A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event

Boy do we have some big news to share with y’all! In case you haven’t seen us mention it on our Instagram or Facebook over the past couple of weeks, we are teaming up with our friends at Noggins Organic Salon to put on a MAJOR runway event on July 19th! This event is going to be spectacular…

Our theme is A Midsummer Night, and it is going to be simply magical. But first, allow us to give you the basics!

Our friends at Noggins approached us asking if we’d be interested in partnering on a runway show. Of course we said yes! At our first meeting, we determined a theme: A Midsummer Night. Think flowers, fairy wings, organic style, lots of white, lots of natural, magic, glitter, delicate desserts, champagne, whimsy… With a bit of an avant-garde twist in the form of lots and lots of JEWELS.

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Without giving too much away, we are putting all of this on with the participation of several local boutiques and shops. This runway show will not only appeal to women, but to men and children as well, as we will have styles for the entire family represented on the catwalk! Row 10 Baby, Blithe & Vine, 4450, The Rogue, Sollberger’s, Beckham Jewelry, and Albrition’s Jewelry will present the looks. (Be sure you go and follow all of these businesses on Instagram– their accounts are linked above!– to keep up with all the fun!) Noggins Salon will do models’ hair and Galexie Glister will finish off the makeup looks.

Little Bluestem Farm will lend their floral talents and La Brioche is providing dainty desserts to make this event over the top beautiful. Y’all, we. cannot. WAIT.

Perhaps the most important thing about this evening is that all proceeds go to our friends at CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption.) We love the work that this shelter does in keeping pets of all kinds safe and healthy until they find their forever homes. Did you know that CARA runs solely on donations?! They absolutely cannot keep doing their work without community support, so we are asking that each guest give a minimum $15 donation at the door. This donation will get you one entry into a raffle drawing for several INCREDIBLE prizes: Gift cards to Arco Avenue, salon services from Noggins, services from SummerHouse, jewelry, a whitening treatment from Uptown Dental, and SO much more! Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at $10 each. Again, all money goes to CARA!

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(pictured above: our inspirational mood board for the event)

We will end with this piece of excitement: The first 20 guests to enter A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event will be gifted an incredible swag bag. Y’all will not believe the incredible donations that have been given to these swag bags! We won’t ruin the surprise, but we will tell you this: YOU WILL WANT ONE.

Start picking out your “summer fairy best” and make plans to join us at SummerHouse on July 19th at 7 p.m. for an event unlike any other to ever hit our area! Be sure to join the Facebook event to keep updated on all event news. We can’t wait to see you!

“Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.”  -A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4, Scene 1

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Coffee Table Styling Tips

If there is one thing we hear often as designers, it is about the difficulty of styling a coffee table. This is in fact a difficult feat if you don’t know what you’re doing! So we are here to help 🙂

We asked each of our designers to take their favorite coffee table on our showroom floors, clear it completely off, and style it as if it was their own. We feel very inspired by the tables they put together, and we picked up some helpful tips along the way! Have a look at each of their styles, then keep reading for a handful of style tricks and tips.

Rectangle burl wood coffee table styled by Design Assistant Camille Parker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round glass top coffee table styled by Interior Designer Maddie Ertle

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Wood and silver leaf coffee table styled by Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Two-tier glass and metal coffee table styled by Interior Designer Erin Baker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle shell coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round leather coffee table styled by Interior Designer Laurie Conway

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle concrete coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

Coffee Table Styling Tips

A few things to keep in mind when styling a coffee table:

  • Be sure to vary the heights of the accessories you add. This adds an incredible amount of interest.
  • Mixing old/rustic with modern/new can be fun, if this is in keeping with the style of the rest of the room.
  • Pick a simple color story and stick to it.
  • Add interest with a metallic accessory.
  • When in doubt, coffee table books.
  • Trays and boxes add organization, layering, and function. If your coffee table is an upholstered piece, a tray can also serve as a place to set a drink.
  • Is your coffee table in a room where guests tend to gather? Add a game, or a decanter and cocktail glasses, or an conversation piece from your recent travels. Let your coffee table make your job as a host just a little bit easier!

Here are a few more pretty shots from these styled tables. We hope you find some good inspiration! And please do not hesitate to call a designer for help! That is what we do! 😉

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy coffee table styling!

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Meet Jordan Carter!

Meet Jordan Carter // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe have a new face on our design team that we are so excited to introduce to y’all! Meet Jordan Carter, our newest interior design assistant! This girl is smart, organized, and super fun! So naturally, she fits right in up here 😉

We think you’ll enjoy getting to know Jordan as much as we have! Here’s our traditional Q&A with the newbie… 🙂

1. Tell us about yourself!

I feel blessed to have grown up in Daphne, Alabama, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. I loved growing up on the water and experiencing the scenic Alabama outdoors with family and friends.

I earned my degree in architecture from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and have worked in that field for five years. I recently decided to transition to interior design, and I am excited to begin this new chapter!

My husband and I moved to Jackson last year for his residency at UMMC. We have enjoyed getting acquainted with our new city and making our lovely house a home.

2. Tell us a little about how you became interested in design! Did you always know you loved design, or did you discover your interest some other way?

I have always known that I was interested in design. I remember my father and me touring houses that were under construction and I would tell him all about my design strategies. I would explain what each room would be and show him the way I would lay each room out.

3. What was your first impression of SummerHouse?

My first impression of SummerHouse was the charm. From the sweet southern women to the beautiful design of the showroom floor, I was immediately drawn to it all. To say I am excited to be working at SummerHouse is an understatement!

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Feel free to let us in on a snippet of your early bird or night owl routine! 🙂

I feel like I get asked this question a lot and I have decided that I am neither an early bird nor a night owl. I don’t drink coffee (Weird, I know.) so it takes me a little bit of time to wake up in mornings and I don’t like staying up too late. I am more of a middle of the day person so this job is perfect for me!

5. What is your favorite source of visual/design inspiration?

My favorite source of design inspiration is Instagram. A daily source of new, stylish designs are literally at your fingertips. The designers and brands you can follow are endless. I always find myself scrolling through Instagram when I have a minute of time to spare and bookmarking my favorite designs.

6. We’ve noticed you have great style! Where do you like to shop?

My favorite place to shop is in my mother’s closet! She has such great style and has dressed me my entire life. She has spoiled me so much that I don’t even like shopping without her. When I am in need of new clothes, Ann Taylor Loft is a go to since they have petite sizes for my 5’-2” frame.

7. If you could eat anything in the world for supper tonight, what would you eat?!

My favorite meal on earth has to be surf and turf. A filet mignon with a lobster tail on top is mouth watering good. There is nothing better than a meal from the land and sea!

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That Time Lisa Took Over Traditional Home’s Instagram

You may remember the three day span where our very own Lisa Palmer was solely in charge of Traditional Home’s instagram account!! She did such a good job that we wanted to commemorate those posts here on Always Summer. Each photo below is linked to the original Insta post, so feel free to click and give the post a like if you haven’t already! Many of the posts have even more photos than what we’re showing here, so you’re definitely going to want to flip through those if you haven’t already.

Lisa, we are so proud of the job you did! You showcased your work, our stores, our designers, the Jackson metro area, and Mississippi SO WELL!

Here are Lisa’s posts:

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Good morning, y’all! I’m @lpdesignlove of @shopsummerhousefrom the wonderful state of Mississippi. I am beyond thrilled to be taking over the Instagram account of @traditionalhomeand showing you around my beautiful city of Jackson, along with stories and anecdotes (I am a true southerner, after all) and giving you a glimpse into an interior designer’s busy life. I’ll even give you a taste of jazz and blues and Mississippi barbecue. Strap on your seatbelts… It’s gonna be a bumpy but enjoyable ride! #designertakeover

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey y’all! It’s me, @lpdesignlove, again for #designertakeover. How about lunch at one of my favorite spots in Jackson? @thepigandpint is barbecue at its best! And you can’t have bbq without pig! (and I’m jewish!) This joint is not for the vegans of the world, but, hey… We have that too! Here you gotta put the feed bag on ‘cause it is eatin’ time! There is a long standing feud about the greatest barbecue. From Mississippi to St. Louis to Memphis to Texas, we ALL think we have the best! But we in Mississippi know we have it locked! To all the interior designers out there, we have to stop and have a good lunch, right? This work is hard!

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey again! @lpdesignlove for the @traditionalhome#DesignerTakeover showing you one of my recent projects that sits in the center of Jackson, Mississippi in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It was a huge renovation for my client, as this Greek Revival home was built in 1950. The rooms were colorful and furnishings were full of pattern and fringes. #WeveAllBeenThere! It was time to make it their home! And… we are always tweaking and adding. That’s the beauty of having a great home, isn’t it? What is interesting about the property is, although it’s in an established neighborhood, my clients have the sweetest Amish chicken coop with live chickens and fresh eggs for their morning omelettes! They even have a couple of peacocks! There is a dog run, an underground knocked out wine cellar, and a small farm all on 8.2 acres. Swipe to see more of this beautiful home. #countrycometotown #alittleofbothworlds#theperfecthome

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It’s @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse here again for #DesignerTakeover! Art is extremely personal AND important to the overall design of a room. I won’t show a client a piece of art for a space just because it looks good over the sofa. It has to evoke a positive emotional response. They have to LOVE their art. It also has to have the “feel” that I am trying to achieve for the space. I am very fortunate to have amazing art galleries to work with. Not only will I select art from the Jackson area, but just 3 hours south is New Orleans and just east are Birmingham and Atlanta! Here is a project I worked on that I literally built the design around my client’s FABulous art collection. Even the walls are works of art: A local artisan hand painted a lacquered strie in the dining room, and the hand painted stencil on the powder room wall was perfectly executed as far as scale and color palette.

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey all you music lovers! It’s @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse for #DesignerTakeover. Although Interior Design is my number one gig, I’ve been performing on stages around the southeast as a jazz vocalist for over 25 years. To quote one of Mississippi’s greatest sons, B.B.King -“Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz, it’s like going on to college”. Mississippi is the true home of the blues and @HalandMals in Jackson is the venue to pop over to to get your jazz and blues fix. Tuesday night is Jazz night and musicians from all over sit in to hone their jazz skills. So, every Tuesday night is different. But that’s jazz. Did you know that Mississippi has more grammy winners than any other state?? Music is in our blood. As a jazz singer I can’t begin to count how many nights I’ve spent at Hal and Mal’s performing. Some of my best memories are within these walls. I think the microphone still has my lipstick stain! 💋#mississippimusic#mississippiculture

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Color is coming back! 💙 Hey again y’all! @lpdesignlovehijacking @traditionalhome for their #DesignerTakeover! Yesss… color IS back. Whether you love a room with lots of color or just pop your favorite color in an all white room, it always works. Don’t get me wrong… I love an all white room, if it is done correctly, but we have been in need of color for a while now. In this project, I had a client who loves any shade of blue. That is what makes her happy and that is what I did. From azure to cobalt, we incorporated her blue crush as much as possible… and she LOVES her home! Blue is a timeless color and you can use it with abandon! Swipe for more from this beautiful home. Photos by @jallsopp

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Welcome back @traditionalhome followers!! @lpdesignlove for TH’s #DesignerTakeover here! As the owner and principal designer of SummerHouse in Ridgeland and Oxford MS, I wear a LOT of hats! But the one hat I am most proud to wear is mentoring and working with my staff of 22, who frankly, are the hardest working people I know. 11 are Interior Designers and their design assistants. Their talent is extraordinary and they make me BEYOND proud. (Swipe for more photos of their work.) Our 8800 square foot Ridgeland showroom opened in 2006 and we just brought another SummerHouse to the super cool city of Oxford, MS in December of 2016. (Post about that coming soon!) Running this large operation takes a village for SURE! It just so happens our village is beautifully adorned with skilled, experienced, and wickedly talented individuals!

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hotty Toddy from Oxford, Mississippi!! @lpdesignlove in for #DesignerTakeover ‘bout to tell y’all a little bit about this place. A little over a year ago, I made the decision to put my second store location on the square in this quintessentially charming American town. What draws people from all over the world to Oxford? Maybe Ole Miss and tailgating in the grove (NOTHING like it!) Or it could be that it’s the literary center of the south, where Rowan Oak, (pictured) the home of William Faulkner so beautifully sits and more presently, ties to Willie Morris and John Grisham. Or maybe it’s the bars, five star hotels, restaurants and unique shops around the historic square. Or possibly John Currence, the James Beard award winning chef at @bigbadbreakfast and @citygroceryoxford. And you have to put Taylor Grocery on your bucket list! THE best catfish, hushpuppies, turnip greens and good ole bluegrass/gospel played by men as old as your grandpa! HYDR!

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Let’s talk about gorgeous areas to have al fresco dining! @Lpdesignlove for #DesignerTakeoverhere. There is nothing quite like a warm summer evening. It seriously is my favorite time of the day/year. Especially if you have this back of the house porch that overlooks a lake with a family of white swans! Y’all might recognize this house. This project was featured in the March/April @traditionalhome. I wanted to show you all a little bit more of the spectacular porch that my clients LOVE to relax on and have their evening meals with friends. It was really important for me to provide comfortable lounge seating, and always ample side tables to set drinks on. The large concrete dining table is not only functional, but with our humidity and pollen dust, it is easily cleanable. When my clients entertain, this is where most of the fun people hang out! || 📷: @jallsopp

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hello again, TH readers! @Lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse for #DesignerTakeover here to tell you about one of Jackson, MIssissippi’s oldest and best corner cafes: the Mayflower Cafe. If anyone saw The Help, you might remember that Skeeter and Stuart had dinner here. They probably had the Redfish Jane or the Breaded Veal Cutlets with Tomato Gravy. Did you know that the director and writer of The Help are both from Mississippi? The coolest thing about this place is that dinner at The Mayflower on a Saturday night is a social event! You seriously run into EVERYONE you know. So… you better carve out enough time for conversation and fellowship and come hungry! #mississippi #themayflower || 📷: @nashker

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 Happy afternoon! @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhousefor #DesignerTakeover! I’m dreaming of crawling into this bed after my incredibly busy day! Unfortunately it is not MY bedroom and I’m sure my client would be surprised if she saw me cutting Z’s in her guest room! This room was designed on a budget although it looks like a million bucks. The textural throw at the foot is from @potterybarn and even the paper pendant (which you can’t see in this photo, but you can see in the instastory!) was a super price. The only splurge is the silk velvet pillow on the bed. But… nothing else looks or FEELS like silk velvet! Some things are non-negotiable. 😃 || 📷: @agoodsonphoto

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

@lpdesignlove signing off of TH’s #DesignerTakeover! I hope y’all have enjoyed hanging out with me this week and allowing me to show where and how this city and state have influenced me and my design aesthetic. I am honored to have Traditional Home feature this project on their cover of the March/April edition. THANK YOU for the support. I also feel that I have gained some really good friends. I might just miss this a little! 😢 But I have to get back to work! XXOO #socialmediaisafulltimejob#summerhousestyle

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What a fun takeover! Be sure to follow Lisa at @lpdesignlove, SummerHouse at @shopsummerhouse, and Traditional Home at @traditionalhome!

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So Much To Love

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesign

We are so thrilled for our owner and principal designer Lisa Palmer because…

… drumroll please…

One of her projects is on the cover of TRADITIONAL HOME MAGAZINE!! This project is absolutely stunning. We adore these clients and thank them so much for allowing us the opportunity to work with them. Their trust in Lisa’s direction for their home was what made them the perfect clients. We love how inviting their beautiful abode is, and could not be more pleased with the photos by one of our favorite photographers, Jean AllsoppLisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesignHere is a peek at the pages behind that pretty pink cover that you’re definitely going to want to see in person.

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign The story of the “before and after” of this home, written by Krissa Rossbund, is engaging and helps the design come to life! The staging team did a lovely job of adding beautiful little touches throughout to get each room perfectly camera ready. Great job to Lisa, Marty, Camille, Eleanor Roper, and everyone else on the team, both ours and Traditional Home’s, who made this project come together. And a huge thanks to our fabulous clients, the McGeowns!

Thank you so much for dropping in today. We hope you’re having a great week and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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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!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(14) A rare snow day in Mississippi!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(11) White makes us happy!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(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.)

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(7) Everybody loves a rug ottoman!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(3) Aaaand more from SummerHouse | Oxford!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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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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!

SummerHouse Holiday Schedule // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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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The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment

Today, SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon takes the stage to talk a little bit about the life of a piece of furniture and why good furniture from SummerHouse is worth the investment. We love what Elish shares and we think you will too!

The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“So we have entered this era where interior design is trending and more and more accessible. In response, there are more designers, online retailers, and pop up stores than directions to turn. They’ve all got pretty pieces, unique pieces, stylish pieces. How on earth do you make a decision? Well let me share a few insider tips that might make your decision making a hair easier.

Summerhouse has been in business over a decade and is locally owned and operated. That means each piece, each line, each vendor we carry is very specifically chosen for our client and our locale. We’re not a big box store, we aren’t marketing to the masses, and our consumer lives next door, works with us, or runs into us at the local market. What does that mean? We have to sell a product we can stand behind, that is quality, and that will surpass the test of time. I as a designer am incredibly selective about what I sell to my clients. The performance of what I sell is not only a reflection of the vendors we put our names behind but a reflection of my expertise! Many potential clients are scared about making their first big “design investment”. Here are a few common misconceptions that I hear often:

1. “I have kids. And a dog. They eat macaroni and cheese on this. There’s no way I’m purchasing a nice sofa. We’ll get one when they’re grown.”
This makes me cringe. Why can’t you have kids and pets AND a nice sofa? It’s 2017…didn’t you know you can have it all!? If you are buying a “throwaway sofa” it may have to be replaced in a few years. You’ll end up spending the same amount (probably more, actually) continually replacing your “temporary” sofa as you would in the nice one! You can purchase a sofa that has a lifetime warranty on the frame, well made cushions, etc.. and just make smart choices on the fabric. Get a slipcovered sofa that is washable. Order your sofa in a performance fabric. The options are endless! You can live your life (the real one…baby spit up and all) and still be comfortable in your own home. I promise.

2. “Bar stools are how much?! Why?”
What are some of the most used pieces of furniture in your home? Sofa, bar stools… Doesn’t it make sense that a piece you use every single day might need to be high quality so it can take the abuse? Often those “bargain stools” (you know what I’m talking about) are poorly constructed, glued together, stools that got imported here on a container. They cannot hold significant weight, are not engineered for long lasting durability or stability, and wear much more quickly than an american made, hand constructed, piece. All furniture is not created equal y’all.

The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. “I saw this item online for less and it’s the same item you have in your store???”
This is a tough one. I’ll be honest… sometimes the same item IS out there for less, but there is SO much value built into everything we sell that goes beyond the item itself. You have a designer’s expertise built in to every piece you purchase from Summerhouse. We’re here to help you select the best item that fits you and your lifestyle. We’re here to make sure that the piece fits in your space. We’re weighing all the variables and spending our time to narrow down options and save you time. We’re making sure pieces arrive safely, scheduling your delivery, placing things correctly. We’re the client’s safety net keeping them from making costly mistakes. You get so much more than a product when you purchase from Summerhouse. We stand behind every single thing that comes through our showroom and warehouse. You get an experience that is custom tailored to you and your home. Isn’t that a worthy investment?”

The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment // www.alwayssummerblog.com

So there you have it! Thank you so much, Elish, for all of this!

We would absolutely love to get to help you on your next interior design project, no matter how big or how small! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us. We hope to get to work with you soon!

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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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Mark Edge Trunk Show

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you follow us on all the social channels, you probably have heard us talking about this already, but we are getting SO EXCITED about our upcoming Mark Edge trunk show at the Ridgeland shop! Mark himself will be here all day (10a – 6p) on Tuesday, October 24th with tons of jewelry (over 1,000 pieces if we heard him correctly!) PLUS he will be taking appointments for custom crafted jewelry made from your keepsakes (like coins, pocket watches, medals, etc.)  If you would like a one-on-one meeting with him to discuss creating some jewelry around your personal items, please call 601-853-4445 to schedule a time!

To make sure Mark feels extra welcome to Ridgeland, we’re hosting a cocktail reception for him on Monday night (the 23rd) at the Ridgeland shop from 5 until 7. We hope you’ll join us!

Here are some more glimpses at things he’ll be bringing with him!

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to comment below or give us a call! We hope to see you at this incredible event in just a couple of weeks!

Also, Oxford friends, don’t forget about the Lauren Barksdale show the Friday before the LSU game! More on that here!

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We recently added a charming little vignette to our Ridgeland showroom from the new Bungalow Classic collection for Highland House that we are more than in love with!

“The BUNGALOW CLASSIC duo Randy and Courtney Tilinski, also known as “Mr. and Mrs. Bungalow”, bring their design talents and signature style to their new BUNGALOW CLASSIC COLLECTION for HIGHLAND HOUSE. Inspired by their love of travel, fashion, and all-things-home, the collection captures the refined, yet approachable, aesthetic the dynamic couple are known for.”

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We welcome the pieces of this collection to our Ridgeland showroom. We can’t wait for more pieces to arrive! We love this refined whimsy and think you will as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! XO!

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Let’s Chaise A While!

It’s no secret that we love a great chaise. Who wouldn’t want a super chic bench that could double as a place to take a Sunday nap? These chaises are high in style, they’re super functional, and they add interest to a room. One of these might be just the thing you’ve been looking for to go in your home… If so, let one of our designers know! We can get you fixed up!

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

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Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Aren’t they beautiful? We know you love them as much as we do!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a GREAT rest of the week! (And be sure to get in our Instagram giveaway we have going on through next Wednesday! There will be five winners, so your chances are GOOD!)

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A Peek In The Ridgeland Showroom

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve moved some things around here in the Ridgeland showroom to make room for lots of NEW! One thing we’re really excited about (besides our new furniture, of course) is all of our fabulous new candles! They’re sprinkled throughout the showroom amongst all of the other pretty, so take a look around!

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Check out our new candles at both our Ridgeland and Oxford locations! They’re the dreamiest scents. We know you’ll find at least one that you want to take home with you!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you’re staying cozy and dry!

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Feat. SummerHouse

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse was recently featured in Reunion Living Magazine and it was such a lovely spotlight! They did a Q&A with our immensely talented Lisa Palmer and included lots of fabulous photos of past SummerHouse projects. If you live in Reunion, you probably got a copy of this pretty little publication. If you don’t, feel free to stop by the Ridgeland shop and take a peek at the copies we have up there!

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SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Many thanks again to Reunion Living for doing this great feature! We hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by Always Summer! XO!

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Updated Classics

Great interior design is an investment. There is no doubt about that! And we all know that the wisest investments are the ones that will take us the furthest. That’s why SummerHouse style is such a worthwhile investment! We love to pick pieces that we have heard best described as “modern, traditionally speaking.” This simply means that we pick classic pieces that are updated to meet the standards of today’s style! Our pieces will last you well into the coming years without losing an ounce of style. In this edition of Web Store Wish List, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite updated classics!

UPDATED CLASSICS via alwayssummerblog.com

From top left, going clockwise

Brass Cafe Table Lamp | $760

“Changing Lanes” art series by Carol Sneed ( one // two // three // four ) | $375 each

Hospitality Swivel Chair | $2220

Tic Tac Toe Pillow | $240

Small Artisan Chest | $3910

Beetle Travertine Box | $300

Head on over to summerhousestyle.com to see more “modern, traditionally speaking” pieces! We think you’ll like what you find! 🙂

As always, thank you for stopping by today! We appreciate your visit so much!

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Outdoor Living in Social South

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Katherine Shelton recently had her work featured in Social South magazine! The whole issue is beautiful, but we particularly love this outdoor space! We will soon add this space to our project site, so keep an eye out for that! Until then, have a look at these pretty pages!

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

You can read the story here, or stop by the Ridgeland showroom and pick up a hard copy for yourself!

Great work, Katherine! We love every detail 🙂

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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

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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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Scout is Out!

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

The newest issue of The Scout Guide Jackson is out, and we could not be more pleased with our spread! The whole issue is really beautiful. So many outstanding businesses are a part of this year’s volume!

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

We are also particularly in love with the blue cover. How pretty does it look sprinkled around our showroom floor?! 🙂

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

Be sure to stop by the Ridgeland shop soon and pick up a copy to flip through for yourself! We can’t wait to see you 🙂

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A Place To Gather

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After a weekend filled with gathering around dining tables and celebrating our mothers, we were inspired to share some of our favorite spaces to gather and eat with family and friends. Especially here in the South, food brings us together. All of our social functions revolve around it. So be sure that your own dining room or gathering space is ready for memory-making next time an opportunity for a family gathering presents itself!

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GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

GATHER via alwayssummerblog.com

How beautiful are all of these rooms?! See more photos like this in our Dining gallery on our design site. So much inspiration over there!

Thank you for stopping by today! We hope you had a happy happy Mother’s Day celebrating or being celebrated 🙂 Be sure to check back by soon!

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