Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Southern Living Idea House - Main Floor

This is the fourth post in a series about my tour of the Abercorn Place 2010 Southern Living Idea House in my hometown, Senoia, Georgia.

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

I took tons of photos and have plenty more to share.  Today I am posting about the main floor. This will mostly include the living room, dining room, and hallway.  The kitchen, scullery, and keeping room photos were in my first postClick here to see the floor plan.

When you first walk in the door, the foyer is actually a hallway and stairway.  A turn to the right takes you into the living room.

The picture hanging in front of the bookcase got a lot of comments.  We were told that most people had strong reactions one way or the other.  I have seen this done before.  It's interesting, but I wouldn't do it in my house.  It takes away from the purpose & usefulness of the bookcase.

 My favorite part of this room was the bookcase/window seat wall.   This shows a closeup of one of the small end bookcases.  By the way, the drape and window seat fabric was really pretty!

The paintings in the house were wonderful.  I'm not fond of the gold frames.  I think I would have preferred to see them framed in dark wood.  The paintings are terrific and you should notice them before the frames.  To be fair to the decorator, the gold frames add just a bit of glitz and glamor.  If they were framed in dark wood, the room would seem less special.  I'm being overly picky here and thinking totally about personal preferences.  I would love all of it at a friends house.

I took a closeup trying to show the painted detail on the mantel - it's a tree. It was nice.  The photo doesn't do it justice.  It looked nice from across the room as well, adding another element of interest.

I didn't get a good picture of the whole dining room.  I was too eager to get to the kitchen.  This shot captures a few details.  The pocket doors were wonderful.  Luckily, this visitor was trying them out.  The chandelier was about the only light fixture in the entire house that I wasn't crazy about.  I love the paintings.

This table arrangement was really pretty and drew lots of compliments. The pottery was lovely - so much nicer than it looks in this hastily taken photo.

Everyone seemed to love these Ethan Allen slipcovered chairs.  I have loved them for years.  A couple of years ago, I found one of the slipcovers (in a different fabric) on clearance - one of the ties was missing.  I don't have one of these chairs, but I figured I could make it work on one of the chairs I have around here.  I now have it on a chair on my screened porch - I didn't even have to alter it.  I have a love affair with slipcovers, but usually I have to make them myself.

There were many more wonderful details throughout this floor.  The transom windows above some of the doorways were fabulous.  The ceilings were glossy.  When the lights were on, the effect was stunning.

The main floor also has a wonderful side porch.  I'll post about that and the courtyard in my next post.  Let me just say, they are fabulous!

I have several more posts about the Idea House.  If you are enjoying them, you really should become a follower to my blog so you won't miss them!  Plus, I plan to go back again when it's decorated for Christmas.  One of the guides told us a little about what's planned and it sounds wonderful. 

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:
Anything Related # 17 at All Thingz Related 
All Things Domestic at Crazy Domestic


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