Updated:SENOIA, Ga. — The pages of Southern Living magazine come to life in Senoia as the city hosts the 2010 Southern Living Idea House.
The magazine works in conjunction with local communities, developers, designers and other entities to regularly create Idea Houses. The houses illustrate what southern living is all about. The magazine has partnered in showcasing these houses for nearly 20 years. This year, there is an Idea House in Senoia and one in Louisiana.
"With the growing attention on small town life and family-oriented, walkable communities, we set our sights on finding a historic town under revitalization," said Kristen Payne, Director Southern Living Homes Group.
Senoia is about an hour south of Atlanta.
"The house has had a very positive impact on Senoia," Scott Tigchelaar said. Tigchelaar is a partner in the development featuring the Idea House.
"This was formerly a sleepy little town that not many people knew about, something we liked to refer to as '25 miles and 100 years from Atlanta,'" he said. "However, Southern Living is now the fifth largest magazine in the U.S. with over 16 million readers, and the 2010 Idea House has introduced Senoia to all those loyal fans, many of whom have come to tour the home. That translates into great exposure for the restaurants and merchants in the town."
"This town is blending the best of today with the nostalgia of yesterday," added Payne. "It's why we chose this location to tell our story with this year's Idea House."
The Idea House in Senoia is a brownstone. It's the first brownstone Southern Living has ever used for such a project.
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"It's the first of what will eventually be an entire street of brownstones," Tigchelaar said. "The lifestyle it offers is so unique, it feels like Savannah but it's just 35 minutes from Hartsfield Airport."
Tours of the house are offered Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 12. Adult tickets are $10 each.
Southern Living teamed with The American Cancer Society's Cattle Barons' Ball to assist with the management of the Idea House. Volunteers from the group will facilitate tours of the house and the Ball will receive a percentage of ticket sales as a donation.
For more on the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, click here.
Southern Living has brought the Southern Living Idea House to Georgia before.
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