Causes | July 2016
This year’s St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway features Arlington Mansion, combining class and the latest design trends
Story by Doug Gillon | Photos courtesy of Ben Fant
St. Jude’s 2016 Memphis dream home is more than 5,000 square feet of modern, spacious Southern living sitting just inside the second turn of a swanky Arlington subdivision.
While you won’t see Chip and Joanna Gaines or the Property Brothers on site, any HGTV watcher will recognize thoughtfully executed layout and décor based on trends often featured on the network.
Lofty, vaulted 10-foot ceilings occupy the entire first floor, which features a three-room open concept kitchen, dining room and living room/den, with the areas separated only by a small corner column. The concept creates a huge space in which to enter the house, with immaculate stonework occupying the back wall of the living room immediately to the left, and just-the-right-kind of rustic wood paneling decorating the far right wall, the back of the dining room.
With open concepts, an elegant mixture of antique style and modern chic, punctuated with state-of-the art appliances and some of the biggest closets ever seen, the house is clearly planned and built not only with the most modern amenities, but also 21-st century living sensibilities.
A combination of longevity and extensive partnership makes the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway one of the largest single-event fundraisers St. Jude runs. Since its inception in 1991, this recurring dream home program has given away more than 400 homes and raised more than $325 million for St. Jude.
“We are so thankful to the builders and contractors who donate their time and the partners who donate their products to make this beautiful home possible,” said Richard Shadyac, Jr, President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thanks to their generous support, and the support of those who purchase tickets, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live.”
This year’s dream home giveaway features more than 30 homes in cities across the country, including, of course, the one in Arlington, which has a massive master bathroom. It’s one of four in the house, all of which are attached to one of the house’s four bedrooms. The master and guest rooms and bathrooms are downstairs, with two “kids” bedrooms with attached bathrooms upstairs. The master bath features a walk-in, closet-sized shower with two wall-mounted showerheads, a sliding bar showerhead, and a far wall punctuated with four body mist shower sprays.
A tornado shelter is installed in the floor of the spacious three-car garage and the nearby laundry room features more cabinet space than a post office. Heading outside usually starts through one of the house’s four porches, the largest of which features its own outdoor fireplace and fans.