A modern yet beautifully inviting home in the mountains of North Carolina


Samsel Architects in collaboration with Alchemy Design Studio has designed this inviting modern home in the mountains, located in The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. For this project, the architects drew their inspiration from traditional prairie motifs and updated them for this modern dwelling.

Throughout the home, there is a strong theme of horizontal lines integrated with a natural, woodsy palette and a gallery-like feel on the interior. The residence showcases a mix of clean lines and the simplicity of modern design paired with the warmth and functionality of a cozy home.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Samsel Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Alchemy Design BUILDER Tyner Construction LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Snow Creek Landscape Architecture


Although in a lively neighborhood surrounding a golf course, the home has a discreet presence since it’s set back from the road, closer to walking trails and a pond. Using cedar shiplap siding and Tennessee fieldstone, the warm exterior palette blends harmoniously with its surroundings. The massing of the house is very horizontal with low-pitched roofs to further integrate it into the land.


The home is arranged in an L shape, with the garage and private spaces to the left and the public spaces to the right. The exterior facade is a mix of Tennessee fieldstone and cedar shiplap siding. With 4,800 square feet of living space, the lower level of this dwelling holds a mother-in-law suite.


What We Love: This inviting modern home features a natural, woodsy palette and walls that provide a backdrop for the owner’s beautiful art collection. Surrounded by a tranquil setting of forest and mountains, this home’s design is inspired by its landscape. We are loving the attention to detail, the indoor-outdoor connection, and the fabulous owner’s suite that provides an inviting respite after a long day.

Tell Us: Would this dwelling be your idea of the perfect mountain home? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other inspiring North Carolina mountain home tours that have been featured here on One Kindesign: Modern-rustic home set amidst the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains and A marvelous North Carolina mountain home with a touch of Japanese zen.


The interior palette uses a monochromatic scheme accented by muted gray wood tones and minimalist trim and casing details. This light interior aesthetic gives a simple backdrop for the owner’s art collection. The painting in this foyer is by an artist named Michael Barringer. The light is made by Stonegate Lighting and it’s called Classique Slender Rectangle Pendant.


At the heart of this home is the great room. The expansive use of windows around the room provides generous views, a strong connection to the outdoors. The custom concrete dining table sits in line with a uniquely located fireplace. At the other end of the room is a welcoming sitting area that could be used for reading or watching a movie.



White materials are used throughout the kitchen space to create a sense of separation and contrast. The asymmetrical waterfall countertop serves as the focal point for the kitchen. The island wood material is a white oak veneer. The stools have a leather gray seat and are made by a company called Lapama. The product name is KAI Adjustable Stool. The range hood is a 36″ Razor Wall range hood by Futuro Futuro. The white oak floors have a custom color finish,  Monocoat Fumed.


The primary suite can be shut off from the rest of the home and provides the owner a private sanctuary to relax in. On the floor, the carpet brand is Interface from the Whole Earth series, WE153 Pewter. Behind the bed, the feature wall was custom-made from plain sawn white oak. The stain is Smoke 5% by Rubio Monocoat. The bedroom furniture is custom made by a local cabinet maker, Narwhal Design | Build using fumed rift white oak with a very very light stain of Sky Grey from Rubio Monocoat. The draw pulls are by Siro Designs from the Quadra line. The ceiling lights are made by Juno and are 4″ cans.


Above: The lights over the nightstands are called “Puncheon Pendant” from Resolute Lighting. 


Above: The bathroom cabinets were provided by Revolution Design Works of Asheville. They have a dark wash made by Rubio Monocoat.


The screened porch sits at the end of the home and nestles into the land. The porch boasts an outdoor fireplace and a television that can be concealed when not in use.


The back terrace runs parallel with the great room. The terrace has ample space for relaxing and also includes an outdoor kitchen. The pavers are Pennsylvania Bluestone and you can contact your local stone or tile supplier to find it.


Above: The windows were custom made for the house from the Weathershield Premium Casement series.





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