Inspiration in the Studio

Celebrating Family Traditions at Whisk!

Our team celebrated the holidays this week with a special cooking event at Whisk!  Our chef-instructors, Joan and Kim (who happen to be special clients too), put their hearts and souls into the preparations.


The theme of the evening was Timeless Traditions. Joan and Kim created the menu from the family traditions of each of our team members:

Signature Cocktail from Crista

Christmas Crackers from Martha

Shrimp Cocktail and Oysters Rockefeller from Laura’s Feast of the Seven Fishes

Swedish Meatballs from Erica

Pierogies from Vicky’s Polish Wigilia (married into the tradition)

Buche de Noel from Julia

The evening wouldn’t be complete without a little competition.  As we know, presentation is everything in design and the same principles apply to plating food.  After a bit of instruction (oh, and blindfolds too), the teams got to work and the results were impressive!


From our family to yours, wishing you a holiday season filled with family and festivities!


Southern Studio In the Classroom!

It’s amazing how young people bring energy to life! This blog has suffered a bit this fall (creative and challenging projects have been keeping our days quite full), so it’s no surprise that it took some youthful energy to bring us back!

Last week, on the same day, we divided and conquered local interior design classes.  Martha and Julia spent the morning critiquing class projects in the Interior Design II class at Meredith College. There’s some wonderful talent in the program led by Martha Burpitt (one of our favorites).


Vicky and Erica visited the Interior Design I classes at Panther Creek High School.  The curriculum in the high school is impressive and so are the students! Their questions are thoughtful and the enthusiasm for design is contagious.


We have many mottos at the studio that we often share with students and interns. We just had to share a few:

Work Hard. Play Hard. (And the hard work has to come first.)

It’s all about the details. They make the difference in every project!

If you want the best projects, produce the best work!

Never stop learning.

Be creative. Be unique. But, always be professional.

Make it a habit to really think!  Problem solving is a large part of every project!

Life is all about choices. Make good ones.

Wishing all of the students (and their dedicated teachers) a well-deserved holiday break filled with festive fun!


Home Tour of the Southern Living Inspired Home on Bald Head Island!

The Southern Living Inspired Home on Bald Head Island has certainly been a labor of love! We’ve been so fortunate to work with an incredible design and development team. Every member of this team was top-notch….from the incredibly supportive development team at Bald Head Island Limited, to the talented architects at Allison Ramsey Architects, to the award-winning building team at Whitney Blair Custom Homes! What a thrill that Whitney Blair Custom Homes was awarded a Diamond Award in the Brunswick County Parade of Homes….AND Best Interior Design too!


The Southern Living Inspired Home is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday through Thanksgiving weekend from 10a to 4p. A portion of the $10 entry fee is being donated to the Old Baldy Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation of North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse. If you can’t visit the home in person, we’re happy to take you on a visual tour.

The great room is fresh and comfortable with layers of gray texture and colors of sea glass.


The kitchen cabinets are a soft blue with open shelving and a large center island for entertaining. The seating is covered in durable Sunbrella fabrics, a perfect solution that can withstand the challenges of salt and sand. The corner banquette is the perfect spot for casual dining. We love the shiplap walls and variety of pillows.


The dining room becomes the ideal gathering spot for family meals. The mix of color and texture is inviting and playful.


The master bedroom features a bed alcove with shiplap painted a beautiful blue. The master bath is a mix of natural textures and sleek fixtures. The private outdoor shower off the master bathroom is a personal favorite!


Upstairs there is a second master bedroom accented with a beautiful wallcovering by Thibaut.


Everyone loves the kids bunk room! We designed the custom built storage and closets to maximize every inch of the space.


The outdoor sleeping porch complete with swing bed and television is the ultimate luxury.


To complete the tour, you can download the brochure for the home which includes many resources. Each and every person we met on Bald Head Island was kind beyond words and we’re so thankful for the hospitality. We’ll be back for more as the development continues….can’t wait!


An Abundance of Inspiration at High Point Market!

The 2015 Fall Furniture Market in High Point did not disappoint.  Every showroom was filled with the excitement of new product introductions and every moment was filled with new design inspiration to bring back to the studio.

We can’t wait to incorporate the new Kate Spade lighting by Visual Comfort into our designs next year!


The color in the Lillian August for Hickory White showroom was fresh and oh so happy!


And, the incredible craftsmanship in the Hickory Chair furnishings was impressive. Check out the mix of wood frames with upholstery…the possibilities are endless.


The Vanguard Furniture showroom managed to capture all of the beautiful options possible!


Cheers to an industry that creates luxury and comfort for our homes and a city that welcomes thousands of visitors for just a short week of design inspiration!


Furniture market can be overwhelming and sore feet come with the territory, but the market truly highlights the best of the best in the design industry…and we’re proud to be part of it!

Final Details at the Southern Living Inspired Home!

It’s been an island adventure for the past few weeks preparing for the opening of the Southern Living Inspired Home on Bald Head Island. We’ve been working for the past year coordinating construction details and designing the interiors….and now it’s time to bring it to life!

One of the things that make Bald Head Island special is that the island is only accessible by ferry with no cars. And so it begins…install day!


Moving an entire house full of furnishings to an island can get interesting, but we love the challenge.


The final details for the exterior of the home…adding the screen to the sleeping porch and comfortable chairs for lounging.

And, so many details on the inside of the house…


The house is coming together beautifully, but nothing we could possibly create can compare to the natural beauty of this island.


One more week until showtime! We’re adding the final touches and staging for photography…and hoping that Hurricane Joaquin stays offshore. We’re ready to Roast and Toast on the Coast!

Click here for tickets to the Roast and Toast on the Coast weekend festivities.