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!

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!

A Designer's Take on Decorating for the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, we thought we would sit down with one of our Southern Studio designers to hear her thoughts on decorating for this festive and celebratory time of year. Whether you are hosting a large holiday gathering, or just opening up your home to just a few family members, we hope Julia’s insight will be helpful as you prepare your home for guests from now until you ring in the new year.

What are your go-to, favorite accessories for holiday decorating? Should you stick with a theme (i.e. traditional, glam, natural, etc.). If so, what’s your favorite theme?

Julia: I love incorporating traditional ornaments and blending them with ornaments that have more of a modern twist. To me, this makes the overall decor feel more visually interesting and introduces more personality to your decorations.  Anything that brings back happy Christmas memories is a must!

It’s easy to fall for holiday knick-knacks. What’s your advice for creating festive, yet design-focused, holiday flair for your home that feels consistent with your home’s year-round decor?

Julia: My #1 tip is not to over-decorate! Pick a color scheme that blends with the overall feel and style of your home and stick with it. Even though the timeless, traditional red and green Christmas combination is my first choice, it’s also fun to incorporate non-traditional colors, like shades of blue or silver and gold. Be creative!

For holiday guests, could you share your thoughts on how to make guest rooms feel both welcoming and full of holiday cheer?

Julia: Adding a few small, festive pieces to a guest room adds such a fun touch! Framing a favorite holiday card or adding a small wreath with candles is a simple way to decorative the space. Cinnamon candles or spruce fragrances are my favorite way to make a space feel full of holiday cheer, as well as make your guests feel appreciated and right at home!

Do you have a signature “table scape” you love? What colors, textures, centerpieces, come to mind that you are drawn to?

Julia: I’m always drawn to using natural elements on a table scape – layering different textures and colors of greenery with pops of red berries and pinecones is the ultimate in festive!  It’s also nice to space candles within the greenery.

Also, place card settings are another way to incorporate an element of of personalization to your table, whether you want a cheerful, casual aesthetic or a more elevated, sophisticated look. Try jingle bells tied on napkins, gold lettered calligraphy on beautiful cards with each guest’s name, or adorn each place setting with small ornaments. Ultimately, try anything that adds a fun holiday touch!

Any other trade secrets you can share?

Julia: Creatively wrapped presents are my absolute favorite part of Christmas. Beautifully crafted gift tags and ribbon are my weakness – the trick is to use two different size ribbons to tie a package, topped off with a small ornament or even a small sprig of spruce. I love using ribbon in the same color family, or two complimentary colors.



Happy Thanksgiving from Southern Studio

From the move to a new studio, to our trips back and forth to the Carolina coast, we are welcoming Thanksgiving with open arms – each of us looking forward to coming together with family and friends.

We want to thank our clients for giving us the opportunity to design their homes, creating meaningful spaces that they will enjoy for years to come. From the bottom of our hearts, we feel blessed to work with our clients each day, presenting details of their projects that ultimately sum up to full reveals. The joy on their faces, in turn, touch us – it’s why we love what we do.

We are also not only thankful for our clients, but those individuals we work with daily to make our clients’ plans come to life. Our community at Southern Studio is one we cherish and feel incredibly thankful to have.

From our home to yours, we wish all of you a beautiful Thanksgiving Day.

Happy New Year!

May the gifts of love, happiness, peace, and warmth be abundant in your home as you begin the New Year.

Happy New Year from our team at Southern Studio Interior Design!