Do you love southern style decorating? This full tour of the Southern Living Idea House is full of gorgeous rooms you’ll want to recreate in your home!
Please tell me you have an extra ten minutes today.
I know you’re busy.
I know it’s Friday.
I know your to-do list is long and it’s cold and the day is already full….but seriously…..
…..you have to see this house full of southern style decorating.
This is the Southern Living Idea House.
I went and toured it yesterday…..
…..and this is what greeted me at the door.
And on an amazing scale….if 1 is the perfect chocolate chip cookie and 100 is finding a yard sale where all the milk glass marked $1.00….
….it’s a 250.
It’s classic and farmhouse and timeless and new and barn wood and burlap and visionary….
….and what my farmhouse wants to be when it grows up.
So here’s my list of 20 decorating ideas from my trip to the Southern Living Idea house to get started.
Idea #1: magnolia wreaths
Hang magnolia wreaths on the exterior windows from a ribbon attached above the molding.
Idea #2: jute rope
Wrap jute rope around the chain on the porch swing.
Idea #3: farmhouse table and southern style decorating
Combine an old farmhouse table with wicker chairs.
Idea #4: architecture
Add architectural interest to a ceiling with exposed beams that are painted white.
(total aside….these porches were amazing).
Idea #5: florals
Make magnolia crosses for either side of front door.
Idea #6: southern style decorating starting at the front door
Install a front door that looks like it came over on the Mayflower.
Idea #7: porch
Create a welcoming porch with stripes and patterns in neutral gray with fresh greenery.
Idea #8: tables
Convince my husband to go into the table making business….starting with this coffee table.
Idea #9: french doors
Install french doors off the dining room that open onto a screened-in porch.
Idea #10: industrial style
Add industrial nesting tables with wood tops to the back porch.
(total aside: they didn’t allow beverages….but I really wanted to drink a cup of coffee right here).
Idea #10: dried hydrangeas
Add dried hydrangea to the Christmas tree.
(total aside: I’m taking my fall wreath apart and moving the hydrangea to the tree. This idea alone was worth the price of admission.)
Idea #11: built-ins
Genius alert. Built-in cabinets over the doors.
Idea #12: baskets
Add a basket for books, magazines and newspapers under the coffee table.
Idea #13: greenery
Swag greens with burlap and dried hydrangea.
(total aside: So happy I dried all those hydrangea this year).
Idea #14: fencing
Install a fence outside the bedroom windows.
Idea #15: ottomans
Add two tufted ottomans to the end of the bed for storage and a place to put on your socks.
Idea #16: dressing room
Create a dressing room with wood doors and painted molding.
Idea #17: built-in bench
Install a bench in between two cabinets.
(total aside: I would be happy with just one of the cabinets and that flooring).
Idea #18: countertops
Build a countertop for the washer and dryer with built-ins and baskets on the side.
Idea #19: miniature topiaries
Add greenery….like miniature topiaries….to the laundry room.
Idea #20: pack your suitcase
Move in. 🙂