Inspiration in the Studio

Project Reveal Part 1: Timeless Beauty!

It never gets old.  Witnessing the joy of a client moving in to a new home that looks and lives just as they dreamed is what we live for here at Southern Studio!  And collaborating with Rufty Homes to construct and design this traditional, but light and bright, showstopper has been a dream project from beginning to beautiful end. We’ve named this home our Timeless Beauty project.

Those gorgeous curved double front doors practically beg family and friends to enter and to stay awhile!

Soaring ceilings with gorgeous wood beam details are stunningly dramatic, but plenty of comfortable seating in a classic and soothing color palette keeps this great room snug and restful.

The custom sliding doors open the indoors to the outdoors in the most beautiful way.

The large center island anchors the kitchen. The mix of creamy white painted and stained cherry cabinets brings a fresh twist on traditional design.

The dining room combines an extensive collection of family heirlooms layered with beautiful new textiles and lighting.

Great clients and a fabulous builder – well, that’s when the magic happens.   We loved bringing this project to life for beautiful clients!

Photo Credit: Dustin Peck Photography

We're Bringing a Southern Living Inspired Home to Life in Charlotte!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be designing Charlotte’s first ever Southern Living Inspired Home!

The home is being built by New Old, the award-winning Southern Living Custom Builder, in the Southern Living Inspired Community, Bramble. For many years Southern Living has served as the leading inspiration for the region, emphasizing the old and new traditions of the South. We are honored to partner with this talented team!

 We love working with the best of the best. The New Old team thinks of everything, including these custom hard hats for their clients and homeowners. It’s the small details that make all the difference and this home will be filled with details as we bring together some of the finest trades in the Carolinas and beyond.

Our entire team has been working to bring this design to life. Is it a little stressful? Yes. Is there a little pressure? Yes. Do we embrace the challenge? Absolutely. Here’s a sneak peek of the main living space in the home!

We’ll be sharing our progress and behind-the-scenes adventures in the coming weeks. The doors of the Southern Living Inspired Home will be opening for tours on April 27, 2019 and we can’t wait!

Setting Intentions for a Fabulous 2019!

Fresh starts, goal setting, resolutions, taking stock of what works and opportunities for improvement…these are the possibilities that each new day brings. At the start of a New Year it is especially exciting to set clear intentions and challenge ourselves to grow and be better than ever before. We are ready to cultivate what matters!

So here they are in black and white – literally – on our kitchen wall, so that we are motivated by their clarity each and every day!

Our Southern Studio Core Values

Our passion is creating joyful experiences through a relational design process that creates functionally beautiful spaces. This necessitates that we function as an awesome team of amazing individuals who are:

  • Excellent – We expect nothing less than the best effort from ourselves and from each other.
  • Thoughtful – We use kind words, offer meaningful gestures, and provide helpful support.
  • Creative – We believe that beauty transforms us and look for opportunities to incorporate our love of design in our work and in our lives.
  • Making It Happen – We fill our time with action and take initiative to reach goals.
  • Detail Oriented – We pay attention to the small things that will take tasks from ordinary to extraordinary.
  • Able to Connect – We take time to share, listen, collaborate, teach, and learn.
  • Humbly Confident – We strive for a balance between knowing there is always room to improve and knowing we are prepared to succeed.

Happy 2019, friends!  Let’s do this!


Celebrating the Season at Southern Studio

The Holiday Season is upon us and that includes lots of celebrating here at Southern Studio!  We have been showered with generous and thoughtful gifts from clients, friends, partners and vendors and although the glorious abundance may lead to some obvious New Years Resolutions, we are enjoying every bit of it!

Connecting through cards and gifts  is a wonderful reminder of the tremendous network of people and businesses we work with throughout the year to bring beauty and visions to life.

As a studio, we gathered at the lovely Fearrington House to celebrate together.  We enjoyed an amazing meal, toasted our team and our families, and gave thanks for the blessings of the year.

And as 2018 comes to a close, we hope that in addition to  beautiful design, community involvement, and charitable giving, most importantly, we spread Peace and Love to all we came in contact with.

 Happy Holidays from Southern Studio!



Great Gatherings in Triangle Home Design and Decor

Just in time for the holidays, Triangle Home Design and Decor magazine has chosen a Southern Studio project for the cover of the Great Gatherings issue and included a full feature of the home!  The 8000 square foot custom dream home (for amazing clients) was inspired by the family’s love of the Rocky Mountains and is full of classic architectural details and natural elements.  Sit down, pour some eggnog and enjoy the full article here!

Pictured on the cover is the oval dining room – the dramatic floor to ceiling windows allow a magical view of the peaceful property.

The natural elements of stone and wood help to make this family room a cozy space to socialize with family and friends.

Both functional and beautiful, this is a kitchen worthy of great gatherings indeed!

Tucked behind a pocket door, this stunning pantry effortlessly stores everything one could need for both day to day family life and large scale entertaining.

The magnificent patio features a fireplace for cozy winter evenings and an outdoor kitchen for year round fun.

Several years in the making, this home is ready for Great Gatherings with family and friends this holiday season!

Photo Credit:  Dustin Peck Photography