Coterie Crush on Jill and Steve McKenzie in Atlanta

Jun 19 2013

by Cheri Leavy

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)

Fabric collection:

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.

China pattern:

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.

Design blog:

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.

Paint color:

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.

Antiques Shop:

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.

Interior designer:

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.

Southern Essential:

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

Also ENJOY spotlights on other interior designers and tastemakers –

Cullen O’Steen of Cullen & Co Interior Design

Holly Phillips of The English Room

Anna Kristin Yarbrough and Cameron Weaver of Interior Canvas

Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design

Courtney Barnes of Stylecourt

Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole of Kandrac and Kole Interiors

Roger Higgins of R. Higgins Interiors

Haskell Harris of Haskell Harris Creative

Tami Ramsay of Tami Ramsay Design

Mary Bryan Peyer of Mary Bryan Peyer Designs

Susan Hable of Hable Construction

Shani Gilchrist of Camille Maurice

Lauren Leonard of Lauren Leonard Designs

Sidney Wagner of Eclectic Interior Design Group

Angie Hranoswsky of Angie Hranowsky Design Studio

Liz Williams of Liz Williams Designs



Cheri Leavy View More Blog Posts from this Author

Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs.
Building rapport and strengthening a sense of community:
• A community of female entrepreneurs through the The Southern Coterie and The Southern C Summit
• The faces and places of Athens that make our city so vibrant through guide2athens
• A community of devoted football fans through Bulldawg Illustrated
- Contributing editor to Coastal Illustrated, Executive Board Member of the UGA Alumni Association

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  1. whitneylong

    Cannot wait to stop in next time in ATL. I know I will fall in love with their store from all the buzz I have heard!

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