One thing I love about Southern Living magazine is the Idea House program they do each year. Whenever they come to town I always make sure I stop by for a visit (or two or three!). I’ve been to maybe 5 Idea Houses in my life, plus one Southern Accents home in Birmingham. So when the 2013 Southern Living Idea House came to my neck of the woods in Nashville I knew I had to stop by.
This past week I stopped by the house to take a tour. This year’s house was based on a farmhouse concept, with five buildings surrounding a common front yard. The central main house contained the master suite, living room, kitchen, dining room, library, laundry and back porch. A 2-story guest cottage on the left held two guest bedrooms while another guest bedroom was located above the garage on the right. Two adorable bunk houses containing additional bedroom suites completed the design.
This is a fresh take on previous Idea Houses, as is how the property will be used after the tours have been completed. Instead of being sold for private residence, the property will become a boutique hotel available for rentals, events and weddings. The Idea House is available for tours thru December 29 and will open as a hotel in February 2014. I kept that in mind as I visited and have already picked out which rooms I want to stay in next year!
Overall I really liked this house. The overall design was wonderful but for me I really liked the little moments and vignettes scattered throughout the home: the combination of textures on the beds, a wooden pig stacked on books, the mix of wood and leathers in different rooms. My favorite spaces were the wraparound deck on the main house, the main floor suite of the guest cottage, the kitchen and the main house’s back porch.
I took a gobsmack load of pictures and had a tough time picking my favorites. But here they are! You can learn more about the Idea House by visiting Southern Living’s website. I plan to visit again as it gets closer to holiday season as I want to see how the Idea House team decks these halls!