Our 2017 Gift Guide

The SummerHouse 2017 Gift Guide is HERE! This is something we have loved putting together each year for the past several years, and 2017 was no different!

We have rounded up some of our favorite “gifty” items to share with you in hopes of inspiring your gift giving this year! Come see us at either location, or visit our shop online, to see these pretties PLUS MORE! Without any further delay, here are our picks!

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Dollie Vases // from $23

Alli Glass Votives //  $5

S is for Southern Book // $45

Marble Cutting Board // from $48

Agate Slice Bottle Stoppers // $21

Marble and Wood Coasters // $24

A. Shelby Pottery Tall Vase // $80

Fig & Rhubarb Candle // $52

Volez Voguez Voyagez Book // $50

House Beautiful Style Secrets Book // $35

Gaten Vase // from $12

Small Gold Dots Frame // $14

Rebecca Atwood: Living With Color Book // $32.50

Allure Frame // from $46

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Come shop IN STORE for many more items to choose from!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We look forward to helping you make this Christmas extra great!

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The Prettiest Christmas

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We recently got to see a home that Ridgeland designer Katherine Shelton decorated for Christmas and we were blown away! Katherine’s choices were simple and neutral while also being magical and sparkly! Take a look around this home and see what we’re talking about!

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Gorgeous, right?! Great work, Katherine!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you leave Always Summer feeling inspired 🙂 Have a great week!

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SHOX: Merry & Bright

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Things sure are looking sparkly at our Oxford location! We’ve got tons of art, gifts, and new furnishings, all adorned with a bit of holiday flair! Check out our latest showroom tour. Stop back by tomorrow for more! (We have so many pretty pictures that they won’t all fit in one post!)

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Merry and Bright at SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

See something you like? Leave a comment below, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you! And be sure to stop back by tomorrow! Merry (early) Christmas!

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The Big Shopping Weekend

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It is hard to believe that it is time for the biggest shopping days of the year! Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have us excited about serving you and helping you with all of your gifting needs! (And don’t worry, we are totally cool with you giving yourself gifts, so don’t worry for a second that we’re gonna judge you!) 😉

In addition to offering 25% off all gifts, accessories, and holiday, we are marking down a bunch of furniture on the showroom floor! So look for tags 🙂

We plan to have some cider and cookies here for you to enjoy while you browse. (By the way, all of this applies to both Ridgeland and Oxford!)

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Can’t wait to officially kick off the Christmas season with y’all in style!

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Holiday Happenings

The holidays have set in! With all of the festivities come our Christmas Open Houses! Both shops (Ridgeland and Oxford) have open houses coming up, so take note!

SummerHouseOxford is participating in the Oxford Square Alliance Open House THIS Friday, November 24, and should be a total blast! Check out the below poster for the full rundown of events on The Square. As far as SummerHouse, we’ll offer 25% off pillows, accessories, gifts, and all Christmas, so be sure to come stock up on fabulous gifts!

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In Ridgeland, The Township is hosting a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 7. There’ll be some live music going, some face painting, some Santa, plus so much more! We’ll have some special offers for y’all that night, as well! 🙂

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We hope you’ll make plans to attend whichever one is closest to you! We always love seeing you guys in person! 🙂

Also, just a reminder that we are closed tomorrow and Thursday. Have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving, and we hope to see you Friday! (Check back here tomorrow to get an idea of what our Black Friday is going to look like!)

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11 Holiday Entertaining Tips To Lessen Your Party-Planning Stress

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It’s time to start thinking about holiday party planning! The less stressful a party is for you, the hostess, the more fun it will be for both you and your guests! The SummerHouse staff has rounded up some of our best party tips to share with you to hopefully lessen your holiday stress and increase your party-planning fun!

Executive Design Assistant Camille Parker: “I love to throw a quick party, and usually end up with equal parts store bought goodies and home made treats! A great trick is to always put the store bought things in a nice dish or piece of pottery/china, it completely transforms the dish and your guests are none the wiser!”

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Interior Designer Elish Moon: “My best party tip is create balance in the budget, preparation, menu, etc.. I have a cake that I make every year specifically for Christmas. It is incredible but extremely time consuming. To make sure I enjoy the party prepping and don’t get overwhelmed, I break making this cake down into manageable stages. I make the layers about two weeks ahead of time and freeze them. Then the day before the party I make the filling and the icing and put the cake together. The day of I’ll garnish. This makes the process less daunting for me! Try applying this method to other areas. To lower the impact of a party to your budget start buying what you can ahead of time. This way everything doesn’t hit all at once. I try to remember- if hosting a holiday gathering gets too stressful because of things within my control, I’m defeating the whole purpose of the party! If buying ready made cookies and icing them yourself or not hand making place cards saves a step and helps you breathe a little easier it’s worth it! Not only for you, but for the people who are there to enjoy your company! Happy Holidays!”

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Interior Design Assistant Anabel Webb: “Something that my mother and her friend group has always practiced (since I can remember) for literally EVERY dinner, get together, or party is that they will pull out the serving platters about a day ahead of time and then they’ll label what will go where, like “the McCarty will hold the Sausage Balls” and what not…I’ve started doing it ever since I’ve gotten married and my husband actually thinks it is the most organized, uptight, and brilliant idea he’s ever heard of.”

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Interior Designer Katherine Shelton: “I personally do not host many holiday parties. However, I have attended many and know never to show up empty handed. I always bring a nice bottle of wine or a simple dish that everyone is sure to love!”

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Interior Designer Lana Pate: “I always serve a signature cocktail but I also include a festive punch for non alcoholic guests and children. One of my favorite holiday cocktails is Milk Punch!”
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Receptionist Della Turner: “Make sure you’re well stocked on bathroom must haves!! Have plenty of toilet paper, hand towels, and hand soap. And make sure you have a candle lit, or at least have some air freshener on hand!”

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Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo: “I’ve learned over the years that the day of a party is not the time to try a new recipe. If you want to make something you’ve never made before, I recommend doing a practice round a week or so in advance, just so you can work out any kinks and perfect it in time for the party! That way, if it’s a total flop, you have time to figure out what went wrong or just make something completely different!”

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Interior Design Assistant Krystle Short: “Be sure to appeal to all of your guests senses! Natural elements like rosemary sprigs and whole cranberries are always beautiful, especially when combined with nostalgic treats like ribbon candies or peppermint sticks!  When entertaining, I try to use cohesive scents from candles throughout the home (like this yummy Aerin candle).  Keep treats and snacks scattered throughout the space to prevent people from bunching up in just one.  When playing holiday tunes, go for artists that are easy on the ears like Nat King Cole or She and Him.  Low lighting from lamps and string lights are best as overhead can be too harsh.  As far as refreshments go, I highly recommend a big ol batch of Brandy Milk Punch!”

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Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend: “It’s always nice to have a holiday candle burning for holiday parties.  If you are on a budget, trying using fresh greenery or flowers from your yard or somewhere near by.  Christmas tree farms will give away cuttings for free — they are great to use for a large table piece or around your mantel.”
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Director of Operations Marty Smith: “Don’t fret over fancy fresh flowers. You have a huge source of fabulousness in your back yard,  around your neighborhood  or even off the side of the road. Clip from your tress, shrubs, and other plants in your yard.  You will be surprised at what an impact a big bunch of magnolia branches in your favorite container will make. You have guestS to tend to and food to make, no need to have flowers being an added stress. Sit back, get a good play list going, grab a cocktail and ENJOY.”

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Interior Designer Laurie Conway: “I like to pull out my favorite crystal or silver serving pieces and place a cake or dressing into them, garnishing with rosemary and fruit. My secret is that it was all prepared by Mcdade’s but everyone thinks I prepared it all and will ask for my recipe!”

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 What are your top holiday party planning tips? We’d love to hear!

As always, thank you for stopping by today! Happy holiday season to you!

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Holiday Hours

With the holiday season officially upon us, we’ve already started making as many plans as we can! We wanted to share our holiday hours to help you make your shopping plans as well!

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We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving, but we will absolutely be open Friday! (Stay tuned for details on that!)

Then for Christmas, we will be closed on Christmas Day and the following day (since Christmas is on a Monday this year.)

For the New Year, we will be open on New Year’s Eve, but closed New Year’s Day.

We look forward to seeing you in the shop this holiday season decking your own halls and getting unique gifts for those you love! As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. We are thankful for all of you!

H A P P Y . H O L I D A Y S !

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Christmas Is Kickin’ In

Things are getting Christmassy up at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Marty and Tammy have been hard at work hanging snowflakes, putting out garland, hanging ornaments, detangling a few things… You know, the norm when it comes to getting things all holiday’d up! 😉

Their hard work sure has paid off and the showroom looks amazing! Take a look…

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Stay tuned for some photos of SummerHouse | Oxford all fixed up for Christmas next week!

Thank y’all so much for stopping by! We appreciate you 🙂

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The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment

Today, SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon takes the stage to talk a little bit about the life of a piece of furniture and why good furniture from SummerHouse is worth the investment. We love what Elish shares and we think you will too!

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“So we have entered this era where interior design is trending and more and more accessible. In response, there are more designers, online retailers, and pop up stores than directions to turn. They’ve all got pretty pieces, unique pieces, stylish pieces. How on earth do you make a decision? Well let me share a few insider tips that might make your decision making a hair easier.

Summerhouse has been in business over a decade and is locally owned and operated. That means each piece, each line, each vendor we carry is very specifically chosen for our client and our locale. We’re not a big box store, we aren’t marketing to the masses, and our consumer lives next door, works with us, or runs into us at the local market. What does that mean? We have to sell a product we can stand behind, that is quality, and that will surpass the test of time. I as a designer am incredibly selective about what I sell to my clients. The performance of what I sell is not only a reflection of the vendors we put our names behind but a reflection of my expertise! Many potential clients are scared about making their first big “design investment”. Here are a few common misconceptions that I hear often:

1. “I have kids. And a dog. They eat macaroni and cheese on this. There’s no way I’m purchasing a nice sofa. We’ll get one when they’re grown.”
This makes me cringe. Why can’t you have kids and pets AND a nice sofa? It’s 2017…didn’t you know you can have it all!? If you are buying a “throwaway sofa” it may have to be replaced in a few years. You’ll end up spending the same amount (probably more, actually) continually replacing your “temporary” sofa as you would in the nice one! You can purchase a sofa that has a lifetime warranty on the frame, well made cushions, etc.. and just make smart choices on the fabric. Get a slipcovered sofa that is washable. Order your sofa in a performance fabric. The options are endless! You can live your life (the real one…baby spit up and all) and still be comfortable in your own home. I promise.

2. “Bar stools are how much?! Why?”
What are some of the most used pieces of furniture in your home? Sofa, bar stools… Doesn’t it make sense that a piece you use every single day might need to be high quality so it can take the abuse? Often those “bargain stools” (you know what I’m talking about) are poorly constructed, glued together, stools that got imported here on a container. They cannot hold significant weight, are not engineered for long lasting durability or stability, and wear much more quickly than an american made, hand constructed, piece. All furniture is not created equal y’all.

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3. “I saw this item online for less and it’s the same item you have in your store???”
This is a tough one. I’ll be honest… sometimes the same item IS out there for less, but there is SO much value built into everything we sell that goes beyond the item itself. You have a designer’s expertise built in to every piece you purchase from Summerhouse. We’re here to help you select the best item that fits you and your lifestyle. We’re here to make sure that the piece fits in your space. We’re weighing all the variables and spending our time to narrow down options and save you time. We’re making sure pieces arrive safely, scheduling your delivery, placing things correctly. We’re the client’s safety net keeping them from making costly mistakes. You get so much more than a product when you purchase from Summerhouse. We stand behind every single thing that comes through our showroom and warehouse. You get an experience that is custom tailored to you and your home. Isn’t that a worthy investment?”

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So there you have it! Thank you so much, Elish, for all of this!

We would absolutely love to get to help you on your next interior design project, no matter how big or how small! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us. We hope to get to work with you soon!

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This And That

We’ve had a lot of excitement going on around here that we wanted to get you caught up on!

… Our Mark Edge Trunk Show was so much fun! We were in love with every single piece he brought, so we ended up keeping a good bit after the show was over! SO, if you weren’t able to make it by, be sure to stop in the Ridgeland shop soon and see what we still have available!

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Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… We installed the Corporate Sponsor Lounge for Mistletoe Marketplace last week and it looks really good!! When you’re working with pipe and drape and old floors, it’s a bit of a challenge to get things looking chic, but Lisa worked some magic and it looks fab!! Corporate Sponsors– we hope you enjoy! 🙂

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The Scout Guide liked our favorite fallish paint colors as mush as we do, and they did a feature on their national blog about them!! Thank you so much, TSG, for the love! 🙂

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Not only do we like to stay cozy in the chillier months with beautiful, warm interiors, but we also love keeping warm with a great cocktail! Have you checked out our new BAR section on the online shop? We have more items to shake up that page coming very soon!

SummerHouse BAR

We hope your week is off to a great start! Thank you so much for stopping in today. XO!

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All Recliners Are Not Created Equal

Recliners.

That word will divide a room in a heartbeat! Half the world hates the oversized, overstuffed picture that pops into mind, while the other half of the world lives for evenings spent laid out watching tv.

Over the past several years, furniture manufacturers have really grasped onto the concept that, in so many cases, the men need comfy recliners while the women need sleek, clean-lined furniture.  And we as designers are loving it!! In decades past, there has been very little middle ground on this matter. Either the woman sacrifices style for a big puffy recliner, or the man sacrifices comfort for a sleek, yet non-reclinable chair.

Thankfully all of that has changed. Many of our favorite manufacturers continue to introduce beautiful, comfortable recliners each market, and we love it! When the husband and the wife can be equally excited about a recliner, that makes for a happy designer who can pull together a beautiful yet functional room!

Here are six of our top recliner picks that meet all the requirements for the style seekers AND the comfort seekers.

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Are these not beautiful!? These all blend beautifully into a chic room while providing the comfort and function desired of a recliner.

Shop one, four, and five on our online shop, then give us a call about the other three. Our designers can get you all the info you need! Also, keep in mind that this is just a tiny sampling of the recliners we have access to. If you’re looking for something different, we can help! Contact us here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We love having you here! 🙂

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Why Hire A SummerHouse Designer?

Why should you hire a SummerHouse designer? Our owner and lead designer Lisa Palmer answers that question and dispels a few myths that exist about working with us! Keep reading to see what LP has to say on the matter!

“The thought of hiring a designer can be a bit stressful. Will my designer get my style and produce rooms that I will truly love? Will she send me a huge bill? How do I know she will do what she says? What if she doesn’t communicate well? There are so many concerns, so why hire a SummerHouse designer?

Well, to be honest… I think our designers are the best in the area. Truly! A picture tells a thousand words, so the fact that you can see our work on our website’s interior design section and our social media sites like Instagram and Facebook will seriously help in the decision making. Also the fact that we have two stores in Mississippi showcasing a beautiful mix of furniture, accessories, art and bedding, shows our clients who we are. They can see, touch, and experience the quality of the pieces that we stock and can special order. We also work as a team in most cases, so our clients get not only their preferred SH designer, but most often, we will ask opinions from our team members for confirmation that what we are presenting are the best pieces for the spaces. Our many years of experience in the market, our continuing education with our furniture and accessory manufacturers, the fact that our designers are degreed Interior Designers, and our high level of personal client service are all big factors in why hiring a SH designer is a win-win.

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As far as the cost of hiring a SH designer, we are great at working within budgets when they are given to us! We carry some high-end lines, yes, but we also have several outstanding “meat and potatoes” manufacturers who make beautiful, quality products at more affordable prices. We do not charge for our time when you are purchasing from us, so you will not receive a bill for our time in addition to the quote you are presented. You know what you are getting and what it will cost before you ever get out your checkbook.

Since we are local, we have a reputation to maintain, if I’m being quite honest! Our clients are not just customers. They are our friends. The people we run into at Kroger. The people our kids are in school with. They’re not just a number to us like they may be to a big box store. It is my goal for every single person who shops with SummerHouse to leave having had a great experience. People talk. So I don’t want to leave any room for them to be able to talk poorly about my baby! (SummerHouse, that is!)

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Lastly, to piggyback on that last point, because we are a local business with a great client base, we have grown to a point where our manufacturers care about keeping us really happy! Our business office and warehouse staff are great at dealing with claims, damages, and other not-so-fun areas of the business so our clients don’t have to. When you order from SummerHouse and something comes in dented or broken, we take care of that for you. When you order from a larger retailer, in most cases, YOU will be the one making the claim on the damaged piece, which is no fun for you. We want your furniture buying process to be enjoyable!

We love what we do, we love getting to make a difference in the lives of our clients, and we value your trust. That is why you should hire a SummerHouse designer!”

Find out more about all of the SummerHouse designers here!

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Happy Chic Halloween

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We had a little fun in our Ridgeland showroom recently playing with a Hallow-inspired tablescape, and now we’re all ready to have our own Halloween dinner parties with a fanciful flair!

Design Assistant Krystle Short pulled some cool accessories (some of which are slightly creepy… bwahahaha) and had the brilliant idea of using one of our black cowhide rugs as a tablecloth of sorts. It all turned out beautifully! Very inspiring, very in keeping with the time of the year, yet very classy! (Because let’s be honest… not all Halloween decorations are all that classy… You know what we mean!)

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Happy Chic Halloween // an inspired dinner party setting! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Are you now inspired to get a pretty Halloween dinner party together? Come see us! We can totally help make something similar happen at your house. (And the best part is, each of the things we used can be used year round when grouped differently!)

We hope you’re having fun getting ready for some festive fun in the coming weeks! Speaking of fun (which makes us think of parties…), be sure you have these events on your radar!

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Events

We wanted to give y’all a quick reminder about the two exciting events that we have coming up over the next couple of days!

FRIDAY, 10/20, at SummerHouse | Oxford, we have artist (and Baton Rouge native) Lauren Barksdale coming in for an art show! She’ll have lots of new pieces, many of which are Oxford themed. What better way to kick off the Ole Miss / LSU weekend?!  The show is from 10-6, with light bites and cocktails from 3-6. Below are a few of the Oxford-y pieces she’ll have with her!

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

At the Ridgeland shop, we’re excited to welcome jewelry designer Mark Edge in for a jewelry trunk show on Tuesday, 10/24! Mark will have hundreds of pieces of jewelry with him (many of which are brand new introductions) PLUS he is currently taking appointments for one-on-one meetings to discuss custom designs. Mark can take your keepsakes (old keys, medals, lockets, or just whatever!) and turn them into stunning pieces that you can wear. Call us at 601-853-4445 to make an appointment with Mark to discuss him making a piece just for you!

To get things started on the right foot, we’re also hosting a cocktail reception for Mark on Monday 10/23 from 5-7. We hope you’ll join us for a night of fun and fellowship!

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

We look forward to seeing you at these events! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Let us know if you have any questions about either of these events!

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Tommy Mitchell: Love & Flowers

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We. Love. Tommy Mitchell.

Tommy is a fabulously talented designer whose metal flowers we go absolutely crazy for! He carefully crafts floral masterpieces using all different types of metals, finishing each one by hand with either gold leaf or paint, and always with his signature.

Since we love his work so much, you can just imagine how excited we were when we found out about his jewelry line, Love & Flowers! These pieces are exquisite… Just beyond beautiful! They are also all hand crafted, finished with the loveliest gold leaf, and in keeping with his florally inspired signature style.

We have a handful of pieces available at our Ridgeland shop, so be sure to come by SOON for the best selection! This works of art won’t be here long! 🙂

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Tommy Mitchell: Love & Flowers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Tommy Mitchell: Love & Flowers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Tommy Mitchell: Love & Flowers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

All of the pretty metal flowers you see in this display are Tommy’s work as well. So gorgeous! 🙂

We hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping in today!

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The Interest In The Unpredictable

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

When we first saw pictures of a study that SummerHouse | Ridgeland Designer Elish Moon recently completed, we were blown away! Not only was it a stunning space, but it was so unexpected! It’s not every day that we see a deep green velvet sofa, deep green walls, and pops of warm spice. We were enamored, so we got Elish to share a little bit more about this lovely design! (Disclaimer: These are cell phone pictures. We hope to get some better ones done very soon! But the space is still stunning!)

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish MoonThe Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish MoonElish says, “The clients whose project this is are longtime clients that I have a great history with and have enjoyed a friendship with as well. I worked with them first as an assistant and then as a designer. While this couple had a beautiful home we had done by the water, they moved to a slightly smaller, easier to manage residence in their retirement. Although their previous home was absolutely beautiful, this new home was cleaner, brighter, and more modern. They wanted the design direction to reflect that. While the entire home is light, bright and airy, the husband wanted one space to still capture the warmer, cozy, richer feel of their previous home… and occasionally escape from boisterous grandchildren! This second level bonus room-turned-study was our one room to depart our white color scheme and go for something rich and bold. Together we chose the beautiful Benjamin Moore Narragansett Green for the walls. His love of books is evident in this space and they became a focal point as he crafted bookshelves to fit his needs by hand. The very narrow footprint was a challenge but really ended up working in our favor. We were able to line the walls with shallow shelving and order an apartment length sofa in a perfectly coordinated velvet. Although this room was somewhat of an afterthought, it became one of our favorite rooms as elements seamlessly fell into place. I’m hoping they can spend many hours in this room enjoying their well deserved retirement!”
The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

 

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon
The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon
See more from Elish on her love for this paint color (plus lots of other beautiful fallish wall colors) in this post!
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Meet Kelly Harrison

We have a new face at SummerHouse | Oxford that you need to get to know! Kelly Harrison is the newest member of the SHOX squad and we are loving having her around! Per the usual, we did a quick Q&A to get to know our newest team member just a little bit better! Enjoy!

Kelly Harrison // SummerHouse | Oxford Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in Eunice, a small town in south Louisiana. When I married my husband Scott, I moved to Jackson where we lived for 28 years. We have three children, Hunter, Ashleigh, and Peyton. Scott and I are now empty nesters and have moved to Oxford where we are closer to our children.

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?

My favorite way to spend a lazy weekend would be sitting outside reading a good novel.

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently and why?

The most fun movie I’ve seen in a while is Pitch Perfect. I have seen it too many times to count!

How do you take your caffeine?

I take my caffeine in a Diet Coke!

How would you describe your personal design style?

I would describe my personal design style as very clean and simple. Lots of white!

If you could have dinner with anyone in the whole world, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, right now it would be with Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out on Bravo. I think he is so funny and little bit cray cray. It would be a very entertaining dinner!

What is your favorite thing about Oxford, MS?

My favorite thing about Oxford is the Square. It has a certain vibe to it that is so fun!

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Thank you so much, Kelly! Love all of your answers! We are so thrilled to have you as part of our team. Thanks for everything you’ve already done in your short time with us. We look forward to the future! 🙂

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Our Favorite Fall Paint Colors

It’s always fun to round up our design staff members’ favorite paint colors! We love paint colors, and we know you guys do too, so we’re here with another round of beautiful faves! This edition is, of course, FALL themed 🙂

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When we think of fall, we certainly think about warm taupes, grays, and browns, as well as rich colors like saturated greens, cozy oranges, and deep reds. Our design staff picks hit on all of those inviting fall color families. Let’s see who chose what color(s) and maybe even get a little insight on why these colors speak to them!

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Sherwin Williams Tavern Taupe, picked by SH Ridgeland designer Lana Pate.

“I’ve used this color in projects before and it is always so warm and cozy,” she shares.

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Sherwin Williams Copper Mountain, picked by SH Ridgeland Design Assistant Krystle Short.

How inviting is this door?!

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Benjamin Moore Raccoon Hollow, picked by SH Ridgeland Interior Designer Katy Sanders.

“I used this color at my parents’ house and it is just gorgeous!”

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Farrow and Ball Studio Green, picked by SH Oxford Interior Designer Rebecca Cornelius.

“I would use Studio Green on anything from kitchen cabinets to a study or even a small bathroom. I would use it with brushed gold hardware pulls or knobs and Kelly Wearstler Tableau Coastal tile in the kitchen, cream moulding in a bathroom and I may even put a natural, loose woven Cowtan and Tout grasscloth over it so the green would show through. In the study, I would place or a Rosecore Vanilla sky rug and cream throw in with natural raw wood accents. Keep it simple but also keep it neutrally and modern textured so it will be visually pleasing and not too dull.”

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Benjamin Moore Briarwood, picked by SH Ridgeland Design Assistant Camille Parker

“It is the perfect chameleon warm paint color for Fall that can be transitioned into any time of year, but I love that it is the quintessential warm color perfect for cuddling up near the fireplace!”

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sherwin Williams Foxhall Green, picked by SH Ridgeland Design Assistant Krystle Short

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sherwin Williams Tiki Hut, picked by SH Ridgeland Interior Designer Lana Pate

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Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray, picked by SH Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo

“I could see this color on the wall in a room with few windows. In a darker room, it would add the right amount of cozy, the right amount of color, and would look killer with rich leathers, plaid pillows or throws, and a couple of whiskey cocktails in front of a wood-burning fire!”

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Benjamin Moore Fallen Timber, picked by SH Owner and Lead Designer Lisa Palmer

“This lovely shade of gray, or wait… it’s brown… or maybe it’s ochre. That is precisely why I love it. You really can’t put a name on it. It feels like earth and wintry leaves all rolled into one. I would pair this wall or accent color with possibly a Ralph Lauren wool plaid, a mohair in plum and and a burnt caramel leather. Throw on some logs and candle light and you’ve got a party for two!”

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sherwin Williams Sommelier, picked by SH Ridgeland Design Assistant Krystle Short.

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sherwin Williams Kaffee, picked by SH Ridgeland Interior Designer Lana Pate

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sherwin Williams Hunt Club, picked by SH Ridgeland Design Assistant Anabel Webb.

“I recently painted my bottom kitchen cabinets with SW Hunt Club, a deep emerald green, and my top cabinets white and its super inviting. I’m still really into the jewel tone movement, which to me, in a way, is very “Fall.”

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere, picked by SH Ridgeland Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

“Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere is such an amazing color to paint any space. This color would work all year long but if you designed your room with warm brown velvets and oatmeal linen paired with Ben Moore Gray Cashmere, your room would feel very cozy for fall and winter.”

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sherwin Williams Spiced Cider, picked by SH Ridgeland Interior Designer Lana Pate

“If someone is fond of a pop of color like I am, Spiced Cider 7702 is a beautiful shade.”

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Benjamin Moore River Silt, picked by SH Ridgeland Design Assistant Krystle Short

The SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Fall Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Benjamin Moore Narragansett Green, picked by SH Ridgeland Interior Designer Elish Moon

“I’m very cautious about bold colors, but a study ended up being the perfect opportunity to take a risk! My client and I chose Benjamin Moore’s Narragansett Green HC-157, and this room exudes fall!”

( We actually plan to show y’all more from this study Elish designed, so stay tuned in the coming weeks! )

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Those are our fall picks! We hope you love them as much as we do. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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Mark Edge Trunk Show

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you follow us on all the social channels, you probably have heard us talking about this already, but we are getting SO EXCITED about our upcoming Mark Edge trunk show at the Ridgeland shop! Mark himself will be here all day (10a – 6p) on Tuesday, October 24th with tons of jewelry (over 1,000 pieces if we heard him correctly!) PLUS he will be taking appointments for custom crafted jewelry made from your keepsakes (like coins, pocket watches, medals, etc.)  If you would like a one-on-one meeting with him to discuss creating some jewelry around your personal items, please call 601-853-4445 to schedule a time!

To make sure Mark feels extra welcome to Ridgeland, we’re hosting a cocktail reception for him on Monday night (the 23rd) at the Ridgeland shop from 5 until 7. We hope you’ll join us!

Here are some more glimpses at things he’ll be bringing with him!

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to comment below or give us a call! We hope to see you at this incredible event in just a couple of weeks!

Also, Oxford friends, don’t forget about the Lauren Barksdale show the Friday before the LSU game! More on that here!

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