In Good Taste: Southern Living Idea House

Southern Living Idea House exterior
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

Good morning, chic readers! We wait every single year for the unveiling of the Southern Living Idea House. It’s always chic and always full of inspiration, but we have to say that this one might have been our very favorite yet. 

 

Southern Living Idea House entrance
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

If you’re a big fan of before and afters (guilty!) then you have to go over to Southern Living and check out the befores. They will blow you away!

 

Southern Living Idea House dining room
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

We are also particularly excited that this show house is in Austin, Texas. We have never been to Austin, Texas but will be going on THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE book tour for a mother-daughter spa weekend! Massages, mani/pedis… Oh, and I’ll be speaking too! We’re super excited about touring around the Live Music Capital of the World! (Wouldn’t you think that was Nashville. Us too.)

 

Southern Living Idea House kitchen
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

We have to be honest: There wasn’t a lot redeeming about this house before. Plenty of architectural details and a unique features (these kitchen walls, anyone?) turned it into something to talk about!

 

Southern Living Idea House butler's pantry
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

As I said, we’ve never actually been to Austin, but we get the feeling that it has that fun, funky, eclectic vibe. And this house matches that absolutely perfectly. The mix of the antique, new and totally unique in this home mirror that perfectly. 

 

Southern Living Idea House bedroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

Slanted interior ceilings add so much charm and make for the coziest sleeping spaces we know of!

 

Southern Living Idea House bedroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

The variety of pinks in this bedroom is so darling. We can’t get enough pink! (BTW, we have this shell nightstand and are kind of obsessed with it.)

 

Southern Living Idea House mudroom
Editor/Writer: Zoe Gowen Photo Director: Jeanne Clayton Stylist: Buffy Hargett Photographer: Hector M Sanchez Architect: Chris Sanders Builder: Catherine and David Wilks Interior Designer: Meredith Ellis

 

Mudrooms are pretty much the best idea of the 21st century. (Did they have them before the 21st century?) They pave the way for a neat, organized home–and we can’t wait to have one when our remodel is finished!

 

Southern Living Idea House porch

 

Anywhere in the South, porch sitting is pretty much mandatory. And with a porch like this, why wouldn’t it be? 

We hope you loved this gorgeous Southern Living Idea House as much as we did!

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Resolving to read more in 2019? Pick up your copy of Slightly South of Simple, the first novel in my Peachtree Bluff series, Book 2,  The Secret to Southern Charm, and Book 3, The Southern Side of Paradise releasing, May 7!  I’m so grateful for the support of my readers!

Also, don’t forget… 

Preorder my new novel THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, Book 3 in the Peachtree Bluff Series and be Automatically Entered in the Peachtree Bluff Takeover Giveaway!

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE is available for pre-order now from your local bookstore, IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble.  

 

June 1, 2019 Peachtree Bluff will be “taking over” Beaufort, NC, the town on which it was based. Every single person who preorders between now now and will be registered to win:

*Two tickets to the Peachtree Bluff Town Takeover and Tour–on Beaufort’s signature double decker red buses!

*Two tickets to the farm-to-table dinner and launch party under the stars at the Beaufort Historic Site

*Two nights lodging in Beaufort, NC

Just send an email with proof of purchase to [email protected] to enter!

Here’s What’s Next from the Murphy Women:

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).

Preorder from your local bookstore or Indiebound!

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  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

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10 Patios for Relaxing in Style this Summer

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It’s funny how things change as you get older. 

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Serena & Lily

 

(I know because I’m, um, older today.)

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While I still love to celebrate my birthday for, well, the entire month, like any normal person, with dinners and wine with friends and trips and presents and too much cake, after a fun, fun, fun summer of lots of events and tons of guests and just the right amount of sun and salt and sand (because there’s never enough, is there?) I think what I’d like most for my birthday is to sit on my front porch. 

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Amanda Barnes Interiors via Dering Hall

 

It’s a pretty boring and simple request, but if there’s any time to reflect on your front porch, a birthday is the time to do it. 

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Tim Barber Ltd

 

I insisted the cake on Friday and present opening on Saturday also take place outside because even though it’s hard for presents to get better, they actually are even better with a sunset in the background and a perfect summer breeze. 

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One Kings Lane – Eric Piasecki Photgraphy

 

I love my porch very much, but it could certainly take some pointers from these gorgeous patios!

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Vicki Archer Design and Carla Coulson Photography

 

Chic yet comfortable, 

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Orrick and Company

 

And simple yet stylish, 

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Tim Clarke Interior Design

 

These are the kinds of outdoor spaces that are made for summer memories. 

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So whether you’re catching up with friends or a good book, sipping coffee or cocktails, any time is a good time to savor summer on one of these fabulous patios.

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Speaking of fabulous celebrations, there are so many fun dates coming up on the The Secret to Southern Charm tour! We are heading to Palmetto Bluff on Tuesday for a talk on Wednesday and, August 2, if you’re in Sea Island, come celebrate with us! This is a free event. 

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Sophisticated in Wicker Park, Chicago

Wicker Park living room

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Wednesday is off to a terrific start. We are so excited to tour this gorgeous Wicker Park house by Wendy Labrum Interiors. From the stunning color palette to the well-placed accessories, every element is perfection. 

Wicker Park living room

 

Wicker Park living room

 

Wicker Park kitchen

 

Wicker Park dining room

 

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Wicker Park nursery

 

Wicker Park porch

This gorgeous back porch looks like the perfect spot for relaxing this Wednesday night. We hope you have a wonderful one!

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