Inspiration in the Studio

Hot Off the Press! Southern Living Christmas Cookbook!

We are so excited to introduce the 2018 Southern Living Christmas Cookbook – complete with a feature page styled by Southern Studio Interior Design!   It is a treasure full of recipes, gorgeous images, and inspired tips for the holiday season and other special occasions throughout the year.

As a member of the Southern Living Designer Network, Southern Studio enjoys invaluable relationships with trailblazers, trendsetters, and icons in the design industry.

The Southern Living Christmas Cookbook benefits local chapters of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC®).  Over its 25 years of its support, Dillard’s has donated more than $14.1 million dollars to RMHC® and Southern Studio is so proud to participate this year.  It was such fun to style a beautiful Sunday Brunch and showcase our clients’ stunning breakfast room! (Have we mentioned we have the BEST clients?)

We hope you check out the cookbook for recipes, entertaining and decorating tips as you head in to the Holiday Season!

Friendsgiving in the Studio

Thanksgiving has arrived at Southern Studio and as we bring our first full year in the Cary studio to a close, we took time to celebrate and reflect on all we have to be grateful for.   Filling the kitchen with favorite foods of the season, we sat down to the age-old pleasure of sharing a meal with friends!

Turkey, stuffing, all the sides and 3 different kinds of pie….yep the whole shebang.  No regrets!

Throughout the year, we save emails, cards, and notes that are sent to us and place them in our Gratitude Jar.  At the end of the year, we gather and read these together.  It is humbling and inspiring, and also just so much fun, to think back on the projects, the clients, the challenges overcome, and the beauty and joy we got to be part of.

Today we reminded ourselves how lucky we are to do this work, in this space, with these people. At Southern Studio we are grateful for:

  • Our Team – An Awesome Team of Amazing Individuals who feel like family; constantly encouraging, supporting, and celebrating each other!
  • Our Studio – This space to nurture creativity and where we are so fortunate to host social, community and charity events. Homes are for sharing!
  • Our Clients – Who value design, welcome us in to their homes, and trust us to create functionally beautiful spaces for them. We have the BEST clients!
  • Our Behind the Scenes Partners, Vendors and Local Artisans – Who create unique, beautiful and lasting items, and support us in bringing visions to life. The best in the business!

As you gather around your Thanksgiving table, we wish you the joys of Gratitude.  May we all be Thankful and Giving!

Unique, Enduring, and Luxurious. Exactly!

As the weather finally turns cooler and our thoughts turn towards the holidays, we wrapped up the 2018 Southern Studio at Sunset series by welcoming Erin Weston of Weston Farms to lead an Antiquity Wreath Making Class.

It was such fun to fill the studio with clients and friends for a night of food, wine, laughter, and magnolias – what could be more Southern than that?!

Southern Studio loves to incorporate local artists into our designs. In 2002, Erin Weston relocated from NYC to her home state of North Carolina to become a farmer, combining her UNC Chapel Hill fine arts degree with the family business. Weston Farms now has more than 10,000 trees and their signature wreaths, garlands, and fresh Magnolia arrangements are shipped nationwide. Erin’s work has dazzled local markets, national interior designers and presidential florists alike, and has been featured on the cover of House Beautiful, in Southern Living Magazine, HGTV, Time Warner Leisure Channel as well on display at The NC Museum of Art. It was such a treat for her to share her talent and enthusiasm with us!  Erin’s vision to “grow a unique, enduring luxurious product on her family farm” is a perfect collaboration with Southern Studio.

After a brief demonstration by Erin in wreath making technique, we got to try creating a magnolia wreath to take home.  Everyone started with a huge bag of fresh magnolia, a wreath form, florist wire, clippers and varying levels of confidence to dig in.  And while every wreath was beautiful, each was just a little different.  Isn’t that fabulous?

Sipping cider, a pot of chili on the stove, pretzels, caramel corn, pumpkin cookies, and an evening of cheer made for a perfect fall night and a wonderful way to head into this season of hospitality.

Thank you to all who shared the night with us.  Here’s hoping all of our homes are filled with family, friends and laughter this Fall!

Meet Our Team: Paige

Our Meet Our Team series continues this week and it is time to introduce Paige!   Her organization and calm poise allow her to juggle many balls, keeping us all on track behind the scenes.

First things first. How did you get started in the interior design world? What sparked your interest?

I’ve always had a love for fashion and design since I can remember. Growing up I spent every “take your daughter to work day” at engineering and design firms, which lead me to the College of Textiles at NC State. Once I met the SSID team in Apex, I knew it would be the perfect place to combine my passions for customer service and design!

How would you describe your role at Southern Studio? What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

I am the Project Coordinator, so I track and receive orders for our clients (and try to make it look so easy). I love being able to see the design work into a full install and a happy client! You’ll also find me helping with our studio events, keeping up with the marketing calendar, and styling our photo shoots.

Your design style in three words:

Industrial meets Coastal

Describe where you feel most inspired.

Anywhere at the coast. From sitting on the beach to strolling through unique, local shops, it’s one of my favorite places for inspiration and relaxation.

Do you have any words you “live by”? If so, what are they?

Do what you love, love what you do. It’s the motto from where I worked in college, that I truly believe in and always try to live by. Because like they say, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Solids, stripes, or florals?

Is all an option?! I love to mix patterns, whether it’s in my wardrobe or at home, especially just the right combination of florals and stripes.

What items are always in your fridge?

The honest answer is wine and cheese!

What is your favorite room in your own home and why?

Without a doubt the master bedroom. We recently bought a fixer upper and this was our first project. It’s filled with all my favorite things; accessories from adventures (like our antique door headboard), reclaimed barnwood ceiling, and usually my golden retriever, Nash, right in the middle of the bed.

Highlights from High Point!

We are still in awe of all of the beauty we experienced last week at the High Point Furniture Market. It was a rough start with Hurricane Michael crashing the party and leaving many of the showrooms (and our hotel) without power. As we settled into four solid days of meetings, showroom visits, seminars, and connecting with industry friends from across the country, we quickly realized how fortunate we are to work and play with such an incredible group of professionals.

There are so many moments and new ideas to share, so we thought we’d ask our team to share their top highlight. These are the trends that we are sure to see working their way into our designs very soon!

Elizabeth

Favorite Market Trend: Rich fabrics, colors and textures. Velvet and Mohair!

Julia

Favorite Market Trend: So many fun custom pillow details!

Crista

Favorite Market Trend:  Green. Green. Lots of Green.

Emily

Favorite Market Trend:  Upholstered furniture legs!

Paige and Kayla

Favorite Market Trend: Bold Pattern, Color and Texture.

Vicky

Favorite Market Trend:  Beautiful, Durable, and Cleanable Performance Fabrics.

Taking the time to learn and explore the many opportunities right here in North Carolina is invaluable to nurturing creativity. It’s just one more thing we love about our great state!

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