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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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!
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.”
DESIGNER TODD PRINCE
“My favorite “go to” white is Ben Moore White Dove. It’s crisp and clean and has no weird undertone.”
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.”
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.”
DESIGNER KATY HINES
“Benjamin Moore White Dove is my favorite, especially for trim and cabinets!”
DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND
“Moonlight White and Classic Gray, both by Ben Moore, are my go-tos these days!”
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!”
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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!
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… >>>
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.
I am also loving the warmth, great mix of textures and overall style of this vignette on our floor:
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.
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.
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.
We cannot wait to see this finished product. Stay tuned for more photos once the install is complete in a couple of months!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Our Designer of the Week this week is Elish Phares!
(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.
(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.
(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!
(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!
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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!
We’ve added a new project to the SummerHouse Interior Design site that we think you’ll like! Lisa did the interior design for a women’s boutique called Blithe and Vine in Fondren a while back and we have finally gotten pictures to share with you! Here are just a couple…
… But you can see more photos HERE! Enjoy browsing! Thanks for stopping in today!
We have a brand new project up on the SummerHouse Interior Design site for your viewing pleasure! Designer Lindsey Townsend did a BEAUTIFUL job of designing this condo in Oxford. We can all attest to how hard she worked on this project and are all so proud of the end result!
Lindsey, you’re a design goddess!! 😉
Here are a few shots from the project.
There are lots more photos from this project HERE! Enjoy! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!
Lisa went around with a marker last week and marked down half the store! There has never been a better time to come see us at the shop and go home with something new and beautiful! Check out the savings you could get on these items!
Come in and see for yourself what’s on sale! Our awesome designers are happy to help steer you toward the perfect purchase for your home!
Thanks for stopping by – we hope to see you in person soon!
We must admit… We’ve really got a thing for acrylic incorporated into interior design! Acrylic furniture and accessories have such a beautiful way of being stylish, chic show-stealers while at the same time being almost invisible.
That’s why we were absolutely swept away when we saw the line of accessories by Alexandra Von Furstenberg (daughter-in-law and former creative director of Diane Von Furstenberg’s brand.)
The simple yet ultra high-style AVF accessories currently grace our showroom floor and add an element of understated beauty to just about any style setting we have on display! You can see for yourself…
See what we mean about simple yet show-stealing style? We have so much more in the store, so come on by next time you’re in the area and check it all out in person. These AVF accessories are certainly TDF!
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Reminder to share your SummerHouse style on Instagram using #mysummerhousestyle and get yourself in the running for $500 to SummerHouse! (All about the contest here!) We’ll announce the February winner on March 2, and the contest will start over again for the month of March!
In celebration of our 10 year anniversary, we’ve got some Instagram fun up our sleeves!
We’ve created a hashtag, #MySummerHouseStyle, which is our way of keeping up with you and your beautiful furniture, home design, and accessories from SummerHouse via Instagram! Tag your photos with #MySummerHouseStyle to show us how you style your SummerHouse pieces and how much you love your home once our designers have helped make your house your own!
We’ll be choosing one photo per month during 2015 – our 10th year in business! – with this hashtag and giving the owner of that account $500 to spend with SummerHouse!
Whichever photo* has the most likes within the given month will be the winner that month.
Get to tagging your ‘grams that contain SummerHouse product with #MySummerHouseStyle and encourage your friends to like those photos… It could wind up winning you a lot of money!
*Your account must be public in order to win! SummerHouse employees are not eligible to win. Your photo must contain product from SummerHouse. The contest starts over at the beginning of each month, so photos posted before the given month will not be eligible to win that month’s prize.
Start hashtagging, and good luck!!
(And don’t forget to follow us at @shopsummerhouse to stay up to date with everything we have going on!)
Kelly Wearstler… We love this chick! Her style is edgy, her fabrics are awesome, and her books are huge sources of eye candy for all of us design-minded people up here at SummerHouse! Here is a peek at some of her gorgeous fabrics… And we highly recommend picking up one or both of these books ASAP for a heavy dose of outside-the-box design inspiration!
Do you love Kelly as much as we do? What most inspires you about her?! We’d love to hear!
Today, we wanted to highlight a designer of whose style we are in constant admiration! Designer Bobby McAlpine’s books have been described by members of our staff as design Bibles. And more than once have pages been opened to certain pictures in his books when presentations are given. His work is just SO inspirational!!
Inside The Orange Box this week, we talk about getting the right light! Three designers share their secrets of perfecting the ambient lighting in whatever room they are designing… So let’s see what they have to say!
Interior Designer Elish Phares
I don’t have a hard and fast rule when choosing lighting for a space. Unless you are starting from scratch, each room comes with it’s own deciding factors: ceiling height, paint colors, natural light, size, etc. I love a pair of matching lamps in a room, but I usually avoid more than one pair. If I need another matching pair I usually start varying height. For example, a pair of table lamps and a pair of floor lamps look great together but aren’t too repetitive. A beautiful ceiling fixture can go a long way, but I like it to be a focal point and not fight with the rest of the room. If there is already a lot going on, I may think twice about adding a large hanging fixture. Lastly, remember who you are designing for! How do they use the space? What are they drawn to? The room should always be a reflection of those living in it.
Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend
When designing lighting for a space, I always take into consideration how the space is going to be used, the amount of natural light, the paint color, the ceiling height, and the size of the room. When starting from scratch, I like to have evenly dispersed can lighting along with a ceiling fixture in the center of the room. In most cases I will select a decorative ceiling fixture, but not in all cases, because again, it depends on the function, size, furniture, and overall design style of the room.
If the space already has many interesting design aspects then I will select a very simple light fixture, but in other spaces I do the opposite! I will select a light fixture to be the focal point and the rest of the space is designed to compliment it, not compete! I always put separate dimmers on the light fixture and the can lighting when possible. Dimmers are always nice to have when entertaining!
Interior Designer Molly Ferguson
You should have a mix of light sources at all different levels to create a flattering ambiance. You also need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space. I try to stay away from fluorescent lights if at all possible. In some instances, fluorescent lights will accent blue tones and make reds look colder, and they often are very harsh. Incandescent lighting gives off a warmer, more flattering glow. The most ideal light source is natural light. I believe if the sun is up, your drapery should be open!
Every house is so different, so there are many factors to take into consideration when selecting lighting for a space. It’s always good to hire a professional for guidance in tricky areas such as lighting!
Getting the right lighting in a room really can make the BIGGEST difference! If you need help in this department, our designers are always ready to help!
Today, we wanted to introduce you to local craftsman Mike Williams, a man on whom we rely to make so many projects special! Mike is a very gifted metal worker (among other things) and is always such a delight to work with! Let’s take a minute to get to know Mike, and some of his work, just a little bit better!
1. Introduce yourself! Where are you from? Where did you go to school? Tell us a little about your family!
I grew up in South Jackson in the 70’s and graduated from Wingfield High School in 82′. I joined the Marines in November of 82′ and served through 86′. I guess I got my creative gene from my Dad, John Williams who worked with Dr. Guyton in the Physiology department at UMC. They were always experimenting with new theories and my Dad was the one that would create the mechanics of all these experiments. I shadowed him many times and I guess that’s where it rubbed off on me.
After the Marine Corps, I went to Hinds Junior College in Commercial Design and Advertising which really helped me with the mechanics of design and creating aesthetically pleasing work. While at Hinds I worked at home in our shop building wood and glass pieces which I sold at arts and crafts shows and to regional stores.
I have a wonderful family who has supported my work now for 25 years. My wife Jan, son Sean, and daughter Maggie all have helped me many times as I was meeting deadlines or delivering pieces. We’ve always had pets, mostly dogs, and right now we have three dogs: an Australian Shepherd, a Pom-a-poo, and a long haired miniature Dachshund.
2. How did you get into metal working?
2. Metal working is one of those things that happened as part of a natural progression of my work. My wood working lead to glass etching which lead me to work in sales at Dixie Glass in the late 80’s. I met a furniture designer who would order glass table tops from me. I showed him my glass etching designs and we started incorporating them into these dining table tops. They were Greek Key designs, mostly. He showed me the metal furniture he designed and said he had a welder who built them for him. As I looked at the pieces, I told him I could build them for him, although I had never welded in my life. He allowed me to give it a try and I literally went and bought a welder, metal band saw, torch, etc. without ever doing any of this and I taught myself how to weld, bend steel, etc. I was introduced to someone in the MS Forge Counsel, a group of Blacksmiths, and I joined the group and learned invaluable things through our meetings. Then after a few years of building for him I started approaching designers on my own with furniture designs and this is really where it all started.
3. Can you tell us what inspired the name “Functional Art” as your business name?
When I went out own my own, I was exploring all creative avenues that interested me. I applied for and was accepted in the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild. At first I was just using my name for the business but later decided on MW Functional Art to represent the fact that my work is functional and can be used in a utilitarian way as well as be a piece of art which brings beauty to the surroundings.
4. What is the most unique/exciting project you’ve ever done for a SummerHouse designer?
There are so many pieces I’ve made through Summerhouse Designers that are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s hard to choose one piece that’s the most unique and exciting but one that I personally love is the Chandelier I made for Lisa for the Firefly Cottage project through the MS Craftsmen’s Guild. It was an esthetically flowing chandelier that has flute shaped arms that organically flow out of the middle. Just a stunning piece.
5. Tell us about all the mediums you can work with.
I’ve worked with so many mediums over the years. Metal, glass, wood, stone. And techniques I have used are things likes airbrushing, glass etching and carving, faux finishing (wood graining and faux marble techniques), wood carving and the list goes on.
6. What is your ideal work environment?
My ideal work environment is a shop that’s open at both ends allowing the sun and air to work their way through, sort of messy with tools and pieces of metal strewn about, and under intense pressure to meet a deadline. I seem to do my best work under high levels of stress. This may not be the best formula for most people but if I have to make something work, I will find a way no matter what.
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Thank you so much, Mike! We learned so much and are continually wowed by your stunning work! Here are a few more photos of impressive pieces of work Mike has done for us!
Window display at Arco Avenue, designed by Elish Phares. (See more from this project here!)