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

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

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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!
Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you’re having a great week!
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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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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 2

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In case you missed yesterday’s post, we talked about all the new prettiness that awaits you at SummerHouse | Oxford! The floor looked so good that we couldn’t help but take tons of photos! Since they all wouldn’t really fit into one blog post, we’re doing a two-part series! Here is the rest of what you have awaiting you at SHOX… 🙂

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SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

While we have ya here, be sure to add the Lauren Barksdale Art Show to your calendar! Lauren will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20 (the day before the LSU game) with loads of art, much of which will be Oxford-themed! You can read more about that in this post! 🙂

You can always keep up with our upcoming events and specials (like sales!) by regularly checking our EVENTS page. 🙂 Thank y’all for all of your support and for reading today! Have a fantastic rest of the week!

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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 1

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The showroom floor at SummerHouse | Oxford just recently got revamped and it is looking GOOD! Tons of new upholstery, lots of new accessories, some new art… Plus so much more! If you haven’t been by in a while, now is the time to stop in! Here’s what you have to look forward to…

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SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We actually have so many pictures of the Oxford showroom right now that we’ll have to save the rest to show y’all tomorrow! So be sure to check back in the morning 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! And of course, to get the full effect, we recommend actually going to SHOX to see all of this in person!

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Lauren Barksdale Art Show in Oxford

Lauren Barksdale coming to SummerHouse | Oxford

We are so excited about an upcoming event we’re hosting in Oxford! One of our favorite artists, Lauren Barksdale Hill, will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on Friday, October 20th! This is the day before the Ole Miss and LSU game, so we know tons of you will be in town looking for something fun to do! We’ll have light bites and a few drinks from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., although the actual show will be all day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!)

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren will have some of her classics, like abstracts, birds, and cotton, plus several Oxford-focused pieces! We think you’ll love what she’s working on… Get excited!

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

We hope to see you on 10/20. And of course we’d love to see you before then, too!

Thanks for stopping by today! We love when you take the time to check in 🙂 Have a great rest of your week!

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Century Furniture Sale!

Century Sale at SummerHouse

We have some exciting news to share with you! Now through October 2nd, we’re offering 25% off Century Furniture, both in-stock and special order! There are a few exclusions, but not many, so we’re confident we can help you find just what you’re looking for at a great price! Here are some pretty photos to showcase what Century has to offer…

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Come see us soon and let one of our talented designers help you get your dream room(s) on order!

Thanks for dropping by today! Hope your week is off to the best start!

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We recently added a charming little vignette to our Ridgeland showroom from the new Bungalow Classic collection for Highland House that we are more than in love with!

“The BUNGALOW CLASSIC duo Randy and Courtney Tilinski, also known as “Mr. and Mrs. Bungalow”, bring their design talents and signature style to their new BUNGALOW CLASSIC COLLECTION for HIGHLAND HOUSE. Inspired by their love of travel, fashion, and all-things-home, the collection captures the refined, yet approachable, aesthetic the dynamic couple are known for.”

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We welcome the pieces of this collection to our Ridgeland showroom. We can’t wait for more pieces to arrive! We love this refined whimsy and think you will as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! XO!

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30A Living

30A Living

We have a new book in the shop that leaves us absolutely smitten. This new book, called 30A Living, is compiled by talented duo Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp, and highlights the beauty and charm of the magnificent strip of Florida beach towns known as 30A. The homes in these beach towns are as equally magnificent as the beaches on which they are nestled.

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

We got to chat with both Lynn and Jean about how this book came together and learned so much! Writer Lynn and photographer Jean found each other when they worked together at Southern Living earlier in their careers and have continued a friendship from there. We are so glad they remained friends and started putting books together because their books are GORGEOUS! 30A Living is a follow up to 30A Style, which was a book that was so popular, it got reprinted three times and sold out every time.

Because of the success of 30A Style, 30A Living just seemed like a natural follow-up. Same beach towns, same staff, but larger format, different homes, and more pages! “We wanted all of the various 30A communities to be represented, as well as a variety of styles. Contemporary, cottagey, traditional. I like the mix that ended up in the book,” says Lynn.

“The biggest challenge with this book was choosing which photos to include to have the best mix of styles,” Jean adds.

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

When we asked Lynn what she hoped readers of this book walked away with, she told us, “I hope readers get design ideas and get inspired. Even if you can’t build homes like the ones we show, hopefully you can still at least get great ideas. I love 30A, and the people who vacation here love it too. It was a joy to get to highlight all of the different communities and how different they all are.”

It is a joy to us to flip through each page of this book, one by one, devouring the stunning detail of each of the featured homes. Jean and Lynn, y’all did a BEAUTIFUL job! Every word and every photo are top notch!

Get your copy here or stop into our Ridgeland shop. You’ll love what you see! 🙂

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A Peek In The Ridgeland Showroom

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve moved some things around here in the Ridgeland showroom to make room for lots of NEW! One thing we’re really excited about (besides our new furniture, of course) is all of our fabulous new candles! They’re sprinkled throughout the showroom amongst all of the other pretty, so take a look around!

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Check out our new candles at both our Ridgeland and Oxford locations! They’re the dreamiest scents. We know you’ll find at least one that you want to take home with you!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you’re staying cozy and dry!

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Books, Books, Books

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If there is one thing all of the SummerHouse designers have in common, it is a love of coffee table books! They look great in stacks, or simply by themselves adding a needed pop of color. Not only are they a great design tool, but they are just plain fun! Don’t you love picking up an intriguing coffee table book when you go to someone else’s home? Why not have some cool ones for your guests to peruse as well?

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Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have books on just about every topic and in just about every color, so head on over to our web store to browse! Here are a few of our new favorites…

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The Decorated Home // $50

The Way She Wears It // $24.99

A Field Guide To Whisky // $24.95

Food & Life // $50

Mrs. Howard Room By Room // $50

Out East // $75

30A Living // $50

In Bloom //  $45

Living In Style // $28

 You can never have too many pretty books (and they also make fabulous gifts!) so go ahead and stock up! 🙂

Thanks for dropping in today! Have a great one!

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Feat. SummerHouse

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse was recently featured in Reunion Living Magazine and it was such a lovely spotlight! They did a Q&A with our immensely talented Lisa Palmer and included lots of fabulous photos of past SummerHouse projects. If you live in Reunion, you probably got a copy of this pretty little publication. If you don’t, feel free to stop by the Ridgeland shop and take a peek at the copies we have up there!

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Many thanks again to Reunion Living for doing this great feature! We hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by Always Summer! XO!

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Wild About Wallpaper

Wallpaper. We love it! It’s a fun way to add interest to a space, large or small. A full room, an accent wall, on the back of a bookshelf… We love both subtle and bold. It’s just so versatile! We’ve used our share of wallpapers, wall coverings, and hand painted wall stencils to add interest to some of our favorite spaces to get them juuuuust right. Here’ proof that wallpaper (and wall stenciling) is EVERYTHING!

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Can you tell which two photos are hand painted wall stencils? If you guessed the last two photos, you are correct! Lisa designed each of the rooms in which the hand painted stencils were used, and they could not have turned out prettier! Those rooms (well, all of them actually!) are proof that hiring a designer is SO worth it. Trained interior designers understand scale and color and can get your walls exactly how they should be.

If you’re interested in updating your walls, give us a call! We’d love to help you fulfill your vision. Thank you so much for stopping by today! It means so much to us.

 

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Montrose Outdoor

Outdoor Living Space designed by SummerHouse Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve added a brand new project to our project site! You may remember reading last week about Katherine’s outdoor project published in Social South. We now have those photos up as a project! Here are a few of the ones you’ll find in the gallery…

 

Outdoor Living Space designed by SummerHouse Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space designed by SummerHouse Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space designed by SummerHouse Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space designed by SummerHouse Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space designed by SummerHouse Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

See the full gallery HERE. And be sure to call a SummerHouse designer to get your own outdoor space looking this good! 🙂 Kudos to Katherine for doing a killer job!

// These photos were taken by James Patterson and first appeared in Social South Magazine // 

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Outdoor Living in Social South

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Katherine Shelton recently had her work featured in Social South magazine! The whole issue is beautiful, but we particularly love this outdoor space! We will soon add this space to our project site, so keep an eye out for that! Until then, have a look at these pretty pages!

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

You can read the story here, or stop by the Ridgeland showroom and pick up a hard copy for yourself!

Great work, Katherine! We love every detail 🙂

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America Inspired

Happy 4th of July weekend! Both of our shops will be closed on Monday and Tuesday in observation of the holiday so we can all spend some QT with our friends and families.

One thing we’ve enjoyed doing in years past on this little blog is rounding up some of our favorite red, white, and blue interiors! We’ve got some fabulous ones in this year’s lineup! 🙂 Enjoy, be inspired, and enjoy your 4th!

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Long Distance Design

This design project was done without the clients and the designer ever meeting face to face! Incredible! // alwayssummerblog.com

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!”
This design project was done without the clients and the designer ever meeting face to face! Incredible! // alwayssummerblog.com
This design project was done without the clients and the designer ever meeting face to face! Incredible! // alwayssummerblog.com
Beautiful job, Elish! Such a great result. We love seeing a good, challenging design project come to completion! 🙂
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Q&A With April Shelby Crowell

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.com

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!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comTell 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!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat 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!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat 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!

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Outdoor Sale

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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…

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SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!

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Showroom at SHOX

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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