Image Credit: 1) Hickory Chair 2) Julie Neill 3) Mr Brown Home 4) Kindel Furniture 5) Shadow Catchers Art
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I believe in the blending of traditional Southern style with modern sensibilities to create timeless interiors. Focusing on interior architecture, to ground our designs.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
The process of research and reflection helps me begin a design. By addressing the setting of each project, reflecting on the architectural style of the home and client’s intent, I begin the design process.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Working with so many creative individuals every day, to select one individual would be impossible. Our seamstress, tile setters, upholsterer, cabinet makers and wood workers, faux finishers, our architects and landscape designers, and of course my staff all bring their special gifts to the table. I have learned so much collectively from each of them, and they have helped make me the designer I am today.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Often items from our clients’ collections inspire a design, making the space a reflection of their personality. It’s these feelings we coax from our design that make a house a home.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
When I began my firm, Accents of the South, over 30 years ago, it was the first of its kind to blend interior design with architecture. Through hard work, creativity and good client relationships, my interior design business has flourished.
Last month I had the wonderful opportunity to attend another appliance workshop thanks to All-South Appliance. The workshop was for Sub-Zero and Wolf at their headquarters in Madison, WI. I have always loved their products and have used them in many of our kitchen designs. It was a real treat to learn about their new product line, and what innovative ways Sub-Zero/Wolf are using technology to further advance how we cook.
First let me give you a little history of Sub-Zero/Wolf. Sub-Zero was launched in 1945 by Westye Bakke after building his own prototype in his basement from scrap metal. Since then it has become the premier line of refrigeration products, and in 2000 Sub-Zero acquired Wolf, allowing them to offer ranges, cook-tops and ovens.
Wolf’s convection steam oven was by far one of the most innovative products I saw during the workshop. Through the combination of steam and convection, dishes are cooked to perfection. The addition of steam allows rice, bread and meat to remain moist and not become dried out. The convection circulates hot air allowing for browning and crisping. With this new advancement in cooking, microwaves have almost become passé.
Another trend in kitchen design are integrated refrigerator systems. Sub-Zero has offered counter-depth refrigerators since the 90’s, but now with their columns you can select from several widths and have an entire refrigerator or freezer column. These columns are completely integrated and have no visible hinges or grilles, just one simple handle, allowing them to disappear into the rest of your cabinetry. Even a water dispenser can be built inside the refrigerator without disrupting this seamless look.
After attending these workshops, I always am excited to pass the knowledge that I gain on to my staff and clients. It’s very inspiring to see the new advancements in product design, and how it changes our way of thinking about kitchen and cabinet design.
I am thrilled to announce that Accents of the South won six awards at the ASID Design Excellence Awards this year. We were the Platinum Overall winner with the Gold Kitchen, Silver Kitchen, Gold Large Residence, Gold Large Retail and Bronze Healthcare awards as well. Thank you to my staff, this is quite an honor.
I would also like to thank all of our clients who gave us the opportunity to bring their dreams to life and their permission to share it with our colleagues.
Bryant Williams, Chapter Administrator of ASID Alabama, spoke highly of our work, “Your awards were GREATLY deserved. Your kitchen design was breath-taking…literally! It stunned me when I saw it.”
I am truly blessed!
When designing this home, we wanted the home owners to truly feel part of the surrounding terrain. Soaring ceilings in the great room allow expansive views to be seen from the kitchen. One nice feature are the two islands: one for prep and the other for congregating and eating, perfect for large gatherings. Natural finishes like the stone counters and pickled wood cabinets are the back drop for the custom “twig” sconces and chandeliers we designed for the space. We mixed comfortable, transitional details that bring serene luxury to a home where weekend guests are welcome and entertaining happens naturally.
Our clients were in need of an updated kitchen, and wanted a happy color palette with more seating for their family of five. By adjusting the layout of the island and the kitchen table, we opened up the room. We designed simple cottage cabinets that ran up to the ceiling, giving the room height. Pops of scarlet red, creamy marigold and rich marine blue were added throughout the space. A large rustic table with the ability to expand and a banquette gave the clients plenty of seating. This space is now functional and family friendly!
Gold Large Residence
Entertaining and large family gatherings were kept in mind when designing this home, which has a contemporary cottage look with soft hues and rustic pine floors. We incorporated lap siding throughout most of the main living space to add texture and depth to the walls. We kept with a neutral palette and added pops of apple green. The oversized porches off the back of the house allow you to enjoy the beautiful views of the lake and mountains. All of these elements make this home the perfect retreat.
Please come by to see our fabulous trophies, and stay tuned to see our commercial project winners in our next post!