Our fabulous Schumacher rep, Jim, stopped in last week to show us what’s new from them this season! There were several fabrics we absolutely fell in love with. Beth was able to pull together an entire project just from what he showed us! We saw a lot of patterns, particularly florals, that we liked. Here are a few:
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!
Brian Fuente is a really cool guy. He is a creative powerhouse. As well as being an amazing musician (much thanks to his mom, Lisa Palmer!) he is an extremely gifted graphic designer. Brian, founder of Zest Creative, manages our website and designs all of the ads for SummerHouse. He does an amazing job! We recently took a moment to talk with him about what all he has going on…
SummerHouse: How long has Zest Creative been around?
Brian: ZEST first began under the name “Blue Creative” in January of 07′. The name ZEST came about last December. I was inspired to change the name because I wanted name with a little more attitude. At that time, I also changed my vision for the business. The real name of ZEST is “ZEST CREATIVE MARKETPLACE”. I am the only employee of ZEST but I have a group of people that work with me on projects.
SummerHouse: What all can you offer a client? I know, for us, you have done web and print stuff. Is that mainly what you focus on?
Brian: ZEST is your creative marketplace or one stop shop for Photography, Web, Print, Public Relations, Television and just about all things creative. My focus is print and design. For example, I’ll design and project manage a website and I’ll have my programmer program the site.
SummerHouse: What is the most unique client you’ve ever been approached by?
Brian: A couple of years ago I took on a client that was a Pole Dance Fitness Instructor. I have come to find out that Pole Dance Fitness is extremely popular here in Nashville as well as all over the country! After launching her site and ad campaigns her business grew by 75%!
SummerHouse: What else can you tell us about Zest?
Brian: ZEST utilizes a “new” business model. Everyone that ZEST contracts out has a home based office and are spread out. For example, my web developer is in Boston, MA! With the power of the web, there is no need to have the overhead of an office. We can all do this from home and keep our costs down! I also think that it creates an environment allowing us to all work comfortably, therefore working efficiently and creatively. There have been times where my band has been on the road and I am working in the back of the van. We can do everything we need to do as long as we have an internet connection!
Here are a few of Brian’s favorite SummerHouse ads from over the years:
SummerHouse: Give us a little plug for Newmatic. What exciting stuff do you have going on, and when will you be playing in MS again?!
Brian: Ha! So my band Newmatic is based here out of Nashville. We have currently signed 7 deals with Fall reality television shows (i.e. Keeping up with The Kardashians, The Real World…). Television placement deals can break a band and we are excited to hear our music on television. Also, we have just currently recorded 2 new singles which should be on iTunes by next month! You can check out the band at lovenewmatic.com
As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Lots of stores and businesses in the area (and all over the country!) do displays and fundraisers to raise breast cancer awareness. We were recenlty asked by the ladies at Annelle Primos to design a bra for a “Save the Ta-tas” display in their store! We happily accepted the challenge and got to work on picking fabrics. After getting input from all of our designers, we got to work on actually making the bra!
Katie went to Wal-Mart and got the most simple bra she could find. Then Lisa gave Laurel specific instructions what fabrics to put where. After working on the bra on and off for a couple of days, here is the final product! We thought it turned out really well!!
Fabrics/trims used in our bra design: Raoul Zoo Dance, Cocoa. Raoul Coverlet, Lavender. Etamine Fersen, color 893. Osborne & Little Taisho Button Braid, color 07. Designers Guild trim, Discontinued.
SummerHouse is getting a new neighbor in The Township: Millie D’s Frozen Yogurt!! We could not be more excited! Millie D’s is set to open around the end of October/first of November and will feature numerous flavors of frozen yogurt and lots of toppings! It will be a “create your own thing and pay by the ounce” type of place.
We spoke to Laurie, the sweet lady who is opening the shop, yesterday and she is very excited to be coming to The Township! Construction has taken a little longer than originally planned, but that’s ok! It will be SO worth all the time she’s invested once Millie D’s opens! Laurie, rest assured that all the SummerHouse girls will visit OFTEN. There are so many days when we say, “I really wish Millie D’s was open!”
We will keep you posted on Millie D’s progress! 🙂
We just got in some great new furniture and accessories and wanted you to have the first look! We are very excited about it ALL!
Meet our newest designer, Elizabeth Gullett! She and her husband recently moved from Memphis, TN and seem to be loving life down here in Mississippi. Elizabeth has jumped right in as a designer here at SummerHouse! With several years of interior design experience under her belt, her transition was easy! Elizabeth got her design degree from University of Memphis, then moved out to Los Angeles to do graduate work at UCLA.
Laurel: So what was your favorite part about design in LA?
Elizabeth: Well, I started working in real estate right when I moved out there and this really affected my design asthetic. I fell in love with the fresh, clean, open feeling that the west coast embraces in their homes. Outdoor spaces are a priority, not an afterthought… And the interior flows into the exterior beautifully. (The 70 degree weather must factor in here somewhere!) Even in many of the most expensive houses, families enjoy a casual, relaxed, “lived-in” look, but still keep their homes sophisticated and stylish in the same moment.
Laurel: So what are some principles you learned in working out there that you can bring back to your work here?
Elizabeth: Their blend of style with comfort, and sophistication with life, is what I love to help people achieve. I want to know about my client’s hobbies (Do you dirt bike, or do you host book club? Or do we do both?), their pets, their friends, their entertaining style… and of course about their children (or plans for them!) Most people know what they like when they see it. It’s cliche, but true. Most people don’t know how to organize all of these thoughts and things that they love into a single room, or an entire home. That’s where we as designers come in.
“Their blend of style with comfort, and sophistication with life, is what I love to help people achieve.”
You know how you buy that perfect shirt, or that perfect jacket, in that perfect color, and think, “Wow, this is so ME, I feel so great in this. It’s perfect!” Think if you felt that way about every item in your closet… Never a Monday with nothing to wear! Now think if you felt that way about every item in your home!! My goal as a designer is to do that for my clients. I want my client’s home to be their favorite place; an escape from the outside world into THEIR world where it really is all about them. My primary job as a designer is research, and digging!! I need to know what they love better than THEY know what they love.
Laurel: What is the most rewarding part of working in interior design?
Elizabeth: My favorite words to hear from my client are these, after they see their new room for the first time: “I had NO IDEA it would look this amazing! I mean, I saw things by themselves…but together….How did you know I would love it all?” My answer: It’s my job…and I love that it is. That is SO rewarding!
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:
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
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!!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!!
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
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!