A native plant, mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) has pink buds in spring that open to white cup-shape flowers. This native typically grows 5 to 8 feet tall and wide. Mountain laurel is a stand-out evergreen shrub because it tolerates shade (although best flowering occurs in light shade). Look for varieties with red, pink or bicolor blooms, double or large flowers, and buds that stay tight, adding an interesting texture to the shrub. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Anthony and John, from HGTV's hit show Cousins on Call, have turned this back balcony into a perfect mountain oasis. With a hammock for reading and a hot tub for relaxing, this space has something for everyone-not to mention the beautiful mountain view.
A wall of windows in the great room open to create a seamless indoor to outdoor living space. The row of lounge chairs brings to mind a hotel deck and provide a relaxing place to unwind and take in the alpine views.
A radical break from the rustic mountain cabin with a design motif of pinecones, bears and rainbow trout, this stunning Cashiers, North Carolina home was the site of the 2018 Cashiers Designers Showhouse sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and the Cashiers Historical Society. Rooms instead featured big city flair considering most designers hailed from Atlanta, but also from New Orleans, and the Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina region. Inspired by chateaux in France and Italy, this 42-acre estate overlooking Lake Glenville was decorated with some au courant trends including lots of assertive, stylish wallpaper, a preponderance of soft pastels, plenty of Chinoiserie and subtle nods to the beautiful local surroundings in botanicals and floral motifs.