Our Team

Southern Studio Interior Design was founded in 2001 and has earned a reputation as an award-winning interior design firm specializing in luxury interior spaces with casual sophistication. We believe that a well-designed home is timeless and reflects the unique personalities of its owners. The mission of Southern Studio is to provide a high level of creativity, integrity and personalized attention to every project.

Vicky Serany, Founder + Principal
Vicky uses fresh combinations of texture, pattern and color to create luxury interiors that meet the needs of each client. By paying attention to every detail of a project, she is able to meticulously transform the design vision into reality. Her inspiration comes from the beauty in everyday life and travel to fascinating places. Vicky’s extensive work in residential design and new home construction has earned her awards both locally and nationally. Vicky is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and lives in Cary with her husband, Dan. This empty nest mom jumps at the opportunity to spend time with her two grown children. When she’s not creating inspired interiors, Vicky enjoys spending time at the beach, sharing a bottle of wine with close friends, and exploring new adventures on her bucket list!

Martha Brown, Creative Director
Martha joined the Southern Studio team in 2011 and has spent every day since working closely with clients to bring their design vision to life. Martha was recognized for her trendsetting contribution to our local community and was named a “2015 Mover and Shaker” by Cary Magazine. Martha graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Interior Design and minors in International Business and Studio Art. She is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Martha lives in Apex with her husband and dog, Duffy. Together, they enjoy walking to historic downtown Apex to enjoy a local festival or bite to eat. When not in Apex, Martha can be found cruising on the lake or enjoying a favorite musical production.

Julia Ross, Designer
Julia approaches the design process with an open mind and a passionate creativity. Her ability to juggle all of the details each project requires with a calm efficiency is impressive. Julia began as a Southern Studio intern and joined the team full-time in 2013. As a graduate of Meredith College with a degree in Interior Design and minors in Studio Art and Environmental Sustainabilty, she is well-prepared to find the delicate balance between beauty and function. Julia is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and was recently honored with her first Excellence in Design Award. Julia loves wandering around local museums, trying new restaurants and would love to design a royal nursery!

Crista Davis, Studio Administrator
Crista manages to orchestrate every detail of the behind-the-scenes operation. Crista can be both firm and flexible, but somehow manages to make the design process a seamless experience for clients. A need to update her own home led her to Southern Studio, which eventually resulted in her joining the team in 2015. Crista is a team player and finds the design world new and challenging. Crista lives in Apex with her husband and their two boys. In her free time she can be found playing with her first grandson, running, relaxing with a glass of wine, or planning her next meal.

Kayla Cook, Design Assistant
Kayla joined our team in 2016 after graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in Fashion and Textile Design. Kayla’s can-do attitude brings a positive energy to our project execution. Her role changes daily with the needs of each client, so there’s never a dull moment and she is thrilled to be part of the design world. Kayla finds comfort in working in her hometown and in her spare time can be found at her alma mater, spending time with her family, or taking a weekend trip with girlfriends.

The decision to renovate our home came with an overwhelming list of considerations. We quickly realized we needed help with our project. We found Southern Studio Interior Design online. Upon viewing photos of their previous projects, we knew we wanted that same warm, welcoming, beautifully finished look for our home. We are so glad we made that call to them.

From the first meeting in our home, throughout the process of planning, right up until the last photo was taken, Vicky Serany and her team were there with a listening ear, questions that needed to be asked and answered, design expertise and creativity, and an ability to keep our project moving. Vicky not only left us with an absolutely beautiful kitchen, dining, and living area, but with total confidence that we had chosen someone who has the perfect combination of skill, artistry, and determination in seeing a project finished beautifully.

The colors, finishes, fixtures, and furnishings all came together to create a wonderfully welcoming place to relax, entertain, and just live! Our entire family can gather here comfortably now. We are so very thankful to Vicky and Southern Studio for going the extra mile in making our home a place of warmth, comfort, and beauty.

N.P. and J.P. | West End, North Carolina

My beloved bride and I have been married for almost 25 years and this will be our sixth home together after many moves and after raising two children. Now that we are empty nesters, we took two plus years to find a perfect lot and design for our dream home that we intend to live in for many years. We heard stories of how stressful it can be to build a home, but our experience has been the opposite. The Southern Studio team have been a joy to work with. They are so positive and warm and most importantly, they have tremendous knowledge and experience. They made the process easy. They listen and offer great choices for us to consider. We ask (many) questions and they have prompt answers. If we change our mind, they are patient and accommodating. I cannot imagine building a home with anyone else. They have become lifelong friends through this process.

K.H. | Cary, North Carolina

I would highly recommend working with Vicky & Martha at Southern Studio. As a busy, working mother of two … Vicky & Martha did an amazing job helping me decorate our new house in Cary. Their designs were practical, family friendly & elegant. The furniture and accents they recommended were very high quality and they did a great job helping me to prioritize where to invest and maximize my budget. They really took the stress out of all the choices involved with the design and helped make my house a place my family calls home! Vicky and Martha are fun, creative, responsive, organized and overall great to work with … I would recommend them to any of my family or friends.

C.H. | Cary, North Carolina

From the beginning with our draft house plan, Southern Studio served as our primary advisor for design and function. Throughout the process, Vicky contributed unique ideas that added architectural interest and improved space use. When presented with a challenge, she never accepted anything but the perfect solution. Once the selections began, Vicky took a complex and overwhelming sea of choices and quickly narrowed the choices to those directly in line with the vision. To make our dream a reality, Vicky continued by developing furniture layouts and budgets, as well as purchasing and accessorizing. From the beginning to the end, Vicky’s help ensured that each decision contributed to the overall vision. We could not be more pleased with our choice in Southern Studio.

A.M. | Cary, North Carolina