5 Take Away Tips {Southern Living Idea House 2014}

Southern Living Idea House 2014 Open Living Room

1) Calm Colors

The soft colors used in this home inspire rest and relaxation!

Southern Living Idea House Loft Sitting Area

2) Pattern and Texture

Layers of texture and pattern bring a charming coastal charm to this loft. I think this would be a perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning!

Southern Living Idea House Gray and White Kitchen with Open Shelves

3) Ambience in the Kitchen

I love a lamp on a kitchen counter. It adds such a nice homey ambience, don’t you think?

Southern Living Idea House White and Wood Farmhouse Style Dining Room

4) Open Storage

Pretty white dishes and wicker baskets are displayed so beautifully on the open shelves in this casual dining room. It’s all too pretty to be behind closed doors!

Southern Living Idea House Burlap Bulletin Boards

5) A Mix of New and Old

Nothing beats the look of new and old pieces mixed together in a home. It creates that perfect and comfortable lived-in look I love so much!

Photos are all from the Southern Living Idea House 2014, found on How To Decorate (Ballard Designs Blog)

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  1. Melissa, I am with you on this one, could move right in! Love it.
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  2. Absolutely beautiful! I love it!!
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  3. I feel like I would breathe deeper in this house. So calming and beautiful. You wouldn’t happen to know the paint colors used, would you?
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  4. I don’t usually comment on blogs, but I just toured this home yesterday (it’s in my town) and had to chime in! The house was gorgeous, and the decorating was sublime. And so livable – I toured it with my husband and our two-year-old son, and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the house seemed, even for a toddler. The only problem is that I am now obsessed with the Ballard Designs white chairs from the loft area (they’re actually swivel gliders, believe it or not). They’re 10 times more beautiful in person and are seriously the most comfortable chairs ever. But at $800 a pop, they are sadly not in my future!

  5. I love the shelves hanging from the ceiling. You could even put them in front of windows. The colors are beautiful I can feel the serenity.
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  6. I love everything about this home…especially the mix of old and new. Thanks for sharing. Planning to pin this ideas.
    Thanks
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  7. Beautiful, beautiful home – thanks for sharing – think that loft’s going to get pretty crowded.

    Love the lamp in the kitchen. I have two with matching decorative shades with the green and creamy white that my kitchen will ultimately show off when I get the cabinets and walls painted. Early morning sun doesn’t come in through the solar tube or the south and west-facing corner windows and I detest turning on the two Texas- sized fluorescents, so the lamps are perfect for pouring coffee and serving kitty breakfast.

    And here you go again with inspiration! The Mix of Old & New photo shows a long table so interestingly styled on tile floors yet. I’m planning on rehousing the huge queen sleeper sofa when I redo my floors with tile in a similar pattern. Seriously thinking of not replacing the sofa since I don’t really need it and placing an antique 6′ dropleaf oak table against the vaulted wall under my beloved aspen artwork and working up from there. Although I’ve seen a lot of very formal foyer table vignettes and this looks like a sort of foyer as well, I love the informality and the sunroom feel with the wicker chair, etc. My living room is all about the dark-framed 8′ picture/sliders combo window and the adjacent 6′ patio door looking out onto a gorgeous greenbelt. Who needs a couch on the only wall that will accommodate one, forcing one or two visitors to look across to the other solid wall and miss out on that gorgeous view. I think I’m no longer seriously thinking but now convinced of my direction. Thanks again for doing your thing, Melissa!

  8. Melissa, I was also very inspired by this house when I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago (I blogged about it too):-). My favorite room is the kitchen. When I saw it first I thought of you because it reminds me of your kitchen! :-)

  9. LOVE the darker cabinet option.

  10. I love the mixture of the old and the new! Just beautiful.
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  11. Just the photos of this home send calming vibes. Design Inspiration indeed!

    I especially like the lamp in the kitchen, we never think of that but why not?!

  12. Love, Love this home. I would love to tour it! May I ask what color the ceiling in the kitchen is? I just have to have this color!! :):)

    Kindest Regards,
    Barb

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