We brought over a lot of great new inventory today! Marty and the guys did a great job (as always!) in getting the floor looking better than ever! Here are a few of the highlights….
Check out our newest ad, coming out in the next issue of VIP! We are in love Brown Jordan products, and Brian did an AMAZING job on this ad!
Happy birthday to us,
Happy birthday to us,
Happy birthday to SummerHouse…..
Happy birthday to us!
March is our birthday month, and this year we are turning FIVE! It is hard to believe SummerHouse has been going strong for five whole years! It is actually older than that because Lisa had “Little SummerHouse,” as she likes to call it, in Fondren for years before moving to The Township in Ridgeland! What started out as a tiny, tiny shop with a shared resource library has grown into a beautiful showroom with a great big independent resource library! We love being out at the Township and have loved watching the steady development of the area around us.
Enough about SummerHouse… What do YOU get out of it being our birthday? Well, starting tomorrow (March 1), we will have markdowns on every piece of in-stock furniture and most accessories! In addition to amazing savings, we will have homemade gourmet cupcakes every Saturday! The cupcakes alone are worth a trip… Marty makes them using her secret recipe!
We hope to see you lots during the month of March! 🙂
As one of our designers was flipping through fabrics this morning, she ran across a CUTE fabric that many of us had somehow never seen! In researching to find what other colorways this particular fabric came in, we discovered a whole line of super fun, bright fabrics that just made our Monday! The designer is Amanda Nisbet and her line is called AND (Amanda Nisbet Designs) What do you think?!
Our FOR THE LOVE OF ART event was last night and we had so much fun! We had an amazing turnout! Lots of beautiful art, delicious food, live portrait sketches by artist Dyann Gunter, and great company all made for a good time. The cherry on top of the evening was the fact that it was benefitting CARA, the largest no kill animal shelter in Mississippi. They rely solely on donations, so we were excited to have the opportunity to do something to help them. Here are a few snapshots from the evening.
Thanks to all who came out last night. As you can see, we had a ball! And thanks to all of our amazing artists who were willing to participate and give to CARA! Dyann Gunter, Lauren Barksdale Hill, Anne Taylor Duease, Jean Seymour, and Kathryn Morris Trotter all deserve a huge round of applause!
If you would like more information about CARA, visit their website for the latest updates!
Stay tuned for information on our upcoming events… 🙂
We brought over LOTS of new stuff yesterday and today. Come check everything out! We have a long list of new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams things (including a great charcoal gray Chester grouping!), some new Hickory Chair, a few great new pieces from LEE Industries, some OLY… There are so many new things, it is hard to remember them all! Here are a few shots of what you have to look forward to next time you come to the store:
Marty worked hard all day yesterday getting the floor set up with all of our new stuff! We got in our first shipment of Hickory Chair and we are SO excited about it! It is all beautiful! We also got some new Ferguson Copeland, Mitchell Gold, and LEE! Check it out….
We got an email this morning from Schumacher introducing the new Trina Turk outdoor fabrics and they are fabulous! We have had so much fun using the fabrics from her last introduction, so we are looking for ways to incorporate these into current projects! Even though these are labeled as outdoor fabrics, we love using them inside, particularly for kids areas. They clean with almost no effort at all! You can view all colorways of these patterns here.
As we were playing on the Jonathan Adler site, a few of their new items just really grabbed us! We have some of this at the store, and have the capability to order any of it! They get more and more creative every season, and that is exactly why we love them!
The past couple of days have been spent working on the showroom floor. We have many new pieces of furniture, new lamps, and new accessories that we’ve had fun working with! Here are a few shots of what we’ve been doing!
So last week at our SummerHouse Christmas party, Melanie made the BEST jambalaya any of us had ever tasted. We asked her for the recipe and she was so sweet to share it with us. It was even her idea to put it on the blog so all of you could have it too! Make this for your next party or gathering and be prepared for lots and lots of compliments!
Note from Melanie: Not only is this a great dip, but it is also excellent over rice or pasta. ENJOY! And have a very merry Christmas!
We have something exciting going on around here!! All you need to do is read this flyer (see below), log on to Facebook and LIKE the SummerHouse page (found here), take pictures of your Christmas decorations, upload those pictures to facebook, and post them on our wall! We are DYING to see what your houses look like! Indulge us, please! 🙂
Meet the newest member of the SummerHouse family: BrittanyIvy! Brittany is our new Jr. Designer/Design Assistant and is fitting right in! Not only is Brittany funny and extremely talented, but she is also very organized! On her first day, we overheard her saying “I can’t stand for anything to be messy.” Such sweet, sweet music to all of the designers’ ears… 🙂
We took a moment to ask Brit Brit a few questions. What a sweetheart she is!
How are you liking SummerHouse so far? What’s your favorite thing about working here?
I love working at SummerHouse! A few of my favorite things about working here are, 1) the people I work with! All the designers and employees are so friendly and inviting, and I think that makes all the difference in a workplace! 2) The thing I love about coming to work everyday is that I never know what task I will be faced with. Everyday is different and unique its own way.
What is your personal design style?
I would have to say that my personal design style would be more on the eclectic side – mixing the old with the new! I love shopping at antique and second-hand stores and finding unique original pieces and mixing it with new items and using what I already have!
What is your favorite place to find design inspiration? Magazines, blogs…?
I find inspiration from magazines such as Interior Design Magazine and ELLE Decor. Another inspiring place to find design are from the designers here at SummerHouse! Seeing all the projects that are going on around me are interesting and motivating! Each designer has their own personal style and its a great way to get to know each designer!
What is your favorite movie and why?
I would have to say of all the movies out there that Fried Green Tomatoes would have to be my favorite! Overall, the story is uplifting! I love that Evelyn gains independence by visiting Ninny and hearing the powerful story she has to tell. A few other movies I’ve enjoyed over the years are Forrest Gump, Little Miss Sunshine, and all of the Shrek movies!
What did you do over the weekend?!
Over the weekend you would have found me in Starkville, MS at the Mississippi State vs. Arkansas football game! Although the bulldogs couldn’t pull out a win for us in double overtime, I still had a great time visiting with friends!
What is something funny/unique about you?
I’m 25 years old and still sleep with my teddy bear and blankets.
Mark your calendars! Thursday, December 2, will be the best Christmas Open House this area has ever seen! All of the wonderful merchants at The Township and all of the wonderful merchants at The Renaissance have decided to team up for CHRISTMAS AT COLONY PARK. From 5:00 to 8:00 on December 2, all businesses in both areas will stay open after hours. All of the businesses at The Township will be offering specials that night, and many businesses will also have drawings for you to participate in!
The part about this open house that we are MOST excited about is the carriage rides! We will have horse-drawn buggies giving tours of The Township! It will cost $10 or a bag of dog/cat food in order to be able to ride on the carriage. All proceeds of this will be donated to CARA animal shelter.
We will keep you updated on things as the date draws nearer. We are so excited, and hope you and your friends will all make plans to be here! Visit http://www.christmasatcolonypark.com/ to learn more!!
Meagan Burks, one of our amazing designers, is faced with design challenges on a regular basis (as most designers are!) Where does she turn when she needs inspiration? Meagan has several designers, including Kelly Wearstler, Suzanne Kasler and Bobby McAlpine, whose styles really inspire her. All of them have books that help refresh Meagan’s sometimes depleated creativity.
“First and foremost, Bobby McAlpine is an architect; and his new book, “The Home Within Us” is my favorite new architectural design book. I have been an admirer of his architecture and interiors long before I knew he designed furniture. The upholstery collection he designed for Lee Industries, one of our manufacturers, perfectly showcases his use of gracefully sculptural lines that are as timeless as they are unique.”
In contrast to Bobby McAlpine, Meagan also finds inspiration from Kelly Wearstler. Kelly Wearstler’s HUE is a reminder of how to properly incorporate daring color into interior design. As The New Yorker so eloquently put it, Kelly is “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design.”
“You can always tell it’s a Kelly Wearstler room. Her mix of pattern, color, and texture is so bold, but it always works. What shows through in her interiors shows through in her textile designs.”
Somewhere between the earthy, natural Bobby McAlpine and the bright, bold Kelly Wearstler falls Suzanne Kasler. Her versatility is endless.
“Suzanne Kasler is known for her classically inspired rooms, soothing palettes, and casual elegance. Her lighting fixtures bring Southern charm, European sensibility, and a respect for architectural details to her interiors. Her work is polished and refined, yet casual, relaxed and effortless”
Suzanne describes her own style as “a fresh mix of continental flavor and classic style, emphasizing light, scale, and architectural elements of space, creating collected interiors.” Her book, Inspired Interiors, beautifully showcases the mix that Suzanne is known for.
Check back often for more Designer Spotlights!
Hey everyone! We are gearing up for the big event tonight! Hopefully all of you will be able to attend THE BIG REVEAL this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. We are really looking forward to it! The changes around here are pretty phenomenal, if we do say so ourselves 🙂
When you get here, be sure to register to win some door prizes! Many of our neighbors have been so generous to donate some items for us to give away. Here is what you have the chance to walk away with tonight:
1. A gift certificate from Kosmos for a 30 minute massage
2. A gift certificate from View Gallery
3. A bottle of wine from Calistoga Wine and Spirits
4. A gift card from Fusion Coffeehouse
5. A gift certificate for 3 facials from Faces
6. A gift basket from The Everyday Gourmet
7. A leather recliner from SummerHouse
Thanks also to Viking for catering the event! We know they will do a phenomenal job, as always. We are so thankful for our great neighbors! Below are the websites for all of them so you can find out a little more about them! SEE YALL TONIGHT!!
Hey everyone! Sorry this blog post is a couple of days later than we had hoped! After being closed for 5 days in a row, we have all been playing catch up! Now that the dust is finally settling (literally…), we have a few minutes to pay attention to the blog!
We are SO pleased with the changes that took place in our showroom over our break! The ENTIRE floor got re-merchandised and it looks amazing. We brought out a lot of new furniture, lamps and accessories (and will have even more new stuff by Tuesday at THE BIG REVEAL!) and touched up all of our walls. Our accent walls have also been re-done by Virginia Weathersby and her talented helpers!
Our two favorite changes are (1) our back wall behind the front desk and (2) the built in’s to house our pillows and bedding. Here are a few pictures of the built in’s and of the new wall getting accessorized!
We will see everybody at THE BIG REVEAL on Tuesday! Can’t wait!
It has been a BUSY day! We have gotten so much great stuff done, upstairs and down! (For those of you who may not be familiar with our setup, we have our showroom downstairs and our offices upstairs. For the BIG REVEAL, we are going to have both downstairs AND upstairs on display! Guests have never been able to go upstairs at a party before, so we are working hard to get things presentable up here!)
Take a peek at what all has gone on downstairs! While we were rearranging furniture, we ended up needing to put some outside our back door. As luck would have it, the weather decided to change from very pretty to very nasty. So we had about 3 minutes to move LOTS of stuff inside… Thankfully, the only stuff that did get rained on was wrapped in plastic so there was no harm done. But how bout that for a quick jolt!?
There is a chance that this’ll be the last update until Tuesday… We will try to squeeze in one more but no promises!! Remeber to mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14! THE BIG REVEAL is going to be so much fun! Food and wine by Viking Cooking School, and lots of great donations for our drawing. Thanks to Calistoga Wine and Spirits, The Everyday Gourmet, View Gallery, Fusion Coffeehouse, Kosmos and Faces for all your support! 🙂
Welcome back from the weekend! We hope you had a great one!
We wanted to remind everyone that we are going to close this Thursday (Sept. 2) and will not re-open our doors until next Tuesday (Sept. 7) You are welcome to stop by and look in on our progress through the windows, but the store will be closed!
Be sure to go ahead and mark your calendars for THE BIG REVEAL party on Tuesday, Sept. 14! We will have a drawing for a beautiful leather Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chair, as well as some items donated by our fabulous neighboring businesses! And we would like to give a big thank you in advance to Viking Cooking School for catering the event!
Can’t wait to see you on September 14th! 🙂 To learn more about THE BIG REVEAL, check out last week’s blog post about it: http://alwayssummerblog.com/?p=758
Ok, it is officially time to announce our big news!
Since we are nearly 5 years old, which is 50 in design years, we have decided to get a little work done… We have reached the point where we are in need of a face lift! We are going to make a few little changes around the store that are going to make a big difference! With that being said, we are going to have to “disappear” for a few days.
We will close our doors late Wednesday night, September 1 after regular store hours and won’t re-open until the morning of Tuesday, September 7. During that time we will be working hard on our update! Our doors will be locked, but you will be welcome to come peek in the windows and check on our progress! We will frequently post pictures on the blog to keep you updated!
To celebrate our new look, we will have our BIG REVEAL on Tuesday evening, September 14 from 5-7 p.m. You, your friends and your family are all invited to join us as we celebrate our new look. Bubbles and bites will be catered by our wonderful neighbor, Viking Cooking School, and we will have a couple of drawings that you won’t want to miss!
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14 from 5-7 and be sure to bring friends! Please feel free to come in before we take our little hiatus so you will be able to fully appreciate everything once we re-open! We look forward to seeing you!