So Much To Love

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesign

We are so thrilled for our owner and principal designer Lisa Palmer because…

… drumroll please…

One of her projects is on the cover of TRADITIONAL HOME MAGAZINE!! This project is absolutely stunning. We adore these clients and thank them so much for allowing us the opportunity to work with them. Their trust in Lisa’s direction for their home was what made them the perfect clients. We love how inviting their beautiful abode is, and could not be more pleased with the photos by one of our favorite photographers, Jean AllsoppLisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesignHere is a peek at the pages behind that pretty pink cover that you’re definitely going to want to see in person.

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign The story of the “before and after” of this home, written by Krissa Rossbund, is engaging and helps the design come to life! The staging team did a lovely job of adding beautiful little touches throughout to get each room perfectly camera ready. Great job to Lisa, Marty, Camille, Eleanor Roper, and everyone else on the team, both ours and Traditional Home’s, who made this project come together. And a huge thanks to our fabulous clients, the McGeowns!

Thank you so much for dropping in today. We hope you’re having a great week and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Meet Elizabeth at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Meet our new Fabric Librarian, Elizabeth! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a new face at the Ridgeland shop that you definitely need to get to know! We have loved having Elizabeth Fowlkes on our team and you are going to love her, too! Her bright spirit and happy disposition is just so inspiring!

Elizabeth is our part time fabric librarian during the week (she comes in after her “day job”) and is our receptionist on Saturdays. As per our usual, we did a get-to-know-her Q&A, so here it is!

Tell us a little about yourself!Meet our new Fabric Librarian, Elizabeth! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am originally from Oxford, MS. I graduated from Oxford High School and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Auburn University. War Eagle!  I came back to Ole Miss for graduate school, where I studied School Counseling.  I have been in Jackson for the past two years and I work as a School Counselor at Goodloe Elementary School in Canton.  I have a younger sister, Katherine, who just graduated from Ole Miss and lives in Lubbock, TX.  My parents live in Oxford and I go back to visit as often as I can!

Tell us a bit about your “day job” and what you like about it! 

I work as an elementary school counselor during the day and I absolutely love it!!  I love to explore the world through the eyes of children.  I love that my job involves painting, coloring, and puppet shows!  I learn so much from my students. We just finished celebrating “The Great Kindness Challenge” and collected over 900 canned goods for a local food bank, which was all their idea!

What do you like to do on a lazy weekend?

I love to get a pedicure, clean my house, sit on the couch with a good book, and binge watch Friends!

What was your first impression of SummerHouse?!

I fell in love with SummerHouse instantly.  I dream about having a “SummerHouse house.” Everything in the store is so crisp and clean, and every space is beautiful.

Tell us something you’ve learned from your short time at SummerHouse thus far! 🙂

As a counselor I am all about relationships. I can tell that relationships are also very important to the SummerHouse staff also…. relationships with each other and with every customer who walks through the door. That is very special. The coffee is great, too!

What are your currently reading? Do you like it? 

I have read three of Liane Moriarty’s books since Christmas and I couldn’t put them down! I loved Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty.

What’s your favorite social media platform and why?

I love Instagram….I love to see where everyone is traveling, eating, shopping, etc.

What is your favorite meal in the whole wide world? Tell us a little about it, where it’s from or who cooks it, and why you love it! 

My mom’s Chicken Spaghetti! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner forever.  It reminds me of growing up and it’s one of the only things I know how to make well!

Favorite magazine or source for inspiration? Why?

I love Southern Living! You can find the answer for anything and everything.

What else do we need to know about you?! 

I am so excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

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Thank you so much, Elizabeth! We are thrilled to have ya here 🙂 Thanks for all you have done so far!

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Ask Lisa: All White Rooms

All White Rooms: The DOs and DON'Ts from Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // #interiordesign

We’ve added a fun new video to our YouTube channel as the first in a new series we’re going to start doing called ASK LISA! We asked for y’all to submit questions to us a few weeks back, and we got some GREAT responses! The one we started with was,

“Can you ever go overboard with white when designing a room?”

Watch the video to see Lisa’s response!

So to recap:

  1. Hire a professional! All white rooms can be hard.
  2. Make sure to mix textures.
  3. Add interesting woods!
  4. You do have to worry about dirt. Make sure to use 100% acrylic or Crypton fabrics when possible.
  5. Get a throw to protect your sofas and chairs from pets.
  6. Again, we reiterate, hire a professional! 🙂 (We love doing all white rooms! Hint, hint!)

We have several questions lined up to get Lisa’s opinion on, but we’d love more! So feel free to submit your own questions for Lisa in the comments below! We’d love to hear what you guys want to know from her!

Thank y’all so much for sopping by today! Have a great week!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: The Ladies Behind 30A Living

30A Living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are beyond excited to have the two ladies behind one of our all-time favorite books, 30A Living, joining us for our Lee Loves Local event on Saturday in Oxford! Photographer Jean Allsopp and writer Lynn Nesmith will be in the shop signing copies of this beautiful book from 10 until noon.

Find out more about this gorgeous publication in this post, then make plans to join us on Saturday! (Hint: The first 20 people in the shop get a free signed copy!)

30A Living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

30A Living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Find out more about VIEW GALLERY, WithCo Cocktails, and the details of the day!

Another thing to remember about Saturday: Because our Ridgeland staff wants to be at the event in Oxford, our Ridgeland shop will be CLOSED for the day on Saturday. So please plan accordingly!

We can’t wait to see y’all on Saturday RAIN OR SHINE! It’s going to be a fabulous day!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: VIEW GALLERY

Original works by Catie Radney // 18" x 24" // acrylic on canvas

Yesterday, we talked about our friends from WithCo Cocktails joining us on Saturday for our Lee Loves Local event. Today, we’re talking about our friends from VIEW GALLERY!

Whit Geary, VIEW GALLERY owner and a dear friend to SummerHouse, has an incredible eye for unique original art, so we are thrilled that she agreed to be a part of our big LLL day with a VIEW GALLERY pop-up shop! She couldn’t bring her whole shop with her, so she’s hitting the high notes with a scaled down selection of pieces. We are dying over the gorgeousness of what she’s shown us so far! We think you will too…

Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4' x 4' // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4′ x 4′ // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4' x 4' // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4′ x 4′ // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // all 20" x 20" // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // all 20″ x 20″ // acrylic on canvas
Sophia // 3' x 5' each // acrylic on canvas
Sophia // 3′ x 5′ each // acrylic on canvas
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper

See what we mean? All of these are simply stunning. And this is just a teeny glimpse of what you’ll see Saturday! We can’t wait!

Next time you’re in the Canton Mart Square area in Jackson, be sure to drop by VIEW GALLERY to see everything she has to offer! We can almost guarantee you’ll be blown away. 😉

Stay tuned for more LLL info coming the rest of the week! Thank you for stopping by today!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: WithCo Cocktails

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are absolutely thrilled to have the brand WithCo Cocktails joining us THIS COMING SATURDAY (2/10) at our Lee Loves Local event in Oxford!

WithCo is an incredible, brand new Nashville-based company whose passion is for beautifully crafted cocktails and community. WithCo is an abbreviation of “With Company,” which is what their mission is: to make it easier for you to spend time with your company over a lovely drink. They don’t want you to have to fool with squeezing lemons, muddling herbs, and measuring out juices. So they’ve done all the legwork for you. They use all fresh, natural ingredients to make their three different cocktail mixes. All you have to do is add your booze of choice, add ice, and sit down with your company for a craft cocktail that took 30 seconds to make.

Not only are the cocktails delicious, but their packaging is beautiful. And, the people behind the brand are just really cool people.

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come experience WithCo cocktails this Saturday at SummerHouse Oxford while browsing art from VIEW GALLERY, getting a signed copy of 30A Living by Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp, and getting to know the brand LEE Industries a bit better!

Stay tuned as the week goes on for more on our other event affiliates!

We can’t wait to see you Saturday!

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Happening In Oxford On February 10th

In case you haven’t seen on all of our social channels, our 2018 LEE LOVES LOCAL event will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on February 10th! We are excited about all we have lined up. Take a look at the following poster for a teaser. We’ll be posting more as the event draws closer, but for now, here you go!

Save the date! Lee Loves Local at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS on 2/10/18

We hope you’ll make plans to spend some time with us that day! Have a great week!

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Oxford Showroom

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Has it been a little while since you’ve made your way to our Oxford location? Well, allow us to give you a little peek at what you have to look forward to next time you venture that direction! We’re in love with every single detail of the current showroom floor, and we think you will be, too! 🙂

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

See something you love? Give the Oxford shop a call! 662.234.8100

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a fantastic week!

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Ridgeland Showroom Update

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

Our Ridgeland showroom has undergone quite an update recently, and we’re so excited to show you all of our new pieces! We update our floor fairly often because, if you didn’t know, we sell directly off our showroom floor! When you walk in and see something you love, that actual item can be yours! No waiting on a piece exactly like it to come in next month. The chair you see is the chair that can go home with you immediately (if you have room in your vehicle!)

We do also offer a white glove delivery service where you can have your new purchases delivered and placed in your home if they are more than your trunk can handle! 😉

So because we sell directly off our showroom floors, we end up with holes. We fill holes almost daily, but sometimes we just need a full out red0! So here’s the most recent Ridgeland redo. (Oxford’s recent redo will be posted next week!)

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

If you see something you love, give us a shout! Y’all have a great week!

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Hidden Oaks Project

Hidden Oaks Home by Interior Designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are SO excited to share the newest project to SummerHouseInteriorDesign.com! Ridgeland designer Elish Moon designed the kitchen, living, and breakfast area of this beautiful Madison County home and we could not be more in love. Every detail is fantastic, and the color palette is so dreamy! Take a look…

Hidden Oaks Home by Interior Designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hidden Oaks Home by Interior Designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hidden Oaks Home by Interior Designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hidden Oaks Home by Interior Designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hidden Oaks Home by Interior Designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hidden Oaks Home by Interior Designer Elish Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love it, Elish!

See all the photos from this project HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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Inspiration Mississippi Feature

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are so excited to share the bedroom that was just featured in Inspiration Mississippi’s new issue! This beautiful magazine showcased this bedroom as their Summer Interior Design feature. This project is located in Oxford and is the handiwork of Lisa Palmer. Take a peek at our spread, then enjoy several additional photos of this stunning space!

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

// Photos by Anna Goodson //

Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a good week!

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Where To Gather

Lately we have been working on several updates to our Interior Design site and have found ourselves just scrolling through galleries and soaking in the inspo! (Honestly, we’d almost forgotten about some of these projects!) Today, we wanted to share a few highlights of our Family/Media Room gallery with y’all.

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Are you feeling as inspired as we are to do a family room update?! We love all of this beautiful work by our talented design team!

You can see the entire Family/Media Room gallery here. (And be sure to check back because we do have even more photos to add here soon!) And, in case it’s been a few weeks since you visited our project site, you can now see all the room galleries via the main menu. Major improvement!

We are so glad you chose to stop by here today. Thanks a million! Have a great day!

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Well Framed

Framed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have noticed that many of our designers have been placing exposed wood frame sofas and settees in their projects lately, which got us thinking about how much we love the versatility of this style!

Carved exposed wood adds a touch of old world charm to a space, where sleek wood adds a slightly more modern touch. Either way, we love the element that this type of seating brings into a space!  We rounded up a few of our favorite exposed wood framed pieces for your viewing pleasure. Which one is your favorite?!

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 

See how pretty!?

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

// See more from this stunning home here //

What are your thoughts on this style?

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! We appreciate it so much! Have a fantastic day!

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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!

SummerHouse's 2017 Gift Guide // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's 2017 Gift Guide // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Prettiest Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

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

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!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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11 Holiday Entertaining Tips To Lessen Your Party-Planning Stress

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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.”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 

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!”
SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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.”
SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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.”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse's Top 11 Holiday Party Planning Tips // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 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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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…

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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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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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