Let’s Chaise A While!

It’s no secret that we love a great chaise. Who wouldn’t want a super chic bench that could double as a place to take a Sunday nap? These chaises are high in style, they’re super functional, and they add interest to a room. One of these might be just the thing you’ve been looking for to go in your home… If so, let one of our designers know! We can get you fixed up!

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

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Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Aren’t they beautiful? We know you love them as much as we do!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a GREAT rest of the week! (And be sure to get in our Instagram giveaway we have going on through next Wednesday! There will be five winners, so your chances are GOOD!)

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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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Books, Books, Books

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

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?

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

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

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…

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

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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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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A Place To Gather

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

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!

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GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

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!

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2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse

2017 ATLANTA HOMES & LIFESTYLES SOUTHEASTERN DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

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! 🙂

2017 ATLANTA HOMES & LIFESTYLES SOUTHEASTERN DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

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!

 

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A Peek Inside SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

The doors of SummerHouse | Oxford have been open for several weeks now, and we are in LOVE with this extension of our brand and business! We wanted to share a peek inside this pretty space so you can see what you have to look forward to next time you get the opportunity to stop by!

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

Our incredible SummerHouse | Oxford team is killing it! We are so proud of them!

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

From left to right, we have Sales Associate Cara Fisher, Interior Designer Rebecca Cornelius (look for a Q&A with her coming very soon!), Store Manager / Designer Stacy Stovall, Interior Designer Jayme Stanley, and Interior Designer Olivia Weeks. 

We are looking forward to a grand opening on January 19th! Keep an eye out for more details in the near future. Until then, thank you so much for stopping by! We love having you be a part of our journey! 🙂

XO!

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Believe It Or Not

Recliners. Men love ’em, women hate ’em. (Generally speaking!)

Thankfully, several of our furniture lines carry recliners that make everyone happy, believe it or not!!! In many cases, men are more concerned with comfort and women are more concerned with style, so we are excited to share with you a roundup of some of our favorite comfortable AND stylish recliners! Check these out!

Recliners that make both men AND women happy! Stylish & Comfortable // more on alwayssummerblog.com!

Recliners that make both men AND women happy! Stylish & Comfortable // more on alwayssummerblog.com!

Recliners that make both men AND women happy! Stylish & Comfortable // more on alwayssummerblog.com!

Recliners that make both men AND women happy! Stylish & Comfortable // more on alwayssummerblog.com!

Recliners that make both men AND women happy! Stylish & Comfortable // more on alwayssummerblog.com!

Recliners that make both men AND women happy! Stylish & Comfortable // more on alwayssummerblog.com!

Recliners that make both men AND women happy! Stylish & Comfortable // more on alwayssummerblog.com!

All of these can be special ordered in a fabric or leather of your choosing, so if you see a style you love, it can be made perfect just for you!! Our designers can get you all fixed up! Just give us a call (601-842-7784) and ask to talk to one of them!

Thank you for dropping by today. We hope you had a very happy Halloween! Hope to see you soon!

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White on White

We absolutely love all white spaces. White on white is crisp, neutral, both modern AND traditional, and simply soothing. All white spaces start with all white walls and trim, so we hit up our design staff for their favorite white + white combos. We love what they’ve picked!

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite white on white paint color combinations! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design Assistant Anabel Webb prefers the Benjamin Moore combo Decorator’s White with Simply White on the trim. Design Assistant Camille Holland Parker likes White Dove on White Dove! Design Assistant Krystle Short’s pick is Ben Moore’s Navajo White on the walls with Farrow & Ball James White on the trim. Designer Katy Sanders likes all Ben Moore Ivory White on both walls AND trim! Lindsey Townsend loves Ben Moore Moonlight White with Simply White on the trim. Katy Carone’s pick is Ben Moore Glacier White on the wall with White Dove on the trim.

Designer Elish Phares Moon likes the monochromatic Ben Moore Moonlight White on both walls and trim and tells us why it’s so beautiful!

“One color? For the walls AND trim? It may sound too good to be true, but in this case, less is more. Although it’s a little too much restraint for some personalities, an all white house is incredibly inviting. It took me a while to get on board. I thought “all white? and stifle my creativity? Leave a huge canvas… blank? NEVER! ” I first tried this combo with a client in Oxford… when I finally saw the finished product it was love at first sight. I loved it so much I did it in my own home- and I fall a little more in love with it each day.”

Great picks, designers. Do YOU have a favorite white on white combo? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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Designer of the Week Katie Carone

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katie CaroneOur current designer of the week is our newest designer Katie Carone! She joined our team in April and has been so much fun to have around! We love seeing this mama’s belly grow as she prepares to welcome her first child at the end of this year! We could not be more excited for her!!

We did a fun little Q&A with here so here it is!

What is your favorite design trend right now and why?

I am actually ALL about florals right now!! You’re seeing it in fashion but also in textiles and home decor and I don’t think it’s going to be going away any time soon. I’ve never been a super girly girl, I usually lean more towards edgier looks in fashion as well as decor, but with the florals right now, my softer side is definitely coming out. Not that all florals have to be girly or fussy. I’m actually seeing a good bit of darker versions with jewel tones, blacks and golds which is perfect for Fall, as well as muted more abstract takes on traditional floral prints. I’m loving floral so much, I actually did the accent wall in our daughter’s nursery a beautiful watercolor-esque muted large print floral wallpaper in soft pinks,bieges and grays and my husband and I both absolutely adore it!!

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

I love designing Master Bedrooms. In our home, its personally my favorite room. I feel like it should be a comfortable, calming space to retreat, relax and enjoy each other’s company after a long day. Whether curled up in a cozy bed with great linens or lounging in a beautiful chair to read a book, I always try to pick soothing color palettes and comfortable fabrics and textures to also make this room a favorite space for my clients.

Tell us about your favorite project to date and what you love about that particular project!

My favorite project to date is definitely our daughter Ava Ryn’s nursery. My husband and I are pregnant with our first child due in December so this has been a complete labor of love, not to mention super fun!! I’ve always loved designing children’s rooms and nurseries, but this one is of course very near and dear to my heart. It’s the first room in our home I have completely designed, as every other room in our home is his, mine and ours. This room is all baby girl and I love it!! I finally feel the satisfaction that I give my clients from their perspective. Although I’m always thrilled when projects are complete, sometimes I feel like I’m as happy as they are with our end result… But now I truly know the joy and excitement I give my clients and its an awesome feeling!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katie Carone

Is there a publication, book, blog, website, magazine that has just really inspired you lately? Tell us about it!

I get a lot of inspiration from Atlanta Homes magazine. It’s a great magazine that showcases beautiful home interiors, gardens, and remodels and is extremely current and up to date with the latest trends in interiors.
SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katie Carone
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Thank you Katie for sharing with us! That nursery looks beautiful! We know Ava Ryn will LOVE her room!!
Thank you so much for dropping in today! Don’t forget that our Pink Ribbon Sale and the MGBW Fall Event (which has been extended through 10/22)  are currently going on! Also! Don’t forget about Lisa’s High Point Market instagram takeover coming on Sunday! We can’t wait to see her favorite finds from market!
Have a great day!!
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Formal Living

Formal Living in the Glenway Home via alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve recently added several brand new projects to our newly relaunched summerhouseinteriordesign.com site! We’ve also added new photos to existing projects, like this one! Here are some of the shots we added, plus a few more lagniappe photos of the gorgeous formal living room in this Jackson home. Enjoy!

Formal Living in the Glenway Home via alwayssummerblog.com

Formal Living in the Glenway Home via alwayssummerblog.com

Formal Living in the Glenway Home via alwayssummerblog.com

Formal Living in the Glenway Home via alwayssummerblog.com

Formal Living in the Glenway Home via alwayssummerblog.com

Formal Living in the Glenway Home via alwayssummerblog.com

We love the unique color palette in this space. This room makes us want to make a cocktail, sit down on that divine sofa, and just take in the beautiful surroundings! 🙂 Care to join us!? 😉

Great job, Lisa Palmer, for pulling this room together. It’s perfect!

See more from this stunning home here!

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Children’s Den

Children's Den Presentation by Katherine Gatlin at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Designer Katherine Shelton is currently working on pulling together a children’s den and we are so excited to see how this project turns out! The presentation was fun, playful, and sophisticated all at the same time! We love her selections and can’t wait to see the end product!

Take a look at this happy gender-neutral combination of fabrics and colors. Love!

Children's Den Presentation by Katherine Gatlin at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Children's Den Presentation by Katherine Gatlin at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Children's Den Presentation by Katherine Gatlin at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Children's Den Presentation by Katherine Gatlin at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Children's Den Presentation by Katherine Gatlin at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Children's Den Presentation by Katherine Gatlin at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Don’t you just love those colors?! The parents will enjoy that room just as much as the kiddos!

If you’d like help pulling a room in your home together, give us a call! 601-853-4445 We’d LOVE to help!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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It’s Back

SummerHouseInteriorDesign.com

SummerHouseInteriorDesign.com has been down for several weeks while undergoing a pretty drastic revamp! And we are SO happy to say that IT’S BACK!!!

New projects, new layout, new gallery feature, new photography, new designer info… We think you’ll like what you see! Eye candy for hours!

SummerHouseInteriorDesign.com

SummerHouseInteriorDesign.com

SummerHouseInteriorDesign.com

Head on over and take a look around! And remember that all of these projects were done by SummerHouse designers so if you see something you like, we can help make your home equally as beautiful! Just give us a shout (or email a designer directly from the new site! That’s another cool feature we added!) and we can chat about your design needs!

Props to Brian at Zest Creative for taking our vision and making it a real thing! And for being patient with us design folks who tend to change trains of thought somewhat often… 🙂 We love the end result!

Have fun browsing! Hope you enjoy!

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Seeking Interior Designer!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

We come to you a little bit sad today because our sweet and talented designer Mary Courtney made the decision a couple of weeks ago to leave SummerHouse and work from home so she can spend more time with her beautiful babies! Her last day was Friday 🙁 We are so happy for her and know this is a great move for her family, but we are SO sad to be losing her!

Because of this transition, we now have a position open! We are looking for a new Interior Designer to join our team!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Here’s some info about the position:

We are currently seeking qualified interior designers who wish to work in a creative and fast paced environment. Duties include, but are not limited to, showroom sales and full scale interior design projects. Full scale interior design projects include the selection of exterior finishes, interior finishes, furniture and fabric selections, as well as coordinating installations. SummerHouse specializes in beautiful and fashion forward interiors while giving the highest level of client service. Quality benefits and a competitive compensation structure are included. Candidates must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, superb organizational skills, a positive work ethic, strong sales ability and a solid design foundation. A degree in interior design and sales experience in this field is preferred.

And here’s a little bit about your work environment! 🙂

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

If this position sounds like something you’d enjoy, then shoot us your resume! We look forward to hearing from you!

ALSO- if you are in the Oxford, MS area and looking for a design position, click here. We’re hiring for our new location up there! 🙂 Yay!

Hope you’re having a great day so far! Thanks for stopping by!

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Designer of the Week: Katy Sanders

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders Every few weeks, we pick a different designer to feature as our designer of the week! It’s so much fun for us to really focus in on one designer at a time and see what they’ve been working on, what’s caught their eye, and where they turn for inspiration!

Our newest designer of the week is Katy Sanders! This girl has been working extra hard lately and has pulled together some beautiful rooms! Find out about what’s most inspired her lately, her favorite recent project, and much more! Keep reading!

Tell us about a few of your favorite details in a project you’re currently working on!

My latest project involved a complete living room design for a home in the Bridgewater subdivision. Having downsized to one main living area, my clients needed a comfortable, casual, user-friendly space. I chose slipcovered pieces, warm wood tones, and natural fibers.

Here’s a look at the final selections. We cannot wait for the install this fall!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders

What is your favorite design trend right now?

I am excited to finally see a shift from cooler tones back to natural, earthy palettes. Most recently, I have been drawn to designs that incorporate warm neutrals, jewel tone accents, matte finishes and mixed materials. My husband and I are building a home this fall, and I am looking forward to adding a few of these details myself!

Is there a publication, book, blog, website, or magazine that has just really inspired you lately? Tell us about it!

The fall issue of Milieu Magazine is absolutely stunning and so inspiring. Designer Betsy Brown’s home in Birmingham is featured. It is breathtaking, and her attention to detail is incredible. Some of the most beautiful designs can be found here in the south!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

The master bedroom is one of my favorite spaces to design. While many clients overlook this area, I encourage people to make this a priority. I have heard countless times, “No one goes in there but us.” BUT, it is so important. It’s a personal space where you wind down and rejuvenate, and that is definitely worthy of some design attention! I love helping clients transform their bedrooms into relaxing, beautiful retreats.

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Thank you, Katy, for sharing with us! You inspire all of us!

Have a GREAT week and thanks for dropping in today!

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Only The Best In This Guest Room!

Only the best in this guest room!

We have some beautiful eye candy for y’all to enjoy today in the form of a guest bedroom designed by Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend! We love her take on this traditional bedroom and would love to be a guest in this pretty setting any day! 😉

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Such a beautiful job, Lindsey! That blue and gray is mesmerizing!

We hope you are having a great week! The weekend is just around the corner!! 😉

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Shop This Room

The next time you’re flipping through a magazine or scrolling through Pinterest and see a room you love or an item that you just can’t live without, save it! Bring it to us! We have access to hundreds (possibly thousands!) of different lines, many of which often land appearances in design publications. So if you see a style of art that you must have in your home, or a light fixture that you can’t live without, let us try to find it! Or something similar!

We love when clients share rooms that inspire them. It helps our designers get a better feel for what makes our clients happy! And happy clients are the ultimate goal of every single job we do!

Since Keri Russell’s home has been one of the most pinned rooms ever on Pinterest (and with good reason– it’s gorgeous!), we decided to use it to show you what sort of beautiful things we have access to!

Shop Keri Russell's living room at SummerHouse!

We can get any/all of this for you! So next time you see a magazine page that sends you into orbit, let us see it! What inspires you inspires us. We love getting to design for you guys!

Thanks for dropping by today. Hope you’re having a great week!

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What Sets SummerHouse Apart?

What is SummerHouse?

SummerHouse is a beautiful place that acquired its name after owner Lisa Palmer spent a week vacationing in Florida’s renown 30A several years back. The vibes she got while on that sunny stretch of heaven on earth were the vibes she wanted to deliver to the clients of her growing interior design business. She loved the way their rental house for that summer week made her feel.

SummerHouse 🙂

Fast forward several years and not only is SummerHouse a business where Lisa Palmer makes clients happy, or a showroom that inspires its visitors with its unique mix of modern, classic, funky, and soft. It’s also a design family. SummerHouse has grown to employ seven interior designers, and that is what makes us unique! We are not just a store. We’re not just a design group. We are a design HOUSE! We sell directly off the floor. Our design services are free to those who purchase from us. Our designers are all trained designers with degrees in their field!

The SummerHouse Designers

SummerHouse is a powerhouse of talent! Our designers care. They love their work and it shows. They love detail. They value superior client service. They go the extra mile. They listen to those for whom they design.

SummerHouse is special. We’d love the opportunity to show you a SummerHouse experience. We will work within your budget to deliver maximum style and maximum satisfaction. And we look forward to doing so!

Come in and meet Lisa, Katy, Mary Courtney, Katie, Lindsey, Elish, and Katherine. Any of these talents will work their hardest to make you happy! We can’t wait to see you!

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Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe’re beginning a new round of our always popular Designer of the Week series! Going first is Interior Designer Elish Phares Moon! We love having this girl as a part of our team and love hearing more about her favorite project to date, the item she longs to have in her house, and much more! Keep reading! 🙂
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What is your favorite design trend right now and why?

My favorite design trend right now is actually designers who are using their expertise to explore designs a little off the beaten path. In a new generation of clients who are Pinterest, HGTV, and internet educated it’s sometimes difficult for interior designers to “wow” their clients. I love seeing designs that aren’t replicas of the most commonly pinned bathroom on Pinterest. I’m not pointing fingers- I’m definitely guilty of sometimes seeking inspiration online before wracking my own brain. But I’ve been really inspired lately not by perfectly replicated designs, but by the designers and clients who take a little liberty with trying out new things!

We know designers always have a little pile of samples of things that they hope to be able to use in their own homes one day… Tell us about one thing that’s in your current pile and why you love it or how you plan to use it!

I am very guilty of having a “happy” pile for my future home. Right now my favorite thing is the most unessential. I am completely in love with a jeweled Samuel & Sons trim. I stare at it longingly often and dream of ways to make it work. Of course, having a seasoned design eye, I chose something very costly. I’m just like my clients though- I need to be practical. I need a home that is inviting and that doesn’t have a warning sign at the door- “no one under the age of 5, though sippy cups are welcome”. I need practical! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t ruled out a gorgeous trim on future drapery. Your home has to make YOU happy first and foremost. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

 My favorite room to design is a living room. It’s the heartbeat of the house (second only to the kitchen) where many memories are made. I like the challenge of creating a beautiful but functional space. That one room really needs to be the full package. It has to be visually appealing, functional, the hub for the house. I think a successful living room design is incredibly rewarding.

Tell us about your favorite project to date and what you love about that particular project! 

My favorite project to date has been a roughly 14 month project in Oxford, MS. We just had our first install for the project last week and I’ve never had a more rewarding experience. It wasn’t the scale of the project (though large), the budget, or the location. It was an incredibly close relationship with a client equally dedicated to not sacrificing details in her home. The projects that I consistently walk away from feeling accomplished and gratified, are the ones that reflect an open and communicative relationship with my client. It shows in every detail: the cohesiveness of rooms, materials, etc.. We worked hard to be on the same page throughout and I think it shows. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much and gained such experience… and to have a project I can walk away from proud I have my name on it.

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Bedroom on a Budget

SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns designing a bedroom on a budget // www.alwayssummerblog.comYou might have seen the post we did several weeks ago featuring designer Katie Carone and the living room she put together on a tighter budget! She did a beautiful job, so this time, we put designer Mary Courtney Johns to the test!

Mary Courtney has pulled together a drool-worthy bedroom that looks like it cost about three times what it actually totaled! This room is under $15,000!

Do keep in mind that this is ALL new furniture, so even if $15,000 doesn’t seem low to you, picking just a few new pieces for a certain room can really bring your existing pieces to life by only spending a fraction of this.

Our designers are experts in merging your existing furniture with perfectly selected new pieces to bring the utmost style to your space without breaking the bank!

We think Mary Courtney did a fantastic job of sourcing her specs from our more moderately priced (yet still very good quality) designer lines! Here’s her project!

Designing on a budget... A high end designer's take on a budget bedroom! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Queen bed // $3530
Queen Coverlet // $455
Pair of Euro Shams // $130 each
Pair of faux fur accent pillows on bed // $210 each
Pair of Bedside Tables // $1370 each
Pair of Lamps // $345 each
8 x 10 Rug // $1865
Pair of Benches // $924 each
Artwork pair // $1500 each
 Room Total // $14,808
“I started this design off with a bed that would make a statement and followed with complimentary, budget friendly options that would only elevate the overall space. These selections, being that they are neutral and transitional, can easily be moved to a guest bedroom years down the road if the homeowner is wanting a change in their own bedroom. I love a portion of high contrast in interiors and used the intensity in the footstools and artwork to play up this feature. The paint color used is Benjamin Moore Intense White, which is an almost white with a tint warm gray; a wonderful backdrop for the deeper tones so they really stand out! It looks much more gray in the image above, but on a wall, it looks whiter!”
How to make your master bedroom furniture last longer // SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Give Mary Courtney a call (601-853-4445) if you want to know more about any of these pieces! Way to go for pulling together such gorgeousness, Mary Courtney!
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