Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living

Crafting Elegance: The Artful Collaboration Between Laura Hodges Studio and Grothouse in the 2023 Southern Living Idea House

Oct 20, 2023

posted by Paul Grothouse in this category

In the world of interior design, every space tells a unique story. Within the walls of the 2023 Southern Living Idea House, that story unfolds with a level of sophistication and innovation that’s nothing short of inspiring. Interior designer Laura Hodges, of Laura Hodges Studio, has masterfully orchestrated a symphony of style, comfort, and creativity within this exceptional residence.

What sets the 2023 Southern Living Idea House apart isn’t just its breathtaking aesthetics, but the meticulous attention to detail and the artful collaboration between Laura Hodges Studio and Grothouse. Their dynamic partnership resulted in exceptional bespoke pieces and surfaces that elevate the entire design, making it a true testament to the power of creative synergy.

In this exclusive behind the scenes interview, we get to the heart of this collaboration, exploring the vision, craftsmanship, and passion that have transformed this home into a work of art.

Sponsor17679F

Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living

27566_IdeaHouse16693F-1

Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living

Partnering with Grothouse on the 2023 Southern Living Idea House

The ongoing partnership between Laura Hodges Studio and Grothouse consistently yields artisan-quality furniture and surfaces that elevate every design, and this project was no exception. “I had a fabulous experience working with Grothouse for the 2023 Southern Living Idea House,” Laura Hodges shares, “It was great to review my design ideas with Paul and then get into the technical aspects with the design team. The entire process was very streamlined and professional, with beautiful samples that were very accurate to the final products and detailed drawings that properly conveyed my design ideas.”

Exploring New Surfaces with Grothouse

In the realm of interior design, innovation often starts with exploring new surfaces and materials. For Laura Hodges Studio, this journey of discovery took a fascinating turn when collaborating with Grothouse, a partnership that consistently brings fresh ideas and a touch of magic to each project.

“I always learn a lot when I work with Grothouse, but this time, it was great to better understand the new Anvil™ Metal collection that we used for the Party Barn kitchenette,” Laura Hodges reflects. “This material was so unique for this project, and I loved the flexibility it gave me to show the readers and visitors a new idea for countertops. There are so many options available to fully customize the final product and make it exactly what we needed for the project.”

When asked about her favorite Grothouse product or piece from the 2023 Southern Living Idea House, Laura shares, “I love the Walnut countertops we did in the Laundry Room! The surface is so smooth to the touch, and the grain pattern is stunning. I’m so glad we were able to work the layout with the design team to make sure there was no compromise in the fabrication or design of the countertop. We even integrated a functional ledge around the dog washing station for a continuous counter surface all around the room. This Walnut countertop truly elevated this utilitarian space and created a beautiful moment for everyday use.”

27566_IdeaHouse15984F

Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living

27566_IdeaHouse165115

Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living

Creative Collaboration with Grothouse and Laura Hodges Studio

In the world of high-end interior design, the ability to refine and optimize is crucial, and it’s clear that Laura’s partnership with Grothouse thrived on a commitment to excellence. “Working with Paul Grothouse was an absolute pleasure,” Laura Hodges explained, “Paul is the consummate professional and creates a great working relationship from the start. I was able to send him my ideas, and he gave me honest feedback that improved the functionality and durability, making each custom piece of furniture even better.”

The collaboration was not just about realizing a design but enhancing it. Laura emphasizes this point, saying, “Paul always makes sure his team has great communication throughout the design and order process, and that we’re fully satisfied with the end result.”

Get to Know the Pieces

See below a list of all pieces designed by Laura Hodges Studio for the Southern Living 2023 Idea House in Nashville, TN.

  • Great Room | Custom Dining Table in Flat Grain White Oak with Durata® permanent finish in matte
  • Great Room | Custom Console Table in Edge Grain White Oak with Durata® permanent finish in matte
  • Study | Writing Desk in Flat Grain White Oak with Durata® permanent finish in matte
  • Laundry Room | Countertops in Flat Grain Walnut with Durata® permanent finish in matte
  • Basement | 3 Bistro Tables in Edge Grain White Oak
  • Party Barn | AnvilTM Metal Countertop in Exodus finish with Durata® overcoat
Sponsor16958

Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living

27566_IdeaHouse16468F

Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living

Looking Ahead to the Future of Design

The collaboration between Laura Hodges Studio and Grothouse not only reimagined surfaces but elevated everyday spaces into works of art. Grothouse looks forward to continuing this partnership in the future, working with Laura Hodges to create innovative, highly functional designs that push the limits of what’s possible.

More Like This