Town of Mt Laurel

The Designers and Builder of the Southern Living Idea Home

July 14, 2016 | View on Facebook

2446502_2016I42061Interior design is one of the most beautiful forms of art. It’s composed of the perfect materials, colors, balance and proportions. So when walking into the Southern Living Idea House, located in the blissful town of Mt Laurel, you are walking into an inspirational master piece. It’s Southern Living’s 50th anniversary this year and to celebrate they’ve selected five of the most talented designers to style and design the residence.

“In celebration of Southern Living’s 50th anniversary, the magazine hand-picked five talented interior designers with ties to the South for this year’s Idea House,” says Julianna Vance, Marketing and Community Relations Manager of Mt Laurel. “Renowned designers Amy Berry, Ashley Freeman Gilbreath, Lauren Liess, Margaret Kirkland, and Mark D. Sikes: Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things were assigned rooms and given tear sheets from past issues to inspire their selections.”

These designers paired with local Bill Ingram Architect, landscape architect, David N. Brush Landscape Architecture, and Town Builders Inc., Bryan Phillips, have captured five decades of design and created a show-stopper.

“This home fits the style of Mt Laurel perfectly,” says Bryan. “It emanates southern charm and a traditional look. Some of my favorite features are the distinctive foyer area and use of shiplap.”

The Idea House is a picture-perfect sculpture.

Take a tour of the town and get inspired by the designs of the Idea House! It’s open to the public now through December 18 on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m – 4 p.m and on Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. To get more information, visit…/2016-southern-living-idea-house/

Bill Ingram: Architect of the Southern Living Idea Home

July 7, 2016 | View on Facebook

image1(64)We stand in awe of the exterior beauty that is the Southern Living Idea House, located in the scenic Town of Mt Laurel. The architect is none other than nationally acclaimed, local talent Bill Ingram Architect. He worked alongside landscape architect, David N. Brush Landscape Architecture,and Bryan Phillips, Vice President of Mt Laurel’s Town Builders, Inc. Together this team constructed the perfect southern, traditional residence.

“The house doesn’t mimic any one style,” says Bill Ingram, owner of Bill Ingram Architects. “It is familiar in the use of traditional forms and details and not one of which is associated with most new houses.”

The Idea Home features 11’ ceilings, shiplap throughout the home, and exquisite 9’ doors and windows that connect the interior to the outdoor living spaces. The wrap-around porch and luscious landscaping are inviting and makes you want to see the jewel that is the interior.

“Bill and his team were great to work with,” says Bryan. “He has a reputation for exceeding expectations and he did just that with this project.”

This house has something new and invigorating around every corner. Every detail and trimming was accounted for. It’s truly a work of art, which one can live in.

“It was as close as instant gratification as one can get in building a new house,” says Bill.

This inspirational home is open for viewing now through December 18 on Wednesday through Saturdays from 10 a.m – 4 p.m and on Sundays from 12- 4 p.m. For all the details on the Southern Living Idea House, visit…/2016-southern-living-idea-house/

Opening of The Southern Living Idea Home

June 24, 2016 | View on Facebook

2446502_2016I41238Southern Living Magazine has been inspiring their readers with gorgeous interiors and architecture for 50 years. And now you can step into the pages and see the inspiration for yourself in the 2016 Idea House, located in the Town of Mt Laurel!

“The magazine has featured homes all over the south, so the Mt Laurel team was honored to be chosen to build the only Idea House in Birmingham,” says Julianna Vance, Marketing and Community Relations Manager.

This year’s Idea House features a stunning collaboration of nationally and locally renowned designers and architects. Our very own local architect, Bill Ingram, was the genius behind the bones of the house. He worked alongside landscape architect, and Mt Laurel resident, David Brush, and Mt Laurel’s Town Builder’s Inc to complete the amazement that is the exterior. Five of the most talented interior designers and decorators, Mark Sikes, Margaret Kirkland, Ashley Gilbreath, Lauren Liess, and Amy Berry, each designed rooms that were inspired by one of the five decades the publication has been running.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see this gorgeous home and our community,” says Julianna. “I don’t want to give away too much, but one of my favorite things about the home is the huge wrap-around porch. The dual staircase from the front porch gives the home a grand entrance.”

Are you looking for inspiration for your home or want to see what great new design ideas are on the horizon? Starting tomorrow, Saturday, June 25 the Idea House opens to the public! It will be open now through December 18 on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10a.m – 4 p.m and on Sundays from 12 – 4pm.

For more information on how to plan your tour, visit

A Southern Living Community

June 16, 2016 | View on Facebook

Mt Laurel shopsDriving into the community of Mt. Laurel reminds you of visiting a mountainside resort town. It’s a serene walk-able community with classic American architecture, a Town Center with bustling local shops and friendly neighbors greeting you as drive past.

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company designed the community based upon three core values; community, respect for nature and a commitment to the future. All of which encompasses the main characteristics of a Southern Living Community.

“Mt. Laurel and Southern Living have long reflected many of the same values,” says Julianna Vance, Marketing and Community Relations Manager. “Designing distinctive places that foster community interactions, embracing the beautiful natural landscape around us, and exemplifying the best of Southern architecture.”

Mt. Laurel is excited to announce that they are home to the 2016 Southern Living Idea House! With it being Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary the Idea House will be a nothing less than spectacular.

“This year’s Idea House features five talented designers from across the country who took inspiration from pages of Southern Living’s past issues,” says Julianna. “It’s designed by renowned Birmingham architect Bill Ingram and built by Bryan Phillips of Mt. Laurel’s own Town Builders.”

The Southern Living Idea House is a must-see! It opens on June 25, from 10am – 4pm, and will be open on Wednesday through Sunday’s until December 18, 2016. Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s of Alabama and the Mt. Laurel Public Library.

For more information on how to tour the Southern Living House, visit

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