Idea House 2021: Visit Our Kentucky Home

We're excited to announce our 2021 Idea House is in Louisville, Kentucky. 

For over 30 years, Southern Living has been creating signature custom homes that celebrate life in the South, each reflecting our take on the style, comfort, and innovation of the times. For 2021, we are thrilled to announce that our Idea House is currently under construction in the The Breakers at Prospect community in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's house centers on the concept of the forever home, one that's designed for all stages of life with spaces that meet the evolving needs of families, from multi-use studio-style rooms and in-law suites to creative outdoor living areas. With a sophisticated yet classic and approachable style, our Kentucky home will have river views and a footprint of about 5,000 square feet.

Rending of two story traditional white house
Brandon Ingram Design

Meet the Team:

This year's home is being created by a team of renowned experts in their fields, including builders Jason Black and Jimmy King of Artisan Signature Homes, Atlanta-based architect Brandon Ingram of C. Brandon Ingram Design, Nashville-based interior designer Sarah Bartholomew, and Josh Myers with Myers & Co. Landscape Architecture.

What was your inspiration for designing the house?

Jimmy King: "Our goal was to create a home with a timeless design with modern elements that are both elegant and functional. It was also very important to position this home on the lot in a way that fully takes advantage of the spectacular views. We have a fantastic opportunity to capitalize on such a beautiful setting in Louisville, Kentucky."

Sarah Bartholomew: "My vision is a new version of an old American house. My projects are always rooted in classic design principles. I'd love for this home to feel edited, warm, and comfortable – like your favorite pair of jeans."

Brandon Ingram: "We wanted to create a house that spoke of home from many different perspectives. It's a classic Southern house at its roots, but has subtle nods and references to a broader spectrum of American architecture. It's dressy but casual, and refined but comfortable, and it incorporates rooms and spaces that make it universally functional!"

2021 Idea House Sponsors:


James Hardie


Log Still Distillery at Dant Crossing


Monogram Appliances

Sleep Number®

Southern Living® Plant Collection

Southern Living® Exclusively at Dillard's

Summer Classics Home


The Pedigree® Brand

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Zuri® Premium Decking by Royal®

Tours and More...

Tours are open to the public now through December 19, 2021. Tours will take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am–4 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm–4 pm.

BUY TICKETS: Visit to purchase tickets. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to The LEE Initiative, the Louisville-based nonprofit co-founded by Chef Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek, and Gilda's Club Kentuckiana, a cancer support community providing more than 180 free monthly program offerings.

This year's home will be featured in the October issue and promoted across our digital channels in September. As always, a Southern Living House Plan for the 2021 Idea House will be available for purchase at

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