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:
Fabric collection: Steve’s own spring gingham. Inspired by the classic Southern man’s gingham shirt, 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 mixing and matching all the beautiful hand-thrown pieces by Athens-based r. wood studio. Our dining room staple 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 inspire us daily; however, our favorites are:
According to Jill: I Suwannee has a fun point of view and is really vibrant.
According to Steve: Beauty Everyday chronicles southern life through the eyes of Kristen Bach, Rebecca Wood, and Rinne Allen. These three talented gals from Athens take what we all see each day and show us the ordinary in an extraordinary way. It really makes me appreciate the beauty around us. I’m so excited to see their book coming out this fall under the same title.
Paint color: We currently love Benjamin Moore’s Deep Silver. It is the perfect neutral grey to warm a room and add depth, yet still works with any art on the walls or colors in the decor.
Antique Shop: Here in Atlanta, Anne Flaire Antiques has fantastic 19th-century French antiques that we love to reinvent with contemporary fabrics.
Artist: Steve says, “As a working artist, I draw inspiration from so many artists. However if put to the test– Robert Rauschenberg has been my greatest influence. Rauschenberg’s willingness to go beyond the confines of the establishments definition of art, really pushes me, especially the Combines.”
Interior designer: There are so many talented individuals here in the South. However, when our home needs a little “curation” we turn to Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors. He shares our love of modern alongside classic accentuated with statement art.
Collection: We have collected mid-century ceramic turkey planters and vases for over 25 years. Now, we have more than 50! Kitsch, we know, but they set a fantastic Thanksgiving table alongside our Johnson Brother’s His Majesty. On Thanksgiving morning, we gather fall leaves, berries, and greenery to set the table. It’s a tradition we treasure.
Southern Essential: Monogrammed Mint Julep Cups. Of course, they are great for the Carolina Cup and Derby Day. We also use them year-round as little vases down the middle of a table or as water glasses for an unexpected table setting. Sometimes, we even use them as pencil cups. Julep cups are real workhorses at our house!
Jill and Steve’s style in five words or less: comfortable, modern, Southern