Inspiration in the Studio

The Most Memorable Year...

Most can agree that 2020 will go down in history as one of the most memorable years in our lives…whether for good or bad. This season of holiday cheer has us looking for the positive and reminding us of our favorite holiday memories! We hope that by sharing some of our Studio family tips and traditions we might encourage you to create some extra special memories this season with your loved ones.

Paige’s family sets up a “bar” with all the garnishes to do a festive drink. From mistletoe mimosas to traditional moscow mules, take turns picking (the only rule is it has to be fun and pretty)!

Elizabeth hosts a family baking day the week prior to Christmas. Creating memories and treats the whole family (and Santa) can enjoy. Consider sharing the love and dropping off these treats to family, friends and neighbors you can’t visit with this year!

With the social distancing trend continuing this year, Katherine Grace recommends winterizing your backyard! Providing cozy throws and decorating your outdoor fireplace for safe gatherings. Set up outdoor Christmas movie screenings for nights your family won’t forget complete with hot cocoa and s’mores refreshments!

Use a personalized cookie or ornament at each place setting to double as a place card and keepsake to commemorate the year! Continue the tradition with your kids as they grow and they’ll have a collection of ornaments to start their own trees.

We hope you think outside the box with your traditions this year and make it one to remember!

Simplified :: Holiday Gift Guide

This week we are simplifying your shopping for the interior design enthusiast in your life! To help you get the perfect gift for your loved ones this year our designers selected some of their go-to gift ideas (and some they would love to receive!).

In Southern Studio style, the gift packaging is just as important as the gift itself! Take care and plan the wrapping to add to your holiday decor.

And remember to shop local when you can – sometimes the best gift is found close to home!

Photography: Catherine Nguyen

Project Reveal :: Cary Classic, Part II

Today on the blog we are revealing Part II of our Cary Classic project! These are the secondary, yet essential spaces that make up the home. They are the unsung heroes of daily domestic life: the bathrooms, laundry room, and these days the more popular home office.

Most clients desire an elegant, calming master retreat and we feel like the results in this house were exactly that. A bold patterned bolster and window treatments are complemented by the surrounding soft color palette.

This quiet sitting area is full of cozy textures perfect for a moment of rest.

The master bathroom continues the overall color scheme with touches of metallic for a bit of glamour in the wall covering and lighting.

We added some excitement to the laundry room with our selections for wall covering and tile! Who says chores can’t be fun?

As important as home offices have become this year we really wanted to make this bright room shine! The blue walls and patterend window treatments make a statement for your next zoom background.

We so enjoyed this Cary renovation for a beautiful family! We hope we’ve given you inspiration for making a classic design timeless, yet fun!

Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

Contractor: Asbury Remodeling

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