The 2016 Southern Living Idea House celebrates the history of the magazine on its 50th anniversary year. Located in the town of Mt Laurel just outside of Birmingham, Alabama, the classic Southern cottage was completed entirely by designers with roots in the region. Shop the lighting looks selected by these designers in our sneak peek of the home before planning your visit!
entry & stairway | ashley gilbreath
Ashley Gilbreath of Montgomery, Alabama brings casual elegance to the entry and stairs with a series of Kristen Blakeney sketches, brass fixtures and a striped runner.
living room | mark d. sikes
Interior and fashion designer Mark D. Sikes created an inviting atmosphere in the living room with a color palette of warm neutrals.
dining room | margaret kirkland
Atlanta-based designer Margaret Kirkland used color to balance traditional pieces with contemporary accents in the dining room.
master suite | lauren liess
The nature-inspired first floor master suite is the work of Lauren Liess, interior designer and author of Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating.
The spacious bathroom features grasscloth wallpaper, a white skirted tub and matching pair of luxurious marble vanities.
family room & powder room | bill ingram
Ingram selected bold, black and white striped wallpaper, antique brass sconces and a round bamboo mirror in the powder room.
Associate Decorating Editor and designer Elly Poston incorporated bedding and accessories from the Southern Living Home collection in her second floor bedroom.
bedroom | ashley gilbreath
Ashley Gilbreath also designed one of the three bedrooms on the second floor in a youthful yet sophisticated style.
bedroom & pajama lounge | amy berry
Dallas designer Amy Berry mixed modern art and antiques for a fresh take on a classic style in the third upstairs bedroom and bathroom.
Berry selected a classic marble vanity, polished nickel fixtures and white subway tile in the cheerful bathroom.
The upstairs living area Berry named “the pajama lounge” featured a round banquette and linen-covered walls, ceiling and sectionals.