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Senoia Georgia and… What Happened to the Southern Living Farmhouse?

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Hi folks!  More houses from our Spring Break travels for you today.  Do you remember this house (above) from a couple of years ago?

The one with this charming foyer…

Southern Living farmhouse

And these stairs with the beautiful gallery wall of paintings…

Southern Living farmhouse

And this serene living room?

Southern Living farmhouse living

The one with the kitchen that had the great Ikea cabinets…

Southern Living farmhouse

and the dining room with its three walls of windows…

Southern Living farmhouse dining room

That house also had this master bedroom with a grouping above the bed (which I am not a fan of)…

Southern Living farmhouse master

and this wonderful bathroom…

Southern Living farmhouse master

Oh yes.  It was the 2012 Southern Living Idea House – the company’s first step into the world of renovation.  My favorite space in that house was this fantastic back porch. I love the transom and sidelight windows around the doorway!

Southern Living farmhouse

So why am I just now writing a post on it for you two years later? Well, because this house is located in Senoia, Georgia, and we traveled there last week.  Have you ever wondered what happens to Idea Houses after all the touring it over?  This one has a happy ending.  Here it is today…

Southern Living farmhouseYou might notice there are little signs around the yard that say Private Residence.  So this Idea House is actually being lived in by a family.:) Here are some additional views of it from our trip. (No I did not walk right up to their house.  I stayed in the car or on the sidewalk like a good citizen!)

side of Southern Living farmhouse

back of Southern Living farmhouse

When I first read about this Southern Living project and watched some of the videos, I thought the house was waaay out in the country (You know…farmhouse.) But it’s not.  It is only a few blocks away from the town center.  I also thought it was located a good distance from other houses, and if you look back at the very first photo at the top of the post, you will see that at the time of the tour, no other homes were built next to  it.  Today you will find this under-construction cottage on the other side of that pretty tree on the left (in the top photograph.) I really like this one!

home under construction in Senoia GAThe entire block around the renovated farmhouse is full of newly constructed homes

cottage for sale in Senoia  GA

cottage in Senoia

or some that are currently being built.

construction in Senoia

Today the Southern Living Farmhouse and its next door neighbor have a view of this:

pond in Senoia

And on the other side of the pond is another home that we will take a look at in our next post.

Hope to see you back here then!

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Anne Boykin - April 6, 2014 - 2:29 am

Hi Kelly, I live in Newnan, GA, so I’m happy to read that you enjoyed yourself in Coweta County! It’s not only a great place to visit, but also to live. Happy Travels!
You live in the City of Homes, Anne! Beautiful places ALL around you. We did enjoy our trip to Coweta County. Please eat some of that Moonpie Bread Pudding for me at Meat n Greet when you get a chance. Yum. :)

Arlene@Nanaland - April 6, 2014 - 8:16 am

I love the old farmhouse style! Wrap around porches and lots of windows. I think one of the things I miss most in our townhouse is Windows!! We just have a few. Marvin and I have some land in north Georgia and we are thinking of building a small vacation cabin there. I can have a small house but I want a big front porch!!
Good plan! I’d take a small house (with lots of windows!) and a big front porch as well. My husband teases that I could easily live in a glass house. What I would really like are the old style double hung windows that don’t have the snap in panes…give me the real deal please. I hope you get to build that vacation cabin in north Georgia.

Katrina - April 6, 2014 - 8:47 am

Okay forget the yellow house with the black shutters..I want a house in this neighborhood. (Kathy and Josie I want you to buy a house here too and be my neighbors!)I just love that you spent your spring break looking at pretty houses and then sharing them with us!!! Pamper yourself on this last day of your break, Kelly
Oh there are more pretty houses coming your way this week. I was in House Heaven during my break. Just wait and see!! I hope you get to buy a house in that neighborhood. They were precious!

Carolyn - April 6, 2014 - 8:55 am

I live in Sharpsburg and am so happy to have great little towns like Senoia and Newnan nearby for shopping and dining. My favorite antique stores are within 5 miles of my house and don’t think I don’t take that blessing lightly!
A couple from Peachtree City bought the SL house in Senoia. I would love to see the changes they made to the interior.
Have a great day! I will be packing for a trip to a warm island. I too am a teacher, so I’m sure you understand my excitement!
You are so lucky that you can just run over to Senoia and Newnan for your fun! I would love to see what changes have been made in the farmhouse too. I hope you are basking in the sunshine of your warm island break. Have fun! (While we are here been flooded with buckets of rain.)

Anita - April 6, 2014 - 9:12 am

I remember the first house! And I am thinking, this is the one that I can come home to and feel right at home. You certainly know how to start your blog off! What a knock out picture! Some of your readers are really fortunate to live so close to these neighborhoods. Not to compare or anything but our snow is beginning to melt with our 10Celsius temperatures and Tuesday we will have a high of 22Celcius probably with more snow coming the following week! (Just kidding, but who knows). What a pleasure it was to “visit” these homes with you. Have a great Sunday Kelly.
I am glad the snow is finally beginning to melt in your area, Anita. I am also glad you enjoyed visiting the homes in the post. And you are right. The people who live close enough to visit there are very lucky. Plus they are relatively close to Atlanta where there are soooo many choices for shopping and dining…the best of both worlds!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - April 6, 2014 - 9:34 am

Oh you are right…I love this post…and I agree with you..not a fan of all those antlers above the bed…but love the house…I never made it down to that home that I wanted so much to tour…going to GA in a couple of weeks…hopefully I can make it to that town…
I am now starting a folder on “downsizing homes”… will have to look at this plan …
Thanks Kelly———————————————–
I wish we had gone to see that house when it was decorated for Christmas. I bet there were a ton of great inspiring ideas there to see. You are so smart to start that folder. I need to do the same, but I am not sure how my husband will be persuaded to build another home. Let me know if you have any ideas for that one!

Bonnie Bryant - April 6, 2014 - 9:56 am

Went to see the SL house when it was open for tours. It is wonderful – very livable and just my style! I love all of the shops in Senoia,
Lucky you, Bonnie! It did look quite livable and comfortable in the magazine photos. I wish all the shops had been open in Senoia when we were there, but I imagine my husband was quite relieved that most were closed! LOL

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - April 6, 2014 - 10:49 am

That farmhouse is absolutely one of my all-time favorite homes. I remember the first time I saw pictures of it and thought, “I want to live there!” However, am I the only one disturbed by the fact that this place has absolutely NO front yard? While I on my porch sipping ice tea or lemonade, I really don’t want strangers walking past to what what my shampoo smells like because they are right next to me. Ha! :-)

I’m relieved you don’t care for the grouping above the bed either. Frankly, those antlers give me the heebie-jeebies.

Thanks for sharing the update on this house. I’m so glad it had a happy ending with a family that loves it.
I think the small front yard is supposed to be conducive to “neighborliness.” You are supposed to talk with your neighbors that are on the sidewalk as you sip your iced tea or lemonade on the front porch. :) That is the way many of these developments are designed. (And here I sit with my porch a very long way from the road!) Glad to know I am not the only one who didn’t care for the antlers.

Dawn - April 6, 2014 - 12:17 pm


It looks like you had a delightful Spring break! Thanks for sharing it with us. That developing neighborhood looks delightful. You’ll have to go back again in a couple of years and update us again.
I did have a great (but busy!) Spring break! I do hope we visit again…when shops are open.

Liz - April 6, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Thank you for sharing your travels! I am a southerner living in Colorado and so miss the beautiful architecture of my former homes. I’m doing a bit of vicarious living through your posts and trying to convince my husband we need a little place in the South (not working so far, but I keep trying!)
You have a delightful blogging style, I look forward to each new post.
Thank you Liz! I am so happy that you enjoy the posts. :) Keep working on your husband. Perhaps he will change his mind and want to move to the South. The weather would certainly be warmer here than in Colorado.

julia walker in Cincy(from Va.) - April 6, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Hey Kelly! Our daughter is on her way to her new job/life in Nashville as I type. Viewing the SL home just now reminded me of my “homeplace” in Abingdon. My sisters & I sold it in ’05 & the new owner turned it into a B&B. It’s a century old Arts&Craft style minus the trees she had removed(also a century). Columns,wraparound porch,transoms over each BR door upstairs,2 fireplaces AND a back stairway+ butler’s pantry(+sleeping porch)! It’s now for sale($539,000). It’s within walking distance of the farmer’s mkt&downtown but has a big field in back of the property so lots of privacy. I just happened to think you might be interested! By the way, noone lives in it. Your friend, Julia
Congratulations to your daughter! The house sounds lovely, but I do not think we will be moving any time in the near future…and as much as I might entertain the idea of opening a bed and breakfast, it is not going to happen as long as my husband has a say in it. We will just continue to enjoy staying in them and letting someone else do the work! Perhaps one of my readers is interested in it though. :)

Teresa W. - April 6, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Love this house! Who am I kidding, I love all of the farmhouse style homes! I think I could find one that would suit me just fine. Not to change to subject, but I am. Wanted to let you know that my husband & I went to Deano’s last night and if you haven’t had the spinach filled ravioli (it’s their special, but I think they offer it often) w/ white wine cream sauce, it’s FABULOUS! They have tomatoes & mushrooms in the sauce, but if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, you can easily remove them. The sauce was so good I thought about licking the plate (not really), but opted for the more refined “scraping it up w/ my fork”. I didn’t want to cause a scene. Anyway, thought you may like to try it. Hope you have a good first day back tomorrow & a great week!
I LOVE mushrooms, and that dish sound heavenly! YUM! I will give it a try – hopefully soon. I am so glad you enjoyed your anniversary dinner there. (And I am also glad you did not embarrass yourself by licking the plate. :) )
Today wasn’t bad (had training for state testing after school) but glory has it rained and rained and rained here!! I imagine you have had it as well.
Stay dry!!

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - April 6, 2014 - 3:06 pm

I came back to read comments others have made (my second favorite part of reading blogs!) and I noticed that I really should proof my comments before I hit “post.” Oops! My first post should read, “While I am on my porch sipping ice tea or lemonade, I really don’t want strangers walking past to know what my shampoo smells like because they are right next to me. Ha! :-) I’m truly on nothing stronger than cough syrup, folks.

I learn so much by reading what others write. Thank you so much, Kelly, for your wonderful posts and for having your comments be an integral part of your blog.
I think reading comments is so much fun! That is why I wanted the word “Talk” in the name of the blog. Don’t worry about typos. Everyone is so busy, and I am just happy you take the time to comment. So thank YOU!

Louvina - April 6, 2014 - 6:39 pm

I have truly enjoyed your GA home tours!! What a nice way to enjoy your spring break! Not too much longer until you will be on summer break!! Hasn’t it gone by quickly? I finally found my spring flowers at Trader Joe’s– I bought tulips, daffodils, purple bearded irises, and some forced pink branches, plus some fresh herbs!! Happy, happy! Wish they could stay pretty until Easter.
So glad you have had a good time following along on the tours, Louvina! Yes, we officially have 34 days of school left until summer break. Yippee! Your Trader Joe’s flowers sound beautiful. I so wish we had a Trader Joes within a short distance of here, but no luck yet. I don’t think your blooms will last all the way to Easter, but the branches and herbs should for sure.

Jayne - April 6, 2014 - 7:36 pm

I love farm houses. I love the idea of the curtains in the entrance. I’m with you on the grouping above the bed. It’s a little creepy to me. Our home is supposed to be a farmhouse. It’s a work in progress. I want to do a tour of Madison, GA. I love that little town. Enjoy your Spring break. Summer is in sight!
A work in progress…Jayne I really think all homes must be a work in progress, at least until you get too old to do anything more to them. :) A tour of Madison is a great idea! There are a lot of gorgeous old homes there for sure.
Summer IS in sight. Counting down the days!

Debra - April 7, 2014 - 6:28 am

Oh, Kelly you have been a busy bee. I have to get caught up. I find the farmhouse look so inviting. Porches are big in the south, aren’t they? I love the dining room galore, but am not a fan of those interesting stools/ottomans. Like the windows all around. I agree on the bedroom, all those antlers don’t work for me either. The third picture to the last is my favorite home. I guess I am a simpleton. How do you feel about these large homes being built on postage size lots? We sit on an acre and use to look out at farmland. It was so lovely, but now it is all developed and the majority of the homes are large sitting on postage size lots. Oh, urban sprawl and development greed? I do miss in town living sometimes. Being able to walk to a coffee shop, library, shops etc. We had a cute bungalow when we first married in town. I go back and forth. So I have to ask, are you a country girl or a city girl? I love your home and it looks like you are maybe in a more rural area? We are outside of town, but can walk at least to a coffee shop just about a half a mile and we now can jaunt down our rural road and hop on the Metra at our new train station to be in Chicago. I am content for now, but when my husband retires I am not sure how we will feel. Still have lakeside dreams too. Never say never?

Most certainly a busy bee! Just wait until you see the next few posts! The big houses on small lots have the advantage of very little yard work needed, but I do like the privacy a big yard affords. We are in a rural area with forests and pasture land surrounding us. BUT I would love to one day live in a loft above a shop and be able to just walk everywhere. I think that would be fun…especially if it were in a beach town. Very different from what we currently have, but a change is a good thing every now and then, right?

Kathy - April 7, 2014 - 7:29 am

I want the house with the “sold” sign in the front yard, beside Katrina and Josie. Kelly, your blog is the one that I look at over and over, each post. (When I get notification of a new post it is just like getting the new Coastal Living magazine in the mail!) I love the houses built to look old. (I am not a fan of those antlers either. What is that all about!)
You are too sweet, girl! I don’t think I can rank up there with Coastal Living though. Ha ha! Antlers seem to be a “trend” and I am afraid I don’t do a very good job of following trends these days. In fact, I try my best to find “classics” and stick with them. But, I will say, when Toby West decorates homes in Highlands, he mixes an antler or two with brown or green transferware plates and platters on the walls, and it looks gorgeous. (But I would be shocked if he did an entire set like in this house.)

Michelle G - April 7, 2014 - 8:33 am

We went down to tour the farmhouse when it was open and I loved Senoia! We stayed a night in Peachtree city also and I fell in love with that town also! So charming! We’re renovating a farmhouse right now and this house gave me so much inspiration! I love reading about your travels – Little Pond Farm is just a few miles away from us – such a beauty!
We have been through Peachtree City and shopped at one of their shopping centers, but we have never stayed there. I will have to check into doing that the next time we are up that way. How fun to be renovating a farmhouse, and oh my goodness to be that close to Little Pond Farm! I am jealous!

Michelle G - April 7, 2014 - 8:37 am

I should have mentioned also that our blog for our remodel is if you want to visit! Haha – newbie here.

Thanks for sharing your link here, Michelle. Everyone here loves farmhouses!

Amy O'Quinn - April 7, 2014 - 11:58 am

Love this post! We visited the Idea House back in 2012, and I fell in love with the boys’ room upstairs with the baseball painting and railroad crossing sign. We didn’t have much time that day to mosey around Senoia itself, but I think another trip might be in order to do just that! :)
How lucky you were Amy to get to ramble through the farmhouse! I remember seeing that room. It WAS cute! I liked the flag over that bed, but what I liked more than the room itself was the bathroom right off of it. It had a very cute wallpaper. I hope you get to go back for another trip to Senoia soon and enjoy all the shops there.

Garden, Home and Party - April 7, 2014 - 7:06 pm

I remember this house well…I think I pinned every single photograph because there wasn’t one room I didn’t like. I’m happy the house has a family to keep it now.
It is a pretty house, and some lucky family is getting to enjoy it now. That is rare to find a house in which you like every single room! I think that speaks to the comfortableness of the rooms.

Jennifer - April 7, 2014 - 9:35 pm

I agree with Debra. When I saw that the farm house sat across from a row of townhouses, it sort of ruined it.
Thank you for your posts-look forward to them every week!

Newnan, Georgia: Meat ‘n Greet, Beautiful Homes, & the house from The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Talk of the House Something Special Events Newnan GA flowerbeds with pansiesThis has been one busy Spring Break for us, traveling from one side of the state of Georgia to the other! It began last weekend with a trip to Newnan, Georgia.  Our first stop was at this lovely antebellum home built in 1859, now the site of Something Special Events.  (You can see the interior of the home here.)  Their sidewalk  flower beds with the variety of pansies were perfect for spring.

Talk of the House Something Special Events Newnan GA

We dropped our daughter off for a charity fundraiser event there.

Talk of the House ElsaWhile she did her Frozen Ice Queen Elsa “Meet and Greet” (isn’t that little girl just precious??)…

Talk of the House Elsa from FrozenMy husband and I went to have lunch at Meat n Greet, a new restaurant in Newnan.:)

Talk of the House Meat n Greet Newnan Georgia restaurant

Talk of the House Meat n Greet Newnan GA interiorTalk of the House Meat n Greet Newnan GA

I had read many positive reviews of it, and their burgers came highly recommended.

Talk of the House Meat n Greet Newnan restaurant menu page 1Talk of the House Meat n Greet Newnan Georgia restaurant page 2And because I could not make up my mind on one particular entree, I decided to try it all….seriously all. I was the pig with the two appetizer plates – the Sliders Platter and 3 Fried Amigos, and my husband had the High West burger.  (But I did share.:))

Talk of the House Meat n Greet appetizer plates and a burgerEvery bite was delicious, although I believe I prefer my okra fried in slices with more crust than fried whole.  The homemade pimento cheese was very good, but my favorite was the smoked chicken salad…messy but very flavorful.

We were stuffed when we finished, (rightly so!) but our waitress insisted that we really needed to try their homemade Moonpie bread pudding…plus she said that if you wanted it to-go, you could take home the jar. Jar-girl here could not resist, so we ordered one to share.:)

Talk of the House Meat n Greet moonpie bread puddingThe photo does not do it justice.  It was steaming hot..full of warm chocolate goodness.  We did bring most of it home, and I had the leftovers warmed in our microwave and topped with vanilla ice cream. (It really called for that.)

While we waited on our daughter, we walked around the downtown area of Newnan.  Like so many other small Southern towns, it was arranged in a square around the courthouse.

Talk of the House downtown Newnan GA courthouse square

Talk of the House downtown Newnan GAWe discovered something interesting about Newnan as we toured the downtown area.  Take a look at this sign..

Talk of the House  Newnan GA city of homesYes, this historic town is called the City of Homes.  And just take a look at all these gorgeous old homes we saw as we walked on only one street. This one was right next door to the event house.

Talk of the House Newnan homeTalk of the House Newnan home front viewAnd this one was right across the street. (Loved all the yellow pansies in the flower beds there.)

Talk of the House Newnan antebellum homeAnd continuing on down the street there were all of these…

Talk of the House Newnan GA antebellum home

Talk of the House Newnan yellow house

There were tons of daffodils growing in the front yard here! I hope this home is being repainted.  Talk of the House Newnan GA yellow antebellum home

And even the not-so-big-ones were beautifully charming as well.Talk of the House Newnan cottage

Talk of the House Newnan GA cottage

Being there on a sunny spring day allowed us to enjoy the yards.

Talk of the House Newnan gardenAnd then we came to this sign…

Talk of the House Newnan for sale sign

This beauty is on the market! I took pictures from several angles for you.:)

Talk of the House Newnan home for sale

Talk of the House Newnan home for sale front viewTalk of the House Newnan home for sale side viewTo me, this home is a steal for $450,000.  (It was originally listed much higher, and I think you have to purchase the adjacent lot for $50,000 more.)  Built in 1842 and renovated in 1885 (and the kitchen recently), it was featured in the movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

 Julia at Hooked on Houses did a great post on it here if you would like to see the interiors. Unfortunately, it has been sitting empty for awhile which has allowed for its condition to deteriorate.  Additional photos and a discussion about its drop in price is here, and if you are in love with Victorian homes and are interested in purchasing this grand dame, the realtor’s listing is here.

Victorian home for sale in Newnan Georgia with

I do see why Newnan could be called the City of Homes after walking past these beautiful historic ones, and there were more behind all of them on other streets.  But yes, there are other cities with gorgeous homes too, and I have been to some of them this week.:)Be prepared… the houses are coming!

Here is one that will be on our next tour.

white cottage

This one is more my style. Is it also more your style, or are you a fan of Victorian and Antebellum homes?

We’d love to hear!

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Katrina - April 4, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Elsa…. Emery’s (granddaughter) current favorite princess!!! “Let it Go…Let it Go”….. Your daughter is so beautiful (apparently inside and out!)The picture with the little girl made my day! I just know that little girl is in heaven being able to meet “Elsa”. Where did your daughter get that great costume?
So happy you are having a fun spring break. Put my name down for the yellow house with the black shutters. Can’t wait to see the others! Just think….summer break is next!!!!
Now you’ve made me get that darn song in my head, and it will play for hours!! LOL Thank you for the compliments on our daughter. That sweet little girl in the photo sang the entire song to the folks working at the fundraiser, and everyone applauded her! That is what made her day. I thought the photo was so cute. The costume was made by the director of the organization from an old bridesmaid’s dress. She hand stitched sequins all over it…lots of tedious work.
You will not believe all the cool places we have been over the break…can’t wait to share them with you! I will put you down for “your” house in Newnan, and I’m sure they will be contacting you very soon about a move in date. :)
Yes, summer break is coming soon!

Debra - April 4, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Wow, so many grand homes. Looks like you and your husband had a fun day. How cute is your daughter and to be involved in a charity fundraiser. Good for her. I love the grand homes. Aren’t they just lovely, but I can’t imagine the upkeep and heating bills to contend with. Oh, to live such a grand life. I would have to say, the simple white one with the two black wicker chairs you posted, is about where I am in my midlife. Classic, simple, and yet elegant. Wonderful share Kelly. I’d say Spring has sprung down there. Love the pansies. In the past I have always planted them as well as tulips in my cement urns, but I am thinking of skipping it this year. Its pretty, but then comes time for geraniums and all the replanting again. I will just have to stay out of the garden centers until May maybe? Oh, who am I kidding, I am like a kid in a candy shop if I enter. Are you the same Kelly? Smiles…
Yep, I am with you Debra on the heating and upkeep of those huge homes. If we had one that large, I would HAVE to have some help. (I could use some here as well!) Don’t you skip on those planters! Plus, you know you can’t stay out of the garden centers. Every time we saw one on our travels this week, my husband would ask if I wanted him to stop. So I know what you mean about being a kid in a candy shop.
Have a great weekend!

Scribbler - April 4, 2014 - 1:22 pm

I seriously love Newnan — just the prettiest place to visit. When I was growing up I had a friend whose roots were there, and she always spent holidays and summers over in Augusta with her grandparents. I used to go with her sometimes, or ride over with her parents. There was no interstate, so the route was through Newnan. We used to stop at an old hotel for meals. The building is still there, but I think maybe there is something else there now. As a young wife and mother, I lived in Augusta a few years, so we still went back and forth between and made the stop there. I always loved to detour around the streets in town, just to sightsee. It still seems like a very desirable location to me – far enough out of the craziness of Atlanta, yet still close enough to enjoy what it has to offer. Thanks for the reminder that I need to go back. I will check out the restaurant, too.
I am happy the post could stir up some happy memories for you. It did seem like a pretty little town. The restaurant was great. I think the next time we visit I will have the chicken salad sandwich (and not be such a pig…plus I want to try their pecan bar for dessert. :) ) I think the real estate people advertise Newnan just like you said…out of the craziness but close enough to enjoy what is offered. Hope you get to visit Newnan soon.

Teresa W - April 4, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Glad to hear you had a great Spring Break! Newnan is a lovely town & has some very pretty old homes. Love the information on the restaurant, it looks really good. I’m an appetizer sampling type of girl too. I love trying lots of different items sometimes as opposed to a main entree. My husband & I are going back to Deano’s tomorrow night for our anniversary & I think I’ll play “food critic” & have lots of appetizers:-) Don’t know if you’ve tried it, but if you’re in Dublin, try the smoked Rick’s bbq chicken salad at Southern Heritage BBQ. I’m picky about chicken salad, but it’s very good! Have a wonderful weekend!
Well I am glad to know I am not the only one who pigs out on appetizer plates. LOL Happy anniversary Teresa (and Teresa’s hubby)! Hope your food at Deano’s is great. (I know it will be.) Thank you for the chicken salad recommendation. I will try it the next time we venture through Dublin.
You have a great weekend too!

L.J. - April 4, 2014 - 3:26 pm

The Victorian “grande dames” are incredible. I think there is no possible way to add another feature to these homes. I’m glad there are those who want and have the resources to preserve them. Now as for me, well, like Debra I kinda like the small white frame with the two black wicker chairs on the front porch.
Kelly, I’m looking forward to your next posts to see what else you’ve uncovered in your jaunts about the state. It’s good that you are using the break to cut loose and have some fun.
I’ve never before heard of Moonpie Bread Pudding. Is it a southern thing?
The white azaleas, dogwood trees and irises are still in bloom here in norCal. And Kelly, what flowers are growing in your garden this spring?
I agree that there is no way to add anything else to those Victorians. They are like highly decorated wedding cakes! I had never heard of Moonpie Bread Pudding before we went to that restaurant, so I do not know if anyone else has made them before. It was a great invention if they came up with it!
Our dogwoods are blooming like crazy here…they are so full of blooms that in the afternoon light our rooms beside them have the glow that they usually get when there is snow reflected outside! No joke. Our azaleas are just starting to bloom in our yard, but elsewhere the pink ones are in full bloom.
The pollen is also in full force here!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - April 4, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Your daughter is the perfect Elsa…beautiful….I love Newnan..great houses…and that restaurant is my kind of restaurant…will have to remember that one!…and my fav was your fav…love the last home!!
Shirley, I think you know the town in my next post and will really like the homes (and shops!) there. And yes, you need to check out Meat ‘n Greet. You would love it!
Thank you for your kind words about our daughter.

cheri - April 4, 2014 - 3:52 pm

I don’t know if the term Portico is correct, but I love with the older homes the area where a carriage would drive through to let off the passengers. I would love to have the time to really look at the architecture of older homes, seems we only get to do that when we go on vacation and do a tour. So when I read your blog with these homes I am living vicariously through you, thanks.
I think a portico is a porch type place for people to walk though as an entrance, and a port-cochere is the porch that the horse and carriage would go through. That detail was also my favorite thing in those homes we saw. (Loved the glassed in spaces as well.) You go right ahead and live vicariously through me. I don’t mind one bit! LOL
More places for you to visit coming soon!

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - April 4, 2014 - 4:32 pm

First of all, your daughter is absolutely beautiful, and I know she has to be just as beautiful on the inside to be doing all of these special events. Definitely someone to be proud of!

As for the houses, if it has a porch I want to live there! We currently live in a 1960′s ranch house which lacks all the charm of these gorgeous homes. I can just imagine sitting on the porch in the evenings with a glass of lemonade. I can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful eye candy!
Aw thank you Mimi. We are proud of her. She is one busy young lady!
You should just go ahead and add a porch to your ranch house. Then you could sit out there with your lemonade all you want!
Glad you are enjoying the eye candy. Have a fun weekend!

Vicki - April 4, 2014 - 4:52 pm

The City of Homes! Love it! That’s like your equivalent of a bat signal, isn’t it? :) What a pretty place. Can’t wait to see what else you found for us.
Bat signal…how funny!! I laughed out loud at that Vicki. :)
More beautiful places coming for you!

Dawn - April 4, 2014 - 5:14 pm


Thanks for sharing the photos! Your daughter is stunning in her Elsa dress! I love the houses you showed us. My favorite type of house is any thing with a dormer. I just love them. So I think my house style is somewhere between craftsman, classic and cottage.
Thank you for compliments on our daughter. You and I both are dormer lovers Dawn. I think every house plan that I liked as a child dreaming of my someday home had dormers…especially those that looked like they were in Williamsburg, Virginia…so classic.
Thank you for reading the post and taking the time to comment.
Hope your weekend is a fun one!

Cindy Ross - April 4, 2014 - 6:27 pm

You have such a beautiful daughter, inside and out. You must be so proud. I just have seen Frozen so I can now say I know who Elsa is. I thank you for sharing your vacation with us. I have never been to Newnan but I can now say that I want to. Looks like a beautiful quaint town. At least if anyone ever ask me if I have heard of it I can now say I have and I have seen pics of this beautiful town. Thanks again for sharing and can’t wait to see what coming.
We are proud of our daughter. Thank you for your sweet words about her. Yay, you know who Elsa is! Is that song continuously playing through your brain now?? I am happy you enjoyed “seeing” Newnan. Quaint is a great word to describe it. (Wish I had thought to use that! :) )
Enjoy your weekend!

Kathy - April 5, 2014 - 12:04 am

Oh, how fun! I love looking at different styles of homes. There is a place like this on the way to Destin, Florida. I think it is Dothan, Alabama that has great big, beautiful homes. I think I would pick house #3, the one before Katrina’s. But, I also like the one that is more your style. Your daughter makes the perfect Elsa. She is beautiful.
I’ve not been to Dothan, but doesn’t it have the big outlet center? (Need to go there.) I think our daughter’s next role for the princess organization is Maleficent…so I am not so sure how popular she will be with that one! Kind of scary to me.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Lynne in Pittsboro, NC - April 5, 2014 - 8:48 am

Kelly, your blog is always my favorite. This entry took my 69-year-old memory back to kinder gentler times (which was most appreciated). I agree with you regarding the preferred way to cook okra. My grandmother, a Texas born natural cook who learned on a wood stove, always sliced it thin and covered in a wonderful cornmeal coating. If pieces are too large they tend to veer towards the slippery nature of okra which I think should be avoided at all costs. ;-) That beautiful old courthouse reminded me of my first driver’s test taken at the ripe old age of 23 in Dresden TN. It merely consisted of going around the 4 sides of the building, being sure to stop at each corner. There was no way that requirement could be forgotten, because the gentleman observing the test would remind you that each stop was coming up. Mayberry didn’t just exist on television in the 1960′s.
Your grandmother’s okra sounds yummy! I use a mix with more flour than cornmeal for some reason…maybe a lighter crust? I don’t like the slippery slimy okra either. Your driver’s test was hilarious!! I can’t even imagine. Boy would my children have loved one like that over the one they had where they had to parallel park! (I can’t parallel park. Reverse is just not a good direction for me. LOL)
So glad I could bring back good memories for you, Lynne.
Hope your weekend is fun filled.

Paula B. - April 5, 2014 - 8:57 am

I’m in love, house love, that is. Which one to choose, and in which charming southern town will that house be located? (I think I need to be near the coast, that may narrow my choices!)I want to live in a town where you can walk to everything while enjoying the walk. And, all those gardens, blooming no less. It is hard to realize that spring is underway somewhere in the U.S. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely day including your daughter’s sweet volunteer work. She is, indeed, a princess!
You need to live in Seaside, FL Paula…gorgeous Southern architecture, on the beach, cute cute gardens, and you can walk everywhere. Perfection! Our daughter would like to THINK she is a princess. Ha ha! Thank you for your compliments about her. :)

Arlene@Nanaland - April 5, 2014 - 9:38 am

I have heard of Newnan but I have never visited there…I may have to give it a visit. Loved the houses and oh my goodness, the food at Meet and Greet!!! Moon pie bread pudding is a new one on me. A friend of mine made Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding and it is amazing so I am sure Moon Pie bread pudding would be good too. And I must say that your daughter looked amazing as Princess Elsa. My little granddaughters are all about Frozen!!
I had not heard of Moon Pie bread pudding before then either Arlene, but I have heard of the Krispy Kreme one. Both would be delicious, but since I am a chocoholic, I will take the Moon Pie one. (How can anything be better than warm chocolate?!) Your granddaughters would have a good time with my “Elsa.” :)

Carolyn - April 6, 2014 - 9:03 am

Your daughter is beautiful. Ironically, I was at Meet n Greet with my son a few weeks ago and I ordered the sliders too. I didn’t order the pudding, but my friends, and now you, have raved about it. I’ll fix that pronto! :)

My husband would like for us to buy one of the older homes one day. I prefer farmhouse over Victorian, but and lovely home there would be a blessing.
Thank you Carolyn. Didn’t you love being able to choose which sliders you wanted on your plate?! You MUST try the bread pudding the next time you are at Meat n Greet. Like you, I would like a farmhouse over a Victorian.

Anita - April 6, 2014 - 9:20 am

I love the antebellum homes but I prefer the casual front porch styles mostly as they are not as grand looking. Thank you for sharing your trip (the burgers too) and your daughter’s volunteer work. I hear Frozen is a great movie.
I think most of us would take casual over the grandeur of those big mansions…just seems much more comfortable to me. Frozen was a very cute movie. It is out on dvd and blu-ray now, so perhaps you can rent it to watch it. But be warned…the song will get stuck in your head for DAYS on end!

Garden, Home and Party - April 6, 2014 - 8:48 pm

What fun your daughter must have making all of those Frozen fans happy to see someone that looks so pretty.
I thought this town was charming beyond words. There were so many pretty houses.
The restaurant menu had me drooling.
What a great getaway day.
Those little girls at the event were precious to see. One grabbed my daughter’s hand and told everyone that she was HER friend and no one else’s. So glad you liked the houses and restaurant in the post. It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon in a charming little Southern town.
You need to visit!

Kayleigh Harkins - April 11, 2014 - 10:37 am

What a great post!! Your daughter is beautiful and her costume is amazing. I’m jealous of the restaurant – if you ever want to go back and want some company, you know who to call!! :)

Hamburgers, Hotdogs, & Barefoot Contessa’s Strawberry Country Cake for a Birthday

Talk of the House Barefoot Contessa Strawberry Country Cake

Before the last bit of the month of March is gone, I thought you might enjoy seeing our lunch for my mom’s March birthday.  (Yes, I am cutting it mighty close to the end of the month!)  It was a casual Sunday afternoon meal…

just hotdogs, hamburgers, and home made fries …

Talk of the House lunchwith an assortment of toppings.

Talk of the House hamburger toppings

I used our plain white dishes, green gingham napkins, and put a small serving of ketchup and hamburger dill pickles at each place setting. The kraft paper containers for the fries came from Hobby Lobby, and I lettered everyone’s name on them.  I also put a small amount of parchment paper inside each container because I wasn’t sure how much grease would be absorbed by the paper.

Talk of the House birthday lunch plate and napkin

The centerpiece was a few plants in one of the porch baskets with a paper banner strung on twine.  I just cut out black cardstock for it and wrote the letters in chalk.

Talk of the House birthday lunch centerpieceOur children were my parents’ first grandchildren.  So when our oldest began talking, my mother did NOT want to be called GrannyGrandmaGrandmother, or anything like that.  Her name is Betty, so she wanted to simply be called “B.” (not Aunt in the Andy Griffith variety.:))  Anyway, that makes Happy B-Day mean more than just Happy Birthday.

Talk of the House birthday tabletopTalk of the House birthday lunch table (2)Neither of my parents eat chocolate (imagine that!) which eliminated a large portion of my cake recipes. Since strawberries are so bountiful right now, I thought a strawberry shortcake would make a delicious and pretty birthday cake for the occasion.  I used the Barefoot Contessa’s Strawberry Country Cake recipe, available here. It turned out well but not sweet enough for my tastes.  My mother does not eat dairy products so I used Cool Whip instead of real whipping cream. That is probably what made the difference…although I believe a cake for strawberry shortcake is not really supposed to be sweet anyway.

Talk of the House strawberry cakeWe moved out to the porch for dessert.

birthday cake candlesFor some crazy reason, the candles wouldn’t blow out!  And they weren’t trick candles.  We all got tickled!

candles for birthday cake

My husband was able to help her finish blowing them out, and we then enjoyed the dessert.  The recipe calls for splitting the layers and using only one layer for making the actual cake, but since this was a birthday cake, I thought it needed to be tall, right?:)It was a nice finish to a casual birthday lunch.

Talk of the House birthday lunch tableIn other news, I cannot believe how many of you love daffodils! From all the comments in Saturday’s post, we should start some sort of club…Daffodil Lovers Anonymous.:)

Spring Break is in full swing here.  Yesterday we traveled to a small town (well actually two small towns) that had gorgeous homes, and I took a zillion pictures for you.  Here is a sneak peek of one of them:

antebellum home in GeorgiaThere will be more coming for you soon.:)

Until next time…

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Becky - March 31, 2014 - 6:19 pm

A fun party for a beautiful lady. Belated happy birthday to your mom Kelly. Love your little banner in the flowers. Blessings, Becky
I will give her your birthday wishes, Becky. Glad you liked that little banner!

Kayleigh Harkins - March 31, 2014 - 6:44 pm

That cake looks delicious Kelly!! I hope your mom enjoyed it and y’all had fun celebrating her birthday.
It was delicious, Kayleigh. How can you go wrong with fresh strawberries?! Yum. We all had a very nice (and filling!)time. :)
p.s. Thank you for sending me the pinterest link. Loved that image you sent!

Dawn - March 31, 2014 - 7:21 pm

What a lovely casual celebration, Kelly! I think the food looks yummy and I love the Happy B-day banner in the planter basket. Enjoy your Spring break!
Thank you Dawn. It was a nice little celebration. Just wish our daughter had been here to enjoy it all with us too. I am definitely enjoying my break.

Jill - March 31, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Aren’t family lunches the best? We get together for lunch on every second Sunday of the month with my family. We all look forward to it and have such a good time. Your lunch looks yummy. Those little fry containers are cute!
What a great idea to set aside a specific time on a regular basis. Love that! Thank you for the compliments. I could not resist those little containers when I saw them in the store. My wheels were turning with ideas!

Louvina - March 31, 2014 - 7:48 pm

What a sweet B-day celebration! Your mother looks like she could be your sister! Lovely cake idea—think I will make it for my youngest during the strawberry season. Thank you for sharing this special family time and a picture of your mom.
Louvina, you just made my mom’s day with your comment! :) If you make that cake for your family, I know they will enjoy it. Fresh sweetened strawberries are sooo yummy!

judy - March 31, 2014 - 7:49 pm

now kelly “casual dinner” should not be in your vocabulary….nothing you do is “casual”…it’s all spectacular! when we have hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. it’s every man (or woman) for themselves around here. i don’t have a lot of counter space so we just help ourselves from the little counter space i do have and the stove…now THAT’S casual! all kidding aside, your birthday supper for your mom looks wonderful and so does she. please wish her a belated happy birthday from one of your fans (i mean friends)!
Judy you crack me up!! Everyone for themselves is often the philosophy around here too. I will pass along your birthday wishes to my mom. Hope you are having a great week.

Garden, Home and Party - March 31, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Your mom is darling. What a fun birthday dinner. I love burgers and fries. The fry holders as place cards are a great idea. The table looks wonderful. This post made me hungry!
I think I could live on burgers and fries everyday if I had to. You can top burgers with such a variety of things, it would be easy to go 2 weeks without repeating your toppings. I am glad you liked the idea of the french fry holders. Easy-peasy!

Donnamae - March 31, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Casual lunches…dinners…are my favorite. Great suggestions, ;)
My favorite too, Donnamae. I am glad you liked the lunch ideas. :)

Teresa W - March 31, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Happy Birthday to your sweet mom! What a great looking lunch, and the strawberry cake looks delicious! I thought about you today. My husband & children took me to Deano’s for lunch for my birthday. Try the homemade potato chips if you haven’t – they’re really good. Hope you have a great week.
We thought about Deano’s just the other night! I will try their homemade chips since I love salty potatoes. Thanks for the recommendation. (But their desserts are so good I don’t know if I want to fill up that much…have to leave room for the best part of the meal!) A belated happy birthday to you, Teresa!

Katrina - March 31, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Happy Happy Birthday to your mom! She is cute like you! The cake looked good! My best buddy and her husband came over for her birthday (hey there Josie) and I made the chocolate cake that is listed on the back of the Hershey cocoa container. I doubled the icing recipe….no dieters here! We drank a few too many mimosas also!
I had my mom’s first grandchildren also and she DID not want to be called anything that started with a G so she is Joycee to all the grandkids. 25 years later I knew JUST how she felt so I am a “Mimi”.
Have a grand spring break. It was 72 in my neck of the woods today. My husband made me a window box today that hopefully I can plant red geraniums in the near future.
You are too kind! Doubled the frosting…that is MY kind of cake and chocolate too! Sounds divine. :) Hooray spring has arrived in your area. Love a windowbox full of geraniums. If that doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what does.

martha - March 31, 2014 - 8:53 pm

You have no idea how much I love this post.Growing up,this was always birthday week. My mother’s birthday was March 31 and my father’s was April 5. My sister and I would pick daffodils and use whatever other festive ideas our little brains could come up with. We would leave the decorations up all week for both celebrations. My father passed away in 1995 and my mom just 4 years ago. This time of year always reminds me of them.
I am glad that I could bring back happy memories for you Martha. I am so sorry they are no longer with you, but it sounds like you have sweet thoughts to remember them by. My sister and father have birthdays 5 days apart in April, and my daughter, son, and I are all within a week and a half of each other, so we know about shared birthday weeks here as well. How wonderful that you and your sister decorated with sunshine-y yellow daffodils…what a great flower for a celebration!

LJ - March 31, 2014 - 8:55 pm

What a blessing to be able to celebrate birthdays together. And your mother seems to be gracious, kind, and gentle–very lovely. You’ve given me an idea for this weekend–burgers, fries, and strawberry cake. Yummy!
Funny thing-names for grandmothers. My children had to call their paternal grandmother Nanna; they were her first grandchildren. However, they made up the name, Mee-Me and sometimes MeMaw, for my mother; after 8 grandchildren calling her “Grandma” she kinda liked their name for her. My daughter decided on my name for her boys and they call me Nonni. All in all what’s in a name? ?A rose by any other name…”. Well, you know the rest.
Yes, you should do burgers, fries, and a strawberry cake this weekend! (And outdoors if you can. It is supposed to rain here again on Saturday.) My husband’s mother is no Grandma anywhere in our group. I LOVE Nonni…it’s unusual but endearing.

Cindy Ross - March 31, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Happy Belated Birthday to your beautiful Mom. Casual is not in your vocabulary girl. Loved everything about the table, the plates, the french fry containers used as place cards. You are too, too cute. I so look forward to your post. They make me not only happy but inspire me to do things around my home. Thank you for loads of enjoyment.
I will pass on your birthday wishes and compliment to my mom, Cindy. Your comments give ME enjoyment. So thank YOU for them!

Debra - April 1, 2014 - 12:29 am

Ok, I swear you have a book deal in the near future Kelly. Your simple little touches are a weekly event. Semi-monthly event? Your family is so lucky and well taken care of for sure. Belated birthday wishes to your mom. Her cake looked delicious. I am not called granny by my twin grandchildren either. It is Nonni. As much as I was embracing finally being a grandparent, well, I was not embracing the “G” names. Love your cute banner and yes, do tell, where did you find those cute paper fry holders. Yum, love homemade fries. They are the best!

Haha. Very funny Debra. No book deal here. I am doing well to keep up the blog! My mom will appreciate your birthday wishes. Glad you liked the little banner. The french fry holders came from Hobby Lobby…the land of all things cute! :)

sarah joelson - April 1, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Kelly –

I have a birthday party that I am hosting for my family at the end of the month and I think you just helped me come up with a menu. Thank you! Do you have a good recipe for homemade french fries that you can share? The picture of the ones you made look delicious. Thanks! Have a great Spring Break and Happy Belated Birthday to your mom.

- Sarah
I am so glad I could help you settle on a menu! Hamburgers and french fries are always appreciated and enjoyed by our crew. I normally make our fries very much like our homemade chips, but I do peel the potatoes for fries. (I don’t for the chips.) Then I chop up an onion and throw it in with the potatoes while they are in the hot oil. It gives them a great flavor, and some people like to put the fried onion pieces on their burgers or hotdogs. I did not get to do that with this lunch because we were down to one onion and needed it chopped (fresh) for the burgers and hotdogs. One of the restaurants where we enjoy eating serves battered fries…the fries are double dipped in an egg milk mixture, dunked in flour, dipped in the egg milk mixture again, and dipped in the flour again before frying in hot oil. They are the ultimate in crunch – and I’m sure not very healthy – but yummy. You might want to give that a try sometime.
Enjoy your party!

Gabrielle - April 1, 2014 - 11:07 pm

I love your birthday dinner table! I am so pleased to see your use of color… I have endured the trend of greys and whites and tans long enough! So, bravo! Question: where did you get those darling numbered plates? I adore them and would love to find some for my own birthday table… any suggestions? Thanks again for sharing your talents… bring on the COLOR! ;)
Queen Creek, AZ
Amen about color!! I have definitely NOT followed the no color trend here. I want our home to reflect life, and life is full of color. :) The plates came from Target a few years ago. You could check ebay to see if you can find them there, or you could make your own using one of those pens that you write with on dishes and then bake the dishes in the oven for a little while. Michaels and Hobby Lobby carry them. I hope you can find or make some for your table.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment Gabrielle. I appreciate it!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 2, 2014 - 7:58 am

Hamburgers and Hotdogs are two of my favorite things!! LOVE all your tablescapes. And that Strawberry Cake…wish I could have a piece of it!! You and your mom must have great genes, you both are so pretty!!
Wish I could serve you a slice of that cake! Thank you for all your comments. I so appreciate your sweet words!

Kathy - April 2, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Now I know where you get the good genes….from your mom. She is very pretty and young looking, just like you are! My daddy always wants strawberry shortcake for his May birthday. I like how it looks made in the square pans. (My daughter named my mom Geebeejimba so when I have grandchildren I think I will have them call me GeeBee.)
What a kind compliment for both me and my mom! My mom is tall and has always liked to drink milk and exercise – sadly neither of which apply to me. LOL Geebeejimba – what a name!!!! It’s fun to pronounce, but I do think I like GeeBee better (definitely easier to say.)

Anita - April 6, 2014 - 9:26 am

Well that’s it! You should do some online birthday decorating advice because you just bring it all together and make it look effortless. Your mom should feel very special. A happy belated birthday from Canada! If I remember, I think I shall make a square birthday cake like this one for my husband’s and daughter’s birthdays in July.
Ha ha..very funny! I don’t think I could fit another thing on my plate here. I will pass on your belated b-day wishes to my mom. thanks! I thought the square cake pans made it look better. July will be a great time to make that cake. Your family should love it!

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