Interior Design: Comfortable & Cozy On Lake Toxaway

Posted on | March 31, 2012 | 6 Comments

Two nights ago, I asked a friend if she were to win the big lottery, would she buy a house at the beach or in the mountains. “Both,” she quickly replied. We spent a few dreamy moments talking about what those houses might look like. For me, imagining that mountain home was incredibly easy. Only hours earlier, I had been admiring pictures of a Lake Toxaway mountain getaway, located in Western NC. The home was designed by Platt Architecture, of Brevard, with interior design by Kathryn Long, of the Asheville interior design firm, Ambiance Interiors.

Images Courtesy of Ambiance Interiors

Kathryn explained that this was her second new construction project on the mountain lake for these clients. While husband and wife both wanted this home to be smaller and cozier than the first, they had differing views on the design direction. The husband envisioned a much more rustic mood, with wood walls throughout. The wife wanted a ‘Victorian mountain’ mood. “I offered a happy compromise that would satisfy them both,” said Kathryn. “There are horizontal or vertical wood walls throughout most of the home. Most were then ‘aged’ on site with a glazing process.”

The main part of the house has an open yet warm floor plan. The faux distressed finish which Kathryn selected for the wood walls of the great room enhances the welcoming atmosphere. The adjoining dining room holds a few ‘design finds’ that were perfect for the project. “The storage / display pieces which flank the doors leading to the screened porch are absolutely ideal for the space,” explained Kathryn. “The French chandelier is circa 1900.”

I’ve said before that a beautiful mountain home is all about the view, and this home does not disappoint. The screened porch was extended to take full advantage of the lake view. Kathryn’s selection of furnishings makes it a go-to destination for dining, napping, reading and entertaining.

In the master bedroom, the bed which the clients found in their home state of Texas really makes a statement. The custom window treatments and bed coverings that Kathryn selected are the perfect completion to the room which is painted blue. I do love the powder room, where Kathryn pays homage to this home’s locale. The mirror is customized with cardinals – our state bird. A reproduction French dough box has been adapted as the lavatory cabinet.

I didn’t win the lottery, so that mountain home is going to have to wait. A girl can still look at pictures and dream though.

Kathryn Long and Linda Constable are Asheville interior designers with Ambiance Interiors, a full service interior design firm, specializing in well-appointed spaces throughout Western North Carolina.

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6 Responses to “Interior Design: Comfortable & Cozy On Lake Toxaway”

  1. Ellen
    April 1st, 2012 @ 2:23 PM


  2. Liz Hughes
    April 2nd, 2012 @ 7:01 PM

    If I win the next lottery, I will invite you to my mountin home!

  3. Terri Long
    April 5th, 2012 @ 11:37 AM

    Wonderful article about some of the benefits that Kathryn brings to making a house a home.

  4. Liz Hughes
    April 7th, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

    Thanks Terri. I agree that Kathryn has an amazing ability to create a highly personalized space.

  5. Cícero G.R. Junior
    April 16th, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

    This is a very beautiful home. The high window that appears in the first picture, should, where possible, have a small Mezaninno support so you can access the window. Congratulations on the project and especially the decoration of the same.

  6. Cat Mellor
    February 2nd, 2015 @ 10:48 PM

    Lovely home! I wonder what type and finishes were used on the wood floor? Very warm!

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