A Journey of Inspiration: My Trip to Cashiers, North Carolina for the Cashiers Designer Showhouse Event

As many of you know, I have a deep appreciation for places that cultivate beauty and a sense of history—both inside the home and in the surrounding landscapes. That’s why I was beyond thrilled to participate in the Cashiers Designer Showhouse event in the idyllic setting of Cashiers, North Carolina. Let me walk you through some of the highlights.

A Community of Elegance and History

My journey started with an invitation to the 26th annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, a fundraising event benefiting the Cashiers Historical Society. This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the rich tapestry of Cashiers’ history. The Showhouse event spanned from August 25th to September 2nd and showcased the phenomenal work of interior designers from the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and beyond. This year, a grand custom-built 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home in Chimney Top, a new neighborhood at the illustrious Club at High Hampton, served as the canvas for these skilled artisans. It was awe-inspiring to see how these designers used their mastery of colors, textures, and light to create a welcoming sanctuary for the family.

This special apron celebrates a night of food, talk, and love for design and history.

Moss Mountain Farm Comes to Cashiers

On a balmy Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of hosting a special event titled “Moss Mountain Farm Comes to Cashiers” at The Flag House, the charming home of Linda and Mark Quick. Known for their memory-making events, Linda and Mark were the perfect hosts for an evening designed to celebrate nature, architecture, and gastronomy. We enjoyed a menu featuring farm-fresh food from my Arkansas home, artfully prepared by a visionary local chef and paired with exceptional wines curated by a professional sommelier who received the Distinguished Service Award by the Guild of Master Sommeliers. The evening was a culinary and visual feast that blended perfectly with the overarching themes of beauty, design, and community.

P. Allen Smith speaking at Canyon Kitchen.

A Lecture at Canyon Kitchen

The pinnacle of my trip was giving a lecture at Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley. Set against a backdrop of natural splendor, I had the opportunity to share stories, ideas, and gardening tips with an audience brimming with enthusiasm. Interacting with both new and old friends is always rewarding, and the setting couldn’t have been more inviting. Canyon Kitchen truly provided a platform that amplified the spirit of the Cashiers community—warm, inviting, and rich in stories.

P. Allen Smith at Cashiers Designer Showhouse with friends.

Final Thoughts

In closing, if you’ve never had the chance to explore Cashiers, North Carolina, particularly during the Designer Showhouse event, I wholeheartedly recommend adding it to your calendar. Whether you are passionate about interior design, history, or simply the allure of a tightly-knit community, Cashiers offers a tapestry of experiences that are both enriching and captivating.

Until next time, happy gardening and designing!

P. Allen Smith

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