THE BIG REVEAL: A Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who came to THE BIG REVEAL on Tuesday night! We had a great turnout and saw lots of new faces! Now that this event is behind us, time to move on to the next one! We have a couple of things in the works so we will definitely keep you posted on what we come up with next!  Here are a few shots from the party:

Melanie did a beautiful job arranging the flowers!

Door prizes!
Viking did a great job on the food

Mini strawberry and chocolate tortes by Viking. Yummy!

Mike Williams and his adorable wife!

Lisa Palmer, Judy Denson, Elizabeth Gullett

Phyllis Geary and Dotty Butts

Barbara Sulser, Vicki Overstreet, Betty Wells

Lisa Palmer, Will Longwitz, Brian Ramsey, Beth Black
Katie and Taylor Phillips
Bill and Camille Morris, parents of Kathryn Trotter (Our new artist!)

Trent and Elizabeth Gullett
We love Dyann Gunter!

Chip Walker, Michele Myers, Tony Antoon

Carla Palmer and Shelia Myles

Christy Crockett White, Catherine Payne, Kim McCormack

Back Row: Melanie McGee, Laurel Donahoo, Katie Phillips, Elizabeth Gullett, Beth Black. Front Row: Marty Smith, Betsy Pevey, Lisa Palmer, Meagan Burks
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THE BIG REVEAL

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 🙂 

SummerHouse

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!!

www.facesdr.com

www.viewgalleryart.com

www.fusioncoffeehouse.net

www.theeverydaygourmet.com

www.calistogawine.net

www.vikingrange.com

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Our New Look!

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!

The modern room

Greys are so gorgeous all mixed together!

One of our new Kathryn Trotter paintings!

The modern room

Some pretty new pieces

The front room

The Cleo bed is looking prettier than ever!
Bottom of the stairs

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!

Kim, Mario and Lisa working to get our new OLY mirror hung! :)
The new front desk turned out SO well! In addition to the wall being new, the skirt around the front is new, too!

Look at all those pretty pillows in our new built in shelves!
Ta da!! It just sparkles :)

We will see everybody at THE BIG REVEAL on Tuesday! Can’t wait!  

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Face Lift: Day 2

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!)

Hot Mess upstairs...

Elizabeth and Laurel refolding fabrics like there is no tomorrow!

After lots of TLC, the fabric library is looking much better!
Katie and KC weeding out lots of old books. We found one from 2004... WOW!

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!?

Hot Mess downstairs...

Hot Mess Part 2

Part of our new built in shelving unit! We are so excited about it!

The new built-ins!! Not painted yet, but looking beautiful nonetheless

The new wall stencil behind the front desk is looking AWESOME

The Modern Room is starting to take shape. SO exciting!

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! 🙂

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Reminder!

30
AUGUST
2014

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!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

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

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Sunshine!

27
AUGUST
2010

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

To help you get your weekend started off right, and to celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve had in the SummerHouse area lately, here are some sunny fabrics to keep your spirits lifted!

Do you have a favorite?  Have a great weekend!!

Sea Cloth Swell Buttercup

Donghia Carly Mustard
Donghia Carly Mustard
Nina Campbell Delphine
Nina Campbell Delphine
Studio Bon Sally Sun
Studio Bon Sally Sun
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The Big Reveal

24
AUGUST
2010

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.

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MSWe 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!

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New Items Are HERE!

Tuesday, we gave you a little sneak peek of some of our new merchandise.  Today you get to see lots more! These are just a few pictures of some of the beautiful new stuff we brought over Tuesday and yesterday.  Do you see anything you absolutely love?  Don’t hesitate to call the store and ask a designer to get you more details– We are here to serve you!

We are getting such a great response from all of our new Dwell bedding!
Beautiful new accessories!
New Vanguard dining chairs around a Tritter Feefer table
Don’t you need to vamp up your dining room for the upcoming holidays…?
Some of the more modern stuff we have on the floor
New Vanguard cabinet
Lots and lots of great pillows!
Shell rings by Ann Taylor Duease. We love her!
We added a few new chairs to the Random Chair Sale
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Sneak Peek

Here is just a quick little sneak peek at the showroom update that went on today!  Tomorrow, once everything is finished, we will post more pictures of all the new stuff.  Stay tuned!

OLY lamps, Bungalow 5 Polo Chest, Mitchell Gold Nikki Chair and Shine prints make this space so pretty!
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New Dwell bedding is here!

Our new Dwell bedding has finally arrived! We are so excited about it, we can hardly contain ourselves!  Check out a few of their many patterns here:  

This is the new peacock pattern we have been hearing so much about!

The oh-so-popular peacock pattern in a more subtle colorway.

This great graphic also comes in black and white.

This pattern also comes in charcoal and white.
We have this duvet cover on the showroom floor for you to see for yourself!

This taupe trellis pattern is so handsome in person.

Check out our new Vanguard Hastings bed with some of the new bedding! Katie and Marty did such a great job of getting the bed together.  And accessorizing was part of initiation for our new designer, Elizabeth! Good job, everybody!!  

Katie and Marty making sure the duvet cover is JUST right!
Katie and Marty working diligently.
Such team work!
The finished product. Gorgeous!
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A Visit with Virginia Weathersby

Virginia Weathersby

Lisa:   Virginia, darling…You and I have been working together for… how many years?

Virginia:   Well, let’s see, it’s about… Ten or eleven?

Lisa:   We did that corporate condo in Eastbrooke. That was one of the first jobs we worked on.  That would have been at least ten years ago.

Virginia:   Yeah, I’d say ’99.  Maybe ’98, but I think ‘99

Lisa:   Of course back then, and probably for years after that, everybody was doing much heavier finishes.

Virginia:   Yeah, more textured finishes.  Very, very old world-ish. More things like that.  Remember we did the stone blocks going up the staircase and I even glazed over that torn paper wallcovering that was already in there.  Then I made that white column look like old wood.

Lisa:   That’s right.  On the bar, she had that map of Italy, and you made it look like the map was sort of being uncovered.  That was really cool.  When we started out working together, we did a lot of glazes, although I was never into very heavy finishes at all.  How many glazed walls do you think you have done?

This design on the island really livened up this kitchen

Virginia:   A gazillion! That customer you had, we did that whole room with glaze.  We did that whole big, humongous room!  All the way up the staircase and everything.  My sister was petrified; she was praying the whole time I was up there because we had balanced ladders on top of paint cans… I will always remember that job.

Lisa:   Well now that the heavier finishes are behind us, at least for now, what do you see?   I think you see how technology is really playing into what you do.  Technology today… it’s almost like the Jetson’s or something in fabrics and faux leather. And I love the way you’re doing your laser… well, not laser, but photography…  Incorporating that…

Virginia:   Right, right.  There is just so much out there, it’s like every single day is a whole new challenge and a whole new way of looking at things and doing things.  Especially with the fabrics.  And hopefully we’ll be cutting our own patterns and everything else. So anybody that comes to me, if they have an idea or they’ve seen something, we can actually translate that and turn it into some kind of a wall finish or a fabric finish easily. So that is huge for us.

Lisa:   One thing that you do, and I have been doing a good bit of for years, because I always love details and having things so custom, is stenciling on fabric, stenciling on a pillow, on a wall, on the back of a chair, just making it so one of a kind and custom.  And I think you really enjoy that.

“That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.”

Virginia:   Oh yeah, I love it, I absolutely love it! The big wall stencil that we just recently did, that was the first negative stencil I’ve ever done. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed. We had it custom made and worked negatively on the wall. That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.  That’s why I love coming in SummerHouse.  I could just walk around for days going through all your wallpaper books and just seeing everything that is the latest and newest.  I love it!

The matte bronze finish on these cabinets is so beautiful!

Lisa:   You always tell me that when you look at my resource library it gives you inspiration, but of course I think a lot of people get inspired by what you do.  Sometimes a wall finish, or looking at some of your samples…  Just going into your studio and looking at all your samples on the wall, or your wood finishes… those will inspire me for a look.  Sometimes I’ll start with a wall finish or start with a wood finish.

Virginia:   And that is why we work together as well as we do, because you might have an idea, but it’s not something you and your customer can both like yet.  So by seeing something else and saying “what if we take this finish here and put it over there on that, or we change that to this color…” You have all these fabulous ideas, and all I have to do is try to translate. I’m just busy trying to make it all work!  Because I know the mechanics of how it all works, and I try to take what you see in your mind and make it happen over here on a finish.

Virgnina's first negative stencil was GORGEOUS! Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for the Lee Residence

Lisa:   I may have an idea about something but I don’t know actually how to get it done. So that’s why, as a designer, I like working with someone that has your experience, and your knowledge of materials and paint, and what it can actually do…. that’s how you know how to translate, which is cool.

Virginia:   The thing that makes it great is that you don’t know. So you have no parameters. So you say “what if we do this and this and this” which are usually things I’ve never thought of.

Lisa:   That may be stretching you!

Virginia:   Yeah, it does.  It makes me think, “Well, how can I do that? How can I accomplish that?”  So I love that part.  That actually happened to me today.  We have this, and we want to make it this, so how do we get there?  It’s always a challenge!  If you had told me 20 years ago that this is what I’d be doing, I probably would’ve told you that you’re out of your mind.

Lisa:   Did you start off thinking you were going to do wall finishes?

Virginia:   Well, I’m not sure exactly how it happened.  I went to school for design, I did that, then I stopped doing that, got married and did all those things that you do,  so I was on a break for years.  Then when it got time to go back to work, I had seen other peoples work and it interested me.  I went to the Manship house in college and I thought, “how did they make that marble look? How did they make that wood grain look?”  That stuck in my head.  I’ve always been more of a hands-on worker.  I am not comfortable in high heels, I am not comfortable in clothes that are super tight.  I like carrying around a ladder, you know. I’m much more hands on and really just love doing the work!

The stencil at the bottom of this drapery is also at the top on a smaller scale. Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for Strange Residence
Lisa:   Well I think what you’ve brought to our area, you know, is pretty remarkable.  I think you’re just one of the best. EVER.  So do you ever have people say that they are tired of this? What you do? Is it kind of going out of style?

Virginia:   No, no!  It can’t!  It never will! Its been around for ten THOUSAND years. People were doing this in Egypt on cave walls.  Its been going on it Italy forever, a gazillion years ago.  Does it change? Yeah, it changes all the time.

Lisa:   The modern finishes you are doing now are pretty remarkable.

Virginia:   Oh, I love it.  I love the sleekness of it. I love the patterns.  I was so glad to hear wallpapers were coming back because it made me get up and work that much harder.  I will not be defeated by wallpaper! I just love it!

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Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon

We recently hosted our first annual Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon, where we invited some of our favorite outside designers to come in for lunch and a presentation of all the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring Market intro’s!   Michael Cantwell of MGBW did a fabulous job of preparing a slideshow with all the new products.  Here is a quick look at what all went on…

Marty and Melanie did a great job with the food and flowers
Everyone waiting on the slide show to begin!
Meagan Burks, Katie Phillips, Betsy Pevey
Melanie McGee, Gina Latham, Betsy Latham, Patti Hairston
Rebecca Stephenson, Betsy Pevey, Cynthia Thomas
Kelly Griffin, Katherine Brown, Jim Wilkerson
Chatting about design
Ruth McMillan and her assistant Kay with their goodie bags!
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July 4th is here!

We wanted to share one of our favorite summer drink recipes with you, just in case you are looking for something a little different to take along to your Fourth of July cookout!  Make enough to share, and you’re guaranteed to be the most popular one at the party!

The BEST Margarita recipe:
1 can limeade concentrate
1 cup tequila
2 light beers
Lemon-lime soda to taste (about 1 or 2 cups)
1 or 2 limes, sliced


Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher, pour over ice, and enjoy!

This is the perfect drink to help you combat the hot Mississippi weather we’ve been battling!  The lemon-lime soda is what gives this recipe a little extra zing; it is very crisp and refreshing.  There are also lots of ways to vary this recipe to keep it exciting!  You could use zero calorie soda to make it a little lighter, or lime flavored beer to make it extra limey.  One time, we even used orange flavored beer, and cut up oranges instead of limes for a fun twist!  Yum… ENJOY!

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Around Jackson

We have some big news! We are starting a blog series called Around Jackson, where we will feature our favorite places in the metro Jackson area!  We will show you our favorite local shops, galleries, event spaces, restaurants, businesses and whatever else is interesting to us.  Our sweet assistant, Katie, has agreed to be made into the SummerHouse version of Flat Stanley, and will be traveling to all of our local favorites with us!  We are calling her Flat Katie, but that is ONLY because she has been made into a piece of cardboard attached to a stick.  Nothing to do with her physical appearance! We love you Katie 🙂

Flat Katie in front of SummerHouse
Flat Katie next to her favorite Bliss pillow while lounging on the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Alex sofa!

Our first Around Jackson will be posted next week! Stay tuned!

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Outdoor fabrics we love…

Its SUMMER!  Which means it is time to sit by the pool by day and grill outside with friends by night!  Why not brighten up your back porch or pool deck with some functional and beautiful outdoor fabrics?  We love using outdoor fabrics not only for outdoor projects, but for indoor projects as well!  Since outdoor fabrics are so durable and easy to clean (on top of looking great!), why NOT use them inside?  They are especially great for families with small children.  Take a look at these great patterns:

Trina Turk for Schumacher. Bamboo Forest Parrot
Perennials. Jake Stripe Tutti Fruitti
Perennials. Ripples Fire Island
Trina Turk for Schumacher. Peacock Print Pool
Perennials. Bird Tracks Fire Island
Perennials. Bubbles Key West
Trina Turk for Schumacher. Pisces Punch
Perennials. Coral Island Scuba Do

Top 5 reasons why outdoor fabrics are so dear to our hearts:

  1. They are just as great indoor as they are outdoor!  (Perfect for barstools, banquettes, pillows and upholstery for kids areas, the list goes on…)
  2. They are fade resistant.  They will keep their color for YEARS.
  3. Most can be spot cleaned with mild soap and water.  If you have a cushion or pillow with a removable casing, the casing can be machine washed!
  4. If hotels and restaurants use them, then we KNOW they must be super durable.
  5. They can add a fun punch of color to an unexpected place. (A hammock, for example!)
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