The Daily South, A Southern Living Blog

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Southern Living 2013 Idea House at Fontanel; Photo by Laurey W.

A daily blog on everything Southern Living covers, from recipes to garden design. Here's a post on their 2013 Idea House.

Here’s what you’ll find: Southern Living contributing editor and Fontanel interior decorator Phoebe Howard served up a warm, neutral palate that creates a gracious and relaxed feel. Beyond the beautiful interiors, nearly 2,800 square feet of porches surround the U-shaped farmhouse, making it ideal for entertaining. In the gardens, regionally indigenous plants like magnolias, boxwood, and hydrangea welcome guests. Mandrell Family roses were planted as homage to country music legend (and avid gardener) Barbara Mandrell and her family, the original owners of the Fontanel property. Do stop by this year. And mark your calendar: Next year the house will reopen as a boutique hotel. The porch is waiting for you.

September 16, 2013