Inspiration in the Studio

Project Reveal :: Cary Classic, Part I

We recently completed a renovation and install for a beautiful family – all completed during the height of the pandemic! Demo began on the main living space the week before the statewide stay at home order so they had a front row seat to the whole construction process.

This traditional family home was remodeled into the ever-desirable open concept floor plan. Without dividing walls between the kitchen and family room, gathering for the holidays will be a little more enjoyable this year!

A modern take on the classic blue and white duo gave this great room space a fresh face lift!

We carried this calming palette throughout the main floor also updating the dining room, music room, powder bath and office.

With finishing touches of silver and gold we think the results are pretty special!

To read more about this beautiful renovation, check out the latest issue of STYLE + SOURCE!


Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

Contractor: Asbury Remodeling

Bringing Vision to Life :: Sconce Lighting

The recent time change has us exploring all the additional lighting needed to really illuminate a home! Sconces and picture lighting over bookshelves are two examples of accent lighting that are best incorporated into a home during the construction design phase of a project.

Planning for the proper placement oftentimes requires a multitude of decisions.  For example, determining the placement of sconces in a bathroom, require the exact dimensions of the fixture along with the mirror and vanity selection.

Getting the dimensions just right can make all the difference in the overall design (and, of course, we believe the results are well worth the effort).

In the case of bedside sconces, consider the dimensions of the entire wall, add the furniture dimensions, and then select the appropriate height for the hardwired fixtures!

Designer tip: the sconce height should always fall below the top of the mirror or headboard for optimum function.

Like so many design decisions, early planning during a project always produces the best results.  It’s these details that make all the difference!

Simplified :: All are Welcome...

This week we are simplifying what to do with that empty entryway space! Your foyer space (however small or large) is the first impression your home makes and in a year of less entertaining we want our guests to feel a special invitation. While we may miss gathering in large groups we want to help you welcome your guests and family home (air-hug!).

Much like a mudroom, your foyer should be equal parts style and function. Curating a vignette should start with the overarching theme of the home and infuse personal touches to spotlight your personality! Choosing a piece of art, mirror or a statement light is a great place to start.

Next add a piece of grounding furniture. Whether a family heirloom chest of drawers, a practical bench or a sleek console all are good options! What form would fit you most depends on the function you need out of your home. Do you need extra storage to hide junk? Do you need a place to perch to put on shoes on your way out the door? Do you have extra space to simply showcase style?

Add your personal touches to leave a lasting impression. Whether coming or going, what do you want your guests to remember about your home? A signature scent in a beautiful candle vessel, family photos in a fun frame, or a collection of poetry or favorite reads can all be great options to inspire.

Shop our designers go-to items for creating your home’s impression!

Most Common Design Mistakes Made by First-time Homebuyers

We were recently featured on Redfin’s blog on common design mistakes that many first-time homebuyers make and how to avoid them. One of the most common mistakes we see could easily be solved with a little patience:

Rushing the process and losing sight of the big picture

In the excitement of purchasing a new home, oftentimes homeowners move too quickly without a big picture plan. Our best recommendation is to not make any significant purchases or begin any remodeling projects without having an overall plan and budget. Too many people give us a call when they get stuck after making bad and uninformed decisions, like that sofa they fell in love with that’s not quite the right size or the paint color that is just a shade off. Take the time needed to plan properly for long-term enjoyment. –Southern Studio Interior Design

You can read more of this feature on Redfin’s blog!



Bringing Vision To Life :: Millwork Details

It’s always a challenge for clients to visualize a design.  Communicating ideas effectively is one of our primary goals as designers (which could very well explain our Pinterest culture….a picture truly can tell 1,000 words).

Interior millwork is one of those details that adds depth and customization to any new home (or your existing home!).  It’s the work of many hands – a collaborative effort between designer, homeowner, contractor, and carpenter. For this home’s dining room we began with the trim design of full wall wainscoting.

These details were carried throughout the full room and incorporated into the architectural doorways.

After all millwork was installed we added wallpaper to the paneling insets to take this neutral dining room to the next level of sophistication!

This trim and wallcovering duo is the perfect combination of detail and elegance for this traditional home. This dining room is dinner party ready for a beautiful family !


Photography: Dustin Peck

Builder: Rufty Homes