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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Naturally

Today’s Web Store Wish List is au naturale! We are celebrating the beauty of nature with simple finishes, plant and animal inspired accessories, and other items that inspire a love for the great outdoors.

Shop this look below!

Natural love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Clockwise from top left:

Bark Candles // $9
Beatrix Cabinet // $2340
Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook // $50
Square Moss // $370
Garcia Chair // $1000
Succulents in Stone Bed // $180
Buff Cowhide Pillow // $500

Shop more new arrivals to our web store right here!

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Web Store Wish List: Happy Home Scents

We hope you guys are having a great week!

Today our web store wish list is all about happy home scents! Now that holiday decorations (including candles!) are mostly up and packed away, the post holiday blues might be starting to set in. These candles are here to combat that! Add some freshness to your home with these happy smells! These are some of our absolute favorites!

Happy Home Scents // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1 // Pool House: French Lilac // $59
2 // Essence of Florets Rare Botanic Candle // $50
3 // Pulp Candle // $56
4 // Game Room: Blue Bamboo // $59
5 // Carriage House: Magnolia Cypress // $59
6 // Gilded Leaves Rare Botanic Candle // $50
7 // Office: Rosemary Eucalyptus // $59
8 // Media Room: Spike Lavender // $59

 Shop more of our home scents online, or shop all of them in-store! 🙂

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TSG’s August Loves

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AUGUST
2015

Thank you, The Scout Guide Jackson, for including SummerHouse in your August Loves! We are as in love with the new India Hicks book as y’all are! And we see several other things here that we’d love to add to our August as well! 😉

The Scout Guide Jackson's August Loves // via www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Scout Guide Jackson's August Loves // via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Get your copy here! We’re confident that you’ll find it to be a great read! 🙂

While you’re at it, check out our fabulous selection of other coffee table books, too!

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Web Store Wish List: PILLOWS!

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AUGUST
2015

Pillows, anyone? We love softening up from time to time, and what better way to do that than with some fabulous pillows? We’ve gotten a lot of new ones in lately that we’ve been dying to share, so that’s why they’re this week’s Web Store Wish List! Our pillow picks of the week!

SummerHouse Web Store Wish List: PILLOWS // www.summerhousestyle.com

1. Persimmon Lumbar // $100
2. Savage Beauty Cross Pillow // $410
3. Tadaifaux Pillow // $140
4. Steps Pillow // $700
5. Gold Zebra Pillow // $510
6. Ogee Pillow // $120
7. Ghandi Grey/Blue Pillow // $140
8. Antique Rug Pillow // $270
9. Rug Pillow // $270
10. Geometric Hide Pillow // $380
11. Savage Beauty Stripe Pillow // $410

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Designers We Love: Bobby McAlpine

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DECEMBER
2014

Today, we wanted to highlight a designer of whose style we are in constant admiration! Designer Bobby McAlpine’s books have been described by members of our staff as design Bibles. And more than once have pages been opened to certain pictures in his books when presentations are given. His work is just SO inspirational!!

The Home Within Us

The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine // available at www.summerhousestyle.com

Art of the House

Art of the House // available at www.summerhousestyle.com

And his furniture designs for Lee Industries are PERFECTION! Classic yet very distinctive…

Bobby McAlpine for Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bobby McAlpine for Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bobby McAlpine for Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oh, Bobby, how do you do it?! We love your style so much!

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Winner, Winner!

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APRIL
2014

We’ve had two big winners as of late, so we thought we’d continue celebrating with them on their big victories with a quick blog post!

The winner of our Like, Share, Win contest was super excited about the SummerHouse happy basket she got to take home! And all for just sharing her favorite item in our webstore! 🙂 Congrats, Tina! Way to go!

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Our other winner, Kim, got to take home a Lee Industries chair because of her victory in the #LOVELEECHAIR Instagram contest! Her photo got 1300 likes! (Impressive!)

We love the chair she got!

#loveleechair winner

Lee Chair // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Congrats again to Tina and Kim! We’re so excited for both of you and hope you enjoy your prizes! 🙂

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Shop This Look!

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FEBRUARY
2014

Do you love that SummerHouse style but are not able to shop our showroom in person?

Well, you are now in luck! Now that our WEB STORE is in full swing, you’re able to shop much of our inventory online and have it shipped right to you! (What did we do before we had the internet/online shopping? Seriously!)

Here’s one look you can shop from anywhere!

Shop this look at www.summerhousestyle.com

Emory Sofa // Equation Print // Turkish Delight Pillow // Bala Pillow

Shop this look at www.summerhousestyle.com

Tremont Chair

See something else you like that isn’t available on the web store yet? No worries! Anna, our amaaaazing web store manager, is uploading new product regularly so chances are, the item you love will be available in a short amount of time! In the meantime though, feel free to give us a call to inquire about that item! We are always happy to assist!

Shop more of SummerHouse HERE by clicking on the Shop tab! We hope you love what you find!

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