Style + Source Magazine, Winter 2021

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ST Y L E + S O U R C E S o u t h e r n S t u d i o I n te r i o r D e s i g n



a note from Vicky WINTER 2021

The new year is always a time of reflection and anticipation for what lies ahead. In many ways, this year is the same, yet in so many ways it’s so very different. Covid continues to keep us close to home—there are no vacations or big trips to plan, concerts and events continue to be cancelled, childrens’ sports and activities are limited, and we have all retreated to our homes. Home has never been more important. The greatest joy we’ve received this past year are from the thoughtful notes and photos from clients who have been enjoying their homes during quarantine. The photos of children homeschooling and adults adapting to our new WFH world come with humor and bring a smile to our team every time. It comes without surprise that as our homes are working hard for us, the mishaps are abundant, too (like the new puppy that chewed the sofa pillows). These notes and messages are why we do what we do—we spend our days striving to bring beauty and comfort to families in their most personal spaces. In this issue of Style + Source, our first of 2021, we wanted to focus on the spaces that have been working so hard lately—the home offices, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms. They are usually not the first spaces in a home that receive attention, but when welldesigned, they are some of the spaces that make our clients the happiest. Our team has scoured our sources to share with you, our favorite clients and friends, so you have our permission to click and shop away! As we settle in for the long winter season, take time to create those special spaces in your own home. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am always looking ahead, planning, strategizing, and setting goals. This year is a little different. We still have big ideas and plans, but we will tackle them a little slower and allow ourselves a little more grace. We want to enjoy our clients and enjoy each other. Our mission to bring beauty into this world has not changed – we are more committed than ever before to make a difference in the lives we touch.

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Vicky Serany Principal + Founder

contents WINTER 2021

In Every Issue 1 5

A Note from Vicky Designer Tips: Timeless Tile

8 Studio Selections



Special Features 3 7 9

Making Your Home Work Keeping the Comfort Framed Cooks


Click our shoppable picks throughout the issue!

Sherwin Williams Silvermist SW 7621

Sherwin Williams Tradewind SW 6218

Sherwin Williams Alabaster SW 7008

making your home work The secondary spaces that keep you + your home running deserve a refresh, too. Efficiency in design can make a big impact on your daily routine. With 2021 officially upon us, it is key to reflect on the things, people, and spaces that make us most happy. In this reflection, recognize the environments that evoke a sense of calm, but also enhance productivity! Work-from-home trends are on the rise, and we’ve definitely seen an increase in the desire for efficiency in the home, but we still need to designate the hard-working spaces from the spots to relax and renew. This recent Southern Studio project embodies that balance. The journey began amid the North Carolina stay-at-home orders, which was a slight roadblock but, we’re never ones to shy away from a challenge! One of our favorite parts of

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the design process is to learn and observe our clients’ likes and dislikes through a ’throwdown’ session, where we display an array of samples— tile, paint, fabrics, trims—of various colors and patterns. This is where we discovered the clients’ love for a soft color palette, full of soft blues, beiges, and greys, which set the tone for the project. While a whole-home remodel seemed intimidating at first, we worked closely with the family to make the design process as seamless as possible—even during the statewide shutdown. Through collaborative sessions and with help from our friends Daymon and Myriam Asbury at Asbury Remodeling,

our goal

In this this project, we prioritized the balance between having a comfortable place to relax + renew while also creating functional, hardworking spaces.


we created a sophisticated, liveable, and functional family oasis. Each space is layered with durable surfaces and fabrics that can withstand everyday use, with subtle touches of sophistication, such as crystal accent lamps. The Southern Studio design team of Vicky Serany and Kayla Cook worked to balance form with function to create a livable, polished master bedroom space in which the owners can relax and renew. When it comes to bedroom spaces, while it may seem obvious, comfort is key! But, comfort is different for all. The owners for this project appreciated the easy-to-care-for, but still luxurious, bed linens that are perfect for unwinding after a long day. KAYLA COOK

Moving to the hard-working spaces, we always follow one major principle: function first. In the laundry room and home-office of this home, we prioritized finding ample storage space and durable surfaces, but that does not mean style was compromised! Because these spaces are typically smaller, the smallest details can make a large impact. For example, the bold, patterned Thibault wallpaper used in the laundry room immediately draws an eye and makes laundry time infinitely more fun. As we navigate the new year, we’ll continue to find a balance between comfort and hard-working spaces in the home—recognizing the purposes for each space and creatively planning accordingly, while always keeping the clients’ wellness and happiness at the forefront.

F e a t u r e h o m e p h o t o g r a p h y b y S t a c e y Va n B e r k e l

timeless tile

T i l e i n a h o m e i s n o t e a s y t o c h a n g e w i t h t h e t r e n d s . We s h a r e o u r selections for staying up to date with these timeless selections!


THE TILE SHOP Chantilly White Arabella


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THE TILE SHOP Re t ro Pe rl a Tri m

THE TILE SHOP Hex Gloss Moss

“In this bathroom design, we wanted to create a retreat so we knew tile selections had to be soft and timeless. The polished finish and movement in the shower wall tile adds dimension and sophistication to the wall and updates the classic brick installation.”

Kayla Cook Junior Designer

keeping the comfort RELAX + UNWIND

It’s important to prioritize the things that make us most happy and comfortable — Whether it’s sitting down with a good book or making time for your favorite TV show. A cozy living space, bedroom, or spalike bath design enhances that sense of comfort and joy! View some ways the Southern Studio designers are keeping the comfort in 2021 with the help of some of their favorite products! PAIGE ”A cozy night by the fire (with a glass of wine and favorite throw) is my way to find comfort, relax, and unwind during 2021.”

ELIZABETH ”Baking with my favorite 4 year-old sous chef! ”

VICKY ”It’s the simple things that bring the most comfort these days. My favorite time of day is the peaceful early morning — with a steaming latte, my favorite candle, and my dog, Captain Morgan, at my feet.”

KATHERINE GRACE ”I’m a new cat mom, so my 2021 comfort is hanging with her and watching her explore our new house!”

KAYLA ”Self-care Sundays! A bubble bath and a face mask is my favorite way to find comfort and relax before starting a new week!”

CRISTA ”Maintaining a routine and running with my dog in the early mornings. A must-have for a good run is Balega socks. Their comfort is unmatched!

1. Oversized Chunky Hand Knit Decorative Bed Throw, 2. Winter White Illume Candle, 3. Nourishing Face Mask, 4. Pink Ruffle Gingham Apron, 5. Bahari Pet Bed Cushion, 6. Hidden Comfort Socks,

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studio selections 6. Snack Glass Canisters, CB2,

1. Matouk Regent Bath Towel Set, Bloomingdale’s,

7. Mesh Washing Bag Bundle, The Laundress,

2. Curved Basket, Large, Natural, west elm,

8. Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, The Laundress,

3. Dip-Dyed Stools, White, Serena & Lily, serenaandlily. com

9. White Wooden Coat & Suit Hangers, The Container Store,

4. Collapsible Rectangle Bin, Anthropologie,

1. Willa Wallpaper in Honey, Brooke & Lou,

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Photos by Kate Jackson


is a Southern Studio client, a food blogger, food photographer, and self-proclaimed bacon lover. Her mission with Framed Cooks, is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun! The Southern Studio team had the honor of working with Kate on updating her multi-generational home to create her and her family’s “Carolina Dream House”, and it started with a trip to her home in New Jersey. The design team of Vicky Serany, Elizabeth O’Neal, and Paige Adams wanted to layer-in new elements while keeping the sentiment by highlighting pieces throughout the home that told their story; with art and accessory placement, along with a gallery wall filled with family history. We focused on combining the styles of a multi-generational family to create a livable, beautiful space that captured the warmth of their personalities. The verandah provided the perfect opportunity to extend the livable space outdoors by creating a cozy gathering spot, anchored around the fireplace, along with a custom-built farm table—perfect for alfresco dining. An outdoor kitchen and fire pit complete the outdoor retreat of this chef’s home! For Kate and her family, cooking their favorite meals together was something that consistently brought everyone together, even as their dream house evolved through different generations.

This recipe is the perfect cozy winter meal — the meat and vegetables are cooked slowly to create a plate full of flavor and leave your tastebuds wanting more! 9 STYLE + SOURCE, Winter 2021

Kate on: Framed Cooks “My cooking and photography blog began in 2009, and currently has approximately 200,000 page views monthly. I write two weekly posts that consist of my quick, easy and interesting recipes for the home cook, with humorous background and a mix of my food and environmental photography. My recipes have been featured on the Today Show, Glamour, Saveur, BuzzFeed, Parade and many other publications.” Kate on: Food Styling + Photography “I prepare, style and photograph both plated food and ingredient images. I have over 2,000 food images in my Food Gallery, and close to 100 in my Fruits and Vegetables Gallery, and I am constantly adding images to both. My photography has been featured in Bon Appetit. com, The Huffington Post, Foodgawker, Tastespotting and other outlets.”

RED WINE SHORT RIBS INGREDIENTS: 5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut in half if possible Salt and pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped 2 cups baby carrots 3 celery stalks, chopped 1/4 cup flour 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 standard size bottle Cabernet or other dry red wine 1/4 cup fresh thyme 1 head garlic, cut in half cross-wise 4 cups chicken broth 1/4 cup cream (optional but oh so good!) INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other oven-proof pot over medium high and brown ribs on all sides. Remove from pot and set aside. 2. Add onion, carrots and celery to pot and cook in drippings, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add flour and tomato paste and stir for another minute. 3. Pour in red wine and return ribs to pot. Bring to a simmer, turn heat to medium low and cook for 30 minutes. 4. Preheat oven to 350. Add thyme and garlic and chicken broth to pot and bring to a simmer. Put the covered pot in the oven and cook for 2 1/2 hours until short ribs are tender. 5. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If you are using the cream, stir it in now. 6. Ladle ribs and veggies into warmed bowls and drizzle a generous amount of sauce over the top. *As an alternative, you may also use plain challah or a traditional Pullman loaf

“ The most special spaces have layers and layers of detail … that special trim, the bold pattern, the luxurious fabric, spectacular lighting, or a fabulous wallcovering”

Vicky Serany