillows in the bedroom carry the cabin theme.
With a wrap-around porch, almost every door opens out to a private seating area, and in Whisper Mountain, there are no bad views.
This Whisper Mountain retreat was the 2008 Southern Living Giveaway home, and some lucky person gets to live in this amazing cabin created by designer Stephen C. Chambliss. Check out his gallery of projects at http://pheasanthilldesign.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=6