This beautiful mountain home nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Mills River, North Carolina; is home to my brother, Al Jackson and his family. Al has a son, two daughters, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law and four grandchildren all of whom live close by. He is proud to share his home with his family.
I was recently a guest there. During my stay I had the privilege of helping with decorating and placement of furniture. It was truly a labor of love to be able to work on this beautiful home.
The outside porches offer a breathtaking view of Forge Mountain. Al's granddaughters, Emory and Emelia enjoy the cool mountain air while relaxing and spending time with the families' constant furry companions, Dewey and Salem. They also spend a lot of time at the 1860's double seat school desk.
Emelia is showing
her basket made of
The outside screened in porch is another frequented and favorite family gathering space.
Al often relaxes in the porch swing while enjoying an evening cup of coffee as he watches the glowing sun slowly fade and fall behind Forge Mountain.
The kitchen is the heart of the home at Laurel Ridge. The Jackson family gather around the wormy chestnut table for meals and family time.
Handcrafted knotty cherry cabinets, wormy chestnut doors, doorframes, and baseboards contribute to the ambience of "the gathering place".
THE GREAT ROOM
A large stone fireplace with an Arkansas field stone hearth is the focal point of the great room. The mantle board was cut locally by Woodpecker Saw Mill. Above the mantle is a beautiful oil painting purchased in Asheville. A walnut clock given to Al buy his mother, the late Lillian Jackson of Sledge, Ms., is front and center. Resting on the clock is a very special little owl. It is carved from soap stone and originated in India. This sentimental souvenir was given to him by his granddaughter, Emelia. She brought it back with her from a recent trip with her parents to India. Colored jars given to him by his daughter, Kasey, brings out the warm autumn colors in the oil painting.
The decor of the study is of warm earth tones. The canvas above the sofa is sentimental to the family as it complements the Tiffany style lamp shade and crewl needlework pheasant picture done by Jane.
An oak filing cabinet and oak secretary that once belonged to our paternal grandmother, the late Mae Jackson, are among many antiques collected through the years.
Walnut drop front secretary desk is the first antique you will see when you enter Laurel Ridge.
This antique family heirloom originally belonged to our maternal grandmother, the late Bourdon (Donnie) Harry
MANTLE, SOAPSTONE OWL, AND CLOCK
Our Mantle display is super special; keepsakes and souvenirs
Another focal point of the great room is the spinet desk and the wrought iron piece above the desk which was purchased at the Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC
One of my personal favorites...
Being a decorator, one of my lifelong loves is and always has been anything involving creativity, uniqueness, and antiques; so it is no wonder that one of my personal favorites of all the decor is the work done on a pair of old doors that were found in the basement of Farm Burger restaurant in Asheville, NC
Al sanded and waxed the doors, inserted tin into the bottom panels, and his son, Hal attached fire grates to the bottom and filled them with carpenters' tools. this is definitely a unique conversational pieces at Laurel Ridge.