A Home in The Making.

In October 2015, MT Laurel began construction on the 2016 Southern Living Idea House. During the 9 months that followed, the architect, builders, landscape architect, and interior designers selected for this project worked tirelessly to build this house and make it a home. From clearing the land to putting the final touches on the rooms inside, their hard work was evident in the 2016 Southern Living Idea House, one of the most innovative and interesting yet.

A Creative Collaboration.

Set in the timeless town of MT Laurel, designed by local architect Bill Ingram, and built by Bryan Phillips of Town Builders, Inc., this Idea House celebrated traditional Southern design with modern detail.

In celebration of Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary, five respected interior designers brought their talents to the 2016 Southern Living Idea House. Amy Berry, Ashley Gilbreath, Lauren Liess, Margaret Kirkland and Mark D. Sikes, were given their own room within the Idea House to showcase their distinctive visions—each inspired by a page from past Southern Living issues.

Helping Our Community.

After a successful six-month open house hosting thousands of visitors, the 50th Anniversary Southern Living Idea House, located in the Town of MT Laurel, closed in December 18, 2016. Every year, the Southern Living Idea House is focused not only about creating an inspiring home, but also improving the surrounding community. During the six months the home was open for tours, each admission fee benefited two Birmingham-based charities, Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the Mt Laurel Public Library.

The Town of MT Laurel is pleased to announce that the 2016 Southern Living Idea House raised over $16,450 for each organization! Over 8,200 visitors from across the country came to MT Laurel to tour the beautiful home. Read more about the impact of the Southern Living Idea House in MT Laurel here.