05
MARCH
2015

The new Milieu Magazine is out! This issue is gorgeous and our ad in it is beauuuutiful!

SummerHouse in Milieu // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The team that puts this magazine together does such a wonderful job of keeping everything consistent as far as color and style. We love it!

Grab yourself a copy next time you’re at a bookstore (or get a subscription!) and keep up with the beautiful inspiration this Milieu team puts out quarterly. And be sure to keep an eye out for our ad in each issue! ;)

See our last Milieu ad here!

03
MARCH
2015

Our February winner for the #mysummerhousestyle Instagram contest has been announced! Head on over to our Instagram page to see who the lucky ‘grammer is! She won $500 to spend at SummerHouse on whatever she wants! Lucky gal!

#mysummerhousestyle

Now that it’s March, the contest has started over and a new winner will be named at the end of the month! Could it be YOU? Yes, it could be!

The contest is so easy to enter… Check out this page to find out how to get in on the action. And good luck!

We have a new face for y’all to get familiar with around here! (And we have several position changes to tell you about, too!)

Danielle Rooney // SummerHouseDanielle Rooney // SummerHouseFirst, the new face. Meet Danielle Rooney, our new receptionist! Danielle is absolutely precious, and the most perfect addition to our fun-loving team up here at SH! Jen, our former receptionist, will now be our web store manager! She’s got a major in photography and is just really good with computers in general, so it was a natural fit. Patty, our former web store manager, is now going to be Lisa’s assistant! Having worked as a design assistant before, and because she and Lisa just gel so well, this too was a natural fit! That means Mary Courtney, Lisa’s former assistant, is now a designer! Yay for Mary Court! We know she’s going to do a killer job and we can’t wait to see all of the gorgeous projects she’ll get to work on with you guys!

Now it’s time for our traditional Q&A with the newbie!

Tell us about yourself!

I am from Madison! I split my time pretty evenly between Ole Miss and Southern. I am finishing up my degree in Public Relations at Southern, and I will be graduating in May. My dad is from Ireland, but he is currently living in Brussels, Belgium! He works for International Paper. My older brother also works for International Paper and is living in Memphis. My mom lives here in Madison, and she works for Lee Hawkins Realty. My step dad, Toby, is my world! He lives in Madison too and he works for Hemphill. He’s wonderful! He’s always treated me like his own daughter. I have an Australian Shepherd named Meeko, and I’m obsessed with her. She’s such a diva!

From where do you think your interest in interior design stems?

I realized that my interest started when I was traveling. I started re-telling my traveling stories by using details of what the place looked like, using very small details. The look and feel of whatever place I was in created the mood and memories for me. I realized that I wanted to be a part of that and help others to have memories of their own. I could learn about different people and their lifestyles. I could create an atmosphere that helps people feel happy and proud of their own space. I just really wanted to be part of that!

What’s your favorite design publication and why?

I would have to say I really love Southern Living. I really love the country/farmhouse/cottage look. It tends to show very light and airy houses with hues of light greens and blues. I love that! My dream house would be a little beach cottage on the South Carolina shore.

Where would your dream vacation be?

Hmm. I have never been to Hawaii, and I have always wanted to. I would also love to go to Greece! I think that is my next stop on my European check list.

What’s your favorite local place to eat in the metro Jackson area and why?

Definitely Babalu! Their guacamole, sangria, and tuna tacos are to die for. Not to mention, I just love the ambiance and outside patio. The best time of year to eat at Babalu is the summer when you can sit outside at night.

What TV show are you currently most obsessed with?!

It’s a little bit cheesy, but I am obsessed with The Vampire Diaries!

How do you take your caffeine?

Always and in any way possible. My favorite coffee shop is Cups! I go probably at least once a day. I either get a cappuccino, or if I’m craving something sweet, I’ll get an iced Blondie Latte with espresso ice cubes!

If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?

This is always such a hard one for me. I think I would love to fly. My favorite thing in the world is traveling, but I have such a fear of planes, even though I’ve been flying since I was 4. It would be perfect if I could fly anywhere in the world!

What’s your favorite way to spend a little free time?

Anytime I can just be outside enjoying the sunshine and running around with my dog. I also love to spend time with my best friend and her two baby boys!

What was the best part about your first day at SummerHouse?

Everyone that works here is just so sweet and welcoming! They made me feel so comfortable and like I was part of the family already. I’m excited to keep learning about design and getting to know everyone!

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Thank you for allowing us to get to know you a little better, Danielle! Looking forward to having you around! ;)

27
FEBRUARY
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is about common design mistakes that are easy to make if a professional designer is not involved in a design! Besides not looking very good, these mistakes can be costly, time-consuming, and frustrating!

Designer Sunny Holliday says, “one of the biggest mistakes I see in design gone wrong is SCALE!!! Scale is crucial to a great design!”

Designer Molly Ferguson elaborates on the same thing, saying, “I see a lot of furniture that is not the correct scale for the room, either too big or too small. This includes casegoods, upholstery, rugs, art and even accessories. Using a designer would be an easy fix to this issue. We meet with our clients and take dimensions of the space and then put it all into CAD to scale out each piece. By scaling out your pieces, the design will not only look great, but it will also give you optimal space and function!”

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Elish Phares continues by saying, “two of the biggest mistakes I see people make actually are rugs too small, or not thinking of the bigger picture when designing. Too often, clients piecemeal their rooms without thinking about the overall design concept. Then when an item doesn’t work, they compromise the rest of the design of the space to try to make that one oddball design element make sense. Have a game plan, do it right, and take your time if you have to!”

Designer Katy Hines agrees. “Not having a plan in place before making purchases is a big mistake.  Seeking professional help and developing short-term or long-term plans for your space ahead of time will save you a lot of stress in the end.”

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When scale is done properly and a design is mapped out, projects turn out beautifully!

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Don’t fall prey to any of these mistakes! Let our staff help you get it right (and beautiful!) the first time!

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For other Inside The Orange Box posts, click here!

25
FEBRUARY
2015

We must admit… We’ve really got a thing for acrylic incorporated into interior design! Acrylic furniture and accessories have such a beautiful way of being stylish, chic show-stealers while at the same time being almost invisible.

That’s why we were absolutely swept away when we saw the line of accessories by Alexandra Von Furstenberg (daughter-in-law and former creative director of Diane Von Furstenberg’s brand.)

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

The simple yet ultra high-style AVF accessories currently grace our showroom floor and add an element of understated beauty to just about any style setting we have on display! You can see for yourself…

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

See what we mean about simple yet show-stealing style? We have so much more in the store, so come on by next time you’re in the area and check it all out in person. These AVF accessories are certainly TDF!

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Reminder to share your SummerHouse style on Instagram using #mysummerhousestyle and get yourself in the running for $500 to SummerHouse! (All about the contest here!) We’ll announce the February winner on March 2, and the contest will start over again for the month of March!

Good luck!

20
FEBRUARY
2015

Have you seen how pretty our showroom is looking lately? Did you know that we sell directly off the showroom floor so you can come in today and have a room full of beautiful new furniture in no time!?

We know it seems too good to be true, but let it soak in! While you’re doing that, take a peek at these pics… :)

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

As always, if you see something you love, feel free to give us a call or just come in and have a closer look in person!

And if you haven’t heard about the #mysummerhousestyle Instagram campaign where we give away $500 a month, click here to learn more!!

Have a great weekend!

18
FEBRUARY
2015

Today we’re showing a little extra love to a line with which we are absolutely smitten! Mr. Brown Home is always one of our favorite stops whenever we visit High Point Market because of their amazeability! (Did we just make up a word? Maybe… It’s defined as “ability to amaze” just in case you were wondering!) They wow us every time we visit them… We never cease to be totally amazed!

Here are just a few reasons why we love Mr. Brown Home…

Why We Love Mr. Brown Home // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Why We Love Mr. Brown Home // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Why We Love Mr. Brown Home // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Why We Love Mr. Brown Home // www.alwayssummerblog.com

See what we mean? Amazeability! Furniture to lighting to accessories… It’s all perfection!

Thanks, Mr. Brown, for keeping us excited about what all y’all are doing! Keep up the good work! :)

16
FEBRUARY
2015

Thursday night was our FOR THE LOVE OF ART event and it was such a blast! Our four featured artists — May Benton, Brent Smith, Dyann Gunter, and Lauren Lachance — were all here to talk with guests about their work, and our Lee Industries rep Jules and the Lee product development director Bradley were also here to celebrate with us since this was our Lee Loves Local event! We also unveiled the renovation of the back part of our showroom where presentations are now going to take place! It turned out beautifully!

Here are a few snaps of our staff, the artists, the new updates, and more from the evening!

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jules from Lee Industries, SummerHouse designer Jacque, and Bradley from Lee Industries

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jen and Mary Courtney with artist Brent Smith

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New presentation area!

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Artists Dyann Gunter and May Benton

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Live music by Barry Leach

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Todd and Camille

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jacque and Molly

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Lachance with her husband Eduardo

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jen, Mary Courtney, and Elish

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lisa and Marty

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FOR THE LOVE OF ART - #leeloveslocal event at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped us celebrate art and local love! We still have lots of beautiful art hanging, so in case you missed the event, it’s not too late to come take a look!

Stay warm today!

13
FEBRUARY
2015

We have our last post in our “What I Didn’t Learn In Design School” mini series! Today we hear from SummerHouse interior designer Katy Hines (who is newly engaged, by the way!) on something so simple yet so under talked about in design classes!

"What I didn't learn in design school" - a new series where SummerHouse interior designers talk about what they were never taught in their interior design classes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Katy says, “Working with budgets wasn’t a huge part of our training during school, but it’s definitely something we work with every single day in this field.”

Future interior designers– This is SO important! And Katy is right… Working within a set budget is something designers have to do every day! Many of our designers practice a “high/low” method where they incorporate a couple of high dollar, high style, killer pieces in with very well priced items to maintain a certain look without totally breaking the bank. It’s a skill that can only be learned by working in the field!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little mini series. Be sure to look at all of the past posts HERE!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s weekend and we’ll see you back here next week!

12
FEBRUARY
2015

Our Lee Loves Local event FOR THE LOVE OF ART is tonight! We hope you’ll join us! Don’t forget that 10% of sales from the evening will go to benefit the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra!

We’ll have plenty of small, well-priced pieces that make the most perfect Valentine gifts! Plus, artists Lauren Lachance, May Benton, Brent Smith, and Dyann Gunter will all be here to talk about their incredible work with you!

For the love of art event at SummerHouse

Call the store if you have any questions about tonight! 601-853-4445.

See you soon! XO!

11
FEBRUARY
2015

This edition of our web store wish list is inspired by the sea! Sail on over to the web store to shop this little nautically inspired collection! Keep scrolling for info and links… :)

Web Store Wish List: SAIL AWAY WITH ME // Shop everything at www.summerhousestyle.com

Clockwise from top left:

Dusk Meadow // $1800
Santa Maria Caravella // $470
Winkworth Table Lamp // $610
Round Metal Cocktail Table // $2420
Micina Bone Box // $760
Holland Feather Accessory // $23
Lafco Media Room Spike Lavender Candle // $59
Colorline Vertical Pillow // $500

Happy Shopping!

10
FEBRUARY
2015

We had a really fun day a couple of weeks ago with our photo shoot for The Scout Guide! Marty, Todd, and Lisa looked amazing, so photographer Tom Beck’s job was easy! And TSG Jackson editor Kristin was on the scene (with her cute baby bump) doing a wonderful job of directing!

Behind the scenes with SummerHouse's photo shoot for THE SCOUT GUIDE Jackson // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Behind the scenes with SummerHouse's photo shoot for THE SCOUT GUIDE Jackson // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We can’t wait for the new issue of The Scout Guide Jackson to hit stands in March! If it’s anything like last issue, it’s going to be gorgeous!

09
FEBRUARY
2015

Well, it’s officially Valentine’s Day week! Have you gotten all of your gifts for your special somebodies yet? No?

We can help!

We have some fantastic gift items in stock right now, ranging from candy and candles to art and jewelry! These gifts start at only $5 (yes, you read that correctly) so we’ve got options for all budgets! Here’s a sampling…

Garden & Gun’s The Southerner’s Handbook is always a hit for men and for women!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

This candle! It could not smell any better…

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

These handmade cosmetics bags are a beautiful way to keep all of your makeup in one stylish place!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

These adorable porcelain votive holders are only five bucks a piece!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

Honestly, what woman doesn’t want more jewelry? These easy-to-layer necklaces will mix perfectly with what your lady love already has in her collection of jewels!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

The perfect compliment to any gift is, of course, some chocolate! These salted toffee squares are absolutely addictive (and are packaged so beautifully!)

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

Original art is an amazing gift because it’s something unique that can be passed down from generation to generation and never lose its value. We’ll have plenty of small pieces, like these lovely little Monet-inspired Dyann Gunter ones, available for purchase at Thursday’s FOR THE LOVE OF ART event! Don’t forget that a percentage of the sales from the event go to benefit the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

We can make Valentine’s Day shopping very easy for you, so come see us! We’d love to help!

05
FEBRUARY
2015

One of our favorite bedrooms by our leading lady Lisa Palmer was recently featured on Restyle Source! You may remember seeing photos of the guest room in this home before, but now they’re getting national recognition!

Winter White Bedroom feature on Restyle Source // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Winter White Bedroom feature on Restyle Source // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are thrilled about this feature and hope you enjoy it! Get to the full post by clicking here!

03
FEBRUARY
2015

Save the date!

We have an event coming up later this month that we would LOVE to have you attend with us! FOR THE LOVE OF ART will be February 12th here at the store from 7 until 9 p.m. where we’ll be celebrating several of our favorite southern artists! We’ll also have some champagne, desserts, and music for you to enjoy while you take in all of the beautiful work of regional artists Brent Smith, Lauren Lachance, Dyann Gunter, and May Benton.

This #LEELOVESLOCAL event will benefit the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with 10% of sales going to further their wonderful cause!

For the Love or Art // #leeloveslocal event // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

We hope to see you out on the night of the 12th. It’ll be a blast!

02
FEBRUARY
2015

In celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we’ve got some Instagram fun up our sleeves!

We’ve created a hashtag, #MySummerHouseStyle, which is our way of keeping up with you and your beautiful furniture, home design, and accessories from SummerHouse via Instagram! Tag your photos with #MySummerHouseStyle to show us how you style your SummerHouse pieces and how much you love your home once our designers have helped make your house your own!

#mysummerhousestyle

We’ll be choosing one photo per month during 2015 – our 10th year in business! – with this hashtag and giving the owner of that account $500 to spend with SummerHouse!

Whichever photo* has the most likes within the given month will be the winner that month.

Get to tagging your ‘grams that contain SummerHouse product with #MySummerHouseStyle and encourage your friends to like those photos… It could wind up winning you a lot of money!

*Your account must be public in order to win! SummerHouse employees are not eligible to win. Your photo must contain product from SummerHouse. The contest starts over at the beginning of each month, so photos posted before the given month will not be eligible to win that month’s prize.

Start hashtagging, and good luck!!

(And don’t forget to follow us at @shopsummerhouse to stay up to date with everything we have going on!)

02
FEBRUARY
2015

We are a little late in posting this, but better late than never, right?! The lovely people over at Inspiration Mississippi have done a wonderful feature on one of the homes we got to spruce up for the holidays. Designer Todd Prince did a wonderful job “Christmas-ing out” this home! Go on over to their website and read up on this wonderful interview they did with Todd!

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Thanks for checking it out and supporting local companies like Inspiration MS! :)

30
JANUARY
2015

Today’s Inside The Orange Box topic is FAVORITE STRIPES! We love a great stripe around here… Big, bold stripes can add just the right amount of oomph to a room, and a subtle stripe can be just the perfect, delicate detail a pillow or a window treatment is calling for. Stripes are classic, versatile, and fun to work with!

Inside The Orange Box - Design tips from SummerHouse's Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Take a look at our designers’ favorite ones!

Interior Designer Todd Prince

Romo Morelli Mercury 7364/07

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Stripes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Elish Phares

GWF-3101/616 Channels in Taupe/Ivory

This stripe is a bit unconventional… Not a true stripe… But I love it, and it makes the same type of impact that a bold stripe would!

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Stripes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Sunny Holliday

GWF-3312/816 Drummond Stripe in Onyx/Beige

I’m loving this jute & linen stripe… I love the variation in sizes of the stripe, and the natural fibers!!

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Stripes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Katy Hines

Mark Alexander M265/05 Carmel Mist

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Stripes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Molly Ferguson

Osborne & Little Samana Dominica F6634-03

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Stripes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Jacque Moor

Kerry Joyce Kelly Stripe 2034-02 Celadon/Cream

I’m in love with this color way, but all other color ways in this fabric are great, too! Kelly Stripe is a refreshing, soft linen that is timeless. This casual stripe is subtle enough that it will never compete with any pattern put with it.

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Stripes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Which of these stripes do you most love?

19
JANUARY
2015

In need of some inspiration this chilly morning? Allow us to share a few of our favorite bathrooms designed by our very own SummerHouse designers! Since everyone has to spend time in the bathroom, why not make it just as beautiful as the rest of your home?

We think these lovely loos are a great example of that!

Six Stunning Bathrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Six Stunning Bathrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Six Stunning Bathrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Six Stunning Bathrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Six Stunning Bathrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Six Stunning Bathrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you have a favorite out of these?

We hope your week is off to a great start!

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