Here are the descriptions of our four Home Awards categories.

These categories are also listed on the entry form. Please remember to select only one category per entry. If you wish to enter your project in more than one category, you will need to submit a separate entry for each.

Best New Home
We are looking for new construction that was built with character and authenticity in mind and feels rooted in local or regional Southern vernacular. Send us a new home that showcases the best of traditional Southern architecture today. Homes should have a total heated square footage of less than 5,000 square feet, should not have been built before 2011, and should be completely finished including landscaping and interior furnishings. We request that all homes entered be primary or secondary residences that the homeowners frequently visit or use. No show houses, spec houses, rental properties, real estate listings, or development model homes, please.

Best Kitchen
Send us the perfect Southern kitchen—one that exudes style, function, and graciousness. It can be new or a remodel/renovation.

Best Exterior Makeover
We’re looking for a home that’s been transformed by adding curb appeal and charm. The project can be a renovation, restoration, or simply an exterior face-lift. All projects must come with “before” photos.

Best Community/Development
We’re celebrating what we love most about the South: our neighborhoods. We are looking to honor one—either newly developed or recently revitalized—with great architecture, a high quality of life, and engaged and active community residents.


Best Interior Makeover
Have a room that’s undergone a dramatic redo that’s dripping with inspiring ideas? We’d love to see the space. It can be any room in your home – the only rule is that there must be a before photo to accompany your entry.

Best Design Blog of the Year
For the first time, we’ll be picking a blog that celebrates Southern design and decorating—and has the captivated online audience to prove it. Please send us a link to your blog, 3 of your best posts, and a short paragraph about why we should endorse you as the go-to blog of the year.

Best Up-and-Coming Designer
We are looking to spotlight the next generation of Southern decorators and we want to learn about you! Please send us 5 to 10 photos from your recent projects and a short blip telling us why we should consider you.

A. Hays Town Award/Lifetime Achievement Award
SL recognizes the people and organizations who have dedicated themselves to upholding classic Southern architecture.