As per usual, we are obsessing over the new LonnyMag for this month… Have you seen it? We love the bright, summery spaces that dominate most of it. Perfect for… drumroll please… SUMMER! Here are a few of the items that we carry that made it into the mag. Come shop LonnyMag with us! 🙂
Have you seen the most recent issue of Delta Magazine?! It just hit stands last week and we are loving it! We particularly love the post entitled “The Coolest Media Room on Earth! OMG!” One of our favorite families, the Blanchard family, showed off their amazing media and exercise room. It truly is one of the coolest we’ve ever seen! Lisa did a great job of making the space modern, yet liveable, don’t you think?
What is your favorite part about this room? We love the color, the huge Dr. Pitt sectional (by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams), the Kelly Wearstler inspired bookshelf, all the Adler, the big lacquer mirrors in the exercise area…. Really, there is nothing about this room that we don’t love!
Be sure to pick up your copy of the May/June issue of Delta at pretty much any bookstore around here! It’s a great issue!
We are so excited to have recently been published in Portico Jackson Magazine! You may remember this room from a Behind the Scenes post we shared a few weeks ago! We hope to get this amazing recognition added to our website soon (after we get better images, of course!) We hope you have as much fun looking at this room as we had creating it! Enjoy…
With it being our month birthday and all, we have had parties on the brain… After thumbing through Rue Magazine (a million times…) we keep getting stuck on their adorable ice cream social idea! So we wanted to go with that, but with a little SummerHouse spin!
How to throw an Ice Cream Social:
1. Make a guest list and decide on a date and location. Be sure to give yourself enough time to get everything planned and invites sent out! We love these fun invitations we found on etsy! If you don’t have time to send inviations via snail mail, create a facebook event or e-vite invitation!
2. Once invitations are sent out, start planning logistics! You will need to get the following: (1) decorations. We will get to that later! (2) plenty of bowls (3) plenty of spoons (4) ice cream cones, should you risk the messiness of melting ice cream with nowhere to go (5) at least 3 flavors of ice cream. May we suggest keeping the flavors simple so your toppings can really shine! Also, it is a good idea to have one frozen yogurt for those watching their calorie intake (6) the best part: TOPPINGS! Some of our favorites: dark chocolate chips… butterscotch chips… mini marshmallows… crushed candy bars… MnM’s… pecans… almonds… confetti sprinkles… crushed waffle cone… raspberries… kiwi… chopped strawberries… gummie bears… cake mix (yes, cake mix! mix in a couple of tablespoons into vanilla ice cream and BAM! you have cake batter ice cream)
3. Decorate! In order for your ice cream social to be photogenic, decorations are key. When we think about ice cream socials, we think COLOR! Have colorful bowls, fun tablecloths, funky napkins, brightly colored banners, balloons, streamers…. the list goes on and on…
Another idea is to tell your guests to dress in bright colors. We found this adorable dress over at Blithe and Vine that would be the perefct accent to any ice cream social! The color reminds us of orange sorbet… YUM!
4. Have fun and take lots of pictures! You can’t plan a colorful event without properly documenting it! Be sure to get pictures of your setup, your adorable decor, and all of your friends! That will definitely be scrapbook-worthy. Something to show your kids one day….
There are lots of different twists you could add to your own ice cream social. We would love to hear your ideas! And if you throw an ice cream social anytime soon, you MUST take pictures and send them to us! We want to see your creativity at work! Now go have fun and eat lots of ice cream! 🙂
As one of our designers was flipping through fabrics this morning, she ran across a CUTE fabric that many of us had somehow never seen! In researching to find what other colorways this particular fabric came in, we discovered a whole line of super fun, bright fabrics that just made our Monday! The designer is Amanda Nisbet and her line is called AND (Amanda Nisbet Designs) What do you think?!
Happy Friday everyone! It looks like this weekend is supposed to be filled with sunshine and great spring temperatures. Hope you have a great one!
We brought over LOTS of new stuff yesterday and today. Come check everything out! We have a long list of new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams things (including a great charcoal gray Chester grouping!), some new Hickory Chair, a few great new pieces from LEE Industries, some OLY… There are so many new things, it is hard to remember them all! Here are a few shots of what you have to look forward to next time you come to the store:
Marty worked hard all day yesterday getting the floor set up with all of our new stuff! We got in our first shipment of Hickory Chair and we are SO excited about it! It is all beautiful! We also got some new Ferguson Copeland, Mitchell Gold, and LEE! Check it out….
This morning we had so much fun with the ladies who are compiling the story for the next issue of Portico Jackson Magazine! Amanda Wells, a local journalist, and Daphne Nabors, local photographer, met us at our customers’ home to chat about design! Portico contacted us a couple of weeks ago requesting a green room to run in their March issue, so this is the first one that popped into mind! Then we started thinking…. “Do they mean eco-friendly green or the color green?” They did indeed mean the COLOR green, so we knew we had the perfect project for them to showcase! As Daphe worked her magic behind the lens, Amanda talked to Lisa and the homeowner about the purpose and concept behind the beautiful design. Here is a peek behind the scenes of the photo shoot. We can’t wait to see the finished project! 🙂
The art above the Clifton sectional is by Trevor, one of the many talented artists represented at View Gallery. His color palette and style are always so much fun!
All of the fabrics you see here (minus the Adler throw) can be easily spot cleaned with soap and water. How perfect for a kids’ hangout room, right?!
Such a fun color scheme! This makes us want to be a kid all over again…
The orange Mottega lamp adds so much to the space.
Fun Jonathan Adler accessories and books accent the whole room!
This entertainment console (and the bookshelf, not pictured) are from a very cool and modern company called Blu Dot. They make some great looking furniture!
Daphne and Lisa getting set up!
We got an email this morning from Schumacher introducing the new Trina Turk outdoor fabrics and they are fabulous! We have had so much fun using the fabrics from her last introduction, so we are looking for ways to incorporate these into current projects! Even though these are labeled as outdoor fabrics, we love using them inside, particularly for kids areas. They clean with almost no effort at all! You can view all colorways of these patterns here.
As we were playing on the Jonathan Adler site, a few of their new items just really grabbed us! We have some of this at the store, and have the capability to order any of it! They get more and more creative every season, and that is exactly why we love them!
Serena and Lily, a line that started out solely with bedding, began in 2003 with creative minds Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter. Serena had a background in fabrics, Lily a background in baby-focused retail. After they collaborated and launched their initial baby/child bedding line, they saw such great success that they decided to branch into “grown up” bedding. The next step was furniture and accessories! They continually evolve and add, keeping things interesting for those of us who follow their every move. Here are just a few of the things these ladies have created. Hopefully it will be easy for you to see why we love Serena and Lily so!
Have any of you heard of Rue Magazine? We had not until yesterday but… WOW… We were left completely speechless! Rue Magazine (www.ruemag.com) is an online magazine, very similar to our beloved LonnyMag (www.lonnymag.com). It is paperless so it can be thumbed through with the click of a mouse, without having to take up any room on your counter! Rue is a little different from Lonny in that it seems to have more dark European insiriation mixed in. It is all very beautiful and outside the box! Here are a few of their many beautiful pages. What do you think?
Rue is only in its second issue, so we eagerly anticipate their coming issues!
The past couple of days have been spent working on the showroom floor. We have many new pieces of furniture, new lamps, and new accessories that we’ve had fun working with! Here are a few shots of what we’ve been doing!
We had so much fun at the Christmas open house last Thursday! We were glad that so many people were able to make it out! Viking provided us with some really awesome baked brie and bite sized desserts, and the Madison Central Madrigals and RHS choir delivered some beautiful holiday music. The horse and carriage rides (which guests were able to “buy” with a donation to CARA) got rave reviews from everyone we talked to!
Perhaps the things we were MOST excited about at the open house were our trunk shows! Ann Taylor Duease, founder and designer for Adonis, brought her gorgeous handmade jewelry to show. She ended up having a pretty successful night! 🙂 And our Jonathan Adler trunk show ended up being the most beautiful, colorful corner in the store! It is still set up if you were unable to come see it on Thursday.
We have already started working on ideas to make next year’s open house even better!! So you’ll have to be sure to come back! Maybe by next year, we will have our new neighbors, Newk’s and Majestic Burger, up and running!
Hopefully this picture of our sweet (and HILARIOUS) carriage driver, Wayne, with a couple of our open house guests will make you smile on this chilly Monday! If you didn’t get to meet Wayne this year, then you MUST come back next year…. If you have never talked to him, you are missing out!
Our fabulous Schumacher rep, Jim, stopped in last week to show us what’s new from them this season! There were several fabrics we absolutely fell in love with. Beth was able to pull together an entire project just from what he showed us! We saw a lot of patterns, particularly florals, that we liked. Here are a few:
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!
To help you get your weekend started off right, and to celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve had in the SummerHouse area lately, here are some sunny fabrics to keep your spirits lifted!
Do you have a favorite? Have a great weekend!!
Lisa: Virginia, darling…You and I have been working together for… how many years?
Virginia: Well, let’s see, it’s about… Ten or eleven?
Lisa: We did that corporate condo in Eastbrooke. That was one of the first jobs we worked on. That would have been at least ten years ago.
Virginia: Yeah, I’d say ’99. Maybe ’98, but I think ‘99
Lisa: Of course back then, and probably for years after that, everybody was doing much heavier finishes.
Virginia: Yeah, more textured finishes. Very, very old world-ish. More things like that. Remember we did the stone blocks going up the staircase and I even glazed over that torn paper wallcovering that was already in there. Then I made that white column look like old wood.
Lisa: That’s right. On the bar, she had that map of Italy, and you made it look like the map was sort of being uncovered. That was really cool. When we started out working together, we did a lot of glazes, although I was never into very heavy finishes at all. How many glazed walls do you think you have done?
Virginia: A gazillion! That customer you had, we did that whole room with glaze. We did that whole big, humongous room! All the way up the staircase and everything. My sister was petrified; she was praying the whole time I was up there because we had balanced ladders on top of paint cans… I will always remember that job.
Lisa: Well now that the heavier finishes are behind us, at least for now, what do you see? I think you see how technology is really playing into what you do. Technology today… it’s almost like the Jetson’s or something in fabrics and faux leather. And I love the way you’re doing your laser… well, not laser, but photography… Incorporating that…
Virginia: Right, right. There is just so much out there, it’s like every single day is a whole new challenge and a whole new way of looking at things and doing things. Especially with the fabrics. And hopefully we’ll be cutting our own patterns and everything else. So anybody that comes to me, if they have an idea or they’ve seen something, we can actually translate that and turn it into some kind of a wall finish or a fabric finish easily. So that is huge for us.
Lisa: One thing that you do, and I have been doing a good bit of for years, because I always love details and having things so custom, is stenciling on fabric, stenciling on a pillow, on a wall, on the back of a chair, just making it so one of a kind and custom. And I think you really enjoy that.
“That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job. Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.”
Virginia: Oh yeah, I love it, I absolutely love it! The big wall stencil that we just recently did, that was the first negative stencil I’ve ever done. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed. We had it custom made and worked negatively on the wall. That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job. Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new. That’s why I love coming in SummerHouse. I could just walk around for days going through all your wallpaper books and just seeing everything that is the latest and newest. I love it!
Lisa: You always tell me that when you look at my resource library it gives you inspiration, but of course I think a lot of people get inspired by what you do. Sometimes a wall finish, or looking at some of your samples… Just going into your studio and looking at all your samples on the wall, or your wood finishes… those will inspire me for a look. Sometimes I’ll start with a wall finish or start with a wood finish.
Virginia: And that is why we work together as well as we do, because you might have an idea, but it’s not something you and your customer can both like yet. So by seeing something else and saying “what if we take this finish here and put it over there on that, or we change that to this color…” You have all these fabulous ideas, and all I have to do is try to translate. I’m just busy trying to make it all work! Because I know the mechanics of how it all works, and I try to take what you see in your mind and make it happen over here on a finish.
Lisa: I may have an idea about something but I don’t know actually how to get it done. So that’s why, as a designer, I like working with someone that has your experience, and your knowledge of materials and paint, and what it can actually do…. that’s how you know how to translate, which is cool.
Virginia: The thing that makes it great is that you don’t know. So you have no parameters. So you say “what if we do this and this and this” which are usually things I’ve never thought of.
Lisa: That may be stretching you!
Virginia: Yeah, it does. It makes me think, “Well, how can I do that? How can I accomplish that?” So I love that part. That actually happened to me today. We have this, and we want to make it this, so how do we get there? It’s always a challenge! If you had told me 20 years ago that this is what I’d be doing, I probably would’ve told you that you’re out of your mind.
Lisa: Did you start off thinking you were going to do wall finishes?
Virginia: Well, I’m not sure exactly how it happened. I went to school for design, I did that, then I stopped doing that, got married and did all those things that you do, so I was on a break for years. Then when it got time to go back to work, I had seen other peoples work and it interested me. I went to the Manship house in college and I thought, “how did they make that marble look? How did they make that wood grain look?” That stuck in my head. I’ve always been more of a hands-on worker. I am not comfortable in high heels, I am not comfortable in clothes that are super tight. I like carrying around a ladder, you know. I’m much more hands on and really just love doing the work!
Lisa: Well I think what you’ve brought to our area, you know, is pretty remarkable. I think you’re just one of the best. EVER. So do you ever have people say that they are tired of this? What you do? Is it kind of going out of style?
Virginia: No, no! It can’t! It never will! Its been around for ten THOUSAND years. People were doing this in Egypt on cave walls. Its been going on it Italy forever, a gazillion years ago. Does it change? Yeah, it changes all the time.
Lisa: The modern finishes you are doing now are pretty remarkable.
Virginia: Oh, I love it. I love the sleekness of it. I love the patterns. I was so glad to hear wallpapers were coming back because it made me get up and work that much harder. I will not be defeated by wallpaper! I just love it!