The charm of Serenbe

One could blog about the environmentally conscious and uber stylish community of Serenbe every day of the year as there is so much to admire about this extraordinary place, just 30 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta. I first visited Serenbe for a story I produced for TBS a few years ago and have gone back to visit whenever possible. (you may remember Lisa and Cindy's Southern porch blog post) Above is part of the Inn at Serenbe which is an incredible place to stay if you're looking for a little southern charm and a break from city life...

The Inn's pool house is simple and rustic with some fun touches, such as the wooden chicken art piece and the colorful compass painted atop the ceiling.

The wide and deep porch swing makes a nap or book time pure bliss...

I love the check-in house with the masculine black paint and the pop of red from the old time chairs and Coca Cola sign. And you can't go wrong with industrial pendant lights...

I'm a fan of the modern barn door look as it sets the tone of a space and makes me think the place is hip before I even peek inside. Serenbe is all about timeless cool with a heaping dose of southern soul to match. If you live in or near Atlanta, it's most certainly worth a trip...or two...or three...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach

Lisa and Cindy's Southern Porch...

Lisa and Cindy live in the charming, environmentally conscious (and design conscious) community of Serenbe, located in the Chattahoochee Hill Country, just 32 miles southwest of Atlanta. They describe their home style as a mix of eclectic, modern and rustic. Growing up in Ohio, they both have a fondness for the midwest, the farm life and furnishing with history and soul. With a wide and inviting front porch, (a prerequisite for all homes at Serenbe) their Shaker style farmhouse abode is a community focused home. 

 

One of the first things you notice on their porch is the rustic and inviting farm table. Lisa found this gem, which dates back to the early 1800's, at a local garage sale. She purchased the six school chairs from a flea market for $80. And the large vessel filled with cold lemon water? Well that's just something you have to do in the South...

This red bench and the colored metal containers were purchased at the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta. Although the bench has a southern feel, it's actually Asian. Set against the white backdrop of their home, the red bench combined with the colorful containers give the porch that pop both Lisa and Cindy were looking for. The beach cruiser was given to Lisa as a gift and the stylish basket bought from Relish Home + Interior Design. 

Repurposed chairs invite conversation on the back porch. The small chair hung on the wall was found at a flea market in Georgia but made in Lisa and Cindy's home state of Ohio. In the Shaker community, it was common to see extra chairs placed on the wall and given that their Georgia home is in the Shaker style, it complements their space brilliantly. 

Lisa learned early on that finding pieces that are in budget and in style is great, but if it's not comfortable it's not worth it. This uber-inviting, spacious swing on their back porch was worth the extra investment. It sways gently and offers the perfect place to relax with a book, a cup of coffee or someone cuddly... 

So lovely, thank you for sharing Lisa and Cindy. I think we'll need to do a second blog post about inside your home...this sneak peak just begs for more!  

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach