Space Replace in Raleigh

As Southern cities like Raleigh, North Carolina become more densely populated, the development of a multi-functional space becomes more of a challenge. And that’s exactly how hip urbanization projects for compact design like raleigh [ ] space are born. Formed by local art community Deco Raleigh and students at NCSU College of Design, raleigh [ ] space’s Kickstarter campaign seeks to create “parklets”: versatile, highly functional areas in urban communities.   What is a parklet, you ask? Basically, it’s just a small space – as in, the size of two parallel parking spots [... more]

Painting in the Magic City

Mary Grace Wolnski is a multi-faceted artist born and raised in the Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama). “Just the combination of industrial with nature that’s everywhere here has always inspired me,” Wolnski said. “… like the linear and geometric against the natural.” Beginning at the age of 2, Wolnski danced competitively for 16 years, but the pressure of technical scrutiny encouraged her to try other art forms. Eventually, she found painting – and has been doing it ever since. “I don’t want to sound so up in the clouds,” Wolnski said. “It’s kind of expressing movement, and [... more]

Squishy Seating

Most of the time, when it comes to furniture, we have to choose between chic and comfort. No one wants something utterly boring, but if you go with the uncomfortable beauty, you’re stuck with a chair you don’t actually want to sit in.   Lucky for us, New Colony Furniture kept this in mind when designing their innovative wooden chairs.  They may look like high-end pieces of designer furniture - and they’re even made of materials that sound horribly rigid, like cement and Swarovski crystals – but each chair is [... more]

Artistic Movement

Tennessee artist Charles Clary uses bright, primary, and often neon colors that could be mistaken as simply playful in another context. But while Clary wants his art to invite playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world, his art does much more than that.   Even though he received his BFA and MFA in painting, Clary has worked primarily with paper art in his professional artistic career. He makes his pieces by cutting hundreds of pieces of paper by hand and gluing the pieces together in [... more]

Summer Swingin’

What could possibly be better than swinging in a hammock on a summer day? Swinging in a bed. This DIY pallet swing bed project is sure to take your afternoon naps to the next level of comfort, and is easy enough to tackle in a couple of hours. All you need are a couple of pallets (which can be found at your local hardware store or grocery store), some rope, and your handy power tools. The great thing about this project is you can customize the size [... more]

An Industrial Chic Luminary

This Decker Table Lamp ($365) from Southern Lights Electric in Nashville, Tennessee adds an industrial element to any space. This handmade product has a solid wood base that is felt-lined to prevent scratching surfaces. Also featuring a turnkey socket for easy operation, the lamp’s exposed cord creates an effortless look to the piece. The arms are made of steel and brass and are fully adjustable, reaching and moving in a variety of directions and positions. Each lighting project made by Southern Lights Electric is handmade and packed [... more]

A Two-Wheeled Build

Aaron Dykstra heard stories from his grandparents of their travels across Europe on bicycles after World War II from a young age. Dykstra would eagerly listen as his grandfather would show him pictures and slides, and describe stories of the places he saw on two wheels. The inspiration never left Aaron and has fueled his love of bicycling ever since. He began racing, working as a bicycle mechanic, and eventually training to become a bicycle frame builder.   Aaron currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia where he crafts [... more]

In Sharp Contrast

Painting windows, molding, baseboards, and other trim a dark color emphasizes architectural details and can transform the space into a dramatic and updated look. Bold yet elegant, this unexpected design trick provides the perfect combination of traditional and modern style. From basic black and gray to rich shades of midnight blue and forest green, the dark hue creates a custom look that adds personality and impact to your home. Going dark seems daunting at first, but remember that it’s just paint and can be changed easily for [... more]

Summer Night Lights

Why do Southerners find such delight in the first sight of fireflies during the summer? Maybe it’s because it takes us back to our childhood, when we would spend warm summer nights catching fireflies in Mason jars. Handmade in Charlottesville, Virginia, this Vintage Inspired Mason Jar Chandelier ($103) happily reminds us of those carefree days. Perfect for the outdoors, the light fixture throws a warm glow over any get-together. Made from durable Red Oak with a hand-rubbed wax finish, the base of the fixture will weather the [... more]

Flexible Foreshadowing

A creative book-storage solution, this unique shelving system morphs into different shapes depending on how you arrange your books. Called Chuck, the shelving, which consists of six flexible wood planks and two stainless steel locking collars, looks like an ordinary wall shelf at first glance. But as you begin to add books, it takes on wave-like shapes that turn the system into an art piece. Thanks to its skillfully designed combination of flexibility and stability, Chuck won the 2014 Red Dot Design Award for furniture and is [... more]

A Beautiful Destination

Florida artist Erin Ashley believes that art has the power to help people see things in a new light. She views her work as an avenue to find beauty in things that are so often overlooked. The self-taught artist, wife, and mom of two begins each of her pieces with no preconceived idea of what the end product will look like, but with every piece, she desires to capture and preserve the true beauty of the world around her. “Inspiration comes to me in many forms,” the [... more]

Signed, Sealed, and Southern

Invitations and greeting cards set the tone when planning a party, preparing for a wedding, or commemorating a special day. So it’s important to choose the right look. Make your next event shine with Modern South’s creative and visually appealing invitations, prints, and cards. Based out of Summerville, South Carolina, the company’s owner and designer creates stationary inspired by art of the mid-20th century and Art Deco periods. All of her original designs are customizable, so whether you want a striking save-the-date or just want to say [... more]

Spare Tire Transformation

Got a flat tire? Or maybe it’s just time to trade out your old treads. Either way, this DIY Tire Planter project upcycles used tires into beautiful new garden accessories that will brighten up your patio or yard. Crafting your very own tire planter does call for a little handiwork, but very few new purchases. First, choose a paint color that accentuates whatever flowers you want to plant. You’ll also need potting soil, a fabric weed barrier, Styrofoam packing peanuts, and a drill. This year, think outside [... more]

Bold Integrations

Let boring all-beige rooms be a thing of the past. Today, the talk of the town revolves around saturated colors. Interior design pros everywhere are forgoing our standard go-to neutrals for deeper and brighter color options such as royal blue, plum, and dark green. But remember, going bold doesn’t mean you have to paint an entire room; instead, sprinkle in pops of color with one or two pieces of furniture, or with accessories such as rugs, curtains, or throw pillows. As you gain confidence, you can begin [... more]

Pretty Plasticware

Those plastic spoons collecting dust in the back of your pantry take on a whole new and striking purpose with this DIY Spoon Flower Mirror project. With just a few simple steps, you can create a surprisingly elegant mirror. Just break the tops off of the spoons, hot glue them to a circular piece of cardboard, spray-paint the spoon tops, and attach a small mirror to the center. Since you’re creating this wall art yourself, the color is completely up to you. The finished product looks more [... more]