The 2015 Southern Living Design House Opens Tomorrow!

The design community in Charlottesville and beyond has been buzzing about the 2015 Southern Living Design House. This is the second year in a row that a Southern Living house has been built in our area by Summit Custom Homes (you may remember this video from last year's house, which I loved).  This year's project also included Rosney Co. Architects, venerable designer Bunny Williams, and many local suppliers and artisans.

This year's home is located on Bundoran Farm, a housing development where scenic, two-acre home sites are interspersed with working farms, orchards, and untouched forest. Summit Custom Homes has joined the list of builders working at Bundoran with this beautiful home.


I'm sharing professional photos provided by the Southern Living Idea House team, but I'll share photos from my private visit on Monday (tons of details shots!). If you are a local who has visited the house during one of the many preview events, you will definitely want to return when the house opens tomorrow. Some things were changing while I was there on Thursday afternoon!

Of course, I have to mention Bunny Williams' wonderful work at the house. The house might be new, but Bunny creates spaces that feel like they've been there for years. Someone has surely curled up on the sofa in the tavern with a good book off one of the shelves that line the cozy room. Some children may have just abandoned the board game in progress in the bunk room to play outside. Is this a show house or are we visiting friends for a lovely lunch at the table in the kitchen? It's no surprise that the designer references family and dogs in her videos on the Southern Living Idea House page.

Are you ready to visit? Tours of the house start tomorrow and are available Wednesday through Sunday until the end of the year. The official details:
  • Southern Living Idea House Tours: June 27, 2015 – December 27, 2015.
  • Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Tickets are available for purchase at the Baldwin Center at Bundoran Farm: 5005 Edge Valley Road, North Garden, VA 22959. *All parking is at the Baldwin Center with shuttles provided to the Idea House. For more information, please call 888/973-3276.
  • Tickets: $15 per person; children 12 and under are free.


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