Introducing the 2016 Idea House

April 19, 2016 | By | Comments (11)

Idea House hi_res image

With only a few short months until the grand opening of the 2016 Idea House, we will be updating you weekly with behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and Q&As with the team. 

The 50th Anniversary celebration continues as we introduce you to our 2016 Southern Living Idea House, located in our hometown of Birmingham, AL.

Set in the beautiful Town of Mt Laurel, designed by local architect Bill Ingram, and built by Bryan Phillips of Town Builders, Inc., this year’s house celebrates traditional Southern design with modern detail.

Our five extremely talented interior designers, Amy Berry, Ashley Gilbreath, Lauren Liess, Margaret Kirkland and Mark D. Sikes (all members of the Designer Network!), were given pages from past issues to inspire their selections.

Set to open at the end of June, this house is sure to leave you swooning.

Check back next week for a Q&A with the developers, The Town of Mt Laurel!



  1. design obsessing + life

    […] is also one of the designers (and in great company) for the 2016 Southern Living Idea House, which just opened in Birmingham, Alabama.  Check out her portfolio […]

    October 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  2. Alfred Herman

    August, 2016, edition:
    Pg. 114 diagram does not show any sinks in master bath.
    Walking thru living room to go from master bed room to kitchen/family room does not make sense.
    Louvered doors between master bed and bath will spread “bathroom noises”.

    September 30, 2016 at 7:00 am
  3. Susa Short

    Please name the velvet fabric used on dining room char seats.

    August 30, 2016 at 6:32 pm
  4. Ene Pate

    What is the material- similar to lattice work only square rather than angular., which is under the porch, closing in the bottom of the house

    August 28, 2016 at 8:26 am
  5. Susan Short

    Concerning the dining room chairs, the fabric on the back is listed given in the article, but not the velvet on the seats. Please share the name and make of that velvet as it seems like a perfect match with the C & T coral fabric.

    August 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  6. Amy spraker

    When will the 2016 idea house be decorated for Christmas? I am planning a trip and would like to incorporate the house in my trip.

    August 2, 2016 at 6:13 am
  7. Debra Buttram

    Fro where were the area rugs purchased for the living and dining room? Gorgeous!

    July 31, 2016 at 7:38 pm
  8. Julia rose

    I would like to purchase the rug on page 113. Southern living Ballard Designs decorating secrets, it is not a Ballard rug. HELP!!!!

    July 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  9. Catalina Sacks

    When I can see the plan?

    July 8, 2016 at 7:19 am
  10. Tanya Wenzel

    What are the hours of operation of the 2016 Southern Living House?

    July 5, 2016 at 8:17 pm
  11. Judith Rogers

    my friend and I are planning a ladies weekend for July.
    Can you please tell me your approximate location as it relates to large cities in Ala.
    Also where do you recommend travelers stay when coming to see the home and the other venues in the area. Botanical Gardens, shopping, Restaurants, Antebellum homes open to the public.
    Thank you, Judy

    June 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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