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…