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
PROJECT REVEAL: A SEASIDE FAMILY OASIS OUR ART + ACCESSORIES PICKS FOR ANY STYLE! PROJECT REVEAL: EMPTY NESTING
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he Summer of 2021 is upon us and we’re moving into our new, post-pandemic normal. We just returned from a delayed Furniture Market in High Point and the energy was contagious. The best part — we are finally able to see the beautiful, mask-free faces of our clients and friends. The one thing that has not changed is the pace at which our industry has been working to provide all of the important comforts of home. Our vendors, suppliers, trades, installers, warehouse, and delivery crews have been working non-stop for the past year despite the multitude of challenges our industry has faced. We admire their dedication and determination, and we’re so grateful. We are hopeful that supply chains will begin to improve so we can all breathe a little easier. One of the core values of Southern Studio is Make it Happen, and this past year has certainly tested us. This issue of Style + Source is focused on beauty and filled with so many favorites! Be sure to take some time to shop our links so you can bring a bit of Southern Studio beauty into your own homes. Or, visit some of our team’s favorite locations to eat and play around the Triangle. The two homes we’ve featured in this issue are oh-so-special. Our Relaxed Living project on Bald Head Island was incredibly fun to design alongside the team at Whitney Blair Custom Homes. We so enjoyed working with this work-hard-play-hard family. Without a doubt, the most rewarding part of our job is when we receive photos and notes from clients who are enjoying the spaces we create. It never gets old and we’re thankful this family found refuge during the pandemic in this island getaway. Our Empty Nesting project is another all-time favorite. It was a thrill to help this amazing couple design their dream home in collaboration with our friends at Loyd Builders. A constant stream of supply chain challenges couldn’t stop us from bringing this home to life. It wasn’t easy, but it was so worth the extra effort. Our team is planning to slow down a bit this summer to catch our breath after an incredibly intense year. We have some big projects planned for fall and we can’t wait to share. In the meantime, wishing all of our friends a summer filled with family and friends — and the gift of time to enjoy it all.
Vicky Serany Principal + Founder
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ACCESSORIES + ARTWORK
EMPTY NESTERS: TRANSITIONAL DESIGN
SOUTHERN STUDIO FAVORITES:
RELAXED LIVING: A COASTAL RETREAT
BUILDERS & DESIGNERS: HOW THE MAGIC HAPPENS
STYLING A MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE
AROUND THE N.C TRIANGLE
TANBO RALEIGH: DRAGONFLY COCKTAIL
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THIS BALD HEAD ISLAND, N.C. USES CALMING COASTAL BLUES AND PLENTY OF NATURAL ELEMENTS TO CREATE A TIMELESSLY BREATHTAKING SEASIDE FAMILY SPOT. WE’RE WALKING YOU THROUGH THE DESIGN PROCESS AND HOW WE USED TEAMWORK TO BRING VISIONS TO LIFE!
n an island accessible only by barge or ferry, this Bald Head Island project was memorable from start to finish.
A coastal retreat full of fun color and seaside style, there are multiple spaces within this home to retreat to. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of the island and the joyful aesthetics of a coastal location, the home is truly beautiful and liveable for a fun family of five. Southern Studio designers first met with the owners in August of 2018, and immediately formed a relationship that would last through January of 2020 (when the project was completed!) and beyond. Completing a project located on an island is tricky in many ways, but at Southern Studio we believe a tricky situation only calls for more creativity. Of course, there are travel adjustments to be made to trek across the water, and because we wanted to take full advantage of our time on the island and at site visits, planning ahead and triple-checking every measurement or development was key. STYLE + SOURCE, JULY/AUGUST2021
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I N S P I R AT I O N TO R E S U LT
WA N T E D TO
C R E AT E S E V E R A L S PAC E S F O R G AT H E R I N G , B U T A L S O TA I LO R I N D I V I D U A L R O O M S TO E AC H FA M I LY M E M B E R I N O R D E R TO C R E AT E A P E R S O N A L R E T R E AT AS W E L L .” - K AY L A B OY L E Senior Designer
A timeless coastal design was the owners’ vision, so we made sure to include color and natural elements that last, creating a calming sanctuary suited for family time or entertaining guests on vacation. The colors incorporated throughout are coastal blues with touches of brighter and cheerful hues, ensuring that the coastal feel lasts without becoming overwhelming. A colorful coastal room is fun, but functionality was never overlooked or sacrificed in this home. We paid close attention to the performance of each furniture piece we selected, and also carefully crafted a layout that was open enough to create a bright and airy feel, while still filling rooms with needed furnishings for a family of five. Appropriate for a space that is surrounded by beautiful views and warm temperatures, the home also has various outdoor porches and living areas. “Each porch serves a different purpose,” explains Senior Designer Kayla Boyle. “On the first floor, you have multiple entertaining, dining areas, and lounge areas. On the second floor, you have the private master screened porch, the stargazing porch, and an additional porch that is host to a bar top table and a set of deep chairs. Not to mention, the crofter also has its own porch that is perfect for a guest to enjoy morning coffee!” This charming project could not have come together without support from our wonderful warehouse movers, installers, and of course builder partner, Whitney Blair Custom Homes. We have worked alongside their talented team for several projects, so we were fortunate in this home-build journey to know their process. Aligning the interiors selections with construction selections is a must and results in a cohesive feel throughout. As Summer is now in full swing and the beaches are booming, we’re thrilled that the owners, their family, and their guests get to enjoy this charming retreat this season and forever! Principal Creative / Vicky Serany Senior Designer / Kayla Boyle Builder / Whitney Blair Custom Homes Architect / Allison Ramsey Architects Photography / Dustin Peck STYLE + SOURCE, JULY/AUGUST2021
studio selections THE FINISHING TOUCHES
WALL ART + ACCENTS Whether your style is colorful coastal or casually sophisticated, these selections are sure to dress-up any space!
Decorative Coral, Williams-Sonoma, williams-sonoma. com
Agate Bookends, Set of 2, WilliamsSonoma,williamssonoma.com Bloom Fragrance Diffuser Set, Anthropologie, Anthropologie.com
Ash Rattan Wall Mirror, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com
Hapao Round Tray, WilliamsSonoma, williams-sonoma.com
Taline Vase, Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel. com
Harrington Mirror Medium, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou.com
Coco Art, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou.com
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Willow Decorative Vase, Anthropologie, Anthropologie. com
Decorative Marble Chain, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou. com
Brass Letter Keep, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou. com
Faux Shagreen Box, Ivory, Williams-Sonoma, williamssonoma.com Royal Dominos, One Kings Lane, onekingslane.com
Bone-Inlay Storage Box, One Kings Lane, onekingslane. com
Polished Nickel Links Sculpture, WilliamsSonoma, williams-sonoma. com
Brushed Brass Hurricane, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com
Paget Mirror, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou.com
Color Splash Bud Vase, Anthropologie, anthropologie.com
White Mum Print II, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou.com
Rosewood Cassis Candle, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou.com
Metal Stepped Bookends, WilliamsSonoma, williamssonoma.com STYLE + SOURCE, JULY/AUGUST2021
Empty Nesting HOW THE SOUTHERN STUDIO TEAM CREATED A COMFORTABLE DESIGN TO WARMLY WELCOME THE OWNERS INTO THEIR NEXT CHAPTER.
ust steps away from an idyllic North Carolina lake, this home was something that the homeowners, who are newly empty nesters, had been dreaming of for quite some time. The Southern Studio team worked alongside Loyd Builders throughout the process. Originally, we met with the homeowners back in May of 2020 and worked closely with them over the next eight months selecting luxury materials.
we always strived to obtain the most accurate information from vendors, and while the status of items changed daily, we were able to deliver all key pieces by the deadline. The final result — a beautiful lakeside oasis! A favorite thing about working closely with custom builders is the unmatched detailing that goes into the overall structure. Our team ended up drawing most of the inspiration from the stunning architecture, designed by Frazier Home Design, for the rest of the home.
The timeframe proved to be uniquely challenging as we were sourcing furniture during the height of the pandemic and facing many We partnered with Loyd Builders to ensure unknown variables within the manufacturing all of the furnishings selections were blending supply chain. Although this did not stop us as seamlessly with the interior finishings selections.
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We also curated a specific paint palette to fuse with interior details and furnishings! The homeowners, now empty nesters, dreamed of building a sophisticated, yet livable, custom home that would be cohesive and comfortable. “I met the homeowners while they were touring the Parade of Homes house that we designed with Loyd in the Fall of 2019,” said Senior Designer Elizabeth O’Neal. “Loyd had built their original home, so they were very familiar with the quality of a Loyd home.” In new construction homes, we’ve seen a trend towards multipurpose rooms. These rooms can have several different functions, so the features of the space need to be versatile. In this home, the multipurpose room works as a laundry, mudroom, and office or command center. The home also features a large outdoor patio for lounging, equipped with a state-of-the-art grill and an outdoor kitchen for meals overlooking the lake. Taking full advantage of the mild North Carolina climate, our clients incorporated retractable screens and built-in heaters to make this space suitable for indoor/ outdoor living year-round. When reminiscing on her favorite space in the home, Vicky Serany, Principal Designer, favors the dining room. “The house and architecture as a whole are stunning, but our personal favorite space is the dining room,” Serany said. “It is elegant and comfortable with just the perfect splash of glamour to welcome you in, while the cozy wall color and custom dining chairs are enough to hold you in place well after the meal is over.” As you transition through life, your home, and your needs, will inevitably change as well. We hope that this project inspires you to transform your space to fit your new chapter of life! Principal Creative / Vicky Serany Creative Lead / Elizabeth O’Neal Junior Designer / Paige Adams Builder / Loyd Builders Architect / Frazier Home Design Photography / Dustin Peck STYLE + SOURCE, JULY/AUGUST2021
Builder and Designer Bond The relationship between a deisgner and a builder relies on a foundation of mutual trust and collaboration. We’re answering some questions on working with a builder and designer simultaneously during a new construction project!
Photography / Dustin Peck
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Q: What is it really like to work with a builder? A: Every builder is different, so make sure to select a builder that you trust. Understand their process and meet their team. Most builders truly care and want to bring their client’s dreams to life. Remember that a custom home is truly custom – it has never been built before, so there will be obstacles and challenges along the way. Q: What are the first steps? A: We always begin with our client’s inspiration. At the beginning, we do a lot of listening and brainstorming. Pictures always help. Once we have a clear understanding of the overall vision, we can begin to create a strategy to develop the design. Q: What can a homeowner expect the process to look like? A: If we engage with the project early (which is ideal), we will work with the builder to create the specifications and budget. Spending the time early in the process developing the details, is always best. At Southern Studio, we will help with every design detail from exterior building materials to cabinetry design to electrical plans to tile layouts. Q: How does communication go? Are there weekly or biweekly check-ins and home building updates? A: Establish the best form and frequency of communication early in the process. At Southern Studio, we strive to provide every client a weekly update. Q: How do builders / designers work hand-in-hand towards the same end goal of a beautiful project without stepping on one another’s toes? A: The best projects are the result of true collaboration between the architect, builder, interior designer, and homeowner. Each party brings a unique perspective to the project and when everyone contributes, the results are beautiful. Q: What type of timeframe can be expected? A: Most of our projects can take 12-18 months to complete. We oftentimes spend several months designing before any work is started. After the construction selections are completed, we immediately jump into the furnishings design. We’ve created an efficient process that guides our clients every step of the way. Q: What is most rewarding at the end of a project? A: Working with clients who truly value design are the best. We want our projects to reflect the personalities of our homeowners, so it can oftentimes become a very personal process and true friendships are formed. In the end, it’s about the people who live in the homes we create – and that’s why we do what we do. STYLE + SOURCE, JULY/AUGUST2021
Value in Versatility
Photography / Dustin Peck
ADMIRING THE MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACES IN YOUR HOME In busy households, a room should not have just one purpose... Whether it’s a work-from-home station or a laundry room & mudroom combo, take advantage of every inch of space in order to maximize functionality, creating a space that meets the demands of your lifestyle! Take a look at some products you can use when styling a multifunctional space.
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Leather Desk Blotter, Anthropologie, anthropologie.com Clove Sconce, Anthropologie, anthropologie.com
Storage Cubes, The Container Store, containerstore.com
Desk Chair, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou.com Linen Pinboard, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com
Glass Canisters, The Container Store, containerstore.com
Acrylic Memo Board, West Elm, westelm.com STYLE + SOURCE, JULY/AUGUST2021
Photo by Brett Donar
TO EAT VICKY + SITTI / Downtown Raleigh + BAR TACO / North Hills Raleigh + THE PIT BARBECUE / Downtown Raleigh
ELIZABETH + POOLE’S DINER / Downtown Raleigh + MORGAN STREET FOOD HALL / Downtown Raleigh
CRISTA + YELLOW DOG BREAD CO. / Raleigh + HAYES BARTON CAFE & DESSERTERY/ Raleigh
BAKED TO PERFECTION AT YELLOW DOG BREAD CO.
PAIGE + SIR WALTER KITCHEN + COFFEE / Raleigh + TROPHY BREWING CO. / Downtown
ELIZABETH + VITA VITE / North Hills Raleigh + SOLA COFFEE CAFE / Raleigh
KAYLA + BOND BROTHERS BEER COMPANY / Downtown Cary
SIR WALTER KITCHEN MIMOSA FLIGHT
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Photo by Meg Finn
FUN TRINKETS AT DECO RALEIGH
TO SHOP KAYLA + MOON + LOLA / Downtown Apex + SOPHIE & MOLLIES BOUTIQUE / Downtown Apex
CRISTA + MAIN & TAYLOR SHOES / North Hills Raleigh
The Triangle We love where we live (and work!) and are sharing some of our must-visit spots to eat, drink, shop, and play around the NC Triangle!
+ DECO RALEIGH / Downtown Raleigh
TO PLAY VICKY
+ THE CAROLINA HURRICANES / Raleigh + UMSTEAD PARK / Raleigh
Photo by N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation
NATURAL BEAUTY ALONG UMSTEAD PARK’S TRAILS
KAYLA + LAKE JOHNSON PARK / Raleigh
CRISTA + TOBACCO TRAIL / Durham + DUKE GARDENS / Durham
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RECIPE HIGHLIGHT Photo by Carolina Stamey
Dragonfly Cocktail CREATED BY TONBO RAMEN’S SIERRA TYLER, THIS VIBRANT COCKTAIL IS SMOOTH, REFRESHING, AND FULL OF FRUITY FLAVOR, PERFECT FOR SUMMER NIGHTS IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • • • • • •
1 1/4 oz. Cucumber Vodka 3/4 oz. St Germain 1 oz. Cranberry Juice 3 Blackberries Cucumber Coupe Glass
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1). Place blackberries into a cocktail shaker and muddle. 2). Add ice, Cucumber Vodka, St Germain and cranberry juice to cocktail shaker with muddled blackberries. 3). Shake vigorously to blend. 4). Strain into your coupe glass with shaved ice. 5). Garnish with a thin slice of fresh cucumber, and enjoy!
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