The Southern Living 2013 Idea House at Fontanel officially opens to the public tomorrow!
While we’re counting down the minutes until its mahogany doors open (at 9 a.m.!), we’re still reminiscing about Wednesday night’s opening party where nearly 500 guests christened the latest (and arguably greatest!) Southern Living Idea House. The colorful crowd included country stars, local leaders, and of course the great minds behind the project. Rolling Tennessee hills in the background and The Farm playing those notes just right, it was clear, the party was on.
With a successful opening party under its belt (or more appropriately, its reclaimed wood beams), it’s your turn to see the house.
Here’s what you’ll find: Southern Living contributing editor and Fontanel interior decorator Phoebe Howard served up a warm, neutral palate that creates a gracious and relaxed feel.
Beyond the beautiful interiors, nearly 2,800 square feet of porches surround the U-shaped farmhouse, making it ideal for entertaining.
In the gardens, regionally indigenous plants like magnolias, boxwood, and hydrangea welcome guests. Mandrell Family roses were planted as homage to country music legend (and avid gardener) Barbara Mandrell and her family, the original owners of the Fontanel property.
Do stop by this year. And mark your calendar: Next year the house will reopen as a boutique hotel. The porch is waiting for you.
Fontanel At a Glance:
- Location: 4133 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37189
- Visit: June 29 through December 29, Wednesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tickets: $12 on site.
A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and children like Mae, our official Idea House Ambassador.