Introducing our six designers for the
24th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse!
DWH Interiors opening offices in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) is the latest milestone of 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. Hilton brings his experience in logistics, interior design, and running a wholesale showroom to each of his projects— whether a high-rise condo, primary residence, or a vacation home. Hilton is known for his use of art and color. He loves to use large, overscaled pieces to add a focal point and interest. Creating gallery walls is also one of his signature looks, intricately mixing varied sizes and styles of art together to form a display that creates conversation and visual pleasure. He works with each client to help them create their personal signature look. He has been quoted in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Northside Neighbor, given talks at ADAC, and spoke at the 2018 Cashiers Designer Showhouse. His work has been published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Modern Luxury, Elegant Homes, The Atlanta Journal, and New York Times Magazine.
Old Edwards Inn & Acorns Boutique
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 Old Edwards 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.
Parker Platt &
Katie P. Jackson
PLATT is a full-service architecture, construction, and interior design firm based in Brevard, North Carolina, serving clients throughout the southern Appalachian Highlands and beyond. Established in 1982, the company is led by Parker Platt, owner and principal architect, and supported by a team of 40 professionals including Katie P. Jackson, interior design director, who leads interior design efforts for the firm. With a combined 50 years of experience in the industry, Parker and Katie bring unique design sensibilities to every project, drawing inspiration from their love of art, travel, food, home, and community. Their 2021 glamping tent is furnished by PLATT HOME, an affiliated boutique showroom in downtown Brevard that features a curated collection of furniture, lighting, rugs, pillows, antiques, accessories, and more.
Melanie Couch &
Melanie Couch and Nancy Dyleski developed a lasting friendship while finding shared interests when attending The University of Georgia. Couch perfected her knowledge of textiles and design while Dyleski found her passion in Studio Art. Each pursued the field of design during their post graduate years—Couch with House Dressing Interior Design of Gainesville, Georgia, and Dyleski with Cullen & Company Interior Design of Athens, Georgia. The two were reunited years later when their families moved to the mountains of Highlands, North Carolina. Both Couch and Dyleski realized the need for an “understated-elegance” interior design group in the area and conceived Spruce Interiors. They share a love for blue and white, updated traditional spaces, and the majestic landscape and climate of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.
Cashiers, NC and Greenville, SC
When Susan is not spending time with her family or at the lake, you can find her in the 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 principal at Tribus Interior Design, she uses her vast experience and knowledge to continually surpass their clients’ expectations. Susan is also the vice president of Dillard-Jones Builders and serves on the Southern Living Custom Builder Program’s board.
Highlands, NC and Nashville, TN
Alexander Interiors provides clients with high-end custom interiors offering full design service, interior architecture and renovation, consulting, and E-Design. With a main office based in Nashville, Tennessee, principal designer and owner Tori Alexander divides her time between Nashville and Highlands, North Carolina. Tori describes her design aesthetic as “timeless and approachable.” This is Alexander Interiors’ second year of participating in the Cashiers Designer Showhouse. Alexander Interiors has been featured in various publications and media, such as Southern Living, The Today Show, Country Living, HGTV Magazine, The Scout Guide, Style Blueprint, Ballard Designs podcast, and The Business of Design podcast. Tori graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a degree in furnishings and interiors. Outside of the office, Tori and her husband, Dave, are kept busy with their three young daughters Mamie, Eliza, and Birdie.