2016 Southern Living Idea House {Part Two}

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬

And we’re back…in The Town of Mt Laurel, home of the 2016 Southern Living Idea House!  Five different designers came together to decorate this outstanding home in celebration of the five decades of the publication of Southern Living!  Many festivities surrounded the big anniversary, and here at Everyday Living, we had out own little celebration here!

Last week we walked through the dining room, kitchen, and family room…I hope you all enjoyed!  Today, we visit the foyer, living room, and master suite!  There is much to take in!  The Idea House is featured in Southern Living’s August issue, now on newsstands.  Are you ready to step inside out of the heat?!  Me too…let’s go!

The foyer welcomes you into the home and brings in the outdoors with its moss-toned walls.  The space was designed by Ashley Gilbreath.

A 10-foot long antique English table centers the foyer with an antique French seascape that hangs above.

I love the concrete planter and pedestal filled with preserved moss.

To the right of the foyer is a 30- by 20-foot living room designed by Mark D. Sikes.

This side of the room has glass-fronted built-in bookcases softened by fabric.

Matching demilune tables and mirrors flank the doors to the porch.

A large coffee table anchors the seating on this side of the room.

On the opposite side a fireplace warms up the seating area.

The artwork is reproduction bird prints, and I think they are perfect for this room.

The room is divided into two seating areas with back-to-back armless sofas by Henredon.  I noticed all the upholstery is skirt less!

I loved the fabric used for the window treatments. The room is all creams, caramels, and saddle browns which make it cozy.

The room is full of beautiful details and finishes.

I know the designer will appreciate me straightening and poofing his pillows, it appeared folks had been testing out the sofas!

Two doors lead from the living room into the master suite.  This space was designed by Lauren Liess

The designer used a four-poster bed and created a box-pleat canopy for a no frills approach.

A West Elm Parsons desk serves as a nightstand on one side of the bed…the other side is a vintage storage chest.

The white bedding is kept simple with only two accent pillows and a duvet and shams by Pottery Barn.

A settee provides a place for reading or putting on your shoes!

The wall covering is Hemp Burlap in Palm by Twenty2. It certainly adds texture and warmth.

The custom louvered doors that you see throughout the house were designed by the architect, Bill Ingram.

The master bath has a four foot circular skylight that floods the space with light. Eighteen vintage botanicals hang in the soaking tub niche.

The French doors in the living room lead onto a side porch…

…where comfortable seating is just waiting to be enjoyed!


The teak garden obelisks are by Ballard Designs, as well as the Sunday Porch Swing!

Katy and I kept waiting for a tall glass of iced tea!  Stay tuned as we venture upstairs for part three!

Linking with Pieced PastimesSilver Pennies, Life on Lakeshore DriveThoughts From Alice, Coastal Charm, Dwellings-Heart of Your HomeSavvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, Stone Gable, Confessions of a Plate Addict, Worthing CourtBetween Naps on the Porch, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, A Stroll Thru Life, The Charm of Home, Imparting GracePosed PerfectionKatherines Corner, Rooted In Thyme, Share Your Cup,  21 Rosemary LaneCozy Little House, Rattlebridge FarmRustic & Refined, Poofing The Pillows, What Meegan Makes, Celebrate & Decorate, McCall Manor


  1. I love that armless couch! I would have definitely had to fluff the pillows too, stuff like that makes me crazy, ha! thanks so much for the detailed tour Pam, have a great week and try to stay cool :)

  2. Kim says:

    Beautiful, comfy, and welcoming! There is so much to talk about here, but I’ve tried to narrow things down to two favorites. I love all the windows and reflective surfaces in the living room. Natural light is such a wonderful thing! Those louvered doors caught my eye right away. I love them!

  3. Alice says:

    I am a long time subscriber to Southern Living and look forward every month to the most recent edition. It is a comfort to me as it brings back my southern roots that I am so very proud to be a part of as I have lived in Colorado since 1989. Colorado is the opposite of the south. Everything is brown bringing me to the point I make about the interior decorations in the 50th anniversity house. I beleive the South is more colorful than what this house brings to us.I am Sooooo tired of beige and brown! So, sorry to say, this is my least favorite house they have decorated. Was sick when John Floyd retired but finally Sid has replaced the in between editors. I’m in love with his work and hope he stayes at least as long as John stayed.

    • Alice, I understand completely! I think we both enjoy color! I have always loved living in color! I met John Floyd a couple of times and he was so kind! I love SL publications! Are you familiar with or subscribe to Southern Lady? It is a great magazine, I recommend it! Have a great week! Blessings~

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh yes Pam. I receive most of Phyllis’ publications. Have decorated my own home much differently than the homes here in the west. When people visit my home they comment that they should have know it would be beautiful because I’m from the South. We do stand out in a crowd, don’t we?????

  4. Pam, thanks so much for taking us along on the tour. I received my Southern Living featuring this house after I saw your first tour. Your tour is much better. You have done a wonderful job showcasing the house with your pictures. I hope that you have a blessed and wonderful day!!!

  5. Stacey says:

    The soft colors used throughout this home are really pretty. I’m not reading the tour photos in order but so far I love it! I love the collections on the walls and pinned those. So inspiring!

    Happy Thoughts of Home.

    • Gayle, thank you so much! I don’t have a home tour as such, but if you will go to the Decorating tab you will see some pics of my house along with a few photos of clients’ homes from a few years ago. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Sandra Garth says:

    This is one of those “Calgon Take Me Away” tours! Thanks for sharing this and your other links at Celebrate Your Story. We look forward to you joining us each week.

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