Highlands Hideaway

Text by Karen Callaway / Photography by John O’Hagan

An Alabama designer infuses her mountain retreat with a refined yet rustic style.

Her childhood summers spent exploring the woods and waterfalls around Highlands, North Carolina, gave Prissy Wilson an abiding love for this majestic area. As an adult, she had returned to vacation there when a 1960s fixer-upper caught her eye. She could see the potential in the small house with the huge porch, and she couldn’t resist it.