Inspiration in the Studio

Chef Vinnie from WOLF SUB-ZERO shares a holiday recipe!

We recently partnered with our friends at Wolf and Sub-Zero to share a recipe perfect for the holidays in our latest issue of STYLE + SOURCE! Check out this feature here.

Our team was also blessed to get to visit Chef Vinnie in action and enjoy his culinary expertise at the Wolf Sub-Zero showroom in February and he let us in on another secret to his Thanksgiving feast: his poultry rub – perfect for that turkey!

Whether you are an amateur or home-chef this easy rub will complete your holiday table this year!

Chef Vinnie’s Poultry Rub:
1 tablespoon crushed black pepper
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon blackening rub
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika

 

Blend all ingredients well; may be stored in an airtight container.

Chef Vinnie Balducci, CEC Corporate Chef, Sub-Zero Group Southeast, Inc.

We hope you have a blessed holiday with your loved ones!

Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

Remodel (pictured): Asbury Remodeling

Appliances: Wolf Sub-Zero

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!

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!

 

 

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

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