Monday, August 18th, 2008

Sweet Home Alabama


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Well, I always manage to visit the most highbrow of places when I’m on the road. Conway Twitty City, Wall Drug, Cooter’s Dukes of Hazzard Museum and now Magnolia Manor. Yup, I’m in Helene Helena Alabama at the home of my friend Richard’s parents, and last night we took in all the sites. First was Magnolia Manor, the gracious home where Borat brought a hooker to a Southern hospitality etiquette dinner night. We were going to hold up plastic bags for the shot but realized that it would be in poor taste. Just kidding, we just could not find any plastic bags, plus, it was really dark out:

The other “famous” home, right around the corner, USED to belong to some guy with long hair named Bo something who lost on American Idol. It was too dark to take a picture, and really, who cares? We ended the tour with a stop at the local watering hole, which it turns out is only open for lunch after church on Sundays and then locks up tighter than a drum. Ah, The Bible Belt!

As for home decor shopping, the 18th Street area of Homewood outside Birmingham had some really fun stores. The people at Soho Interiors were really friendly and another store called At Home was a lot of fun to browse. I even caught myself digging the crazy lakehouse store (Seibel’s) full of twig furniture and lamps made from old Coleman lanterns. The main drag was really cute and all the shops had fun building facades like these:

One more picture-worthy thing in Alabama is this wallpaper from a bar bathroom. The bar was across the street from the toy store pictured above, and whatever you do, don’t order food there. Seriously, how can you screw up chicken fingers so badly? Just buy some Birdseyes from the frozen foods section at the Piggly Wiggly, for the love of god! There is just no excuse! The only thing saving that place is this fabulous wallpaper:

Alright, I must go start my quest to find 1980’s magnolia wallpaper. Seriously, it’s so Kate Spade, it’s just TDF. I’m mentally decorating my guestroom around it as I type. Or maybe my closet. Or bathroom. Hmmm…

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!


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  1. Lurry says:

    August 21st, 2008 at 6:26 pm (#)

    Wow. I would like to visit here and listen to my beard grow.

  2. Staci says:

    August 26th, 2008 at 6:52 am (#)

    I was really glad to see that you had visited our lovely state, but I hate you had such a bad experience. Just to correct it is Helena not Helene and your guests should have taken you to one of the great resturants very near the bad bar food. I’m glad you visited At Home, one of my favorites. If you ever get near again ask for someone to show you aournd the incredible loft district dowtown and all of the quirky shops in the area. Birmingham is really a great place if you go to the right places!

  3. Becky says:

    August 26th, 2008 at 7:09 am (#)

    Hi Staci!

    No, we did not have time for Birmingham proper, but I have seen so many great designers and shops represented in glossies like House Beautiful, Domino, and Cottage Living that I never doubted there would be fun shopping there.

    My intent was not to give an overall bad experience; we had a ball and the only negative was some bad mystery meet calling itself chicken fingers. The rest of the food was deliciously home-cooked (including corn on the cob on the grill – YUM!) by Mr. and Mrs. Murray on our weekend so we had no desire to venture out too far beyond their grill.

    Thanks for the Helene/Helena tip. I will correct that ASAP!


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