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Pattern Play: English Charm at Highlander Mountain House in North Carolina

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Pattern Play: English Charm at Highlander Mountain House in North Carolina

June 2, 2021

Anglophilia meets Appalachia at Highlands Mountain House, newly opened lodgings in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. There, in a redone 1885 house (and adjacent bunkhouse), charming wallpapers and textiles from Morris & Co. and House of Hackney mix with works by Cherokee artists and by Josef Albers (who taught at Black Mountain College nearby). Each guest room is a delightful lesson in pattern mixing, with the feel of a whimsical English house in an unlikely spot.

Let’s take a tour:

Photography by Maggie Braucher, courtesy of Highlander Mountain House.

The entry to Highlander Mountain House. The owner, hotelier Jason Reeves, has a background in period restoration and received a master&#8
Above: The entry to Highlander Mountain House. The owner, hotelier Jason Reeves, has a background in period restoration and received a master’s in historic preservation from Boston University—perhaps why the 1885 house feels lived-in and authentic, not brand-new.
Good old-fashioned keys behind the front desk.
Above: Good old-fashioned keys behind the front desk.
One of the communal living areas, with a stone fireplace and easy furnishings.
Above: One of the communal living areas, with a stone fireplace and easy furnishings.
Inside The Ruffed Grouse, the in-house tavern, with sage green shipboard-style cladding.
Above: Inside The Ruffed Grouse, the in-house tavern, with sage green shipboard-style cladding.
Vintage portraits look like they&#8
Above: Vintage portraits look like they’ve always been in the house.
The  guest rooms are all done in delightfully mismatched patterns, with wallpapers and upholstered headboards from the likes of Morris & Co., Pierre Frey, Mulberry Home, Cole & Son, and House of Hackney.
Above: The 18 guest rooms are all done in delightfully mismatched patterns, with wallpapers and upholstered headboards from the likes of Morris & Co., Pierre Frey, Mulberry Home, Cole & Son, and House of Hackney.
A sweet but not too sweet floral guest room. The lighting throughout the hotel is a mix of vintage, Restoration Hardware, and Louis Poulsen.
Above: A sweet but not too sweet floral guest room. The lighting throughout the hotel is a mix of vintage, Restoration Hardware, and Louis Poulsen.
A jaunty wallpapered niche with a mix-and-match headboard.
Above: A jaunty wallpapered niche with a mix-and-match headboard.
Guest rooms are fitted with Wright mattresses, Marshall speakers, and old-school alarm clocks.
Above: Guest rooms are fitted with Wright mattresses, Marshall speakers, and old-school alarm clocks.
A lush blue and green guest bedroom.
Above: A lush blue and green guest bedroom.
Accommodations also come equipped with Victrola or Crosley record players.
Above: Accommodations also come equipped with Victrola or Crosley record players.
The pea stone courtyard, part English country estate, part mountain lodge.
Above: The pea stone courtyard, part English country estate, part mountain lodge.

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