With our Oxford store opening REALLY SOON (like, next week!), we wanted to start introducing you to the friendly faces you’ll find when you visit SummerHouse Oxford! Olivia Weeks will be an Interior Designer at the new location and we just know y’all will love her. She is so talented and so much fun! Find out a little more about this talented chick with this little Q&A!
Tell us a little about you! Where you’re from, where you live, about your family…
I just usually say I am from Jackson, Mississippi when people ask me that question! I’ve lived in many places throughout the metro-Jackson area. I’ve lived in Madison, Mississippi the majority of my life, but I did spend a year in the Belhaven area after college round one, and now my family is currently living out in the Reservoir area. I currently live in Oxford, Mississippi; I study social work at Ole Miss and I am hoping to pursue humanitarian aid efforts in the future. I have a sweet two-year-old daughter, Ryann; she is my love and my life.
Tell us a little about your design background! Education, experience, all that good stuff…
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Mississippi in interior design. Prior to joining the Summerhouse team, I worked for a local marketing agency for over a year after college and then for Ethan Allen for a little over a year after that, before deciding to take a huge leap of faith and go back to school to pursue another degree.
Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!
I am excited to be apart of a team that truly loves what they do everyday. Working for Lisa Palmer is amazing; she is an inspiring designer and someone that I think all the designers at Summerhouse should emulate in their designs. She is dedicated to being a great designer and professional and really wants to give her clients the best quality work they deserve. I am so incredibly excited to get started and thankful to her for giving me this opportunity to help her grow her new Oxford, Mississippi location.
What is your favorite design publication?
Architectural Digest; I love architecture, and I love the story that architectural details can tell about a place. There are always creative and innovative designs in that magazine and wonderful stories about how these designers created these spaces and what inspired them most. As a designer, this is something I really enjoy doing; finding a neat architectural detail in a space and really bringing it alive through interior design.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently and why?
Since I have a two-year-old, going to the movie theater is really out of the question these days, so right now I am watching movies at home. Most recently, I watched “Contact”; I believe it was released in 1997, so it is a little dated, but I love how determined Jodie Foster’s character is about her research. And who knows, maybe we are not the only ones out here in the Universe. I do also want to go see this new movie “Allied” with Marion Cotillar and Brad Pitt over the holidays; I might be able to break away for that one at some point.
What is your favorite local restaurant and why?
Bravo! I never get to go, but the pasta is so yum; I go every year, New Year’s Eve, and then its back to the grind New Year’s Day.
What else do we need to know about you?
As I have gotten older, I see myself becoming more and more obsessed with everything being in its place. If things are moved, I get the slightest bit of anxiety these days. I love reading and I am a huge advocate for reading a book over watching television; I believe that reading and staying educated are important aspects of life and being successful, and journaling seems to help this as well. I enjoying working out and running. I’m running my first half marathon in January; I am excited and nervous at the same time, but I try to keep to the course and maintain a constant training schedule.
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Thank you so much, Olivia, for letting us learn a little more about you. So excited to have you on the Oxford team! We know you’ll do a wonderful job!