Southern Living Idea House and St. Jude: A Perfect Pair in Nashville

Southern Living Idea House Fontanel

The Tennessee farm house has a new look. Love the country feel of this home.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that despite the dog hair and dust at my house I am a huge fan of Southern Living. I was one of the first featured mom bloggers on their Live Healthy Blog several years ago. I also am a long-time subscriber to the magazine as is my mother. My mom has remodeled several gorgeous homes and the house we lived in during the early to mid-1970s here in Nashville was featured in an issue of Southern Living.

Although I am a mom blogger and NOT a decorating blogger, I do love and appreciate all things Southern so I was thrilled to be invited for a sneak peek of the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel which will eventually be open as a B&B. How fun is that? It was great to see several of my favorite Southern bloggers, such as Beth Sachan from Eat Drink Smile and Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, who drove up from Atlanta.

Need more deets?

The country style house, built by Castle Homes, is located north of Nashville on the grounds of Fontanel at 4133 Whites Creek Pike, and will be featured in the August issue of Southern Living. It will be open for tours through December 29 and one of the event organizers told me it will be full on decorated for Christmas so I can’t wait to return during the holidays.

Tour tickets are $12 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The house is officially open today! It’s definitely worth the short drive from Nashville to check it out.

Here are a few pics from the sneak peek:

Southern Living Editorial Team

Receiving a warm welcome from the Southern Living team, including decorator Phoebe Howard (pictured, far right).

Southern Living Idea House Porch

How inviting is this bed porch swing? Mama needs a dream nap spot and a mimosa, stat. Ballard Designs provided all the outdoor furnishings and with 2,800 square feet of porch space at the Idea House, there’s a lot of furnishing to do.

Jamie Reeves Nashville Blogger Lindsay Bierman Southern Living Editor

So enjoyed chatting with the editor of Southern Living, Lindsay Bierman.

ย Southern Living Idea House Guest House Fontanel

Love the outdoor touches everywhere.

Guest House Southern Living Idea House Fontanel

The guest house bedroom has lots of great pops of color.

Forย  more lovely photos, be sure to read Style Blueprint’s coverage (the Chevron inspired doors are also one of my favorite features of the Idea House) and Dana Tucker’s post. Dana is a partner in Forest Home Media AND a fabulously talented designer herself who runs a decorative finishes company with her husband called Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes.

If you’re like me, and not a decorator but you do love and appreciate beautiful things, don’t get overwhelmed. Here are some of the things I learned during the Idea House sneak preview.

Southern Living Idea House in Nashville

7 Things I Learned From the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel in Nashville

  1. A surprise pop of color is always good (the ceiling of the guest house bedroom is painted an unexpected red…Red Bay by Sherwin Williams to be precise). The main house, however, features a lot of tranquil blues and greens.
  2. Mix antiques with new pieces. The Idea House features many lovely pieces from the Mrs. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture line.
  3. Outdoor fabrics work well in well-loved spaces (Sunbrella Fabrics was featured throughout the Idea House)
  4. Just like fashion, accessories mix things up…bring in touches of nature
  5. Have a piece of art commissioned for a specific space – sounds out of reach price point wise, however with so many artists available online, such as through Etsy it’s not so crazy
  6. Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult – conquer it in small projects
  7. There’s always a solution for every decorating problem

Check out the fun sneak peek Pinterest board for the Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel for even more great photos.


  1. Dana Tucker says:

    What a beautiful recap! Loved your takeaways! Thanks so much for the compliments and for the link ๐Ÿ™‚ I just added a link to your post in my recap ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to see you soon.

  2. Michelle says:

    I can always use some decorating advice – loved your take aways! Visiting you from the SITS Sharefest! Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

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