2013 Southern Living Idea House Breaks Ground (Literally!)

December 11, 2012 | By | Comments (7)
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Hey everyone! We are so thrilled that Southern Living has decided to build their 59th Idea House at the Fontanel, only 15 minutes from downtown Nashville—the best city in the South, if you ask us! We’ll be reporting to you on the ground from Nashville with all the latest news and happenings as this house is built before our eyes. 

But first things first: the groundbreaking ceremony!
 We were there to watch (how many groundbreaking ceremonies does one get invited to….ever?), scope out the scene (both people as well as the fantastic site) and report it all for you! So here’s a snapshot (well, several actually) from the big day:

There was amazing food! We were delighted (extreme understatement) to see and eat several delectable Southern Living made treats, while waiting for the ceremony to begin.

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The mayor came! Karl Dean, Nashville’s mayor, gave a few words about how the Southern Living Idea House would add to the attractions of Nashville and would help make Nashville a much more compelling place to visit. (Over 80,000 visitors regularly tour Idea Houses.)

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The Editor-in-Chief spoke! Lindsay Bierman, editor-in-chief of Southern Living Magazine (We love his brown tweed suit!) had some very exciting things to share about the Idea House at the Fontanel:

• Breaking tradition with Idea Houses in the past which are normally sold after being open to the public, this Idea House will be converted to a bed and breakfast and event space for the Fontanel!

• The Idea House team (builder: Castle Homes, architect: Historical Concepts, designer: Phoebe Howard, and landscape architect: Page Duke) is working hard to create a refined and relaxed farmhouse that builds on Tennessee’s rich architectural legacy giving the home an authentic sense of place.

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It’s all being done for charity! Rick Shadyac, Jr. (President of St. Jude’s Hospital, pictured above) spoke next. We were so excited as we learned that St. Jude would be the charity partner for the Southern Living Idea House. When St. Jude opened its doors 50 years ago, the survival rate of a child with cancer was a dismal 4%. Now, the rate has climbed to an unbelievable 94%! The amazing work this hospital does for children is incredible and we can think of nothing better than for this Idea House to help bring more attention and revenue to St. Jude’s efforts! To know more about St. Jude, their mission and incredible work, click on this link for more information: www.stjude.org.

And then from there the fun began…lots of digging and hard hats to be seen:

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And what’s a groundbreaking ceremony without some cake?

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Yes, that amazing cake is actually a replica of what the Idea House will look like. Isn’t it fantastic? We can’t wait!!

Stay tuned for more updates from the Fontanel. We look forward to reporting the progress in the months to come!

Anna-Kristin and Cameron



  1. Gina Abell

    I pass by this every day coming home from work and it is beautiful. Hope there will be an open house so we can stop by go thru it.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm
  2. Jean Mulrine DeMange

    When will this one be open so we can plan a trip to visit. Like to plan ahead having gone to most of your idea houses for many years.

    December 26, 2012 at 10:18 am
  3. Tom Weaver

    Southern Living’s choice of blog “ambassadors” for Nashville is perfect!

    December 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm
  4. Gayle Yarbrough

    Looks like the perfect spot for me when visiting family in Nashville.

    Thanks for doing such an incredible job of bringing interesting facts and ideas to all your viewers.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:30 am


    December 13, 2012 at 6:05 am
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  7. Nancy Hickman McNulty

    2013 Idea House builder, Castle Homes, was so excited to host you for a walk through last week and lunch at the delicious on-site Cafe Fontanella. This house is going to be packed with so many inspirational ideas…we can’t wait to read your blogs along this fun journey!

    December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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