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.

Did you know that your visit to the Southern Living Idea House will benefit musician Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground?

Watch the video below to hear from Zac himself, as he takes you on a  tour of the property and shares his vision “to operate a camp to allow children to overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties so they may reach their full potential by providing them with the opportunity and tools necessary to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives.”   Then, come tour the Southern Living Idea House starting on June 2nd and a portion of your entry fee will support Zac’s mission.

The 2010 Southern Living Idea House may have been closed for almost a year, but interest in Senoia has certainly not waned.  We’ve got GOOD REASON to jump, shout, clap our hands, sing and reincarnate this blog – yes, a good ‘ole, Southern (Living) revival is about to happen.  Stay tuned for the big announcement!

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.

3 Days Until the Grand Opening

Nearly 500 people attended a party last night, hosted by Southern Living, to celebrate the completion of the 2010 Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, Georgia.  The team celebrated, the guests oohed and aahed, and a good time was had by all!   It took a lot of hard work to complete design, construction and decorating in less than 9 months, but the final results make it look like it was a piece of cake!

brownstone cake

Tomorrow:  More Photos of the Party and a Sneak Peek into Abercorn Place!