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!

15
JULY
2015

We love a good design quote. They motivate us, inspire us, and frankly they are just fun to read! We’ve compiled a collection of our favorite design quotes, some from our own designers, and some from designers we admire. We’d love to know which ones you find most inspiring!

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Don’t forget that we have a staff full of trained designers who are here to help you with any of your design needs, no matter how large or how small! Check out our talented design team HERE!

08
JULY
2015

We have a beautiful new face to introduce you to today! Meet Melissa Bryant, our new receptionist! We have had a lot of rearranging going on up here lately (you know we like to keep things from getting boring!), so if you haven’t been in in a few weeks, you’ll find Melissa at the front where Danielle used to be! Danielle is taking Camille’s place as design assistant since Camille has moved up to Designer! We are so proud of our talented and versatile team!

Anyway, enough about that! Let’s get to know the new girl! 😉

Meet Melissa Bryant! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you went to school, what you majored in, if you have any pets… All that good stuff!

Well, I’m from Madison, MS! I graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphasis in Graphic Design and I’ve been working with various businesses and private clientele with logos and websites and everything in between including drawings and paintings. At heart, I’m an illustrator through and through: I always have a sketchbook or three and a bag of pencils in my purse. (My purse is heavy.) I have two books that I’ve self-published and I’m always working on new ideas. I’m obsessed with books and publications. And speaking of obsessions, I have three cats! Max, Molly, and Caesar and I absolutely adore them. I also love antiquing, collecting odds and ends, and kayaking with my family.

What was your first impression of SummerHouse?!

PRETTY EVERYTHING. I LOVE being in SummerHouse. Walking into work everyday is refreshing. Maybe because it’s so bright and clean and I’m surrounded by beautiful things and people. Plus, it smells good. We have the best candles.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?

If I’m not drawing or cleaning, I’m spending my time with loved ones. If we’re not somewhere eating, we’re at a local music show, a friend’s house, the movies, or doing something else that’s fun. I lay low during the week, so on weekends I like to get outside!

How do you take your caffeine?

Dr. Pepper. Or tea. I should stick to tea. I’m not really a coffee drinker but lately I’ve been exploring the ways of a good cappuccino.

What’s your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas. I love the spirit that comes along with it. All the lights, crisp air, the music, the giving, and food. It’s romantic. So, I don’t mind premature Christmas decorating…

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

Hardest question ever. It depends on the food! Pizza? Basil’s. Italian? La Finestra. Burgers? Majestic.

What is the most exciting place you’ve ever visited?

I haven’t been to many places but I reallllly loved the Memphis zoo. So many wild cats!

Best movie you’ve seen recently? Why did you like it?

Mad Max. The aesthetic is strange and beautiful and I’m in serious need of some art books from that film.

What else do we need to know about you?!

I’m kind of a quieter person but I warm up quickly (if you’re friendly) though I have a knack for handling distressed people. I love tidiness and organization, I am always early and I’m never late. If I’m late, something happened to me, haha.

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Thank you SO much, Melissa! We are SO glad to have you on the team! We love your punctuality and tidiness– You keep the rest of us sane! :) Welcome to the team!

07
JULY
2015

If you’ve flipped through the latest issue of Social South, you probably saw the beautiful Township home that designer Todd Prince did! We wanted to share a little more from that gorgeous project with you! We love the tonal simplicity seen here… It could not be prettier!

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Whites and Neutrals by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What do you think? Gorgeous, right?!

06
JULY
2015

Our FLASH SALE ends today! You still have time to come take advantage of some fantastic savings on our in-stock upholstery and casegoods! And the sale is good online, too! Our physical store is open til 6:00, but the code FLASH30 is good til midnight on the web store!

SummerHouse FLASH SALE! // www.summerhousestyle.com

We can’t wait to see what all you end up with! :)

04
JULY
2015

Happy July 4th! We hope you enjoy spending the weekend celebrating with friends and family! We plan to do the same! (Reminder that we are closed today!)

All the mamas up here reminds you not to forget your sunscreen! 😉

Happy Fourth of July! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Shop clockwise from top left:

stool // lamp // book // pillow // chair // chair // bird // book

And don’t forget about our FLASH SALE!!! 30% off all in-stock case goods and upholstery ends Monday!

03
JULY
2015

Our designer of the week this round is our leading lady Lisa Palmer! Lisa wears about a hundred hats around here, the biggest of which is lead designer. We all love working with Lisa and are all so thankful to have her as our design mentor! Let’s get to a little Q&A, shall we?

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

What is your favorite thing about being a designer?

It was never my dream as a youth to be an interior designer. I never rearranged my bedroom every other week as I hear some other designers say. I suppose it was a beautiful accident that I fell into this profession. I was a theatre and art major at Ole Miss and when I realized I might want to use my credits in a more practical way I looked into interior design. Luckily, I fell in love with it.

What is one of your favorite projects you’ve ever worked on and why? 

Of course, I’m going to say that ALL of my projects are my favorite! One of my first “big” projects when I went out on my own as a designer was a corporate condominium. Not only did I have to renovate and furnish it, but I had to supply the home with all kitchen supplies, including the china and silver. I also supplied the home with bath towels and all linens on down to the toilet paper. Lucky for me, the company loved what I selected and from what I hear, haven’t changed a thing. That project was completed nearly 15 years ago.

Is there anything you’re particularly loving right now as far as design?

Natural materials such as marble, quartz, brass, onyx, and concrete are being incorporated into furniture, lighting, wallcoverings and accessories. I truly love that look! On the other end of the spectrum, 100% acrylic fabrics have made their way indoor. And they are gorgeous! They are not used just on outdoor furniture anymore. So moms can rest a little easier when their little ones get messy on their white slipcovered sofa!

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

How would you say design influences the way you go through life?

It’s a curse! I see design every where I go; in my car, my Apple computer, even my water bottle! The sleek lines, the symmetry, the texture… it’s all about design. Every product we use has had someone spend countless hours on its design. When a room is designed well, we live in it better. It’s a fact. Our life seems a little more in balance and that is a very important thing.

A well designed room // Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Be sure to keep up with Lisa on a daily basis by following her on Instagram and Pinterest! She’s definitely a fun follow! :)

02
JULY
2015

Ok people… This is exciting… Tomorrow and Monday, we’re having a FLASH SALE!!!! This two-day only sale (reminder that we’re closed Saturday) means 30% off all in-stock casegoods and upholstery for you!

SummerHouse FLASH SALE! // www.summerhousestyle.com

This sale is good in store and online, so even if you don’t live in our area, you can still shop the sale!

We’re confident you’ll find something that makes ya happy! 😉

01
JULY
2015

Nature. It never gets old! Beauty can be found in nature at any time and in any season. That’s why nature-inspired accessories are always beautiful! Here are a few of our favorite naturally beautiful pieces we have on the showroom floor. Of course this is only a small representation of what the outdoors have inspired in our shop!

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Naturally Beautiful // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great rest of the week!

Please note that we will be closed Saturday in celebration of July 4th! 

26
JUNE
2015

Well, folks! Today is the day! (And tomorrow is the day, too!) Our highly anticipated annual backdoor sale starts today at 10, ends at 4, then starts back up tomorrow at 10! Everything must go! And there are some GREAT pieces! Everything from furniture to accessories to lighting to Christmas decor! You CANNOT miss out!

SummerHouse Backdoor Sale // www.alwayssummerblog.com

PLEASE NOTE that the location of the sale is NOT at the store! It’s at 853 Wilson Drive behind Shapley’s in Ridgeland.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find:

SummerHouse Backdoor Sale // www.alwayssummerblog.com SummerHouse Backdoor Sale // www.alwayssummerblog.com SummerHouse Backdoor Sale // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Look forward to seeing you and what all you take home with you!

24
JUNE
2015

Designer Lindsey Townsend is working on a GORGEOUS project out in Madison’s Lost Rabbit neighborhood that we are just dying to see! This project is one that Lindsey has been working on from the ground up! Construction is expected to be completed this fall, and furniture is slowly but surely being ordered!

Here is a peek at phase two of Lindsey’s selections.

How pretty!!

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We cannot wait to see this finished product. Stay tuned for more photos once the install is complete in a couple of months!

23
JUNE
2015

Since it’s summer, and kids are spending more time at home than in the school year, we thought we’d take a look at some of the fun kids’ rooms we have done over the years! Children’s rooms are always so much fun for our designers, so if you need any help with your young ones’ rooms, you know where to find us!

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

11 great kids' rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope your week is off to a good start! Thanks for dropping by!

19
JUNE
2015

This week’s Designer of the Week is our newest designer Camille Holland! This girl has been on our team for a while now as an assistant and has recently taken on the job title of Interior Designer! We are so excited for her and can’t wait to see her future projects!

Here’s a little Q&A with this fun chick!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Camille Holland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. We are so excited that you’re movin’ on up to the position of Designer! When Lisa asked you if you wanted to take the position, what went through your head?!

I was excited, and then nervous and determined. I have worked hard to learn and absorb as much information and experience from Lisa and my coworkers! It feels like such a natural position to transition into at this time in my life and career; its great to know that Summerhouse believes in me!

2. Since you’ve had a heavy hand in many of the big projects that have gone on around here, what would you say is your favorite part of a design project?

Ahhh, that is a hard question because all phases are so important and each has it’s own interesting and exciting points! Everyone who walks in the door is different and has his or her own way of life and living. Getting to know how clients use their space and what they are passionate about is so exciting because it is the key to designing their one-of-a-kind space. However, my favorite part of the design process comes next! Once finishes and fabrics are selected, presenting them to the client is my favorite part of the project because you really determine if you and the client are on the same page and are cohesive in the vision you both have for their home or space! It is exciting to show them your hard work and either having them receive it well, or going back to the drawing board for a better design that suits them best!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Camille Holland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. What are a few of your favorite design things right now?

Right now, I’m really enjoying a new fabric collection by Clarke & Clarke: Traviata. It has great texture and the patterns and solids are a fun mix of neutrals and jewel tones! Also, mixing metals has been a very popular trend that has only gotten better and is becoming more of a style and leaving the word “trend” behind! My fiancé and I are building a house and I plan to incorporate mixed metals throughout our home!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Camille Holland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4. What is your favorite place to go to draw inspiration or just to get your wheels turning in the Jackson area?

Lately I have enjoyed the Fondren area. It has such an amazing atmosphere and the revitalization of the area is so inspiring! The food is phenomenal and the bars and coffee shops are always buzzing and inviting. The galleries and shops have such a unique mix of retro and modern, it makes for the ultimate area to draw inspiration!

Thank you so much, Camille! We are looking forward to keeping up with your growth as a designer!

Thank y’all for stopping by and reading today! Have a fun weekend!