Idea House Basics


It took nearly a year for Southern Living magazine and the Idea House Team to transform a tired 1830s farmhouse into Southern Living’s 2012 Idea House, but the entire process was captured on video.  This 30 second spot shows makes it look easy:

Fox 5 Atlanta’s Doug Evans reports:

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FOUR Days Until the Grand Opening!

The 2012 Southern Living Idea House is dressed and waiting for her date (with you, the visitors!).  In the meantime, her proud “parents” have sent a photo and video crew to get some pictures while she’s all gussied up.

Everyone loves a good before and after, so without further ado:

2012 Southern Living Idea House
Senoia, Georgia
“Before” and “After”

She’ll be ready to receive you on SATURDAY, June 2nd.  Don’t keep her waiting!

Information and Tickets

Marvin Windows & Doors,  a sponsor of the 2012 Southern Living Idea House, is capturing the restoration of the 19th-century farmhouse on video.   Here’s the first episode in the series, which follows the Idea House architects, builder and interior designers  as they transform the old structure into a 21st century showhouse.

The team at Historical Concepts met with the interior designers from Tracery Interiors this week to walk through the house and establish a game plan for the install, which begins in May.  One point of discussion was the floors.  While the existing wood floors are being salvaged and refinished, the team needed to select a complementary hardwood for the “new” areas of the home.  Together, we landed on Brushed Suede in Sugarcane from Shaw Floors.  They seem to be the perfect marriage between the old and the new.

Photos by Tria Giovan for Southern Living

Looking at the floorplan for Abercorn Place, you won’t find a Reading Room.  However, we’ve found several spaces that invite you to curl up with a good book!

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