Southern Living's 2009 Idea House at Achasta

SOUTHERN LIVING ANNOUNCES 2009 IDEA HOUSE AT ACHASTA IN DAHLONEGA, GA

Birmingham, AL – Southern Living has chosen the Reynolds Signature Community of Achasta in Dahlonega, Ga., as the site for one of two Idea Houses this year. The home will be open for public tours beginning June 6 – October 18. Tickets will be $5 at the door and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the local United Way of Dahlonega/Lumpkin County.

“Each year, we carefully take into consideration the lifestyle a community offers and how our showhome connects to that sense of place,” says Kristen Payne, Director of the Southern Living Homes Group. “We are thrilled to be working with Achasta and the Reynolds Signature Communicites team again. This home represents all mountain living has to offer – a great place to entertain, dining indoors and out, and a place to reconnect with each other.”

Ron Larson, the community’s managing director, notes the many qualities shared between Southern Living and Achasta. “Creating an environment for friends and families to gather is fundamental to the Southern vernacular and central to life at Achasta,” says Larson. “The community’s character combines the small town charm of historic Dahlonega with the sophistication and excitement of Atlanta. Blended together, these qualities evoke a sense of casual elegance that epitomizes the best of life in the South.”

The 3,700 square foot mountain retreat is designed by Stephen Fuller, Inc., built by Linger Longer Homes, with interiors by Mallory Mathison, Inc., all from Georgia. Architectural highlights include a simple roof line of low intersecting gables that reflect the silhouette of the mountain terrain beyond. A host of porches results in striking front and rear elevations, suggestive of rustic lodges of the early twentieth century.

The interiors of the house were based on the notion of bringing the outdoors, in.

"The interiors of Hemlock Springs began with nature as the inspiration. Colors, patterns and texture are used throughout the house to create a sense of unity with the lush outdoors and casual, charming interior spaces,” says Mathison. “Soft easy neutrals paired with clear bright color, crisp natural fabrics, hints of sparkling metallic and an unexpected works of art marry together for a classic, timeless aesthetic with a truly cheerful twist that will prove to be inviting and inspiring."

Southern Living has partnered with Reynolds Signature Communities on two previous Idea Homes – the first in 1992, and again in 2007 at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga.

About Southern Living
With more than 16 million readers, Southern Living is the seventh largest monthly consumer magazine in the U.S. It is published by a subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Progress Corporation.

About Achasta
Achasta is a residential golf community located just 35 minutes from Atlanta’s northern suburbs in historic Dahlonega, Georgia. Adorned with beautiful natural scenery, miles of walking trails, and a host of upscale, yet charming amenities, Achasta brings the majesty of the North Georgia mountains home. Located near the start of the legendary Appalachian Trail, Achasta offers families a breathtaking setting offset with the rich traditions of historic Dahlonega. Members can play 18 holes on the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, go kayaking, tubing or fishing along the Chestatee River, or simply stroll along historic Dahlonega’s charming streets.

About Developer
Reynolds Signature Communities approaches each project as a community rather than a development. With the focus on people and their experiences, RSC is committed to providing world-class amenities that culminate in a complete lifestyle for members. Managed with a belief in creating superior environments for family togetherness, outdoor activity, and personal fulfillment, a Reynolds Signature Community attracts those that seek a retreat from the rigors of everyday life.

About Builder
Linger Longer Homes’ legacy is creating complete homes in exceptional places for the enjoyment of each resident. At the heart of Linger Longer Homes’ philosophy is a strong focus on design, functionality, and aesthetics. Offering stunning exteriors, carefully designed floor-plans, and innovative additions, each Linger Longer Home caters to today’s homebuyer and is built to stand the test of time.

About Interior Designer
Mallory Mathison Inc, of Atlanta, Georgia, specializes in classic residential design. Mallory’s strong foundation in traditional design combined with her fresh and youthful aesthetic approach enables her to create statement interiors that are timeless.