Building homes for hope

– A glimpse inside Greene Habitat’s inaugural Showcase of Homes tour – Photographed by JP Bond –  For anyone who has swung a hammer with fellow volunteers, rinsed a paint brush or two, or watched a homeowner being presented a key to their new house, there is a sense that Habitat for Humanity is about…

Bicentennial estate

– Madison’s historic Thurleston house marks its 200th year – In the past two centuries, countless lives have come and gone from this area, but the Thurleston house is still standing, grander than ever. The historic antebellum home that sits on 35 acres in Madison and is known for its luxurious gardens, turned 200 years…

Cup of Hospitality

– Written by Leara Rhodes – Southern hospitality is a phrase many southerners would examine and then walk away from, knowing there was no need to explain – it is a lifestyle. Some southerners know the cultural meanings behind the rituals of preparing a mint julep. Some southerners know why silver cups have to be…

Lakeside Retreat

– Fresh colors and comfortable furnishings come together for a seamless design – Written by Maggie Griffin – Photographed by Brian Bieder – As an interior designer, some of the best moments of your career are defined by ambitious projects and memorable clients. So, when a couple who has spent their careers building custom homes…

Backyard Bouquet

– Hosting a wedding? Plan and plant early to get your backyard ready for that special day – Written by Helen Newling Lawson – – Photography by Brandy Angel – From the bridal bouquet to the table arrangements, most weddings are enhanced by the beauty of flowers. If you plan to host a wedding at…

Holidays at Honeymoon

A crown jewel of Madison’s historic district opens its doors for the Holiday Tour of Homes –   Gracing the southern end of Madison’s historic district, “Honeymoon” stands as an ambassador to the grandeur of the town’s signature Antebellum homes. Nicknamed by one of its earlier owners in honor of her childhood home, the 1851…

Outdoor Plants for Indoor Elegance

Ready to take your holiday plants beyond poinsettias? Using outdoor plants as indoor décor can create an unexpectedly elegant feel. Try some of these plants for a natural celebration of the season. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.) The large trumpet-shape flowers of Amaryllis are a popular choice for holiday gift giving and decorating. But while they may…

‘As it was told to me’

The legacy of Madison’s consummate tour guide, Hattie Mina Hicky, continues –   Madison has become famous for its beautiful, sprawling antebellum homes which stand like enormous sentinels guarding the memory and grandeur of the Old South. It is no wonder that crowds flock to these historic homes for tours year after year. But what…

Harbor Club unveils Southern Living Inspired home

When Harbor Club on Lake Oconee was hand-picked as a Southern Living Inspired Community earlier this year, the award-winning lake and golf community embarked on an ambitious partnership with the publication that culminated in October with the grand opening of the beautifully-conceived Southern Living Inspired Home. Framed by the 11th hole of the Harbor Club…

Oasis on Oconee

For a moment, you can forget where you are. The sound of rushing water over boulders. The shade of palm trees. Summer music piping through the swim-up bar. An occasional “thwack” of a golf ball. By the looks of the 60,000-gallon pool on one side and white sand beach on the other, you can imagine…