Web Store Wish List : Modern Masculine

29
JUNE
2015

This edition of Web Store Wish List highlights masculine + modern! We love a good mix of traditional masculine bones and materials with a touch of modern, sleek, and clean.

Shop this whole look below!

Modern | Masculine Web Store Wish List. Shop all of this at www.summerhousestyle.com

From top left:

Reclaimed Elm Cabinet // $2410
“Watercolor Summer” by Brent Smith // $2950
Charlton Floor Lamp // $870
Sicily Chair // $3510
Buff Cowhide Pillow // $500
Den: Redwood Candle // $59
Contempo Wood Candle Holders // from $110

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New Art

03
JUNE
2015

We have a lot of gorgeous new art in the showroom right now that we are just dying to share with you! And this is only a sample of what’s recently walked through our doors! New artists Jason Kelch and Donna Hughes integrate beautifully with veteran artists like Austin James! All of these pieces are more beautiful in person than they are in photos, so stop in and see them for yourself next time you’re in our area! We’d love to see you!

Original art from SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Original art from SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Original art from SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Original art from SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Original art from SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Original art from SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Feel free to give us a call about any of these! 601-853-4445. We are happy to help!

Thanks for stopping by today! It means the world to us!

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Art Love

09
APRIL
2015

If you haven’t visited our web store in a while, it is looking particularly fantastic as of late! Jen, our new web store manager, has been working diligently to get things updated and we must say she is doing a beautiful job!

One of our favorite newly updated sections is the one featuring our original art. Here are a few highlights from that category…

“Abstract Landscape” by Austin James
(click photo to shop!)

Original art by Austin James // www.summerhousestyle.com

“Tide Creek” by Brent Smith
(click photo to shop!)

Original Art by Brent Smith // www.summerhousestyle.com

“Piled High #1” by May Perkins Benton
(click photo to shop!)

Original art by May Perkins Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com

“Rainbow Cotton Stalks on Paper 1” by Caroline Youngblood
(click photo to shop!)

Original art by Christina Youngblood // www.summerhousestyle.com

“For the Love of Monet 1” by Dyann Gunter
(click photo to shop!)

Original art by Dyann Gunter // www.summerhousestyle.com

There is MUCH more here, so be sure to check it out for yourself soon! We think you’ll find something you like! 😉

Happy shopping, and thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Swoon-Worthy

20
FEBRUARY
2015

Have you seen how pretty our showroom is looking lately? Did you know that we sell directly off the showroom floor so you can come in today and have a room full of beautiful new furniture in no time!?

We know it seems too good to be true, but let it soak in! While you’re doing that, take a peek at these pics… 🙂

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS | www.summerhousestyle.com

As always, if you see something you love, feel free to give us a call or just come in and have a closer look in person!

And if you haven’t heard about the #mysummerhousestyle Instagram campaign where we give away $500 a month, click here to learn more!!

Have a great weekend!

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Web Store Wish List: Sail Away With Me

11
FEBRUARY
2015

This edition of our web store wish list is inspired by the sea! Sail on over to the web store to shop this little nautically inspired collection! Keep scrolling for info and links… 🙂

Web Store Wish List: SAIL AWAY WITH ME // Shop everything at www.summerhousestyle.com

Clockwise from top left:

Dusk Meadow // $1800
Santa Maria Caravella // $470
Winkworth Table Lamp // $610
Round Metal Cocktail Table // $2420
Micina Bone Box // $760
Holland Feather Accessory // $23
Lafco Media Room Spike Lavender Candle // $59
Colorline Vertical Pillow // $500

Happy Shopping!

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For Your Valentine

09
FEBRUARY
2015

Well, it’s officially Valentine’s Day week! Have you gotten all of your gifts for your special somebodies yet? No?

We can help!

We have some fantastic gift items in stock right now, ranging from candy and candles to art and jewelry! These gifts start at only $5 (yes, you read that correctly) so we’ve got options for all budgets! Here’s a sampling…

Garden & Gun’s The Southerner’s Handbook is always a hit for men and for women!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

This candle! It could not smell any better…

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

These handmade cosmetics bags are a beautiful way to keep all of your makeup in one stylish place!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

These adorable porcelain votive holders are only five bucks a piece!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

Honestly, what woman doesn’t want more jewelry? These easy-to-layer necklaces will mix perfectly with what your lady love already has in her collection of jewels!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

The perfect compliment to any gift is, of course, some chocolate! These salted toffee squares are absolutely addictive (and are packaged so beautifully!)

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

Original art is an amazing gift because it’s something unique that can be passed down from generation to generation and never lose its value. We’ll have plenty of small pieces, like these lovely little Monet-inspired Dyann Gunter ones, available for purchase at Thursday’s FOR THE LOVE OF ART event! Don’t forget that a percentage of the sales from the event go to benefit the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra!

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from SummerHouse!

We can make Valentine’s Day shopping very easy for you, so come see us! We’d love to help!

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#SHGoesToMarket Part 1

28
OCTOBER
2014

Our team returned from High Point Market last week with lots of wonderful stories, beautiful pictures, and tons of excitement for the new pieces that we have headed our way soon!

We have a few highlights to show y’all, so let’s get started!

Overall, our team (consisting of Lisa, Marty, Todd, and Sunny) said things trended more towards modern (vs. reclaimed) and they continued seeing a lot of brass…

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… And that they got a lot of great one of a kind items and beautiful pieces of art!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 #SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

They got to rub elbows with Michael Boodro, the Editor in Chief of Elle Decor…

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… And Lisa was asked to be a part of the Lee Loves Local panel of outstanding store owners! What an honor!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

She did a great job… 🙂  Go Lisa!

#SHGoesToMarket Part One: The High Point Highlights! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Lee Loves Local forum was such a highlight last year, so we were all so excited when Lisa told us that Bondi, marketing goddess at Lee Industries, asked her!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more about fabulous new lighting, fun parties, and other fun tidbits from the big trip! And to see a few other photos from the trip, hop on Instagram and search the hashtag #SHGoesToMarket! Marty did a killer job of ‘gramming their way through all those lovely showrooms while they were away!

See y’all tomorrow!

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A Few Minutes With Artist Dyann Gunter

10
SEPTEMBER
2014

We recently had the pleasure of getting to visit with Dyann Gunter, a local artist and personal friend to many of us up here, about her beautiful artwork! Dyann is always so much fun to get to chat with, and this visit was no different! We found out a few more details about how she got started, how she met Lisa, and what her favorite type of music is! Keep reading for the full interview!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

1. How long have you been painting?

My first memory of drawing was at age 4. I drew dogs, horses, and faces my entire childhood, but I never painted until I got to college. I truly don’t remember learning how to paint then, even though I did paint. It was not until I was about 40 that I started to teach myself how to paint in oil, mostly doing portraits. I also started buying every art magazine I could, and I would read them cover to cover!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

2. How did you and Lisa meet and when did she start using your art in her projects?

I first met Lisa Palmer at Olde Town Middle School in the Band Hall. Our sons were both in the band, so that’s where Lisa and I became friends. We had a lot to talk about– especially music and art. Anyway, she asked one day to see some of my sketches. When I showed them to her, she liked a few of them, so she started selling them. Then she started showing me some abstracts that she loved, and I loved them too!!! She got me all fired up about abstract painting. I started trying my hand at abstract, and about a year later, I attended a painting workshop in Ocean Springs, MS with Robert Burridge. The class was called “Big and Loose,” which was just what I needed. I saw painting in a completely different light after that, and it became much more fun.

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

3. What is your favorite subject matter?

Rather than painting a visible object, I use elements of texture and I paint colors and shapes and light to express emotion in my work. I play! I experiment, and I have fun! I get the greatest surprises that just seem to work most of the time.

4. What is your ideal creative environment when getting into paint mode? Any certain time of day? And certain type of music you like to have going? 

My favorite time to paint is anytime I can! Music is a must, and most any kind will do, but music from the 70’s is my favorite!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

5.  Where do you get most of your inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from Lisa and the designers at SummerHouse. I’m also very inspired by other artists from Mississippi.

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

Lisa introduced me to JohnRichard, a wonderful company out of Greenwood, who I have painted for for about 5 years now. It has been a life changing experience and has enabled me to become a full time painter (as of this October!) I owe so much to Lisa and all of the wonderful designers there. I love for them to call me and say, “Hey, can you come by and help me figure out what kind of painting I need!?” Summerhouse has been a huge blessing to me in my life. HUGE!!!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

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Thank you SO MUCH Dyann! We love getting to see you when you come up here to visit! You’re truly talented, and such a joy to work with!

To see some of Dyann’s work in person, drop by our showroom any time! We’ve always got a few of her pieces hanging!

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Artist Austin James

13
AUGUST
2014

More and more beautiful art just keeps finding its way into SummerHouse these days!! We are so excited to introduce you to yet another new artist whose work we are proudly displaying in our showroom! This artist’s name is Austin James and his work is jaw-dropping…

We are in love!

Original Art by artist Austin James // Always Summer blog // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> A little about Austin <<

“Austin began his art career in 1994 as a poet. His love for playing with words and phrases and his love for color naturally led him to experimenting with paint and motion. He started painting in 1996 and exhibiting as a professional artist in 1997.  Austin believes that art is energy. Each human being has his or her own unique form of energy.  An artist is capable of translating this energy into art. Austin’s pieces focus on organic shapes, color, the natural flow of matter and motion.  His MFA from Naropa University in Poetry has infused a lyrical sensibility into Austin’s work.”

Fun fact about Austin: He is actually a professor of composition, literature, and poetry at Texas Southern University in Houston!

 Original Art by artist Austin James // Always Summer blog // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Original Art by artist Austin James // Always Summer blog // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Original Art by artist Austin James // Always Summer blog // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> Artist Statement << 

I work in crushed pigments, oils, acrylic, resins and mixed media.  The art is ethereal and organic by nature.

I love color, movement and lyricism in my art.  My art is Diaphanous and ghostly; allowing for spheres of meditation.  Each piece mimics “motion standing in place.”

I employ resin in order to create an altered and present reality.  Resin pushes a successful painting to create a feel of stepping through a looking glass into a secret scene: a captured world.

My mission in art is to continue the tradition of the color field and lyrical abstractionist painters of the 20th century and contribute to the development of form through experimentation with techniques and materials.

Original Art by artist Austin James // Always Summer blog // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“I love color, movement and lyrics in my art.  To be successful, the art must be memorable when one turns away.”  artist Austin James

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Inside The Orange Box: Gallery Walls & Art Collections

08
AUGUST
2014

This week Inside the Orange Box is a quick set of tips on how to properly hang an art collection or gallery wall! These can be very tricky and difficult to make look organized, so our designers have come to the rescue! Let’s see what they have to say on the matter!

>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<

“Try to vary your frame styles. It is a great idea to keep the color tones of your frames the same but it makes it more interesting to change up your framing; modern to vintage, from large to thin. Also, I lay my artwork on the ground first to make sure I like the way it looks and it gives me the option of changing it around without putting holes in my wall first. Lastly, If you feel that hanging art in a collection is a daunting task, call in a professional hanger. That may be the best advice of all!”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<

“Draw imaginary vertical and horizontal lines on the wall in a grid. When hanging, make sure the center of each piece is on a grid intersection. The frames can be any size you want, but vertically and horizontally, the middle of the picture has to be centered on a grid point. Make sure the centers of your pictures all line up. You’re not worried about frame size or where it falls on the wall– You’re simply working from center of picture to center of picture.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<

“I always strive for a monochromatic color scheme when designing a gallery wall. By sticking with tones and hues in the same family, the end result will be uniform, tasteful and stylish.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

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Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<

“Although I do often rely on a professional hanger, I like to start with a center point. The center point may have a piece of art on it or be the center of negative space, but I still like to know what I am using as my guideline. For a collage, I like to already have the layout drawn out to work out any kinks before I start.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND <<

” I like to start with the largest piece as my center point and work around it with smaller pieces, varying in size and shape. I keep the framing style consistent but not the exact same frame on all pieces. You can even mix in a few canvas pieces so that not every piece is a framed piece!”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER KATY HINES <<

“Remember to think of your art collection as one total composition. The colors, sizes and shapes of your art and your frames should all compliment each other.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

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>> DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

“Measure your space. Once this is done, you can come up with a layout by making a template of each piece to be hung. Just trace around the outside of the frame on kraft paper, cut out the shape, and label it. Secure the templates to the wall with a reusable adhesive. Take into consideration the picture wire located on the back of art. This measurement will be for your fastener placement. Locate your studs and make sure you have the proper hardware for the job. When all else fails, call a professional!”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

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Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

Bottom line: If you run into a problem, be sure to hire a professional. Give us a call and we can point you in the right direction on who to call! 601-853-4445

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Artist Margaret Moses

30
JULY
2014

We’re in love with all of the new art gracing our showroom floor these days! In case you missed the posts about the new Lauren Barksdale and Doug Kennedy pieces we have, you might want to check those out too!

The artist we want to introduce to you today is Margaret Moses! Her work is incredibly unique and mixes so well with what we have going on on our showroom floor. See?

Original Art by Margaret Moses // www.summerhousestyle.com

Here’s a little more about Margaret herself:

Margaret Moses was born in December of 1974 in Houston, Texas. She moved to Monroe, Louisiana in 1982 and currently resides there. Margaret graduated from the University of Louisiana in Monroe in 1998 with a degree in Interior Design. Her career includes seventeen years of interior design as well as ten years as an artist. A quote that inspires her, from grandfather and artist, Charles Schorre, is “Good characteristics for painting for me are: in doubt, outrageousness, mysteriously beautiful, unidentifiable elegance, and always inventive and uniquely my own.”

Margaret’s main medium used in her paintings is acrylic, as well as the use of various textural agents, ink, oil pastels, and paper. She draws her inspiration through the organic forms, textures, and colors found in nature. Her work has been featured in the 2013 and 2014 St. Jude Dream Homes and the 2013 Design Show House in Monroe, Louisiana, as well as in Delta Style and Bayou Life magazines. Margaret’s work is included in the corporate collections of Capital One in Virginia and Texas, as well as private collections in Monroe and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

Original Art by Margaret Moses // www.summerhousestyle.com

Original Art by Margaret Moses // www.summerhousestyle.com

Do you see why we love Margaret’s work so much?! For more information on any of the pieces you see, please feel free to leave a comment or give us a call. (601-853-4445) We’d love to help!

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Artist Doug Kennedy

23
JULY
2014

We’ve got a new artist’s work around here that we are dying to share with you!

Artist Doug Kennedy from Austin, TX has some work displayed in our shop that will take your breath away. Seriously! And his process is so unique that it makes us appreciate him even more.

Here’s his artist statement:

“I use traditional methods of painting, oil, acrylic, pencils, and sometimes collage, to capture moments of action that lead me to a place of visual harmony. I start with the canvas outside on the ground and work as I walk around it. I stretch the canvas in my studio, then there is a process of work and examination. The piece is complete when it reaches its own harmony.”

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

Original art by Doug Kennedy // www.summerhousestyle.com

What do you think?!

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New From Lauren Barksdale

18
JULY
2014

One of our favorite artists, Lauren Barksdale, recently brought us a collection of brand new (and extraordinarily beautiful) artwork! We adore Lauren’s sense of color, her attention to detail, and her eye for great subject matter, whether it be landscape, abstract, or wildlife!

Here are a few of the paintings we have in the showroom, and believe us, they’re even prettier in person! (And we LOOOOVE the new technique she’s using to make some of them glossy!)

Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com
48″ x 72″
Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com
60″ x 36″
Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com
40″ x 40″
Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com
48″ x 36″
Original art by Lauren Barksdale Hill. Available at SummerHouse. www.summerhousestyle.com
36″ x 48″

If you’re interested in pricing or any other information, please leave a comment or give us a call! 601-853-4445. Our designers are always happy to assist!

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Web Store Wish List : Luxe Lodge

02
JULY
2014

This week’s web store wish list revolves around the luxe lodge that we all wish we could retreat to for a weekend every now and then! Rich tones, muted brass, pops of a beautiful turquoise, and elements of the outdoors… What else could you ask for in the perfect lodge?

Web Store Wish List: Luxe Lodge // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Since we know it may not be easy for everyone to just pop over to our brick and mortar store, we’ve made all of these pretty items available on our web store!

Here they are, clockwise from top left:

Bracelet Cocktail Table $2000
The Grand Stag 1 $510
Kenyon Container $200
Lisbon Vintage Brass Bar Cart $1400
Kimo Container $510
XLarge Solid Black Cowhide $710
Fittleworth Table Lamp $590

>>>>> Happy Shopping! <<<<<

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A Moment With Artist May Benton

09
JULY
2014

We recently had the great pleasure of catching up with a very talented artist named May Benton! If you’ve been to SummerHouse recently, you’ve undoubtedly seen her work. It’s simply stunning, and so different! May tells us a little about herself and her work in this quick little interview!

Artist May Benton with her work // www.summerhousestyle.com
Meet May!

1. Tell us about you in a nutshell!

Born and raised in Jackson, MS, I loved growing up in Mississippi and my Southern roots have kept me grounded and inspired throughout my life. After attending JA for elementary and Jackson Prep for high school, I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where I earned a BFA in Photography and a minor in Art History. After college I moved to California to continue my photographic aspirations and it was in the awe-inspiring city of San Francisco that I met my amazing husband, Matt. We loved living in California but eventually decided to move to Jackson to be closer to family and friends. Fondren has been home to us and our two dogs for the past twelve years.

2. We LOVE your artwork. What is your process called?

My images are created using the photographic process called Mordancage’. This process was invented by the late French photographer, Jean Pierre Sudre, in the 1960s. It is an acid solution consisting of copper chloride, glacial acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The process begins by making a photogram using native Mississippi plants and flowers that have been gathered throughout the seasons. Once I have arranged my plant compositon, I process the photogram in my darkroom using standard photographic chemicals. After the print has been fixed and washed, the Mordancage’ process can begin. The acid solution literally “lifts” the silver gelatin from the solid black areas of the photogram and the gelatin can be manipulated in many unique ways. The process leaves behind a striking texture and metallic property unlike any other photographic process.

"Queen Anne's Lace" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com
“Queen Anne’s Lace”

3. Where did you learn about Mordencage’ and why are you passionate about it?

I was taught the Mordancage’ process by Professor Craig Stevens while taking Advanced Black and White Printmaking at SCAD. Professor Stevens studied and mentored under Jean Pierre Sudre for decades. He would translate for Sudre, who could not speak English, during his workshops in the beautiful town of Aix in the south of France. Sudre passed away in 1997 but I did have the pleasure of going to his home and meeting his wonderful wife, Claudine, while attending the SCAD Italy/France summer quarter abroad.

"Peacock #1" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com
“Peacock #1”

4. Did we hear correctly that you’re one of very few artists in our area who practices this technique?

Yes, the Mordancage’ process has remained pretty exclusive and is not widely practiced as a photographic process. Only a handful of photographers across the world use and teach this unique printmaking technique.

5. What is the most exciting place this work has taken you?

The most exciting place my work has taken me would have to be the SoHo Photo Gallery in New York City. My work has been chosen for several juried shows of Alternative Photography hosted by that inspiring gallery.

"Savannah Song" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com

6. Why did you choose SummerHouse as a showplace for your work?

I chose Summerhouse because of many reasons. I am inspired by interior design and I think that as an artist, having your work displayed alongside interior decor is one of the best ways to connect with the customer. Everyone at Summerhouse is so professional and talented and absolutely wonderful to work with! The store and merchandise are just beautiful and their artwork is the perfect accompaniment to their design aesthetic.

"Migrant Motion" by May Benton // www.summerhousestyle.com

7. Where do you draw your inspiration for your work?

I am greatly inspired by nature. I love being outside in the natural world and finding interesting plants and flowers and studying their uniqueness that God created. Also traveling and exploring something new have always brought me much inspiration.

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Thank you so much, May!

You can find out more about her and see more from her on her website and her Facebook page! And of course, you can see her beautiful photographs in person here at SummerHouse!

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Inside The Orange Box: The Importance Of Art

27
JUNE
2014

Inside The Orange Box this week, we’re talking all about ART and its importance in a home. We visited with Whit Geary, owner of VIEW GALLERY just a few doors down from us! We love Whit’s taste and, since she was once a SummerHouse Interior Designer, we thought she’d be the perfect person to give us a little insight into the value of art in a personal space. Let’s see what she has to say!

Inside The Orange Box // SummerHouse

“During the time I spent as an interior designer, I was able to integrate original art into most of the jobs I was doing. It was so transforming to a space that it left me with a real impression of the importance of art in a home. I’ve worked with the most beautiful fabrics, accessories, elements… Glass, iron, velvets, cottons… The whole bit… But it’s so different when a piece of art is involved in a design scheme!”

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“I prefer to start with a great piece of art when designing a space because it’s one of the most valuable investments you make in your home. Typically you don’t get rid of it. You know, sofas you’ll recover, or you might change out your chairs… But art, you keep. As is.”

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“Selecting a piece of art is such a great way to start a plan for your home because I think it reflects your personality the best. Your home is going to feel like you if you start that way. On the flip side, I’ve also seen really good designers completely map out a scheme for a home and come back at the end and introduce the art, which is perfectly fine as well. There is no rule about whether to start with it or finish with it!”

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

How do you pick the right piece of art? 

“Work with a professional* who will ask a lot of questions about your lifestyle, things you’re interested in, what your home is like, and what your needs are. Many times people come in and they have a specific space they’re looking to fill. Occassionally, I have people who are collectors and are looking for the next piece of art that captures their attention. Most of the time, though, it’s people wanting to address an empty space or add a focal point. Is their goal to have a focal point, or are they just looking for something that pleases them? Neither answer is wrong!”

(*SummerHouse designers + Whit make the BEST professional art selection team in the world! In our humble opinion… 🙂 )

Art from View Gallery in The Township in Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“Scale is so important. So is texture. Depending on whether you have a smooth surface or a textured surface, there are certain pieces that will look better than others. Most of the time people just need a little bit of guidance, which I am happy to provide!”

 Thank you for your insight, Whit!!

For past Inside The Orange Box posts, CLICK HERE!

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Lines We Love: Natural Curiosities

23
JUNE
2014

We’ve always been huge fans of the art that the talented people behind Natural Curiosities create, so when we saw their newest collection, inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphs, we were instantly enthralled!

These ancient symbols are “silkscreened over gold leaf to highlight their understated beauty as abstract art,” as the company puts it.

See what you think about these 24″ x 24″ works of art!

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Natural Curiosities Hieroglyphs // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

We love it when modern and old-world fuse together to create something beautiful! And these are a prime example.

See any that you must have? Let us know! We can help! 🙂

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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A Favorite Of Ours

19
JUNE
2014

Marty recently revamped the showroom floor, and this grouping (which you may remember seeing a similar version of in this blog post!) is just one of our favorites! It’s so pretty and colorful without being too much, and we love the color, pattern, and fun new art! Most of these furniture pieces are by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse in Ridgeland MS // www.summerhousestyle.com

Thanks, Suzanne, for all the lovely inspiration!

We hope y’all have an inspiring weekend!

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Web Store Wish List

22
MAY
2014

With our web store being updated with new product by the week, we find ourselves with an ever-growing wish list of items that we want for ourselves!

This week, our web store wish list consists of these lovely items… What a gorgeous room this would make!

Web Store Wish List // all items available at www.summerhousestyle.com

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(Clockwise from top left)

Ram Box ($140)
Maxim Chandelier ($3,690)
Contempo Wood Candle Holders ($110)
Equation I ($310) and Equation IV ($310)
Athena Sculpture ($90)
Bergdorf Shell Sofa ($4540)
Master Bedroom Candle ($70)
Turkish Delight Pillow ($290)

What’s on your wish list??
We’d love to know!

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Shop This Look!

27
FEBRUARY
2014

Do you love that SummerHouse style but are not able to shop our showroom in person?

Well, you are now in luck! Now that our WEB STORE is in full swing, you’re able to shop much of our inventory online and have it shipped right to you! (What did we do before we had the internet/online shopping? Seriously!)

Here’s one look you can shop from anywhere!

Shop this look at www.summerhousestyle.com

Emory Sofa // Equation Print // Turkish Delight Pillow // Bala Pillow

Shop this look at www.summerhousestyle.com

Tremont Chair

See something else you like that isn’t available on the web store yet? No worries! Anna, our amaaaazing web store manager, is uploading new product regularly so chances are, the item you love will be available in a short amount of time! In the meantime though, feel free to give us a call to inquire about that item! We are always happy to assist!

Shop more of SummerHouse HERE by clicking on the Shop tab! We hope you love what you find!

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