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Originally published: 2012-06-15 09:46:39
Last modified: 2012-06-15 09:49:40

‘Tour of Homes’ to visit Anne Smart’s cottage

The 54th annual Tour of Homes sponsored by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Parish in Blowing Rock will be held  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27, beginning at the church at Main and Chestnut streets.  

Transportation is provided, with the last car leaving at 3 p.m.; the houses are open until 5 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce on Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock, at St. Mary’s prior to the tour, and at the church on tour day. 

Other activities offered at the church include box lunches served by the choir, a silent auction and a bazaar. Parking will be available in several areas close to the church. 

The annual Patron’s Party, which traditionally precedes the tour, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 12 at Golden Hill, the home of tour chairmen Bo Henderson and Ed Springs in Blowing Rock.

Tickets are $150 per person and are available at the church or by mail, with enclosed check made out to St. Mary of the Hills — Patron’s Party, at P.O. Box 1882, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 

For more information, contact Patty Wheeler at (

The following is a description of one of the homes featured on the tour.

The cottage

Nestled behind a split rail fence on Yonahlossee Road is where you will find a charming Cotswold-style poplar bark and stone cottage, the private home of Anne Keeley Smart.  

The convenient walk-to-town location adds to its many advantages and was just one of the reasons Smart moved into town four years ago, leaving her previous Blackberry Road acreage.

Once inside the front door, you are greeted with the warm soft glow of light butter-colored walls that provide a soothing backdrop for a collection of art and furnishings spanning generations. 

To the left is a large formal dining room bathed in light by a hunt inspired brass chandelier. To the right is Smart’s study, which is obviously the “Command Post,” and also provides the perfect space for both TV and quiet repose.

The view down the entry hall culminates in the large and open great room. With its cathedral ceiling and two story-high stone fireplace, this space serves as the very center and heart of the home. Furnishings are arranged around and face the fireplace providing an intimate conversation area.

Dividing the Great Room from the kitchen is a beautiful custom sofa upholstered in luxurious dark green velvet, punctuated with custom pillows, brass nail head trim and finished with coordinating bullion fringe.  

It was designed by local interior designer, Chip Caviness of Environments, who has assisted Smart with other aspects of the home’s interior. Beyond the custom sofa and granite-topped kitchen island lies the bay windowed breakfast area. This space is furnished with a Queen Anne-style dining table surrounded by four skirted armchairs whose plaid fabric coordinates with the great room sofa making it the preferred dining spot.

The master suite has just one of the three poster beds in the home and features a soft yellow and taupe floral toile duvet with coordinating bed dressings. This is accented by woven fabrics and glove leather found on the settee and matching arm chair which belonged to Smart’s mother. Needlepoint pillows and a wonderful painting, also family pieces, give the space depth and finish. The room, like the rest of the house, has plantation shutters at the windows, providing lots of light during the day and privacy at night.

Upstairs, three light, airy and delightful guest rooms, accommodate visiting friends and family members. 

One of the guest rooms is rather spacious and is furnished with a king size bed and sitting area en suite creating a wonderful space suitable for a mother-in-law or au pair.

Outside of the home, published landscape designer, Tim Comer also of Environments, is busy preparing the grounds with seasonal color and evergreen plantings complimenting the exterior of this Blowing Rock Cottage. 

This home is as warm, inviting and “sunny” as its owner, and is sure to be enjoyed by all.
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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