Style + Source Magazine, November/December 2020

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a note from Vicky NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020


e are thrilled to share our second issue of Style + Source. As we began to bring together the pages, it gave me an opportunity to reflect on our purpose. Every day we strive to bring joy and beauty into the homes of our clients and to our greater community. In this issue, we are sharing two special projects that exemplify that purpose. I remember standing in the foyer of our client’s home on the Friday the Governor announced a Stay at Home order. The demolition of her home was scheduled to begin the following Monday. Since construction was considered an essential business, projects could continue, but the unknown was frightening. Our concerned client asked my thoughts on postponing the project. We had just spent weeks on the design and we were all anxious to bring it to life. On the other hand, I totally understood the risk and concerns. Our brave clients pushed forward with the renovation (for the record, living without a kitchen during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart) and we think the results are pretty special (see pages 3-4).

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The second project we share was also initiated during the Stay at Home order. The Templeton of Cary, a beautiful, new retirement facility located close to our studio was in the final stages of construction and preparing to open its doors to new residents. The owners wanted the touch of a local design firm for their model homes. We weren’t quite sure how we were going to make it happen with all of the furniture manufacturers shut down, but we agreed to the challenge. It was a labor of love to design these spaces, knowing that they would provide the warm welcome for our elderly neighbors to the community. This holiday season, creating joy and beauty within our own homes has never been more important. If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that our homes provide a safe haven for our families. We have an opportunity to create new traditions and savor the special time together. Wishing you a holiday season filled with peace and love.

Vicky Serany Principal + Founder



In Every Issue 1 Vicky’s Letter

5 Studio Selections

7 Designer Tips


Special Features

3 An Impressive Renovation

9 Holiday Gift Guide

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13 Festive Holiday Recipe


a space for gathering We ’ r e u n v e i l i n g a r e m o d e l l o o k t h a t s o m a n y s t r i v e t o a c h e i v e . Amidst a pandemic, a traditional family home in Cary gets a complete renovation to provide optimal function for this busy family. The week North Carolina’s Stay at Home orders were issued, this brave family made the decision to proceed with the demolition of their home. After several months of preparation and design development, it was time to bring the vision to life.

keep those plans in a safe place for future reference) and new layouts began!

The original kitchen had two islands and large columns that separated it from the adjoining family room. After the structural engineering was confirmed (another helpful hint: always use When tackling a large-scale renovation, the plan- a well-respected contractor to confirm all strucning phase is often the most important part of tural requirements), the columns were removed the design process. The Southern Studio design and the two islands were replaced with a single team of Vicky Serany and Kayla Cook began to large center island. The cabinetry by 1st Choice work on the space planning, along with contrac- Cabinetry is stacked to the ceiling to maximize tors Myriam and Daymon Asbury of Asbury Re- storage and create additional drama. Statemodeling. Thankfully, the homeowners had the of-the-art appliances from Wolf and Sub-Zero original plans for the home (helpful hint: always anchor the kitchen and provide a daily culinary

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experience for this family of amateur chefs. A custom designed range hood by Vent-A-Hood makes a bold statement. Attention was paid to every detail of the kitchen design - from the faucet, to the cabinet hardware, to the hidden door to the pantry.

during the design process. Beautiful natural stacked stone from The Tile Shop anchors the wall. New ceiling beams were designed to complement the overall design. The soft color palette of cream and blue was continued throughout the first floor in the furnishings. The custom design and selection of every fabric, finish, and trim was carefully considered. Of course, the challenges of the pandemic continued throughout the project with production delays and closures. In the end, the results were worth the effort and these clients will forever be remembered for their bravery!

The original family room was dark and uninspiring. The Southern Studio team developed several ideas for the new fireplace wall and the talented craftspeople of Asbury Remodeling executed the design beautifully. Two larger windows were added to provide additional light to the space. The television was moved above the fireplace, which is oftentimes a big debate 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

Studio Selections

We s h a r e t h e f i n i s h i n g t o u c h e s o n t h i s c h e f ’ s k i t c h e n . F r o m l i g h t i n g t o cabinet hardware and everything in between.



Polished Nickel

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BRIZO Ar te sso S in gle H an dle Pu ll-Down Kitch e n Fau ce t, S oap Pu mp in Stainless

SUNDAY SUPPERS Kare n Mo rde ch ai,

Brooke & Lou

EMTEK Westwo o d Colle ction cabi netry an d appl i ance pul l s in Satin Nickel

ETU HOME Two Ton e d Cho ppi ng B oards ,

Brooke & Lou

WOLF 48� DUAL FUEL RANGE with black k n obs (ye s, th e si gnature re d k n obs can be ch an ge d! )

an at-home holiday...

Tips from Southern Studio Designers


Our Southern Studio Design team shares their tips for making the holidays at home special. Shop our look to dress up your existing white dinnerware for a more casual, family-friendly approach to your traditional holiday brunch or dinner! At Southern Studio, we love a soft color palette. Here we share how to convert your year-round tableware to a whimsical, winter wonderland.

THE CREPE CAKERIE is our go-to local resource for individually packaged goodies!

NATURE Bring the outdoors in and involve the kids! Crista loves using pinecones as placeholders or rosemary sprigs to decorate. Magnolia leaves and blooms are also easy to scavangefor on a family walk!

PERSONALIZE Elizabeth likes to include a personalized ornament at each place setting as a fun keepsake. Alternately, contact a local bakery for custom name cookies to double as placecards and a sweet treat!

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AL FRESCO For those dining al fresco (and social distancing!), Katherine Grace recommends including a warm, textured blanket at each seat. A cgreat way to invite cozy conversations!

OLD + NEW Don’t be afraid to mix old with new, for a twist on a traditional place setting. Paige recommends bringing out your grandmother’s china to mix in with current pieces. Add a festive salad plate to elevate your everyday whitewear!


1. Jupiter Hobnail Drinking Glasses, Pottery Barn, 2. Diem Champagne Flatware, Crate & Barrel, 3. Lastra Holiday Salad Plate, Vietri, 4. Petite Painted Wood Ornament Set - Cool Tones, Brooke & Lou, 5. Lastra White Dinner Plate, Vietri, 6. Chilewich Round Crepe Neutral Vinyl Placemat, Crate & Barrel, 7. Scalloped Brass Napkin Ring, Brooke & Lou, brookeandlou.com8. Mason Oversized Linen Napkins, Bay Breeze, Potterybarn,

Holiday Gift Guide

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O U R D E S I G N E R S S H A R E T H E I R U LT I M AT E G I F T I N G F AV O R I T E S F O R T H E D E S I G N E N T H U S I A S T I N YO U R L I F E ! 1. Amelia Bottle Opener, Brass/ Deep Blue, Addison Weeks, 2. Sunday Suppers, by Karen Mordechai, 3. Marble Serving Platter, Brooke & Lou, 4. Fortune Cookie Keepsake Box, One Kings Lane, onekingslane. com 5. Vermont Five-Sided Evergreen, Simon Pearce, Quintessentials 6. Le Charlot Necklace, Pearl Gray, Mignonne Gavigan, Monkee’s of Raleigh 7. ’50s Retro Style Electric Kettle, Smeg, nordstrom.com8. Cookbook Stand, White, Brooke & Lou, 9. Volcano Hand Soap and Lotion Caddy Set, Capri Blue, 10. Giant Japonica Jar Candle, French Cade Lavendar, Voluspa, anthropologie. com 11. Hibiscus Large Fluted Vase, Clear, Vietri, Quintessentials 12. Caned Keepsake Box, Brooke & Lou, We love personalized gifts like these custom gift tags from local stationary shop Surcie!

The Templeton of Cary

What is The Templeton? The Templeton of Cary is a brand new assisted living community not far from our studio. During the height of the statewide shut down we received a call about designing this new hospitality project. We were honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with them, as we are always thrilled to work with community partners!

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P h o t o s o f t w o - b e d r o o m h o m e b y S t a c e y Va n B e r k e l

Our Goal Our specialty is luxury interiors with a casually sophisticated flair. We transferred that approach to this exciting hospitality project. Our goal was to create peaceful and liveable retreats for prospective residents. As interior designers, we understand the importance of having a comforting and inviting place to call home. Since this philosophy was heightened by the unsettling times of the pandemic, we dove right into designing two spaces to attract and inspire new residents. With more time spent these days at home, who wouldn’t like a calming and beautiful retreat?

A taste of the season...


1 teaspoon vanilla extract

12 ounces gingersnaps

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted

Salted Caramel Sauce

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

Dash of kosher salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons salted butter

One 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature

Whipped cream, for serving

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Chopped pecans, for serving

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS For the pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake: 1. In a food processor or blender, grind the gingersnaps until fine. 2. Pour into a bowl and stir in the pecans, melted butter, brown sugar and salt. Press into the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 4. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese in a stand mixer until soft, scraping the sides once. Mix in the pumpkin, scraping the sides once or twice. Add the eggs 1 at a time, allowing them to mix in, then add the sour cream and mix. 5. With the mixer on low, add the granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Thoroughly scrape the bowl and mix to ensure everything is smooth and mixed in. 6. Pour the filling into the pan, smoothing the top. Set the pan on a baking sheet and bake until the filling is no longer soupy but still slightly jiggly, about 50 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door just a hair and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 15 more minutes. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 30 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. For the salted caramel sauce: 7. Mix the brown sugar, heavy cream, butter, vanilla and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low to medium heat. Cook, while whisking gently, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate until needed. Serve warm or at room temperature. 8. Slice the cheesecake and top with the salted caramel sauce, whipped cream and chopped pecans.

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You don’t have to be a chef by profession to experience the difference a Wolf range makes. Wolf SubZero is the premier appliance choice for a custom chef ’s kitchen. We are delighted to incorporate these products into so many of our projects.

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