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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Ice House Condo in Oxford

25
MARCH
2015

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.

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

There are lots more photos from this project HERE! Enjoy! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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March Markdown Madness!

10
MARCH
2015

It’s March Markdown Madness, y’all!

March Markdowns at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 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!

March Markdowns at SummerHouse! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

March Markdowns at SummerHouse! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!

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Winner, Winner!

03
MARCH
2015

Our February winner for the #mysummerhousestyle Instagram contest has been announced! Head on over to our Instagram page to see who the lucky ‘grammer is! She won $500 to spend at SummerHouse on whatever she wants! Lucky gal!

#mysummerhousestyle

Now that it’s March, the contest has started over and a new winner will be named at the end of the month! Could it be YOU? Yes, it could be!

The contest is so easy to enter… Check out this page to find out how to get in on the action. And good luck!

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Alexandra Von Furstenberg

25
FEBRUARY
2015

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.)

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

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…

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

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!

Good luck!

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#mysummerhousestyle

02
FEBRUARY
2015

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!

#mysummerhousestyle

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!)

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Designers We Love: Kelly Wearstler

12
JANUARY
2015

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!

Designers we love: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designers we love: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designers we love: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designers we love: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designers we love: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designers we love: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you love Kelly as much as we do? What most inspires you about her?! We’d love to hear!

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Designers We Love: Bobby McAlpine

29
DECEMBER
2014

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!!

The Home Within Us

The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine // available at www.summerhousestyle.com

Art of the House

Art of the House // available at www.summerhousestyle.com

And his furniture designs for Lee Industries are PERFECTION! Classic yet very distinctive…

Bobby McAlpine for Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bobby McAlpine for Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bobby McAlpine for Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oh, Bobby, how do you do it?! We love your style so much!

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Inside The Orange Box: The Right Light

05
DECEMBER
2014

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.
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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!
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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!
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!

For past Orange Box topics, CLICK HERE!

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Interview with Mike Williams

01
DECEMBER
2014

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!

An interview with metal worker Mike Williams // www.alwayssummerblog.com1. 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.

Custom light fixture made by Mike Williams for Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Custom fixture at Firefly Cottage. Photo is from Social South

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!)

Window display at Arco Avenue, designed by Elish Phares, made by Mike Williams // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Custom bed designed by Lisa Palmer. (See more from this project here!)

Custom Bed, designed by Lisa Palmer, made by Mike Williams // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Railing and light fixture, designed by Lisa Palmer. (See more from this project here!)

Custom Railing and Light Fixture, designed by Lisa Palmer, made by Mike Williams // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

It’s probably easy to see why we are in love with Mike Williams! Not only is his work breath taking, but he is just such a nice guy! Thank you, Mike, for all you do for us!

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Designers We Love: Thom Filicia

17
NOVEMBER
2014

Today, we celebrate a designer whose style we admire across the board! From furniture to fabrics to books, we’re constantly inspired by the fantastic designer Thom Filicia!

Not only is Thom’s sense of style second to none, but he’s just a super nice guy! We love getting to see him at market every year. He even knows several of our staff by name!

Here are a few of our favorite Thom Felicia pretties…

His book, American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat

American Beauty by Thom Filicia // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Kravet Fabrics

Thom also has a beautiful collection of fabrics available through Kravet that can be purchased for custom soft goods! We’ve had several pillows on our showroom floor made out of his pretty patterns, and we’ve also spec’d his fabrics in lots of projects! Here are just a few of the ones that we’ve used before…

Thom Filicia for Kravet Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Furniture

Another facet of Thom’s talent is in designing furniture! We love his collection for Vanguard Furniture. Here are a few of his amazing pieces!

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thom Filicia for Vanguard Fabrics // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we feature several other designers whose wide array of work we totally adore!

 

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

14
NOVEMBER
2014

Happy Friday!

Today, we bring you part three in our mini Inside the Orange Box series called “What I Didn’t Learn In Design School.

There is so much about interior design that is not taught in a classroom, so our designers lend advice and encouragement to design students and aspiring designers through this column! Today, Interior Designer Sunny Holliday shares a little bit of what she wishes she’d learned in her schooling.

"What I didn't learn in design school" - a new series where SummerHouse interior designers talk about what they were never taught in their interior design classes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sunny says, “One thing I have learned along the way is this: When having my first initial meeting with my client, I find that the “interview” part is super important. I wish I could have worked with real clients in college to gain this experience.”

Lisa always emphasizes the importance of the interview process as well! “Finding out how your clients live is so important to being able to determine their needs in a design. Interior Design isn’t just for looks. It’s about functionality, too, and every family lives life differently!”

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For past Inside The Orange Box posts, click here!

Have a great weekend!

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More Additions To An Already BEAUTIFUL Collection

04
NOVEMBER
2014

Just when we thought Phillip Jeffries had done it all, they showed us that they’re never finished creating beautiful wall coverings! You might remember us talking about this fabulous collection of wall coverings called Gilded Age back in January. Now there are even MORE color ways in this lovely, metallic collection!

Gilded Age Rockefeller Rose wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Breakers Blue wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Grandstand Gold wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Vanderbilt White wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Gilded Age Socialite Silver wall covering by Phillip Jeffries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Although not all of these color ways are ones we would necessarily use, we think these are all pretty darn cool! Lisa used one of these in a recent project and it turned looking great! We can’t wait to show you pictures as soon as we have some!!

Thanks for stopping in today. Don’t forget to check us out on Instagram if you haven’t already!

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#SHGoesToMarket Part 1

28
OCTOBER
2014

Our team returned from High Point Market last week with lots of wonderful stories, beautiful pictures, and tons of excitement for the new pieces that we have headed our way soon!

We have a few highlights to show y’all, so let’s get started!

Overall, our team (consisting of Lisa, Marty, Todd, and Sunny) said things trended more towards modern (vs. reclaimed) and they continued seeing a lot of brass…

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… And that they got a lot of great one of a kind items and beautiful pieces of art!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 #SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

They got to rub elbows with Michael Boodro, the Editor in Chief of Elle Decor…

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… And Lisa was asked to be a part of the Lee Loves Local panel of outstanding store owners! What an honor!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

She did a great job… 🙂  Go Lisa!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Lee Loves Local forum was such a highlight last year, so we were all so excited when Lisa told us that Bondi, marketing goddess at Lee Industries, asked her!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more about fabulous new lighting, fun parties, and other fun tidbits from the big trip! And to see a few other photos from the trip, hop on Instagram and search the hashtag #SHGoesToMarket! Marty did a killer job of ‘gramming their way through all those lovely showrooms while they were away!

See y’all tomorrow!

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VIP Excitement!

14
OCTOBER
2014

Our very own Lisa Palmer is the guest editor for the current issue of VIP Jackson Magazine!

VIP Jackson Magaine | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.alwayssummerblog.com

She wrote the Editor’s Letter at the front of the magazine, and was interviewed for the story about creating a timeless fall look on the following page! Be sure to grab a copy next time you’re out and about and see what you think!

VIP Jackson Magaine | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.alwayssummerblog.com

VIP Jackson Magaine | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.alwayssummerblog.com

Awesome job, Lisa! And thank you to VIP for letting us be a part of this issue!

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New On The SummerHouse Interior Design Site

10
OCTOBER
2014

We have recently added two GORGEOUS projects to our SummerHouse Interior Design site and invite you to hop on over there and check out all of the photos from these to beautiful rooms!

This first project is by designer Elish Phares. We love this peaceful master bedroom! You may remember reading more about it in this blog post. Check out all of the photos on SummerHouse Interior Design HERE!

SummerHouse Interior Design // Lake Caroline Residence

The next beautiful new project is by designer Todd Prince. This nursery is SO sweet and pretty! We absolutely love it. You can read more about it in this blog post and view more photos on the SummerHouse Interior Design site HERE!

Reunion Nursery // SummerHouse Interior Design

 Enjoy!

And HAPPY FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!

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Master Bedroom Masterpiece

08
SEPTEMBER
2014

SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares takes us inside the master bedroom of one of her clients to remind us of just how beautiful simple design can be! We love the tight color palette, clean lines, and all of the natural light! Elish tells us a little bit about what all went into this design!

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

What did your client say she wanted in this room and what were you working with?

For this room, we pretty much had a fresh start in there! The only thing we worked with was her bed, which she had already purchased from SummerHouse. I got to start basically from scratch in there. We selected paint colors together, which is when I learned that her favorite color in any shape or form is blue. So I knew I needed to include several shades of blue! I had already redone her living room, and her master is right off of her living, so I wanted it to be different but I wanted it to still flow off of her living.

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

She wanted it to be calm and soothing. I think she and her husband really like to read, so we made a little reading nook for her over in the corner. A big debate for them was whether or not they wanted to keep a TV in the bedroom, but we eventually decided not to, so we ended up with a lot of room for book storage. They can also use their night stands for storage!

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

Tell us more about working with this client!

She is great to work with! I knew the design would have to involve blue because that’s her favorite. She likes pretty things, but we have to be somewhat practical- we couldn’t do anything too crazy- because her dogs get on everything. Her dogs sleep on the foot of the bed so the bedding, except for the shams and decorative pillow, is washable.

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

We were trying to create a balance between the bed she already had, which is actually kind of green, and that blue. So that was kinda where the color palette came from. And she’s not overly girly. So that’s why the lamps are a little bit rustic. She’s kind of drawn to reclaimed things sometimes! It ended up being a really nice mix.

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

How long have you and this client been working together?

We have been working together for about a year now! She’s made several house updates throughout my time working with her. She’s updated finishes, redone her kitchen, redone her floors, painted…. So we are kind of doing interiors as we are going through some of her home updates.

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Thanks Elish! So soothing and relaxing… Keep up the good work! 🙂

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