Inspiration in the Studio

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

We're Honored :: HGTV 2020 Designer of the Year Awards

We have exciting news to share! Remember our Charlotte Charm project recently completed with New Old Custom Homes?  Well, the project was nominated as a finalist for the Color + Pattern category in HGTV’s 2020 Designer of the Year Awards! We love the use of color and pattern throughout this home and we hope you do too!

The voting for the awards is open to the public from now until September 29th and can be found here: hgtv.com/designeroftheyear!  There are some beautiful homes entered, so be sure to check them out (and, we would welcome your supporting vote, too)!

Here are some of our favorite photos from Charlotte Charm. The open living room combines the warmth of rustic wood with bright, lush velvet.

The dining room window treatments become a beautiful backdrop of luxurious pattern for the casual table setting.

The bold wallcovering pattern makes a big impact in the small powder room.

We especially love the great drama and display of feathers found in the guest bath wallcovering.

To see the entire home, visit HGTV.com and be sure to vote (yes, you can vote every day)!  We are incredibly grateful for clients who trust our vision and allow us the creative freedom to bring their homes to life!

All photos:  Dustin Peck Photography

Project Reveal Part 1: Timeless Beauty!

It never gets old.  Witnessing the joy of a client moving in to a new home that looks and lives just as they dreamed is what we live for here at Southern Studio!  And collaborating with Rufty Homes to construct and design this traditional, but light and bright, showstopper has been a dream project from beginning to beautiful end. We’ve named this home our Timeless Beauty project.

Those gorgeous curved double front doors practically beg family and friends to enter and to stay awhile!

Soaring ceilings with gorgeous wood beam details are stunningly dramatic, but plenty of comfortable seating in a classic and soothing color palette keeps this great room snug and restful.

The custom sliding doors open the indoors to the outdoors in the most beautiful way.

The large center island anchors the kitchen. The mix of creamy white painted and stained cherry cabinets brings a fresh twist on traditional design.

The dining room combines an extensive collection of family heirlooms layered with beautiful new textiles and lighting.

Great clients and a fabulous builder – well, that’s when the magic happens.   We loved bringing this project to life for beautiful clients!

Photo Credit: Dustin Peck Photography

Great Gatherings in Triangle Home Design and Decor

Just in time for the holidays, Triangle Home Design and Decor magazine has chosen a Southern Studio project for the cover of the Great Gatherings issue and included a full feature of the home!  The 8000 square foot custom dream home (for amazing clients) was inspired by the family’s love of the Rocky Mountains and is full of classic architectural details and natural elements.  Sit down, pour some eggnog and enjoy the full article here!

Pictured on the cover is the oval dining room – the dramatic floor to ceiling windows allow a magical view of the peaceful property.

The natural elements of stone and wood help to make this family room a cozy space to socialize with family and friends.

Both functional and beautiful, this is a kitchen worthy of great gatherings indeed!

Tucked behind a pocket door, this stunning pantry effortlessly stores everything one could need for both day to day family life and large scale entertaining.

The magnificent patio features a fireplace for cozy winter evenings and an outdoor kitchen for year round fun.

Several years in the making, this home is ready for Great Gatherings with family and friends this holiday season!

Photo Credit:  Dustin Peck Photography

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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