How to Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger

En-suites are big news these days. Yes, it’s fabulous to be able to roll out of bed and pad straight into the shower beeline-style within less than a minute and without encountering any kids’ en-route. The downside of your en-suite is that there’s every chance you could end up thinking you were still in one…

Our Favorite Country Christmas Albums

Our Favorite Country Christmas Albums Get ready to have yourself a merry little Christmas. These country Christmas albums are sure to get you in the holiday spirit with some of the best Christmas music around. From the warming taste of peppermint hot chocolate in front of a fire to the chilly air that perpetually teases…

Lose the Lawn!

Lose the Lawn! Don’t want grass? Grow a ground cover. Lawns are such fixtures in the South that many communities require lawns be installed whenever a new house is built. But what if you don’t want to fool with a lawn? What if your yard to too shady to grow grass or too steep to…

Idea House Family Room by Bill Ingram

Idea House Family Room by Bill Ingram Open to a dark green kitchen, this family room, designed by architect Bill Ingram, reflects the rich green colors of the space. Multiple textures, patterns, and shapes come together in this family room to create a cozy haven with a bold, but polished sense of style. Swaddling the…

Idea House Kitchen by Bill Ingram

Idea House Kitchen by Bill Ingram Let’s take a peek inside this invigorating space, filled with details of evergreen, posh chrome accents and pops of botanicals.  A kitchen should always be the heart of a home, where memories are made and time is savored. The 50th Anniversary Southern Living Idea House’s kitchen is bursting with…

The 2016 Idea House

The 2016 Idea House For our 50th Anniversary Idea House, we selected five of today’s best young designers, shared old Southern Living stories for inspiration, and set them loose to decorate this charming cottage designed by Bill Ingram Architect. See their fresh takes on traditional Southern style. Find information to plan your visit here.  Located just…

9 Plants That Attract Bees

9 Plants That Attract Bees Attract bees by planting blue, purple, violet, white, and yellow flowers. We’ll show you the best flower varieties to get your gardening buzzing. Butterflies, bees, and flower-feeding birds all have a sweet tooth. They need pollen and nectar from flowers to power their flight and nourish offspring. Bees can see…

Renovating Your Bathroom the Right Way

Remodelling your bathroom can be very rewarding if it is done right. A beautifully designed space may provide a functional and indulgent bathing experience. However, renovating a bathroom can be a lot trickier than you’d expect because of the specialized knowledge you need to integrate the systems in making a bathroom useful. The electrical system,…

Serene Lakefront Hideaway

Serene Lakefront Hideaway Our former editor-in-chief shaped a tiny Southern Living house plan into a serene lakefront hideaway.  Former Southern Living editor-in-chief Lindsay Bierman originally pictured a 2,500-square-foot, rustic-modern lake house rising from the rocks above Alabama’s Lewis Smith Lake. He faced a tough choice: value-engineer the project to keep the quantity of space or downsize the plans to…

Commercial Freezers in the Home

As someone who dislikes shopping but likes bargains, I often find that my standard-size freezer simply cannot hold the quantity of food I would like it to. I like to stock up on meats, breads, vegetables and other easily freezable items when they are on sale. My husband likes to make his own spaghetti sauce…

Re-Engineering Policing

Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are a-Changin’ back in 1964 and the inevitable trend still continues today. Fast-forward to the troubling times of 2015 and community policing policies are being quickly revised to meet the new and more dangerous threat of domestic and international terrorism. Entire police departments like the 34,000 uniformed men and…

The Benefits of Pressure Washing

Overview Owning a home means that the home owner must spend considerable time and resources on maintaining the home in great condition. One of the best ways to do this is through pressure washing. Pressure washing has many different benefits on a home. This is often the first step before painting and sealing an area.…