24
JULY
2014

We’ve got a Throw Back Thursday for y’all today!

Somehow we missed getting this posted in a timely fashion, but one of SummerHouse’s designer’s projects was featured in Madison County Magazine back in April!

Designer Casey Jenkins Sanford worked closely with a Madison County family on this beautiful project, and we could not be more dazzled with how it turned out! And our fabulous Anna took the photos! :)

Here’s the story:

SummerHouse in Madison County Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Madison County Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Madison County Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Madison County Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks, Madison County Magazine, for featuring this project!

23
JULY
2014

We’ve got a new artist’s work around here that we are dying to share with you!

Artist Doug Kennedy from Austin, TX has some work displayed in our shop that will take your breath away. Seriously! And his process is so unique that it makes us appreciate him even more.

Here’s his artist statement:

“I use traditional methods of painting, oil, acrylic, pencils, and sometimes collage, to capture moments of action that lead me to a place of visual harmony. I start with the canvas outside on the ground and work as I walk around it. I stretch the canvas in my studio, then there is a process of work and examination. The piece is complete when it reaches its own harmony.”

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

What do you think?!

21
JULY
2014

Out with the sold, in with the new!

After our Flash Sale, we had so much from the showroom floor to deliver to our wonderful clients that Marty had to schedule a showroom re-do sooner than planned! Thankfully we’ve recently gotten some extra beautiful inventory in that we could bring over, so Marty got the showroom looking like perfection in record time!

Take a peek at how things are looking around here… :)

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

If you see something you like, don’t forget that we have an online shop where you can browse a good bit of our inventory. Or, even better, we’d love for you to drop into the shop and say hello and see this showroom shape-up for yourself!

Hope to see you soon!

18
JULY
2014

One of our favorite artists, Lauren Barksdale, recently brought us a collection of brand new (and extraordinarily beautiful) artwork! We adore Lauren’s sense of color, her attention to detail, and her eye for great subject matter, whether it be landscape, abstract, or wildlife!

Here are a few of the paintings we have in the showroom, and believe us, they’re even prettier in person! (And we LOOOOVE the new technique she’s using to make some of them glossy!)

Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com

48″ x 72″

Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com

60″ x 36″

Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com

40″ x 40″

Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com

48″ x 36″

Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com

36″ x 48″

If you’re interested in pricing or any other information, please leave a comment or give us a call! 601-853-4445. Our designers are always happy to assist!

17
JULY
2014

Since all Lee Industries sales during the month of July go to support Wounded Warrior Project (more on that here!), we wanted to share a few more of our staff’s Lee faves! Today, we’re sharing some cool chairs that a few of our people are in love with!

Todd loves the 1549-01 chair in leather or in a heavy-weight woven…

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

…and Anna loves the L5773-01 dining chair! So gorgeous!

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Laurel is using C1211-01SG in a personal project…

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

…and Elish is really digging Lee’s outdoor fabulous options like this pretty chair! 

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Come in and see all of the other Lee Industries product we have on our showroom floor and get your orders placed today! (Or you can buy from stock, too! We’ve got some beautiful pieces in right now!) Since it’s for such a great cause, why not order those chairs you’ve been wanting for months now?! Our fabulous designers can help you make the perfect selection!

02
JULY
2014

This week’s web store wish list revolves around the luxe lodge that we all wish we could retreat to for a weekend every now and then! Rich tones, muted brass, pops of a beautiful turquoise, and elements of the outdoors… What else could you ask for in the perfect lodge?

Web Store Wish List: Luxe Lodge // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Since we know it may not be easy for everyone to just pop over to our brick and mortar store, we’ve made all of these pretty items available on our web store!

Here they are, clockwise from top left:

Bracelet Cocktail Table $2000
The Grand Stag 1 $510
Kenyon Container $200
Lisbon Vintage Brass Bar Cart $1400
Kimo Container $510
XLarge Solid Black Cowhide $710
Fittleworth Table Lamp $590

>>>>> Happy Shopping! <<<<<

14
JULY
2014

We are loving the newest issue of Social South Magazine!

Not only is the cover pretty…

July | August Social South Magazine // SummerHouse

… Or our ad completely gorgeous…

July | August Social South Magazine // SummerHouse

…But Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend had one of her nursery designs featured! The client (and her baby girl) this room was designed for was a dream to work with! And this is especially exciting because Lindsey is expecting a baby girl next month herself! Take a look at this beautiful design…

Pretty In Pink // July | August Social South Magazine // SummerHouse

Pretty In Pink // July | August Social South Magazine // SummerHouse

If you want to see this in person, flip to page 32 of the publication! And while you’re at it, check out page 28, where you’ll see some of Lisa’s favorite blush-toned fabrics. We’re totally loving that design trend!

July | August Social South Magazine // SummerHouse

Once you’ve had time to peruse the issue (which can be done online OR we have hard copies at the store!), be sure to come back and tell us what you think! :)

11
JULY
2014

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is on the topic of designing around low ceilings! Since low ceilings often make a room feel cramped, a few of our designers offer tips on how to elongate the room and make it seem larger while still keeping the cozy feeling that low ceilings so nicely add!

Inside The Orange Box // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Here’s what they have to say!

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com (image via House Beautiful)

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com (image via House Beautiful)

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( Both room images were sourced from House Beautiful. )

See our other Inside The Orange Box posts and feel free to leave a comment on any post you find helpful! Thanks for visiting today, and have a fabulous weekend!

10
JULY
2014

Good news! We’re having a FLASH SALE! And it starts TOMORROW!

It's a FLASH SALE! 25% off pretty much everything! // SummerHouse

Come see us (or shop online) for some incredible deals on just about everything we have in stock! See you tomorrow and Saturday!

09
JULY
2014

Yesterday we celebrated our sweet designer Lindsey Townsend turning one year older! We love having this girl around and enjoyed making her birthday happy with some Millie D’s frozen yogurt and a good time of fun and laughter!

Happy Birthday Lindsey!!

Cheers to you, Lindsey! May this be the best year yet! :)

09
JULY
2014

We recently had the great pleasure of catching up with a very talented artist named May Benton! If you’ve been to SummerHouse recently, you’ve undoubtedly seen her work. It’s simply stunning, and so different! May tells us a little about herself and her work in this quick little interview!

Artist May Benton with her work // www.summerhousestyle.com

Meet May!

1. Tell us about you in a nutshell!

Born and raised in Jackson, MS, I loved growing up in Mississippi and my Southern roots have kept me grounded and inspired throughout my life. After attending JA for elementary and Jackson Prep for high school, I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where I earned a BFA in Photography and a minor in Art History. After college I moved to California to continue my photographic aspirations and it was in the awe-inspiring city of San Francisco that I met my amazing husband, Matt. We loved living in California but eventually decided to move to Jackson to be closer to family and friends. Fondren has been home to us and our two dogs for the past twelve years.

2. We LOVE your artwork. What is your process called?

My images are created using the photographic process called Mordancage’. This process was invented by the late French photographer, Jean Pierre Sudre, in the 1960s. It is an acid solution consisting of copper chloride, glacial acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The process begins by making a photogram using native Mississippi plants and flowers that have been gathered throughout the seasons. Once I have arranged my plant compositon, I process the photogram in my darkroom using standard photographic chemicals. After the print has been fixed and washed, the Mordancage’ process can begin. The acid solution literally “lifts” the silver gelatin from the solid black areas of the photogram and the gelatin can be manipulated in many unique ways. The process leaves behind a striking texture and metallic property unlike any other photographic process.

"Queen Anne's Lace" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com

“Queen Anne’s Lace”

3. Where did you learn about Mordencage’ and why are you passionate about it?

I was taught the Mordancage’ process by Professor Craig Stevens while taking Advanced Black and White Printmaking at SCAD. Professor Stevens studied and mentored under Jean Pierre Sudre for decades. He would translate for Sudre, who could not speak English, during his workshops in the beautiful town of Aix in the south of France. Sudre passed away in 1997 but I did have the pleasure of going to his home and meeting his wonderful wife, Claudine, while attending the SCAD Italy/France summer quarter abroad.

"Peacock #1" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com

“Peacock #1″

4. Did we hear correctly that you’re one of very few artists in our area who practices this technique?

Yes, the Mordancage’ process has remained pretty exclusive and is not widely practiced as a photographic process. Only a handful of photographers across the world use and teach this unique printmaking technique.

5. What is the most exciting place this work has taken you?

The most exciting place my work has taken me would have to be the SoHo Photo Gallery in New York City. My work has been chosen for several juried shows of Alternative Photography hosted by that inspiring gallery.

"Savannah Song" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com

6. Why did you choose SummerHouse as a showplace for your work?

I chose Summerhouse because of many reasons. I am inspired by interior design and I think that as an artist, having your work displayed alongside interior decor is one of the best ways to connect with the customer. Everyone at Summerhouse is so professional and talented and absolutely wonderful to work with! The store and merchandise are just beautiful and their artwork is the perfect accompaniment to their design aesthetic.

"Migrant Motion" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com

7. Where do you draw your inspiration for your work?

I am greatly inspired by nature. I love being outside in the natural world and finding interesting plants and flowers and studying their uniqueness that God created. Also traveling and exploring something new have always brought me much inspiration.

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Thank you so much, May!

You can find out more about her and see more from her on her website and her Facebook page! And of course, you can see her beautiful photographs in person here at SummerHouse!

08
JULY
2014

Last Thursday was a red letter day here at SummerHouse!

We were able to wish our WONDERFUL warehouse manager Todd a happy birthday with a card and some treats! He’s got one more year of life under his belt, which we say is a huge accomplishment for anyone! ;)

Happy Birthday Todd!

Happy Birthday Todd!

We are so thankful for Todd and the excellent job he does in keeping our warehouse in order!

Speaking of the warehouse…

The SummerHouse Warehouse employee who has been with us the longest, our sweet and wonderful Mario Merrit, is leaving us! Mario has been around since 2006 and has been an integral player in SummerHouse’s success over the years. We sure will miss him, but we know his career move is best for him and his precious family!

Goodbye Mario!

Mario, we sure will miss you! But we’re glad we got you to promise to come back and visit every time you’re within a 5-mile radius of the store! :) We love ya and wish you the VERY best!!

07
JULY
2014

In case you missed the announcement last week, we are partnering with Lee Industries and Restyle Source in their Lee Gives Back campaign, so when you buy any Lee Industries upholstery during the month of July, you’re supporting Wounded Warrior Project!

We could not be more excited to support this worthy cause!

SH.woundedwarrior

So why did we choose Wounded Warrior Project?

Here are just a few reasons…

- Their vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

- Their purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

- Armed with fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation, and service + a culture of teamwork, Wounded Warrior Project staff work to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation’s history!

See why we think so much of this organization?! :)

We can think of no better way to give back to our community! Thanks again for your business, especially during this month where, together, we can make a real difference in the lives of our servicemen!

04
JULY
2014

Happy 4th of July!

We hope all of you enjoy a nice day full of fun in the sun (with the sunscreen slathered on, of course!), refreshing drinks, yard games, good food, pool time with family and friends, and fireworks! We know we sure will!

We might also whip up a batch of this good sounding lemonade to sip on poolside!

Blueberry Lemonade Recipe // Glitter Guide via SummerHouse

Remember that we’re closed today, but we’ll see you guys again on Monday. Doors open at 10! Have a great, safe weekend!

03
JULY
2014

You heard us talking earlier this week about the month-long event we have going through the end of July where 10% of our Lee Industries sales go to Wounded Warrior Project!

We’re excited about, together with you, being able to make a difference in the lives of those who have so bravely served our country!

We thought it would be fun to share some of our staff’s favorite Lee Industries frames just to give you a better idea of what all this fabulous company offers!

Marty’s favorite: the 3722-03 sofa

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Tina loves the 1878-01.

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

The 1942-01 chair is Jacque’s fave…

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

…and Mary Courtney loves the L1549-21 lounger!

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Katy’s pick: the 1821-01 Swivel Glider.

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

We love all of these styles! And you will love the quality and comfort! Stay tuned for more staff favorites coming over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today!

02
JULY
2014

We have two birthdays to celebrate around here this week!!

Jaclyn and Elish both turned one year older on Monday and Tuesday, respectively! As always, we celebrated with cards, snacks, and something good to sip on and had a great time doing so!

SummerHouse Birthday Celebration

SummerHouse Birthday Celebration

Both Jaclyn and Elish are so much fun to work with and are bright spots in each of their coworkers’ days! They work hard to keep things running smoothly around here and we couldn’t imagine SummerHouse life without either of them!

Happy Birthday, ladies! We know your upcoming year will be just as classy and fabulous as the past one!

SummerHouse Birthday Celebration

We love y’all lots and lots!!!

30
JUNE
2014

When we heard about Lee Gives Back, a special month-long event that Lee Industries is putting on during July, we were reminded of why we love this company so much! Not only does Lee produce beautiful, high-quality upholstery, but they care about loving on local dealers and the communities with which these dealers work.

During the month of July, they’ve given each dealer the chance to choose a charity to give back a portion of their proceeds. SummerHouse has chosen Wounded Warrior Project as our charity, so 10% of all of our Lee Industries sales during the month of July will go towards this noteworthy organization!

SummerHouse and Lee Industries give back to Wounded Warrior Project during July 2014 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Throughout the month, we’ll highlight a few of our favorite Lee products as well as a little more about why we chose Wounded Warrior Project as our charity.

We look forward to working with you in the coming month on furnishing your home with beautiful upholstery all while giving back to a well-deserving charity.

Thank you for your business and support!!

Inside The Orange Box this week, we’re talking all about ART and its importance in a home. We visited with Whit Geary, owner of VIEW GALLERY just a few doors down from us! We love Whit’s taste and, since she was once a SummerHouse Interior Designer, we thought she’d be the perfect person to give us a little insight into the value of art in a personal space. Let’s see what she has to say!

Inside The Orange Box // SummerHouse

“During the time I spent as an interior designer, I was able to integrate original art into most of the jobs I was doing. It was so transforming to a space that it left me with a real impression of the importance of art in a home. I’ve worked with the most beautiful fabrics, accessories, elements… Glass, iron, velvets, cottons… The whole bit… But it’s so different when a piece of art is involved in a design scheme!”

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“I prefer to start with a great piece of art when designing a space because it’s one of the most valuable investments you make in your home. Typically you don’t get rid of it. You know, sofas you’ll recover, or you might change out your chairs… But art, you keep. As is.”

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“Selecting a piece of art is such a great way to start a plan for your home because I think it reflects your personality the best. Your home is going to feel like you if you start that way. On the flip side, I’ve also seen really good designers completely map out a scheme for a home and come back at the end and introduce the art, which is perfectly fine as well. There is no rule about whether to start with it or finish with it!”

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

How do you pick the right piece of art? 

“Work with a professional* who will ask a lot of questions about your lifestyle, things you’re interested in, what your home is like, and what your needs are. Many times people come in and they have a specific space they’re looking to fill. Occassionally, I have people who are collectors and are looking for the next piece of art that captures their attention. Most of the time, though, it’s people wanting to address an empty space or add a focal point. Is their goal to have a focal point, or are they just looking for something that pleases them? Neither answer is wrong!”

(*SummerHouse designers + Whit make the BEST professional art selection team in the world! In our humble opinion… :) )

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“Scale is so important. So is texture. Depending on whether you have a smooth surface or a textured surface, there are certain pieces that will look better than others. Most of the time people just need a little bit of guidance, which I am happy to provide!”

 Thank you for your insight, Whit!!

For past Inside The Orange Box posts, CLICK HERE!

25
JUNE
2014

Accessories are key when designing a space, whether it be large or small! We love the quote below from Lisa about their importance! And we’ve actually added lots of new accessories to our online shop recently, so head on over and check them out by clicking on the image below!

The importance of accessories // Lisa Palmer for SummerHouse

Happy shopping!

 

23
JUNE
2014

We’ve always been huge fans of the art that the talented people behind Natural Curiosities create, so when we saw their newest collection, inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphs, we were instantly enthralled!

These ancient symbols are “silkscreened over gold leaf to highlight their understated beauty as abstract art,” as the company puts it.

See what you think about these 24″ x 24″ works of art!

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

We love it when modern and old-world fuse together to create something beautiful! And these are a prime example.

See any that you must have? Let us know! We can help! :)

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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