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Design VIPs get exclusive look at Southern Living's Idea House in Northwest Hills

VIPs get first look at Southern Living Idea House in Northwest Hills

Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Kathy Hammond and Jena Hammond. Photo by Ben Porter
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Julie Blakeslee, Meredith Ellis, Zoe Gowan, David Wilkes, Catherine Wilkes, Chris Sanders, Hunter Ellis, and Sid Evans Photo by Ben Porter
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
John Spong and Jack Sanders.  Photo by Ben Porter
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Joe Messer, Merry Payne, and Jen Fan. Photo by Ben Porter
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Courtney DiSabato and Joanna Rechnitz. Photo by Ben Porter
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Christina Garcia, Andres Garcia, Nadine Timpa, and Sandy Pace. Photo by Ben Porter
Harrison Hall Stephanie Tower Southern Living VIP
Harrison Hall and Stephanie Tower. Photo by Ben Porter
Lydia Rudy, Kitty Threlkeld and Alli Claunch Southern Living Vip
Lydia Rudy, Kitty Threlkeld. and Alli Claunch. Photo by Ben Porter
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Southern Living Idea House 2018 VIP party
Harrison Hall Stephanie Tower Southern Living VIP
Lydia Rudy, Kitty Threlkeld and Alli Claunch Southern Living Vip

What: Southern Living's 2018 Idea House VIP Party

Where: 6401 Rusty Ridge Dr.

The lowdown: On June 7, Austin's design community, VIPs, and members of the media got a first look at the magazine's 2018 Idea House, which just happens to be nestled in Austin's Northwest Hills neighborhood. (Get a sneak peek here before it opens to the public on June 15.)

Southern Living editor in chief Sid Evans and home and garden editor Zoe Gowan greeted guests while the local team behind the house, a group of creatives including Meredith Ellis, Chris Sanders, David Wilkes, and Julie Blakeslee, answered questions about the meticulous renovation process. 

Throughout the evening, guests sipped cocktails and dined on light bites set up in the home's newly completed kitchen. The front door was open (in true Southern style), and party-goers floated between the home's dreamy interiors and lush, comfortable grounds while getting an insider's look at the unique project.

Who: Sid Evans, John Spong, Jack SandersMeredith EllisJulie Blakeslee, Chris SandersCourtney DiSabato, Joanna RechnitzHunter EllisHarrison Hall, Stephanie TowerJoe Messer, Merry Payne, Kathy Hammond, and Jen Fan.