Inspiration in the Studio

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

Project Reveal :: Pattern Play

In the most 2020 fashion, our design team completed an install for a fun family just in the nick of time before the impending COVID-19 stay-at-home orders took effect this spring.  We can’t think of a better way to quarantine than in a newly renovated home with a playful color palette!

Our design team had so much fun working on this project with patterned window treatments, textured wallcovering, and a gorgeous collection of original art. The dining room is casual, yet sophisticated and just perfect for almost any occasion.

The Windy O’Connor wallpaper in this powder bath carried the home’s artistic theme into their daily hand washing routine.

The brushed gold architectural light fixture makes a statement above the breakfast table and adds drama to the ceiling height and stained beams.

A flood of natural light is the best accessory to spotlight the textures and patterns in this inviting family room! Gold raffia wallpaper backs the bookcases flanking the remodeled fireplace.

We combined existing furniture elements with new luxury textiles to take the owner’s retreat to the next level.  This space proves that layering the old with the new can bring new life to any home.

Original artwork, a hide rug and whimsical window treatment fabric make the piano room one of our favorites!

The best part of our job is when we receive thoughtful notes from clients who appreciate their homes.  This one was extra-special since it was installed the very day our state shut down for the pandemic and instantly received lots of love and breaking in!

Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

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

Our Raleigh Grandeur Project Reveal

It’s time to share the photos of our Raleigh Grandeur project!  It’s a gorgeous home created for an amazing family.  We began in the early stages of construction and allowed the design to evolve for over a year. Enjoy the tour and our favorite features in each room!

The Formal Living Room

Favorite Features:  the classic fireplace with beautiful sconces and the metallic grasscloth inside the coffered ceiling

The Formal Dining Room

Favorite Feature:  the stunning crystal beaded chandelier

The Kitchen :: Design Collaboration with Loyd Builders

Favorite Feature:  the luxury appliances by Wolf and SubZero.

The Family Room

Favorite Feature:  the inviting chaise lounge beside the fireplace

The Master Bedroom

Favorite Feature:  the luxurious bed with fine linens

It takes a team of professionals collaborating together to bring a project like this one to life. A big congratulations to the Loyd Builders team for winning the Silver Award in the 2019 Parade of Homes. Most importantly, it’s our hope that this home becomes a place to create a lifetime of family memories for our clients…. it’s why we do what we do!

 

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!

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