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Daytrippin – Southern Living Idea House in Senoia

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Southern Living Idea House down in Senoia, GA with my mom and sister. We had been looking forward to the trip for quite some time. One of the reasons for the trip is my mom is finishing the house on her farm in NC and its getting close to the time where furniture needs to be ordered and drapes made. The house in Senoia was sponsored by IKEA and Ballard Designs. So essentially the whole place was done on a budget and with furnishings that are accessible to the average person. I was very interested to see how the plan came to together since I’ve worked in design in my past lives. As an added bonus we knew the house would be decorated for Christmas and everyone wanted to see what the design team had come up with.

The following is a bit of a photo dump but it’s the details I found interesting and thought you might as well. I focused on the art work that was added to the house, the Christmas decorations and some decor details. You can view photos of the house on the Southern Living website and all the products are listed. It was nice to see the colors and the textures in real life. There was a lot more art that I didn’t take pictures of because honestly, I didn’t care for it.

I included my comments with each picture and why I was in interested in each item.

This is an October Magic Orchid Camelha. It makes me want to work to overcome my black thumb.

I really loved the mix of greenery in this large (1 of 2) potted plants on either side of the front entrance.

Burlap is such a trend. Hello, Pinterest! But these curtains framing the front door on the inside are actually quite elegant in this farmhouse. They are available to order on Ballard Design.

Not a great iphone pic but this is one of two pieces by this artist. I loved the glaze on it and how it had a bit of modernity to the sheep it depicted.

The dining room table decorated for Christmas. Nothing really mindblowing here but I thought you might be interested.

The main indoor Christmas tree.

I’m obsessed with the paint in this house. I love the grey-tinge the darker color has and then the checkerboard is fantastic.

Christmas tree on the back porch. It was dressed to take on the elements.

I want a fire pit. And thank goodness Mama Social is putting something similar in at her farm.

This is the second black and white piece that I love. The lone donkey standing in the road under the giant trees. So Savannah. So Southern.

Bird Art. It was appropriate for the room but not something I would buy.

My absolute favorite thing in the whole house is this hunting party painting. I want it. I need it. One day I will have something similar.

This the backside of one side of the barn-style sliding doors that are the doors to the guest room. They hang on an industrial style metal track. They are lovely. I’m trying to talk Mama into doing something similar in her downstairs guest room.

This mirror hangs in the guest room window from a leather strap over looking a section of yard. I’ve seen in design magazines mirrors hanging on top of other mirrors so this seems to be on trend, but with the farmhouse element of leather added. Sink is below.

Sister sitting in the Storselle chair from IKEA. Chair is surprisingly comfortable and fit perfectly into the upstairs landing where a sitting area is set up. Great price for rather decent design.

Check it out here.

Then this happened.


I like that Southern Living understands that its readers aren’t necessarily looking for high end interiors anymore. This isn’t a dream house. This is an idea house of products that you can incorporate easily and inexpensively into your own home. But I would have liked the Christmas decor to have a bit more oompf. It was worth the little day trip down to see the details and spend some time with my family.

Let me know what you think about the details and if you would rather see high end interiors or accessible and budget friendly.

Daytrippin’ – Cash and Carry at the America’s Mart

My future MIL called me the other day and asked if I wanted to go spend the day at the cash and carry show at the America’s Mart downtown. I was first like, um that would be fiscally irresponsible. And then I changed my mind to it would fiscally irresponsible re: Christmas presents not to go. So I took the day off and headed downtown at yesterday morning.

I was rather excited about going because it had been approximately ten years since I had been in the Mart. I’ve never got to make any purchases in the past. My experiences were working in a showroom during an off-time doing visuals or attending regional meetings for a former employer. Or when I used to travel for work a lot I would get stuck on MARTA with show attendees crushing my ribs on the way to their respective hotels. But I digress.

It was rather crazy. I looked at a lot of the name tags to see where people were coming from. Lots of Middle Georgia or just over the line in Alabama or South Carolina. My future MIL has been going to these events for thirty years because of her different side businesses and originally a large store she used to own in Buford.

I was able to get some Christmas gifts for family members and for B’s daughters. I was looking for bang for my buck type items. I spent just under $150 on some really great deals that I’m quite pleased about and can’t wait to go to Hobby Lobby and pick out my gift wrap color scheme for the year.

But I wanted to show you some of the madness through grainy, wobbly iPhone pics. There was plenty of junk that I didn’t partake in. No need to buy crap.

Loads and loads of what I would think of as disposable watches. Large faces with lots sparkle.

Some of the larger options looked rather good. And uber cheap.

Smocked Holiday clothes for all the little girls in the South

There were some really nice options in this sea of silver.

These entertaining items were going like hot cakes.

We shopped for other people till we just about dropped. There were quite a few food vendors with dip mixes, jellies, bbq sauces, etc. to buy. I think I tasted everything there was to taste. I thought this was reasonable since I hadn’t eaten any breakfast.

We did walk up a couple of blocks to Rays in the City to meet B for lunch. Then this happened.

Iceberg lettuce and bleu cheese. I’m the picture of health.

After lunch we went back to the Mart, got of our things out of holding and into my car. Then we went to some other floors that had a few showrooms open. The highlight was going in the vendor who sells Elizabeth McKay. It was all I could do to not buy ALL THE SAMPLES. Truly, heart breaking to leaving with nothing. But I got to see the summer things and died over all of it.

MIL goes to all the shows so its now on my calendar to spend a couple of days downtown with her during the January show. I was spinning my wheels yesterday going is there anything I can sell in this economy because OMG, THIS IS SO FREAKING FUN!!!!

But you know what I won’t be selling? These.

Bubble necklaces for everyone!