Monday, August 30, 2010

Faux Bois a la Cashiers, NC

So, guess what? I had the amazing opportunity to decorate the Cashiers Designer Show House front entry! Big time designers from Atlanta, Highlands, and Cashiers were on the roster, and this Farmer had the chance to be a part.

For a mountain home entryway, what better could there be than faux bois? What is faux bois, you ask? Well, French for “false wood,” this fashion of furniture and decorative elements has been used for years to mimic the look of wood with concrete or plaster.

Benches, settees, chairs, tables, and planters have been constructed in this fabulous fashion for hundreds of years, and the chance to implement such a design scheme in Cashiers was all too apropos! Planters from Argentina, benches and chairs from a terrific company, and vintage pots from an antique spot in Atlanta – my faux bois fete accomplis was complete.

A collection of turtle shells donning the wall and an antique wire planter greet the home’s visitors at the front door, with ‘Little Lamb’ hydrangeas peaking over Lamb’s Ear and moss. Sticks covered in lichens and moss with Joe Pye Weed dart out of a fantastic French vinegar lavabo and add a touch of the mountain drama to the entry. Pots brimming with lemon basil and ‘Key Lime’ huechera welcome visitors as well, yet the sentries of the entry are my French cast concrete beagles, Pierre and Bernadette.

Straight from France and onto the Cashiers Show House front entry, the lovely patina creatures greet all those who enter the lovely home. They sit and stay so well! Come see Pierre and Bernadette and the rest of the designer show house – any chance to come to Cashiers is a good time for sure! See you in the mountains!


  1. Stunning !!! Please come do my house now.

  2. Love it, love it! Pierre and Bernadette can stand sentry at my door ANY time!
    Lee Ann

  3. We enjoyed it, James. It was great to catch up with you. Thanks for having lunch with us. We'll have to do it again sooner than later. -A.Lee

  4. Congratulations James! I would imagine they are going to ask you back again next year.


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