Wrap-around porches, canopies and lavish window treatments, collections that tell a great story, are all essential elements of Southern décor. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Southern Living Magazine’s first issue and with that comes the treat of a very special showhouse. A group of five designers together with Birmingham, AL architect Bill Ingram have been handed the task to create an idea house that reflects the Southern charm reinvented with a modern day perspective. They were given archival photos of past SL show rooms for inspiration and the result is a gorgeous home that is comfortable, chic, livable and possibly my favorite showhouse ever!
Architect Bill Ingram designed the house, its kitchen, family room and powder room.
Below, one of the most beautiful kitchens I’ve seen in a long time. Playful French bistro chairs are a perfect match for the kitchen’s elegant, dramatic look. The walls and cabinetry are ¨Evergreen¨ by Sherwin-Williams.
The neutral living room below was designed by Mark D. Sikes. As a great way to deal with the room’s size, Sikes divided the space into different zones by grouping furniture into smaller, cozier conversation areas.
I love everything about it: the quirkiness of this bird print gallery wall above the sofa, the mix of patterns and the way metals and wood coexist organically…
Every piece of furniture in this room is chosen for comfort and style.
The entry hall, staircase and guest bedroom were designed by Montgomery, AL designer Ashley Gilbreath.
Can’t get over this dream sofa/banquette goodness below the window! And that table….
In designing the tiny guest bedroom, Ashley Gilbreath created custom lamp & nightstand shelves attached directly to the headboard. Genius!!
Colorful dining room designed by Margaret Kirkland.
Master bedroom design by Lauren Liess.
Layered rugs, natural textures and earthy tones… I love everything this girl does! 🙂
Feminine and playful, the ¨pajama room¨ designed by Amy Berry is a small reading space/ home office. It’s amazing how much furniture fits into this room! Choosing armless pieces with slim lines keeps it from feeling cluttered and makes it work beautifully.
Fresh and light color palettes, organic choices of fabric, comfort and elegance are what make this Idea House my kind of perfect! I hope you enjoyed the tour and if you’re in the Birmingham, AL area make sure to check it out in person-details for visits here. Have a great week!