Designer Laura Holzer talks about her southern locale inspirations

Some of the most beautiful places I have visited are in my own backyard. Getting out to the natural beauty that surrounds us has always inspired me in all aspects of my life. Most of these adventures include my husband John and our 7-pound Yorkie, Max (though Max is more of a princess and he is not all about it, especially when it involves camping).

Foster Falls (Sequatchie, TN)
Located within the South Cumberland State Park, Foster Falls is a rock climber’s heaven. I’m not a climber but enjoy the hiking and natural beauty there is to take in.


Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN)
Cades Cove is an isolated valley and was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the National Park. There are Cabin rentals and camping, and pioneer structures are found throughout the cove. Plenty of hiking and horseback riding trails and wildlife is abundant, though the day we visited, a storm had just blown through and the wildlife was nowhere to be seen.


Rock City (Lookout Mountain, TN)
This may be a tourist hotspot, but at the right time it is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots to enjoy the outdoors at its best. I visit at least 2 to 3 times a year. This year we went for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and had a great time. I do usually avoid the creepy Gnome caves though. Not my thin–g but kids tend to love it. And I am always proud when I successfully cross the swinging bridge with minimal panic.


Dumas Walker (Jasper, TN)
Dumas Walker is a friend’s property in Jasper, TN that sits on the Tennessee River. Twice a year he organizes a campout with anywhere from 20 to 50 people, depending on the weather. Many of the campers come from Nashville with their instruments in tow. Guitars, banjos, standup base, mandolins, fiddles– you name it, we’ll have it. There is a giant camp fire, good food and fabulous music. And not to mention the pack of 15 to 20 dogs that roam the property. Not Max though, he is in my lap protecting me from anyone and everything there that may approach.


Are you inspired by the Great Outdoors?