Road Trip: Southern Living Idea House Designed by Phoebe Howard
Road Trip: Southern Living Idea House Designed by Phoebe Howard

With summertime comes the natural need for escape. Whether it to a sandy, southern beach or a lake house up north, we’ve worked hard all year long and if you’re like me, it feels time for a well-deserved break. For those of you in Missouri and Illinois, it’s not unlikely to find yourself heading down I-24 to Florida (if you haven’t already) and I have the perfect spot
to stop and stretch your legs.

This year’s Southern Living Idea House is just outside of Nashville, Tennessee and boasts an absolutely stellar team of contributors including Historical Concepts, Duke Landscape Architects, Castle Homes and the queen of classic, southern elegance, interior designer Phoebe Howard. As one might expect, the home served as an ideal backdrop for the Mr. and Mrs. Howard collection for Sherrill Furniture. Fabrics and trimmings from Colefax and Fowler and Cowtan & Tout were used in several spaces as well. I had a chance to tour the property last weekend and as intended, left with countless great ideas.

Porches, front and back, were complete with indoor/outdoor rugs, all-weather rattan and my personal favorite, natural gas lanterns from Bevolo.

It wouldn’t be a southern porch without a porch swing; this one can seat the entire family.

Some of my favorite moments from the Idea House: the Shelter Island Queen Bed from Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill, custom roman shades were absolutely EVERYWHERE and I loved this one for its simple banding, iron wall and ceiling vent covers from Fancy Vents were custom designed for this project with a contemporary farmhouse feel.

Each piece of upholstery used in the living room was by Sherrill and all pillow fabric and trim were by Colefax and Fowler or Cowtan & Tout.

Ring pulls seem to be making their mark on furniture and cabinetry recently; I particularly liked the more substantial look and feel of this dark bronze design by Rocky Mountain Hardware.

The bedroom, Phoebe’s favorite room in the house, was a light-filled dream. The South Hampton Queen Poster Bed is also part of her collection for Sherrill.

To fully appreciate this kitchen, take a moment and watch the video tour given by Phoebe herself.

For a complete list of products and photography of the entire home, download a copy of the Idea House Resource Guide.


If you find yourself heading down I-24 between now and December 29, make plans to stop. The Idea House is only a few minutes off of the interstate and there’s a restaurant on the grounds if you care to grab a bite to eat. A portion of all ticket proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Get directions and ticket info here.


Until next time…



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