Inspiration in the Studio

Work Hard, Play Hard

Last week, the Bald Head Island team headed to our new studio to co-host an evening of Oysters & Chili – a perfect way to kick off the beginning of November and toast our new outdoor space. Our professional and personal motto has been “work hard, play hard” for many years, and this event was a true testament to that mantra!

We loved sharing our new home with old and new friends while we shucked oysters, roasted marshmallows by the fire, and fixed chili bowls to our liking. Bald Head Island’s team spared no details to bring a taste of the island inland, making our guests and our own team eager for a trip to the coast.

Cheers from downtown Cary!

Welcome to Our New Home!

Exciting changes are happening at Southern Studio! At the beginning of the fall season, we moved to our new downtown Cary studio, a 4,200 square foot restored home built in 1951. We’re settling into our white brick nest on West Park Street, thrilled that we’re steps away from the heart of downtown. The home’s transformation now includes offices, a design studio, a showroom, client gathering spaces, and of course, a front porch complete with rocking chairs.

Last month, we hosted an Open House to celebrate our move and toast to our team’s hard work, our new neighborhood, and the opportunity to host community events right in our backyard.

We invite you to take a peek into our Open House!

Photo Credit: Be Bold Photography


Project Feature - Seaside Serenity on Bald Head Island

Almost two full years ago, we met an amazing couple who were planning to build their dream home on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. We loved their vision of a place to relax and refresh away from their busy professional lives. We quickly got to work planning, designing and preparing for every detail. It’s not 100% complete (still working on a few finishing touches with art and lighting), but we are so thankful they have enjoyed their summer in this beautiful space.

Enjoy a quick home tour! The plan is a reversed, so the living spaces are upstairs to maximize the beautiful maritime forest views.  We love this quiet dining space at the top of the stairs.

The living area is open and oh so comfortable and beautiful!

The kitchen is a dream!  There’s no doubt that many fabulous meals will be shared in this home.

There are several porches and outdoor living spaces, but this is our favorite.  Even the family dog found her happy spot!

The master bedroom is the perfect escape (wish you could see the bathroom too).  We especially enjoyed working with the superintendent to design the custom bed.

And, our favorite spot of all….the cozy reading nook under the staircase!  Gotta love a good port hole window perfect placed.

We’re always thankful to work with great architects and builders.  It’s the design team, along with great clients, that can make all the difference.

Architect:  Cothran Harris Architecture

Builder:  Dudley Builders

Project Feature - Southern Charm in Cary

We recently completed a beautiful project for one of the kindest families in Cary. This empty-nest couple wanted to create a tranquil retreat from their fast-paced lives. One of our favorite builders, Scott Daves, brought their vision to life. It’s been an 18-month project that has resulted in an absolutely beautiful home and more importantly, happy clients.

We’re always told that a picture says 1,000 words, so we’ll let this photo tour speak for itself. The stone and brick exterior, complete with mahogany door and gas lanterns, provides a warm welcome.

The stunning music room is adjacent to the entry foyer. We love the simple elegance of the space.

The dining room is the perfect setting for any dinner party.

The grand staircase showcases the craftsmanship of the hand-scraped oak floors.

The vaulted alcove welcomes all into the casually elegant family room.

This kitchen!  We oooh and ahhh over every detail…..the gorgeous hood detail, the backsplash, the lighting, and the sophisticated breakfast room.

We love the antique chest we found that Scott beautifully transformed into a gorgeous vanity.

The master bedroom is stunning with grasscloth wallcovering and custom upholstered and iron bed.

There’s so much beauty under one roof. Our one wish for this family is that many, many happy memories are made in this home. It’s what a true home is all about!


Our Latest Project, Coastal Calm, in Home Design and Decor Magazine

Just in time for summer, we are thrilled to find one of our latest coastal projects on the cover of  Triangle Home Design and Decor Magazine and a full feature in the Charlotte edition. What an incredible home with an incredible history on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Remodels can often be more challenging than new construction and this project was no exception. We wanted to honor the home’s history and architecture. Relax and take a moment to read the full article here.

It’s no surprise that some of our favorite projects are vacation homes and we are thankful to be surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, lakes, and mountains. I really think it’s the relaxed vibe and family memories that drive us to create these special places. And this one is truly special.

This dutch door welcomes guests to the impressive foyer complete with a custom designed chandelier.

Imagine the meals and conversations that will happen in this kitchen. We kept much of the original kitchen, but carefully modified the design for a fresh look that functions better for our clients.

Walk down the hall to the new addition and notice that there is hardly any drywall in this home. It’s filled with truly amazing craftsmanship by the Dudley Builders team.

Architect Cothran Harris did an amazing job keeping the integrity of the original architecture in the newly added guest suite.

We managed to mix the old with the new in the renovated master suite. Check out the incredible view of the Atlantic ocean!

A bubble bath in this tub would be the perfect end to a day in the sun and sand. Take me away…

We’ll share more photos of this beautiful home soon! Thanks to these special clients for opening their home to us. Now, let the summer fun begin!