Southern Living Idea Home 2023

We were honored to outfit the 2023 Southern Living idea home with plants! Yes, that’s right – all the plants you see in the home are courtesy of your friends at G.O.B.! This house is an absolute dream – keep reading for a mini tour of the house. Photos courtesy Southern Living, a division of TI Lifestyle Group, LLC. Southern Living is a registered trademark of TI Lifestyle Group, LLC and is used with permission. Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living.

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From Southern Living: “The Tennessee countryside is musical. The land rolls here, dipping into tree-spangled valleys then cresting into grassy knolls that stretch toward the sky. But unlike the rollicking melodies of nearby Nashville, about 30 miles northeast, the rhythms of the Leipers Fork area are a bit more relaxed, with honky-tonk tunes and neon lights taking a back seat to birdsong and starry skies. In other words, it was a pitch-perfect choice for the site of our 2023 Idea House—a reimagined farmhouse that honors its surroundings and encourages gracious hospitality.”

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The plants in each room bring a breath of fresh air and add life. This home would have a completely different vibe if it weren’t for the plants! Plants possess a remarkable ability to transform the ambiance of any room they inhabit. Their verdant foliage brings a touch of nature’s serenity indoors, creating a soothing and refreshing atmosphere. The vibrant hues and varied textures of leaves and petals infuse a burst of color and life, instantly revitalizing even the dullest spaces. Beyond aesthetics, plants actively purify the air, releasing oxygen and absorbing toxins, thereby enhancing the overall air quality. Their presence also fosters a sense of tranquility and connection to the natural world, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. Whether perched on windowsills, adorning shelves, or hanging gracefully from ceiling hooks, plants hold the power to imbue a room with an enchanting and revitalizing energy.

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From Southern Living: “It was very natural for me to be inspired by the landscape when I considered the color palette, textures, and general energy of the house,” notes Laura. “We always aim for sustainability in our design plans, so we picked out materials that made sense for the property.” The footprint of the structure also takes its cues from the 67 acres surrounding it, with a main house that unfolds along the hilltop plus a garden folly and a multipurpose barn that snugly flank the pool and open-air entertaining space out back. “We thought it should be a home that looked like it had been there for a while, something that seemed settled and original,” says Bill. “We wanted it to appear as if the grounds had developed around the house, instead of the other way around,” adds Luke. Through architecture that prioritizes livability and interiors that feel harmonious with the land, our team crafted a bucolic retreat that is mindfully rooted in its environment and also intentionally designed for the future.” We love how important a factor that nature was when constructing this house! And special shout-out to our friends at Hatcliff Construction who helped create this house.

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