The 2013 Southern Living Idea House

Ever since my nieces made me join Instagram, I've been a bit obsessed. I check it at least 3x a day as it offers an amazing glimpse into people's daily lives- the people I know and love as well as many more that I don't know from around the world. I was particularly excited when I saw some gorgeous home pics on Nan McCollum's account (of Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia). When I asked her where she was, she replied "the new Southern Living Idea House in Tennessee." Perfect to blog about...

An enormous undertaking, the Southern Living Idea House team was assembled which included interior designer, Phoebe Howard and Historical Concepts as architect. For the 2013 home, the team decided to- in their words, "design, build and decorate the ultimate Southern farmhouse on the grounds of Fontanel, former home of country legend Barbara Mandrell."

The living room is the first impressive room you'll find, made of wide plank wood floors, spruce planked walls and wood beams that were salvaged from an 1890 Tennessee barn. Phoebe created a soft color palette too, which, as she shared, "reflects the surrounding sky and hills." 

As I just started a remodel of my kitchen, I'm acutely aware of what others now do in their own kitchens. This one is almost completely symmetrical, so it offers a nice sense of balance while the wood counter is a warm, inviting touch. 

Off the living room is a small and cozy study where Phoebe preferred filling the bookshelves with lots of books rather than knickknacks. (The paint color is Palm Leaf by Sherwin-Williams.) This guest bath utilizes lovely Ann Sacks moss green tile with a carrara marble sink and granite vanity top via 

For some reason, I've never had a nice bed frame and I've always wanted one. This grand spool bed is a bit of Southern fun, first made popular in the mid 19th century. The master bath, which also includes Ann Sacks tile, is absolutely stunning with this nook and painted dresser located between it and the bed. The large mirror is meant to reflect the natural light that is so well received in the bedroom. 

Perhaps my favorite part of the home are the two 'Bunkies' that are on the edge of the property. These pair of guest homes mimic each other and include a porch, bedroom, kitchenette and full bath. 

Phoebe chose a pretty blue and white palette with paisley wallpaper and tufted headboards for the 'Her' Bunkie- inspired by the work of fabric designers, Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton. This is just a glimpse into the entire compound. Click here to see a full tour, which includes video and more detail. (The Vintage Farmwife has great pics too) And thank you Instagram (and Nan), I love to be inspired...


Photos: Laurey W. Glenn   Content: Sweet Peach