Six all-weather chairs linger across the wraparound front porch to take in views from all angles. Durable but lightweight enough to gather together for conversations, the pieces are easy to move for parties or solitary reading. Front porch posts are locust trees that had fallen on the property. Further showing the community’s commitment to using natural resources, a rain chain falls from a copper gutter into a barrel to capture water for the garden.
Outdoor furniture rests comfortably on the back porch. This durable design blends with indoor decor, such as the Tiffany lamp and rag rugs made from recycled blue jeans. Quilts are at the ready for chilly evenings. Bedroom windows open onto this serene space to catch the sound of Whisper Creek.
Horizontal boards made from a fiber-cement composite wrap the sides of the cottage. This man-made material adds low-maintenance properties to the exterior -- no rotting, warping, or mildew -- which are especially important attributes when caring for a second home.
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In the dining room and throughout the house, furnishings are reproduction antiques.
"Reproductions are an easier and less expensive way to give a home the same period look. It's a way to bring in nostalgia without the expense," says designer Steve Chambliss. A hand-crafted metal fixture above showcases fish and fisherman. Beneath, a patchwork cow-hair rug offers drama.
Hand-scraped walnut wood planks complement the cabin’s elegant, rustic charm. The smooth but textured finish pairs well with hand-crafted rugs.
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