Inspiration in the Studio

Designing with "Furry Friends" in Mind

National Pet Day is a special day for Southern Studio. Our design team loves their furry friends and recognizes how they play an important role in our lives and our homes! Knowing this, we strive to incorporate unique solutions for clients with pets, from selecting performance textiles to withstand mud and dirt being tracked in and incorporating pet-friendly doors in mudrooms. We enjoy celebrating the animals that are much more than pets today and every day.

Photography by Stacey Van Berkel

Today, we celebrate National Pet Day to help bring awareness to our best friends. We encourage all of our friends to check out local animal shelters if you’re looking to expand your family, volunteer, or consider donating or taking supplies to the shelter.

Photography by Dustin Peck

It’s time to do a little “spring cleaning” with your pet:

Squeaky Clean + Fresh Scents – Wash your pet with Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat Dog Shampoo and throw their blankets, bedding, collars, and plush toys into the wash.

Vacuum – The Dyson Ball Animal Upright Pet Vacuum is your home’s friend when it comes to keeping things tidy.

Healthy Mindset – Are all medical records up to date? Now is the time to double check and schedule!

Update Personal Information – Don’t forget to update your pet’s identification tags 1-2 times per year.

Photography by Dustin Peck

Now that your home is in order, enjoy some time with your four legged friend! How are you celebrating? Tag us (@southernstudio) and use #NationalPetDay so we can see!

Sprucing Your Space for Spring

As Spring quickly approaches, we’re thinking about brighter days and warmer temperatures on the horizon. The season of spring evokes feelings of renewal and new beginnings. With this in mind, our team is sharing tips on sprucing up your space for the Spring. We’re suggesting a few small tweaks and design additions in your home (beyond the obligatory vase of fresh florals!) that will make a big impact this season.

Use artwork to fill your blank walls: One of the most powerful ways to elevate your space is building your artwork collection by adding to a blank wall. Take your time with these selections and do your research. Visit local art galleries and discover artists you love. Spending money on art is an investment in your home!

Photography by Michael Blevins

Bookshelf Styling: Styling your bookshelves can truly feel like an art form, but we’re providing a step-by-step guide for proudly displaying your memorabilia, decor pieces, framed photos, and more!

  • Step 1) Remove everything from the bookshelf or built-in shelving 
  • Step 2) Give the shelves a good dusting
  • Step 3) Start organizing your items into categories
  • Step 4) Donate or store what you are no longer using or does not fit and make room for your favorite pieces. Sometimes less is more!
  • Step 5) Systematically begin to return items to the shelves in a balanced pattern. Repeating patterns or collections in a symmetrical way is the trick
  • Step 6) Begin filling in the gaps, step back for a full view, and then continue to make adjustments until it’s just right

Pro Tip: Take your time with these selections. You will want the pieces to be special, reflect your style, and tell your story.

Photography by Dustin Peck

Bedding: As something that you use every day, your bedding has to make you feel most comfortable season-to-season! After a cold winter, it is the perfect time to shed some layers and carefully select luxurious linens that can completely alter the look (and feel!) of any bedroom.

Here a few of our favorite techniques for a bedding refresh:

  • Add a variety of textures and layers.
  • Crisp, white linens are always a Southern Studio must! 
  • Add a quilt or duvet folded at the end of the bed to be used as needed.
  • Have fun with your throws and pillows. Feel free to play with colors, patterns and textures to build upon basic bedding.
Photography by Michael Blevins

Simplified :: Unplug + Unwind

After a productive week, we are gearing up for a weekend full of unplugging and recharging. We will be celebrating National Day of Unplugging, a 24 hour period to unplug from technology from sundown tonight to sundown tomorrow. It’s a time to relax, restore mental clarity and to connect with loved ones the “old-school” way without modern technology. 

Exquisitely Renovated

To unplug and unwind, utilize the design details in your technology-free spaces. For example, a plush throw pillow resting atop your lounge chair does more than add a stylistic flair! Use it for support as you curl-up with a book.

While you’re taking a break from screen-time, treat yourself to some “me-time” with a spa-day from home. A light and bright bathroom suite exudes luxury and relaxation simultaneously! 

Other Ways to Unplug:

  1. Personal time – Whether it’s cleaning, or maybe exercising, spend time doing whatever puts your mind at ease
  2. Connect with a friend – Take a walk outside or grab morning coffee to catch-up with your loved ones, or mail a hand-written note.
  3. Grab a pen and paper and let your creativity run wild – Draw, paint, or write a note. Let your inner artist shine! 
  4. Feel good, do good – Volunteer at an organization that you’re passionate about

Take a peek at our designers’ favorite products to use while spending the day technology-free!

State of the Art :: Home Design & Decor Magazine Feature

Hot off the press! We are so excited to finally share a look into our Pattern Play project as seen in Home Design & Decor Magazine. After initially wrapping up this project the week before quarantine and carefully styling a socially-distanced photoshoot back in August, we’ve had this imagery under wraps, anxiously waiting for the big reveal. 

What inspires you? When it came to renovating this West Raleigh home. originally built back in 2005, our team had the unique opportunity to draw inspiration from the homeowner’s extensive original art collection.

However, we did not use the art as a constraint, simply rather as a building block for colors, textures, and patterns throughout the home.

No detail was left untouched! We did things the Southern Studio way by selecting a bold trim for the sofa.

Our team (and our clients) find value in investing in fine art. Artwork has the ability to tell a story and when selected properly, it may be moved seamlessly from home-to-home and even from space-to-space. These particular homeowners proved to have an extensive collection of art from their previous home but did not have furniture selections that were as elevated as the art. 

What’s not to love about this corner? Even our furry friend approves, perched atop custom ottomans in high performing fabrics.

Missed our initial Project Reveal? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this project and on starting a personal art collection in the comments below! 

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Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

STYLE + SOURCE :: Winter 2021 Issue

We’re thrilled to share that the latest issue of Style + Source is officially LIVE! Inside the first issue of 2021, we highlight a recent Cary project—recognizing the hardworking spaces in your home—and share our current design favorites and must-have products this Winter! You also won’t want to miss our chef highlight, featuring Kate Jackson with Framed Cooks. (Warning: the selected recipe will leave you hungry!)


Take a peek at some of our favorites finds for keeping your home (and yourself!) comfortable and stylish in 2021!