In Good Taste: Kathleen Rivers Interior Design

Kathleen Rivers cottage

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your week is off to a terrific start! One of our favorite things about traveling now is discovering new designers that we absolutely love. When we were in Cashiers, NC a couple of weeks ago our friend and event planner extraordinaire Elizabeth Fletcher of I Do Events Atlanta introduced us to the work of Kathleen Rivers, whose stunning Cashiers home is pictured above. 

Kathleen Rivers cottage

Needless to say, it was love at first sight. 

Kathleen Rivers kitchen

Mountain style is a genre all its own, a look that, when done right, can conjure not just an opinion about a room but a feeling about a place. 

Kathleen Rivers dining room

Walking into one of Rivers’ rooms is like being transported to a completely different place, and she creates the perfect rustic elegance to make her spaces feel chic and upscale yet homey.

Kathleen Rivers dining room

From luxe and layered,

Kathleen Rivers bedroom

To minimalistic and cozy,

Kathleen rivers bathroom

Every detail of Rivers’ rooms tells a story.

Kathleen Rivers porch

Combined with an enviable view, it’s a stunning combination! 

Chattooga Club Cashiers

One of our favorite stops in Cashiers was Rivers’ incredible Chattooga Club.

Chattooga Club wood entry

Of all the places we visited on our fun-filled adventure, we think it might have been our very favorite.

Kathleen Rivers lodge

This sitting room was so inviting and so cozy we wanted to stay all day! And the fireplace is perfect for taking the edge off of that mountain chill.

chattooga club bedroom

A handful of magnificently appointed guest rooms are available for the usage of club members and their guests, and we are hoping to get to stay in them very, very soon. The pictures don’t do them justice!

Chattooga Club organic garden

And organic garden and hen house contributes to the rustic charm.

Kathleen Rivers Chattooga Club spa

The spa is a one-of-a-kind experience. 


Rivers’ own home is a beautiful blend of what we love about her style.

dining room

Laid back yet elegant, comfortable yet refined, we could move right in to any of Rivers’ perfectly appointed spaces. 

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House Tour: Cashiers

We love finding new places we love, and, as you probably gathered from our post yesterday, we absolutely loved Cashiers, NC! 

We stayed in a charming mountain cabin that was one of the highlights of the trip. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles called this home “Cashiers Cool,” and we think that’s the perfect description!

This house embodies that enviable rustic luxury that provides the best of all possible design worlds. 

A clean, sleek, streamlined heart of the home sets the tone for a beautiful escape.

Creating a mountain retreat is much like creating a coastal retreat in that, when it comes to adding rustic charm, less is more. The wooden base of this table is the perfect mountainous touch in the breakfast room.

Window in front of the vanity? No problem! Just cover it with a mirror. We adore this idea!

Beams are the perfect mountainous touch in this stunning master bath–and the hardware steals the show in these builtins. 

Textures and fabrics combine in this room to make it feel luxe, layered and cozy. 

Rich hues and bold stripes combine for making the perfect bunk room. This one makes the most of a sloped ceiling. 

A mix of light and dark colors makes this room feel warm and cozy but still light enough to be clean and refreshing.

The best part of Cashiers? Why the view, of course! It’s the thing that, no doubt, keeps people coming back again and again. Do you love this Cashiers home as much as we do? Wishing you a wonderful day!

Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Amy Morris Interiors

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Library Restaurant in Cashiers, NC

The Library Restaurant and Bar - Cashiers, NC

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing weekend. We had the most fun on our trip to Cashiers, NC last week. We think it is certainly one of the most beautiful spots in the country. 

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

We rented a house on the property of the High Hampton Inn and Country Club, which, incidentally, was the setting for the remake of Dirty Dancing. From the youngest to the oldest, we all loved this beautiful spot, with its hiking, lake activities and charming dining hall that seems like a throwback to a simpler time. 

Buttermilk Pie with Bing Cherry Compote

One of the highlights was our dinner at Library Restaurant – Cashiers, NC, a new favorite!

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

Owned by Chicos founders Marvin and Helene Gralnick and the utterly charming Liz Klapdohr and Chef Johannes, the restaurant is eclectic, warm and as inviting as its owners.


The stunning chandelier in the bar area is the only thing that survived Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans Chicos location. It stands proudly lighting this beautiful yet chicly rustic space, which was originally a members only club where people could drink legally during Prohibition.

Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

The bacon-maple rosemary popcorn and vegetable house chips with romesco sauce are not to be missed.

And the garden salad, marinated vegetables, toasted pecans, and passion fruit-tupelo honey vinaigrette go way beyond basic salads. 

The Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

The east coast oysters with bloody mary- wasabi vinaigrette, memo chives and lime dust are transformative. 

Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

But, beyond the food, which was, we all agreed, among the best we have ever had, we have seldom felt so welcomed and so at ease in a space–even with a five year old. 

Buttermilk Pie with Bing Cherry Compote

Liz regaled us with a kitchen tour where my little guy got to have his Library hat signed by all of the chefs. He was thrilled!

Library Restaurant Cashiers, NC

And there was even a delectable gourmet children’s menu with meals made from all of the same local ingredients as the main menu. 

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

And the dessert was legendary. We had this buttermilk pie with bing cherry compote–and a brownie with ice cream–and they were the perfect sweet complement to a truly extraordinary meal. 

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC abstract art

But perhaps the best part of this extraordinary restaurant was the incredible art, created by owner Marvin Gralnick.

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC - abstract art

It is abstract, fun and completely fabulous.

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

The art is the perfect juxtaposition to the interior of the restaurant.

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

And a good reminder to relax…

The Library Restaurant - Cashiers, NC

And be happy, which, once you visit the Library, you really can’t help but be both of those things. When it comes to summer vacations, this one was tops. Do you have any fun trips planned for the summer?

books Slightly South of simple

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