Meet Our Oxford Intern!

We are so excited to introduce y’all to our fabulous summer intern at SummerHouse | Oxford today! Her name is Laura Ellis Royal (Laura Ellis is a double name) and she is just about the cutest thing in the world! Not only is she adorable, but she’s smart, is getting us extremely organized, and helping so much with presentations and deliveries. We love Laura Ellis and we think you will too! Get to know her with a little Q&A…

SummerHouse | Oxford Intern Laura Ellis Royal

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you go to school, about your major… All that fun stuff!

One could say that I grew up in three towns without moving. I was raised on a farm in Midnight, went to church in Belzoni and went to school in Yazoo City. Now I go to Ole Miss and my major is Integrated Marketing Communications, better known as IMC. IMC prepares students in areas of advertising, social media, sales promotion, graphic design, public relations, etc. –all to create a consistent message to consumers.

What is your favorite thing about SummerHouse?

My favorite thing about SummerHouse is of course the furniture and all-around style, but I also love the ladies that work there. They have been so kind in taking me in as one of their own and stepping back for a moment to teach me various things.

Is there any piece on the showroom floor that you would take home tomorrow if you could?

There’s a light pink linen settee and an oatmeal sofa that I really like. But if I had to choose just one, I would choose the settee.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in the past 365 days?

Last August I went to my first John Mayer concert, and it was pretty life changing. He is even better live than on the tracks. I highly recommend going to a John Mayer concert if you have never been to one.

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?

My favorite restaurant definitely depends on the meal. When I’m not found eating at the sorority house, I enjoy McEwen’s or Proud Larry’s for Sunday brunch and El Agave when in the mood for some good Mexican food. Also, Jinsei and Saint Leo are great for a nice dinner with the girlfriends while keeping within the college budget.

How long would you say you’ve been interested in Interior Design?

I have loved design ever since I was a little girl. I remember drawing my dream home, measuring all the furniture and ceilings at my house for fun, and rearranging my bedroom often. Interior Design felt like just a farfetched dream until my sophomore year of college, when I spent my spring break at a luxury staging and interior design company in Greenwich, Connecticut. There I began to realize I really might want to be part of this world of interiors.

What is the best movie you’ve seen lately and why?

I recently watched a Woody Allen film called Café Society, and it was so good I had to watch it again. The music, interiors, fashion and scenery just swept me off my feet.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why?

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, assuming I’ll have all the money in the world in this beautiful fantasy, I would visit Monaco or Paris and the south of France. Monaco has intrigued me ever since I first watched a documentary on Grace Kelly, called Grace of Monaco. Paris is somewhere I have been before but I really need to go back. Parisian architecture takes my breath away, as well as classic French interiors (not Baroque). And if I’m already in France, I might as well go antiquing, right? And then of course visit a few vineyards and the French Riviera.

Where have you been recently where you found yourself most inspired by the design around you? Tell us about this place!

In January I had the privilege of going on a short trip to Manhattan. There I discovered the grandeur of the ceilings and chandeliers of Grand Central Station. Manhattan in general is an unbelievable place to me, and I’ve always dreamed of living there. There’s something really romantic to me about New York City amidst its busy culture. More locally, in the Lyceum at Ole Miss, the Zuber Views of North America woodblock wallpaper never fails to impress me. Sometimes I sit in the Zuber room between classes just to admire it.

How do you take your caffeine?

I hardly ever drink caffeine! When I do, it’s in the afternoon and it’s hot tea, sweet tea, or Coke.

What else do we need to know about you?!

I like a little bit of every interior style, but my favorite is Traditional French. I also have a deep appreciation of fine antiques no matter their movement or period. Here I will say I don’t believe in decorative plates, but I respect those who do.

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Thank you so much Laura Ellis! Love it all! Y’all be sure to stop by and meet her next time you’re close to SummerHouse | Oxford.

Thank you for dropping in today. We hope you had a great weekend!

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Lately At SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

Our Oxford showroom is looking better than ever with lots of new arrivals! If you haven’t been by in person lately, we highly encourage you to make a stop in next time you’re in Oxford. We promise you will not be sorry! Furniture, original art, gifts, accessories, lighting, and so much more await you!

Have a quick look around to see what you can get excited about seeing next time you go in…

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

In addition to all of the fabulous items you see in these photos, we offer incredible design services! Our staff of trained interior designers know how to work within budgets, on projects of any scale, and love helping turn houses into homes. Stop in or give our Oxford shop a call to discuss your interior design needs!

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SummerHouse Oxford Showroom Update

Places to shop in Oxford, MS: SummerHouse

Our Oxford showroom sure is looking extra pretty these days! Although some of this art work has already made its way back to VIEW GALLERY in Jackson, we still think you’ll be ultra inspired by what you see! Be sure to stop in and see us next time you’re on The Square!

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Feel free to ask us any questions about anything you see! Or better yet, go check it all out for yourself in person (plus lots more!) 🙂

For more SummerHouse | Oxford love, be sure to follow them on instagram! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you’re having an amazing day! XO!

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Paint Color FAQs

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Let’s talk about paint colors, shall we?

Since the publication of the March/April issue of Traditional Home, we’ve received multiple inquiries, not only about the published home, but about paint colors from many of our projects and photos!

We decided a blog post all about our most asked about paint colors was in order! 😉 Without further adieu…

The pink wall color in the cover shot of the March/April issue of Traditional Home:

SHERWIN WILLIAMS WHITE DOGWOOD (SW6315)

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The wall and trim colors in the living/dining/foyer of the home featured in the March/April issue of Traditional Home:

TRIM:  BENJAMIN MOORE ACADIA WHITE (OC-38)

WALL: BENJAMIN MOORE ELMIRA WHITE (HC-84)

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SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The wall color and trim in a project featured on Lisa’s TH Instagram Takeover as well as the Everyday Escape feature in Southern Home Magazine. The paint colors are the same throughout the entire home:

WALL AND TRIM: BENJAMIN MOORE LINEN WHITE (OC-146)

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The almost black color at the front desk of SummerHouse Oxford:

custom color closest to BENJAMIN MOORE KENDALL CHARCOAL (HC-166)

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The white at SummerHouse Ridgeland:

WALLS AND TRIM: BENJAMIN MOORE LINEN WHITE (OC-146)

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And those are our most frequently asked about paint colors! We hope that was helpful! We will continue to update as more questions roll in.

Have a great week!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: VIEW GALLERY

Original works by Catie Radney // 18" x 24" // acrylic on canvas

Yesterday, we talked about our friends from WithCo Cocktails joining us on Saturday for our Lee Loves Local event. Today, we’re talking about our friends from VIEW GALLERY!

Whit Geary, VIEW GALLERY owner and a dear friend to SummerHouse, has an incredible eye for unique original art, so we are thrilled that she agreed to be a part of our big LLL day with a VIEW GALLERY pop-up shop! She couldn’t bring her whole shop with her, so she’s hitting the high notes with a scaled down selection of pieces. We are dying over the gorgeousness of what she’s shown us so far! We think you will too…

Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4' x 4' // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4′ x 4′ // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4' x 4' // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4′ x 4′ // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // all 20" x 20" // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // all 20″ x 20″ // acrylic on canvas
Sophia // 3' x 5' each // acrylic on canvas
Sophia // 3′ x 5′ each // acrylic on canvas
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper

See what we mean? All of these are simply stunning. And this is just a teeny glimpse of what you’ll see Saturday! We can’t wait!

Next time you’re in the Canton Mart Square area in Jackson, be sure to drop by VIEW GALLERY to see everything she has to offer! We can almost guarantee you’ll be blown away. 😉

Stay tuned for more LLL info coming the rest of the week! Thank you for stopping by today!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: WithCo Cocktails

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We are absolutely thrilled to have the brand WithCo Cocktails joining us THIS COMING SATURDAY (2/10) at our Lee Loves Local event in Oxford!

WithCo is an incredible, brand new Nashville-based company whose passion is for beautifully crafted cocktails and community. WithCo is an abbreviation of “With Company,” which is what their mission is: to make it easier for you to spend time with your company over a lovely drink. They don’t want you to have to fool with squeezing lemons, muddling herbs, and measuring out juices. So they’ve done all the legwork for you. They use all fresh, natural ingredients to make their three different cocktail mixes. All you have to do is add your booze of choice, add ice, and sit down with your company for a craft cocktail that took 30 seconds to make.

Not only are the cocktails delicious, but their packaging is beautiful. And, the people behind the brand are just really cool people.

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WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come experience WithCo cocktails this Saturday at SummerHouse Oxford while browsing art from VIEW GALLERY, getting a signed copy of 30A Living by Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp, and getting to know the brand LEE Industries a bit better!

Stay tuned as the week goes on for more on our other event affiliates!

We can’t wait to see you Saturday!

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Q&A With Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

We are so excited to have Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun join the SummerHouse team in our Oxford location! Jenni is so much fun, is beyond talented, and keeps us laughing! We are thankful to have her as a part of our family. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know her just as much as we have!

SummerHouse | Oxford Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little bit about your background?

I grew up across the south – North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. I spent lots of time with my grandparents in Columbia, MS learning everything from needlepoint (which eventually lead to sewing) to Canasta and of course, spoons!  I finished college at MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory. I fueled my creative side with all types of sewing projects and poured through books and magazines learning interior specialty sewing and loving it, often sewing into the wee hours of the morning. This love and ability has grown into a 20 year career in Interior Design.

I live on a farm in Pontotoc County with my husband, Benton, three children, three dogs, one crazy cat, two beautiful horses and five hens! Life is full and rewarding.

At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design?

Pretty early actually. One of my grandmothers always let us cousins decorate her house for Christmas and that was such a treat. She bought whatever “supplies” we wanted and we went to town with it! We even caught her piano on fire one year with a candle! Never even got in trouble, although I’m sure she was clenching her jaw!
She also fostered my love of sewing and fabrics.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?

I am really a homebody. I love being at home!

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?

I don’t really go to movies… They’re too loud! But I have been watching The Crown and Reign and loving both. Of course the costumes and drapery details are fantastic.

What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

I have lots of favorite restaurants because I don’t like to cook. My very favorites are the ones that get a “to go” order correct consistently! And have a pickup lane.

What is your favorite design publication? 

This oscillates between Veranda and Traditional Home. Such good publications. I have difficulty parting with back issues.

If Hollywood wanted to make a movie about you, what actress would you want playing you? Why?

Reese Witherspoon because she catches my attention. She is about my size (a.k.a. “short”) and she is already Southern.

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

Absolutely because it is a part of a team. Also, positively: Lisa Palmer!

What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?

My favorite thing about being a designer is helping families and clients fall in love with their home and special keepsakes all over again.

Who is your favorite character on a TV show and why?

Loreli Gilmore. I SO relate!

What else do we need to know about you?

I am part time at SummerHouse and am primarily there on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, but will always make an appointment convenient for my client.

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Read more about Jenni and get her contact info here! Thank you so much, Jenni, for your time.   Thrilled to have you aboard!

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Oxford Showroom

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Has it been a little while since you’ve made your way to our Oxford location? Well, allow us to give you a little peek at what you have to look forward to next time you venture that direction! We’re in love with every single detail of the current showroom floor, and we think you will be, too! 🙂

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See something you love? Give the Oxford shop a call! 662.234.8100

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a fantastic week!

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Meet Chad at SummerHouse | Oxford

We are thrilled to share the news that we have a couple of new designers at SummerHouse | Oxford! Chad Holman and Jenni Hilbun have officially joined the SHOX squad as Interior Designers, and Maddie Ertle (who you may remember from here) has moved on up to an Interior Designer position as well! Laurie Conway is still killing it as an Oxford designer so we just have a really great team going on up there!

Today, we want to introduce you to Chad! We conducted our usual Q&A with him to get to know him a little better. We think you’re going to love him as much as we do!

SummerHouse Oxford Interior Designer Chad Holman // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little bit about your background? Where you grew up, where you went to school, family, etc…?

I spent most of my formative years in Holly Springs MS where I attended Marshall Academy. After Highschool I attended Memphis College of Art. I am married and in the process of fostering 2 girls. The youngest is one and the oldest is two.

At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design? Elaborate just a tad!

I realized I wanted to be an interior designer at a young age. I remember being no older than ten and much to my parents’ dismay rearranging the living room when no one was around. It has always been my passion. I had no choice in the matter. This is the profession I was born to do.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go? Why?

I have a severe wanderlust for India. I have traveled extensively, and this is one place that I have always wanted to go but never had the chance. I want to explore the cuisine, culture, landscapes, etc… I imagine its streets lined with spice markets, exotic flowers, and gorgeous textiles… Heaven!

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?

The Shape of Water – It was visually stunning!

What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

It has to be City Grocery. I love it for the shrimp and grits. Why else?

What is your favorite design publication? 

I love Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. You will always find these on my coffee table at home. I also love Dwell and Paper magazine. I am always scouring the web for great design blogs. Two of my favorites are Apartment34.com and Yellowtrace.com.au.

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

Its reputation! I love being a part of such a talented and established team of designers with a design firm with as many accolades as SummerHouse.

What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?

I love being able to increase the quality of peoples lives. The spaces we live in are a direct reflection of us. Knowing that I create spaces that give my clients a sense of pride or a beautiful calming place to retreat to after a long day makes me happy. It makes all the long hours and hard work completely worth it.

Who is your favorite character on a TV show OR who is your favorite TV personality and why?

What else do we need to know about you?

I feel that the relationship between designer and client is a close one. We are invited into their homes and is some cases become part of the extended “family”. Because of these relationships I love to put something in every room I design that makes the client laugh or at least brings a smile to their face when they see it. This can be something small and inconspicuous. Most of the time its an inside joke between the client and myself. Many people get caught up in the serious aspects of design. I always try to take the time to step back and remember to have fun. I believe it shows in the finished design.

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Thank you so much for your time, Chad! It’s a pleasure having you on board. 🙂

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Top 17 of 2017

It’s always fun for us to look back on the year and see what you guys responded most to. We love that you guys love our work– it makes what we do so rewarding!!

Here are our top 17 Instagram posts from 2017. Thanks for all the love!

(17) Happy neutrals!

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(16) A very glam Christmas (as perfected by Katherine and Krystle!)

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(15) Lisa’s pretty space at the Atlanta Homes & Gardens Showhouse

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(14) A rare snow day in Mississippi!

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(13) One of our favorite projects EVER! Lovely work, Lisa!

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(12) Small changes making a big impact in this traditional space.

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(11) White makes us happy!

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(10) The Ridgeland showroom looking pretty (as always!)

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(9) One of the most inviting family rooms we’ve done!

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(8) Elish and Lisa sending off the soft goods, art, and accessories for an out of town project (which turned out beautifully without us ever stepping foot in this client’s home! See more from that project here.)

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(7) Everybody loves a rug ottoman!

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(6) Such a pretty, dark, cozy room by Elish!

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(5) Always wake up on the right side of the bed with this stunner!

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(4) The oh-so-beautiful SummerHouse | Oxford

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(3) Aaaand more from SummerHouse | Oxford!

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(2) Katherine’s stunning outdoor living space that was featured in Social South Magazine

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(1) Lindsey’s last install of 2017. It is PERFECTION!

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And that’s a wrap! Be sure to follow us on Instagram ( @shopsummerhouse ) and get in on the favorite-picking for next year! 🙂

Quick reminder that we will be closed Monday and Tuesday for New Years celebrations. See you Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by!!

Happy New Year from SummerHouse!

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SHOX: Merry & Bright

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Things sure are looking sparkly at our Oxford location! We’ve got tons of art, gifts, and new furnishings, all adorned with a bit of holiday flair! Check out our latest showroom tour. Stop back by tomorrow for more! (We have so many pretty pictures that they won’t all fit in one post!)

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Merry and Bright at SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

See something you like? Leave a comment below, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you! And be sure to stop back by tomorrow! Merry (early) Christmas!

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Holiday Hours

With the holiday season officially upon us, we’ve already started making as many plans as we can! We wanted to share our holiday hours to help you make your shopping plans as well!

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We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving, but we will absolutely be open Friday! (Stay tuned for details on that!)

Then for Christmas, we will be closed on Christmas Day and the following day (since Christmas is on a Monday this year.)

For the New Year, we will be open on New Year’s Eve, but closed New Year’s Day.

We look forward to seeing you in the shop this holiday season decking your own halls and getting unique gifts for those you love! As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. We are thankful for all of you!

H A P P Y . H O L I D A Y S !

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Meet Kelly Harrison

We have a new face at SummerHouse | Oxford that you need to get to know! Kelly Harrison is the newest member of the SHOX squad and we are loving having her around! Per the usual, we did a quick Q&A to get to know our newest team member just a little bit better! Enjoy!

Kelly Harrison // SummerHouse | Oxford Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in Eunice, a small town in south Louisiana. When I married my husband Scott, I moved to Jackson where we lived for 28 years. We have three children, Hunter, Ashleigh, and Peyton. Scott and I are now empty nesters and have moved to Oxford where we are closer to our children.

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?

My favorite way to spend a lazy weekend would be sitting outside reading a good novel.

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently and why?

The most fun movie I’ve seen in a while is Pitch Perfect. I have seen it too many times to count!

How do you take your caffeine?

I take my caffeine in a Diet Coke!

How would you describe your personal design style?

I would describe my personal design style as very clean and simple. Lots of white!

If you could have dinner with anyone in the whole world, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, right now it would be with Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out on Bravo. I think he is so funny and little bit cray cray. It would be a very entertaining dinner!

What is your favorite thing about Oxford, MS?

My favorite thing about Oxford is the Square. It has a certain vibe to it that is so fun!

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Thank you so much, Kelly! Love all of your answers! We are so thrilled to have you as part of our team. Thanks for everything you’ve already done in your short time with us. We look forward to the future! 🙂

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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 2

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In case you missed yesterday’s post, we talked about all the new prettiness that awaits you at SummerHouse | Oxford! The floor looked so good that we couldn’t help but take tons of photos! Since they all wouldn’t really fit into one blog post, we’re doing a two-part series! Here is the rest of what you have awaiting you at SHOX… 🙂

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While we have ya here, be sure to add the Lauren Barksdale Art Show to your calendar! Lauren will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20 (the day before the LSU game) with loads of art, much of which will be Oxford-themed! You can read more about that in this post! 🙂

You can always keep up with our upcoming events and specials (like sales!) by regularly checking our EVENTS page. 🙂 Thank y’all for all of your support and for reading today! Have a fantastic rest of the week!

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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 1

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The showroom floor at SummerHouse | Oxford just recently got revamped and it is looking GOOD! Tons of new upholstery, lots of new accessories, some new art… Plus so much more! If you haven’t been by in a while, now is the time to stop in! Here’s what you have to look forward to…

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SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We actually have so many pictures of the Oxford showroom right now that we’ll have to save the rest to show y’all tomorrow! So be sure to check back in the morning 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! And of course, to get the full effect, we recommend actually going to SHOX to see all of this in person!

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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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