The wood beams in natural finish and the simple but elegant furnishings provide contrast and give the room a whole new life. The beams are from reclaimed wood that came from Sweetwater Mill near Huntsville, Alabama. The lumber specialist estimates that the tree from which the lumber was milled was 250 to 300 years old when it was cut down.
There’s been an ongoing battle between Alabama, Georgia and Florida over water rights. Tennessee even recently jumped into the fray. These Georgia homeowners opted for a synthetic lawn bordered by drought tolerant plants, cutting their water usage in half.
For a dash of delightful design, adorn doors that lead into a pantry or mudroom with colorful fabric. For her curtained glass doors, Alabama interior designer Mary Finch used a textile with a bit of a vintage motif.
Use beadboard to line a cabinet with glass doors or even open shelving to create instant, old-fashioned appeal, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The book features this 18th century farmhouse kitchen in Alabama.
Tallahassee is a major college town, with a student population of nearly 70,000. Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and many other colleges are located in the city. FSU, a space-grant and sea-grant research university, ranked as the 43rd top public school in the nation in 2015, tied with University of Alabama, according to the U.S. News and World Report.