Cozy Mountain-Inspired Abode

Mountain Side

Mountain Side Cottage Kitchen

These homeowners tastefully showcase their love of hunting in their comfortably crafted cottage.

When Mark and Nancy Peeples built their cozy cottage nearly 12 years ago, they designed it with the mountain side in mind. “My husband loves the West, the mountains, and hunting,” Nancy says. “So we were trying to have some sort of comfortable, elegant version of that.”

Their charming cottage exterior is sided with hand-split cedar shakes and is unlike any of the homes in their neighborhood. “We’ve got a real mountain retreat in the middle of [Alabama],” she laughs.

Mountain Side Cottage Kitchen

The couple’s enchanting abode exudes an upscale elegance while still maintaining personal touches. With the help of interior designer Mary Finch, Nancy outfitted her cottage with one-of-a-kind salvaged finds and antiques from around the world. The great room stands tall beneath the home’s A-frame, and reclaimed beams help draw the eye upward. The limestone fireplace with detailed crest work and an antique tapestry anchor the large room with a European flair. Across from the fireplace a collection of European mounts reflect Mark’s love for game hunting in a way that feels polished and refined.