Crème De La Crème

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In our Cajun heritage, the kitchen is the heart of the family,” says Donna Lemoine, who shares a warm, elegant retreat in Balsam Mountain Preserve (Sylva) with her husband Rowdy. Brenda Tudor, president of Morgan-Keefe Builders, the company that constructed the home, notes the property’s French designation: Maison de Montagne (“Mountain Home”). And interior designer Shawn Leatherwood, owner of The Architectural Studio, enumerates the Gallic influences throughout the rooms, including multiple crystal chandeliers, vivid bedding and upholstery instead of the typical palette of Blue Ridge neutrals, and a wine cellar stocked with French vintages.

Written by Melanie McGee Bianchi

Photography by J. Weiland Photography