28
AUGUST
2015

Our newest designer of the week is bride-to-be Katy Hines! We’re loving the things that have been inspiring her and catching her eye lately! Keep reading… >>>

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) What project have you been most excited about working on lately?! What do you love about this project?

I recently completed the lighting specifications for a new construction home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The client’s home is a rustic modern approach in design style. Lighting selections that blended effortlessly with the style of the home and furnishings were key to the success of the design. Style, scale, proportion and function are critical details when designing lighting plans, and when done correctly, it can make such a big impact on the overall aesthetic. I really view it as a work of art! I enjoyed the process and the end-result turned out beautifully!

2) Is there a color or type of pattern you’ve been really into lately that you find yourself reaching for when putting together presentations?

Here is a Hickory Chair pattern I have been reaching for a lot. These colors and this pattern have really caught my eye lately.

Hickory Chair 4101-95 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am also loving the warmth, great mix of textures and overall style of this vignette on our floor:

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) What inspires you most as a designer? 

My clients inspire me most. Without them, we wouldn’t be here! I love the challenge of creating functional and beautiful spaces that are personal and tailored to each client’s own style and interests.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When initially working on the conceptual design of a project, I often turn to some of the best in the business. Trade magazines like Milieu Magazine and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles offer great sources of inspiration from renowned designers all over the world! Not to mention the library of published design books we have here at our fingertips!

And I cannot forget to mention the people I work with. We have such a great team of designers and support staff. We all work closely together and inspire each other everyday!

4) Tell us how you think you’ve grown as a designer of the years!

I have learned that communication is key when working with clients. Styles and interests, likes and dislikes, and the lifestyles and patterns of people are all different. Melding your talent with the client’s vision is what truly makes you successful in this business.

26
AUGUST
2015

Have you seen the brand new issue of Milieu Magazine?

Milieu Magazine, Fall 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It is a BEAUTIFUL copy (which, of course, we expected!) and Suzanne Kasler’s book signing at our shop was featured in the issue on page 104! You’ll have to grab a copy to see more photos!

Milieu Magazine, Fall 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Speaking of Milieu and book signings at SummerHouse…

The staff at Milieu are big fans of Barbara Westbrook and her new book, Gracious Rooms! Which just happens to be the next designer coming here for a book signing of that very book on September 17th! See what they have to say in their review here!

Barbara Westbrook's Gracious Rooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We look forward to seeing you on September 17th for this exciting event!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading today! It means the world to us!

24
AUGUST
2015

We have a fun BEFORE & AFTER for you today!

A shop a few doors down from us just opened up and looks absolutely fabulous because of the design skills of the talented Elish Moon!

What was formerly View Gallery (they moved to Canton Mart Square in Jackson!) is now rOw^10 baby!

Here’s a peek at the gallery just before they moved…

rOw^10 baby BEFORE AND AFTER // www.alwayssummerblog.com

…And here’s what you have to look forward to, design wise and product wise, when you visit the space now!

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

rOw^10 baby // Commercial interior design project by SummerHouse designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are all in LOVE! And so excited to have such a different baby store in the area now!

Elish says, “I loved designing this fresh space! rOw^10 was worlds away from anything else I’d ever done. I admire [store owner] Katie’s vision for merchandising and filling gaps in local business. I know there is a high standard I have to match for either of us to be satisfied. The final result is exactly what we aimed for; rOw^10 isn’t confined to “baby design.” It has an industrial California modern feel that puts a new spin on baby fashion and appeals to many!”

21
AUGUST
2015

We gave you part one last week, so today we give you part two of this Orange Box topic: Our designers’ favorite ways to make a bed!

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“I think bedding should be super practical. You have to be able to clean it! I love a coverlet with a duvet folded at the foot of the bed. That allows your bedding to be changed out with the seasons, since we need to be able to do that here in the South! On a king bed, I love doing two king size pillows against the headboard with 3 euroshams in front. I’m all about practicality, texture, and color. I love a pretty and functional bed!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

“My favorite way to make a bed usually starts with crisp white bedding and a white coverlet, while using a neutral soft patterned fabric for euros or accent pillows! Simple and classic!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

“I like to keep an overall clean and simplistic look, definitely not too over done.  I love accent fabrics, so if I use a really bold pattern fabric as a large lumbar across the front, I will use fairly simple euro shams behind the lumbar to balance it out. I tend to use euro shams most often because I like the height they give (unless the headboard is very low, then I will use standard shams.) Also, I like always having something at the foot of the bed. It can be a folded duvet, throw, or bed scarf. Layers of texture and soft pattern can help create a most inviting environment!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

“I always start with whites for the basics like coverlets, sheets, etc. It’s fresh, crisp, and relaxing. Then I layer color and texture in the accent pillows and throws to tie in with the paint, art, and accessories.”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

19
AUGUST
2015

We have some amazing new pieces of art by Louisiana-based artist Lauren Barksdale in the shop right now! Landscapes, abstracts, birds… All of our favorites! Here is a preview of what we have… And this is only a sample! We have lots more in the store!

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come see all of these pieces for yourself next time you’re in the area. They’re truly breath taking!

Between now and the next time you make it by, you can shop more of our original art on the web store!

18
AUGUST
2015

We are thrilled to announce that interior designer Barbara Westbrook will be at SummerHouse signing her brand new book Gracious Rooms on September 17th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.!

Barbara is extremely talented, so we look forward to picking her design brain while she’s here! 😉

Lisa says, “Barbara has a very unique take on Southern style which I relate to. She mixes modern with antique furnishings beautifully. What I love about her is that she designs for her client. And that is something that we stress at SummerHouse emphatically. We are over the moon that Barbara decided to make a stop here at SummerHouse on her book tour. We are honored and look forward to having her here!”

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned as we share more of Barbara’s beautiful work and a little bit more about her in the coming weeks!

We hope you’ll make plans to be here and help us welcome her to Mississippi!

17
AUGUST
2015

Thank you, The Scout Guide Jackson, for including SummerHouse in your August Loves! We are as in love with the new India Hicks book as y’all are! And we see several other things here that we’d love to add to our August as well! 😉

The Scout Guide Jackson's August Loves // via www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Scout Guide Jackson's August Loves // via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Get your copy here! We’re confident that you’ll find it to be a great read! :)

While you’re at it, check out our fabulous selection of other coffee table books, too!

14
AUGUST
2015

In this round of Inside the Orange Box, we asked our designers to share their favorite ways to make up a bed! As always, we love their answers!

DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“I love an all white bed with one accent. I love a beautiful, fluffy down duvet cover tri-folded at the foot of the bed, and on a king bed, I typically like three euros and a 36” x 15” single pillow in front as the decorative accent. The euros sit in front of two king pillowcases.”

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER ELISH MOON

“There is always an inner battle when I design bedding for a client. I love simplicity and a clean look…but I looooove accent fabrics. If I do bolder patterns I usually do less pillows. If I do a textured but monochromatic look I might have more layers.”

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I like to constantly change the way I make a bed, depending on the application. If I am including a pattern, I will either incorporate it in the shams or the accent pillows in front. I usually like to keep the coverlet simple to provide a neutral backdrop for the pillows. Any way a bed is dressed, it needs to be inviting and comfortable most of all!”

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve got more on this topic coming with the next Orange Box feature, so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

12
AUGUST
2015

We have some breathtaking new rugs on the showroom floor that we’ve been dying to share with you guys! They’re all very different as far as newness, material, size, and look, but we are equally in love with each of them!

Take a look for yourself!

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

Thank you so much for stopping in today! It means the world to us! Have a great rest of your day!

10
AUGUST
2015

Pillows, anyone? We love softening up from time to time, and what better way to do that than with some fabulous pillows? We’ve gotten a lot of new ones in lately that we’ve been dying to share, so that’s why they’re this week’s Web Store Wish List! Our pillow picks of the week!

SummerHouse Web Store Wish List: PILLOWS // www.summerhousestyle.com

1. Persimmon Lumbar // $100
2. Savage Beauty Cross Pillow // $410
3. Tadaifaux Pillow // $140
4. Steps Pillow // $700
5. Gold Zebra Pillow // $510
6. Ogee Pillow // $120
7. Ghandi Grey/Blue Pillow // $140
8. Antique Rug Pillow // $270
9. Rug Pillow // $270
10. Geometric Hide Pillow // $380
11. Savage Beauty Stripe Pillow // $410

07
AUGUST
2015

This week’s Designer of the Week is Todd Prince! We loved hearing about his favorite room to design, how he likes to recharge, and why he loves mixing old and new! Keep on reading!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week : Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) What is your favorite room in a home to design? What makes designing that room so special?

I love designing any room but lately I’ve started a love affair with dining rooms. I think it’s partly because it’s a room where so many of my personal favorite things come together… family, food, and conversation. Dining rooms used to be just “pretty” rooms that were not often used. That’s not true anymore. Dining rooms are actually used now. Dining rooms are now more often incorporated into the living space making it all one cohesive space instead of distinct rooms. Friends and families gather in them around great food and share actual social conversation with one another. It’s the one room where I think people actually talk. In this world of iPhones, social media, texting, and Facebook the one thing that will make people disconnect from that world is food! There has also been a “food lovers explosion” over the past few years and most of my clients consider themselves “foodies.” I love it!

I love doing great details on dining chairs like slip covering new chairs or slipcovering clients’ existing chairs. On one client recently, I used Belgian linen box pleated slipcovers with silk buttons down the back for a detail. For another client, I used a washed linen dressmaker style slipcover with ties for a more casual look to update some chairs they already had. In my own home, my side chairs are vintage 1950s chairs with classic style parsons chairs as the head chairs covered in a modern Pierre Frey fabric.

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I also love using great lighting to set the mood! In my dining room, I have a true vintage George Nelson light fixture. I paired that with a modern acrylic bar cart to give the room a more modern feel.

The dining room is a special room in the home and I love that! I know these photos show a range of style, so this proves my ultimate goal of making the client happy. I’m up for using something they already had and updating it, or starting over with something completely new but detailing it in a way that is special to the client.

The dining room is all about family, friends, and food…..no facebook here!

2) What is your favorite element to include into a design these days? 

I love a room to feel collected…not overly designed so lately I have really been trying to incorporate some pieces that my clients already have into their spaces. Sometimes I’ll pull pieces that they have used in one room and in one way for a very long time and refinish or recover it and give it a new life. I am currently working on a new construction project in Oxford MS and we have done that in almost every room. Giving a piece a client really loves new life is always rewarding and very creative.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week : Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) Can you tell us about your favorite design project to date?

My favorite design project to date…. that’s a hard one. I just completed a mid-century modern new construction project in Eastover and I loved the process. I have been involved in the project for 2 years now and when you invest so much it’s amazing when you see it completed. I am personally drawn to the mid-century style but we put a fresh take on it. I found vintage pieces for these particular clients at market…like the dining table and beautiful lamps and mixed it with more modern pieces for a “fresh” mid century feel. I invested so much of myself into the project that it became very personal to me. The clients were great to work with and we all enjoyed the process. I got to use some of my favorite tricks as well. I painted the entire family room a very dark color (walls, ceiling, and trim), mixed old and new pieces, and used full walls of amazing tile for a great impact. The project was so much fun!

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4) What is your favorite environment to refresh your mind and get inspired?

To refresh and recharge myself I go to the water! Just listening to the rolling waves of the ocean helps me to clear my mind and get ready to face the design work again. It’s my happy place! We have a family vacation planned for the week of Thanksgiving to the beach and I can’t wait!

05
AUGUST
2015

We would like to take a moment to direct you over to Inspiration Mississippi’s blog feature on Lisa! We love the interview they did with her. The story turned out beautifully!

Lisa Palmer featured on Inspiration Mississippi // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thank you Mitchell Walters and the Inspiration MS team for the love!

We hope all of you have a wonderful day!

04
AUGUST
2015

We have a brand new shipment of some of the most beautiful gift items we’ve seen in quite some time! We’ve been in love with D.L. & Co.’s candles for a long time now, but they’ve come out with some new ones that we just adore! The scents are just as wonderful as the packaging! We also stocked up on some beautiful diffusers, some more of the old favorites, and some stationery items! Several of the newbies are from the House of Harlow collection, which gets our designers extra excited!

(When we refer to “gift items,” we’re not just talking about gifts for others! We’re full believers in treating yo’self!)

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have all of these items (plus more!) available in store right now. We hope to see you soon and get a lot of the gifting on your list knocked out! (And yes, that includes a gift for you!) 😉

31
JULY
2015

You might remember seeing from our last Orange Box post about nontraditional neutrals! Today, more of our designers are getting in on the discussion! Let’s see what they have to say!

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

One of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is dark slate blue-greys. I love how it can really ground a space while also balancing well with many other color schemes.  It can be used within a traditional design palette or contemporary.  It is a very versatile non-traditional neutral!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

My favorite non-traditional neutral is black, it is usually thought of as an accent to white or grey neutrals, but it is amazing standing on its own as the main color in a space! It pairs great with all colors and can make any room stand out as a show stopper or can tone down a space for subtle elegance!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

I have really been drawn to blush tones lately!  When paired with creams and ivory, it creates a soft, sophisticated palette.  And it is a beautiful accent to darker neutrals like charcoal and taupe.  Here are a few blush accents you can find in our showroom now!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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For previous Inside The Orange Box posts, click here!

30
JULY
2015

With the heat we’ve been experiencing this summer, we find ourselves constantly searching for new ways to cool down. That’s why we were so glad when our next door neighbors at Calistoga Wine and Spirits introduced us to this delightful Cuvaison Chardonnay from Napa Valley! Served extra cold, we find that this $24 bottle is a perfect way to beat that heat!

Great Grapes: Cuvaison // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“Bright, light staw color with crisp, golden highlights, this wine displays lime zest, nutmeg and quince on the nose with hints of lemon, clove and vanilla. It is lush and silky on the palate, with bright flavors of nectarine, acacia and tangerine fruit. The coolest vintage in 20 years brings out the minerality and tang in this vibrant, crisp Chardonnay. Nutty, spicy notes and rich stone fruit dominate this stylish wine.”
(source)

Great Grapes: Cuvaison // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We believe that wine tastes better served in a beautiful glass from a pretty bar cart. Shop our in-store selection when you come to Calistoga to get your Cuvaison!

24
JULY
2015

We’re excited to have Lindsey Townsend as our designer of the week! We had a great chat with her about a fun project she’s working on, where she finds her best inspiration, and more!

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. As a designer, what has most been grabbing your attention lately? A certain color, type of pattern, decor style…?

I love mixing antique pieces with contemporary. I like how collected it can make a home feel. I have also been drawn to anything antique brass, hammered metal, stone table tops, organic patterns, and small touches of acrylic. I have been very inspired lately by emerald greens and deep blue grays.

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

2. Tell us about your favorite project you’ve worked on as a SummerHouse designer. What was it that you loved about that project?

I have to say there are many projects and clients I have truly loved working with here at Summerhouse. My favorite project at the moment is a new construction project I am working on. It is on the water in Lost Rabbit. The clients and I have been working together on everything from the ground up. A unique feature of this home is that it has a twenty-two foot Nanawall. This wall will have the capability of opening completely, so that the great room can lead right onto the covered balcony. My clients like to spend a lot of there time outside, so there will be 4 beautiful outdoor areas for them to spend their time lounging and entertaining. The style of this home is a beautiful mix of timeless and contemporary. I can’t wait to see this project completed and installed at the end of the year!

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. What inspires you most as a designer? 

I can find inspiration in anything most times. It can come from a certain fabric, a rug, wall covering, or even a light fixture. But art may inspire me most. A beautiful piece of art can really become an integral part of my entire design scheme. I also draw a lot of inspiration from what other designers around the country are doing, from such publications as Atlanta Homes and Elle Decor.

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com
4. We’re getting excited about your new home! What project to you plan to tackle first when you get into your new house? Give us a teaser of a future project that you’ll eventually get to if you can!!

Well we are buying a 31 year old home, so having said that… it has amazing character and potential. It just needs a little TLC first! We first plan to update all paint, lighting, and freshen up the landscaping. After that we plan to completely remodel the kitchen and all bathrooms! Finally, once we make it through all that, I plan to redesign our master bedroom. We are very excited to get started.

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Keep up with Lindsey on Pinterest and Instagram!

22
JULY
2015

We are carrying a new line here at SummerHouse that we are SO excited about called M. Clement Designs! Michael Clement, owner and founder, has a beautiful line of one-of-a-kind lamps and bowls that are all hand thrown and hand painted. Each is even signed, so his designs are true works of art! And customization is available!

Michael was kind enough to do a mini interview for us so we could get to know more about him and his company!

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) Tell us about yourself and your tie to New Orleans!

I was born and raised in New Orleans, and have lived here nearly my whole life, except for the six years I spent at LSU studying Landscape Architecture. I have said that I am genetically incapable of living anywhere else. New Orleans has a great sense of community. I love how this community has left its mark on the landscape of New Orleans. Whether it is through its architecture, food, or music, this city has a soul, layers of life like I have not seen anywhere else.

2) Your lamps and accessories are incredible! How long has ceramics been something you’ve been into and how did you get into it?

In the late 1990’s I worked at a lamp company, Burts Cason, in Baton Rouge on the weekends (because Landscape Architecture is not known for its high pay). I was painting their shades and doing basic gilding and painting. It was there that Kay Cason taught me the technique of gilding. Working there sparked the fire.

In 2001, I bought a bag of clay and made a small urn for a personal project that looked like a temple and gilded it in silver. This led to me making a replica of a house for a friend, a storage box for another and a lamp as a wedding gift.

I thought back to my working at Burts Cason and recalled how much I loved going to the studio. By this time the landscape field was on the decline during the economic downturn and I decided to change fields. I put together 6 slab built lamp base shapes and showed at High Point Market.

From those 6 slab built shapes we expanded to 20 plus shapes. I found a potter in Lafayette, Bruce O’dell, who throws some of our designs on a wheel completing the line.

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) Do you have a favorite item in your current line? Tell us about it.

Like children I love all of my work equally. My favorites are always changing. Sometimes a client will come up with a unique color and pattern combination on a traditional piece that will make me see it differently.

We really enjoy the “brushstroke” technique we are doing now. It is a technique that needs to be done somewhat quickly making the pattern more expressive. We are also exploring shapes from the mid-century and are curious to see where it will lead.

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4) Do you have any fun summer plans?!

Because I love working in the studio and the business is relatively young, it does not leave much time for travel. My partner and I may take a stay-cation in the French Quarter and play tourist for the weekend. It is great to see your city from a different perspective.

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Thank you Michael!

Be sure to come see his stunning pieces in person next time you’re in the area! We currently have several styles on our showroom floor! And as always, thanks for stopping by today!

20
JULY
2015

We are participating in a fun local shopping campaign this summer that we wanted to share with you!

Visit Ridgeland has put together the Ridgeland Retail Trail, of which we are a part!

Ridgeland Retail Trail // www.summerhousestyle.com

To participate, just stop by the Ridgeland Visitor Center at The Renaissance for your free Ridgeland Retail Trail shopping tote and register for a chance to win a weekly $250 giveaway to Ridgeland retailers and restaurants! Drawings will be held every Friday through August 7th!

Click here to see all participating retailers and the wonderful deals they’re all offering Retail Trail participants! We hope you enjoy the exceptional shopping that Ridgeland has to offer!

17
JULY
2015

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we’re getting our designers to share their favorite non-traditional neutrals! As much as we all love a good white, gray, or beige, we asked them to think a little beyond that. Their answers are great! Let’s get started!

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

A deep teal with a bluish-gray undertone would be my first choice for a non-traditional neutral. It adds interesting contrast to any lacking space. I have this color accenting my living and bedroom!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

I have many, especially as trends fluctuate, but one of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is olive green. It translates as a neutral and is a beautiful compliment to so many bold colors that often need a balancing force. Olive green pairs well with gold/amber, blush, eggplant, navy, soft blue, etc…

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I choose amethyst as my non-traditional neutral because it works so well with so many colors that I personally love, like light or dark gray, olive green, or white. Amethyst is one of those colors that has a gray undertone to it, but it’s so so so flexible. It works particularly well with green!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

More non-traditional neutrals coming your way with the next Inside The Orange Box!

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget that you can enter to win some GREAT prizes (including something from us!) by entering this super simple contest! Just click here!