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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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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Meet Laurie Conway

Meet Laurie Conway of SummerHouse | Oxford Happy almost weekend, y’all!

There’s a new face in the Oxford shop that you need to get to know! May we introduce to you Laurie Conway! Laurie is a fabulously talented designer who we are thrilled to have as part of our Oxford team and SummerHouse family! Get to know her just a little bit better with a quick Q&A…

1. Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, about your family, where you went to school…

I grew up in Tupelo and studied Interior Design at Mississippi State. After graduation I moved to Jackson where I have worked in Design for over 20 years. I have two amazing children, Ben and Julia, who are my heart and soul. I have family in Oxford and northeast Mississippi as well as in Jackson. I’m so excited to be back in the Oxford area!

2. Give us a quick overview of your design background! 

I started out with an architectural firm and quickly realized I loved residential design even more. I have worked in design for over 25 years, both on my own and for other designers in Jackson.
3. What got you interested in working in the Interior Design field?
I have always loved to design and create things. When I was young, I loved making furniture for my Barbies. My Mom says as a child I could be content for hours with typing paper, a ruler and a pencil. I have never wanted do anything else, so it is definitely my passion.
4. What is your favorite source of design inspiration and why?

I’m not a huge fan of digital media, but I love to flip through a magazine over and over again. I have stacks of them on the floor by my bed. I love Traditional Home, Veranda, Milieu and Elle Decor just to name a few!

5. How would you describe your personal taste in design? 

I love clean lines mixed with antiques and modern pieces, and layering with accessories and rugs for texture.

6. What is the most inspiring place you’ve visited lately?

New Orleans is always an inspiration to me, so I go there as often as possible. Walking around in the Garden District and sitting in Audubon Park are my happy places.

7. What is your favorite way to spend a day off? 

I love working in my yard and potting flowers. I love to paint as well as faux finish. Creating is so relaxing to me.

8. What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen and why?

Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies. I love how it depicts Southern women’s lives and strength.

9. How do you take your caffeine? 

Black!

10. What is your favorite part of being in the SummerHouse family so far?! 

I am so excited to be a part of this great team. The designers are so incredibly talented and welcoming and Lisa is of course fabulous!!

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Thank you so much, Laurie! We are thrilled to have you on board!

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A Look Inside SummerHouse Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

It’s been a little while since we showed you around SummerHouse Oxford, so we thought now would be a good time to do so 🙂

We are LOVING our new(ish) space and love being a part of the local Oxford scene. Thank you to all of our Oxford friends for embracing us with such hospitality!

Here’s what our showroom up there has got going on, so come and see it all for yourself!

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford

Beautiful, right?! You’ll feel so inspired just walking through. (And the same is true of our Ridgeland showroom!)

If you see something you like in these photos, give us a call at the Oxford shop! 662-234-8100

Have a great day!

 

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Meet Maddie from SummerHouse | Oxford

We have a new face at SummerHouse | Oxford that we want to introduce to you! Meet Maddie Ertle 🙂 Maddie is a fabulously talented design assistant who fits perfectly with our Oxford team! You’ll want to stop in and say hi next time you’re in the area…

Meet Maddie Ertle at SummerHouse | Oxford Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am 22 and from St. Louis, MO. My major is Art with emphasis in Graphic Design and I have a double minor in Art History and Italian. I went to an all girls Catholic College Preparatory high school called St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis and Ole Miss for undergrad -GO REBS! I am the oldest of 4, 3 girls and 1 boy and my family lives in St. Louis.

When did you realize you were interested in working in design?

I have always (from the minute I could draw) loved art and design and throughout my education have been pushed (in a good way) towards a design career. I worked for a well known designer in St. Louis from 2013-2017, learning all the ways of a registered designer and the tricks of the trade. I knew from the first day of my job with her that I will always pursue my career in design and was absolutely thrilled to be accepted as a new member of the SummerHouse team!

What is your favorite source of design inspiration?

One of my favorite designers to follow is Celerie Kemble and the Domino Design books are my favorite books.

When you have a little free time, what is your favorite way to spend it?!

When I have free time I like to be outdoors, I love to be around animals and I love to paint and draw.

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

I haven’t seen many movies I love lately but my favorite movies are The Help and Ratatouille.

Meet Maddie Ertle at SummerHouse | Oxford What is your favorite thing about Oxford?!

My favorite thing about Oxford is how community oriented it is. Everyone who lives here loves to be here and everyone is so happy and nice.

What’s your favorite local restaurant in the Oxford area?

My favorite restaurant in Oxford is probably Boure.

Is there a certain piece on the SHOX showroom floor that you could take home with you right now if the stars were to perfectly align for ya?!

If I could take anything on the floor I would take the Vanguard King bed in Tish Ivory because it is so beautiful and elegant and looks like it is made of clouds.

In your recent years of working in the design world, what has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the business/industry of design?

I’m surprised by the business every day and constantly excited to see the new material presented by vendors. I’m blown away by all the amazing designs they can consistently reveal season after season. I just love the interior design field.

What else do we need to know about you?!

What else you need to know about me is I LOVE this company already and everything it has to offer. The people are incredible, so welcoming and so fun to be around, the merchandise is so beautiful and the designers are so talented. I am so blessed to be included!

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Thank you, Maddie! We are blessed to have you! 😉

And thanks to all of you for stopping by today! We hope you’ve had a great week!

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The Grand Opening at SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

Happy Monday!

We are still on cloud nine after the grand opening of our Oxford location last week! Despite the bad weather, we had a wonderful turnout and were so excited to show our new digs off to our new Oxford friends!

The showroom looked gorgeous with lots of pretty + new, and the food was KILLER. Saint Leo catered and y’all. The food was insane. The best most of us have had in a while! 

Here are a bunch of photos of the lovely night!

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

CHEERS to this new adventure in this lovely town. Thank you, Oxford, for being so welcoming!

Have a fantastic day and stay tuned for some more fun info about our big time Lee Loves Local event coming really soon!

XO!

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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!

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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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The Grand Opening at SummerHouse | Oxford

We are excited to announce our GRAND OPENING at SummerHouse | Oxford! The date is set for Thursday, January 19th. Join us from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. for a little bubbly, some light bites, and a great giveaway valued at $500!

SummerHouse | Oxford Grand Opening

We can’t wait to officially celebrate the opening of this beautiful new space. In case you missed this post with a mini tour of the Oxford shop, then hop on over! We think you’ll like it 🙂

We hope to see you at SummerHouse | Oxford on Thursday the 19th!

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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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Tis The Season For A Sale!

SummerHouse Christmas Sale

We are celebrating Christmas a few days early with a little sale! Well, it’s actually not all that little… 40% off Christmas accessories, ornaments, and wreaths is a big deal! We’re also offering 25% off jewelry, pillows, and throws, all of which make excellent gifts.

These offers are only good IN STORE (at both locations) so make a few minutes to stop in and get some great deals.

We will see you soon!

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Meet The Oxford Team: Stacy Stovall

Meet SummerHouse | Oxford's Store Manager Stacy Stovall!You’ve met Olivia and Cara from our Oxford location. Now it’s time to meet Stacy! Stacy Stovall is the store manager at our pretty new location and we have loved having her as a part of the SummerHouse team! Get to know her a little better here!

Tell us a little about yourself! 

I grew up in McComb, MS, went to Ole Miss, met my husband Tonquin Stovall, and have lived in Jackson for the last 24 years. We have 3 boys Adam, Clark and Shelby. We recently moved to Oxford in August. My husband has a mortgage company called HomeFirst Mortgage with an office in Oxford and in Jackson!

Tell us a little about your design background!

I have a Marketing degree from Ole Miss and have always had a passion for design. Early on I was in sales and marketing, but bought a store called Monogram Magic in 1999 until I sold it in 2010 to have the ability to attend more of my boys’ sporting events. I was immediately hired by Jackson Prep to start a school store from ground up and also worked as the Executive Director for Lefleur East. I got a phone call from Lisa Palmer the first week I moved to Oxford about running the new Summerhouse going in on the square. It has been so much fun watching all the renovations. Such a big transformation!!

Milieu Magazine loveGive us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team.

The number one reason I am excited about the opportunity at Summerhouse is that I feel like it marries everything I have ever done or been involved in into one job. I love designing, managing and selling. I also think it is an amazing opportunity to get to learn from Lisa Palmer!

What is your favorite design publication?

My favorite magazine is Milieu magazine and I adore Pinterest for idea searching!

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

I’m sad to say that I haven’t been to a movie in over two years, so I can’t even remember… I know, pathetic!

What is your favorite local restaurant?

Favorite local restaurant at the moment is St. Leo’s!

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Thank you Stacy! We’re loving getting to work with you!

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Meet The Oxford Team: Cara Fisher

SummerHouse Oxford Sales Associate Cara Fisher The soft opening of SummerHouse | Oxford is THIS week! We can hardly believe it! (We’re planning a big grand opening in January, so we will keep you posted on that once we have more to share!) For now, we want to continue introducing you to our Oxford crew! 🙂

You met Interior Designer Olivia Weeks last week, so today we want to introduce you to Sales Associate Cara Fisher! We have really enjoyed getting to know Cara and are excited for you to get to know her as well! Without any further delay, let’s get to a few questions! 🙂

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

I am from Manvel, Texas which is a small town south of Houston, Texas. I grew up in the small town life where everybody knows everybody but, I was close enough to the city to learn how to dream big! I come from a big southern family and I am excited to be joining a new family come May when I get married!

Tell us a little about your professional background! Education, experience, etc…

I am an Ole Miss grad and I’ve most recently worked for a Marketing firm as the Project Coordinator.

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

Not only am I excited to be able to spread my creative wings, I am especially excited to work for such an amazing firm. The SummerHouse team is so friendly and kind. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work!

What is your favorite design publication? (It can be a blog, magazine, coffee table book.. anything!)

I recently bought The Magnolia Story by Joanna and Chip Gaines so it’s my current favorite. They just have such a neat story and I love her rustic style!

SummerHouse Oxford Sales Associate Cara Fisher What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently and why?

The best movie I’ve seen so far would have to be The Accountant. My fiancé had to drag me inside and I ended up loving it!

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

My favorite local restaurant would have to be Boure. I love the crawfish bites and the pan roasted chicken! Plus I’m a sucker for the wooden beams and hardwood floors. It feels like a ski lodge!

What else do we need to know about you?!

One more thing to know about me is that I played volleyball at Ole Miss. When I moved to Oxford to pursue my volleyball career, I never would’ve guessed that I would end up meeting my future husband and making Oxford home but, I am so glad I did!

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Thank you Cara! We are thrilled to have you on board! 🙂

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Meet The Oxford Team: Olivia Weeks

SummerHouse Oxford Interior Designer Olivia WeeksWith our Oxford store opening REALLY SOON (like, next week!), we wanted to start introducing you to the friendly faces you’ll find when you visit SummerHouse Oxford! Olivia Weeks will be an Interior Designer at the new location and we just know y’all will love her. She is so talented and so much fun! Find out a little more about this talented chick with this little Q&A!

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

I just usually say I am from Jackson, Mississippi when people ask me that question! I’ve lived in many places throughout the metro-Jackson area. I’ve lived in Madison, Mississippi the majority of my life, but I did spend a year in the Belhaven area after college round one, and now my family is currently living out in the Reservoir area. I currently live in Oxford, Mississippi; I study social work at Ole Miss and I am hoping to pursue humanitarian aid efforts in the future. I have a sweet two-year-old daughter, Ryann; she is my love and my life.

Tell us a little about your design background! Education, experience, all that good stuff…

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Mississippi in interior design. Prior to joining the Summerhouse team, I worked for a local marketing agency for over a year after college and then for Ethan Allen for a little over a year after that, before deciding to take a huge leap of faith and go back to school to pursue another degree.

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

I am excited to be apart of a team that truly loves what they do everyday. Working for Lisa Palmer is amazing; she is an inspiring designer and someone that I think all the designers at Summerhouse should emulate in their designs. She is dedicated to being a great designer and professional and really wants to give her clients the best quality work they deserve. I am so incredibly excited to get started and thankful to her for giving me this opportunity to help her grow her new Oxford, Mississippi location.

SummerHouse Oxford Interior Designer Olivia WeeksWhat is your favorite design publication?

Architectural Digest; I love architecture, and I love the story that architectural details can tell about a place. There are always creative and innovative designs in that magazine and wonderful stories about how these designers created these spaces and what inspired them most. As a designer, this is something I really enjoy doing; finding a neat architectural detail in a space and really bringing it alive through interior design.

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

Since I have a two-year-old, going to the movie theater is really out of the question these days, so right now I am watching movies at home. Most recently, I watched “Contact”; I believe it was released in 1997, so it is a little dated, but I love how determined Jodie Foster’s character is about her research. And who knows, maybe we are not the only ones out here in the Universe. I do also want to go see this new movie “Allied” with Marion Cotillar and Brad Pitt over the holidays; I might be able to break away for that one at some point.

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

Bravo! I never get to go, but the pasta is so yum; I go every year, New Year’s Eve, and then its back to the grind New Year’s Day.

What else do we need to know about you?

As I have gotten older, I see myself becoming more and more obsessed with everything being in its place. If things are moved, I get the slightest bit of anxiety these days. I love reading and I am a huge advocate for reading a book over watching television; I believe that reading and staying educated are important aspects of life and being successful, and journaling seems to help this as well. I enjoying working out and running. I’m running my first half marathon in January; I am excited and nervous at the same time, but I try to keep to the course and maintain a constant training schedule.

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Thank you so much, Olivia, for letting us learn a little more about you. So excited to have you on the Oxford team! We know you’ll do a wonderful job!

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More Oxford News!

Y’all have heard that we are opening a shop in Oxford, right?! We are so excited about this new venture, and now that we’ve got our Oxford team of designers nailed down, we’re even more excited to share more about them with you very soon!

SummerHouse is coming to Oxford, MS!

SummerHouse is coming to Oxford, MS!

One of our favorite blogs, Inspiration Mississippi, did a feature promoting our Oxford shop, which is on tap to open next month! See lots of pretty photos and read more about the Oxford location here!

Thanks so much for dropping by today! We appreciate you keeping up with us! Have a great weekend!

 

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Hello, Oxford!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have some VERY exciting news to share with all of you!

SummerHouse is opening a satellite location in OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI! We are SO thrilled about this expansion and cannot wait to serve North Mississippi! But the only way to make our service the best is by hiring the best!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

That leads us to our next order of business: We’re hiring for the Oxford location! We’re looking for Interior Designers and a Store Manager/Interior Designer. If you have a design background and are passionate about superb customer service, then SummerHouse Oxford might be the right fit for you!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Click here to see more about both positions and to find out how to submit your resume.

We look forward to finding our new family members very soon!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you are having a great one!

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