Lisa’s Rathbuns’ Watch List Space

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Well, Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2016 is officially in the books! Lisa had a blast being a part of the Rathbuns’ Watch List Event which was part of the festival! Her space turned out beautifully, and she loved getting to work with Chef John Lasater! We have heard rave reviews from attendees about the food and the beautiful space! Total WIN!

Watching the space come together was very rewarding, as are all installations! Here’s a little start-to-finish for you! Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Camille, Marty, and Lisa did a fabulous job of getting things together, and the help provided by ADAC was wonderful!

Here are a few more shots. WE LOVE!

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This pretty girl’s name ended up being Sassafras, and she absolutely STOLE THE SHOW! She was captured by photographer Karen Sachar, whom you can find out more about here!

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Here is Lisa with all of the other talented designers who were a part of the Rathbuns event!

Interior Designer Lisa Palmer's space at AFWF16's Rathbuns' Watch List Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Beautiful work, Lisa! Every detail is perfection. And this, folks, is why she’s our design leader! 🙂

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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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Rathbuns’ Watch List Space Teaser!

Sneak Peek at Interior Designer LIsa Palmer's space for the 2016 Rathbuns' Watch List event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

As many of you know, Lisa has been selected to participate in the Rathbuns’ Watch List Event, which is part of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival! She has been paired with chef John Lasater of Nashville’s Hattie B’s restaurant and together they are working on an incredible modern southern experience!

We asked Lisa about being paired with Chef Lasater and she emphasized the influence the South has had on both her design aesthetic and his culinary style. She is hoping that the fusion of his and her modern southern styles in two different areas of art, so to speak, “will make people feel relaxed but intrigued.”

We love the selections Lisa has made so far for their space. The colors, the one of a kind pieces… This is going to be so good! Here’s a sneak peek at the rendering and some of the design elements!

Sneak Peek at Interior Designer LIsa Palmer's space for the 2016 Rathbuns' Watch List event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sneak Peek at Interior Designer LIsa Palmer's space for the 2016 Rathbuns' Watch List event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sneak Peek at Interior Designer LIsa Palmer's space for the 2016 Rathbuns' Watch List event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t that chartreuse divine?! We are in love.

We’ll have more photos from the actual space once the event has taken place! Can’t wait to show you… Stay tuned!

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We’re on Snapchat!

Hello, friends!

We wanted to let you know that we are now on Snapchat and we are REALLY excited about it! Most of our staff LOVE this form of social media so we decided to make our own account. We are already having such a blast with it!

We’d love your follow! Our handle is shopsummerhouse – same as our twitter and instagram! We’re excited to share a little more of our behind-the-scenes goings on and up-to-the-minute news! We’ll try to make it entertaining for you! 😉

SummerHouse on Snapchat!

Thanks for stopping by today! See ya on the snap! XO!

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Office Chic

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commercial spaces sometimes have a tendency to look very… well… Commercial! But when done correctly, it IS possible to take a blah space and turn it into something fantastic!

SummerHouse interior designer Todd Prince (who just left us to move back to California! We miss you already, Todd!) did an amazing job of taking the office of one of our favorite clients and turning it into a warm, inviting, and functional space! Take a peek!

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love the mid-century accents, that big fiddle leaf fig, and the beautiful black and white photography mixed with dark, stained pieces! We could definitely get used to having an office like that! 😉

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We hope your week is off to a great start!

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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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Living Light

How about a little bit of eye candy to get this Monday morning started off right?!

We love these light, bright living rooms by our super talented designers! Take a look at our roundup and let us know what most catches your eye!

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love all of these mood-boosting spaces! If you want your home to look like one of the pictures above, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our designers would love to help you!

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Dining In Style

Today we wanted to share ten dining rooms, all very different, by our talented designers! Having a stylish dining room, whether modern or traditional, makes entertaining more fun for both you and your guests! And spring and summer seem like some of the best times to host dinner parties, so why not take the opportunity to up your dining digs now before those seasons settle in!?

Here’s a little inspo:

DRAMATIC

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

RETRO MODERN

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

TRADITIONAL

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SOFT & BEAUTIFUL

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our talented design staff love working on dining rooms, so get in touch if you’re looking to give your dining space a little love! We’d love to hear from you!

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Inspiration Mississippi

The 2016 issue of Inspiration Mississippi Magazine is out and we are delighted to be a part of it this year!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Not only are we advertisers (recognize that model? 😉 )…

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

…. but we had one of Lisa’s client’s homes featured in a pretty little spread!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Camille also put together a fantastic fall-inspired mood board!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lastly, some of the locally made gems that we sell in the shop were featured in the local love section (#9), like a gorgeous handmade throw and some lovely little hide cuffs!

Inspiration Mississippi Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a big stack of copies at the store so come by and grab one for yourself so you can see the entire issue with your own eyes! It’s a great read!

(Props to Adam+Alli Photography for all the lovely photographs!)

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Celebrity Designers, Part 1

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we asked our designers to talk about their favorite celebrity designers! Their feedback is brilliant, as always! Here’s what they have to say…

Interior Designer Camille Parker

“My favorite celebrity designer hasn’t always been the same, but as my style evolves so does my go-to designer for inspiration. However, for the last few years and currently, Kelly Wearstler is my favorite. She is edgy but does not compromise her style choices for trends, making sure her designs are classic. She uses only the best finishes and materials, so her designs are always fresh and enviable!”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

“I have many favorite celebrity designers but one that currently comes to mind would have to be Nate Berkus.  I am inspired by his design with the way he mixes so many finishes and textures in one room to create such a unique feeling.  I also am so intrigued by the tones he chooses to design a room with.  I love his eclectic style.  In all of his rooms you can normally find antiques mixed with vintage and new furniture and accessories.  I am such a fan of designing a space with blacks, whites, and neutral tones accented with bold saturated color.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns

“It is difficult to name a designer that is my favorite being that there are so many intelligent and inspirational creative people out there! If I was to name a person whose work I most love and someone who I look up to it would be Windsor Smith. She is daring in her choices but at the same time is successful at mixing in traditional pieces with offbeat, bold punches.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( photos were taken from each designers’ website )

Stay tuned as Part 2 of this series comes in the next couple of weeks!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. We much appreciate it! Have a great one!

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Inside The Orange Box: Where To Start Designing a Dining Room

25
SEPTEMBER
2015

It’s time for another edition of Inside The Orange Box, where our designers take a moment to talk through common design issues or give little pieces of design advice to you guys! We love picking their minds about specific design-related topics! If you’ve ever got a question you’d like to see our designers’ input on, feel free to comment with your topic idea and we’ll do our best to work it in!

Today’s question is…

When designing a dining room, what do you as a designer find to be the best starting point? What do you pick out first?

INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“When designing a dining room, I usually start with the table. It’s the focal point in the room… usually. In decorating, there are no hard fast rules. So, sometimes I have started with a beautiful gilt mirror and then selected the console for the long wall and so on. The mirror would become the star of the room.”

INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“With a dining room I love to start out with the rug if one is needed.  That helps establish a stylistic approach and a color palette.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“The light fixture above the table is often times the focal point so I would consider that to be a major decision when designing a dining room. No matter the style that is being aimed for, this component is crucial for setting the tone for the rest of the room. A statement needs to be made!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

“After the table, of course, I love to start with a beautiful wall covering in a dining room! It is fun and can be applied to walls or unexpectedly to the ceiling! It really elevates the design of the space!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“Dining rooms are fun to design because they don’t have many essentials (dining table, dining chairs, etc…) so there is room, dare I say need, for something bold. There is freedom to design with an unexpected element because formal dining rooms aren’t often used on a daily basis, so wear and tear, neutrality, and practicality aren’t necessarily the driving force. I love to try a rich paint color, a beautiful wall covering, or a bold pattern on drapery. The dining room in itself has the potential to be a homeowner’s best art piece.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGN KATY HINES

“The CHANDELIER!  Lighting can really set the tone for the whole design – dressy, formal, relaxed, informal…  It can also define the style of the room – traditional, modern, or transitional.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

For more Orange Box posts, click here!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Meet Katherine!

23
SEPTEMBER
2015

We are so thrilled to have interior designer Katherine Shelton back at SummerHouse! She was here for several years, then got married, moved away, had a couple of beautiful boys, and is back in the Jackson area getting right back into her SummerHouse groove! For those of you who don’t have the pleasure of knowing Katherine, here is a quick Q&A to find out a little more about her!

(1) Tell us a little about yourself!SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

My name is Katherine Gatlin Shelton from Madison, MS. I am married to Rustin Shelton and we have three children together, all boys! We spend most all of our time playing baseball, football, and soccer.

(2) What is your favorite way to spend a day off of work?

Favorite way to spend a day off of work… I like to sleep in, go for a run, and get a mani/pedi!

(3) Why are you most looking forward to being back at SummerHouse?!

I am so excited to be back at Summerhouse! I love working in such a beautiful environment with so much design inspiration everywhere you look.

(4) What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last year or so?

Because I have children, the best movie I have seen in the past year is Disney’s Brave. My boys and I LOVE watching this movie!

(5) How do you take your caffeine?

I like flavored coffees with three creams and one splenda. The flavor I’m really liking right now is Caramel Vanilla!

(6) What is your favorite design publication?

I just love House Beautiful. It is my most favorite go-to magazine when I need some design inspiration or when I have some time to just sit and flip through something.

(7) What’s your favorite local restaurant in the Jackson area?

I love the food and atmosphere of Table 100 in Flowood.

(8) How would you describe your personal design style?

My personal style tends to be very eclectic. I love an old piece of french furniture lacquered a creamy white with funky brass hardware. A piece like that looks great paired up with a light color linen chair, a bold mod print pillow, a clean lined lamp, and a big abstract piece of art. I am always evolving as a designer so my taste tends to change a good bit. My clients’ homes reflect their own tastes, though, rather than my own.

(9) Anything else we need to know about you?!?!

As a designer I love the fulfillment of a very happy client when the job is complete and they love what I have done. It makes this line of work so gratifying!

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Inspired by Barbara Westbrook

03
SEPTEMBER
2015

With Barbara Westbrook gracing our shop with her presence in just two weeks, we thought we’d take a close look at some of her beautiful work, all of which is featured in the book she will be signing, Gracious Rooms!

Barbara Westbrook's Gracious Rooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

How gorgeous are these spaces…

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Barbara Westbrook // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th is when the fun goes down! We look forward to seeing you!

Thanks for reading today! Have a great one!

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Designer Of The Week: Todd Prince

07
AUGUST
2015

This week’s Designer of the Week is Todd Prince! We loved hearing about his favorite room to design, how he likes to recharge, and why he loves mixing old and new! Keep on reading!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week : Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) What is your favorite room in a home to design? What makes designing that room so special?

I love designing any room but lately I’ve started a love affair with dining rooms. I think it’s partly because it’s a room where so many of my personal favorite things come together… family, food, and conversation. Dining rooms used to be just “pretty” rooms that were not often used. That’s not true anymore. Dining rooms are actually used now. Dining rooms are now more often incorporated into the living space making it all one cohesive space instead of distinct rooms. Friends and families gather in them around great food and share actual social conversation with one another. It’s the one room where I think people actually talk. In this world of iPhones, social media, texting, and Facebook the one thing that will make people disconnect from that world is food! There has also been a “food lovers explosion” over the past few years and most of my clients consider themselves “foodies.” I love it!

I love doing great details on dining chairs like slip covering new chairs or slipcovering clients’ existing chairs. On one client recently, I used Belgian linen box pleated slipcovers with silk buttons down the back for a detail. For another client, I used a washed linen dressmaker style slipcover with ties for a more casual look to update some chairs they already had. In my own home, my side chairs are vintage 1950s chairs with classic style parsons chairs as the head chairs covered in a modern Pierre Frey fabric.

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I also love using great lighting to set the mood! In my dining room, I have a true vintage George Nelson light fixture. I paired that with a modern acrylic bar cart to give the room a more modern feel.

The dining room is a special room in the home and I love that! I know these photos show a range of style, so this proves my ultimate goal of making the client happy. I’m up for using something they already had and updating it, or starting over with something completely new but detailing it in a way that is special to the client.

The dining room is all about family, friends, and food…..no facebook here!

2) What is your favorite element to include into a design these days? 

I love a room to feel collected…not overly designed so lately I have really been trying to incorporate some pieces that my clients already have into their spaces. Sometimes I’ll pull pieces that they have used in one room and in one way for a very long time and refinish or recover it and give it a new life. I am currently working on a new construction project in Oxford MS and we have done that in almost every room. Giving a piece a client really loves new life is always rewarding and very creative.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week : Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) Can you tell us about your favorite design project to date?

My favorite design project to date…. that’s a hard one. I just completed a mid-century modern new construction project in Eastover and I loved the process. I have been involved in the project for 2 years now and when you invest so much it’s amazing when you see it completed. I am personally drawn to the mid-century style but we put a fresh take on it. I found vintage pieces for these particular clients at market…like the dining table and beautiful lamps and mixed it with more modern pieces for a “fresh” mid century feel. I invested so much of myself into the project that it became very personal to me. The clients were great to work with and we all enjoyed the process. I got to use some of my favorite tricks as well. I painted the entire family room a very dark color (walls, ceiling, and trim), mixed old and new pieces, and used full walls of amazing tile for a great impact. The project was so much fun!

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4) What is your favorite environment to refresh your mind and get inspired?

To refresh and recharge myself I go to the water! Just listening to the rolling waves of the ocean helps me to clear my mind and get ready to face the design work again. It’s my happy place! We have a family vacation planned for the week of Thanksgiving to the beach and I can’t wait!

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Pretty Gifting

04
AUGUST
2015

We have a brand new shipment of some of the most beautiful gift items we’ve seen in quite some time! We’ve been in love with D.L. & Co.’s candles for a long time now, but they’ve come out with some new ones that we just adore! The scents are just as wonderful as the packaging! We also stocked up on some beautiful diffusers, some more of the old favorites, and some stationery items! Several of the newbies are from the House of Harlow collection, which gets our designers extra excited!

(When we refer to “gift items,” we’re not just talking about gifts for others! We’re full believers in treating yo’self!)

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Most Beautiful Gifts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have all of these items (plus more!) available in store right now. We hope to see you soon and get a lot of the gifting on your list knocked out! (And yes, that includes a gift for you!) 😉

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Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend

24
JULY
2015

We’re excited to have Lindsey Townsend as our designer of the week! We had a great chat with her about a fun project she’s working on, where she finds her best inspiration, and more!

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. As a designer, what has most been grabbing your attention lately? A certain color, type of pattern, decor style…?

I love mixing antique pieces with contemporary. I like how collected it can make a home feel. I have also been drawn to anything antique brass, hammered metal, stone table tops, organic patterns, and small touches of acrylic. I have been very inspired lately by emerald greens and deep blue grays.

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

2. Tell us about your favorite project you’ve worked on as a SummerHouse designer. What was it that you loved about that project?

I have to say there are many projects and clients I have truly loved working with here at Summerhouse. My favorite project at the moment is a new construction project I am working on. It is on the water in Lost Rabbit. The clients and I have been working together on everything from the ground up. A unique feature of this home is that it has a twenty-two foot Nanawall. This wall will have the capability of opening completely, so that the great room can lead right onto the covered balcony. My clients like to spend a lot of there time outside, so there will be 4 beautiful outdoor areas for them to spend their time lounging and entertaining. The style of this home is a beautiful mix of timeless and contemporary. I can’t wait to see this project completed and installed at the end of the year!

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. What inspires you most as a designer? 

I can find inspiration in anything most times. It can come from a certain fabric, a rug, wall covering, or even a light fixture. But art may inspire me most. A beautiful piece of art can really become an integral part of my entire design scheme. I also draw a lot of inspiration from what other designers around the country are doing, from such publications as Atlanta Homes and Elle Decor.

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com
4. We’re getting excited about your new home! What project to you plan to tackle first when you get into your new house? Give us a teaser of a future project that you’ll eventually get to if you can!!

Well we are buying a 31 year old home, so having said that… it has amazing character and potential. It just needs a little TLC first! We first plan to update all paint, lighting, and freshen up the landscaping. After that we plan to completely remodel the kitchen and all bathrooms! Finally, once we make it through all that, I plan to redesign our master bedroom. We are very excited to get started.

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Keep up with Lindsey on Pinterest and Instagram!

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Lines We Love: Kerry Joyce Textiles

08
JUNE
2015

In this edition of Lines We Love, we’re celebrating one of our favorite fabric lines! Every designer up here LOVES the designs in Kerry Joyce’s textile line. The color palette is dreamy, the textures are luxe, and the patterns are delicate and perfect. We can’t say enough about how much we love this line.

Lines We Love: Kerry Joyce Textiles // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lines We Love: Kerry Joyce Textiles // www.alwayssummerblog.com

View more from Kerry Joyce here. We think you’ll be impressed too! 😉

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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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Outdoor Living

16
MARCH
2015

With spring coming upon us — finally! — we have really been thinking about spending more time outdoors! Outdoor spaces become the setting for casual family dinners, parties, and quality time spent with friends around a fire pit, so why not have them looking their best? Often times, your outdoor space can be seen from inside, which makes it every bit as important for that space to be beautiful! It’s still a part of your interior design even if it isn’t technically interior!

Here are a few pictures of outdoor spaces our designers have done to get you thinking about your own space! Remember that outdoor furniture and fabrics have come such a long way in just a few short years. You’ll be surprised what companies make these days that are intended for outdoor use!

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Click here to see some more of our designers’ favorite outdoor furniture pieces and fabrics! And give us a call if you’re looking to get your outdoor space fixed up for the spring and summer. Our talented design staff can help you get where you want to be!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Roll Arm Upholstered Styles

For this week’s Inside The Orange Box, we asked a few of our designers what their favorite roll arm style upholstery pieces are, and we LOVE what they came up with! All of the styles they picked are updated yet timeless, which describes the perfect piece of furniture if you ask us!

Designer Todd Prince loves the 1573-41 chair from Lee Industries. He likes how the casters work with the rolled arms!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jacque is a fan of the Chester sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams because of its beautifully proportioned button tufting, the pleated roll arm at the same height as the back, the tight seat left untufted for comfort, and the gracefully turned feet in front, all with ferrules. It is a classic looking sofa for just about any room!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Elish Phares likes Marlena from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. This chair always looks beautiful!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(Here’s a pair of Marlenas looking just perfect in one of Lisa’s projects!)

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This Lee  3772-03 sofa has been a staff favorite for a while now. Ultra comfortable, classic in style, and is beautiful in fabric or in leather!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned for some of the staff’s favorite square arm styles in the coming weeks! (And check out all of our past Orange Box posts here!)

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