Mt Laurel is opening Birmingham's first Southern Living Inspired Home.


By Julianna Vance
Photos by Dawn Harrison and Contributed

Mt Laurel will debut Birmingham’s first Southern Living Inspired Home in October. The magazine’s editors recently handpicked Mt Laurel to become a Southern Living Inspired Community, one of only 14 communities in the country. Mt Laurel will showcase this partnership with Southern Living in the upcoming Southern Living Inspired Home.

“Mt Laurel is known for its community lifestyle, embrace of the natural landscape, and beautiful Southern architecture,” Time Inc. Assistant Marketing Manager Kathryn Lott says. “Southern Living is proud to partner with Mt Laurel on Birmingham’s first Southern Living Inspired Home opening in the neighborhood this fall. The Southern Living Inspired Home exemplifies our pride of place and allows the pages of the magazine to come to life. Mt Laurel is a truly refined example of the iconic Southern Living lifestyle.”

The Southern Living Inspired Home in Mt Laurel will feature the best of current interior design and contemporary craftsman architecture. The home was built on picturesque Elyton Drive, which overlooks Double Oak Mountain and Turtleback Park, and is designed in a distinctly Mt Laurel style with a contemporary craftsman aesthetic and a quintessentially Southern wrap-around porch.

The home will debut the new Magnolia floorplan, a flexible three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home with an open living area, gourmet kitchen, handsome study and an upstairs loft. Southern charm is illustrated throughout the Magnolia floorplan. French doors border both sides of the home’s grand fireplace and lead to the large wrap around porch. A grand two-story foyer featuring ship lap and a tongue-and-groove ceiling greets guests upon entering. Kay Green Design, who worked on the previous Designer Showcase Model Home on Burnham Street, designed the interiors for the Inspired Home.

After finishing the 2016 Southern Living Idea House, Town Builders Inc., Mt Laurel’s in-house building company, quickly began construction of the new Inspired Home.

“We are very excited to build another special home with ties to Southern Living in the community,” Town Builders Inc. Vice President Bryan Phillips says. “This home offers an array of special features that should interest just about anyone touring the project. The detail in trim carpentry, cabinetry and tile work makes this home stand out, while the front porch charm makes it a perfect fit for Mt Laurel.”


The Southern Living Inspired Home will directly benefit Mt Laurel and the greater Shelby County community. The Town of Mt Laurel has chosen to partner with the Friends of the Mt Laurel Library to host tours of the Inspired Home and to be the sole beneficiary from those tours. Tours of the home will be $10 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Mt Laurel Library.

“We are honored and delighted to be the beneficiary of the proceeds from ticket sales. We look forward to using the funds to enhance our programs and facility,” Friends of the Mt Laurel Library Chairwoman Ann Price says.


The Southern Living Inspired Home will open for tours on Saturday, Oct. 14, the same day as the Mt Laurel Fall Festival. During the festival, attendees can hop on a golf cart shuttle from Olmsted Park to the Inspired Home. At the home, guests will be treated to cooking demonstrations from Southern Living talent and a Southern Living themed raffle drawing.

The Southern Living Inspired Home will be open for tours Fridays-Sundays, from Oct. 14-Dec. 3. The tour hours are held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 12-4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Mt Laurel Library. For more information, go to Mtlaurel.com.