Meet Anabel

Meet SummerHouse Deisgn Assistant Anabel Wilson! // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe want to introduce you to our newest design assistant, Anabel Wilson, today! This girl is awesome. Let’s get our Q&A on!

1. Tell us about yourself!

I’m originally from Jackson..Belhaven to be exact! I graduated from MSU in Interior Design, but it took a second for me to get to that point. My first year in college I went to Ole Miss and switched my major THREE TIMES because I was so not wanting to leave Ole Miss (who can blame me?): Art History, Nursing (this lasted 3 weeks into the spring semester), and Graphic Design. I finally got the courage to transfer to MSU three weeks before classes started.

My mom is an artist and she has dabbled in just about every kind of creative thing (photography, ceramic design, oil painting, and home renovation) so I think that’s where I got the design-bug. I have an older sister (Madison) and a younger brother (Henley). My mom, (Joy) has two labradoodles, who are now the apples of her eye. Their names are Lucy and Scout.

I am newly engaged and getting married in August to my very best friend, Michael Tate Webb (its a double name, aren’t we the cutest??) Michael Tate and I have one 11 year old cat named Mama Roux (Roux for short)

I am an avid supporter of brunch, all things champagne, craft beer, cats, shrimp and grits, and New Orleans.

2. Why did you go into interior design?

Easily one of the easiest and hardest questions. Why is it so hard to put such a passion into words? I have always wanted to pursue a career in Interior Design and once I got to MSU I knew I made the best choice for myself and my future. Interior Design isn’t just a career path, it is 100% a way of life, seeking out the next big design and creating successful designs that make a client feel their best.

3. What was your first impression of SummerHouse?

I have followed Summerhouse for Lord only knows how long. I think I really started paying attention when I started college, so about 5 years ago? I think one of the many things I love about SH is their mix of modern and traditional styles and how they make “good design” possible for ANYONE. It wasn’t until I started working here a few weeks ago that I not only love that, but the atmosphere and the girls make this more than just a job.

4. If you could take one piece from the showroom floor home with you today, which would it be?!

It would easily be the linen bed sheets we have on one of the beds downstairs and without a doubt the Lauren Lachance pieces. Absolutely dreamy!

Lauren Lachance Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

5. What’s the best trip you’ve been on lately?

The best trip I’ve been on as of today would be Holmes State Park for Thanksgiving. We always stay in the cabins and fish, hike, and relax! This was also particularly special because it’s when I got engaged! I also just got done camping and kayaking, and I have a giant bruise on my leg to prove it!!

6. What band or type of music are you really into right now?

I’m going to go ahead and say it, my fiance has great taste in music so he introduces me to great music almost every week. But one artist that has my attention right now is Taj Mahal. “Leaving Trunk” and “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes” are something I have to listen to at least once while I’m getting ready for work!

7. What’s your favorite social media platform and why!?

Instagram. Duh. I’m not going to say I take the most artistic pictures. A lot of them are more “in the moment” pictures, but a lot of times my brother, sister, and I communicate through the funny pictures.
Twitter comes in a hard 2nd place though, because I like to think I’m way funnier than I really am… Chrissy Tiegan is the queen of Twitter!

8. What’s your favorite design publication?

I absolutely love Architectural Digest magazine and to this day Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s pent house in NYC is life changing.

(we totally agree!)

Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent NYC Apartment from Architectural Digest // www.alwayssummerblog.com

9. What’s your favorite local hangout?

We love Finian’s Pub! But if it all comes down to it, we love grilling out and either our house or our friends’ houses.

10. What else do we need to know about you?

– I can quote Steel Magnolias and Dumb and Dumber
– I don’t know what my natural hair color is anymore
– My mom is one of my best friends
– I love holding babies
– I am a proud Jacksonian, even the pot holes at times… (Just kidding, I don’t like the pot holes)
– Kitchen and bathroom design make me giddy. Like I love kitchen and bathroom design.
– It is a close call between my dream car: a Volvo SUV or a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, which was my first car.

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Thank you Anabel for allowing all of us to get to know you a little better! You’ve already been a killer addition to our team! 😉 XO!

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Thankful

On this Memorial Day, we want to send out lots of love and many thank yous to the wonderful men and women who currently serve and who have served our country in the military! We find ourselves taking our freedom for granted on a daily basis, but that is a luxury we have that did not come for free!

Thankful for our active and veteran military service men and women on this Memorial Day! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

THANK YOU to all of our active and veteran service men and women. Truly. We owe you everything!

Be sure to thank anyone you know who has served our country today! And have a safe and peaceful holiday!

(Our doors will re-open tomorrow at 10 a.m.!)

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Blog Feature on The Scout Guide Jackson

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Happy Monday, friends!

We hope all of you had the best weekend! We sure had some pretty weather this weekend in the Jackson area, which of course made us want to spend as much time as we could outside!

We wanted to thank The Scout Guide Jackson for this lovely feature of our outdoor furniture on their blog! Click HERE to read the full story!

Have a beautiful Monday, and be sure to stop by the showroom soon! We have so many pretty new items that came over last week!

Cheers to a great week!

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Meet Katie Carone!

SummerHouse's newest interior designer, Katie Carone! We have a new designer up here that all of you need to get to know! Her name is Katie Carone and we are LOVING having her on our team so far! (And she just started!) As we do with all of our newbies, we had a quick little Q&A so we could all find out a little more about this talented designer!

Tell us a little about you!

My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years and we live on the Reservoir. I love where we live because being around water and nature makes me so happy..I’d actually love to live on the beach one day. I’m the oldest of 3 girls and was born and raised in Madison. I have 2 nieces Hailey Kate and Stella Grace and they are the cutest and sweetest little girls ever!! I graduated from Madison Central, but was actually in Catholic school at St. Joe 1st-10th grade. I went to college at Ole Miss where I graduated with an Art Degree in 2006.

As a designer, what inspires you most?

There are so many things that inspire me… Fashion, architecture, eating at beautiful new restaurants, but mainly my fellow designers. I get inspired watching them work on projects… Seeing how and why they pull a certain fabric or pick a certain paint color. I love collaborating and brainstorming together and feeding off each other’s creativity. I love what I do!!!

What’s your favorite TV show?!

I actually have several faves..The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Bates Motel, Game of Thrones, and every single one of The Real Housewives (don’t judge!)

Have you been on any cool trips recently? Tell us more! 🙂

I actually just got back from Orange Beach with an awesome group of girls for my fabulous sister-in-law’s bachelorette trip!!

What’s your favorite local restaurant in the area and why?

Amerigo! I’m Italian, my husband’s Italian and we Love great Italian food..I crave it at least once a week

SummerHouse's newest interior designer, Katie Carone! Is there a color or design trend you’re really into right now?

I’m really into gold right now..I love it on accent pieces and accessories.

What’s your favorite design publication?

Elle Decor

What might we find you doing on a day off of work?

I love being outside!! When I’m off and it’s nice outside, I’m working in my yard or riding my bike!

When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?

I was always creative. My mom said from the time I was about 7, I started moving the furniture in my room around on a monthly basis… sometimes more than that! It kind of became an obsession. I would swipe accessories from other rooms in our house to use in decorating my room… It started early!

What’s your first impression of SummerHouse?

Stunning and welcoming!

What else do we need to know about you?!

I’m a neat freak… Maybe a little OCD. I literally can’t leave the house with my bed un-made. And I LOVE animals!!!! We had the sweetest most beautiful Malamute named Sophie for 11 1/2 years, but she passed away last May. She was hilarious and would howl to the song Happy Birthday every time she heard it! We miss her terribly and haven’t been able to get another one yet but hopefully we’ll be able to adopt another baby sometime soon.

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Outdoor Living Spaces + Fabrics

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

With Spring officially upon us, it is now time to start stepping up those outdoor entertaining spaces! One easy way to do that is to recover your outdoor furniture cushions, or to simply add a few patterned pillows to your existing setup!

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Acrylic fabrics have come SUCH a long way over the past several years that sometimes we even have trouble telling the difference between a regular fabric and an indoor/outdoor fabric! Take a look at a few fabrics that have caught our eyes lately and have us longing for an outdoor evening with some close friends and a bottle of wine!

(And should you spill that wine on your newly recovered cushions, it’s A-OKAY! Wipes right up!) 😉

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

These are our picks from Perennials and Schumacher, but we have access to TONS more! So if you see something you like, or if you’d like to see what other options are available, give us a shout! We’d love to help! 601-853-4445

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great one!

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Bar Beauty

Congratulations… you’ve made it to Wednesday! Only one more day until many will be off of work for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Just a note: The showroom at Township WILL be open Friday and Saturday (and you can shop us 24/7 on the web store)! In celebration of the long weekend, we have highlighted five of our favorite bars and bar carts!

Look at these beauties…

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Easter Inspiration

Happy March!! This new month has really snuck up on us, even with the extra day in February (hey, leap year!), but we are so excited that spring is inching closer. We were just thinking about what March has in store for us and realized Easter will be here before we know it!

Our designers have some great tips about decorating for Easter so we decided to share a few with you!

Designer Katherine Shelton

This year when you go to decorate your table take three pots and paint them you favorite spring color such as robins egg blue, mint green or my favorite color this year Gray. Place them straight down the center of the table and plant white tulips in each. Around each pot place two to three eggs on each side unevenly. This year rather than dying your eggs boil them and leave them white. Then add a little gold or silver leaf to the white eggs.  Set the table with your favorite spring china or solid white china, silver and linen napkins and your done!  Will look so simple and amazing.  Happy Easter!

Designer Elish Phares Moon

My family never did decorate for Easter, but when I was younger decorating eggs was always a tradition. Now that I’m older I’d love to try some of the more mature designs that have been on Pinterest!

Thank you ladies! And of course we aren’t going to leave without great eye candy. Here is some Easter inspiration to kick off your day!

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We’d love to hear from you – Comment below and let us know how you like to decorate for Easter! Or take a picture of your Easter decor and tag us via social media (@shopsummerhouse) so we can see your #SummerHouseStyle! Thanks for stopping by!

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Seven Ways To Sit Small

Small stools and ottomans have proven time and time again to be the perfect addition to almost any space: at the foot of a bed, flanking a fireplace, tucked under a library table or console… Who doesn’t love non-obtrusive and stylish all rolled into one?! Beautiful small seating not only looks great, but is functional! A couple of extra places to sit can be useful when you have a bunch of people over, or even if you just need a place to sit and slip on your shoes.

We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite small seating options for you and put them all in one place!

Seven Ways to Sit Small // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Most of these can be custom ordered to fit whatever fabric and finish desire you may have! See one that strikes your fancy? Feel free to contact one of our designers to get more information on your future favorite place to perch!

Our contact info can all be found here!

And more small seating options can be found here on our web store!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Celebrity Designers, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we shared some of our designers’ favorite celebrity designers! If you missed that post, you can get to it here!

Today, a few more designers give their input on which celeb designers they love and why! Let’s see what they have to say!

Interior Designer Todd Prince

I like Thomas O’Brien. His Aero book is one of my favorites. I love how his designs look very “found” and never overly decorated. He is great at mixing old and new and brining in a little bit of eclectic. I think his work is great.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Thomas O'Brien // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Thomas O'Brien // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend

The interior design community is full of a wealth of talented designers and architects.  I follow the work of so many!  Some of my favorite designers to draw inspiration from are McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, Beth Webb, Darryl Carter, Melanie Turner, and the always amazing Suzanne Kasler.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Melanie Turner // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Beth Webb // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Elish Phares Moon

I truly don’t have a favorite designer. To me, the mark of a great designer is one who evolves with their clients, therefore they may not have an easily detectable signature style. Still, there is always that common thread in design that is well-executed that is magnetic. Some designers that I seem to always be drawn to aspects of their projects are Jessica Helgerson, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, & almost any designer based out of Atlanta – the talent packed into that city is incredible! Oh and Aerin Lauder’s product design is unparalleled…she can do no wrong.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Jessica Helgerson // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: McAlpine Booth & Ferrier // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( photos are sourced from designers’ websites linked above )

We love all of these picks! Great style is truly so inspiring.

Thank you for stopping in today. Have a great weekend!!

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Web Store Wish List: Happy Home Scents

We hope you guys are having a great week!

Today our web store wish list is all about happy home scents! Now that holiday decorations (including candles!) are mostly up and packed away, the post holiday blues might be starting to set in. These candles are here to combat that! Add some freshness to your home with these happy smells! These are some of our absolute favorites!

Happy Home Scents // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1 // Pool House: French Lilac // $59
2 // Essence of Florets Rare Botanic Candle // $50
3 // Pulp Candle // $56
4 // Game Room: Blue Bamboo // $59
5 // Carriage House: Magnolia Cypress // $59
6 // Gilded Leaves Rare Botanic Candle // $50
7 // Office: Rosemary Eucalyptus // $59
8 // Media Room: Spike Lavender // $59

 Shop more of our home scents online, or shop all of them in-store! 🙂

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Stewpot Coat Delivery

Many of you know that we’ve begun a yearly tradition of hosting a coat drive for Stewpot Community Services in downtown Jackson each year at Christmas! This year’s drive was an overwhelming success thanks to all of YOU!

We had a great time delivering the coats and just getting a minute to talk to some of the folks at Stewpot! Thanks to all of you for giving us this opportunity!!

SummerHouse delivers coats to Stewpot Community Services // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Mary at Stewpot with Laurel, Lisa, and Patty!

SummerHouse delivers coats to Stewpot Community Services // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope all of you are still feeling the happiness that the Christmas season provides to us! Thanks again for allowing us to serve on your behalf by delivering your generous donations! This is why we LOVE our SummerHouse family SO MUCH!

Find out more about the next way we can serve Stewpot together by clicking here!

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Carrie Bradshaw Lied

19
OCTOBER
2015

We’re so excited to have been a little part of the brand new office/guest room reveal in the home of blogger Kathleen Barnes, a native Mississippi girl who now lives in Cali and heads up lifestyle blog Carrie Bradshaw Lied!

Our zebra hide rug looks PERFECT in this room and really adds some great drama to the space! Here are a few of our favorite shots from the room reveal post!

SummerHouse teams up with Carrie Bradshaw Lied // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse teams up with Carrie Bradshaw Lied // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse teams up with Carrie Bradshaw Lied // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse teams up with Carrie Bradshaw Lied // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks, Kathleen, for including SummerHouse in your selections! We are so glad you’re enjoying that rug! 🙂

>> View her full room reveal post HERE! >>

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Featured on Inspiration Mississippi

14
OCTOBER
2015

We are so honored that Inspiration Mississippi chose to feature the SummerHouse designers on their blog! In this post, the designers all answered a few questions about their background, the importance of design, how they would describe the SummerHouse Style and more!

>> Read the full post here! >>

Thank you Christina Foto for taking such fantastic pictures of the designers!

SummerHouse Designer Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Camille Holland Parker // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks so much for dropping by today! And thanks again to Inspiration Mississippi for the lovely feature! 🙂

Have a great day!

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Inside The Orange Box: Shelf Help

09
OCTOBER
2015

We’re back with another edition of Inside The Orange Box! Today’s topic: Bookshelves. Here is what we asked our designers!

What is one of your favorite ways to add interest to bookshelves?

INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

Bookshelves can be challenging. I always like bookshelves to be about books. So I start at the bottom with books and work my way up adding accessories.  There is a balance achieved that is a little unexplainable when mixing accessories and books. I just know when the shelf is balanced and then when the side of the bookshelf in total is balanced. Sometimes you have to play with it several times to achieve it. I like to combine new and old, modern and traditional accessories with books as well as art in the bookshelves for an interesting balance.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

I tend to keep shelving minimal so that each item has room to stand out on its on. This space is meant to display items personal to the home owner so there should be no need to add extra, meaningless pieces to fill leftover inches. Take your time to find items that are sentimental and appropriate.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I love working in small pieces of art and family photos into bookshelves so that it doesn’t read too “bookish.”  Also I love hanging art from the front of a shelf as well.  Great impact and it changes the depth perception of the entire bookcase.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

Mix static and organic elements. Books interspersed with horns or a geode. Make a bookshelf look a bit more collected by adding a novel sculpture. Bookshelves are a great place to let an owner’s individualism show through.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES

Art is a great way to add interest to bookshelves.  It can break your eye from the common repetitiveness of books and accessories.

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

Using found objects and personal items, without over-crowding the shelves, is essential to adding interest. Most people assume filling up the bookshelves is the best way to tackle it, but I start just the opposite way. Less is more and creating symmetry with hefty and dainty objects is a great way to calm the eye when reading bookshelves.

Inspiring bookshelves // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(( find all of the original sources of these photos via this pin board! ))

What is your favorite element to incorporate into bookshelves?

If you ever need any help with getting yours looking just right, don’t hesitate to call us for help! We love the challenge of bookshelves!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a GREAT weekend!

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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

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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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Inside The Orange Box: Nontraditional Neutrals, Part 2

31
JULY
2015

You might remember seeing from our last Orange Box post about nontraditional neutrals! Today, more of our designers are getting in on the discussion! Let’s see what they have to say!

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

One of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is dark slate blue-greys. I love how it can really ground a space while also balancing well with many other color schemes.  It can be used within a traditional design palette or contemporary.  It is a very versatile non-traditional neutral!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

My favorite non-traditional neutral is black, it is usually thought of as an accent to white or grey neutrals, but it is amazing standing on its own as the main color in a space! It pairs great with all colors and can make any room stand out as a show stopper or can tone down a space for subtle elegance!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

I have really been drawn to blush tones lately!  When paired with creams and ivory, it creates a soft, sophisticated palette.  And it is a beautiful accent to darker neutrals like charcoal and taupe.  Here are a few blush accents you can find in our showroom now!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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For previous Inside The Orange Box posts, click here!

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Designer of the Week: Elish Phares

05
JUNE
2015

Our Designer of the Week this week is Elish Phares!

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(1) Tell us about your favorite project that has been completely finished and installed! What made that project stand out?

My favorite installed project to date is probably Arco Avenue. It was my first true “commercial” design experience, and really pushed me outside of my residential design comfort zone. The owners, Katie & Jordan, have a strong vision for their store and were lovely to work with. In addition to nailing down a style that captures the owners of Arco as well as appeals to their customer base, I had to study retail design, safety concerns, and really work out custom details. The result is something I am proud and honored to be a part of.

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(2) We know you’re starting to think about a house of your own since you’re getting married this summer (YAY!) What, to you, is the most important thing to order/get done to that house?

2. I am getting married soon and we are in the process of finding our future home! This is so exciting, but as many of you know, there is a big dose of reality involved. Icky words like budget and re-sale value come into play. I think first you need to sit down and really think about priorities for your wants and needs and then figure out where and if those things fall into your budget. For some, like us, it may be really stripped down at first like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the inside of your home or create curb appeal outside. For me, so far, my priorities have been paint because it is a great way to get a big return for a small investment, as well as rugs. It may sound strange, but good rugs are investment pieces. More vital things like kids, school, etc.. may knock big items down our list in the future. I’d rather knock out one or two big ticket items now and then slowly check off the rest of our list over time. I may be a designer, but I live in the real world too- you can’t always do a full home makeover at once. Design how you would like your space ideally and don’t compromise. It may take a little longer to check things off of your list, but do it once and do it right.

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(3) What have you been into lately as far as patterns? Where is your favorite place to use a pattern?

Lately I have been into really subtle patterns. Neutrals with texture or tonal patterns using herringbone, greek keys, etc.. I also have really loved washed patterns with splashes of color. Patterns that are washed or faded and don’t have sharp edges. For neutral patterns the world is your oyster; they are great on drapery, sofas, bedding…anything. For other patterns I think sometimes smaller doses can actually catch your eye more easily because they are focused. I often use patterns on throw pillows, a lone accent chair, or a pair of ottomans.

(4) Is there anywhere in the Jackson area you like to go to get inspired and refreshed?

I am so blessed to live in a beautiful area of Jackson that has a wide range of homes. Jackson is packed with character! I also run in the mornings to get my daily outdoor time and get my day off to a good start. It’s just how I decompress and process. One of my favorite things to do is look at the homes in my neighborhood as I run; ongoing renovations, new landscaping, etc… There are so many different styles represented and some days I will randomly notice a home I’ve passed every morning for a year and just never keyed on. It’s crazy!

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(5) What do you most love about being a designer?

Some may laugh, but being an interior designer is a tough, demanding occupation. It was a very undervalued service until recently. It’s still sometimes a challenge to help people understand the value of a professional eye. Your home is your respite. It is your oasis in the madness of everyday life and hectic schedules. It is where many memories are made and family inside jokes are shared. It is a value that can’t always be defined but is always felt. I think I enjoy proving to myself and others daily that I know what I’m doing and one of the most rewarding experiences in life is right under your nose…loving where you live!

To continue keeping up with Elish, follow her on Pinterest!

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

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Suzanne Kasler Book Signing Recap

11
MAY
2015

Thank you SO much to everyone who joined us for the Suzanne Kasler book signing! We had such a great time, Suzanne had a great time, and all of you seemed to be enjoying yourselves as well!

Our staff did a great job of working as a team to get everything ready for the party, Saltine did an amazing job on the food, and our neighbors at Calistoga provided some lovely drinks! We couldn’t have asked for things to turn out better!

Here are some snaps of the evening. Hope you enjoy!

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Pictures from the private after party and the Master Class coming soon!

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Meet Danielle!

We have a new face for y’all to get familiar with around here! (And we have several position changes to tell you about, too!)

Danielle Rooney // SummerHouseDanielle Rooney // SummerHouseFirst, the new face. Meet Danielle Rooney, our new receptionist! Danielle is absolutely precious, and the most perfect addition to our fun-loving team up here at SH! Jen, our former receptionist, will now be our web store manager! She’s got a major in photography and is just really good with computers in general, so it was a natural fit. Patty, our former web store manager, is now going to be Lisa’s assistant! Having worked as a design assistant before, and because she and Lisa just gel so well, this too was a natural fit! That means Mary Courtney, Lisa’s former assistant, is now a designer! Yay for Mary Court! We know she’s going to do a killer job and we can’t wait to see all of the gorgeous projects she’ll get to work on with you guys!

Now it’s time for our traditional Q&A with the newbie!

Tell us about yourself!

I am from Madison! I split my time pretty evenly between Ole Miss and Southern. I am finishing up my degree in Public Relations at Southern, and I will be graduating in May. My dad is from Ireland, but he is currently living in Brussels, Belgium! He works for International Paper. My older brother also works for International Paper and is living in Memphis. My mom lives here in Madison, and she works for Lee Hawkins Realty. My step dad, Toby, is my world! He lives in Madison too and he works for Hemphill. He’s wonderful! He’s always treated me like his own daughter. I have an Australian Shepherd named Meeko, and I’m obsessed with her. She’s such a diva!

From where do you think your interest in interior design stems?

I realized that my interest started when I was traveling. I started re-telling my traveling stories by using details of what the place looked like, using very small details. The look and feel of whatever place I was in created the mood and memories for me. I realized that I wanted to be a part of that and help others to have memories of their own. I could learn about different people and their lifestyles. I could create an atmosphere that helps people feel happy and proud of their own space. I just really wanted to be part of that!

What’s your favorite design publication and why?

I would have to say I really love Southern Living. I really love the country/farmhouse/cottage look. It tends to show very light and airy houses with hues of light greens and blues. I love that! My dream house would be a little beach cottage on the South Carolina shore.

Where would your dream vacation be?

Hmm. I have never been to Hawaii, and I have always wanted to. I would also love to go to Greece! I think that is my next stop on my European check list.

What’s your favorite local place to eat in the metro Jackson area and why?

Definitely Babalu! Their guacamole, sangria, and tuna tacos are to die for. Not to mention, I just love the ambiance and outside patio. The best time of year to eat at Babalu is the summer when you can sit outside at night.

What TV show are you currently most obsessed with?!

It’s a little bit cheesy, but I am obsessed with The Vampire Diaries!

How do you take your caffeine?

Always and in any way possible. My favorite coffee shop is Cups! I go probably at least once a day. I either get a cappuccino, or if I’m craving something sweet, I’ll get an iced Blondie Latte with espresso ice cubes!

If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?

This is always such a hard one for me. I think I would love to fly. My favorite thing in the world is traveling, but I have such a fear of planes, even though I’ve been flying since I was 4. It would be perfect if I could fly anywhere in the world!

What’s your favorite way to spend a little free time?

Anytime I can just be outside enjoying the sunshine and running around with my dog. I also love to spend time with my best friend and her two baby boys!

What was the best part about your first day at SummerHouse?

Everyone that works here is just so sweet and welcoming! They made me feel so comfortable and like I was part of the family already. I’m excited to keep learning about design and getting to know everyone!

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Thank you for allowing us to get to know you a little better, Danielle! Looking forward to having you around! 😉

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