10 Inspired Ideas from Southern Living’s Idea House
“Area specialists and artisans including the builder, architect, interior and outdoor garden designers joined forces to weave their complimentary styles into an unmistakably one-of-a-kind Texas Hill Country star,” said Frank Craige, Homes Programs Manager for Southern Living. “Visitors to the home will find inspiration in every corner of the home including a soft and inviting color scheme.”
Tours of the Southern Living Idea House are open to the public through October 2. The house is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Escondido Golf & Lake Club is approximately 50 miles northwest from Austin and 80 miles north of San Antonio. Each year, the Idea House draws thousands of visitors from across the country.
The 2011 Southern Living Idea House is featured in the September issue, on newsstands now. It features 101 design ideas drawn from the Idea House. Following are ten design concepts from the magazine:
- Try the look of open shelving instead of upper cabinetry, for a sophisticated kitchen design that pays homage to genuine cottage style and allows an open and airy feel.
- Replace a traditional back door with a Dutch door to bring the outside in from a patio or garden court.
- Paint outside trim bright blue reminiscent of farmhouses in Provence to accent exterior doors and windows.
- Consider breezy gauze draperies for effortless style leading from indoor to outdoor spaces.
- Mix high-backed upholstered seating with low, slipcovered chairs to avoid the predictable formula of a table with matching chairs.
- Add a native-Texas stonewall to a den or bedroom to create a sense of comfort and style.
- Scrape and paint wainscot to resemble weathered-wood in formal or informal areas.
- Replace traditional textured walls with a creamy plastered treatment to give a subtle feel consistent with historic Mediterranean homes.
- Consider a two-tone sofa with a chocolate or other deep base and washable off-white cushions to make any home stylish and kid-friendly.
- Introduce a small dose of pattern with a handmade touch by adding stenciled accent pillows to complement practical, solid upholstered furniture.
For more design ideas (101 in total) visit the Southern Living Idea House online.
The home’s European leanings embody the timeless charm, classic architecture and authentic details befitting a historic Mediterranean villa. Native building materials reflect the Texas landscape and harmonize with the Texas Hill Country locale. The living area of the main house is 4,662 square feet, with a total living area of 5,222 square feet including a detached casita and cabana. The home rambles around a series of terraces and courtyards, making the most of outdoor living.
The 2011 Idea Home was built by David Mitchell of Casa Highland Construction, Horseshoe Bay, TX. Michael G. Imber Architects from San Antonio designed the home and Mohon-Imber Interiors of Austin furnished the inside of the main house and casita. Garden Design Studio with offices in Austin and Dallas planned the landscape.
Tickets to tour the Southern Living Idea House are $10 and may be purchased on site. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation.
Sponsors of the project include: Sherwin-Williams, Trex Transcend® Decking and Railing, Southern Living Plant Collection, IKEA, Greenleaf Nursery Company, GE Reveal®, Lennox, Shaw Floors and Sunbrella.
Media Note: Interviews with principals of the 2011 Southern Living Idea House project may be arranged.
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Casa Highland Construction built the 2011 Southern Living Idea House making it the fourth home built by Casa Highland Construction in the prestigious private Golf & Lake residential community of Escondido. While he was still a practicing pharmacist, David Mitchell began to pursue his true passion — home building. He specializes in custom construction. Today, Mitchell devotes his expertise exclusively to home building. He has built homes in Texas; Telluride, Colorado; and Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Escondido’s private Golf & Lake Club is an exclusive club membership nestled on 484 acres of gentle rolling hills in a private luxury community with space for 509 residences, including custom and lavishly-furnished homes. Escondido is limited to 560 total memberships. The landscape is bisected by Pecan Creek and is peppered with classic Live Oak and Pecan trees. The architecture includes rustic-stone walls, accented with roughhewn wooden beams and hand-wrought iron with a subtle mix of Tuscan and Spanish influences. One of the highlights of Escondido is the esteemed Tom Fazio-designed golf course.
Southern Living, published 12 times a year by the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group, is the nation’s seventh-largest monthly consumer magazine, reaching nearly 15 million readers each month. Southern Living offers today’s busy Southern woman achievable ideas for cultivating her individual Southern style. Each month in the magazine and on southernliving.com, readers find ideas for cooking, gardening, gracious entertaining, decorating, regional travel and locally made products.
Scott & White Healthcare is a nonprofit collaborative health care system established in 1897 in Temple, TX. Among the leading health care systems encompassing one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group practices, Scott & White provides personalized, comprehensive and the highest quality health care enhanced by medical education and research.