Inspiration in the Studio

The Lazy Days of Summer...

Where did the summer go? Clearly, we’ve been focusing our energy on clients and trying to squeeze in some summer fun too….and neglecting this blog.  It’s time to catch up with a quick recap of our happenings in the studio (aka dumping our Instagram photos)!

We’ve been spending quite a bit of time on construction sites. Between remodels and new construction, there’s so many details to design.



To make sure we get it just right, a mini-home sample wall of the exterior materials is helpful.


This gorgeous oval framed room will soon be a gorgeous dining room. We can’t wait to bring this one to life!


We could not do our job without the help of our vendor partners and reps!  We were so thankful when the Kellex mobile showroom came to our parking lot!


And, when our Kravet rep arrived with the long-awaiting Kate Spade introductions, we were thrilled. There never seems to be enough fabric and trim…it makes no sense.


Our work often takes us on the road and on planes and on ferries.  It takes some juggling, but the challenges are part of the fun.


Shaw Floors wined and dined us at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in Atlanta. We so appreciate the Designer Network for the opportunity.


And, another trip to market in Atlanta included a nighttime ride on the ferris wheel!


Martha and I spent a weekend absorbing great inspiration at the Interior Design Summit in Denver. We’re so thankful for this group!


The biggest highlight of our summer was our incredible intern, Annie. She could teach a class on hard work, positive attitude and excellence. It was hard to say goodbye as she returned to school…


…just like it’s hard to say good-bye to summer (thankfully, we have a couple more weeks to enjoy). We promise to show a little more love to this blog this fall. For lots more behind-the-scenes happenings, be sure to follow us on Instagram too @southernstudio!

'Tis the Season for Internships

It’s that exciting time of year filled with graduations and summer vacations….and internships!  This spring, Annie Gray joined our team and brought a fresh energy to the studio. She’s a super-talented student in the College of Design at North Carolina State, but also taking interior design electives at Meredith College.


Annie Gray is currently studying abroad in Prague and sent us these photos of her studies! Let’s just say, we’re all just a little envious…but so happy for her too.


It’s so important for professionals to mentor and encourage students as they are learning. And, it’s also so important for students to work hard and learn professional etiquette while in school so they are fully prepared when they graduate. It’s a winning combination.

We are thrilled to have Annie Gray on our team….and ready to have her back later this summer!