A Sunday Drive and the 2015 Southern Living Idea House Part One

I love Sunday drives taking the road less traveled.

To take roads that we have not taken before

the ones that are sure to have lots of beautiful scenery.

Yesterday, my hubby (even though he was still a bit under the weather) insisted that

we take a drive. To someplace that he knew I wanted to go.

A place where the event would be going on for some time;

however, he knows me well and how anxious I get about these sort of things.

So we took a 3 hour drive to see the Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, VA.

A drive with such bucolic scenes as this:

Bundoran Farm-Housepitality Designs

This barn is located in an area called Bundoran Farms in Charlottesvile, Virginia.

Where the 2015 Southern Living Idea House is located.

Southern Living Idea House 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Southern Idea House!

As we drove up I gasped . . . as this home’s exterior is on my bucket list

for my downsized home . . . but not the 4500 square feet interiors!

2015 Southern Living Idea House

As we walked up to the house and clearly focused on this gorgeous entry

and that beautiful copper lantern, we thought….hmmmm…..

how can we put a long front porch on this house?

2015 Southern Living Idea House Potting Bench

So many beautiful rooms both indoors and out designed by the fabulous Bunny Williams.

I discovered that Bunny grew up in this area of Charlottesville.

The house is designed to have spectacular views from every room.

2015 Southern Living Idea House

2015 Southern Living Idea House

So come by tomorrow as I present many pics of this magnificent home!

Hope you had a great weekend

and my thanks to many of you who sent us beautiful anniversary wishes!

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  1. Just beautiful Shirley, love the views and that front entry is gorgeous. So looking forward to the interior pics.
    Have a nice day.
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  2. Wow, three hours?? He deserves many stars for that!! Can’t wait to see more. I love the exterior, too, but yes that certainly isn’t downsizing. 🙂
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  3. Wow, I see what you mean when you gasped! Gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to see more!
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  4. Love the pictures of the idea house. Beautiful! I can’t wait to see the interior!

  5. I can’t wait to see more, Shirley. What an amazing home!
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  6. Shirley, it’s beautiful! I’m with you, I adore the outside of this home! The views are stunning! Thanks for sharing it! What a sweet hubby to drive that far to see this home; you have a keeper! Hope he’s feeling better now!
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  7. Looking forward to your pictures of the idea house, which brings fond memories of another idea house that we toured together! I know we won’t make this one, so it will be fun to see thru your eyes and great photography!

  8. WOW Shirley that exterior made me gasp too…can’t wait to see more!!
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  9. Barbara Anne says

    Lovely! This is one of my favorite parts of the world! I’ve long had a home picked out to own that decades ago was barely visible from I-64 just as you came near Charlottesville from the east. I wonder if it’s still there?

    We replaced the tiny “stoop” of a porch on our Humble Home with a lovely large porch. Why? We’re from the South so we come from porches!

    Wishing your sweetie good health!


  10. Beautiful home and the views are amazing.I cant wait to see the inside.The drive had to be as beautiful as the home is.:)

  11. OMGoodness, I love the outside of this home too!!! That front porch and copper lantern are gorgeous!!! I didn’t know your hubby was sick:( Hope he is better soon. Can’t wait to see more!!!!
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  12. Donnamae says

    Beautiful home on the outside! I’m sure you could downsize it! Happy Belated Anniversary….I’m so far behind in my reading! 😉

  13. I can’t wait to see more! It looks wonderful!
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  14. WOW, what a stunning home!!!! I can’t wait to see more….I hope you took lots and lots of pictures?!?! LOL
    Have a great week!!!
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  15. Can’t wait to see more pics!

  16. Love, Love, Love the stone!! And the views are magnificent! So glad you had such a beautiful day to enjoy.
    Mary Alice
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  17. Oh Shirley what a beautiful home. The view is gorgeous. I cannot wait to see more. The drive must have been so pretty and relaxing too. Love those kind of road trips. Happy New Week.

  18. gosh, i wish my husband would insist on a drive like that instead of to walmart or home depot. can’t wait to see the rest of the house. i haven’t seen much about it. i am sure it was gorgeous.
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  19. Ooooh! How fun, can not wait to see it!
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  20. oh boy, I can’t wait!
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  21. Oh so beautiful Shirley! The view is amazing. That is a gorgeous area. We have driven through there. How sweet of your hubby!

  22. hi, Shirley, I love this beautiful house and the red barn in the distances is phenomenal. Can’t wait to see the inside of this beauty.

  23. Thank you Shirley for sharing your drive, I just can’t imagine how beautiful it was and then to pull up to see this incredible home! I’m looking forward to more pics. Jo
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  24. Beautiful, can’t wait to see the rest!

  25. What a handsome exterior Shirley! I know the tour must have been a treat 🙂
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  26. That exterior is to die for! I was so hoping to put that on the back of our walk-out someday…only time will tell:) Anxious to see the home tomorrow!
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  27. Sorry that I missed your anniversary, so Happy Belated Anniversary and may you and your honey have many more years together. You compliment each other.

    What a beautiful home and I can hardly wait to see more. The views remind me of the country side where my family lives and I get so homesick to go home. Hopefully in the Fall, as it is to HOT for me now.


  28. Can’t wait to see the inside!!!!

  29. What a fun outing! I can’t wait to see the pictures!!!
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  30. Just by what I’ve seen so far…it was worth a 3 hour drive…can’t wait to see more!
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  31. Love drive… Hope you had a nice long weekend. I sure did…
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  32. Beautiful house inside and out Just wanted to know if you knew the color of paint that was used on the walls in the entry way? Looking for that color I think, any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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