Inspiration in the Studio

The Most Memorable Year...

Most can agree that 2020 will go down in history as one of the most memorable years in our lives…whether for good or bad. This season of holiday cheer has us looking for the positive and reminding us of our favorite holiday memories! We hope that by sharing some of our Studio family tips and traditions we might encourage you to create some extra special memories this season with your loved ones.

Paige’s family sets up a “bar” with all the garnishes to do a festive drink. From mistletoe mimosas to traditional moscow mules, take turns picking (the only rule is it has to be fun and pretty)!

Elizabeth hosts a family baking day the week prior to Christmas. Creating memories and treats the whole family (and Santa) can enjoy. Consider sharing the love and dropping off these treats to family, friends and neighbors you can’t visit with this year!

With the social distancing trend continuing this year, Katherine Grace recommends winterizing your backyard! Providing cozy throws and decorating your outdoor fireplace for safe gatherings. Set up outdoor Christmas movie screenings for nights your family won’t forget complete with hot cocoa and s’mores refreshments!

Use a personalized cookie or ornament at each place setting to double as a place card and keepsake to commemorate the year! Continue the tradition with your kids as they grow and they’ll have a collection of ornaments to start their own trees.

We hope you think outside the box with your traditions this year and make it one to remember!

Winter Wonderland :: Check out FLOWER magazine!

We are so excited to share!  Last year (yes, we’ve had to wait an entire year to share), our gracious clients and friends gave us creative freedom to turn their beautiful home into a winter wonderland … southern style. We began by partnering with Weston Farms and Bowerbird Flowers to bring their magical touch to the design.

After a visit with Erin Weston at Weston Farms, we decided to flank the gorgeous fireplace with two non-traditional, magnolia Christmas trees! The simplicity of white florals and sparkling lights add to the elegance.

Natural wreaths and delicate florals by Bowerbird Flowers elevate this formal dining room for the season!

Who says a soft color palette can’t be holiday?  Adding layers of natural greens and florals, whether simple or elaborate, will always add that special touch.

 To see the entire feature, please visit FLOWER magazine for more beautiful images and inspiration. The decorations may be a bit different in 2020, but the wish for peace and joy this holiday season is the same.

Photography: Catherine Nguyen Photography

Full feature: FLOWER magazine

Simplified :: Our Friendsgiving Favorites!

As Thanksgiving approaches and we gather with friends and family, albeit in smaller groups than years past, we still strive to make the holidays special. After sheltering in place for much of the year, each day, week, and month can start to feel the same, but we want to break up the monotony and take the moment to make meals with our loved ones extra special!

One of our favorite Studio traditions is planning a Friendsgiving celebration and this year is no different.

Our designers share their sources for their favorite Friendsgiving items!

Friends are the family you choose – Jess C. Scott

Spotlight on Made in America

This Labor Day weekend we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of our favorite American-made manufacturers that we love to support! One of the most important elements we incorporate into our designs is quality craftsmanship ensuring our clients can enjoy their homes for many years to come.

LEE Industries creates high-quality home furnishings that are fully customizable to our designs in our home state of North Carolina.

We love using Dunes and Duchess lighting and furniture in brightly colored finishes as pops of color! These hand-turned, hand-finished pieces are always a fun addition to any home.

This Dunes And Duchess dining table and Kari Fisher  roman shades play well together in our Southern Living Inspired Home on Bald Head Island.


Lucy Smith‘s handcrafted metal furnishings are produced in Alabama, in collaboration with her family’s long time steel business.

Tracy Glover uses traditional Italian techniques to craft her artisan glass lighting. Each piece is handblown to order in her Rhode Island studio.

Hickory Chair is another go-to source of quality, American-made furniture for our client’s homes. These customizable pieces will become your family’s heirlooms for generations.

We hope you gather as much inspiration from these American-made manufacturers and designers as we do!

It’s just a sampling of the beautiful work happening right here in the good, ole USA!  Happy Labor Day!

Celebrating the Season at Southern Studio

The Holiday Season is upon us and that includes lots of celebrating here at Southern Studio!  We have been showered with generous and thoughtful gifts from clients, friends, partners and vendors and although the glorious abundance may lead to some obvious New Years Resolutions, we are enjoying every bit of it!

Connecting through cards and gifts  is a wonderful reminder of the tremendous network of people and businesses we work with throughout the year to bring beauty and visions to life.

As a studio, we gathered at the lovely Fearrington House to celebrate together.  We enjoyed an amazing meal, toasted our team and our families, and gave thanks for the blessings of the year.

And as 2018 comes to a close, we hope that in addition to  beautiful design, community involvement, and charitable giving, most importantly, we spread Peace and Love to all we came in contact with.

 Happy Holidays from Southern Studio!