Reminiscent of elegant row houses found in Savannah and Charleston, our Senoia, Georgia, Idea House takes a refreshingly new approach to traditional style. Step inside to see our favorite ideas.
Welcome to the 2010 Georgia Idea House. Click through these slides to find the best design ideas and style tips to inspire
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The heart-pine floorboards throughout, supplied by Willis Everett of Vintage Lumber (vintagelumbersales.com), were salvaged from dismantled structures.
To give the living room a focal point, we created a faux fireplace with an antique mantel that was stripped and repainted
in an aged, distressed finish. The fireplace was set on a rectangular piece of slate as the hearth. A gray mirror with a slate
surround inside the opening gives the fireplace a sense of depth.
Artwork in Living and Dining Rooms: Georgia landscapes by Millie Gosch (milliegosch.com), David Boyd, Jr. (web.mac.com/rdboyd2/), and Bill Turner (billturner.net)
Designed to resemble an early-1900s library, the living room contains a wall of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Two large double-hung windows punctuate these built-ins, along with cozy window seats below.
Residence Damask in Slate Blue by Thibaut (thibautdesigns.com) unifies the two rooms that act as one. A uniform khaki wall color in both rooms also makes the space look larger.
On the left side of the room, reclaimed heart-pine pocket doors can be closed to give privacy from the kitchen.
Eloise Pickard of Sandy Springs Galleries (770/324-2557) created this and other vintage-looking fixtures from bits and pieces of turn-of-the-century gas and electric fittings.
On all of the ceilings in this house, Sherwin-Williams Window Pane in Hi-Gloss has a wonderful finish that reflects light back into the rooms.
To balance out the traditional feel of Abercorn Place, the kitchen's counters, appliances, and cabinets are all by IKEA (ikea.com).
A quartz material called Caesarstone (caesarstoneus.com; available through IKEA) protects not only the top of the kitchen island but also the sides from daily bumps and dings.
Paint: Toasted Pine Nut by Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com
Builder John Bynum surrounded the IKEA stainless-steel vent hood with wood planks, trim, and support brackets to give it a built-in cabinet look.
Adjacent to the kitchen, a pantry houses the refrigerator and handles much of the work and mess of food prep.
Typically found in exterior walls, transoms offer natural light when used inside.
Traditionally, a keeping room is a smaller sitting area typically located near the kitchen; Historical Concepts designed this
one true to form.
When not in use, the TV is tucked away in a recess above the mantel. It is concealed behind framed artwork by Artissance (artthatfits.com) that’s been divided and hinged like bifold doors.
Bird-print curtains add a pleasing layer of pattern to this inviting spot.
A corkboard calendar above the built-in desk helps keep track of appointments and parties.
Local artist Dee Keller painted a durable faux runner on the basement stairs.
Drawers under the stairs make use of every available inch.
This welcome getaway, with its soothing, cream-colored walls and mixture of antique and reproduction furniture, feels conveniently
detached from the family hustle and bustle. In reality, the kids’ bedrooms are just a few steps down the hall.
Furniture: Antiques and reproductions from Englishman’s Fine Furniture (englishmansfurniture.com) and Holland & Company (hollandandcompany.com)
A lovely canopy frames the traditional bed, adding dramatic height and making it a true focal point in the room.
Continuing the calm elegance found in the master bedroom, the master bath evokes the opulence of an old-world spa, complete
with a large soaking tub and a spacious master shower that's covered in intricate tilework. Large double-hung windows bathe
this space with natural light that’s reflected by the honed-marble tile flooring. Cafe curtains provide privacy when drawn,
while allowing sunlight to enter the upper window sashes.
Cabinets under the a ledge conceal the tub’s plumbing lines, supplies storage for towels and bath products, and create a display space for plants and artwork.
While Abercorn Place is designed with family in mind, it’s not all geared toward the kids. In fact, the top floor is the grown-ups’
domain. Created with the feel of a warm and cozy den, the front room contains rich upholstery and textiles, dark-stained furniture,
and a leather wing chair.
The floor-to-ceiling curtains blend with the room’s warm color in their floral fabric, Pasha in Celedon/Aqua by Cowtan & Tout (hearthandhomeinteriors.com).
Serving as a bonus to the entertainment room, an adjacent bar comes equipped with an undercounter fridge, ice-maker, and wine chiller. It also serves as a handy coffee station and kitchenette for overnight company.
The party in the entertainment room can continue outside on the adjoining terrace. Finished with brick pavers and stuccoed walls, it also affords a bird’s-eye view of downtown Senoia. The Big Green EGG grill sets in a custom cabinet.
Lined with handsome box columns and accessible to the indoors through pairs of French doors, the side porch functions much
like an interior room, complete with comfortable seating and durable outdoor rugs. This gracious extension of living space
contains a teak dining table for informal meals.
Inspired by Charleston side porches (called “piazzas”), the outdoor-friendly furniture arrangement provides a great place to socialize with neighbors or to take in the fresh air while reading a book.
A retractable awning by Tri Vantage with Sunbrella fabric keeps the porches shaded, which is always welcome during Georgia’s
Awning Fabric: Spa/Wheat Vintage by Sunbrella (sunbrella.com)
The porch is gracefully connected to the courtyard below by two sets of descending steps. Because an urban setting like this
tends to “hem in” private yards, the brick-paved area was individualized as much as possible. The courtyard is also surrounded
by a high brick wall because it’s bordered on three sides by streets.
Garden experts James T. Farmer III (allthingsfarmer.com) and Carmen Johnston (nectarandcompany.com) created lush potted plants to soften this hardscaped area while lending it some needed color.
A potting bench with an outdoor sink keeps gardening projects organized.
Wood plank partitions with integrated gates screen the quiet Lennox air units.