Inspiration in the Studio

Project Reveal :: Pattern Play

In the most 2020 fashion, our design team completed an install for a fun family just in the nick of time before the impending COVID-19 stay-at-home orders took effect this spring.  We can’t think of a better way to quarantine than in a newly renovated home with a playful color palette!

Our design team had so much fun working on this project with patterned window treatments, textured wallcovering, and a gorgeous collection of original art. The dining room is casual, yet sophisticated and just perfect for almost any occasion.

The Windy O’Connor wallpaper in this powder bath carried the home’s artistic theme into their daily hand washing routine.

The brushed gold architectural light fixture makes a statement above the breakfast table and adds drama to the ceiling height and stained beams.

A flood of natural light is the best accessory to spotlight the textures and patterns in this inviting family room! Gold raffia wallpaper backs the bookcases flanking the remodeled fireplace.

We combined existing furniture elements with new luxury textiles to take the owner’s retreat to the next level.  This space proves that layering the old with the new can bring new life to any home.

Original artwork, a hide rug and whimsical window treatment fabric make the piano room one of our favorites!

The best part of our job is when we receive thoughtful notes from clients who appreciate their homes.  This one was extra-special since it was installed the very day our state shut down for the pandemic and instantly received lots of love and breaking in!

Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

The Green Chair Project :: CHAIRity Event

Earlier this year, Elizabeth O’Neal, our Senior Designer, was chosen to design a custom chair to auction off to benefit the Green Chair Project as part of their Chairity event! The Green Chair Project is a non-profit organization that re-homes any home furnishings item from those that no longer need it to those that have a need. This is the definition of community and one of our favorite organizations to support!

It was such an honor to participate in this mission, but unfortunately, the actual in-person spring event was rescheduled and has now morphed into the new virtual world (thank you, Covid). The Green Chair Project will be auctioning off ten chairs created by local designers. The on-line auction begins on August 27th at 5pm and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of our own!


Elizabeth took a well-loved, traditional style chair and updated it by painting the legs, adding a modern fun fabric by Windy O’Connor and finishing the trim with a greek key detail above the legs.  The before and after photos are impressive!

Check out all of the chairs and register to bid through this link. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to find that unique piece to add character to your home AND support a great cause at the same time!

Special thanks to our special friends at FinishPros, FiberSeal of the Triangle, and A. Hoke for sponsoring the project and helping bring Elizabeth’s vision to life!

Project Reveal :: A Pleasant Piece of Home, Part I

Today we are revealing Part I of this Pleasant Piece of Cary home we recently completed for a beautiful family!  It’s always extra special when we work with clients on a second, or in this case, third home project. These friends (and clients) live life to the fullest, enjoy the creative process, and value great design…a combination that makes the entire process incredibly rewarding.

With a subdued color palette of neutrals throughout the home we were able to play with patterns and textures. Working from home doesn’t look so bad in this study with wrap-around windows providing a wealth of natural light.

The geometric patterns in the wallpaper, mirror, and hardware play well together in this powder room.

The master retreat provides a relaxing place to rest or cozy up with a book!

Everyday dining in this dining room takes on a touch of glam with the platinum details and pattern on the chair backs.

This living space is the definition of combined indoor-outdoor living! Fully retractable doors leading into the outdoor dining space is entertaining perfection.

As with any luxury construction project, it takes amazing clients and a team of craftspeople to bring the design vision to life….and we’re thankful to work with some of the best.

Builder: Loyd Builders
Plan Designer:  Frazier Home Design

Project Reveal :: Southern Living Inspired Home on Bald Head Island, Part I

It’s springtime in North Carolina and that usually means weekend trips to the beach or mountains to enjoy the beautiful weather. 2020 is proving to be a bit different as we are sheltering in place during the Coronavirus, which means travel and gathering with friends has come to a screeching halt.

Today, we can finally share the Southern Living Inspired Home we designed on Bald Head Island last year. We have waited until the feature was published in the island’s Haven Magazine … and now we can enjoy a virtual visit to the coast as we Stay at Home!

We call this project Carolina Boho because it has a coastal, free-spirit, casual vibe. We love the layers of blue, coral and black against the crisp white backdrop. The space is quite compact, but lives so large!

The dining table is the central gathering space in the home and we love the cerused oak finish. Notice the hand-stamped sandpipers adorning the window treatment linen.

The comfort of the lounge chairs on the front porch is the perfect spot to enjoy the salt air breeze. The durable materials are designed to stand up to the coastal environment.

The architecture of this coastal cottage pays attention to many charming details! Every project begins with a well-designed plan.

If you’d like to see more of this home and learn about Bald Head Island, read the full article in Haven Magazine.  We guarantee that you’ll be dreaming of beach days!

Developer:  Bald Head Island Limited

Builder:  Whitney Blair Custom Homes

Architect:  Allison Ramsey Architects


Project Reveal Part II :: Charlotte Charm

Today we’re revealing Part II of our Charlotte Charm Project!  This project was another collaboration with New Old Custom Homes in The Bramble, a Southern Living Inspired Home community.

Upon walking through the arched front door, the foyer makes a grand first impression.  The trim detail on the walls and herringbone hardwood flooring are architectural elements that incorporate visual interest into the space.

The open floor plan allows for a flow between the kitchen, dining, and family rooms.  Creating a cohesive look between the three while giving each room it’s individual personality is an opportunity for our creativity to soar.  We love the mixture of fabrics and patterns in the combination of the area rug, custom window panels, blue velvet chairs, and textured weave sofas.

Natural wood in the flooring, sofa console table (notice the live-edge detail), and mantle wall bring warmth to this family room.  These tones, along with brass and gold lighting and accessories, contrast the cool blues and grays of the color scheme.  And check out those windows – bright sunlight is the best accessory!

A powder room with personality!  The patterned wallpaper with a bamboo-framed mirror give this powder room a natural, organic vibe.  The mirrored bamboo sconces round out the look, and the vanity drawers provide a lot of necessary storage.

This round dining table is the perfect place to gather and have great conversation over a family meal.  The dining chairs have a remarkable level of detail thanks to the brass nailhead trim, patterned fabric, and cutout back.


In the kitchen, both the island and the ventilation hood are covered with an unrefined wood paneling (amazing craftsmanship from the New Old team).  Visual interest is achieved through the contrast between the rustic element of wood and the polished look of cabinetry, lighting, and hardware.

An apron-front sink under an oversized window is the ideal place to do the dishes.  There is even a built-in espresso machine for coffee in the morning.  Stay tuned for Part II of the Charlotte Charm Project Reveal!

Builder : New Old

Photography : Dustin Peck Photography