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 Sanders, Meredith Ellis, Julie Blakeslee, Chris Sanders, Courtney DiSabato, Joanna Rechnitz, Hunter Ellis, Harrison Hall, Stephanie Tower, Joe Messer, Merry Payne, Kathy Hammond, and Jen Fan.