Southern Living Idea House 2021

Dawn Anderson


The rear covered porch encompasses over 500 sq. ft. of outdoor living space with a sitting area and dining room. Centered around a cozy fireplace, this space is perfect for year-round use. The signature “haint blue” ceiling is painted in Sherwin-Williams’ Emerald Rain Refresh Exterior in Misty (SW 6232). Zuri Premium Decking in Hickory by Royal Building Products mimics the look of more traditional decking, without all the maintenance. The teak Summer Classics Home furniture has a great, classic look, yet can stand up beautifully to the elements.

His & Hers

When Bill and Laura Weldon took ownership of Closet Factory in Louisville and Lexington this past July, the business came with a marquee design project already in progress: the closet system, décor, and staging for the Southern Living Idea House 2021 main closet. Artisan Signature Homes designed and built the house “on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River” in a new development, The Breakers At Prospect. Based on a solid and successful working relationship, Artisan Signature Homes “had faith in us and gave us the opportunity,” says Bill of Closet Factory.

The only direction Closet Factory received for the Southern Living Idea House Main Closet project was a combined “male/female closet” with “muted color schemes.” Former Closet Factory owner Jerry Ostertag designed the closet system to ensure it was “functional and looked great in the space.” The project was 95% complete when the Weldons took over, completing trim work, accessories, glass shelving, and drawers. They hit one small obstacle with a waiting period on the undermount soft-close drawers. For the first week that the Idea House was open to the public, the main closet had different drawers!

Jerry’s wife and former Closet Factory co-owner Marilyn Jones worked closely with Laura Weldon on the main closet décor and staging. Laura chose hat stands, jewelry and other accessories, such as a selection of handbags, appealing to the affluent “Southern woman.”

“We built the closet system to complement the house, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our entire team took a day to go and see it,” says Laura. The Home Manager told them that, as they tour the closet, people love playing with the updated drawers, double-layer jewelry trays, and pulldowns for convenient storage of out-of-season clothes.

Laura says clients are moving away from large, heavy bedroom dressers and bureaus in favor of sitting areas and custom closets. In another space-saving move, homeowners add queen-size Murphy beds to offices or craft spaces, freeing up former guest rooms for other purposes. “Due to COVID, people have spent more time at home organizing and completing home improvement projects,” she explained.

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