2018 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE



Curb View of the white 2 story Southern Living Idea House.There is a beautiful garden in the foreground


Wellborn Cabinet is proud to be the national sponsor for kitchen and bath cabinetry in the 2018 Southern Living Idea House.



This year’s home is in Austin, Texas. The Texas capital is well known for music, food and it’s thriving real estate market! Thus, what better position could there be for the Southern Living 2018 Idea House? None!

This project, like the past years projects has a specially handpicked dream team to make it come true. This year the dream team consists of Meredith Ellis of Ellis Design, Chris Sanders of Sanders Architecture and Catherine and David Wilkes from David Wilkes Builders.

Meredith Ellis of Ellis Design, Chris Sanders of Sanders Architecture and Catherine and David Wilkes of David Wilkes Builders


So, what were they facing? They are taking a 1980’s house and with a short time line, gutting it, bringing it into line with Austin’s building code, meeting Southern Living’s high standards and making sure to meet the expectations of today’s homeowners exacting requirements.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., cabinetry is utilized in the following rooms of the house:

  • Kitchen
  • Pantry
  • Laundry
  • Master Bath
  • Guest Bathroom
  • Powder Bath
  • Linen Cabinet
  • Twin Bedroom - Built in Dresser
  • Pink Bedroom - Bench Seat


Curb View of the white 2 story Southern Living Idea House. There is a beautiful garden in the foreground and plants across the front of the house
Curb View of the front of the 2018 Southern Living Idea House in Austin, Texas, later in the day.
Austin, TX
View of the Gray breakfast bar / 4 seat dining island. Wall to ceiling gray cabinetry is seen in the corner of the kitchen.
Henlow Square Maple, Inset cabinets finished in Repose Gray - SW #7015 grace the kitchen wall, base and island
Gray island with a Base Microwave Cabinet built into the design, hiding the microwave yet making it easy to reach.
This end of this kitchen Island faces the stove. The Three Drawer Base Cabinet and Pullout Spice Racks place essentials easily within reach of the cook

In the background a lovely china cabinet created with wellborn cabinets displays china and serving platters.
The kitchen features a six door china cabinet, perfect for storing china, glassware, serving platters, heirlooms and collectables
View of the island prep sink. The countertop is great for prep work, eating and serving friends and family buffet style.
The Island features a Base Microwave Cabinet, freeing up counterspace and placing it at a good height for young and old alike
The Island has a matching end panel with door style appearance option and a Dishwasher base cabinet sports a dishwasher front
The Dishwasher Base Cabinet with a dishwasher front is housed in the island next to the prep sink for easy cleanup

Next to the Apron Front Base Cabinet with a large farmhouse sink installed is a Super Capacity Wastebasket Base Cabinet.
An Apron Front Base Cabinet holds a large farmhouse sink. Beside the sink a Super Capacity Wastebasket Base Cabinet hides kitchen waste
Another photo of the base cabinetry and a Gray three drawer base cabinets and the floor to ceiling cabinetry just beyond them.
Three drawer base cabinets are ideal for cutlery trays, wrap holders, knife blocks, spice racks and silverware trays, etc.
The pantry has a beautiful gray four drawer glass front base cabinetry with a pop of color showing in the glass openings
The Glass Front Four Drawer Base Cabinet is not only great for storage it also brings a pop of color to the room

Another wall of cabinetry in the pantry shows a wealth of additional base and wall cabinetry. The wall cabinetry reaches to the ceiling.
The Repose Gray - SW #7015 finish of the Henlow Square Maple Inset cabinetry creates a soothing atmosphere
The corner of the pantry besides the door has a cabinet that houses the coffee / espresso maker.
Housing your coffeemaker in your cabinetry not only looks classy it is another way to save prep space
Photo of the Wellborns Bleu (Blue) cabinetry in the Mudroom area of Laundry room. Featuring bench seating, baskets and hooks for hanging items.
The Mudroom area of the laundry room provides baskets for odds and ends, cabinets for shoes, and hooks for coats, schoolbags, computer bags, pocketbooks, and dog leashes. The padded bench provides a comfortable place to don or remove shoes

The laundry room wall in this photo has a sink, white countertop and 3 drawer Hanover Maple Inset, Bleu (Blue) base cabinets and wall cabinetry.
This charming Hanover Maple Inset laundry room is packed with storage from floor to ceiling
The pet area of the laundry room features blue cabinets, the bottom drawer of one of the cabinets is open to display it
Bleu, Hanover Inset Maple, Shaker style cabinets were used in the laundry room. This room also serves as a place for man's best friend, the family dog. One area of cabinets holds pet food, treats, toys, and grooming supplies, keeping everything clean and organized
A close-up shot of the drawer with the built in feed pans.
The bottom drawer of this Hanover Maple Inset Bleu cabinet holds the feed and water pans for the family's best friend. There when you need it, yet easy to close when you don't

The master bath features Glacier White double sink vanities with white shelving that houses wicker baskets filled with white towels.
The Double Vanity in the Master Bathroom features Davenport Square Maple cabinets finished in Glacier, one of Wellborn's white painted finishes.
The Guest bathroom features a Glacier White painted vanity with 6 drawers.
Guest Bathroom - The Davenport Square Inset, Cherry bathroom vanity is finished in Glacier white paint.
The powder bath vanity is finished in a Sherwin Williams Repose Gray paint. The vanitys beautiful Rope Legs add elegance to the vanity design.
This gorgeous leggy Wellington Maple bathroom vanity is finished in Repose Gray - SW #7015. The Rope Decorative Legs add charm and elegance to this room

The white floor to ceiling linen cabinet with its two large doors, 2 standard size doors and 2 drawers provide a wealth of storage.
Linen Cabinet - Davenport Square Maple, Glacier white linen cabinet provides a wealth of storage
This beautiful built-in dresser was created with semi-custom cabinets. Dont be afraid to think outside the box when planning home storage.
The Twin bedroom features a built-In dresser, it is constructed of Davenport Square Inset Cherry, Blush Java, base cabinets
The comfortable window bench in this photo is a mixture of pink and whites. Creating a haven to read, talk or just chill in the sunshine.
A nice comfy bench, a good book and the warmth of sunshine, what a great way to spend a few hours

Close- up shot of the Wellington Maple Inset, ColorInspire Pink Shadow bench seat.
This Wellington Maple Inset, Pink Shadow bench is both charming and functional. It not only provides extra storage, it is also an ideal place to sit while talking on a cell phone or putting on your shoes.

Floor Plan for Lower Level

Floor Plan for Upper Level



View additional information from Southern Living and Wellborn Cabinet on this project

You can start by reading the following articles and then head down to Austin, Texas to see the completed project!

Tour Dates and Information: Tour Dates and Information:

Tour dates: June 15- November 8

Tour Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-4pm
  • Thursday: 10am-4pm
  • Friday: 10am-4pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Address: 6401 Rusty Ridge Drive, Austin, TX 78731

Admission: Tickets available for $20. To purchase tickets visit slideahouse.showclix.com. Children 12 and under free with paying adult (processing fees/sales tax added at checkout). Tickets are also available at the door.

Tickets will also be available at the door. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center.


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