Heading For The Hills

Every summer, I find myself daydreaming 

about a beach house.
I used to think a lovely ocean side cottage,
would be the ultimate “second home” getaway….

That is, until I went on the  m. elle design  site and
spotted what is clearly
the chicest mountain retreat of all time!

Now, I’m thinking
I need to trade in my beach blanket for some hiking boots…

The talented mother daughter team of m. elle design,
 created a rustic yet utterly sophisticated place here.
From all of the charming architectural elements
right down to the chic decorative accessories,
this beach loving girl is ready to head for the hills…
who’s with me?

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85 Comments

  1. Wow, this is spectacular. I pick the beach over the mountains every time, but this house might convince me to change my mind…

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  2. I sure am! What a fantastic house, totally my style. And like you i'm more a beach girl but i'm putting on my hiking boots "as we speak". xx

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  3. M wrote:

    I am SOOOOO with you, girlfriend! That is right up my alley! Love it!

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  4. *love* that house!! (i'd like to pick it up and plop it on a beach, though!!)

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  5. I'm coming too!! I keep my boots in the car for work, so it will take me no time at all to be ready!

    wowsa that's awesome xx

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  6. Debby wrote:

    I am really loving everything about this rustic house! I am thinking it would be so lovely there if it snowed too! xo

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  7. I'm in!I think I'd be happy just curled up with a good book in front of a fire. Let me know what you see along your hike! 😉

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  8. Staley Mc wrote:

    I don't even like the outdoors and woodsy areas that much but for this house I think I could love it!

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  9. Take me, take me!!!!
    It's been so hectic this week, I could just close
    my eyes and BE THERE.
    Actually, this would be my dream home for me and
    Mr. P. once the chicks have left the nest.
    And I mean, full-time, not as a second home.
    Lovely in every way. I'm hopping over to their web page, now….
    Thanks for the mini-vacation!
    xx Suzanne

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  10. oh my honey! – that place is enchanted! .. my boyfriend's family has a house in the mountains on a like – only drawback – if u run out of milk – it's an hour ride into town :o( … but SO many "nature" things to do – it's nice to get away and be in the middle of NO WHERE @ times!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

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  11. Jacqueline wrote:

    I'm in…my boots are in the car. I can just smell that beautiful early dewy-morning air!
    The floors and ceilings in that house are exquisite!

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  12. What a wonderful job the designers have done in designing this mountain retreat. It has it all too,a library, a home office, an outdoor fireplace, and gorgeous decorating style. I would happily be snowed-in for weeks at this location and much better than a beach retreat for this fair-haired gal. Lovely post. XO

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  13. Stephanie wrote:

    Lovely! My husband and I both want a second home – I want beach, he wants mountains. We finally find one we both love, and they take it off the market … sigh …

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  14. Gi_K. wrote:

    that is looking awesome!

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  15. Cara wrote:

    This place is beautiful! Especially the kitchen-but I don't ever think I could trade in the waves and sand :/

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  16. This is very inspiring and beautiful. Just love it. Wish it was mine. Hope you are well.

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  17. I'm in! There is nothing better than being surrounded by nature. Love sitting and reading outdoors, etc. and that home is fantastic! That would be a welcome retreat wouldn't it!

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  18. Gorgeous design. I am a traditionalist, though, so I would go for just a bit more color in my surroundings. But this is so totally unespected. Very stylish!

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  19. Im am with you…I love long walks and it would be lovely to be able to rest after a long day of hiking in a place like that….Looks stunning:)
    Kisses sweetie

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  20. Marija wrote:

    Totally interesting. And you know I love rustic – though it took me awhile to admit it 🙂 I'm totally with you!!

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  21. Ceci wrote:

    I'm there! I'm a beach girl, too, but I LOVE everything about this sweet house!

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  22. Alina wrote:

    really great pictures!

    lovely greetings

    http://lainfluence.blogspot.com/

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  23. Jammer wrote:

    oh wow, what a beautiful place! That would be my ideal place just to get away for the weekend 🙂

    http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

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  24. Joanne wrote:

    Sign me up 🙂

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  25. I love NC or VA…it's never hot in the summer up in them there hills…i'm right behind you! Asheville NC is beautiful in all 4 seasons and a wonderful art community. Check this out: http://www.riverartsdistrict.com Way cool!!

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  26. Wow, I'd stay there 🙂

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  27. This is gorgeous, I take it, where ever it stands…

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  28. I will always be a beach girl but this home is dreamy!! I like small doses of rustic elegance but in the mountains it is perfect.

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  29. That house is gorgeous! I'd definitely go up to the hills over the beach for a place like that 🙂

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  30. I've always dreamed of a beach house as well but now you have me re-thinking that with this GORGEOUS home! I'm absolutely loving the mix of rustic and sophistication. How pretty is that kitchen?!?! It's amazing!

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  31. I love the mountains. The sea is wonderful and refreshing but there's something "mystic" about the mountains, the pure air, less noise, no sand stuck on your feet, no sun lotions (you can still sunbathe and swim if you can get a swimming pool) so..why not live like a queen for a few days? If anybody is interested I could recommend mountain resorts in Italy, Greece and Cyprus – my area of "expertise" (by the way, a friend had said I should have opened a travel agency..)

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  32. annechovie wrote:

    Wow, I think this place could change my opinion of mountain retreats, Sue. Very chic!

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  33. i want to live here!

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  34. Ha! If the hills look like that then heck ya! What beach?

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  35. Pemberley wrote:

    This mountain house is to die for no matter where you put it! I love evrything about it and each room is better than the next. If I had the money I would buy a lake house. In a week we are headed to Skytop and I can't wait. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, bonfires, golf and tennis. It's just as great in the winter too. Rent at the beach, buy at the mountains.

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  36. Kathy wrote:

    I am an old fashioned girl…..mountains in the summer…beach in the winter. Nice post…K

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  37. What a lovely house! I think I would still prefer a beach house in summer, though 🙂

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  38. holla! i just fell in love with this place. i never knew i liked rustic so much-i guess because it is just a bit glammed out. very restoration hardware, but much better!

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  39. Leah wrote:

    Now that's my kind of cabin!

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  40. this looks like someplace that diane keaton would live in a movie. 🙂 I love this place… you are right- super chic!

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  41. Ooooooh! I'm with you! I can't think of anything more relaxing than a weekend in a cabin filled with books 🙂
    oxoxo
    Denalee

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  42. Josie wrote:

    I'm not a nature girl in the slightest but would be HAPPY to hole up in this house for awhile! Absolutely gorgeous! You always find the most incredible spaces to share with us 🙂
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  43. Cristin wrote:

    Count me in!

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  44. Sketch42 wrote:

    Hubba Hubba. IN love. Not one thing in that whole house that I dont love.

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  45. having a house in the mountains would be much more enjoyable than at the beach in my opinion, although either one would be fine with me!!

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  46. One word: Berkshires

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  47. Kiki wrote:

    Thanks for stopping by and I love the inspiration…I would love to vacation in the hills and hike, and fish and do all that fun stuff..almost like Did You Hear About the Morgans? ahah…

    XOXO
    Kiki

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  48. As much as I love the beach I definitely wouldn't mind spending some time here. Gorgeous!

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  49. gorgeous!! loving those wood-paneled ceilings – amazing.

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  50. Me! I wanna live there!

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  51. Jane wrote:

    how gorgeous! i would deinitely trade in my beach blanket for that retreat* xx, Jane

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  52. liza wrote:

    Can it hold 51 of us?

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  53. Valerie wrote:

    I'm totally with you. I'd be willing to forgo my swimsuit for hiking boots if it meant staying at this place. It looks so peaceful.

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  54. So rustic and chic! I love that wooden chandelier in the last photo- what a statement piece!

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  55. Kendall wrote:

    Very serene. Love it.

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  56. Wow, this place is incredible! Love the windows and sconces in the kitchen. Beautiful, great find!

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  57. Beautiful! I am in!

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  58. That is incredible!! Love the mod dark walls with the rustic accents… gorgeous!! Thanks for a little inspiration…

    http://hellosplendor.com/

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  59. ana wrote:

    We don't have a cottage…it looks great and I'm sure it feels great to get away from the big city for a while. http://www.etsy.com/shop/heartsareboring

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  60. sharonlei wrote:

    Breathtaking! I would love a second, well I don't have a first, home like this!!!

    xx Love & Aloha
    **Swing by to enter my little giveaway!

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  61. Krystal wrote:

    I don't know about hiking boots….I think I'd just sit inside that wonderful place all day long.

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  62. This is absolutely stunning – a perfect retreat! KG

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  63. The pictures are tempting but I only do mountains when there is snow :))

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  64. That has to be the chicest mountain home EVER. Forget the beach!

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  65. Kathysue wrote:

    I am not a rustic girl at all but I think I could do this home just fine. So lovely and the beamed ceilings are great. I am still a beach girl at heart,Kathysue

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  66. Viera wrote:

    Just Perfect!
    X
    V

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  67. drollgirl wrote:

    i'm with you! perfecto! and no need to worry about tsunamis!

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  68. I always want to head to the hills! this place is fantastic. I want one just like it, please.

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  69. WOW!! How gorgeous is this place?? This beach girl would love to visit there…the bedroom is gorgeous and cozy looking and LOVE the mirror in the bathroom (i've been wanting a mirror like that!)
    p.s. thx for stopping by today 🙂 your blog is beautiful

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  70. I would rather these mountains than the beach The house is beautiful! Our SATC2 night was loads of fun. I want to see it again just for the outfits!

    Twila
    blog.twilasvintageclothing.com
    http://www.twilasvintageclothing.com

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  71. CDS wrote:

    wow…i want to go there and read for hours…then eat. 🙂 gorgeous space!

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  72. Mary Ann wrote:

    rustic and sophisticated indeed! to complete my dream, maybe a creek nearby will do! great post. verbena cottage

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  73. Rachel wrote:

    Oh wow!! I'm with you!!
    Better idea – wouldn't it be great to have TWO vacation houses?? Beach AND mountains. How fabulous would that be??

    By the way – if you get a chance I would love to get your opinion on rug design choices. I'm asking for opinions over at my blog. 🙂

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  74. So YOU!!! No reason why you wouldn't have 2 or 3 vacation spots, soon. You are kicking ass, my dear!

    Always waving the flag for you!

    Now I am going back to look at all those gorgeous images. What a place! I am so glad you shared it with us.

    ox, Mon

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  75. Would love to spend a weekend there!

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  76. You are going to have SO many guests!!
    xx's

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  77. Amy Bird wrote:

    Love love LOVE this house! It is the perfect mix between manly and girly.

    -Amy Bird Tweets
    xoxo

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  78. Terri wrote:

    I'd love to spend my summer here! It's wonderful!

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  79. Struggler wrote:

    Agreed – that really is the most tempting little cabin I've ever seen!

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  80. wow that is so pretty!!

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  81. pve design wrote:

    Hiking boots with a hippie dress.
    Love that spot, pve

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  82. yum yum i agree..

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  83. What a place! Yes, I'd go here any day. I am definitely a 'mountain goat'!
    I lived two years up in the remote mountains in Norway and LOVED it!!
    Thanks for sharing this – am no going back to drool over the pictures again.

    xx C

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  84. Oh, I agree!! I love mountain retreats and for whatever reason always pick them over the beach…I could totally spend my summer there…nice and cool and relaxing! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  85. This is absolutely beautiful!

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