Decking A Dorm Room: Part II

In Part I of Decking a Dorm Room, Designer Katherine Shelton gave you ten tips for making a dorm room feel like home, while showing off you and your roommate’s personal style. Today, Katherine has put together an inspiration board to show you exactly how to pull it all together!

Dorm Room

 

Add some ivory pillow shams, a bed shirt, and drapes and your dorm room is sure to be a showstopper! See an item you want or interested in having Katherine design your dorm room? Email her at katherine@summerhousestyle.com or give her a call – 601.853.4445!

Stay tuned for Part III of Decking a Dorm Room. Katherine will share clever ways to organize and maximize space in your dorm!
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Ten Tips for Decking a Dorm Room

It’s that time of year! High school seniors have decided what college they will attend in the fall, picked a roommate, and have their orientation date booked. The next step – finding out their dorm assignment!

Designing an eye-catching space is a must for girls in college these days. Unfortunately, it can be a daunting task. Not only is it a small space, but that space has to be shared with another girl. Luckily, there are TONS of tips and tricks to maximize the efficiency of a dorm room while bringing in decor that fits each girl’s personal style.

Today, we are kicking off Part I of Decking a Dorm Room! Did you know that we can help you design your/your daughter’s dorm? We sat down with SummerHouse designer Katherine Gatlin Shelton and asked her for ten of her best tips for designing a dorm room. Grab your notepad or hook up your printer.. You’ll want to keep these tips! Here is what she had to say…

  1. Custom Headboards.  Neutral linen or velvet fabric with nailhead or contrast cord.  It is smart to think resale when designing these headboards.

2. Four Drawer Bedside Chest. This needs to be tall and wide with enough storage to accommodate both girls.

3. Matching lamps to go on top of your chest.  Each girl will need her on light in her life!:)  Lamps can be colorful or neutral depending on the chest finish and overall room design.

4. Storage Ottomans for the end of each bed.  A girl can never have enough seating for company and this is a great way to accommodate guests as well as a clever place to store all of our infinity scarfs.

5. Fun Desk Chairs.  This is a great place to bring in Lucite, or lacquered finishes as well as a great pop of graphic fabric.

6. Modern Art is a great way for each girls to express herself and give the room a style of its own.

7. Upholstered bulletin boards for party pics.  Great way to bring all the room’s fabrics together to coordinate the space.

8. Bedding, and make it fabulous.  You must have lots of layers.  Euro, standard, bolster and lumbar pillows, coverlet, plush duvet, and skirt.

9. Drapery to soften your window and wall.

10. Don’t Forget Your Jewelry!!  Accessories are a must in our fashion and decor. Books stacked with a bowl on top.  Starburst mirrors, soft throws placed on the back of your chair, several sizes of boxes stacked on top of each other and just the right color and scale is most important.

The room pictured below is a great example of maximizing space, while creating a cozy ambiance that exudes personal style that is sure to make your girl feel right at home.

Ten Tips for Decking Your Dorm Room | Always Summer Blog

{image via Pinterest}

Katherine would love to help you with your next dorm room project! Give us a call and ask for her – 601.853.4445! We hope you enjoyed Part I of Decking a Dorm Room. Stay tuned for Part II next week where we will dig deeper into designing the perfect dorm room.

Thanks for stopping by and happy dorm room decking!!!

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Inside The Orange Box: What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

We started a column last year called What I Didn’t Learn In Design School where designers, after working professionally as a designer in the field, share what they’ve had to learn in the “real” design world that school may not have taught them!

Today one of our newest designers, Camille Holland Parker, shares what she has learned in the field that she didn’t necessarily learn in school!

What SummerHouse Interior Designers didn't learn in design school // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“In design school they teach about what all it takes to design a space, and about the professionals that you will be working alongside to help you in any areas you aren’t familiar with, like flooring, tile and hard surfaces, and certain types of furniture. As the “newbie”/student, you’re quite intimidated by the professionals that you’ve not yet made relationships with, but as a professional interior designer I’ve come to rely on my fellow professionals and I am not intimidated to call them with questions and inquiries. It is a team effort to get the work done and the space designed, so I wish I had had more confidence in contacting other professionals in the industry early on. Communication has proven to be as key in our industry as in any other. It takes a village for a great design to formulate!”

Good stuff, Camille! Communication and working with others really is SO important!

Thank you for dropping by today — we appreciate it so much! Have a great weekend!

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New + Pretty On The Showroom Floor

Marty and the team have been hard at work! While it was raining outside yesterday, magical things were going on inside of the showroom!

Here is a sneak peek…

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See something you’re dying to have? Give us a call or see if we have it on our web store!

Thanks for stopping by and as always, you can keep with up with us by the minute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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The Importance of Design Part I: Rebecca Atwood

Why is design important? In this series, we will talk with influential designers in the industry to get this question answered.

We are honored to begin with Rebecca Atwood, a Brooklyn based designer and artist. Rebecca creates home textiles using a combination of traditional textile techniques and hand painting. Every part of her product is carefully thought out, right down to the gold YKK zippers that are used on every pillow to guarantee the highest quality. The process is so important to her she has an entire section on her website dedicated to it (check it out here)!

Rebecca was kind enough to take a minute to have a quick Q&A session with us! Here is what she had to say on the importance of design.

1. I see in your about section, “Behind each design is a story drawn from her collection of family heirlooms, textures found in nature, vintage patterns discovered at the flea market, inspired color combinations from world travels or a composition from her sketchbook. “  Can you tell us the story behind a specific pattern that you particularly love?! 

Our marble pattern has a lot of personal history.  I actually learned the Suminagashi marbling technique during a parent’s weekend at Rhode Island School of Design with my Mom. We spent an afternoon marbling and I saved all of the papers. This technique of floating ink in a bath of water is very meditative and the resulting patterns remind me of the coastal landscape I grew up with on Cape Cod.  These papers were then scanned into the computer and I put them into repeat.

2. Can you describe your pattern design process in a nutshell?

My design process is a bit different for each pattern, but all of my designs start with a hands-on process. It might be directly painting on the fabric, folding and dyeing it – or working in my sketchbook with gouache, watercolor, ink, or cut paper.  I focus first on creating an interesting concept and then how to translate it into fabric. It may be digitally printed, screen printed, woven, hand painted or dyed.  Then I work on creating a mood board for a collection – I’m pulling together a color palette, pinning up inspiration images of rooms and environments, and mixing in my artwork. I love this stage of developing the bigger picture.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to make a business out of designing fabrics, art, and goods made from your designs?

When I was graduating from college I knew I needed a job, and textile design seemed like the closest thing I could do to painting and be paid. That was the start of my interest in the home décor world.  I worked for a few years at Anthropologie and then a small NY-UK based design consultancy company creating private label programs for retailers here and abroad while also consulting on trends.  I wasn’t actually sure I ever wanted to have my own line, but as things went along in my career it seemed like the next move.  I just wanted to dig deeper and develop product that I really loved and wanted to put out into the world. There is so much product out there, but a lot of it isn’t thoughtful, and I wanted to break through that mold.  I also wanted to control how and where the product I designed was being made.

4. What is something that really sets your business apart from others that might be considered similar?

I think the focus on the creative process is something that sets my business apart. I set aside time just to explore ideas without focusing on what they will become — I think that’s the only way to really allow for your best work to come forward.  We still do all of the hand-dyeing in the studio in Brooklyn. Hands on is so important.

5. What is your favorite item(s) in your current collection? Can you tell us a little bit about why you love it/them so?

I don’t think I can pick a favorite! I really love all of the pieces in the line, and it’s important to me that they are all pieces I would live with in my own home.  I’m constantly creating and so I’m always partial to what I’m working on next. Right now, for example, I’m working on our first collection of woven throws. I’m loving this departure into a new technique that’s so different than print.  Our shibori pillows from our current collection will always also be a favorite. I love how each one is unique due to the hand dyeing process.

6. What is your favorite way to spend a weekend? 

I love a lazy weekend at home with my husband and our two kittens! Going to a yoga class at Bend and Boom, making a delicious meal or eating at one of our favorite neighborhood spots, and just catching up on time together.

Thank you so much Rebecca!
Here is some eye candy brought to you by Rebecca Atwood herself!

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(photos are from designer’s website linked above)

Thanks for stopping by! You can shop Rebecca Atwood’s collection in our showroom or online at our webstore! Hope you have a great week!

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Why We Love Michael Clement

Our #LeeLovesLocal event is this Thursday and we are so excited to have artist Michael Clement join us! Michael is bringing his exquisite handmade lamps and bowls for the event. Each piece is hand-thrown or built and kiln fired in New Orleans. They are finished off with a unique pattern that is gilded in silver or gold… stunning!

As if that’s not exciting enough – Michael is making custom mini bowls exclusively for SummerHouse! We cannot wait for the mini bowls to join the rest of Michael’s pieces in our showroom. Check them out below.

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Are you gushing over these beauties like we are? Love. Love. LOVE.

Don’t forget – For The Love of Art is February 11th, 5 pm – 8 pm. There will be light bites, live tunes, Lauren Barksdale art giveaway, and custom Michael Clements mini bowls. Andddd you get to shop and give back to the community – 10% of all proceeds will benefit Stewpot. We would love for you to bring a $10 donation and/or bring a bag on non-perishable food items upon entry!

We hope to see you this Thursday!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Celebrity Designers, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we shared some of our designers’ favorite celebrity designers! If you missed that post, you can get to it here!

Today, a few more designers give their input on which celeb designers they love and why! Let’s see what they have to say!

Interior Designer Todd Prince

I like Thomas O’Brien. His Aero book is one of my favorites. I love how his designs look very “found” and never overly decorated. He is great at mixing old and new and brining in a little bit of eclectic. I think his work is great.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Thomas O'Brien // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Thomas O'Brien // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend

The interior design community is full of a wealth of talented designers and architects.  I follow the work of so many!  Some of my favorite designers to draw inspiration from are McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, Beth Webb, Darryl Carter, Melanie Turner, and the always amazing Suzanne Kasler.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Melanie Turner // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Beth Webb // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Elish Phares Moon

I truly don’t have a favorite designer. To me, the mark of a great designer is one who evolves with their clients, therefore they may not have an easily detectable signature style. Still, there is always that common thread in design that is well-executed that is magnetic. Some designers that I seem to always be drawn to aspects of their projects are Jessica Helgerson, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, & almost any designer based out of Atlanta – the talent packed into that city is incredible! Oh and Aerin Lauder’s product design is unparalleled…she can do no wrong.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Jessica Helgerson // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: McAlpine Booth & Ferrier // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( photos are sourced from designers’ websites linked above )

We love all of these picks! Great style is truly so inspiring.

Thank you for stopping in today. Have a great weekend!!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Celebrity Designers, Part 1

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we asked our designers to talk about their favorite celebrity designers! Their feedback is brilliant, as always! Here’s what they have to say…

Interior Designer Camille Parker

“My favorite celebrity designer hasn’t always been the same, but as my style evolves so does my go-to designer for inspiration. However, for the last few years and currently, Kelly Wearstler is my favorite. She is edgy but does not compromise her style choices for trends, making sure her designs are classic. She uses only the best finishes and materials, so her designs are always fresh and enviable!”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

“I have many favorite celebrity designers but one that currently comes to mind would have to be Nate Berkus.  I am inspired by his design with the way he mixes so many finishes and textures in one room to create such a unique feeling.  I also am so intrigued by the tones he chooses to design a room with.  I love his eclectic style.  In all of his rooms you can normally find antiques mixed with vintage and new furniture and accessories.  I am such a fan of designing a space with blacks, whites, and neutral tones accented with bold saturated color.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns

“It is difficult to name a designer that is my favorite being that there are so many intelligent and inspirational creative people out there! If I was to name a person whose work I most love and someone who I look up to it would be Windsor Smith. She is daring in her choices but at the same time is successful at mixing in traditional pieces with offbeat, bold punches.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( photos were taken from each designers’ website )

Stay tuned as Part 2 of this series comes in the next couple of weeks!
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Showroom Refresh

As many of you know, we update our showroom every week since we sell directly off of our floor and are always having to move sold pieces out and bring new pieces in!

Well, this week, we did this in a BIG way! We brought over lots (like… LOTS) of new pieces and the showroom could not look prettier!

Check it out… We are dying over multiple new pieces and vignettes and we think you will too! Prepare for LOTS of eye candy! <3

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SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse [ Furniture + Interior Design ] // www.alwayssummerblog.com

If you see something you just have to have, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our designers are here for you!

601-853-4445

Have a fantastic day! 🙂

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Pretty + New in the Showroom

12
OCTOBER
2015

Marty got the showroom looking extra pretty last week! We have some beautiful new pieces in, so come in and have a look for yourself! Here’s a peek…

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

If you see something that particularly catches your eye, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Or see if it’s available on our web store (which we are constantly updating!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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Inside The Orange Box: Shelf Help

09
OCTOBER
2015

We’re back with another edition of Inside The Orange Box! Today’s topic: Bookshelves. Here is what we asked our designers!

What is one of your favorite ways to add interest to bookshelves?

INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

Bookshelves can be challenging. I always like bookshelves to be about books. So I start at the bottom with books and work my way up adding accessories.  There is a balance achieved that is a little unexplainable when mixing accessories and books. I just know when the shelf is balanced and then when the side of the bookshelf in total is balanced. Sometimes you have to play with it several times to achieve it. I like to combine new and old, modern and traditional accessories with books as well as art in the bookshelves for an interesting balance.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

I tend to keep shelving minimal so that each item has room to stand out on its on. This space is meant to display items personal to the home owner so there should be no need to add extra, meaningless pieces to fill leftover inches. Take your time to find items that are sentimental and appropriate.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I love working in small pieces of art and family photos into bookshelves so that it doesn’t read too “bookish.”  Also I love hanging art from the front of a shelf as well.  Great impact and it changes the depth perception of the entire bookcase.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

Mix static and organic elements. Books interspersed with horns or a geode. Make a bookshelf look a bit more collected by adding a novel sculpture. Bookshelves are a great place to let an owner’s individualism show through.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES

Art is a great way to add interest to bookshelves.  It can break your eye from the common repetitiveness of books and accessories.

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

Using found objects and personal items, without over-crowding the shelves, is essential to adding interest. Most people assume filling up the bookshelves is the best way to tackle it, but I start just the opposite way. Less is more and creating symmetry with hefty and dainty objects is a great way to calm the eye when reading bookshelves.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(( find all of the original sources of these photos via this pin board! ))

What is your favorite element to incorporate into bookshelves?

If you ever need any help with getting yours looking just right, don’t hesitate to call us for help! We love the challenge of bookshelves!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a GREAT weekend!

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AERIN

30
SEPTEMBER
2015

One word: AERIN.

When we hear that name, we automatically think beauty and style. In a most simple and profound way.

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Aerin’s line of household accessories and candles have completely swept us off our feet! The colors, the quality, the style… We love it all!

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And her candles are so beautiful and unique!

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This is only a small preview of what we have available in the shop! You’ve got to come put your eyes on these items… They’re truly SO gorgeous!

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping by today! Means the world to us! 🙂

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Luxury Reads

14
SEPTEMBER
2015

We just got in a huge shipment of INCREDIBLE books from Assouline, a company with the coolest reads around! All of them are just as pretty sitting on your coffee table as they are interesting to go through. Here are some of our top picks, although this is not all of the new ones we’ve gotten in!

Brand new shipment of Assouline books // SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A little about some of these lovely reads…

HUNTING: LEGENDARY RIFLES“Relating anecdotes of expeditions in different countries and exploring various traditions, Hunting: Legendary Rifles combines the thrill of the hunt with the history of the arms’ rich historic past, from creation and refinement of each gun to exhilarating examples of its use.”

CRAFT COCKTAILS“Craft Cocktails explores the new golden age of the cocktail as a culinary art form. Brian Van Flandern shares some of his famous recipes conceived while working as the head mixologist for Michelin three-star chef Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York. Additionally, Van Flandern has collected recipes from some of the best craft cocktail lounges in the city. From garnishes and glassware to temperature and balance, His original recipes can be found at bars in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, and dozens of other major cities around the world.”

AMERICAN BEAUTY“Photographed by Vogue alumna Claiborne Swanson Frank, American Beauty is a tribute to the women who symbolize our country today—from Jenna Lyons to Lisa Mayock, Solange Knowles to Lily Aldridge—each of whom possesses an original blend of grit, grace, glamour, and gravitas that make them fitting exemplars of kaleidoscopic American beauty.”

IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HAMPTONS – From the glamorous parties and unparalleled beaches to the mega-estates and its storied history, the Hamptons are magnetic. This beautifully illustrated updated edition of In the Spirit of the Hamptons by Kelly Killoren Bensimon, including a new foreword by Pamela Fiori, sends the reader on a personal tour of the many hamlets that make up the Hamptons—each with its own charm—from iconic restaurants such as Southampton’s Sant’Ambroeus or the renowned Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill or the ultra high-end shopping scene in East Hampton.”

<< all excerpts taken from assouline.com >>

Shop all of these in our store! Coming soon to our online store!

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One Week Away…!

10
SEPTEMBER
2015

This time next week, we’ll be welcoming designer Barbara Westbrook to the shop for a book signing of her beautiful new book Gracious Rooms!

We are so thrilled and hope you are making plans to be here with us! The book signing is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and we’ll have some wine and little bites for you to enjoy throughout!

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

In case you missed this post, we showed a few of our favorite pages from her fantastic book. These are only a FEW of the pages we loved! The whole book is seriously stunning…

Come see for yourself and get a copy signed next Thursday!
See you soon!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite White and Light Neutral Paint Colors

Inside The Orange Box this week, we’re talking about paint colors! Choosing a paint color seems to give most people more anxiety than almost anything when it comes to interior design! Our designers weigh in on their favorite white and neutral paint colors to hopefully help reduce the stress commonly associated with the topic!

SummerHouse Designers' favorite white and neutral paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“My go to white is Benjamin Moore Linen White. SummerHouse is painted Linen White and our customers always ask what the wall color is. It is an ivory with not too much yellow in it. It is fresh and light and simply beautiful.”

LINEN WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“My favorite “go to” white is Ben Moore White Dove.  It’s crisp and clean and has no weird undertone.”

WHITE DOVE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“My go to neutral paint colors are Moonlight White or Dune White, both by Benjamin Moore. They almost universally compliment and are the perfect backdrop for any design.”

MOONLIGHT WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DUNE WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I recently used Benjamin Moore Moonshine to refinish a client’s breakfast table and chairs. The color looked fantastic as the backdrop for the charcoal velvet and marble design cotton upholstery that I used. The paint has a blue gray tint while staying light and fresh.”

MOONSHINE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

“Benjamin Moore White Dove is my favorite, especially for trim and cabinets!”

WHITE DOVE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

“Moonlight White and Classic Gray, both by Ben Moore, are my go-tos these days!”

MOONLIGHT WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

CLASSIC GRAY // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

“My favorite go-to white is Benjamin Moore Dove White, but I’ve really loved using Revere Pewter lately. It is a beautiful, soft grey that compliments all colors!”

WHITE DOVE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

REVERE PEWTER // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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We love all of these picks!

Also, remember that our designers are PROS at picking out colors for your walls, so let them help you if the task still seems too daunting!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great long weekend and remember that we are closed on Monday so we can spend Labor Day with our families!

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Designer Of The Week: Katy Hines

28
AUGUST
2015

Our newest designer of the week is bride-to-be Katy Hines! We’re loving the things that have been inspiring her and catching her eye lately! Keep reading… >>>

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) What project have you been most excited about working on lately?! What do you love about this project?

I recently completed the lighting specifications for a new construction home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The client’s home is a rustic modern approach in design style. Lighting selections that blended effortlessly with the style of the home and furnishings were key to the success of the design. Style, scale, proportion and function are critical details when designing lighting plans, and when done correctly, it can make such a big impact on the overall aesthetic. I really view it as a work of art! I enjoyed the process and the end-result turned out beautifully!

2) Is there a color or type of pattern you’ve been really into lately that you find yourself reaching for when putting together presentations?

Here is a Hickory Chair pattern I have been reaching for a lot. These colors and this pattern have really caught my eye lately.

Hickory Chair 4101-95 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am also loving the warmth, great mix of textures and overall style of this vignette on our floor:

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) What inspires you most as a designer? 

My clients inspire me most. Without them, we wouldn’t be here! I love the challenge of creating functional and beautiful spaces that are personal and tailored to each client’s own style and interests.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When initially working on the conceptual design of a project, I often turn to some of the best in the business. Trade magazines like Milieu Magazine and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles offer great sources of inspiration from renowned designers all over the world! Not to mention the library of published design books we have here at our fingertips!

And I cannot forget to mention the people I work with. We have such a great team of designers and support staff. We all work closely together and inspire each other everyday!

4) Tell us how you think you’ve grown as a designer of the years!

I have learned that communication is key when working with clients. Styles and interests, likes and dislikes, and the lifestyles and patterns of people are all different. Melding your talent with the client’s vision is what truly makes you successful in this business.

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Project Underway

24
JUNE
2015

Designer Lindsey Townsend is working on a GORGEOUS project out in Madison’s Lost Rabbit neighborhood that we are just dying to see! This project is one that Lindsey has been working on from the ground up! Construction is expected to be completed this fall, and furniture is slowly but surely being ordered!

Here is a peek at phase two of Lindsey’s selections.

How pretty!!

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We cannot wait to see this finished product. Stay tuned for more photos once the install is complete in a couple of months!

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Designer of the Week: Camille Holland

19
JUNE
2015

This week’s Designer of the Week is our newest designer Camille Holland! This girl has been on our team for a while now as an assistant and has recently taken on the job title of Interior Designer! We are so excited for her and can’t wait to see her future projects!

Here’s a little Q&A with this fun chick!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Camille Holland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. We are so excited that you’re movin’ on up to the position of Designer! When Lisa asked you if you wanted to take the position, what went through your head?!

I was excited, and then nervous and determined. I have worked hard to learn and absorb as much information and experience from Lisa and my coworkers! It feels like such a natural position to transition into at this time in my life and career; its great to know that Summerhouse believes in me!

2. Since you’ve had a heavy hand in many of the big projects that have gone on around here, what would you say is your favorite part of a design project?

Ahhh, that is a hard question because all phases are so important and each has it’s own interesting and exciting points! Everyone who walks in the door is different and has his or her own way of life and living. Getting to know how clients use their space and what they are passionate about is so exciting because it is the key to designing their one-of-a-kind space. However, my favorite part of the design process comes next! Once finishes and fabrics are selected, presenting them to the client is my favorite part of the project because you really determine if you and the client are on the same page and are cohesive in the vision you both have for their home or space! It is exciting to show them your hard work and either having them receive it well, or going back to the drawing board for a better design that suits them best!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Camille Holland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. What are a few of your favorite design things right now?

Right now, I’m really enjoying a new fabric collection by Clarke & Clarke: Traviata. It has great texture and the patterns and solids are a fun mix of neutrals and jewel tones! Also, mixing metals has been a very popular trend that has only gotten better and is becoming more of a style and leaving the word “trend” behind! My fiancé and I are building a house and I plan to incorporate mixed metals throughout our home!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Camille Holland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4. What is your favorite place to go to draw inspiration or just to get your wheels turning in the Jackson area?

Lately I have enjoyed the Fondren area. It has such an amazing atmosphere and the revitalization of the area is so inspiring! The food is phenomenal and the bars and coffee shops are always buzzing and inviting. The galleries and shops have such a unique mix of retro and modern, it makes for the ultimate area to draw inspiration!

Thank you so much, Camille! We are looking forward to keeping up with your growth as a designer!

Thank y’all for stopping by and reading today! Have a fun weekend!

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Designer of the Week: Elish Phares

05
JUNE
2015

Our Designer of the Week this week is Elish Phares!

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

(1) Tell us about your favorite project that has been completely finished and installed! What made that project stand out?

My favorite installed project to date is probably Arco Avenue. It was my first true “commercial” design experience, and really pushed me outside of my residential design comfort zone. The owners, Katie & Jordan, have a strong vision for their store and were lovely to work with. In addition to nailing down a style that captures the owners of Arco as well as appeals to their customer base, I had to study retail design, safety concerns, and really work out custom details. The result is something I am proud and honored to be a part of.

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

(2) We know you’re starting to think about a house of your own since you’re getting married this summer (YAY!) What, to you, is the most important thing to order/get done to that house?

2. I am getting married soon and we are in the process of finding our future home! This is so exciting, but as many of you know, there is a big dose of reality involved. Icky words like budget and re-sale value come into play. I think first you need to sit down and really think about priorities for your wants and needs and then figure out where and if those things fall into your budget. For some, like us, it may be really stripped down at first like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the inside of your home or create curb appeal outside. For me, so far, my priorities have been paint because it is a great way to get a big return for a small investment, as well as rugs. It may sound strange, but good rugs are investment pieces. More vital things like kids, school, etc.. may knock big items down our list in the future. I’d rather knock out one or two big ticket items now and then slowly check off the rest of our list over time. I may be a designer, but I live in the real world too- you can’t always do a full home makeover at once. Design how you would like your space ideally and don’t compromise. It may take a little longer to check things off of your list, but do it once and do it right.

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

(3) What have you been into lately as far as patterns? Where is your favorite place to use a pattern?

Lately I have been into really subtle patterns. Neutrals with texture or tonal patterns using herringbone, greek keys, etc.. I also have really loved washed patterns with splashes of color. Patterns that are washed or faded and don’t have sharp edges. For neutral patterns the world is your oyster; they are great on drapery, sofas, bedding…anything. For other patterns I think sometimes smaller doses can actually catch your eye more easily because they are focused. I often use patterns on throw pillows, a lone accent chair, or a pair of ottomans.

(4) Is there anywhere in the Jackson area you like to go to get inspired and refreshed?

I am so blessed to live in a beautiful area of Jackson that has a wide range of homes. Jackson is packed with character! I also run in the mornings to get my daily outdoor time and get my day off to a good start. It’s just how I decompress and process. One of my favorite things to do is look at the homes in my neighborhood as I run; ongoing renovations, new landscaping, etc… There are so many different styles represented and some days I will randomly notice a home I’ve passed every morning for a year and just never keyed on. It’s crazy!

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

(5) What do you most love about being a designer?

Some may laugh, but being an interior designer is a tough, demanding occupation. It was a very undervalued service until recently. It’s still sometimes a challenge to help people understand the value of a professional eye. Your home is your respite. It is your oasis in the madness of everyday life and hectic schedules. It is where many memories are made and family inside jokes are shared. It is a value that can’t always be defined but is always felt. I think I enjoy proving to myself and others daily that I know what I’m doing and one of the most rewarding experiences in life is right under your nose…loving where you live!

To continue keeping up with Elish, follow her on Pinterest!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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