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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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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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.)

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?

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!

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.

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!

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!!

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. 🙂

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

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.)

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!

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.

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. 🙂

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