27
MARCH
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is a continuation of our common design mistakes post from a couple of weeks ago! These design mistakes are easy to make if a professional designer is not involved in your design! See what our designers have to say…

Designer Todd Prince says one of the biggest mistakes he sees is when people float sofas in the middle of a room and the sofa is too tall. “A taller back sofa needs to be anchored against a wall. If you’re going to float a sofa in a room, it needs to have a shorter back so it doesn’t impact the overall view of the room. You do NOT want a sofa that’s too tall floating in the middle of a room!”

Design Advice from SummerHouse Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Jacque Moor says…
“The biggest mistake people make when not hiring a designer is thinking they have the ability to envision an overall design, when really, that’s something that very few people can do properly. People without a trained eye will look at many different room images they like and pick little things from each and try to mimic them in a space. The result of that can be an unorganized room without a put together, designed look.”

Mary Courtney Johns says, “A common mistake, or rather injustice, to a room would be letting sentimentalism get in the way of the desired look and feel that you are
trying to achieve for your space. Your grandmother’s antique china cabinet
or that pair of end tables you bought as a newlywed in the 80s will not
blend well with your new sleek-lined sofa. Emotional attachments can sometimes hinder a design’s direction. When a piece of furniture is becoming more of a nuisance than a lovely walk down memory lane, it’s time to pass it off for someone else to enjoy.”

Design Advice from SummerHouse Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

For past Orange Box posts, click here!

25
MARCH
2015

We have a brand new project up on the SummerHouse Interior Design site for your viewing pleasure! Designer Lindsey Townsend did a BEAUTIFUL job of designing this condo in Oxford. We can all attest to how hard she worked on this project and are all so proud of the end result!

Lindsey, you’re a design goddess!! ;)

Here are a few shots from the project.

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

There are lots more photos from this project HERE! Enjoy! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

24
MARCH
2015

Save the date!
Internationally renown interior designer Suzanne Kasler is coming to SummerHouse on May 7th for a book signing!

We, along with Milieu Magazine, invite you to join us as for an evening of fun and design!

Suzanne Kasler is coming to SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ll update you with more details as the time gets closer!

23
MARCH
2015

Don’t forget about the March markdown madness that Lisa went on earlier this month where she reduced the prices on many of our showroom items! Our team heads to market next month so we need to clear out in order to make room for all of the new loveliness that will be headed our way soon!

March Markdowns at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Here is what you have to look forward to when you come shop in the store this month…

March Markdowns at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

March Markdowns at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Remember that this on only a small portion of what we’ve got available right now! Come in and see all of it for yourself! And as always, feel free to call and talk to one of our designers about anything you see that you have questions about! We look forward to working with you soon!

18
MARCH
2015

We would absolutely love it if you’d take a minute and go cast your ballot for the Best of Mississippi awards and include SummerHouse as your favorite furniture store! ;)

You can get to the ballot here!

Cast your vote for Best of Mississippi awards!

We love love love working with all of our amazing clients and hope you guys love working with us! Thanks so much for your continued business over the years!

We hope you’re having a great week and we look forward to many more projects with y’all in the future!

17
MARCH
2015

Since today is all about the color green, we thought that was as good an excuse as any to share with you some of our favorite web store items in nature’s favorite hue! Plus– we have some gorgeous projects centered around the color that deserve to be celebrated. Especially today!

Here’s what we’ve had our web-browsing eyes on lately…

The Green Scene // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shop these items from the top left, clockwise!
“Oak” by Lauren Barksdale // $3100
Pearl Chair // $1626
Style by Kate Spade book // $20
Office (Rosemary and Eucalyptus) Candle // $59
Fittleworth Table Lamp // $590
Hedges Candle // $65

And here are some lovely interiors to inspire you today…

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Have a happy St. Paddy’s Day! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to wear your green!

16
MARCH
2015

With spring coming upon us — finally! — we have really been thinking about spending more time outdoors! Outdoor spaces become the setting for casual family dinners, parties, and quality time spent with friends around a fire pit, so why not have them looking their best? Often times, your outdoor space can be seen from inside, which makes it every bit as important for that space to be beautiful! It’s still a part of your interior design even if it isn’t technically interior!

Here are a few pictures of outdoor spaces our designers have done to get you thinking about your own space! Remember that outdoor furniture and fabrics have come such a long way in just a few short years. You’ll be surprised what companies make these days that are intended for outdoor use!

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Click here to see some more of our designers’ favorite outdoor furniture pieces and fabrics! And give us a call if you’re looking to get your outdoor space fixed up for the spring and summer. Our talented design staff can help you get where you want to be!

For this week’s Inside The Orange Box, we asked a few of our designers what their favorite roll arm style upholstery pieces are, and we LOVE what they came up with! All of the styles they picked are updated yet timeless, which describes the perfect piece of furniture if you ask us!

Designer Todd Prince loves the 1573-41 chair from Lee Industries. He likes how the casters work with the rolled arms!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jacque is a fan of the Chester sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams because of its beautifully proportioned button tufting, the pleated roll arm at the same height as the back, the tight seat left untufted for comfort, and the gracefully turned feet in front, all with ferrules. It is a classic looking sofa for just about any room!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Elish Phares likes Marlena from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. This chair always looks beautiful!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(Here’s a pair of Marlenas looking just perfect in one of Lisa’s projects!)

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This Lee  3772-03 sofa has been a staff favorite for a while now. Ultra comfortable, classic in style, and is beautiful in fabric or in leather!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned for some of the staff’s favorite square arm styles in the coming weeks! (And check out all of our past Orange Box posts here!)

10
MARCH
2015

It’s March Markdown Madness, y’all!

March Markdowns at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 Lisa went around with a marker last week and marked down half the store! There has never been a better time to come see us at the shop and go home with something new and beautiful! Check out the savings you could get on these items!

March Markdowns at SummerHouse! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

March Markdowns at SummerHouse! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come in and see for yourself what’s on sale! Our awesome designers are happy to help steer you toward the perfect purchase for your home!

Thanks for stopping by – we hope to see you in person soon!

09
MARCH
2015

If you love a little arm candy, some pretty new earrings, or several layers of necklaces like we do, then you’re going to love what we just added to our web store…

A JEWELRY SHOP!

SummerHouse Jewelry Shop // www.summerhousestyle.com

We just got in a new shipment of beautiful new pieces, and our new web store manager Jen has been working hard and getting it all online so you can shop from wherever you are at any time you want!

Here are just a few samples of what you’ll find when you shop our online selection…

The Nancy Earrings

Nancy Earrings from SummerHouse // www.summerhousestyle.com

The Cole Cocktail Ring

Cole Cocktail Ring from SummerHouse // www.summerhousestyle.com

The Lindsey Necklace

Lindsey Necklace from SummerHouse // www.summerhousestyle.com

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!

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