Our House

09
NOVEMBER
2015

As we do almost every week, we’ve changed up our showroom once again! And it is looking great! Marty and her team of help always do an incredible job of moving things around, bringing new things over, and accessorizing to perfection!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We want “our house” to be new and exciting and inviting each time you come visit, so if you haven’t been in the past week or so, it’s time to come back for a visit!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Next week, we should be all decorated for Christmas, so you’ll definitely want to stop by and see how that looks! 😉

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Reminder: Don’t forget about our fall sale going on right now! We have some pretty incredible markdowns all throughout the store. Like this entire table of lamps… all 35% off!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you had a great weekend and that your new week is off to a great start!

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Fall Sale!

02
NOVEMBER
2015

Have you heard the exciting news? We’re having a FALL SALE! Lots (and lots) of furniture and accessories have been marked down up to 40% off! This is BIG, people!

SummerHouse Fall Sale! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Just look for the red sale tags throughout the store to find where the savings are! You’ll see quite a few when you walk into the showroom!

SummerHouse Fall Sale! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The savings aren’t just good in the physical store… You can find deals in our online store, too! Just look for the white SALE tags throughout the online listings! (There are quite a few!) 😉

Here are some of the deals you have to look forward to when you drop in…

SummerHouse Fall Sale! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fall Sale! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fall Sale! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fall Sale! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fall Sale! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come see us or shop online for even more! Now is the time to stock up for the holidays (which are pretty much HERE!)

Let our designers help! It’s what we do! 😉

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Four Little Designers Went To Market…

27
OCTOBER
2015

Our four market-goers gave us a full recap of their trip yesterday and we are all SO fired up about what all they saw, found, and fell in love with!

A few of the things they specifically noted in their recap were…

– Vanguard has a new bedside chest program where you can customize finish, hardware, base, doors, and drawers of your bedside chests! Sounds pretty awesome!

– LEE Industries had some GREAT new fabrics! And some pretty cool furniture intros too, like this fringe chair!

New introductions from Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Suzanne Kasler’s space at Hickory Chair was knock out! AND – exciting news – Benjamin Moore White Dove, Suzanne’s favorite paint color, is now a standard finish!

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– SO much great new lighting! Barbara Cosgrove, Visual Comfort, and tons of one-of-a-kind pieces from antique places throughout market!

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– New twists on old favorites like this great ottoman…

Vanguard Ottoman at High Point Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Mitchell Gold was a breath of fresh air this year!

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Running into the oh-so-talented Thor Taber!

Thor Taber at High Point // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Finding a new line of REALLY cool sculptures, mirrors, etc…

Handmade sculpture at Arete // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AMAZING snake mirror at Arete // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– The Swiss Alp theme for the Oly party was SO much fun!

Oly Party at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are excited for market finds to start rolling in over the coming weeks and months… Be sure to check back often to see what all we’re getting!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

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Pretty + New in the Showroom

12
OCTOBER
2015

Marty got the showroom looking extra pretty last week! We have some beautiful new pieces in, so come in and have a look for yourself! Here’s a peek…

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

If you see something that particularly catches your eye, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Or see if it’s available on our web store (which we are constantly updating!)

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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New From Shalla Wista

08
OCTOBER
2015

We have some fantastic new Shalla Wista jewelry for you, fresh out of the box!

We absolutely love this line of baubles… From our friends just a couple of hours away in Birmingham! All of us up here who have Shalla Wista pieces LOVE them… The quality, the style, and the versatility make these pieces a very worthy investment!

Here are just a few of the pieces we currently have!

Shalla Wista available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shalla Wista available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shalla Wista jewelry available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shalla Wista jewelry available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shalla Wista jewelry available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shalla Wista jewelry available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shalla Wista jewelry available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shalla Wista jewelry available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shop all of our new pieces in-store or give us a call to inquire about any of the ones above! 601-853-4445

We hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Meet Marguerite!

06
OCTOBER
2015

We have a pretty new face around SummerHouse for you to meet! Marguerite is our newest design assistant and she is fitting right in! She is doing an incredible job so far. We are thankful to have her around!!

Let’s get to know her a little better with our typical “Q&A of the new person!” 😉

Meet Marguerite, new SummerHouse Design Assistant! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

I grew up right here in Ridgeland, MS and I am the oldest of 4. I have two brothers and one sister, as well as my mom, my dad, and a dog!

2. Where did you go to school? What was your major?

I went to Mississippi State and I majored in Interior Design

3. What was your favorite class throughout all of college?!

History of Interiors abroad in London for a month. It was such an awesome experience!!

4. Where did you go on your last vacation?

Charleston, SC and it was fabulous!

5. What’s your favorite magazine and why?!

Any design magazine. I can’t get enough!

6. If you had to choose one celebrity to hang out with for a day, who would it be and why?

I am not a huge T-Swift fan, but if I chose her, she would probably bring her squad so I would get to chill will all the celebs!

If not Taylor, I’d choose Nichole Kidman because I would love to visit her Australian Farmhouse. It looks just beautiful from what I have seen.

7. What do you think of SummerHouse so far?!

It’s fabulous! Couldn’t surround myself with better, more hard working people!

8. Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

A silly, easy going, people person

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Thank you Marguerite! Keep up all of the awesome work! 🙂

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The Fall Event

22
SEPTEMBER
2015

It’s that time of year again! Time for The Fall Event at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams! That means you get 20% off Mitchell Gold special orders AND 20% off the MGBW furnishings we have in stock!

There are a few exclusions, so be sure to check with your designer on what is and is not included. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite Mitchell Gold pieces we currently have in stock that ARE included in the sale! 😉

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams favorites from SummerHouse - currently 20% off! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams favorites from SummerHouse - currently 20% off! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams favorites from SummerHouse - currently 20% off! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams favorites from SummerHouse - currently 20% off! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams favorites from SummerHouse - currently 20% off! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams favorites from SummerHouse - currently 20% off! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Remember that we sell directly off the floor so these items can go home with you today if you want them to! Instant gratification! 😉

Give us a call if there are any MBGW items you’ve been eyeing! We will get you fixed up!

Thanks for stopping by today– have a great rest of the day!

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Barbara Westbrook Book Signing Recap

21
SEPTEMBER
2015

We had so much fun hosting the lovely and talented Barbara Westbrook for a book signing on Thursday here at the shop!

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Her book is GORGEOUS (and we still have a few on hand if you still want one!), the food was fabulous (Thanks, La Brioche!), and everyone who came was so much fun to visit with! We think Barbara had a pretty good time! 😉

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated interior design with us! We hope all of you enjoy your new books!

Hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

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Tomorrow!

16
SEPTEMBER
2015

The lovely Barbara Westbrook is joining us tomorrow for the signing of her beautiful book Gracious Rooms! We are so excited to welcome her into our shop (which looks beautiful right now, by the way!)

In case you missed these blog posts, find out more about why we love Gracious Rooms and why Lisa is so excited to have her here!

Barbara Westbrook book signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

One of our local favorites, La Brioche, is catering some light bites so there will be plenty to nosh on while chatting with Barbara as well as with our talented design staff!

La Brioche in Fondren // www.alwayssummerblog.com

One thing our designers are really looking forward to is breakfast with Barbara on Friday morning! Lisa is all about our staff learning as much as possible and bringing new design perspectives to our area by way of chatting with design greats like Barbara! Our designers are always looking to grow, so designer chats like the one we have planned for Friday morning will not only benefit our designers, but you as well, since they’ll be growing their knowledge and using it when designing your home!

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. We plan to have a  great time!

See you then!

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Luxury Reads

14
SEPTEMBER
2015

We just got in a huge shipment of INCREDIBLE books from Assouline, a company with the coolest reads around! All of them are just as pretty sitting on your coffee table as they are interesting to go through. Here are some of our top picks, although this is not all of the new ones we’ve gotten in!

Brand new shipment of Assouline books // SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A little about some of these lovely reads…

HUNTING: LEGENDARY RIFLES“Relating anecdotes of expeditions in different countries and exploring various traditions, Hunting: Legendary Rifles combines the thrill of the hunt with the history of the arms’ rich historic past, from creation and refinement of each gun to exhilarating examples of its use.”

CRAFT COCKTAILS“Craft Cocktails explores the new golden age of the cocktail as a culinary art form. Brian Van Flandern shares some of his famous recipes conceived while working as the head mixologist for Michelin three-star chef Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York. Additionally, Van Flandern has collected recipes from some of the best craft cocktail lounges in the city. From garnishes and glassware to temperature and balance, His original recipes can be found at bars in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, and dozens of other major cities around the world.”

AMERICAN BEAUTY“Photographed by Vogue alumna Claiborne Swanson Frank, American Beauty is a tribute to the women who symbolize our country today—from Jenna Lyons to Lisa Mayock, Solange Knowles to Lily Aldridge—each of whom possesses an original blend of grit, grace, glamour, and gravitas that make them fitting exemplars of kaleidoscopic American beauty.”

IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HAMPTONS – From the glamorous parties and unparalleled beaches to the mega-estates and its storied history, the Hamptons are magnetic. This beautifully illustrated updated edition of In the Spirit of the Hamptons by Kelly Killoren Bensimon, including a new foreword by Pamela Fiori, sends the reader on a personal tour of the many hamlets that make up the Hamptons—each with its own charm—from iconic restaurants such as Southampton’s Sant’Ambroeus or the renowned Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill or the ultra high-end shopping scene in East Hampton.”

<< all excerpts taken from assouline.com >>

Shop all of these in our store! Coming soon to our online store!

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Web Store Wish List: CLEARLY Gorgeous

11
SEPTEMBER
2015

With all of the new additions added to our web store recently, we can’t help but do another Web Store Wish List today!

We have so many gorgeous white and clear pieces that we thought would make a great roundup! The acrylic legs on that chair… That white spore mirror… That glass and acrylic cocktail table… We cannot get enough! Shop this full look below…

SummerHouse's Web Store Wish List: CLEARLY Gorgeous! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Clockwise from top right:

Metal Blown Decanters // from $80
Scalloped Side Table // $920
Marshall Chair // $2060
Rabbit Lumbar // $260
Westin Wave Table // $1830
Spore Chalk Mirror // $1950
Penthouse: Champagne Candle // $59
Hazel Table Lamp // $410

Click the above links for more about each piece. If you still have questions, give us a call or come see us! Our designers are always happy to help!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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Happy Labor Day!

07
SEPTEMBER
2015

H A P P Y   L A B O R   D A Y !

We hope you are enjoying a little extra time with your family today! Remember that our storefront is closed today and will reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m.! Our online store, however, is always open for business!

Here are a few of our recent favorites that have just been added to the online store… Take a look!

<< Click on the images to view the items on the web store >>

Beaded Faux Bois Pillow // www.summerhousestyle.com

Kendall Stool // www.summerhousestyle.com

Lola 9x12 Rug // www.summerhousestyle.com

Untitled I by Brent Smith // www.summerhousestyle.com

Tufted King Bed // www.summerhousestyle.com

View more new arrivals here!

We hope to see you this week!

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New to the Showroom

01
SEPTEMBER
2015

We have been selling a lot of furniture out of inventory lately, which calls for frequent updating of the showroom floor! Check out this picture and this picture of a client’s brand new master bedroom, done all out of stock last week! Lisa and Todd installed the entire bedroom in just one day! #impressive

The shop is looking particularly pretty right now, so we wanted to share a few snaps! Take a peek…

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Give us a call or leave a comment if you see something you want to know more about! We are always happy to help.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Designer Of The Week: Katy Hines

28
AUGUST
2015

Our newest designer of the week is bride-to-be Katy Hines! We’re loving the things that have been inspiring her and catching her eye lately! Keep reading… >>>

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) What project have you been most excited about working on lately?! What do you love about this project?

I recently completed the lighting specifications for a new construction home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The client’s home is a rustic modern approach in design style. Lighting selections that blended effortlessly with the style of the home and furnishings were key to the success of the design. Style, scale, proportion and function are critical details when designing lighting plans, and when done correctly, it can make such a big impact on the overall aesthetic. I really view it as a work of art! I enjoyed the process and the end-result turned out beautifully!

2) Is there a color or type of pattern you’ve been really into lately that you find yourself reaching for when putting together presentations?

Here is a Hickory Chair pattern I have been reaching for a lot. These colors and this pattern have really caught my eye lately.

Hickory Chair 4101-95 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am also loving the warmth, great mix of textures and overall style of this vignette on our floor:

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) What inspires you most as a designer? 

My clients inspire me most. Without them, we wouldn’t be here! I love the challenge of creating functional and beautiful spaces that are personal and tailored to each client’s own style and interests.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When initially working on the conceptual design of a project, I often turn to some of the best in the business. Trade magazines like Milieu Magazine and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles offer great sources of inspiration from renowned designers all over the world! Not to mention the library of published design books we have here at our fingertips!

And I cannot forget to mention the people I work with. We have such a great team of designers and support staff. We all work closely together and inspire each other everyday!

4) Tell us how you think you’ve grown as a designer of the years!

I have learned that communication is key when working with clients. Styles and interests, likes and dislikes, and the lifestyles and patterns of people are all different. Melding your talent with the client’s vision is what truly makes you successful in this business.

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New Lauren Barksdale Art

19
AUGUST
2015

We have some amazing new pieces of art by Louisiana-based artist Lauren Barksdale in the shop right now! Landscapes, abstracts, birds… All of our favorites! Here is a preview of what we have… And this is only a sample! We have lots more in the store!

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Art by Lauren Barksdale at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come see all of these pieces for yourself next time you’re in the area. They’re truly breath taking!

Between now and the next time you make it by, you can shop more of our original art on the web store!

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Barbara Westbrook Book Signing… Save The Date!

18
AUGUST
2015

We are thrilled to announce that interior designer Barbara Westbrook will be at SummerHouse signing her brand new book Gracious Rooms on September 17th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.!

Barbara is extremely talented, so we look forward to picking her design brain while she’s here! 😉

Lisa says, “Barbara has a very unique take on Southern style which I relate to. She mixes modern with antique furnishings beautifully. What I love about her is that she designs for her client. And that is something that we stress at SummerHouse emphatically. We are over the moon that Barbara decided to make a stop here at SummerHouse on her book tour. We are honored and look forward to having her here!”

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned as we share more of Barbara’s beautiful work and a little bit more about her in the coming weeks!

We hope you’ll make plans to be here and help us welcome her to Mississippi!

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New Rugs

12
AUGUST
2015

We have some breathtaking new rugs on the showroom floor that we’ve been dying to share with you guys! They’re all very different as far as newness, material, size, and look, but we are equally in love with each of them!

Take a look for yourself!

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

New Rugs at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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What do you think? Do you have a favorite?

Thank you so much for stopping in today! It means the world to us! Have a great rest of your day!

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Web Store Wish List: PILLOWS!

10
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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Michael J. Clement Lamps

22
JULY
2015

We are carrying a new line here at SummerHouse that we are SO excited about called M. Clement Designs! Michael Clement, owner and founder, has a beautiful line of one-of-a-kind lamps and bowls that are all hand thrown and hand painted. Each is even signed, so his designs are true works of art! And customization is available!

Michael was kind enough to do a mini interview for us so we could get to know more about him and his company!

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) Tell us about yourself and your tie to New Orleans!

I was born and raised in New Orleans, and have lived here nearly my whole life, except for the six years I spent at LSU studying Landscape Architecture. I have said that I am genetically incapable of living anywhere else. New Orleans has a great sense of community. I love how this community has left its mark on the landscape of New Orleans. Whether it is through its architecture, food, or music, this city has a soul, layers of life like I have not seen anywhere else.

2) Your lamps and accessories are incredible! How long has ceramics been something you’ve been into and how did you get into it?

In the late 1990’s I worked at a lamp company, Burts Cason, in Baton Rouge on the weekends (because Landscape Architecture is not known for its high pay). I was painting their shades and doing basic gilding and painting. It was there that Kay Cason taught me the technique of gilding. Working there sparked the fire.

In 2001, I bought a bag of clay and made a small urn for a personal project that looked like a temple and gilded it in silver. This led to me making a replica of a house for a friend, a storage box for another and a lamp as a wedding gift.

I thought back to my working at Burts Cason and recalled how much I loved going to the studio. By this time the landscape field was on the decline during the economic downturn and I decided to change fields. I put together 6 slab built lamp base shapes and showed at High Point Market.

From those 6 slab built shapes we expanded to 20 plus shapes. I found a potter in Lafayette, Bruce O’dell, who throws some of our designs on a wheel completing the line.

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) Do you have a favorite item in your current line? Tell us about it.

Like children I love all of my work equally. My favorites are always changing. Sometimes a client will come up with a unique color and pattern combination on a traditional piece that will make me see it differently.

We really enjoy the “brushstroke” technique we are doing now. It is a technique that needs to be done somewhat quickly making the pattern more expressive. We are also exploring shapes from the mid-century and are curious to see where it will lead.

M. Clement Designs at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4) Do you have any fun summer plans?!

Because I love working in the studio and the business is relatively young, it does not leave much time for travel. My partner and I may take a stay-cation in the French Quarter and play tourist for the weekend. It is great to see your city from a different perspective.

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Thank you Michael!

Be sure to come see his stunning pieces in person next time you’re in the area! We currently have several styles on our showroom floor! And as always, thanks for stopping by today!

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