Building Homes for Hope

A preview of the second annual Lake Oconee Showcase of Homes tour to benefit Greene County Habitat for Humanity. Last fall, Greene County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) launched its first ever “Showcase of Homes” tour at Reynolds Lake Oconee in hopes of raising funds to support its building projects throughout the coming year. The wake…

Accessible Elegance

The Woodward family opens their home to support the Shepherd Center – Inside this luxurious estate at Reynolds Lake Oconee, it might be necessary to point out during the Showcase of Homes tour that it is completely handicapped accessible, and that’s exactly what the homeowners were aiming for when designing and building their new home….

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…