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NOVEMBER
2014

main 2We have some pretty exciting news to shoot your way!

We are having our annual Bright Friday Sale this week and have some savings that sparkle:

25% off accessories (excluding lamps)
Buy 2 ornaments and get one free (of equal or lesser value)
New markdowns in the store
Social Media flash deals (so pay attention to our social media pages)!

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We are also part of Small Business Saturday that takes place on Nov. 29. All you have to do is register your American Express card (right here) and spend $10 in the store to get $10 in statement credits back!

Make sure to follow us on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for special offers! We can’t wait to see you! :)

25
NOVEMBER
2014

Save the date! The Township’s Christmas Open House is coming up!

On Thursday, December 4th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., stop by The Township for some after hours of holiday cheer! You can have your picture made with Santa, listen to carolers walking around from merchant to merchant, and find some great Christmas gifts for those on your list!

The Township at Colony Park Christmas Open House on December 4th!

We hope to see you out on the night of the 4th!

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NOVEMBER
2014

Meet Camille Holland! // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe’re excited to introduce you to yet another new face around SummerHouse! This is Camille (like the hurricane) Holland (like the country), as she said when she came to her first staff meeting! This girl is full of life, smiles, and excitement! We are absolutely loving having this girl around as our newest design assistant!

Since many of you will be working with Camille, it’s probably time you learned a thing or two about this brown headed beauty! Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you went to school, about your family… All that stuff!

I’m from Brandon, MS. I graduated from Mississippi State (HAIL STATE!) with a BS in Interior Design and then moved to New Orleans for a position with a hospitality design firm. I had the opportunity to leave New Orleans and move back to my home town, and I’m so glad I did because now I’m here at Summerhouse! I have incredible parents that support my decisions and my career in every way possible. My sister, brother-in-law, and one-year-old nephew have a passion for traveling and have hosted my family at their home for the past five holiday seasons in Truckee, CA (near Lake Tahoe). This year they are on the East Coast!

My boyfriend, Reggie, is the most supportive, loving, and encouraging man I have ever met. Most people don’t understand how I handle him being gone six months out of the year due to his job overseas, but I just tell them that he doesn’t ever let me realize he is gone! My adorable fur baby, Dottie, could have come from a children’s book– she is so funny and mischievous. Just the other day she was playing hide and seek with my parent’s big dog like she was his size, and then the game turned into chase and I think she actually won!

2. What made you want to go into Interior Design?

From a very young age, I enjoyed rearranging my bedroom, and was always pleading with my parents to let me paint my room a new color and get new accessories. As I get older, I really enjoy discussing plans and technicalities with my dad, a residential hard-scapes contractor, and I really look up to him and the respect he has earned due to his hard work and character.

3. Where is your favorite place to grab lunch and what’s your go-to menu item?!

That is a tough question because I love food! Right now, anything at Lou’s Full-Serv in Belhaven!!

4. What do you like most about SummerHouse so far?

The warm welcome by all the designers, staff, and clients of Summerhouse. The workplace has such an influence on your attitude, and working with such creative and friendly people and for such precious clients is the spark that makes Summerhouse so awesome!

5. How do you take your caffeine?

Any way I can get it! Haha, but a breve latte is my go-to morning drink! I don’t think caffeine is the place to skimp on calories!

6. What’s the last [semi-noteworthy] trip you went on? Tell us a little about it!

This Summer, Reggie and I met up with our friends from Starkville in Mobile, AL and floated the Styx River! That night we all went to dinner and had the most amazing seafood and celebrated one of my best friend’s birthdays! It was a fun weekend getaway with friends, and was extra special because Reggie was home to enjoy it too!

7. What’s something interesting about you that none of us would guess?!

Well, since junior high school, my favorite hobby has been off-road rock crawling in my dad’s buggies! It started as a family hobby and has grown into a much larger group of friends that I consider family! I’m pretty sure I was driving Jeeps and buggies before I had my learner’s permit!

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Thank you so much, Camille! Great info! :) So glad you are up here!!!

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NOVEMBER
2014

This is the last in our three-part ornament gift guide series! This little collection of lovelies is inspired by the great outdoors! Of course, this is only a sampling of what we have in store, so come by and see everything for yourself! We have so much more!!!

SummerHouse Ornament Gift Guide : The Great Outdoors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. Parliament of Owls // $13
2. Small White Snow Pinecone // $9
3. Large White Snow Pinecone // $13
4. Bottle Brush Polar Bear // $15
5. Enchanted Stag // $24
6. Staghorn Ornament, Clear // $20
7. Porcelain Origami Ornament // $20
8. Forever Feather in Gold // $10
9. Bottle Brush Penguin // $11
10. Antiqued Gold Pyrite Cluster // $11
11. Large Quartz Antler // $25

We hope you’ve had a wonderful week!! Have a beautiful (and warm!) weekend!

20
NOVEMBER
2014

Welcome back to our three-part ornament gift guide series! These twinkly and sparkly ornaments would look fabulous on just about any tree! They make great gifts, too!

SummerHouse Ornament Gift Guide : Twinkle and Sparkle // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. Brass Snowflakes // $5
2. Bronze Beading // $10
3. Wooden Star // $10
4. White Bone Snowflake // $14
5. Silver Teardrop // $17
6. Arrow and Quiver // $17
7. Mercury Ornaments // $10
8. Brass Letter Ornament // $7
9. Caged Gem Ivory Ornament // $21

Come on by and stock up! And be sure to visit again tomorrow for the last in this three-part series!

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NOVEMBER
2014

It’s that time of year again for our Ornament Gift Guides!! We have SO MANY beautiful ornaments this year, so we’re only able to hit the highlights, but take a look at these gorgeous gems!

SummerHouse Ornament Gift Guide : Geometrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. Quartz Crystal // $8
2. Geometric Glass Ornament, White // $13
3. Geometric Gold Ornament // $7
4. Gray Geometric Paper Ornament // $7
5. Geometric Glass Ornament, White // $13

Stay tuned for two more installments of the Ornament Gift Guide in the next couple of days!

Thanks for stopping by today!

17
NOVEMBER
2014

Today, we celebrate a designer whose style we admire across the board! From furniture to fabrics to books, we’re constantly inspired by the fantastic designer Thom Filicia!

Not only is Thom’s sense of style second to none, but he’s just a super nice guy! We love getting to see him at market every year. He even knows several of our staff by name!

Here are a few of our favorite Thom Felicia pretties…

His book, American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat

American Beauty by Thom Filicia // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Kravet Fabrics

Thom also has a beautiful collection of fabrics available through Kravet that can be purchased for custom soft goods! We’ve had several pillows on our showroom floor made out of his pretty patterns, and we’ve also spec’d his fabrics in lots of projects! Here are just a few of the ones that we’ve used before…

Thom Filicia for Kravet Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Furniture

Another facet of Thom’s talent is in designing furniture! We love his collection for Vanguard Furniture. Here are a few of his amazing pieces!

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we feature several other designers whose wide array of work we totally adore!

 

14
NOVEMBER
2014

Happy Friday!

Today, we bring you part three in our mini Inside the Orange Box series called “What I Didn’t Learn In Design School.

There is so much about interior design that is not taught in a classroom, so our designers lend advice and encouragement to design students and aspiring designers through this column! Today, Interior Designer Sunny Holliday shares a little bit of what she wishes she’d learned in her schooling.

"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

Sunny says, “One thing I have learned along the way is this: When having my first initial meeting with my client, I find that the “interview” part is super important. I wish I could have worked with real clients in college to gain this experience.”

Lisa always emphasizes the importance of the interview process as well! “Finding out how your clients live is so important to being able to determine their needs in a design. Interior Design isn’t just for looks. It’s about functionality, too, and every family lives life differently!”

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For past Inside The Orange Box posts, click here!

Have a great weekend!

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NOVEMBER
2014

Yesterday we started giving you a tour of the showroom all decked out for Christmas, and today, we have more to show you! Here are a few more pictures!

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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If you see anything you’d like to take home with you, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our designers love helping to decorate your home for the holidays! :)

Thanks for dropping in today! Hope you’re having a great week!

12
NOVEMBER
2014

It’s officially Christmas here at SummerHouse! Marty and team did a beautiful job of sprinkling their magical elf dust all over the store bringing the holidays to life! We have some INCREDIBLE items this year (including gift items as well as decorations!) that are sure to fly right out of here, so you’ll want to go ahead and come on in here to get while the getting is good!

Here’s a peek at some of the prettiness that you have to look forward to on your next visit! (And if you can’t make it in in person, that’s ok! We’re adding holiday items to our web store too!)

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve got more to share with you tomorrow, so stay tuned!

On a completely separate note, don’t forget about the SECTIONAL SALE we have going on right now… 20-30% off all in-stock sectionals! Ask a designer for details!!

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NOVEMBER
2014

Meet Krystle! // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe have a new fabric librarian around here who we could not be more thankful for!!! When a bunch of designers are pulling fabrics all day, every day, a good fabric librarian is a MUST HAVE! We completely hit the jackpot with the lovely Krystle Short, an Interior Design major who many of our staff already knew from days of yore up in Starkville!

We’ve loved getting to know this girl and think you will too!!

1. Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you went to school, what you studied…

I am from Madison, MS. Studied universal interior design at Mississippi State University.

2. What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

My days off generally consists of two vital activities: sleeping in & running a muck.

3. What’s your favorite road trip destination and why?

I love hopping the train to New Orleans; the ride is short and the city is magic, a win – win!

4. How do you take your caffeine?

Dirty chai tea lattes in the biggest cup I can find.

5. What’s your favorite local restaurant in the Jackson area?

Mint the Restaurant, hands down my favorite.

6. What’s your favorite form of social media? 

Facebook is my favorite.

7. What’s something really unique about you that none of us would ever guess?

I am an avid hula hooper, a pro mixologist, and full time shenanigan starter.

8. What else do we need to know about you?!

I am a huge advocate for the state of Mississippi and support as many local businesses as I can. I am a HUGE Jim Henson fan. My favorite place to disappear to is the Bald Cypress Swamp along the Natchez Trace Parkway. I married my high school sweetheart, who incidentally is a Landscape Artisan to say the least, I take care of the inside-he takes care of the outside. Who says opposites don’t attract?

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Thanks, Krystle, for the insight! We’re so thankful for you!!!!!!

06
NOVEMBER
2014

‘Tis the season for Mistletoe Marketplace, Jackson’s official kickoff to the holiday season! As we have done the past several years, SummerHouse designed one of the entrances to the shopping part of the event, and it turned out beautifully!! Lisa and Marty, the brains behind the operation, went in the direction of a woman’s study with a beautiful, soft color palette. It’s always quite a rush getting our bay ready to go, but always a lot of fun. When you’re ordering pieces from market (which was just a couple of weeks ago!), having custom pieces made, and obsessing over the tiny details, like pencil color (seriously!), like designers do, it’s quite a feat getting everything finished in time! But there’s nothing like a hard deadline to get things happening! ;)

Here are some snapshots of our space… We hope you’ll stop by and take a look if you get to go to Mistletoe this year!

SummerHouse Bay at Mistletoe Marketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Bay at Mistletoe Marketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Bay at Mistletoe Marketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Bay at Mistletoe Marketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We also got to do the Corporate Sponsor Lounge! Here are a few pics of that…

Corporate Sponsor Lounge at Mistletoe MArketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Corporate Sponsor Lounge at Mistletoe MArketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Corporate Sponsor Lounge at Mistletoe MArketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Corporate Sponsor Lounge at Mistletoe MArketplace // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What do you think? Do you have a favorite element?

For the first time this year, it’s time to say Happy Holidays and Merry (early) Christmas!)

05
NOVEMBER
2014

The latest issue of Social South is OUT, and we could not be more thrilled about it because… We got the cover! We had a very special client’s home photographed with halls all decked for Christmas and were so glad that Social South wanted to use the photos for a little design feature! Be sure to take a look at the actual spread on pages 26-29 HERE!

SummerHouse Featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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And for good measure, here’s our pretty ad! :)

SummerHouse Featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Enjoy this issue– you’ll certainly be in the holiday spirit once you’re finished flipping! :) And with Mistletoe starting up tonight, the timing couldn’t be better!

Speaking of Mistletoe… Be sure to check back with us here tomorrow… Our designer bay looks AMAZING! We can’t wait to show you pictures!

04
NOVEMBER
2014

Just when we thought Phillip Jeffries had done it all, they showed us that they’re never finished creating beautiful wall coverings! You might remember us talking about this fabulous collection of wall coverings called Gilded Age back in January. Now there are even MORE color ways in this lovely, metallic collection!

Gilded Age Rockefeller Rose wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Breakers Blue wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Grandstand Gold wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Vanderbilt White wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Socialite Silver wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Although not all of these color ways are ones we would necessarily use, we think these are all pretty darn cool! Lisa used one of these in a recent project and it turned looking great! We can’t wait to show you pictures as soon as we have some!!

Thanks for stopping in today. Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram if you haven’t already!

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NOVEMBER
2014

We have a few new books in stock with which we are so in love! A few of our favorite ones are not only available in our store but also on our web store! Check them out!

Tory Burch In Color

“Tory Burch sees the world in color, inspired by people, places, and ideas—all of which influence her brand, synonymous with print and color. In her first book, she explores what living in color means to her. This book takes you into the business and personal life of Tory Burch. In Color is organized by color, each one brought to life through images of her own collections and travels; how she entertains; style icons; the works of artists, authors, and interior designers she admires; and the advice of business leaders—many of whom are interviewed within.”

Tory Burch In Color // www.summerhousestyle.com

Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite

“Designer Nancy Braithwaite’s long-awaited first book is a striking tutorial in the power of simplicity in design. In the world of interior design, Nancy Braithwaite is known for her single-minded devotion to the principle that has guided her work for more than forty years: simplicity. Braithwaite’s work can be described as luxuriously minimalist. Divided into five sections, the book begins with her manifesto on simplicity and the aspects of design used to achieve it, including architecture, scale, color, texture, pattern, and composition. She then presents three categories of style—country, classic, and contemporary—and explains and illustrates each with iconic rooms from her portfolio.”

Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite // www.summerhousestyle.com

Veranda: A Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration

“A Passion for Living is a stunning decorating book illustrated with lush photographs of extraordinary homes. This book is a compendium of Carolyn Englefield’s thirteen years as a European corespondent for American design magazines. With her unique access to Europe’s most celebrated designers, architects and antique dealers, she offers an insiders point of view of extraordinary homes in Belgium, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Sweden. This tour of homes has flair, style and soul – the essence of A Passion for Living.”

Veranda: A Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration // www.summerhousestyle.com

Art & Sole by Jane Weitzman

“A collection of Stuart Weitzman’s commissioned work, beginning from the time he opened his first boutique on Madison Avenue. Audiences from around the world flocked to see Weitzman’s line of fantasy shoes. This book allows it’s reader to transport into the extraordinary world of one of fashion’s most imaginative shoe designers.”

Art and Sole by Jane Weitzman // www.summerhousestyle.com

Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People

“Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People takes you to the style-makers’ private realms around the world, captured by such celebrated photographers as Miles Aldridge, Cecil Beaton, Jonathan Becker, Eric Boman, Oberto Gili, François Halard, Horst P. Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Sheila Metzner, Mario Testino, Tim Walker, and Bruce Weber, among many others. Explore 36 houses and gardens including Madonna’s romantic rural retreat and the Oscar de la Renta’s coral-stone Palladian mansion on the coast of the Dominican Republic; shoe maestro Christian Louboutin’s magical houseboat on the Nile; Donna Karan’s Zenlike Manhattan aerie and legendary tastemaker Marella Agnelli’s enchanted villa and gardens in the Palmeraie of Marrakesh- plus many more!”

Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People // www.summerhousestyle.com

Style by Kate Spade

“Kate Spade invites you into her world of light hearted etiquette ideas. In this book you will learn tips on how to wear your style confidently, how to keep your jewelry in pristine condition, and tips on how to look like a lady while juggling everyday life. This book provides all the necessary tools to create your own style and wear it at its best.”

Style by Kate Spade // www.summerhousestyle.com

It is not too early to begin Christmas shopping, so why not grab a few pretty books for some of the people on your list?!

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OCTOBER
2014

Today’s Orange Box gets a little graphic! We asked our designers to pick their favorite graphic patterns to share with you guys, and we’re so in love with every single one they picked!

There are so many great graphics out there that it couldn’t have been easy to pick just one, but they all rose to the challenge! Let’s see what they selected…

>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<

“My favorite graphic is a wallpaper by Dedar. It is called Alhambra Quasi Nero, and it comes in 6 colors.”

Dedar – Alhambra Quasi Nero

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“I actually used this, in a sense, for a beautiful bathroom that my client had renovated. I took this pattern, blew it up to a larger scale, changed up the pattern slightly and stenciled it on the walls in a metallic gold and umber. It was stunning. On its own, I truly love it, but the pattern was too small and the color they offered wasn’t what I wanted. So I customized it!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<

“I am a sucker for an animal print and apparently the rest of the design world is too! They are constantly being produced in fresh and innovative ways and this graphic is a great example!”

Cowtan & Tout – Boa Slate

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

“I love all the color ways of this fabric!”

Villa Romo – Fraser Hematite

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>> INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<

“Hello, Gorgeous!”

Romo – Estella Nori

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES <<

“I love almost all of the patterns from Fret. Particularly this one!”

Fret – Geofret Silver Blue

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<

Currently, my favorite graphic print is this Jim Thompson Metallic Screen Fabric. I actually just had drapery made out of it!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“This isn’t the greatest picture ever, but it looks SO pretty up!”

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Do you have a favorite out of the ones shown above? We’d love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

29
OCTOBER
2014

Yesterday, we showed you a few snaps of our team’s latest trip to High Point Market, and today, we’ve got more!

One of the stand-out showrooms Lisa, Marty, Todd, and Sunny visited was the Tommy Mitchell showroom! His work was absolutely stunning, as always!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

So cool, isn’t it?!

One of our team’s favorite things about this year’s market was the lighting. There was some incredible lighting, including Kelly Wearstler’s brand new collection for Visual Comfort!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Awesome, right?! Here are some more pretty lights…

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… and some great looking beds and upholstery!

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The team even found some gorgeous outdoor furniture and accessories!

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#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And market would not have been market without a few great parties to go to, like Bernhardt’s 125th anniversary party! How cute is this crew?!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’re so glad they made it back all safe and sound! Glad to have them back!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope you enjoyed this quick little recap! Let us know if you have any questions about anything!!

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OCTOBER
2014

Our team returned from High Point Market last week with lots of wonderful stories, beautiful pictures, and tons of excitement for the new pieces that we have headed our way soon!

We have a few highlights to show y’all, so let’s get started!

Overall, our team (consisting of Lisa, Marty, Todd, and Sunny) said things trended more towards modern (vs. reclaimed) and they continued seeing a lot of brass…

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… And that they got a lot of great one of a kind items and beautiful pieces of art!

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They got to rub elbows with Michael Boodro, the Editor in Chief of Elle Decor…

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… And Lisa was asked to be a part of the Lee Loves Local panel of outstanding store owners! What an honor!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

She did a great job… :)  Go Lisa!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Lee Loves Local forum was such a highlight last year, so we were all so excited when Lisa told us that Bondi, marketing goddess at Lee Industries, asked her!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more about fabulous new lighting, fun parties, and other fun tidbits from the big trip! And to see a few other photos from the trip, hop on Instagram and search the hashtag #SHGoesToMarket! Marty did a killer job of ‘gramming their way through all those lovely showrooms while they were away!

See y’all tomorrow!

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OCTOBER
2014

We have a new face around here to introduce you to! Meet Jen Kadar, our new receptionist! She’s recently taken over the role of greeting people who come into the store as well as keeping things sane at the front desk and with the phones!

Jaclyn, who has moved on to new ventures, left some big receptionist shoes to fill, but Jen seems to be fitting right on in and not missing any beats! We’re so glad to have her here! Since you’ll be seeing a lot of her, it’s probably time for you to get to know her a little better! Let’s get to some questions!

1. Tell us a little about you! Where you grew up, where you went to school, what you studied…

I grew up mainly in West Monroe, LA, went to undergrad at Louisiana Tech University, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography and a Minor in Architecture. After graduating, I ran away from LA as fast as possible to Nashville, TN. From Nashville, I moved to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the University of Glasgow and graduated with a Master of Letters in 19th Century Art and Design History.

Meet Jen // SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com2. We hear you’re married to a Scottish guy! How did y’all meet?

When I moved to Glasgow for grad school, I knew ONE person in the whole of Scotland! My roommate Gillian and I had worked at a ranch together in Colorado years before, and she was my Glasgow connection. When I arrived, she was out of town, but left me a list of her friends and their numbers, saying one of them had a car and would take me on a drive through the country… Simon was the guy with the car (and having a car in Glasgow is a BIG deal – I lucked out)! We met the 2nd day I was in Scotland, starting dating 2 weeks later and the rest is history!

3. What is your favorite thing about SummerHouse so far?

Definitely the people. Everyone has been so welcoming! It’s great to be working with a group of talented, creative and fun people. It is also really pleasant to work in a beautiful space surrounded by such pretty things every day!

4. Since you’re new to the Jackson area, what aspect of the city have you been most impressed by?

When my husband and I bought our house, we didn’t realize we were less than a mile from the Reservoir and the Natchez Trace Trails! It’s great to be able to drive down the road and have such a beautiful area to explore. We’ve also started exploring the restaurant and bar scene and it seems like there’s a plethora of great options. I love having a good balance of nature and city!

5. What’s your favorite book or movie and why?

Hmm… it’s hard to choose! For books, my favorites are Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins because he is just beyond brilliant, and The Great Divorce and The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis because I love everything that C.S. Lewis has ever written. The way he describes fictional worlds is so beautiful and interesting, I just read his books over and over again and always see something new. For movies, my favorite is Love Song for Bobby Long, which most people have never heard of, but it’s such an honest portrayal of people struggling with their pasts and trying to better themselves.

6. If you could take home one piece of furniture from the showroom floor, which piece would it be?!

I LOVE the grey Whitaker sectional! It’s huge and so comfortable, but also structured and modern with so many beautiful details. I love anything with nail head detailing!

7. What is your favorite holiday? Why?

My favorite holiday is definitely Thanksgiving, because it’s like Christmas without the ulterior motive of presents. It’s just all about family coming together, and that’s when my entire family comes down. I also come from a long line of crazy good cooks, so the food is to die for. Family and food, can’t get any better than that!

8. What else do we need to know about you?!

Well, hmm… I’m kind of a jack of all trades and have dabbled in so many different things. As a kid, I took every different kind of lesson you can think of: dance, gymnastics, tennis, xylophone, swimming, soccer, etc.. Then as I got older, my creative outlet went a million directions: architecture, painting, drawing, photography, jewelry making, graphic design, and even song-writing. My brother and I wrote alot of songs together when I lived in Nashville, and I have a half-finished EP that we started recording with good friends that got interrupted when I moved to Scotland. I played my first and last show in Nashville at my going away party! The past couple of years, my husband and I bought our first home and then relocated to Ridgeland and purchased our second home, so renovating houses has taken up all of my creative energy!

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Thank you so much, Jen! We love it all! It’s such a pleasure to have this girl greeting us every time we walk in the door. Next time you come see us, we think you’ll agree! ;)

24
OCTOBER
2014

Earlier this week, we welcomed back designer Lindsey Townsend after being out for maternity leave! We sure did miss her smiling face while she was gone… We are so glad to have her back! We know it was hard for her to leave this precious little face of her beautiful baby girl Harper every morning this week, though… We are all completely smitten with this sweet little one!

Lindsey and Harper <3

Be sure and welcome Lindsey back next time you’re in the store! (You won’t even be able to tell she’s had a baby! She’s lookin GOOD!)

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! We hope to see you out shopping soon!

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