Lauren Barksdale Art Show in Oxford

Lauren Barksdale coming to SummerHouse | Oxford

We are so excited about an upcoming event we’re hosting in Oxford! One of our favorite artists, Lauren Barksdale Hill, will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on Friday, October 20th! This is the day before the Ole Miss and LSU game, so we know tons of you will be in town looking for something fun to do! We’ll have light bites and a few drinks from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., although the actual show will be all day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!)

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren will have some of her classics, like abstracts, birds, and cotton, plus several Oxford-focused pieces! We think you’ll love what she’s working on… Get excited!

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

We hope to see you on 10/20. And of course we’d love to see you before then, too!

Thanks for stopping by today! We love when you take the time to check in 🙂 Have a great rest of your week!

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A Few Moments With Artist Carol Sneed

We recently got the opportunity to chat with local artist Carol Sneed about her work, her family, her inspirations, and how she got into art in the first place! Keep reading to find out more about this talented woman whose work we could not adore any more!


Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little about yourself? Where you’re from, about your family, how you like to spend a lazy weekend…

I am from Canton, MS. I met my husband, Bill, at Ole Miss, and we married after his first year of Medical School. After my graduation from The University of MS with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Houston in design, I practiced Interior Design in Jackson, MS.

We have one daughter, Katherine, who is married to Hunter Worley, and they live in Birmingham, AL.

On a lazy weekend, believe it or not, I like to get some painting in. It is therapy- sometimes, that is! I also like to read & practice sketching. If I am in the mountains where the summer weather is cool, I like to hike or bike.

How long have you been painting, and what got you into painting?

Well, my mother’s favorite piece from the fourth grade, a crayon & watercolor, entitled “Cotton Picking” still adorns her walls. My teacher entered it in an art contest and it won first place.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comI have been designing and painting a good deal of my life. At Ole Miss, I took art electives for fun. After Ole Miss graduation, I studied painting from a local instructor for fun. My fine Arts degree included every form of art. After retiring from Interior Design, I knew I had to focus my artistic energy in some direction, and painting was a natural creative outlet. I began sketching and painting seriously in 1999.

How do you describe your style?

That is a hard question! It may not have a name. ha! My goal, however, is to take what is complex and paint it simply. When painting abstractly and experimenting with different color combinations, I try to keep the composition fresh, spontaneous, and appearing effortless.

What do you most enjoy about creating art?

I love an eclectic mix. I enjoy creating art that is very much at home with antiques as well as contemporary pieces. I am always keeping “art for interior design” in mind, and I paint the types of pieces that I searched for to place in client’s spaces.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comWhat would you say inspires you most as an artist?

I love the inspiration I receive through travel- to drink it all in. There is nothing like being there to capture the essence of the place. My city scenes and Aspen landscapes are drawn as much from memory as through photo references and sketches. Matisse, Cézanne, Bonnard, and Monet are just a few of my current influences.

I am especially fascinated by nature as a whole, the most awesome masterpiece of all, created by the only perfect artist.

What else do we need to know about you?!

Every day is a gift, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do something I enjoy- and hopefully bring pleasure to other people.

View more of Carol’s work here:

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Shop these pieces plus many more HERE!

Big thanks to Carol for giving of her time so we could get to know her better! Next time you’re in Oxford, be sure to stop into SHOX so you can see her gorgeous work with your own eyes. Thanks for checking in with us today. We hope to see you soon!

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Oxford Arts Crawl

Make plans to join us tomorrow night for the Oxford Arts Crawl! This monthly event is always a lot of fun, so we’re excited to be participating this time! One of our favorite artists, Carol Sneed, just delivered lots of beautiful new pieces for us to show you at the event! Come enjoy a glass of wine with us and take in all the art you can stand! Of course, if you fall in love with a piece, you’re welcome to take it home with you!

Here’s a peek at some of Carol’s new pieces!

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

 >> See more of Carol Sneed’s work on the web store! <<

Oxford Arts Crawl at SummerHouse

We hope to see you out tomorrow night! 🙂

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Q&A With April Shelby Crowell

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.com

As you might have noticed from social media and from our web store, we have a new local potter represented at SummerHouse and we are EXCITED!

Our friend April Shelby Crowell, the mastermind behind A. Shelby Pottery, was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us so we could all get to know her better! Lisa and Marty fell in love with her pottery at our Lee Loves Local event (along with Traditional Home Magazine, in which she was just featured!) and it’s been true love ever since. Let’s get on with our chat with April!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comTell us a little about yourself, please ma’am!

I grew up in Florence, MS with my parents and older brother. I’m really fond of that small town childhood!  I’ve always had a passion for the arts and my parents have always been super supportive of that. Now I live in Flowood with my husband, Jon Richard. He is the best encourager, and his let’s-make-it-happen attitude is one of my biggest inspirations. And we’re pretty obsessed with our dog, Potter. Yes, we named him after my profession!

How long have you been creating pottery?

I took my first pottery class in the first semester of my freshman year of college (2008), and seriously I was in love with it before class even started! I continued to take pottery classes all throughout college, graduated from Miss. State University in 2013 with a BFA, emphasis in ceramics, and have been making pottery on my own ever since!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat inspires your style? It’s so fun and different!

That’s a tough one because I’m inspired by so much.  Specifically, this Gold Collection came to life from my love for handmade, functional objects mixed with the simple, chic style I admire in interior design and home decor.  I feel like in our area when people think “pottery” they think “country” or “rustic.” While I do admire and appreciate that look, it just isn’t my personal style.  So I started to create these minimalist forms using a monotone color scheme. Even though I am my own worst critic, I really liked the pottery I was making so I just rolled with it!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat is your favorite thing about creating pottery?

Again, so many inspirations and so many reasons why. I just love the whole process of working with my hands to make stuff. Anything, really! I just stick with clay most of the time! It’s crafty and challenging. Pottery is a long process so when products are finally complete it’s really quite satisfying!

What else do we need to know about you and your pottery?!

Recently someone told me, “I see your pottery when I walk into my living room and it just makes me so happy.” I don’t say that to sound boastful, I say it because that’s one of the many reasons I love doing what I do.  If my pottery makes someone happy then I’m happy too.  When you purchase a piece of A. Shelby Pottery you’re not just picking up any ordinary object off the shelf, you’re getting a piece of art that is very special to me because a lot of time and craftsmanship goes into each piece. I hope you enjoy my pottery just as much as I enjoy making it for you!

Thank you so much, April! Your work is inspiring and we are honored to carry it 🙂

Be sure to stop by either SummerHouse location to shop April’s work, or you can check some of it out on our web store!

We hope you’re having a great week!

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Outdoor Sale

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

As you may have seen on social media, we currently have an OUTDOOR SALE going on! We’re giving you twenty percent off outdoor furniture purchases, both from stock and on special orders! This is HUGE! It’s the perfect time to get your outdoor space in order for the warmer weather!

Here is a sampling of what we have available for ya…

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Outdoor // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Both in-stock and special order outdoor pieces are included in the sale! But this deal is only good through the end of the month, so go ahead and get in here (at either location) ASAP!

We can’t wait to see you!

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Showroom at SHOX

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our Oxford store is looking SO good right now (and we just got lots of fresh new photos of it) that we just had to share! Get ready for tons of eye candy… We can’t even handle how pretty this shop is! Next time you’re in the Oxford area, please stop in and see us!

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // Fine Furniture + Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Like what you see? It’s even prettier in person! We hope you’ll drop by soon and take a look around!

Thanks for checking in with us today! We love having you visit!

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Fresh Ink Is Coming To SummerHouse | Oxford!

Fresh Ink Visits SummerHouse Oxford! We are so excited to have our friends from Fresh Ink coming to visit us on March 1st and 2nd in Oxford!

They’ll be in the shop Wednesday, March 1 from 4 pm – 6 pm then again on Thursday, March 2 from 10 am – 2 pm with the prettiest stationery you ever did see + calligrapher Leslie Frascogna of Scripted Calligraphy showcasing custom calligraphy!

Elizabeth with Fresh Ink will also be available for bridal appointments earlier in the day on Wednesday and later on Thursday if you’d like to chat about wedding invitations + paper goods with her!

Fresh Ink Visits SummerHouse Oxford!

RSVP to info@fresh-ink.com and reserve yourself a personalized goodie bag, or shoot them an email with any questions you may have! 😉

We and our Fresh Ink friends look forward to seeing you for this fun event on March 1st and 2nd!

 

 

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Meet The Oxford Team: Rebecca Cornelius

SummerHouse | Oxford Inteiror Desigenr Rebecca CorneliusOver the past few weeks, you’ve met Cara, Stacy, and Olivia of the SummerHouse | Oxford team. Today, meet Rebecca! Rebecca Cornelius is an interior designer at SHOX and is already bringing so much to our team! Get to know her a little better here:

Tell us a little about you! Where you’re from, where you live, about your family…

My parents are from Mississippi but I was born and raised in Texas. I came to Mississippi in 5th grade and left for boarding school in the 9th grade. My mother went to boarding school as well. I grew up knowing how great her education was and how many great friends around the world she met and kept in touch with so I did the same. It is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From there I attended and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design. After a few years of moving around, I’m back in Oxford, where my grandmother and mother live. It’s so nice! We 3 generations meet at least once a month for our Book Lovers Club meeting and that time is very special.

Tell us a little about your design background!

After college, I stayed in Savannah for a few years then moved back to Texas & worked for two different interior design firms in Dallas & Houston for several years and was finally ready, after 15 years of being away from “home,” to move back to Oxford! I love being back with family and reconnecting with old friends, and of course, doing interior design!

SummerHouse Interior Design

Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

I am excited about being a part of SummerHouse team because I love Lisa Palmer’s work. Her traditional, transitional and modern mix is wonderful. It is also nice to be a part of a team again after the last year of working independently.

What is your favorite design publication?

Architectural Digest is my all time favorite publication. I do still enjoy paper publications and I hope they never go away because of digital media.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?

Cool Hand Luke

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?!

My favorite local restaurant is Saint Leo’s. Because of their Prosecco Pops & Pizza!

What else do we need to know about you?!

I can’t wait to help local friends and residents design their homes. Come visit me!

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Thank you so much to Rebecca for sharing! We hope to see y’all at the Oxford Grand Opening next Thursday!

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A Peek Inside SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

The doors of SummerHouse | Oxford have been open for several weeks now, and we are in LOVE with this extension of our brand and business! We wanted to share a peek inside this pretty space so you can see what you have to look forward to next time you get the opportunity to stop by!

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

Our incredible SummerHouse | Oxford team is killing it! We are so proud of them!

SummerHouse opens a new location in Oxford, MS

From left to right, we have Sales Associate Cara Fisher, Interior Designer Rebecca Cornelius (look for a Q&A with her coming very soon!), Store Manager / Designer Stacy Stovall, Interior Designer Jayme Stanley, and Interior Designer Olivia Weeks. 

We are looking forward to a grand opening on January 19th! Keep an eye out for more details in the near future. Until then, thank you so much for stopping by! We love having you be a part of our journey! 🙂

XO!

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