Lovely Living

When designer Elish Phares Moon fist met with new client Dot, who she refers to as one of her sweetest clients, their personalities automatically clicked! As Elish began to talk through designing Dot’s new town home, which was a downsize from where she previously lived, Elish found that the most important thing to Dot was keeping a feeling of spaciousness despite the decreased square footage.

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Of designing the space, Elish says, “the biggest challenge in this space was creating adequate seating and keeping symmetry without sacrificing an open floor plan.”

Dot was very open to Elish’s design direction but wanted to still be able to showcase her own personality, which Elish was completely open to! Dot’s living area turned out to be a perfect reflection of her: timeless with a bit of spunk!

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Elish’s favorite aspect of the space was the beautiful skirted sofa and leather ottoman. “It feels like a space that could have passed for a traditional sitting room yet is still cozy and inviting. Plus Dot is the consummate hostess and always keeps fresh flowers in a little vase on the ottoman that doubles as her coffee table.”

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This design is truly a wonderful example of a designer/client working relationship.

“Dot was very trusting of my expertise but made sure that we had specific places where her personality showed through. She hand selected the accent pillows on the sofa from a trip to Philadelphia; They marry perfectly with the subtle hues I already selected for the living area,” says Elish!

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love how it all turned out! Thank you, Elish and Dot, for contributing! 🙂

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Inspired by Barbara Westbrook

03
SEPTEMBER
2015

With Barbara Westbrook gracing our shop with her presence in just two weeks, we thought we’d take a close look at some of her beautiful work, all of which is featured in the book she will be signing, Gracious Rooms!

Barbara Westbrook's Gracious Rooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

How gorgeous are these spaces…

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th is when the fun goes down! We look forward to seeing you!

Thanks for reading today! Have a great one!

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Fenwick Residence

26
NOVEMBER
2013

Designer Elizabeth Gullett recently completed a FABULOUS project that we wanted to share with you! We got Elizabeth to tell us a little about this beautiful kitchen and bathroom, and a little about her thought process, while working on the Fenwick Residence…

{ KITCHEN }

“This kitchen was designed for a young, hip, growing family. It needed to be modern and crisp, but still warm and approachable. The creamy white cabinets and wall color make one of my favorite combos: Benjamin Moore Moonlight White and Simply White. The touches of warm brass on the lighting and hardware give a touch of the past, but in a fresh new way. The dark walnut island adds a big shot of warmth and richness- without it, I think this kitchen would have felt cold and boring. Sunbrella slipcovers on the island barstools will hold up to lots of spaghetti- just bleach these babies!”

Design by Elizabeth Gullett

{ BATHROOM }

“This bathroom is one of my favorite parts of the house. A sculptural soaking tub makes a strong focal point immediately as you enter, grounded by the silk pendant overhead. The marble is everywhere- the floors, the walls, and then detailed on the shower floor and ceiling. Huge glass shower doors on each side keep it clean and open. The same Moonlight White and Simply White paint that was used in the kitchen is repeated here. The hardware color changed to polished nickel, giving a clean, crisp feeling. (Note: mixing metals in a house can be great- it gives depth and interest from room to room! I used soft satin brass, polished nickel, and bronzed iron in this house.)”

Fenwick Residence Bathroom by Designer Elizabeth Gullett // SummerHouse

Fenwick Residence Bathroom by Designer Elizabeth Gullett // SummerHouse

Great job, Elizabeth! We’re in love… Keep up the fab work!

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Status on The Cabin

05
AUGUST
2013

It’s been a while since we have updated y’all on the progress at The Cabin!

You can see earlier status reports here, here, and here!

The furniture for this fantastic weekend getaway has started rolling in, so a good bit of it has been delivered! Lisa hasn’t finalized furniture placement and hasn’t accessorized yet, so there is still a lot to look forward to!! But here are a few quick shots of how the place is looking!

CABIN STATUS // SUMMERHOUSE

The Cabin // SummerHouse

Here’s a close up of the floors… The stain turned out BEAUTIFULLY!

The Cabin // SummerHouse

Our next status report will probably be of a fully done cabin, so stay tuned! We can’t wait!

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Before & After: Kitchen Update Plus Some!

06
JUNE
2013

Today’s Before and After is outstanding! Designer Lindsey Townsend completed a project a couple of months ago that we’re very excited to tell you about.

We’ve been calling this project “The Kansas Kitchen,” although it’s more than just the kitchen! It also included a powder room and a laundry room/butler’s pantry. The transformation is remarkable!

The homeowner is originally from Mississippi but has lived in Kansas the past couple of years, so she was familiar with SummerHouse. After following us for a while on social media, she turned to us for the long-distance project! After a preliminary meeting at SummerHouse, Lindsey took a trip to Kansas to measure the space (there were no house plans!) and take pictures. They met in person two more times, and the rest was done via phone calls and email! Isn’t technology amazing??

The black and white pictures will give you an idea of what the spaces looked like before Lindsey got in on the project. Let’s start with the main room…

{ T H E   K I T C H E N }

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Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend

 Lindsey said the client was a joy to work with because she already had an idea of what she wanted. She had been collecting magazine pages and pinning photos on Pinterest, so Lindsey was able to get a real sense of the style this client wanted to achieve.

The client wanted something lighter, brighter, and simply more functional. She wanted to get rid of the Santa Fe-esque medallion behind her cooktop and open up what was somewhat of a crowded space with only eight foot ceilings. The home is a bit older, built in the 1960’s, so the floor plan was rather choppy.

After knocking out a few walls and moving things around, Lindsey was able to open things up, make the space seem bigger, and bring a lot more life and personality in to the rooms.

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

One of Lindsey’s favorite parts of the kitchen is the island. She modeled it after a piece of furniture that she and the client both loved, pictured below. They picked out the quartzite island top together while Lindsey was in Kansas, but many of the other materials were bought locally in Jackson then drop-shipped to the home in Kansas.

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouseThe finish on the base of the island is the result of a multi-step process of staining and white washing. It turned out perfectly, and brings in a rustic element, which the client wanted.

Another way Lindsey created the illusion of taller ceilings was by choosing ceiling mount light fixtures. She also took the backsplash behind the cooktop all the way up to the ceiling, which made things seem more open. “I did a lot of research because I’d never worked with such low ceilings before,” Lindsey said.

Off of the kitchen is the laundry room, which is now also used as a butler’s pantry as well.

{ L A U N D R Y   R O O M  /  B U T L E R ‘ S   P A N T R Y }

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

After adding shelving at one end of the laundry room, a door on a hinge would’ve been cumbersome, so the sliding door was perfect for this spot, and a great way to save space. It also added to the style of the kitchen.

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Lindsey used the same quartz here that she used on the perimiter countertops in the kitchen, as well as the same backsplash and paint colors, making the flow into the laundry room seamless. (The paint colors, by the way, are Smoke Embers and Simply White, both by Benjamin Moore.)

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

The powder room was also in need of an update, so Lindsey used a remnant piece of quartzite from the island, painted the sink base, and wallpapered with the always gorgeous Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis pattern in charcoal.

{ P O W D E R   R O O M }

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

“The whole thing with this client was getting more function and more storage because she has a large family,” said Lindsey. “She also wanted to incorporate more of a SummerHouse-y feel into her home (which was predominately filled with dark woods and finishes) without any of the update feeling out of place with the style of the rest of her home.”

We love how it turned out, and most importantly, the client is very happy with the result, too, which is the best news of all!

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Little Teaser

20
MARCH
2013

We’ve got a little treat for you today! Here is a peek at a house that is still underway, but nearing completion. Lisa and Elish have been working on this project for months now, and seeing the finish product always makes the hard work so worth while!

DREAM KITCHEN // SUMMERHOUSE

Is this not one of the most fabulous kitchens you’ve ever seen?! We are all flipping out over how beautiful this room is!

Stay tuned for more pictures of the whole house once it’s complete!!

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