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.

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Bringing Vision to Life :: Powder Room Edition

How do we begin to describe the behind-the-scenes happenings in the design studio? We dive deep with each client to understand their dreams, and then we allow the design to evolve until we bring that vision to life!

Today we’re sharing the complete transformation of a powder room.

This home was over twenty years old and needed a refresh.  We worked together with our clients to plan a beautiful renovation.  Although many rooms in the home underwent a drastic renovation, we don’t want the powder room to be overlooked!  It started with a simple CAD elevation…

We selected a beautiful mirror with an etched star and a statement wallpaper to layer pattern and detail.

This powder room was completely spruced up.  A vanity with soft details topped with quartz countertops brings an element of contrast, and the original hardwood flooring adds warmth to the overall palette.

The once lackluster powder room is now a charming space for guests to enjoy.  We love the vision that was brought to life in this design!

Mirror:  Mirror Image

Pendant:  Hudson Valley Lighting

Wallpaper:  Schumacher

Vanity:  Kohler

Photography: Dustin Peck Photography

Southern Studio :: Simplified

This is certainly an unprecedented time and we find ourselves asking what we can do to help our clients, our team, and our community!  With family life being turned upside-down, schools closed, and parents working from home, we’re all seeking comfort in our homes. We are making a choice to stay true to our core values while finding a way to help bring beauty & joy to your daily life, in the most creative way we know how. Given the current environment, we’re excited to offer a new approach to deliver a unique design opportunity for the whole family!

Today we launch Southern Studio Simplified!  A new simplified version of our full-service design, from kid spaces to color consultations. It’s an exclusive opportunity for us to help you tackle your smaller projects with a personalized, virtual consultation. Our core values have always been to provide excellent service to our clients and community. Simplified is our adaptable design service, created to help accomplish your smaller design needs, keep your spaces beautiful and stay connected during these uncharted times!

Here’s How:

One Hour Phone, Email, or Video Design Consultation for $250


Kids Bedrooms and Spaces
Week of March 23
Tuesday + Thursday Afternoon

One of our talented designers will consult with the kids and teens…help pick paint colors, new bedding from online retailers, rearrange bedrooms, create unique storage solutions, design gallery picture walls…whatever may inspire them while they are at home.

We will follow up with design recommendations (these can be very budget friendly) from retail sources and paint colors.

Color Consultations
Week of March 30
Tuesday + Thursday Afternoon

As we are nesting in our homes, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle those home improvement projects.  Our team understands color. Allow one of our designers to help select the perfect palette for your home!  As an added bonus, you will receive a special Sherwin Williams selection of the Top 50 colors selected by our design team.

Home Offices
Week of April 6
Tuesday + Thursday Afternoon

Do you find yourself suddenly working remotely?  Are you missing your co-workers?  Is your work environment uninspiring or completely non-existent?  Schedule a consultation with one of our designers to discuss the challenges of your space, create a more visually appealing background for video conferencing or tackle functional issues. We will follow up with design recommendations and solutions to help you create a more productive and inspiring home office.

Gallery Walls
Week of April 13
Tuesday + Thursday Afternoon

Do you have an empty wall and lots of family photos? Let one of our designers help you create a fabulous gallery wall!  We’ll help you measure and select the photos.  We will create a layout with exact measurements, recommend the perfect frames, and help you create a wall of memories for your family to enjoy.

Recreation Rooms
Week of April 20
Tuesday + Thursday Afternoon

Everyone has a favorite space for the family to hang out.  Whether yours includes X-Box, Ping Pong, or now needs to accommodate home school activities, we can help. One of our designers can brainstorm solutions for space planning, storage dilemmas and multi-purpose activities. We will follow up with design recommendations, working with pieces you already have while incorporating budget friendly ways to self-implement a refreshed space for the whole family.

Design Dilemma Consultations
Week of April 27
Tuesday + Thursday Afternoon

What’s your design dilemma or one thing that you’ve been struggling with in your home? It’s probably become more of a sore spot now that you’ve been working from home for a couple of weeks. Time to stop biting your nails over it, and schedule a phone consultation with one of our designers to talk through the issue. We’ll gather all the details and question why it’s been a challenge, while providing some creative talking points and potential solutions to ease the burden.

We recognize that these are tough times and we want to be part of the solution. Our team has pulled together and committed one hour of volunteer service to our community for every consultation we schedule throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We are continually amazed by the charitable work of our clients and it’s always been part of our mission to support those efforts. We look forward to now taking that commitment a step further.

When we all return to normal (and we will), the home projects will be complete, all while keeping the family focused on something creative and positive during an incredibly challenging time.

We are committed to making this world more beautiful.

For more details or to schedule your consultation, email


Bringing Vision to Life :: Fireplace Edition

How do we begin to describe the behind-the-scenes happenings in the design studio? The responsibilities and processes required to execute each project range from administrative to creative; from gritty to glamorous; from tedious to momentous. We dive deep with each client to understand their dreams, and then we allow the design to evolve until we bring that vision to life!

Today we are sharing the evolution of one client’s fireplace wall – from concept to reality.

We often work with builders and architects throughout the plan development phase of a project. We then move to space planning and furniture layouts. Our client was presented with three options for the living room in the these CAD plans.

The architectural details can make all the difference in a custom home. In this project, the fireplace was the focal point of the living room, so it had to be special. The design included built-in bookcases, cabinets with decorative hardware, and statement wall sconces.

After more decisions than we can count, we think the design evolved beautifully!

The greatest reward is seeing the look on a client’s face when their vision becomes reality. We are so grateful for clients who trust (and enjoy) the design process!

Builder: Loyd Builders

Plan Design:  Frazier Home Design

Photography: Dustin Peck Photography

We're Bringing a Southern Living Inspired Home to Life in Charlotte!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be designing Charlotte’s first ever Southern Living Inspired Home!

The home is being built by New Old, the award-winning Southern Living Custom Builder, in the Southern Living Inspired Community, Bramble. For many years Southern Living has served as the leading inspiration for the region, emphasizing the old and new traditions of the South. We are honored to partner with this talented team!

 We love working with the best of the best. The New Old team thinks of everything, including these custom hard hats for their clients and homeowners. It’s the small details that make all the difference and this home will be filled with details as we bring together some of the finest trades in the Carolinas and beyond.

Our entire team has been working to bring this design to life. Is it a little stressful? Yes. Is there a little pressure? Yes. Do we embrace the challenge? Absolutely. Here’s a sneak peek of the main living space in the home!

We’ll be sharing our progress and behind-the-scenes adventures in the coming weeks. The doors of the Southern Living Inspired Home will be opening for tours on April 27, 2019 and we can’t wait!