Coterie Crush on Jill and Steve McKenzie in Atlanta
We have a Coterie Crush on Jill and Steve McKenzie, Atlanta’s hottest, trailblazing design couple. They’ve recently launched steve mckenzie, a chic new interiors and lifestyle brand housed in a 3,200 square-foot Atlanta shop with a shoppable website launching in the coming weeks!
Their new collection centers around fabrics inspired by Steve’s own paintings. They are really divine — bold graphics that really pop! And there’s more than fabric at the shop! The McKenzies have also collaborated with Southern artisans to create beautiful furniture, lighting, tabletop, and leather goods.
We sat down with the McKenzies to talk about what they are loving now. Here are some of their favorites: (as seen on Southern Living’s The Daily South)
steve mckenzie’s spring gingham. Inspired by the classic southern pattern of the gingham shirt, dress or skirt, we painted our version and offer it in 8 color ways. We are using it on everything.
We have two go-to favorites. For everyday we love to mix and match all the beautiful hand thrown pieces for r wood studio. A staple in the dining room is Mottahedeh Blue Canton, it combines with anything on the table and brings a sense of heritage to a table setting.
There are so many great blogs that provide us inspiration daily, however, our favorites are:
Jill: I Suwannee – They have a fun point of view and are really vibrant.
Steve: Beauty Everyday – It is the chronicle of southern living through the eyes of Kristen Bach, Rebecca Wood and Rinne Allen (pictured). These three talented gals from Athens take what we all see and each day show us the ordinary in an extraordinary way and make us appreciate the beauty around us. I am so excited to see their book coming out this fall under the same title.
Editor’s Note: These three talented gals are presenting a session on ‘Styling and Staging for Good Photography’ at The Southern C Summit August 1 in Athens, GA.
We currently are in love with Benjamin Moore’s deep silver. It is the perfect neutral grey to warm a room and add depth, yet still work with any art on the walls or colors in the decor.
We have a candle in our line, the fragrance is Georgia. It is poured for us by Jul’s Candles here in Georgia. It is a blend of sage and tangerine topped with balsam and pine. It is such a clean smell, it reminds us of the North Georgia and Blue Ridge Mountains.
Anne Flaire Antiques in Atlanta. Anne always has fantastic 19th century French antiques that we love to repurpose with contemporary fabrics.
As a working artist himself, Steve draws inspiration from so many artists. However if put to the test Robert Rauschenberg has been his greatest influence. Rauschenberg’s willingness to go beyond the confines of the establishments definition of art, really pushes Steve, especially the Combines.
There are so many talented individuals here in the south. However when we needed a little “curation” on our own home we turned it over to Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors. He shares our love of modern alongside classic accentuated with statement art.
We have collected mid-century ceramic turkey planters and vases for over 25 years. We have over 50. Kitsch, we know, but they set a fantastic Thanksgiving table alongside our Johnson Brother’s His Majesty. We go out Thanksgiving morning and gather fall color leaves, berries and greenery and then set the table, a tradition we treasure.
Monogrammed pewter Mint Julep Cups. They of course are great for the Carolina Cup and Derby Day, however, throughout the year they are great for little vases down the middle of a table or water glasses for an unexpected table setting, pencil cups. They are a workhorse of our house.
Jill and Steve’s style in five words or less:
comfortable, modern, southern
996 Huff Rd NW Ste E • Atlanta, GA 30318 • 404-618-0422
XOXO – CHERI HARDEN LEAVY