Honorary Designer - Kerry M. Howard
South Carolina native, Kerry was called to Atlanta, Georgia after college where he founded his own full service interior design firm, KMH Interiors. He has been published in over 12 national and international publications throughout his career and has participated in over five show homes in the Southeast. Kerry found his way back home to South Carolina and onto the Tribus Interior Design team as our Principal. His skill is insurmountable and his attention to the needs and desires of the client always his first priority.
The Cashiers Historical Society is thrilled to welcome Kerry as the 2020 Cashiers Designer Showhouse Honorary Guest designer! Kerry designed the Master Bedroom with his team at Tribus Interior Design. Visit the new Tribus and Dillard Jones Showroom and Office in Cashiers at 549 NC-107, Cashiers, North Carolina
SUSAN P. VERNON
KERRY M. HOWARD
Vice President & Director of Design
When Susan is not spending time with her family or at the lake, you can find her in our office, diligently supporting client relationships. An interior designer raised in a home-building family, Susan understands the valuable connection between architecture, space planning, and interior design. As the Vice President and Design Director at Tribus Interior Design, she uses her vast experience and knowledge to continually surpass our clients' expectations. Susan is also the Vice President of Dillard-Jones Builders and serves on the Southern Living Custom Builder Program's board.
A South Carolina native, Kerry was called to Atlanta, Georgia after college where he founded his own full service interior design firm, KMH Interiors. He has been published in over 12 national and international publications throughout his career and has participated in over five show homes in the Southeast. Kerry found his way back home to South Carolina and onto the Tribus Interior Design team as our Principal. His skill is unsurmountable and his attention to the needs and desires of the client always his first priority.
Baylie is a graduate of the School of Interior Design at Anderson University. Her attention to detail is reflected from the first meeting until the last detail is in place. She is an integral part to the Tribus team and her energy is contagious. When Baylie is not working hard on our client’s designs she enjoys teaching dance and designing dance costumes.
June Chamberlain is a native of Valdosta, Georgia, and earned her BFA in interior design from the University of Georgia. She started her career interning for the office of Frank McCall in Moultrie, Georgia, and started Chamberlain Interiors in Atlanta in 1996. Her classic approach to design can be seen in commercial and residential projects all over the southeast, including Cashiers and Highlands. Chamberlain is a proud member of ASID, where she has won numerous Design Excellence awards. Her work has also been featured in many publications including Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine.
Lisa Wester Interiors
An Oneonta native, Lisa Wester embraces timeless Southern design to create spaces with a sense of history, passion, story and substance. Lisa’s signature is a haven which represents the owner. After working many years indesign, Lisa created Lisa Wester Interiors in 2016. She specializes in new construction and renovation projects as well as interior and exterior concepts. A home that evokes thought and feeling through carefully curated design is a hallmark of her work. She works with clients to blend their family heirlooms with updated fabrics and finishes to make each project truly one of a kind.
Elly Poston Interiors
Elly Poston Interiors is a full-service interior design firm based inRichmond, Virginia with current projects on both coasts. Since opening her firm in 2014, Elly Poston Cooper has been recognized for her fresh take on design, pairing her innately Southern aesthetic with a modern sensibility to create homes that are both beautiful and functional. She credits her eye for designing well-layered and edited interiors to Meg Braff and Ashley Whittaker, with whom she trained prior to her time working as the Decorating Editor at Southern Living. Inspired by her Charleston roots and world travels, Elly’s projects are thoughtful, livable reflections of the clients who call the spaces home.
Ann Sherrill and her husband Rody opened Rusticksin Cashiers 27 years ago. Theshop has evolved through the years, changing with the times, though keeping acasual, eclectic mountain look. There is a wide selection of upholstered furniture,interesting case goods, handcrafted furniture, rugs, and beautiful accessories atRusticks. Ann’s design style is upscale, casual and welcoming.
Cathy Rhodes Interiors
SECOND MASTER BATH
After graduating from Vanderbilt and spending nine years in corporate banking,Cathy decided to turn her weekend design hobby into a business. Cathy launched her design business in Atlanta in 2000 and has been helping clients create comfortably elegant homes ever since.Cathy is adept at combining traditional design elements with a touch of glamour to create timeless and inviting spaces that flow easily from one room to the next. Her goal with every project is to create a home that her clients look forward to coming home to and entertaining in. Cathy’s work on primary and second homes can be found in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Arkansas.
Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Acorns Boutique Director of Retail, Holly Laughridge has received much of her design experience helping Old Edwards Inn & Spa owner Angela Williams design and decorate many parts of the Inn, Half Mile Farm, 200 Main, and the OldEdwards Club Renovation.Holly has a passion for mixing new and old design elements, creating timeless spaces. As the buyer for Acorns in Highlands, she selects pieces that can “make a room”, as well as more subtle elements to fill empty space in a nearly finished room. Her focus is always finding the perfect balance between quality, design, function, and price
Francie Hargrove Interior Design
A profound sense of style has always been innate in Interior Designer Francie Hargrove who, even as a young child, saw her love affair with interiors take root. Upon graduating from Brenau Women’s College with a Fine Arts degree inInterior Design. Francie began her design career in Atlanta apprenticing with Bettye Fincher Interiors of Atlanta, GA and Naples, FL. Several years later she launched her own design firm, Francie Hargrove Interior Design in Perry, GA. That same year, Francie was selected by Brunschwig & Filsas their Residential Designer of the Year for the Southeastern United States. With a blossoming career underway, Francie joined forces with her husband, Shannon, and founded a design and build firm. Their projects together can be found throughout the South including many in the Cashiers-Highlands area of Western NC, as well as the Georgia coast and Florida panhandle. For over twenty-five years Francie’s love for creating beautiful spaces has enabled her to expand her business and provide a true lifestyle experience for all her customers.
Lynn Monday Home
Lynn Monday is a Cashiers based Interior Designer, Author and Proprietor of “Lynn Monday Home” &“Monday’s House of Design”. Lynn Monday has been an Interior Designer for over 30 years. Raised in the Washington DC area, her inspiration and talent are derived from many different cultures. You can see the reflection of this in her work. “My rules of design are simple and sophisticated. I bring many years of experience to the table and vast resources from all over the country. Our company will guide you every step of the way, making your home a collection of your interior desires and personal style. The key to a home’s success is a team that communicates and understands the function of each room and how you will live in them. Let us make your home beautiful!” Lynn and her team welcome you to explore her store based in Cashiers, North Carolina. As a recipient of the best in the American living, her sense of style is evident. Working in commercial spaces and homes–she brings her clients only the best.
Tori Alexander graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a degree in Furnishings and Interiors. After working in a commercial architecture firm in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, a career opportunity for her husband carried their family to Northern California where Alexander Interiors was formed in 2013. The family returned to Nashville in 2015 with Alexander Interiors continuing to service clients on the West Coast as well as the Southeast. Alexander Interiors provides clients with high-end custom interiors offering full design service, interior architecture and renovation, consulting and E-Design. The firm currently manages 20 projects in 10 different states. Tori describes her design aesthetic as "timeless and approachable". Outside of the office, Tori and her husband Dave are kept busy with their three young daughters. Mamie, Eliza andBirdie
SECOND FLOOR LANDING
DWH Interiors opening offices in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) is the latest milestone for founder Douglas Hilton’s 30 plus year career in the Atlanta Design Community. DWH Interiors is a boutique firm founded on personal service and attention to detail. Douglas brings his experience in running a wholesale showroom, logistics, and Interior Design to each of his projects whether the project is a high-rise condo, a primary residence, or a vacation home outside the country. Douglas is known for his use of art and color. He loves to use large over scaled pieces in rooms to add a focal point and interest to a room. Creating gallery walls is also one of his signature looks intricately mixing varied sizes and styles of art together to form a display which creates conversation and visual pleasure. While art is definitely part of his style he works with each client to help them create their personal signature look–whether that look is English Regency, Transitional, Contemporary, or Eclectic. In the end, it is the client’s vision for their home not Douglas’s which is important and DWH Interior’s job to make the client’s vision a reality.He has been quoted in the Atlanta Journal and the Northside Neighbor, given talks at theADAC and spoke at the 2018 Cashiers Showhouse. His work has been published in Atlanta Homes &Lifestyles, Modern Luxury, Elegant Homes, The Atlanta Journal and The New York Times Magazine
Stuart Pliner Design
Atlanta, GA & Cashiers, NC
MAIN FLOOR POWDER ROOM
Stuart Pliner, the principle of Atlanta-based Stuart Pliner Design is a leading force in the interior design community. He is skilled at created a visual harmony of old blended with new, mixing eras, styles, cultures, colors, and textures-all resulting in timeless, inviting, and comfortable spaces. He is also known for his refined sense of scale and proportion, understanding the architecture of space and how to use it in the most purposeful and stylish way for everyday living. Pliner works in collaboration with each of his clients to bring their unique vision, lifestyle, and sense of style to every project. With deep industry roots, Pliner transitioned into the field of design quite organically working for more than 20 years as a publishing executive representing leading home of lifestyle publications such as Elle Décor, Domino, House &Garden and Gourmet. Pliner is the recipient of multiple prestigious ASID Design for Excellence Awards and his extensive and diverse collection of residential and commercial interiors have been featured in top design publications as TraditionalHome AD, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Home, and Interiors Atlanta. He maintains a memberships in ASID, AIA, and DSA, as well as licenses with the Atlanta Board and National Board of REALTORS.
Zeb Grant Design
Madison, GA & Atlanta, GA
Zeb Grant attributes his fine eye for classic and modern design to his proper Southern upbringing and the South’s storied architecture and rich cuisine. Born in Northeast Georgia, Grant is founder of Zeb Grant Design, an interior design and floral company based in Madison, Georgia, that also includes a retail component showcasing décor accessories, planted compositions, fresh flowers, and art. Known for his keen ability to bridge the natural world and interior design, this Georgia native does not need to look far for inspiration. His appreciation of nature and its bounty is a profound influence in his residential designs and floral artistry. Zeb is dedicated to creating stunning interiors that at once blend beauty, comfort and art with furnishings, accessories and live plant life. He exhibits a natural flair in all of his creations and is known for interiors that elegantly layer a mix of rare finds, antiques, found objects, modern luxuries and keepsakes that intertwine to tell a client’s bespoke story. His education in Art History and Design combined with a firsthand cultivation of art appreciation throughout the world define his ideals for the preservation of tradition. Always on the lookout for the latest trends, Zeb balances the old with the new to bring his chic interpretation of a new traditional style. Zeb has amassed high profile clients across the United States from California to Georgia, including Atlanta, Alys Beach, Lake Burton, Lake Oconee, Historic Madison, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Napa Valley. He splits his time between his historic cottage in Madison and his condo in Peachtree Hills and looks forward to opening his new, larger retail space in downtown Madison that will include home furnishings, lighting, linens and more accessories later this year!
Highlands, NC and Atlanta, GA
Professionally trained in ballet, but self-taught in interior design, Doug’s path continues. The current stop? Highlands-Cashiers, where Doug and his husband recently purchased a home, with an intention of eventually relocating permanently from Atlanta.“We all evolve,” says Doug. “And so must design.” Along each step of Doug’s journey, his design choices have evolved. As the world has seemingly gravitated towards “comfortable,” Doug’s natural, classical-yet-comfortable aesthetic has likewise evolved–especially now, with his entry into theHighlands-Cashiers market, where the entire lifestyle is all about comfortable chic! Quality and sophistication–distinctive colors and textures, an expert eye on scale, and exceptional craftsmanship–are the hallmarks of his style. As an interior designer for more than two decades, Doug has completed a wide range of projects, from individual rooms to whole homes (first, second or more) and even office spaces. Doug has been featured locally and nationally in a variety of publications, and has participated in several designer showhouses, including inAtlanta, also sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. But perhaps what Doug is most proud of in his career is how many of his clients have become true and sincere friends. As a designer, Doug knows that happy people need happy homes. Doug recently partnered with client, entrepreneur and friend, Vanessa Delmer. Both share backgrounds in dance, design and with names that start with “D”, @the_letterD was formed, an Instagram collaboration showcasing each partner’s unique perspective of the world at large. In Atlanta, Doug invests significant energy into the local performing arts community–as President of the Atlanta Ballet Corps de Ballet Board; as host of both the Atlanta Opera Ball andAtlanta Ballet Ball; as host (with Vanessa Delmer) of the Atlanta Ballet Luncheon. And now, Doug is looking forward to becoming an active participant in the Highlands-Cashiers community as well!
MARGARET KIRKLAND & ZACH WEILER
Margaret Kirkland Interiors
Known for classic, timeless interiors,
Margaret Kirkland Interiors is a residential Interior Design firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to founding the firm, Kirkland worked in interior design in New York before returning to her native Atlanta to work for iconic designer Dan Carithers for nearly seven years. Kirkland has been recognized as a House Beautiful "Next Wave" designer, an Atlanta Decorative Arts Center "Rising Star" Designer, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle "15 Under 40" Interior Designer. Kirkland's interiors strike a chord with clients both near and abroad to bring a fresh, young approach to Classic interiors. Zach Weiler joined Margaret Kirkland Interiors in 2017 as a project manager after working for Ainsworth- Noah in Atlanta. Kirkland & Weiler believes in making design a fun process, and strive to create beautiful and personal spaces for clients to enjoy for many years to come.