Inspiration in the Studio

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!

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


Project Reveal: A Pleasant Piece of Home, Part II

Last week on the blog we revealed the interior of this beautiful Cary home. This week we are focusing on the amazing outdoor living spaces!

Sometimes it’s a good thing when two worlds collide — the main living space opens completely to the outdoor dining space, which is separated from the indoor dining room by glass walls. Both spaces are flooded with natural light!

The seamless transition from outdoor kitchen, living and dining creates a space we could stay all night cozied up by the fire. Don’t miss the pizza oven and beer tap at the bar!

The spa and pool complete this peaceful retreat, making it the perfect stay-cation home!

If we’re not at the studio, you just might find us here during these hot summer days!

Builder: Loyd Builders

Plan Designer: Frazier Home Design

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