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SOUTHERN LIVING OPENS A 'SMALL HOME THAT LIVES BIG' NEAR ATLANTA

 SOUTHERN LIVING OPENS A 'SMALL HOME THAT LIVES BIG' NEAR ATLANTA
 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Southern Living Idea House, which opens May 30 near Atlanta, proves that you don't have to build a mansion to enjoy a beautiful, spacious home.
 Co-sponsored by Southern Living magazine and the American Wood Council, Lakeside Cottage is located at Reynolds Plantation. Reynolds Plantation is a 4,000-acre golf and lake community located on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga.
 This new cottage not only gives visitors ideas for their own homes but also reflects an important trend in the house plan industry.
 More and more designers are creating plans that have less square footage, yet still incorporate key features found in large homes, Southern Living said. Nine-foot ceilings, large windows and an open arrangement of rooms can make smaller, less expensive homes appear larger than they are. The new idea house gives visitors a first-hand look at these design techniques.
 Architect William H. Phillips Jr. designed the idea house as part of the Southern Living Cottage Collection of house plans, several of which have been built at Reynolds Plantation. In designing Lakeside Cottage, Phillips said he drew some of his ideas from visitors touring other Southern Living cottages at Reynolds Plantation.
 What people want, he said, are smaller houses that seem big: single-floor living space, a lake-oriented view, and guest quarters that could double as a home office.
 With those needs in mind, Phillips created a comfortable, single- floor home with 2,400 square feet of heated space, three bedrooms and two and one-half baths. (An optional second floor provides space for two additional bedrooms and another bath. Above the garage is space for an optional office or playroom.)
 To keep a cottage look on the exterior, Phillips used wide casings around the windows. This allowed him to flood the interior with light, while making the actual glass area seem smaller from the outside. Vertical board-and-batten cedar siding with cedar shingle accents, along with a stucco finish for the foundation and chimneys, helps soften the exterior and maintain a traditional cottage look.
 Inside, Lakeside Cottage has a large central family room that features a vaulted ceiling and oversized dormers to fill the room with light. The dining room, kitchen, breakfast room and screened porch are situated to share the light-filled volume of the living room. As a result, this 2,400-square-foot house feels more like a 5,000-square- foot house, Phillips said.
 For privacy, the master bedroom, to the right of the family living area, is separated from the other two bedrooms, which are located at the opposite end of the house.
 As for the interior design, Shane Meder & Associates of Atlanta demonstrated that cottage decor is not necessarily "country cute."
 "It's all about comfort," said Meder, who hosts "Creating Style" on Atlanta's NBC affiliate. "It's comfortable and not too serious."
 Visitors might expect a magazine to frequent exclusive design shops. However, Southern Living found almost all the interior furniture, fabrics and wall coverings for Lakeside Cottage at Pier 1 Imports and Speigel -- both of which are mainstream retailers accessible to the general public.
 Flexibility is key to the furnishings Meder selected for Lakeside Cottage. For the living area, he used a floral print fabric on some of the upholstered pieces and a wide peach-and-white stripe on another sofa and pair of chairs. The four chairs and two sofas can be moved, mixed and matched very easily. They also can be moved to focus on the fireplace in winter or a great view of the lake in the summer.
 "You control the room," Meder said. "The room doesn't control you."
 Like furniture, accessories should be flexible, Meder said. "Don't have everything out all the time," he said. "For example, I might do brass candlesticks in the winter and crystal ones in the summer."
 Lakeside Cottage will be open daily, May 30 - Oct. 31 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday). Admission is free.
 Visitors also can enjoy the scenery at Reynolds Plantation, which is situated along Georgia's historic Antebellum Trail. It features Great Waters, a signature golf course by Jack Nicklaus, and the Plantation Course, designed by Hubert Green, Fuzzy Zoeller and Bob Cupp.
 From Atlanta, take I-20 east toward Augusta to exit 53 at Greensboro. Go south on State 44 for seven miles, and then turn left on to Linger Longer Road. Continue to the Reynolds Plantation security gates; then follow the signs to the Southern Living/American Wood Council Idea House.
 Southern Living is published by Southern Progress Corporation, which also publishes Progressive Farmer, Southern Accents, Travel South and Cooking Light magazines, as well as Oxmoor House books. The Birmingham-based subsidiary of Time Publishing Ventures Inc., is the largest regional magazine and book publisher in the country.
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