The 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Front exterior

For its 50th Anniversary Idea House, Southern Living returned to its roots in Birmingham, Alabama where the magazine is based. I am always marveling at the incredible design talent we have in the South and it seems Birmingham has a very vibrant design scene. I need to plan a trip there soon! Southern Living commissioned my friend, talented architect, Bill Ingram to design the beautiful house which features several of the hallmarks of Bill’s work. In addition, the magazine turned to a handful of young designers with Southern roots to design the various rooms throughout the house. The house will be open to the public through December 18, 2016 (full visitor details here). It was especially fun to see the tour of this year’s Idea House since several friends designed spaces for it!

foyer from the living room

{Designer Ashley Gilbreath designed a bedroom along with the 10 foot wide center hall which divides the kitchen and dining room from the living room and master bedroom on the other side of the house.}

kitchen overall

{In addition to designing the architecture for the house, Bill Ingram also designed the kelly green kitchen, back hall, and family room. This kitchen is not for wallflowers as it gives a major dose of color!}

banquette seating detail in dining room

{In the pattern-driven dining room, Margaret Kirkland sought to create a space that worked for everyday rather than just special occasions. That being said, a pair of banquettes for pre-dinner drinks certainly add a fun touch!}

overall of family room

{The beautiful family room by Bill Ingram features a dramatic and labor-intensive tented ceiling. The kitchen opens onto the family room, so the green palette is carried over. The space is both elegant and cozy.}

living room overall

{In the living room, my good friend, Mark D. Sikes opted for a timeless, neutral color palette and divided the large space into two cozy areas more conducive to conversation. The space also features chic plaster chandeliers by Stephen Antonson and beautiful furniture from Mark’s upcoming collection for Henredon.}

master bedroom

{For the master bedroom and bathroom, my sweet friend, Lauren Liess also used a neutral palette along with fabrics from her line, all executed in her signature relaxed, natural vibe.}

master bath looking through doors in bedroom

{The custom, slatted doors leading into the master bath mimic the diagonal lines on some of the kitchen cabinetry. The series of pressed botanicals echoes the look and feel Lauren created in the master bedroom.}

Amy Berry pajama lounge

{In the Pajama Lounge, my friend Amy Berry sought to create a fun space where girlfriends might enjoy martinis in their pajamas. She upholstered the walls and banquettes in an animal print fabric and placed a whimsical tête-à-tête in the center of the space.}

Paloma Signature

5 thoughts on “The 2016 Southern Living Idea House

  1. Love the herbarium collection above the tub. (Must copy that!)
    I am not a fan of green, especially not kelly green, but that kitchen is very pretty, and butcher block countertops go really well with the green.
    The tented ceiling is gorgeous and dramatic, but my only thought is, DUST. Ever the pragmatist…..

  2. The rooms all look great. I love Margaret Kirkland and Mark D. Sikes rooms the best. Does Mark ever do wrong with his interiors, seriously? Does anyone else get a Mary McDonald vibe from Bill Ingram’s living room, with the bold green walls and the large Greek key trim?

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