Christmas in the Township


Christmas in the Township is coming up! 


In addition to the big open house, which will be Township-wide on December 6th, be sure to get in on all the other Christmas festivities going on during the month of December! Here’s an outline of what you have to look forward to:

Christmas Open House with extended shopping hours
Meet Santa at the big 35-foot Christmas tree!
Cider Fest competition: Vote for your favorite
Jazzy Christmas at Fusion Coffeehouse (with live Christmas Jazz.)
Movie on the green

Breakfast with Santa and Ornament Workshop at Sombra. (reserve your spot today!)

Sweet Christmas at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory with Santa

Blue Christmas at Soulshine Pizza with Santa (with live Blues Christmas music.)
Caroling at the big Christmas tree


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Ready For Fondren Unwrapped


We’re ready for Fondren Unwrapped tomorrow night!
Marty and the guys spent the day yesterday sprucing up our booth at Interiors Market in Fondren to get it holiday-ready for Fondren Unwrapped, a big kickoff to the holiday season and one of the biggest events of the year in the Fondren district of Jackson!

Be sure to stop by and look for our booth. Walk in the front door, take a right, and you’ve found it! Look for the green velvet furniture and lit up snowflakes hanging from the ceiling! We’ll, of course, have beautiful furniture and accessories, but we’ve got tons of gift items too!

Christmas at Interiors Market! // SummerHouse

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Interiors Market + SummerHouse

We’ll be looking for you in Fondren on Thursday night!


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Mistletoe Party Recap


We all had a fabulous time at the Mistletoe Marketplace Preview Gala last night!
Thank you, Junior League of Jackson, for a beautiful event!

Summerhouse goes to Mistletoe!

Lindsey, Betsy and Chelsea
Lindsey, Betsy and Chelsea
Laurel, Chelsea, Elizabeth, Lindsey, Lisa and Elish
Laurel, Chelsea, Elizabeth, Lindsey, Lisa and Elish
Elish and Elizabeth
Elish and Elizabeth
Laurel and Marty
Laurel and Marty

We are already looking forward to next year’s big bash!

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You Have Until Sunday!

Have you been out to the Chestnut Hill Designer Show House yet? If not, it’s okay! You still have until Sunday to make your way out to the beautiful Livingston area to tour Firefly Cottage (which is actually the very first house to go up in the Chestnut Hill development!) The house is gorgeous! Particularly the room by SummerHouse…

Firefly Cottage | SummerHouse
Firefly Cottage | SummerHouse

Did you know that, since Lisa was the lead designer, she was in charge of much more than just designing the family room (pictured above)?! She took the plans of this house and added her special touch, taking them from good to great. A few arches here, some killer finishes (both interior and exterior) there, custom hand railing going up the staircase, a fabulous kitchen… All Lisa!

Be sure to visit the Show House, then come back and tell us what you think!
We don’t think you’ll be disappointed 😉

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Chestnut Hill Designer Show House

We’re getting really fired up about the Chestnut Hill designer show house, which is open to the public THIS weekend! Lisa, Marty, and Elish have been working fast and furious to make sure this show house is nothing short of fabulous!

Chestnut Hill Designer Show House

Designer Showhouse in Madison, MS

Chestnut Hill Designer Show House

The Kitty Williams painting
The Kitty Williams painting

The house is a modern farmhouse, so Lisa says she was inspired to go with earthy colors and natural fibers. She was also uber inspired by this beautiful Kitty Williams horse painting. Although this isn’t the best photo, it’s easy to tell why she fell in love with it!

The blush accents add a little extra life to the beautiful neutral mix. And the materials they’ve been picking out are absolutely amazing… We are all so excited to see how this comes together!

The Preview Party, which is your first chance to see the house completed, is this Thursday, October 25. We have tickets for sale at the store, or you can get them from the Craft Center! They are $50 a piece.

The house will be open for touring this weekend, too, in case you can’t make it to the party. For more information about the show house in general, which benefits the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, give the Craft Center a call! (601) 856-7546

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Time to Jet Set!

Lisa + team are off to High Point Market this weekend! They left EARLY this morning to catch their flight to one of the most fun weekends of the year! When asked about one thing she was really looking forward to on the trip, Lisa said,
“I am going to the MG+BW party on Saturday night. It’s a really cool
intimate small party of about 35 independent dealers. It’s at Mitchell
and Bob’s renovated ranch and Chef Sean always rocks the dinner.
I can’t wait. It’s one of the highlights of my trip!”

Check out the High Point Market by clicking on the image below to find out what all they have to get excited about!

Look for a full report {pictures included} when Lisa returns!

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The Township Jazz Festival


The Township Jazz Festival date has been announced: Saturday, May 5!

 This is one event you do not want to miss! The headliner this year is Mose Allison (who is a pretty big deal!) The festival gets started around noon and will go til 7. And since the fest is on Cinco de Mayo, you can just pick up and head over to Sombra for some Mexican fun as the festival closes down!

We’ll keep you posted about the exciting plans SummerHouse has for that day as the time draws nearer. But go ahead and mark your calendars for some guaranteed fun on May 5!

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The Rug Show Continues!


Our NOLA Rug Show continues! It ends Sunday, though, so hurry up and come see these fantastic rugs before they go back to New Orleans! As the show goes on, our love for NOLA Rugs just grows and grows… They really do have such a beautiful range of styles, colors, prices, types…. And we’ve got a whole team of people on hand to move things around so you can see every single rug!

Thanks to NOLA Rugs, we have an EXTRA beautiful grouping right when you walk through the front door. How amazing is this Moroccan beauty?!

{ to die for… }

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the rug show continues!

Thanks to all who came out to the kickoff of the show on Thursday night! We had some great appetizers, wine, and flowers, thanks to our talented team of party throwers! 🙂

Enjoy this sunny weather, and we hope to see you this weekend!
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Christmas Open House TOMORROW!

We hope all of you are off to a great start to your weekend! Just wanted to remind you that tomorrow (12/4) from 1:00 to 5:00 is the Christmas Open House at The Township. We’ll have horse drawn carriage rides, FREE Santa photos, some drawings, of course some good holiday goodies, and much more!

We hope to see you out tomorrow! Bring your whole family, and tell your friends! 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

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Shop Local Social TONIGHT!

Happy Thursday! This day is finally here… We’ve been anticipating this event for so long! 🙂 Just a little recap of what’s going on this evening at SHOP LOCAL SOCIAL:

The party will be from 5:00 to 8:30 at SummerHouse.  VIP Catering and Soulshine are providing the food.  Vintage Wine Market is providing the wine.  Swag bags for our 25 VIP’s filled with goodies from our favorite local shops, but if you’re not a VIP, no worries! We’ll be giving away a REALLY good door prize! We’ll have a photo booth with photographer Byron Wilkes snapping some fun pics while DJ Young Venom is mixing some groovy tunes. Speaking of photo booth… We actually caught Brittany modeling one of the moustaches that came with our photo booth props! She is totally rocking this look, don’t you think?!

We heart Brittany and her moustache!

Anne Taylor Duease will be here with her beautiful jewelry on display for you to play with and take home with you!  Last but not least… you’ll be able to take TWENTY percent off of your purchases tonight! (with a very few exclusions…)

Here is something you can take home with you for 20% off tonight:

We can’t wait to see all of you tonight in your party gear celebrating local shopping! Cheers!

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Shop Local Social


If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve probably been able to sense our excitement about an upcoming event we are planning with Jackson Free Press! If you DON’T follow/like us, you need to! (Here are links to the SummerHouse Twitter and Facebook.)


SHOP LOCAL SOCIAL will take place at SummerHouse on the evening of Thursday, April 28. The whole idea behind SHOP LOCAL SOCIAL was to highlight some of our favorite local shops, artists, and eateries as well as to bring a little more awareness to SummerHouse! We love all of the local joints that really define the Jackson metro area, and we are SO excited to be partnering with JFP because they know how to throw a party! Plus they are just awesome in general.

So what can I expect at this party? So glad you asked!  We will have some delicious food, great wine, a fun photo booth (complete with really cute photographer!), a DJ who really knows how to mix some tunes, live models wearing items from Blithe and Vine, a gorgeous jewelry artist showing off her handiwork, VIP swag bags, and much more….

How can I become a VIP and get a really cool swag bag? Again, SO glad you asked!  All you have to do is “like” us on Facebook.  Between now and the 28th, we will be posting status updates to the effect of, “Be one of the first 5 to comment on this post and secure your spot as a VIP!”  Just by commenting, you will be added to our VIP list, which means you will be one of 25 lucky people to walk away with a SummerHouse bag full of awesome goodies.

We are still in the process of getting all of the details nailed down so we will keep you posted!  GET EXCITED!

Don’t forget to save the date:  Thursday, April 28th!

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How To Throw an Ice Cream Social

With it being our month birthday and all, we have had parties on the brain…  After thumbing through Rue Magazine (a million times…) we keep getting stuck on their adorable ice cream social idea! So we wanted to go with that, but with a little SummerHouse spin!

How to throw an Ice Cream Social:

1.  Make a guest list and decide on a date and location.  Be sure to give yourself enough time to get everything planned and invites sent out!  We love these fun invitations we found on etsy!  If you don’t have time to send inviations via snail mail, create a facebook event or e-vite invitation!

2.  Once invitations are sent out, start planning logistics!  You will need to get the following:  (1) decorations.  We will get to that later! (2) plenty of bowls (3) plenty of spoons (4) ice cream cones, should you risk the messiness of melting ice cream with nowhere to go (5) at least 3 flavors of ice cream.  May we suggest keeping the flavors simple so your toppings can really shine!  Also, it is a good idea to have one frozen yogurt for those watching their calorie intake (6) the best part: TOPPINGS!  Some of our favorites: dark chocolate chips… butterscotch chips… mini marshmallows… crushed candy bars… MnM’s… pecans… almonds… confetti sprinkles… crushed waffle cone… raspberries… kiwi… chopped strawberries… gummie bears… cake mix (yes, cake mix! mix in a couple of tablespoons into vanilla ice cream and BAM! you have cake batter ice cream)

The latte bowls from Anthropologie are PERFECT for an ice cream social!

3.  Decorate!  In order for your ice cream social to be photogenic, decorations are key.  When we think about ice cream socials, we think COLOR!  Have colorful bowls, fun tablecloths, funky napkins,  brightly colored banners, balloons, streamers…. the list goes on and on…

The Hollywood beverage napkins from Jonathan Adler have great colors and just the right amount of funk!

Another idea is to tell your guests to dress in bright colors.  We found this adorable dress over at Blithe and Vine that would be the perefct accent to any ice cream social! The color reminds us of orange sorbet… YUM!

From Blithe and Vine

4. Have fun and take lots of pictures!  You can’t plan a colorful event without properly documenting it! Be sure to get pictures of your setup, your adorable decor, and all of your friends! That will definitely be scrapbook-worthy.  Something to show your kids one day…. 

There are lots of different twists you could add to your own ice cream social.  We would love to hear your ideas! And if you throw an ice cream social anytime soon, you MUST take pictures and send them to us!  We want to see your creativity at work!  Now go have fun and eat lots of ice cream! 🙂

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Happy Birthday to US!

Happy birthday to us,

Happy birthday to us,

Happy birthday to SummerHouse…..

Happy birthday to us!

March is our birthday month, and this year we are turning FIVE! It is hard to believe SummerHouse has been going strong for five whole years!  It is actually older than that because Lisa had “Little SummerHouse,” as she likes to call it, in Fondren for years before moving to The Township in Ridgeland! What started out as a tiny, tiny shop with a shared resource library has grown into a beautiful showroom with a great big independent resource library! We love being out at the Township and have loved watching the steady development of the area around us. 

Enough about SummerHouse… What do YOU get out of it being our birthday?  Well, starting tomorrow (March 1), we will have markdowns on every piece of in-stock furniture and most accessories!  In addition to amazing savings, we will have homemade gourmet cupcakes every Saturday! The cupcakes alone are worth a trip… Marty makes them using her secret recipe!

We hope to see you lots during the month of March!  🙂

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Our FOR THE LOVE OF ART event was last night and we had so much fun! We had an amazing turnout!  Lots of beautiful art, delicious food, live portrait sketches by artist Dyann Gunter, and great company all made for a good time.  The cherry on top of the evening was the fact that it was benefitting CARA, the largest no kill animal shelter in Mississippi.  They rely solely on donations, so we were excited to have the opportunity to do something to help them.  Here are a few snapshots from the evening.


Thanks to all who came out last night.  As you can see, we had a ball! And thanks to all of our amazing artists who were willing to participate and give to CARA!  Dyann Gunter, Lauren Barksdale Hill, Anne Taylor Duease, Jean Seymour, and Kathryn Morris Trotter all deserve a huge round of applause!

If you would like more information about CARA, visit their website for the latest updates!

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming events… 🙂

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Christmas Open House: A Success!

We had so much fun at the Christmas open house last Thursday!  We were glad that so many people were able to make it out!  Viking provided us with some really awesome baked brie and bite sized desserts, and the Madison Central Madrigals and RHS choir delivered some beautiful holiday music.  The horse and carriage rides (which guests were able to “buy” with a donation to CARA) got rave reviews from everyone we talked to!

Perhaps the things we were MOST excited about at the open house were our trunk shows!  Ann Taylor Duease, founder and designer for Adonis, brought her gorgeous handmade jewelry to show.  She ended up having a pretty successful night! 🙂 And our Jonathan Adler trunk show ended up being the most beautiful, colorful corner in the store! It is still set up if you were unable to come see it on Thursday. 

Brittany was a great umbrella model!

We have already started working on ideas to make next year’s open house even better!! So you’ll have to be sure to come back!  Maybe by next year, we will have our new neighbors, Newk’s and Majestic Burger, up and running! 

Hopefully this picture of our sweet (and HILARIOUS) carriage driver, Wayne, with a couple of our open house guests will make you smile on this chilly Monday!  If you didn’t get to meet Wayne this year, then you MUST come back next year…. If you have never talked to him, you are missing out!

Merry Christmas!

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Invest In Your Nest

Well, we had an exciting weekend! SummerHouse was a participant in The Classic Bridal Showcase!  It was our first bridal show and we had so much fun! We met some cool brides and some really amazing wedding vendors!

For those of you who may not know, we have a bridal registry! It is called Invest In Your Nest, and it is awesome.  For details, go here:  If you are a bride, or know of a newly engaged couple, let them know about our registry! We promise they will love it and find it to be VERY hassle-free and easy!

Here are a few shots from the show.  The Mississippi Craft Center was a beautiful venue!

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Holiday Open House on December 2!

Mark your calendars! Thursday, December 2, will be the best Christmas Open House this area has ever seen!  All of the wonderful merchants at The Township and all of the wonderful merchants at The Renaissance have decided to team up for CHRISTMAS AT COLONY PARK. From 5:00 to 8:00 on December 2, all businesses in both areas will stay open after hours.  All of the businesses at The Township will be offering specials that night, and many businesses will also have drawings for you to participate in! 

The part about this open house that we are MOST excited about is the carriage rides!  We will have horse-drawn buggies giving tours of The Township!  It will cost $10 or a bag of dog/cat food in order to be able to ride on the carriage.  All proceeds of this will be donated to CARA animal shelter. 

Christmas at Colony Park

We will keep you updated on things as the date draws nearer.  We are so excited, and hope you and your friends will all make plans to be here! Visit to learn more!!

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Party Tips from House Beautiful

As we were perusing the new House Beautiful (which is SUCH a good issue) we came across these party tips.  With the holidays (a.k.a. parties galore) right around the corner, we thought these “Do’s and Don’ts” were just too good not to share!  Here are a few of our favorites! 

Go grab the November issue of House Beautiful to see all 101 tips!

99.  Don’t be afraid to set up a dinner table in an unconventional or not-the-usual spot for a more interesting dinner or lunch—in the library among the books, out on a porch.  -Gil Schafer, Architect/Designer

51. Have beverages visible from the moment guests step in the door.  -Matt and Ted Lee, Chefs/Cookbook Authors

35.  Seat guests next to someone they know and someone they’d enjoy meeting.  -Alex Papachristidis, Designer

85.  You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls.  -Cheryl Katz, Designer

57. Don’t be afraid to use your finest china, silverware, and crystal pieces outdoors.  It can make a casual event a bit more special.  -Ty Burks, Designer


8.  Don’t come to a party empty-handed.  -Jayne Michaels, Designer

86.  Serve an amazing dessert.  Even the worst main course will be forgotten if it’s followed by a spectacular dessert.  Extra points for making it yourself.  -Michael Devine, Shop Owner/Textile Designer

22.  Never, never, never run out of ice.  -Bryan Batt, Actor/Shop Owner

94.  Don’t move people around too much.  If you move people off the dining table it can be sort of a cue to leave and can break up the conversations.  -Michael S. Smith, Designer

49.  No colored candles! Only ivory and white.  -Jan Showers, Designer

1.  Create a music playlist that’s ready to begin as soon as the doorbell rings and doesn’t end until the last guest departs.  -Colin Cowie, Event Planner

55.  Never use paper napkins. -Judi Roman, Shop owner

28.  You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by, and a bottle of something sparkly for nondrinkers.  -Christopher Hirsheimer, Co-founder, Canal House Cooking

97.  Don’t set the table with a single pattern of china or silver, as though you just unearthed your bridal registry.  Mix it up, get creative.  -Eddie Ross,

68.  Stick your candles in the freezer for a couple of days prior to using them.  The freezing will eliminate most of the messy dripped wax all over your furniture.  -David Stark, Furniture/Textile Designer

9.  Don’t try a new recipe at a party.  -Tricia Foley, Designer/Author

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