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Perched perfectly amongst the North Carolina mountains, this natural retreat boasts a beautiful design — from the outside in.

Nestled within the spectacular foliage that draws people to the mountains of western North Carolina, you’ll find the Bowdens’ equally spectacular timber home — or then again, maybe you won’t.

Intentionally positioned on the property to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, the Bowden house is somewhat of a hidden gem — a characteristic both dictated by the homeowners wishes and the Balsam Mountain Preserve where the house is located.

“In this area, you’re really there to see, not to be seen,” explains M. Shawn Leatherwood, owner of The Architectural Studio, P.L.L.C., in Waynesville, North Carolina, and the architect on the project. “This idea really led to the way the house was designed to ramble around the property, and the look of the house was somewhat dictated by the architectural materials native to the region.”

PHOTOS BY ROGER WADE | STYLING BY DEBRA GRAHL