By Natalie Simms
The ‘Farmhouse Chic’ interior design style become increasing popular across the country and Northwest Georgia is no different. Just take a walk through Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, antique markets or even several businesses along Broad Street and you will see the old rustic, wooden style everywhere.
With years of interior design expertise and a passion for farmhouse style décor, Mike Cornell-Stevens is expanding his ‘My Simply Southern Home’ design company in Rome.
Renovations are continuing to open the new My Simply Southern Home shop at 717 E. Second Ave. in Rome, the former spot of GoGo Shoes and Blue Sky Outfitters. A grand opening is set for Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m.
“In the fall of 2017, I launched my company taking on several interior design clients and doing a lot of decorating for Christmas. I then expanded it into a small retail space at a local antique market, but needed more of a showroom,” he says. “I am really excited to have a larger space to showcase all my custom pieces and accessories in a retail store and have room for my interior design office on the second floor of the building.”
His shop will feature some custom furniture pieces, custom window treatments, floral designs as well as various décor items selected from manufacturers and distributors across the country.
“The farmhouse-style is the fastest growing style trend in the country thanks to shows on HGTV including Fixer Upper. It really is a staple in interior design in this day and age,” says Cornell-Stevens. “But you can mix styles, you don’t have to do an entire house in the farmhouse-style. You can mix the rustic style with traditional clean lines.
“So many in Rome have embraced the farmhouse-style, but fear how to use it with their current décor and budget. There are so many things you can do on a limited budget, like painting or distressing furniture. Every person, regardless of their budget, can create a space to enjoy living in.”
Cornell-Stevens says his company is built around “Southern” hospitality.
“Southern hospitality is all about being welcoming, friendly…that Southern charm. I want to bring that into your home…to be functional, inviting and warm…a place where you want to be,” he says.
In addition to the retail store, My Simply Southern Home also will have an online market. The shop also will feature local artisans and craftsmen, including painter Sophie Drake, a Darlington student. Drake will create a farm-style line of custom paintings that will be featured at the store and online market.
“She is well-known for her oil paintings and postcards right now, but she will create a special line of custom pieces for us that feature farm animals and scenes. She just turned 14 years old and is simply amazing. She is a family friend and I have seen her grow and flourish as an artist. Her line will be called Simply Sophie,” says Cornell-Stevens.
In addition to the retail store, My Simply Southern Home will offer interior design services. Cornell-Stevens will offer free consultations.
“I will do a free consultation to meet with you and go over what your design challenges are, your budget and what you are hoping to achieve,” he says.
My Simply Southern Home will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours may expand to Sundays after spring.
“The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing. I am just looking forward to getting out to more houses and meeting folks in Rome,” he says.