Southern Living is a very important magazine here in the South. If I wanted someone from another part of the country to know a bit about us, I'd give them a subscription to this magazine. It's THE magazine that you or your mom or sister or best friend always has a subscription to. They have features on cooking, gardening, decorating, places to see in the South, house plans and more. Once a year, they feature an Idea House that they built and decorated. That's always my favorite issue, with the Christmas issue being a close second.
This year, I nearly fainted to find out that the idea house is in my town. Senoia. I am not surprised that it was chosen. Senoia is a wonderful little town and they are really doing some brilliant development while keeping the quaint old town look that makes the town special. Senoia is known for movies & TV shows filmed here - 24 in the last 20 years including Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, Sweet Home Alabama and Drop Dead Diva.
The Abercorn Place Southern Living Idea House is a 4 story brownstone townhouse right in Senoia. They call it urban living, but urban in Senoia is really a different pace than what you might usually associate with that word. Just picture urban living in Mayberry and you get the idea. Tours are available through December 12. Sometime in October the house will be redecorated for Christmas. I hope to go back then.
I did the tour a few days ago. I took lots of photos (which are allowed now that the magazine is out) and I plan to share in the next few posts.
I'm starting with the kitchen. Enjoy.
The only thing that guests seemed to have a problem with was the horse's head. Now, even though I'm clearly on the "wish it weren't there" side, I totally get why the decorator put it there. The house has equestrian things scattered around the house. The dark of the horse is good against all that expanse of cream and light. It provides a bit of whimsy and something unexpected. But if the house were mine, that horse would go. Animal heads (even ones that aren't real) make me sad.
salad tables I have been dreaming of. By the way, I have started some lettuces and spinach for indoor growing. I came up with some containers and a spot to put them. I'll post about that soon. I must say, my solution is nowhere near as pretty as this planter. To me, this planter is hugely important in this room. Look at the first kitchen photo and try to envision it without the planter and you'll see what I mean. Greenery adds so much to a room. I think I need a trip to the garden store.
Here are ALL the Posts in this series -
House and Town details plus the Kitchen
The Top Floor - entertainment room and craft room
The Master Suite
The Main Floor - mostly the living room & dining room
Laundry and Children's Bedrooms
Family Room and More
Want more while you wait? Check these links -
Southern Living 2010 Official Developer Site
2010 Georgia Idea House - Southern Living's site
The Historic Senoia Project
Senoia View of Good Life - AJC article on the Idea House
I have linked this post to the following parties:
Friday Finding Beauty at Dippity Road
Show and Share Day at Just a Girl
Saturday Soiree #11 at A Little Lovely
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House