Whether it be a French bistro, a mom and pop diner or in your own mother’s kitchen, the story of the South’s food and drink traditions would be incomplete without paying homage to these local spots, as brunch is quickly becoming the most delicious meal in America.
The Designer Diner concept tells the story of brunch and the changing patterns in how Southerners eat, live and interact while also showcasing the South’s design aesthetic.
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE
Elizabeth Ingram– Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth Ingram Studio
25 years in the restaurant, bar and residential design industry showcase Elizabeth Ingram’s skill in creating spaces that eclectically transcend time. She uses upholstery, custom lighting and furniture design to compose bespoke, textural and visually rich spaces for her clients – each project divulging its own mood and telling its own unique story. elizabethingram.com
Suzanne Humphries– Birmingham, AL
Suzanne Humphries Design
An Alabama native, Suzanne Humphries recently moved back to her home state after more than a decade of work and study in Washington D.C, Copenhagen, India, New York, and Atlanta. Suzanne Humphries Design enjoys an exciting mix of projects both commercial and residential around the Southeast and beyond. Her most anticipated project is a restaurant in Birmingham, with fellow Alabama native and fiancé Chef Adam Evans.
Cathy Austin– Charlotte, NC
Catherine M. Austin Interior Design
Cathy Austin, ASID is best known for her curated and colorful style that blends her love of art with a playful approach to design. She specializes in high end residential design working with collectors to design their interiors around their works of art. catherinemaustin.com
Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning– Charleston, SC
Lathem traveled a winding path to the design world. Upon realizing that interior design brought together two of her greatest passions – design and people – she decided to pursue a career in the field. Her global experiences, artistic flare, and attentiveness to detail are consistently evident in her designs. She has also been a guest designer on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition and HGTV’s Unsellables. gordondunning.com
Cate is a student and lover of history, which often serves as inspiration in her design. She has a deep-founded respect for older structures. She often layers architectural elements, heirlooms, photographs, artwork, and textiles to create a unique mix of styles. gordondunning.com
Ami Austin– Nashville, TN
Ami Austin Interior Design
More than 10 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee, Ami founded Ami Austin Interior Design, where she serves as principal designer and president. She is an award-winning interior designer who has become known for a sophisticated and intriguing evolution of style. Ami’s design studio is P & B Design Source, a design, furniture, and accessory studio in downtown Memphis. amiaustininteriors.com