Designer Elish Phares Moon recently wrapped up a design project in Texas after a long distance working relationship with her clients, whom she has never before met face to face! This project is so interesting because it shows us what fabulous designers, understanding clients, great communication, and a great delivery team can accomplish! We asked Elish to share a little more about the project and how it worked because we are just so darn impressed with how it all turned out!
“In December of 2016, I had an inquiry about design services and potential work with some clients in Spring Valley, Texas. This young couple had just purchased their dream home and had budgeted for working with a designer to nail down the look they wanted in their main rooms. Focusing on the dining room, living room, and master bedroom, we discussed design direction in depth and committed to a tight timeline. Because the couple wanted to be able to move in to completely furnished rooms by their closing date, I brainstormed the initial design scheme with Lisa Palmer, SummerHouse’s owner and principal designer, to speed up the process. (I got my start at SummerHouse as her assistant before moving on to a full time designer.) She and I work well together and were able to streamline the couple’s vision into a beautiful and functional design for their young family quickly.”
The key to working with a client long-distance is transparency and communication. We put together a detailed presentation packet complete with samples and swatches that were clearly labeled. Two of my strengths are organization and communication, so I actually really enjoy working on out-of-
state projects! Our clients asked detailed questions and gave us great feedback. After a few minor changes we got everything on order and began our countdown until the install! Thanks to understanding clients dedicated to quality design, trusted vendors, an experienced delivery team, and a little patience, this project evolved into a finished design that I take pride in and that my clients enjoy!”
Beautiful job, Elish! Such a great result. We love seeing a good, challenging design project come to completion! 🙂
As you might have noticed from social media and from our web store, we have a new local potter represented at SummerHouse and we are EXCITED!
Our friend April Shelby Crowell, the mastermind behind A. Shelby Pottery, was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us so we could all get to know her better! Lisa and Marty fell in love with her pottery at our Lee Loves Local event (along with Traditional Home Magazine, in which she was just featured!) and it’s been true love ever since. Let’s get on with our chat with April!
Tell us a little about yourself, please ma’am!
I grew up in Florence, MS with my parents and older brother. I’m really fond of that small town childhood! I’ve always had a passion for the arts and my parents have always been super supportive of that. Now I live in Flowood with my husband, Jon Richard. He is the best encourager, and his let’s-make-it-happen attitude is one of my biggest inspirations. And we’re pretty obsessed with our dog, Potter. Yes, we named him after my profession!
How long have you been creating pottery?
I took my first pottery class in the first semester of my freshman year of college (2008), and seriously I was in love with it before class even started! I continued to take pottery classes all throughout college, graduated from Miss. State University in 2013 with a BFA, emphasis in ceramics, and have been making pottery on my own ever since!
What inspires your style? It’s so fun and different!
That’s a tough one because I’m inspired by so much. Specifically, this Gold Collection came to life from my love for handmade, functional objects mixed with the simple, chic style I admire in interior design and home decor. I feel like in our area when people think “pottery” they think “country” or “rustic.” While I do admire and appreciate that look, it just isn’t my personal style. So I started to create these minimalist forms using a monotone color scheme. Even though I am my own worst critic, I really liked the pottery I was making so I just rolled with it!
What is your favorite thing about creating pottery?
Again, so many inspirations and so many reasons why. I just love the whole process of working with my hands to make stuff. Anything, really! I just stick with clay most of the time! It’s crafty and challenging. Pottery is a long process so when products are finally complete it’s really quite satisfying!
What else do we need to know about you and your pottery?!
Recently someone told me, “I see your pottery when I walk into my living room and it just makes me so happy.” I don’t say that to sound boastful, I say it because that’s one of the many reasons I love doing what I do. If my pottery makes someone happy then I’m happy too. When you purchase a piece of A. Shelby Pottery you’re not just picking up any ordinary object off the shelf, you’re getting a piece of art that is very special to me because a lot of time and craftsmanship goes into each piece. I hope you enjoy my pottery just as much as I enjoy making it for you!
Thank you so much, April! Your work is inspiring and we are honored to carry it 🙂
Be sure to stop by either SummerHouse location to shop April’s work, or you can check some of it out on our web store!
We hope you’re having a great week!
As you may have seen on social media, we currently have an OUTDOOR SALE going on! We’re giving you twenty percent off outdoor furniture purchases, both from stock and on special orders! This is HUGE! It’s the perfect time to get your outdoor space in order for the warmer weather!
Here is a sampling of what we have available for ya…
Both in-stock and special order outdoor pieces are included in the sale! But this deal is only good through the end of the month, so go ahead and get in here (at either location) ASAP!
We can’t wait to see you!
Our Oxford store is looking SO good right now (and we just got lots of fresh new photos of it) that we just had to share! Get ready for tons of eye candy… We can’t even handle how pretty this shop is! Next time you’re in the Oxford area, please stop in and see us!
Like what you see? It’s even prettier in person! We hope you’ll drop by soon and take a look around!
Thanks for checking in with us today! We love having you visit!
The newest issue of The Scout Guide Jackson is out, and we could not be more pleased with our spread! The whole issue is really beautiful. So many outstanding businesses are a part of this year’s volume!
We are also particularly in love with the blue cover. How pretty does it look sprinkled around our showroom floor?! 🙂
Be sure to stop by the Ridgeland shop soon and pick up a copy to flip through for yourself! We can’t wait to see you 🙂
After a weekend filled with gathering around dining tables and celebrating our mothers, we were inspired to share some of our favorite spaces to gather and eat with family and friends. Especially here in the South, food brings us together. All of our social functions revolve around it. So be sure that your own dining room or gathering space is ready for memory-making next time an opportunity for a family gathering presents itself!
How beautiful are all of these rooms?! See more photos like this in our Dining gallery on our design site. So much inspiration over there!
Thank you for stopping by today! We hope you had a happy happy Mother’s Day celebrating or being celebrated 🙂 Be sure to check back by soon!
We are so thrilled to have recently been featured on The Scout Guide’s blog! Summer is one of our favorite seasons around here for obvious reasons, so we celebrate this season as big as we can! The Scout Guide is helping by spreading the summer love in this post. Hop on over to get in on the summer fun!
Speaking of summer fun, don’t forget about this sale! Only good through Saturday!!!
Thanks so much for dropping by today! Happy Summer! XO!
We are really excited about our brand new web store collection called BEACH HOUSE with all of our favorite beachy finds from around our shop! Warmer weather gets us excited to incorporate more blues, whites, and naturals into the mix. Feel free to browse around BEACH HOUSE and get your space ready for summer! Here’s a peek at what you’ll find…
Enjoy looking around! And be sure to check back tomorrow for some REALLY exciting summer news that we can’t wait to share!
It’s been a while since we gave you a peek inside our Ridgeland shop over here! Marty got the floor all fluffed up last week with new arrivals, all of which completely melt us! So many pretty new things! We are particularly fond of all the new Lynn Sanders art… What do you see that you’re most fond of?!
Did you see anything you want to know more about? Feel free to give us a call and ask a designer about what you see! OR simply leave a comment below and we’ll get in touch 🙂
Thank you for stopping by today! We hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend!
It’s been a little while since we showed you around SummerHouse Oxford, so we thought now would be a good time to do so 🙂
We are LOVING our new(ish) space and love being a part of the local Oxford scene. Thank you to all of our Oxford friends for embracing us with such hospitality!
Here’s what our showroom up there has got going on, so come and see it all for yourself!
Beautiful, right?! You’ll feel so inspired just walking through. (And the same is true of our Ridgeland showroom!)
If you see something you like in these photos, give us a call at the Oxford shop! 662-234-8100
Have a great day!
We are exactly a month away from from the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse in which Lisa is participating!
The most recent issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles officially announced the showhouse and all of the designers, gave some information about the beneficiary (which is the beautiful Atlanta History Center) and gave a floor plan of the home being used. All of this just got us extra excited about the big event!
Lisa’s room assignment is the playroom and we are dying over the selections she’s made for this space! Although we can’t share too much before the unveiling of the completed home, we know all of you will be crazy in love with every single detail!
In the meantime, go grab a copy of the current issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and get familiar with all of the details! We hope all of you are as excited about this as we are!!
Let’s all take a moment to celebrate the marble trend that has us so entranced right now. We love that classic marble is now being celebrated with more than just horizontal surfaces. Although we adore a great marble countertop, tabletop, or floor, we’re loving seeing these mesmerizing swirls on walls and upholstery as well!
Here are a few of our favorite picks for marbly wallpapers, fabrics, and works of art.
How beautiful are these fabrics from Rebecca Atwood, Schumacher, Groundworks, and Kravet? We have access to so many beautiful fabrics and wall coverings like these!
Love the statement that this one pillow makes!
Here are some fabulous wallpapers + several STUNNING installations that we swoon over! (#heartsforeyes)
We adore these lovelies by one of our favorite artists, Cheslea Fly, which are available in our Ridgeland store!
Do you love all of this as much as we do?! If you see something you love, give us a call and let one of our designers get you fixed up! 🙂
Thank you so much for dropping by today. We hope you are having a wonderful week!
We are thrilled to announce that our very own Lisa Palmer is one of the designers participating in the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse!
The historic home being used this year is absolutely exquisite! Lisa has been working hard to design her room, the playroom, with the style and history of the home in mind, while also adding that beautiful SummerHouse style that we all know and love! 🙂
The house will be open April 20 until May 14 on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. It will be closed Mondays through Wednesdays. Purchase your tickets here and go ahead and plan a weekend trip to Atlanta to check out this beautiful home!
Stay tuned as we give peeks of Lisa’s design process over the coming weeks! We can’t wait to show you what she’s been working on!
Around SummerHouse, we absolutely love a good tray! When something is as functional and as beautiful as a well appointed tray, we find ourselves a little bit obsessed! Our showroom in Ridgeland is currently brimming with lovely trays, so we wanted to share a peek!
TRAY CHIC, right?! 😉
Come see us in Ridgeland OR in Oxford for a beautiful array of trays in all sizes, materials, and price points! We can’t wait to see you!
As we continue to relive the fun of our Lee Loves Local event on 2/11, we keep referring to it as “the perfect day.” For us, we could not have asked for anything more! The weather was amazing, our guests had a great time, and every single person/business involved fit the whole idea of the event so perfectly. We were so pleased!
Local photographer (and friend!) Lauren Liddell captured some lovely photos of the day so we wanted to share our favorites! Enjoy!
Our panelists Lisa Palmer, Shaun Smith, and Julia Reed along with Traditional Home’s Krissa Rossbund, did an amazing job of keeping our crowd entertained while sharing great ideas on entertaining!
Our local vendor market was a total success. Everyone loved the taste of Mississippi under our big white tent! And of course the food and drinks served from the Karovan Bar were hits as well!
Big thanks to everyone who came out and supported local. We love our Jackson area community so much!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! (And if you saw a vendor you were interested in, check out this page for links to all of their sites!) XO!
We had SO much fun on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who came out! (There were a lot of y’all, and we could not be more appreciative of your support!)
Here are a few fun photos from the day. We hope to share more as we get them over the coming weeks!
Our vendors were AMAZING and had the prettiest setups! Thanks to everyone who was a part of this day. It was pretty close to perfect 🙂 We are so thankful for all of the LOVE shown by our community on Saturday (and everyday!)
We hope your week is off to a great start. XO!
We are excited to share with y’all about the Lee Industries sale we have going on right now! Through 2/15, you can save 20% off all Lee Industries purchases, both stock and special order! In Ridgeland AND in Oxford! So those pieces you’ve been eyeing… Now is the time to get them! Here are some of the pretty Lee pieces we currently have in stock that could be yours!
We can’t wait to see y’all Saturday for the big Lee Loves Local event! There is SO MUCH to look forward to (including Julia Reed signing her newest – a we think best! – book!)
Thanks for dropping by! We will see you soon! 🙂 XO!
We are getting VERY excited about our upcoming Lee Loves Local event next Saturday, February 11th! One of the aspects we are most excited about is the food and drink! We’ll give you a taste of what we have in store, but you’ll definitely have to be here on the big day to fully enjoy!
As far as beverages, we will have bartenders from The Manship (which has an award-winning bar) to mix up a couple of their most popular daytime cocktails! Cathead Vodka is providing us with some of their locally distilled vodka and gin to keep things extra “Mississippi!” Also to be made with Cathead Vodka are the Bloody Marys, which will feature Debutante Farmer’s Bloody Mary Mix! We are pumped about this! Lucky Town Brewery is also going to have some local brews as part of the bar.
One of our most beloved neighbors, Fusion Coffeehouse, will have a setup with coffee and hot chocolate, should there be a need for a little extra warmth (or caffeine!), so we will have something for everyone!
Lurny D’s Grille, a burger food truck which a few of our staff members are particularly fond of, will be here keeping our tummies from rumbling! In addition to burgers, Chef Jeremy Enfinger from County Seat in Livingston is planning to prepare some lighter bites for throughout-the-day grazing! We will let the details on those light bites be a surprise, but we can tell you this: It’s gonna be good.
We are so fortunate to have such wonderful food and drink right here in the Jackson area. One thing we hear often from out-of-towners is how spectacular our local food scene is! And we have to agree. We live in a gold mine of exciting food and drink!
As the cherry on top of all of the above good news… The bar drinks will be served from The Karovan Bar! This is the cutest little bar you ever did see! It’s the prettiest white and natural wood trailer that was made (literally) for events like this! We are thrilled to have them as part of the goings on. 🙂
Stay tuned for more information on our panel coming next week! This panel discussion is one you will not want to miss!
Thanks so much for dropping by today. We can’t wait to see you on February 11th!
We are still on cloud nine after the grand opening of our Oxford location last week! Despite the bad weather, we had a wonderful turnout and were so excited to show our new digs off to our new Oxford friends!
The showroom looked gorgeous with lots of pretty + new, and the food was KILLER. Saint Leo catered and y’all. The food was insane. The best most of us have had in a while!
Here are a bunch of photos of the lovely night!
CHEERS to this new adventure in this lovely town. Thank you, Oxford, for being so welcoming!
Have a fantastic day and stay tuned for some more fun info about our big time Lee Loves Local event coming really soon!
We have a darling outdoor space to share with you today! This space is actually featured in the current issue of Inspiration Mississippi Magazine, which is hot off the press as of just a few days ago! Designer Elish Moon did a beautiful job of keeping things simple, interesting, and functional for this fun-loving client and her family!
“This outdoor space was a safe place to bring in a bit of flare to the otherwise neutral color palette!” says Elish. “My client uses this space for everything from her morning devotions to entertaining to watching football games with her family,” she shares while describing the need for functionality as well as aesthetic beauty.
When we asked Elish what her favorite thing about the space was, she said, “I love how simple it is. It was a small area and there were only so many options we had in arranging everything, but it is efficient and can be used in many ways. This family LIVES in every inch of their home… and this outdoor space is just an extension of that!”
We love it! Great job Elish 🙂
Be sure to grab a copy of Inspiration Mississippi next time you see one! (We have lots here at the Ridgeland store.) You’ll love every page!
Thanks for dropping by today. We appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend!