A Look Inside the 2016 Idea House: Kitchen, Family Room, & Master Suite

After nine months of careful planning and construction, the 50th Anniversary Southern Living Idea House in Mt Laurel has been wowing visitors for months. This year, in a nod to the magazine’s 50th Anniversary, five renowned interior designers were assigned rooms throughout the home and were given tear sheets from past issues of the magazine to inspire their selections. The results is a one-of-a-kind Idea Home with many stand out rooms and thoughtful ideas, all showcasing the breath of Southern style.

We previously dove into the designer touches in the Living Room, Foyer, and Dining Room. This week, we’re featuring 4 other spaces on the first floor: the family room, kitchen, master bedroom, and master bathroom.

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Kitchen in the Southern Living Idea House photo credit: Laurey Glenn

The Kitchen

Not only did Birmingham based architect, Bill Ingram design the Idea House, he also chose the interior design selections for the Kitchen, Family Room, Family Room, Powder Room, and Side Hall. When you enter this wing of the home, the first thing you’ll notice is the rich evergreen color on the walls. The Kitchen is saturated with evergreen from the walls, the ceiling, the oven hood, and even the custom Wellborn cabinets. This showstopper color gives a nod to a cozy farmhouse style while bringing in beautiful modern elements. There are two undermount kitchen sinks, one for prep and one for cleanup, and classic Absolute Black honed granite counters streamline the look. An impressive 6-burner Thermador oven and large hood ground the enormous butcher block island. The bar stools by Serena and Lily bring an updated black and white twist to rattan chairs.

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Family Room in Southern Living Idea House
Photo credit: Laurey Glenn

The Family Room

The Kitchen naturally flows into the Family Room and the first thing you’ll notice here is the dramatic tented ceiling, a throwback to the 1960s. In a simple fabric, the process of intricately hanging the tented fabric at the ceiling was not for the faint of heart, but as Ingram told Southern Living, “There is no other treatment with such impact.” With modern artwork and hand pressed botanicals adorning the walls and a beautiful floor to ceiling window, this room brings the best of nature inside the home. Comfortable and classic chairs and a sofa by Serena and Lily make this a cozy room for family nights in.




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Master Bedroom in the Southern Living Idea House
Photo credit Laurey Glenn

The Master Bedroom

When you step into the Master Bedroom, you’ll notice the neutral colors and relaxing naturals from the living room continue into the master suite. Designed by Lauren Liess, the master suite is draped in a neutral burlap wall covering and adorned with natural fabrics and materials, creating a relaxing retreat.

Lauren Liess’ design for both the Master Bedroom and Master Bath was inspired by tear sheets from Southern Living articles in the late 70’s.  Liess told Southern Living, “The bedroom from the October 1979 issue had some sort of burlap wall covering, chartreuse shag carpeting, and a big four poster bed. I knew I could take the same palette and freshen it up for today.”

To modernize the inspiration, she created a draped canopy bed with clean lines. She also used simple bedding, with only a pop of the chartreuse color in the canopy print and coverlet. In lieu of matching nightstands, she paired a classic Parsons desk on one side of the bed with an antique light wood chest on the opposite side. A quiet sitting area in the front of the room is surrounded by a mix of antique and modern wall art.

Master Bathroom in the Southern Living Idea House Photo credit: Laurey Glenn

Master Bathroom in the Southern Living Idea House
Photo credit: Laurey Glenn

Master Bathroom

In the Master Bathroom, the freestanding tub commands attention, defined by a beautiful arched alcove and framed botanical artwork. Custom louvered doors elevate the entryway and create a symmetrical four-door square inside the bathroom. The large skylight keep the space a bright and airy. The matching bathroom vanities are a timeless feature with clean cabinet storage and classic marble white counters.

There are so many unique and thoughtful ideas in this year’s Southern Living Idea House, the best way to experience them is in person. Plan your trip today to see this beautiful home before it closes to the public on December 18th.

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