2016 Southern Living Idea House

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.

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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.

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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.

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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…

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Every piece of furniture in this room is chosen for comfort and style.

café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

The entry hall, staircase and guest bedroom were designed by Montgomery, AL designer Ashley Gilbreath.

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Can’t get over this dream sofa/banquette goodness below the window!  And that table….

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

In designing the tiny guest bedroom, Ashley Gilbreath created custom lamp & nightstand shelves attached directly to the headboard. Genius!!

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Colorful dining room designed by Margaret Kirkland.

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Master bedroom design by Lauren Liess.

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Layered rugs, natural textures and earthy tones… I love everything this girl does! 🙂

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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.

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

Café Design | 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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!

xo,

Eva