Last weekend I made my second exploratory trip to the North Carolina mountains. It was to be a research trip designed for me to get to know the area a little better. I had planned to stay at an awesome rental property and was taking my friend Jennifer along for the ride. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to make it and I found myself going it alone. It's amazing how being alone in this kind of environment can bring such clarity.
The weather was horrible (and has been horrible ever since) but that didn't put a damper on the trip. It's hard to complain about a cloudy day when you're sipping your coffee from a deck with this kind of view.
Let's start with the accommodations. I was determined to rental a place so I could get a good feel for what it would be like to own one myself. I couldn't have picked a better place. (Link HERE for info)
After winding up a mountain a bit, I found the gravel road that led to the home and boy was it worth the journey.
So cozy! I was even inspired to cook while I was there. During a quick trip to the local Ingles grocery store for a few goodies, I even found my magazine on the shelf! I love this place.
And how can you NOT love a place where you wake up, sit up in bed and see this...
I was totally inspired while I was there. I even started thinking about how I'd outfit my own mountain cabin.
The next day, the crappy weather continued and I made a visit to the realtor and of course did a little shopping.
I'm always amazed by the deals you can score in the most unlikely of places. I stopped by a place called Picker's Paradise and stumbled upon a bed full of these amazing wool rugs. They were 6 X 9 and marked $69.99. After contemplating for a few minutes I decided that I couldn't leave without just one.
Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the cashier and she informed me they were 40% off! Say what?
After a few additional stops that afternoon, I ended up with this rug and a few other lovelies...
My realtor mentioned that there was a sale going on at the local Catholic Church, so before heading home on Sunday I HAD to stop by to check it out.
If only I had a Uhaul. This vintage floral sofa would've been mine.
You konw I can never resist a brass animal. I figured they'll always be a nursery project to decorate and at 50% off of $3.00, this was a no brainer.
By Sunday, the skies had cleared and I got to take in this amazing view before heading back home.
How awesome is that??