Idea House Interiors


Southern Living has posted a video sneak peek of the 2012 Idea House in Senoia, Georgia. Click the image above to go to Southern Living’s website and watch the video.

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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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Taylor and Justin are but two of the many VIPs spotted during an Open House hosted by the Southern Living Idea House architects earlier this week!

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Now that Abercorn Place is open for public tours, Historical Concepts‘ Colleen O’Keeffe, shares some of her favorite, space-saving features in the Idea House:

Built-In Drawers Under Stairs

As you enter the lower level from the garage, be sure to check out the built-in drawers that make use of the unoccupied space underneath the stair.  What a great place for out of season items.


Built-In File Cabinets Under Window Seat

From the stair hall you can take a look at the home office, conveniently located on one wall of the family flex space at the lower level.  This room would be a good place for kids to do homework or for the whole family to sit down and enjoy a movie.  The built-ins drawers in this room were designed to accommodate files, printers, and other office equipment, while concealing them when not in use.  They also double as a cushioned window seat where you can curl up and read a book.


Paneled Painting Conceals TV

Next, travel upstairs to the sitting room off of the kitchen.  The flat screen TV has been cleverly concealed behind a painting above the mantle.  The painting was cut into four pieces and folds open on special hinges.


Senoia Idea House Built-In Laundry Baskets

Finally, check out the built-in laundry cabinets in the master bathroom adjacent to the shower.  They pull straight out, and the canvas bags are removable so that you can easily carry them to the second floor laundry room.

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