For the home's architecture, I was inspired by the old post office near my grandfather's family farm in Leroy, Alabama. The Atlanta design firm Spitzmiller and Norris, Inc., helped me interpret the rural vernacular of that old pine- and cedar-clad structure and turn it into a home. (It's a Southern Living House Plan, so you can build it too!) This little cottage, in my hometown of Perry, Georgia, is a dream come true. For its inaugural Christmas season, a twist on the traditional was in order. Mixed in with the deep reds and classic greens of nandina and magnolia are festive jolts of citrusy orange, lime green, and—as my mama used to call it—"carl" (coral, to the rest of us).
Editor-at-Large James Farmer welcomes us to his new Perry, Georgia, cottage that's all decked out for Christmas.