Lauren Barksdale Love

One of our featured artists for our For The Love Of Art event on February 11th is the incredibly talented Baton Rouge-based Lauren Barksdale! She will have lots of new pieces with her at the event in a range of sizes! Here is a peek of some things you might see when you come out on the 11th! We are in LOVE!

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lauren Barksdale Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t her sense of color just incredible? We never cease to be amazed!

Have a great rest of the week and we hope to see you on the 11th if not before!

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Meet Kristin Miller!

Hey friends!

Laurel Donahoo here! :) I’m the editor over here at Always Summer and the director of all the social media at SummerHouse! (Can I just take a moment to say that I have the best job EVER?!)

Later this week, I am having my second child so I’m about to be out of pocket for a couple of months! After searching high and low, we finally found someone who I got really excited about as someone who could step into my shoes for a little while! I’m excited to introduce you to Kristin Miller, my INCREDIBLE maternity leave replacement! I’ve known Kristin for a little while now and think she might be the most perfect person ever to take over this position for a while! She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us so you can get to know her a little bit better! So without any further delay… Meet Kristin!

Kristin Miller

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you live, about your family…
I have grown up in Madison, MS and currently live in Ridgeland with my fiance and child/dog Stella. After graduating from Mississippi State, I immediately moved to New York City. I loved my time there and came back so inspired, but quickly learned that the older I get the more I want to be close to my family. So I now live less than a mile away from my parents and childhood home. If you were to tell me that I’d live that close to them a few years ago I would laugh at the thought but it couldn’t be more perfect now.

What was your first impression of SummerHouse when you walked in for your interview?
WHERE DO I START? There is so much beauty in SummerHouse my mind couldn’t even focus on one thing when I first walked in for my interview. As I stood around and slowly started scanning item by item I immediately noticed the detail put into every inch of the retail floor. For example, one of the coffee tables had the coolest box of matches sitting on it!

What’s your favorite social media platform currently and why?
Instagram. Hands down. You know the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”? I love that I can scroll through pictures and not only draw a ton of inspiration from the people I follow but also gain a lot of knowledge about what’s happening in friends and family members lives as well as people I look up to all across the world.

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?
A big breakfast (my favorite meal) followed by a long walk with my dog Stella and a glass of wine with friends.

Rumor has it you do some pretty awesome calligraphy! Tell us more about how you got into that!
When my family first got a computer I was mesmerized by the different font options (there were only about 15 at the time). I would sit in front of the computer and try to copy the fonts for hours. Ever since then I have had a love for typography so as soon as I saw Fresh Ink was holding a Intro to Calligraphy class I immediately signed up. I have been doing calligraphy for about 2 years now and absolutely love it!

What are you eating for dinner tonight?
Salmon, sautéed spinach and onions, and broccoli with Halo Top chocolate ice cream for dessert!

What’s your favorite magazine these days?
Elle magazine’s wedding edition because I get married in April!

What is your favorite app on your phone?
I would be completely lost in life without Google Maps.

What else do we need to know about you?!
I am so excited to get to help out at SummerHouse for the next few months!
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Yay, thank you so much Kristin! I could not be more excited to have you stepping in.
And thank YOU for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start! xo!
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ARTS Awards In Dallas

Marty and Lisa recently returned from a trip to Dallas where they attended the ARTS Awards ceremony where we were finalists in the outstanding retailers category!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS is a finalist at the 2016 ARTS Awards in Dallas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Although we didn’t win first prize (sniff, sniff), they had a blast representing us! The black tie affair was a great opportunity to meet others in the design/retail industry (and we hear the food was really good, too!)

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS is a finalist at the 2016 ARTS Awards in Dallas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS is a finalist at the 2016 ARTS Awards in Dallas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS is a finalist at the 2016 ARTS Awards in Dallas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It was such an honor to be nominated for this award. The ceremony was beautiful and everyone seemed to have such a great time!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a great weekend!

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Six Stunning Tufted Sofas

Let’s talk tufting.

A tufted sofa is always a winner. It makes a statement, yet it is understated. It’s timeless, yet modern. It’s unexpected, yet blends perfectly with its surroundings. A tufted sofa might be just the thing to take your seating area from mediocre to magnificent with the purchase of just one single piece!

We rounded up six beautiful, yet very different tufted sofas for you to feast your eyes upon today… Which style most steals your heart?!

MARQUETTE

Six stylin' tufted sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

BYATT

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ARDEN

Six stylin' tufted sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

CHESTER

Six stylin' tufted sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

APARTMENT

Six stylin' tufted sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

REYNOLDS

Six stylin' tufted sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you love tufting as much as we do!?

Let our designers know if you see something you want to know more about! We are here and happy to help!

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Inspiration Mississippi

The 2016 issue of Inspiration Mississippi Magazine is out and we are delighted to be a part of it this year!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Not only are we advertisers (recognize that model? 😉 )…

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

…. but we had one of Lisa’s client’s homes featured in a pretty little spread!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Camille also put together a fantastic fall-inspired mood board!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lastly, some of the locally made gems that we sell in the shop were featured in the local love section (#9), like a gorgeous handmade throw and some lovely little hide cuffs!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a big stack of copies at the store so come by and grab one for yourself so you can see the entire issue with your own eyes! It’s a great read!

(Props to Adam+Alli Photography for all the lovely photographs!)

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Celebrity Designers, Part 1

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we asked our designers to talk about their favorite celebrity designers! Their feedback is brilliant, as always! Here’s what they have to say…

Interior Designer Camille Parker

“My favorite celebrity designer hasn’t always been the same, but as my style evolves so does my go-to designer for inspiration. However, for the last few years and currently, Kelly Wearstler is my favorite. She is edgy but does not compromise her style choices for trends, making sure her designs are classic. She uses only the best finishes and materials, so her designs are always fresh and enviable!”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

“I have many favorite celebrity designers but one that currently comes to mind would have to be Nate Berkus.  I am inspired by his design with the way he mixes so many finishes and textures in one room to create such a unique feeling.  I also am so intrigued by the tones he chooses to design a room with.  I love his eclectic style.  In all of his rooms you can normally find antiques mixed with vintage and new furniture and accessories.  I am such a fan of designing a space with blacks, whites, and neutral tones accented with bold saturated color.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns

“It is difficult to name a designer that is my favorite being that there are so many intelligent and inspirational creative people out there! If I was to name a person whose work I most love and someone who I look up to it would be Windsor Smith. She is daring in her choices but at the same time is successful at mixing in traditional pieces with offbeat, bold punches.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( photos were taken from each designers’ website )

Stay tuned as Part 2 of this series comes in the next couple of weeks!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. We much appreciate it! Have a great one!

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Web Store Wish List: Happy Home Scents

We hope you guys are having a great week!

Today our web store wish list is all about happy home scents! Now that holiday decorations (including candles!) are mostly up and packed away, the post holiday blues might be starting to set in. These candles are here to combat that! Add some freshness to your home with these happy smells! These are some of our absolute favorites!

Happy Home Scents // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1 // Pool House: French Lilac // $59
2 // Essence of Florets Rare Botanic Candle // $50
3 // Pulp Candle // $56
4 // Game Room: Blue Bamboo // $59
5 // Carriage House: Magnolia Cypress // $59
6 // Gilded Leaves Rare Botanic Candle // $50
7 // Office: Rosemary Eucalyptus // $59
8 // Media Room: Spike Lavender // $59

 Shop more of our home scents online, or shop all of them in-store! :)

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Why We Love White Bedding

There is just something so inviting about a bed with white bedding… There’s no denying it! So we decided to celebrate cozy with a roundup of beds our designers have put together featuring some fabulous white and creamy blankets, sheets, pillows, etc…

Feast your eyes and enjoy!

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our talented designers can help you achieve this level of cozy if you need help! Don’t hesitate to give us a call! 601-853-4445

Thanks so much for dropping in today. Have a great rest of the day!

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Showroom Refresh

As many of you know, we update our showroom every week since we sell directly off of our floor and are always having to move sold pieces out and bring new pieces in!

Well, this week, we did this in a BIG way! We brought over lots (like… LOTS) of new pieces and the showroom could not look prettier!

Check it out… We are dying over multiple new pieces and vignettes and we think you will too! Prepare for LOTS of eye candy! <3

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

If you see something you just have to have, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our designers are here for you!

601-853-4445

Have a fantastic day! :)

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Stewpot Coat Delivery

Many of you know that we’ve begun a yearly tradition of hosting a coat drive for Stewpot Community Services in downtown Jackson each year at Christmas! This year’s drive was an overwhelming success thanks to all of YOU!

We had a great time delivering the coats and just getting a minute to talk to some of the folks at Stewpot! Thanks to all of you for giving us this opportunity!!

SummerHouse delivers coats to Stewpot Community Services // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Mary at Stewpot with Laurel, Lisa, and Patty!

SummerHouse delivers coats to Stewpot Community Services // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope all of you are still feeling the happiness that the Christmas season provides to us! Thanks again for allowing us to serve on your behalf by delivering your generous donations! This is why we LOVE our SummerHouse family SO MUCH!

Find out more about the next way we can serve Stewpot together by clicking here!

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For The Love Of Art

SAVE THE DATE! For The Love Of Art is back for another round and is going to be better than ever!

We look forward to #LeeLovesLocal season every year because it’s a time when locally owned design businesses all throughout the nation celebrate with events, specials, extra community support, and parties! We are all about ALL of that!

For The Love Of Art, presented by SummerHouse, Lee Industries, and RestyleSource, will be held at our shop on February 11th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will be a celebration of local love, regional artists, food, music, and one of our favorite local charities, Stewpot Community Services.

For The Love Of Art // SummerHouse's 2016 #LeeLovesLocal event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Baton Rouge native Lauren Barksdale Hill will be here with some beautiful new pieces on display, one of which will be up for raffle! New Orleans based lamp & bowl designer Michael J. Clement will also be here with beautiful “Lindsey” bowls, made exclusively for SummerHouse! (We currently have several things from each artist on our showroom floor and it is all TO.DIE.FOR! Seriously.)

A portion of sales, all raffle money, and all suggested donations at the door will go to support Stewpot Community Services, which you can read more about here!

We are having a lot of fun planning for this event and can’t wait to see you out on February 11th! Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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With Reckless Abandon

SummerHouse recently got to be a small part of a beautiful styled wedding shoot photographed by Beth Morgan Cowan! We love Beth’s work as well as many of the other businesses she partnered with for this stunning shoot!

We loaned some pretty glassware to the cause and were absolutely blown away with how beautiful all of the photos turned out! Take a look at a few of our faves…

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Reckless Abandon: A styled wedding photo shoot // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Are these photos and everything in the photos not completely gorgeous?! We are truly blown away! Fantastic job to everyone who put in the hard work to make these phenomenal. Thanks for letting SummerHouse play a small part!

Vendors involved:

Willow Bride
Thimblepress
Mitchell Willis Events
Bella Bridesmaids
JEA Model Management
Molly Gee Designs
Maidenhair Floral
Ardor Rental Boutique

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Don Draper Style

We are in love with the newest issue of Social South! It’s all about parties, which of course we love!

Social South, January 2016 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

In our ad for this issue, we had a very handsome model named Will (also known as Elish’s husband!) who was a total natural in this beautiful setting! And the Don Draper quote… So perfect!

Social South, January 2016 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks, Will, for lending your good looks! And thanks to Social South for another beautiful book of eye candy! View the whole issue here!

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Top 15 of 2015

We love us some Instagram (and we know you guys do too!), so we decided to go back, run a few analytics, and see which of our instas of 2015 were YOUR favorite ones! It’s fun for us to look back on our year and to see what our followers find most interesting!

Without any further delay, let’s take a peek at our top 15!

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SummerHouse's top 15 Instagram posts from 2015! // www.instagram.com/shopsummerhouse

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And there you have it! Our most liked posts of the year!

Do you follow us on Instagram? If not, hop on over here and give us a follow so you can get in on the fun, too!

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a great day!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s been a wonderful 2015 up here at SummerHouse! We have loved working with all of you on making your homes, stores, offices, weekend getaways, and other various spaces just a little bit more beautiful! We are honored that we’ve gotten the opportunity to help so many of you!

We are hopeful that 2016 will be every bit as great as 2015, if not better!

Happy New Year! XOXO, SummerHouse

We wish you a very safe and happy new year and we can’t wait to see y’all in 2016! Thank you so much for your business, love, and support! We would NOT be where we are without all of YOU!!

CHEERS!

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Our Guys

In a recent photo shoot for some updated pictures of our incredible warehouse and delivery guys, we got some pretty hilarious outtakes that we just had to share!

SummerHouse Warehouse and Delivery Team // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Josh looks great even if he does get a case of the giggles in the middle of a picture! 😉

SummerHouse Warehouse and Delivery Team // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Korderro is our big teddy bear! The sweetest, most cheerful guy, as you can tell!

SummerHouse Warehouse and Delivery Team // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… and Kendrick is always up to something! Ha! He’s a great/hard worker for whom we are very thankful! 😉

SummerHouse Warehouse and Delivery Team // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We also thought now was as good of a time as any to give them a huge shout out for the amazing job they do! We are very blessed to have each of these guys as a part of our team and just think the world of each of them! THANK YOU to you guys! We couldn’t do it without you!!

SummerHouse Warehouse and Delivery Team // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Warehouse and Delivery Team // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lots and lots of love! XO!

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Very Merry

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas!

We hope you and your families all have a fantastic Christmas together celebrating this most wonderful time of the year!

In case you missed it, you can look here to see how our staff celebrates the holidays with their families! There are so many great ideas and fun traditions amongst the SummerHouse fam! You’ll definitely want to read more about them! :)

Quick reminder: Our hours are a little different this week and next, so be sure to check those out!

Thanks so much for stopping by and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!!

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Sefte Living

Today, we’re featuring a beautiful company that not only provides gorgeous products but has a deeper purpose of bettering the lives of the ones who make the products. We would like to introduce to you SEFTE LIVING, owned by sisters Sarah and Jennifer.

SummerHouse gets to know Sefte Living's founders Jenn and Sarah // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jenn and Sarah were kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions we had for them:

Tell us about yourselves! We know you’re a pair of beautiful blonde twins that appear to be very close! Where do y’all live? What about families? What do you do on the weekends? 

Jenn: We are bridged by the entire country! I am in the Bay Area (Marin County) and Sarah is in Tribeca, NYC. I have two little girls (2 and 4 years old). Sass has two boys (3 and 5 years old). We call each other’s children our ‘half-children’. I love Sarah’s boys as if they were my own!

Sass and I both try to connect with our families on the weekends.  I usually try to let my girls go wild in the woods in and around beautiful Mt. Tam. They wander and explore, fall down and get dirty. Growing up in Tahoe, I thoroughly believe in the combination of dirt and children being magical.  For Sass in NYC, a weekend is a far more cultural experience. When I was there a couple weeks ago, we took the boys to the Whitney Museum to see the Frank Stella exhibit. I thought it was a bit ambitious with two little guys under 5, but they loved it. There is a children’s art studio there that is spectacular. We spent an hour or so creating out own Frank Stella inspired masterpieces.

 How long has Sefte Living been in existence? What inspired y’all to start this venture?

Jenn: The business was born in 2008. Sarah and I had always been wanderers (and wonderers) by nature and had been living and traveling abroad for several years. Marriage and children on separate coasts required that we reassess how we stay involved in the world and with each other. Through Sefte, we found a means to stay connected with each other and with our extended sisters in Peru and around the world. It also provided us a means to show the ancient and exquisite weaving traditions we’d found in our travels and showcase it as art.

Since we mainly sell your throws, let’s focus on those: Do you have a favorite throw in your collection, or do they all get equal love? Tell us what you love about your favorite(s).  

Jenn: Indisputably, I would say that for both of us, the Paya Crocheted throw has a special place in our hearts. The Paya was the first design we completed with a cooperative of Peruvian women who literally crochet their way to financial independence. As they make each coin, they share their daily stories, gossip, laugh and cry together. This throw has true soul. There is a real human touch and a real human story in every one.

SummerHouse gets to know Sefte Living's founders Jenn and Sarah // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Are all of your throws produced in Peru? 

Jenn: Yes, all of our knits are made in the High Andes of Peru.

What does Sefte mean?

Jenn: Sefte means ‘soft’ in old English. It was this soft lens that we use to look at everything when we design and collaborate: Soft, muted colors. Soft textures. Soft on the earth. Softness is calming and creates moments of reflection and connection. It invites people to get closer.

What sets Sefte apart from other businesses of a similar nature?

Jenn: Anyone (well, maybe not anyone!) can make a beautiful blanket, but how many blankets have a soul? A real human hand that makes them? It is the craftsmanship that sets us apart. Sefte throws, blankets and pillows are made by native Peruvian women – a place and people very close to our hearts. These remarkable women have worked with the alpaca fiber their entire lives and recognize the finest quality fibers simply by touch. They give life to our knit, crochet and weave designs, adding an element of personality and depth of experience that is irreplaceable.
And we repay them for their craftsmanship as best we can: Most of our artisan partners in Peru are single mothers from the highlands who, due to the insufficient social system, have to provide for their families all by themselves. Sefte offers them a safe, fair place to work, a path to financial independence, and a means to preserve their rich tradition.

SummerHouse gets to know Sefte Living's founders Jenn and Sarah // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sarah: I think what distinguishes us from other companies is a desire to create and inspire a lifestyle and culture of “getting closer,” slowing down, connecting with those you love, making every morning  a Sunday morning.  Inspiration comes from a simple moment that imparts a feeling of peace and serenity. It’s the same feeling that slowly wraps around you when you take the time to relax, read, reflect and dream. It’s a purposefully idle Sunday morning in bed and a whisper in your ear from the person you love. This slower, more deliberate way of living is woven into every piece we design. It is what we want to translate to our customers.

SummerHouse gets to know Sefte Living's founders Jenn and Sarah // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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We love love love the Sefte throws we have on our showroom floor! They’re genuinely spectacular and knowing the story behind them makes them even more so. Come visit us to see these beauties for yourself!

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The SummerHouse Family’s Holiday Traditions, Part 2

Earlier this week we shared a few of our staffs’ favorite holiday traditions/memories! Now it’s time for the rest of them! :)

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com

RECEPTIONIST / DESIGN ASSISTANT DANIELLE ROONEY

I have different traditions with each of my parents. With my mom, we always make hot chocolate and drive around different Madison neighborhoods looking at lights and listening to Christmas music.

We tend to celebrate typical Irish Christmas traditions on my dad’s side since he is from Belfast. My dad usually brings over holiday “poppers” and candy from Ireland. Around 6 years ago, I created a “Rooney Christmas Book” full of Christmas stories and songs and had dad bring it to my Granny and Granda for Christmas. Ever since then, my family gathers around and reads it together. It’s kinda like a representation of us being present with the rest of the family since we are so far apart during the holidays!

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

Every year, the week of Christmas, all the women on my mom’s side (we are at 10 now) get together and spend a whole day (sunrise till well into the night) making candies, cookies, and treats like home made chex mix and trail mixes, fudge, and popcorn balls! It is always fun and gets everyone in the family spirit for the holidays!

INTERIOR DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

As a child I have memories of our season starting with us all going to pick out the Christmas tree and coming back to decorate together.  I have already continued this tradition in my family: we all went together to find a tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving! And we always ride around on Christmas Eve to see the Christmas lights!

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHERINE SHELTON

As a child my Christmas memories are of my family going to pick out our real tree and coming home to decorate it.  My dad always made wassail and it was so much fun pulling out the ornaments to trim the tree.  Mom and I finished by decorating every room of the house with Santas, nutcrackers, and snowmen.  We also always had a Nativity that I helped put out on the coffee table.  Now that I have my own family we also all decorate the tree together. My boys love to help me put ornaments on our tree and figure out where to put all of the Santas!

INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT MARGUERITE JOHNSON

One year my family somehow ended up getting three christmas trees and ever since then we have to have 3 threes! Also, we love the Elf on the Shelf.  We always try and see which family member can come up with the most creative thing for the elf to do!

You can get to Part 1 here in case you missed it!

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