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Southern Farmhouse Becomes Magazine Idea House

A classic 1830’s southern farmhouse outside Atlanta, Georgia gained notoriety when it became Southern Living Magazine’s Idea House in 2012. The entire renovation of this southern charmer by Historical Concepts took approximately 7 months before it stood proud in its new glory. All the amazing details you’d expect to find in a classic farmhouse you’ll find right here. From the large wrap around porch to its easy-living style, I think you’ll fall instantly in love with this beauty.

Southern Farmhouse RemodelPhoto by Historical Concepts

Above, white clapboard siding and black shutters create elegant yet casual appeal. Brick steps lead you to the deep wrap around porch, the quintessential icon of any Southern home. Cozy lighting creates warm appeal on lazy summer nights, while a glimpse of the gorgeous staircase peeks through the open front door.

A spacious porch swing provides welcome relief at the end of the day, flanked by two metal vintage porch chairs. Lime green end tables are perfect perches for a glass of lemonade or iced tea and add fun color to this end of the porch with its geometric-patterned rug.

Southern Farmhouse Front PorchPhoto by Historical Concepts


Large planters spill over with greenery and flowers, flanking the front door of this southern farmhouse with full sidelight panels. A textured welcome mat catches stray dirt before stepping across the threshold.

Details of Farmhouse Entry WayPhoto by Historical Concepts


Inside, neutral-colored curtains draw softness around the home’s front entrance while gleaming wood floors provide rich appeal against white shiplap walls. A painted farm chair lends a bit of vintage whimsy. A simple schoolhouse light finishes off the classic styling of the entry way.

Farmhouse Foyer with StaircasePhoto by Historical Concepts


More chippy goodness makes its way into the living room in the form of a weathered sofa table holding books and cherished items behind the white tufted sofa. Healthy plants and a couple of coral-colored flowers lend bits of color to the beautiful, neutral decor of the historic living room. Floor-to-ceiling drapes add elegance while firewood in a simple basket in the fireplace lend casual charm.

Updated Southern Farmhouse Living RoomPhoto by Historical Concepts


A cozy corner under the staircase creates a quiet spot for reading. A white, vintage dresser features old trophies filled with flowers from the garden.

Reading Nook Under StairwayPhoto by Historical Concepts


White walls and cabinetry brighten the kitchen while black accents lend a bit of drama. Over-sized southern farmhouse lighting becomes a statement piece over the expansive kitchen island. A utilitarian sink in the corner gets a fun treatment with a striped skirt and café curtain at the window.

Southern Farmhouse KitchenPhoto by Historical Concepts


Wrap-around windows allow ample sunlight to cascade through the windows of the dining alcove.  Elegant armchairs pair with rustic wooden bins topped with tufted cushions to provide comfy of seating at meals. When creating the farmhouse look, a bit of black is always a good choice and the designer used the color here in the form of an industrial pendant light.

Southern Farmhouse Dining RoomPhoto by Historical Concepts


Blue and white wallpaper adds a touch of color to the classic powder room with black and white tile flooring. A simple utilitarian bench lends a step up to the white pedestal sink. Note the use of a large mirror to cover the window above the sink.

Farmhouse Powder Room Photo by Historical Concepts


Painted shiplap walls and ceiling provide the classic farmhouse backdrop for this gorgeous, vintage bathroom. A woven textile rug adds texture while a chippy painted chair provides a holding place for towels and clothing while bathing. Simple sconces grace a corner vanity with painted sink cabinet.

Farmhouse BathroomPhoto by Historical Concepts


Surprisingly, a flood of blue colors one of the bedrooms in this historic farmhouse.

Under-the-Eaves Bedroom in BluePhoto by Historical Concepts


When you live in the South, outdoor spaces are just as important as indoor spaces and this beautiful porch creates an inviting space for relaxing and entertaining. You can see more photos of this amazing southern farmhouse by Historical Concepts over at Houzz.

Southern Farmhouse Back PorchPhoto by Historical Concepts


See More Beautiful Southern Homes:

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Relaxed Southern Living in a Georgia Home

South Carolina Lake Home in Neutral Tones

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  1. Hi Jennifer,

    The Southern Living house is actually in Senoia, GA which is located outside of Atlanta. We toured it and it is absolutely gorgeous.

    I took lots of photos and posted them on my blog but had to take it down (as did many bloggers) until the issue of Southern Living came out I think that August so they could feature it ahead of bloggers (hope that makes sense). I took it down and advised why on my blog and lots of people thought it would be good advertisement for the SL issue as well as the house itself but as my granddaughter would say..whatever!

    Also, Senoia is the town where The Walking Dead is filmed, did you know that? My husband watched that show but it was too gory for me!

  2. beautiful home. do you have any idea of who makes the blue and white wallpaper in the bathroom?
    thanks so much!

  3. Classic look, as if it could have been decorated last week. Some colors used here are a bit too funky for me, but good design just never changes. Marry Christmas 2021!