Southern Living Unveils 2015 Idea House in Charlottesville, VA; located at Bundoran Farm, the house features classic Southern design with a timeless aesthetic.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – JUNE 25, 2015 – On June 27, Southern Living, the brand that celebrates life in the South, will debut its 26th annual Idea House, providing creative ideas and inspiration for prospective and current homeowners. Located at Bundoran Farm, the home’s partners include interior designer Bunny Williams, Keith Scott and Julie Kline Dixon of The Rosney Company Architects, Jayson Collier of Summit Custom Home and luxury travel and real estate company Natural Retreats. The house is open for public tours until December 27.
“The 2015 Southern Living Idea House brings together some of the most talented names in the business to create a product that truly celebrates southern style,” said Sid Evans, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Living. “We’re excited to provide our readers with a sourcebook full of inspiration and help them create their ideal living space.”
Award-winning designer and Charlottesville native Bunny Williams approached the house’s interiors from a pragmatic, yet inspired, point of view, creating a space that blends timeless design and quality antiques with a lived-in, collected feeling. Bunny drew elements from the natural climate, such as a red-colored Persian rug in the Entry Hall that matches the red clay in Virginia, and purchased many of the accessories from antique shops in the area. Work by local artists is featured throughout the space, along with new items from Williams’ Ballard Designs line and her first-ever line of beds for Bunny Williams Home collection. The house is emblematic of Williams’ modern vision, a sense of history, and the confidence to take the unexpected path. Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Williams’ style is classic, but never predictable.
The 2015 Southern Living idea house is located just fifteen minutes south of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, at Bundoran Farm by Natural Retreats, a conservation-based development where over 90 percent of the 2,300 acres are protected as a working landscape. Bundoran Farm was chosen because it is one of the South’s, and the country’s, only conservation communities centered on active agricultural production. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, home sites are set amongst equestrian pastures, apple orchards, vineyards and mature hardwood forests.
The house was designed by Keith Scott and Julie Kline Dixon of The Rosney Company Architects, who reinterpreted the classic Virginia farmhouse through a contemporary lens. Inspired by materials and forms historically used in the Piedmont, Scott and Dixon incorporated stone structures, bookend chimneys and porches that blend traditional Southern style with modern accents. Jayson Collier of Summit Custom Homes brought their vision to fruition. Collier is also the Southern Living 2014 Custom Builder Program Member of the Year.
Southern Living’s August issue, on sales July 24, will include an editorial package featuring interviews with the partners and photos of the house. Additional content, including videos and online exclusives, are currently live on www.southernliving.com. The house will remain open until December 2015. For more information, including daily public tour bookings and tickets, please visit www.southernliving.com/2015ideahouse
The Southern Living 2015 Idea House Project Team:
Developer: Natural Retreats
Builder: Jayson Collier, Summit Custom Homes
Architect: The Rosney Company Architects
Interior Designer: Bunny Williams
Landscape Design Architects: Water Street Studio
Sponsors of the Southern Living Idea House include Ballard Designs, Lennox, Sherwin Williams, Sunbrella, Southern Living Plant Collection, James Hardie, J.Jill and Torani.