I have always been a fan of Southern Living Magazine, so when their idea house was built just thirty minutes away from where I live, I couldn’t wait to have the chance to tour it.
The 2015 Southern Living Idea House was built in Charlottesville, Virginia on the Bundoran Farm. Although I have a love for older homes, the modern conveniences in this house were quite appealing. The best part of my visit was having my husband’s mother and sister join me for the tour. They enjoy home decor and design like I do and they are always fun to be around, so it was a wonderful day spent with them!
I went a little wild taking pictures but I could not stop snapping photos in every room. I didn’t waste any time, taking this picture of the foyer as soon as we walked in. I wanted to avoid taking photos of the other guests so I missed a few things in the photos. It was a busy place!
The hardwood floors are made with reclaimed wood. They are just beautiful and you will see them throughout the house in the photos.
Southern Living Idea House Team: Builder- Summit Custom Homes, Charlottesville | Rosney Co. Architects | Natural Retreats | Bunny Williams
The tavern/library to the left of the foyer is covered in gorgeous heart pine beaded board paneling. I could spend a lot of time in this cozy room with the comfy furniture, fireplace, and so many books to choose from. This room was just filled with warmth and texture and I really liked the mix of artwork in the gallery above the sideboard.
I was tempted to pour a drink for everyone…
The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! I took several pictures of the kitchen from different angles. The white cabinets and all the light coming through the large windows make the room so bright. There were so many surprising and convenient storage spaces behind the cabinet doors. I would love to have enough counter space to add decorative pieces such as the beautiful plants they have here. Mine are filled with necessities…such as the toaster, the mixer, and other clutter. I’m sure those are neatly tucked away in a cabinet somewhere in this kitchen. My cabinets definitely don’t have this kind of storage space.
I enjoy cooking but I think I would enjoy it even more looking at the scenery through the large windows and preparing food over the large gas cooktop.
Is it silly that I was so impressed with a coffee system built into the cabinets? There it is to the left of the wall oven. Being a lover of coffee and design, it just makes sense.
I was surprised to see the formal dining room attached to the kitchen, but the stools around the island make a good seating area for every day use. The stools and the lighting give the kitchen a little bit of a farmhouse look.
I saw the dining table straight down the hall as soon as we walked in the front door. The blue dining chairs drew my attention right away!
We all mentioned that this house would be the perfect place for entertaining. The kitchen and dining room lead right to the large back porch and patio with an outdoor table and plenty of seating.
The large open living room was decorated with a nice mix of furniture and art pieces. Just outside the large windows, you could see nothing but farmland and mountains. I believe that bench below the window would make the perfect reading area with a few large pillows to rest against.
The fireplace in the living room is beautiful and as you can see there are more doors leading to the outside. Just on the other side of this wall is a covered porch with another fireplace. There are a total of four inside the house, and one outside.
The wood mantel shelf and copper sconces added even more beauty to the outdoor fireplace. Although we had pretty good weather this December in Virginia, I had my coat on the day we came here…and I still could have stayed a while on this outdoor porch. Especially if someone had gotten the fireplace going and brought me a drink in from the tavern.
The next two pictures make me happy that I got a better camera for Christmas and will no longer have to use my camera phone to take pictures. I took two pictures so you could see the seating area on the porch and the view just behind it. Oh well, here’s to 2016 and better photographs! *Raising my glass* Okay, I’ll stop acting like I drink now. That would be a glass of tea.
I’ve lived in Virginia all my life and a view like this never gets old.
I don’t even have a pantry, so you can imagine how impressed I was with this one. I’ve never seen a pantry with so much room you can actually decorate it. There was so much extra storage in here. I love black cabinets but I would never think to add black tiles for a back splash, but it all looked great together. The black back splash made the decorative pieces and the countertops really stand out.
Yes, I included three pictures of the pantry. This copper sink was just too pretty not to have another picture for a close-up.
Just outside the pantry was a hallway that lead into a mudroom I could only dream of. When I think of all the kicked-off muddy shoes right at my kitchen door by my cabinets, coats that are crammed into our tiny coat closet, and bags we have lying around the house, this mudroom is a place I would love to have in my house.
The guide who welcomed us into the house told us about the gardeners sink before we started the tour. I was looking all over for it each time we would go through a door leading to the outside. There it was, right on the patio/breezeway leading to the garage. I would get a lot of use out of an outdoor sink like this with all the gardening I do.
It looks so pretty right by the flower beds.
This studio above the garage is a nice get-away to craft, create, and read. The large desk was set up right by the windows, surrounding the bookcases. For all you crafters out there who say you need the perfect craft room, this is it.
If you’ve seen most of my projects and posts, it isn’t hard to figure out that I love blue. That is why I loved this room as soon as I walked into it…the fireplace and doors leading to another porch made me love it even more. The fabrics and patterns they included just come together so well. I’m not so good at mixing colors and patterns so this this room gave me a lot of inspiration.
A shower like this would get me out of bed in the morning…just saying.
The master closet has so much storage, it looked to be the size of the small bedroom in our house. Helen (my awesome mother-in-law) really liked the jewelry drawer just below the mirror. We all laughed when Carole (who is my awesome sister-in-law….I have bragging rights for the best in-laws) mentioned how it put her jewelry box to shame.
This house had so many neat additions and conveniences, even the light switches were quite impressive.
This is the porch area that comes off the formal dining room…more outdoor entertaining space! Check out the patio just below the back porch. I think my husband would love an area like this to put BBQ ribs on his smoker to serve along with his grilled side dishes.
The pajama lounge was Carole’s favorite spot in the house. My daughter loved it too when I showed her the pictures, so Aunt Carole just decided that she and Jocelyn needed a pajama lounge of their own to share someday. This was part of an open hallway when we reached the the top of the stairs, which was a good use of the space. The sectional sofa was comfy…so comfy, I forgot to take a picture of the built-in entertainment center right in front of us. With the entertainment center and the round table nearby, this room was made for all kinds of fun and games.
The soft lavender color on the wall in the girl’s room looked nice with all the coordinating fabric. Another room my daughter loved since she is all about purple. I would love to design a place to hang fabric over a bed like this someday. Maybe a future project for Jocelyn’s room?
Obviously, someone had been sitting on the bed. We probably would have too after touring this huge house but we had already claimed a spot on the sofa in the pajama lounge before we came in here.
I wanted a picture of the girl’s bathroom because it gave me some ideas for our future bath remodel. The floor tiles are my favorite.
The second of three bedrooms upstairs…the bunk room. It sure looks like a fun room. This is the first time I’ve seen built-in beds like this outside of the magazines!
The bed and area rug caught my eye as soon as we entered the boy’s bedroom. You can see in the mirror I didn’t waste any time taking a picture. That’s all three of us in the mirror there…I never seem to pay attention to the mirrors when I’m taking photos. Oops!
It’s hard to see in my picture here, but the boy’s bedroom wall was covered with a nice textured wallpaper. With all the sports pieces in the room, I know our son Ethan would have loved this room too!
All three bedrooms upstairs had desks and visitors wrote notes and attached them to the message board in the boy’s room. The paper pad had the UVA logo on it…another one of my son’s favorite teams. We are all big Virginia Cavaliers fans in our family…go Hoos!
It seemed I was there at the wrong time to get a picture of the front of the house since the sun was shining on it through the trees, making lots of shadows. The entry is beautiful though, with a nice shade of dark green on the front door and another outdoor copper light.
Just a few more shots of the outside of the house. I know I took a lot of pictures but I just had to include them all together since there was so much to see in this amazing house. I hope you enjoyed seeing all the design and decor ideas. I know I did although the house and contents are mostly out of our budget. Oh well, it’s fun to dream and it still gave me a lot of inspiration! I’m glad we all had the opportunity to go…it really was like stepping inside a Southern Living magazine!