11 Holiday Entertaining Tips To Lessen Your Party-Planning Stress

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It’s time to start thinking about holiday party planning! The less stressful a party is for you, the hostess, the more fun it will be for both you and your guests! The SummerHouse staff has rounded up some of our best party tips to share with you to hopefully lessen your holiday stress and increase your party-planning fun!

Executive Design Assistant Camille Parker: “I love to throw a quick party, and usually end up with equal parts store bought goodies and home made treats! A great trick is to always put the store bought things in a nice dish or piece of pottery/china, it completely transforms the dish and your guests are none the wiser!”

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Interior Designer Elish Moon: “My best party tip is create balance in the budget, preparation, menu, etc.. I have a cake that I make every year specifically for Christmas. It is incredible but extremely time consuming. To make sure I enjoy the party prepping and don’t get overwhelmed, I break making this cake down into manageable stages. I make the layers about two weeks ahead of time and freeze them. Then the day before the party I make the filling and the icing and put the cake together. The day of I’ll garnish. This makes the process less daunting for me! Try applying this method to other areas. To lower the impact of a party to your budget start buying what you can ahead of time. This way everything doesn’t hit all at once. I try to remember- if hosting a holiday gathering gets too stressful because of things within my control, I’m defeating the whole purpose of the party! If buying ready made cookies and icing them yourself or not hand making place cards saves a step and helps you breathe a little easier it’s worth it! Not only for you, but for the people who are there to enjoy your company! Happy Holidays!”

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Interior Design Assistant Anabel Webb: “Something that my mother and her friend group has always practiced (since I can remember) for literally EVERY dinner, get together, or party is that they will pull out the serving platters about a day ahead of time and then they’ll label what will go where, like “the McCarty will hold the Sausage Balls” and what not…I’ve started doing it ever since I’ve gotten married and my husband actually thinks it is the most organized, uptight, and brilliant idea he’s ever heard of.”

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Interior Designer Katherine Shelton: “I personally do not host many holiday parties. However, I have attended many and know never to show up empty handed. I always bring a nice bottle of wine or a simple dish that everyone is sure to love!”

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Interior Designer Lana Pate: “I always serve a signature cocktail but I also include a festive punch for non alcoholic guests and children. One of my favorite holiday cocktails is Milk Punch!”
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Receptionist Della Turner: “Make sure you’re well stocked on bathroom must haves!! Have plenty of toilet paper, hand towels, and hand soap. And make sure you have a candle lit, or at least have some air freshener on hand!”

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Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo: “I’ve learned over the years that the day of a party is not the time to try a new recipe. If you want to make something you’ve never made before, I recommend doing a practice round a week or so in advance, just so you can work out any kinks and perfect it in time for the party! That way, if it’s a total flop, you have time to figure out what went wrong or just make something completely different!”

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Interior Design Assistant Krystle Short: “Be sure to appeal to all of your guests senses! Natural elements like rosemary sprigs and whole cranberries are always beautiful, especially when combined with nostalgic treats like ribbon candies or peppermint sticks!  When entertaining, I try to use cohesive scents from candles throughout the home (like this yummy Aerin candle).  Keep treats and snacks scattered throughout the space to prevent people from bunching up in just one.  When playing holiday tunes, go for artists that are easy on the ears like Nat King Cole or She and Him.  Low lighting from lamps and string lights are best as overhead can be too harsh.  As far as refreshments go, I highly recommend a big ol batch of Brandy Milk Punch!”

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Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend: “It’s always nice to have a holiday candle burning for holiday parties.  If you are on a budget, trying using fresh greenery or flowers from your yard or somewhere near by.  Christmas tree farms will give away cuttings for free — they are great to use for a large table piece or around your mantel.”
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Director of Operations Marty Smith: “Don’t fret over fancy fresh flowers. You have a huge source of fabulousness in your back yard,  around your neighborhood  or even off the side of the road. Clip from your tress, shrubs, and other plants in your yard.  You will be surprised at what an impact a big bunch of magnolia branches in your favorite container will make. You have guestS to tend to and food to make, no need to have flowers being an added stress. Sit back, get a good play list going, grab a cocktail and ENJOY.”

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Interior Designer Laurie Conway: “I like to pull out my favorite crystal or silver serving pieces and place a cake or dressing into them, garnishing with rosemary and fruit. My secret is that it was all prepared by Mcdade’s but everyone thinks I prepared it all and will ask for my recipe!”

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 What are your top holiday party planning tips? We’d love to hear!

As always, thank you for stopping by today! Happy holiday season to you!

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Christmas Is Kickin’ In

Things are getting Christmassy up at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Marty and Tammy have been hard at work hanging snowflakes, putting out garland, hanging ornaments, detangling a few things… You know, the norm when it comes to getting things all holiday’d up! 😉

Their hard work sure has paid off and the showroom looks amazing! Take a look…

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Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Christmas at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned for some photos of SummerHouse | Oxford all fixed up for Christmas next week!

Thank y’all so much for stopping by! We appreciate you 🙂

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The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment

Today, SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon takes the stage to talk a little bit about the life of a piece of furniture and why good furniture from SummerHouse is worth the investment. We love what Elish shares and we think you will too!

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“So we have entered this era where interior design is trending and more and more accessible. In response, there are more designers, online retailers, and pop up stores than directions to turn. They’ve all got pretty pieces, unique pieces, stylish pieces. How on earth do you make a decision? Well let me share a few insider tips that might make your decision making a hair easier.

Summerhouse has been in business over a decade and is locally owned and operated. That means each piece, each line, each vendor we carry is very specifically chosen for our client and our locale. We’re not a big box store, we aren’t marketing to the masses, and our consumer lives next door, works with us, or runs into us at the local market. What does that mean? We have to sell a product we can stand behind, that is quality, and that will surpass the test of time. I as a designer am incredibly selective about what I sell to my clients. The performance of what I sell is not only a reflection of the vendors we put our names behind but a reflection of my expertise! Many potential clients are scared about making their first big “design investment”. Here are a few common misconceptions that I hear often:

1. “I have kids. And a dog. They eat macaroni and cheese on this. There’s no way I’m purchasing a nice sofa. We’ll get one when they’re grown.”
This makes me cringe. Why can’t you have kids and pets AND a nice sofa? It’s 2017…didn’t you know you can have it all!? If you are buying a “throwaway sofa” it may have to be replaced in a few years. You’ll end up spending the same amount (probably more, actually) continually replacing your “temporary” sofa as you would in the nice one! You can purchase a sofa that has a lifetime warranty on the frame, well made cushions, etc.. and just make smart choices on the fabric. Get a slipcovered sofa that is washable. Order your sofa in a performance fabric. The options are endless! You can live your life (the real one…baby spit up and all) and still be comfortable in your own home. I promise.

2. “Bar stools are how much?! Why?”
What are some of the most used pieces of furniture in your home? Sofa, bar stools… Doesn’t it make sense that a piece you use every single day might need to be high quality so it can take the abuse? Often those “bargain stools” (you know what I’m talking about) are poorly constructed, glued together, stools that got imported here on a container. They cannot hold significant weight, are not engineered for long lasting durability or stability, and wear much more quickly than an american made, hand constructed, piece. All furniture is not created equal y’all.

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3. “I saw this item online for less and it’s the same item you have in your store???”
This is a tough one. I’ll be honest… sometimes the same item IS out there for less, but there is SO much value built into everything we sell that goes beyond the item itself. You have a designer’s expertise built in to every piece you purchase from Summerhouse. We’re here to help you select the best item that fits you and your lifestyle. We’re here to make sure that the piece fits in your space. We’re weighing all the variables and spending our time to narrow down options and save you time. We’re making sure pieces arrive safely, scheduling your delivery, placing things correctly. We’re the client’s safety net keeping them from making costly mistakes. You get so much more than a product when you purchase from Summerhouse. We stand behind every single thing that comes through our showroom and warehouse. You get an experience that is custom tailored to you and your home. Isn’t that a worthy investment?”

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So there you have it! Thank you so much, Elish, for all of this!

We would absolutely love to get to help you on your next interior design project, no matter how big or how small! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us. We hope to get to work with you soon!

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This And That

We’ve had a lot of excitement going on around here that we wanted to get you caught up on!

… Our Mark Edge Trunk Show was so much fun! We were in love with every single piece he brought, so we ended up keeping a good bit after the show was over! SO, if you weren’t able to make it by, be sure to stop in the Ridgeland shop soon and see what we still have available!

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… We installed the Corporate Sponsor Lounge for Mistletoe Marketplace last week and it looks really good!! When you’re working with pipe and drape and old floors, it’s a bit of a challenge to get things looking chic, but Lisa worked some magic and it looks fab!! Corporate Sponsors– we hope you enjoy! 🙂

Mistletoe Marketplace Corporate Sponsor Lounge // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Scout Guide liked our favorite fallish paint colors as mush as we do, and they did a feature on their national blog about them!! Thank you so much, TSG, for the love! 🙂

Cozy Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Not only do we like to stay cozy in the chillier months with beautiful, warm interiors, but we also love keeping warm with a great cocktail! Have you checked out our new BAR section on the online shop? We have more items to shake up that page coming very soon!

SummerHouse BAR

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

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All Recliners Are Not Created Equal

Recliners.

That word will divide a room in a heartbeat! Half the world hates the oversized, overstuffed picture that pops into mind, while the other half of the world lives for evenings spent laid out watching tv.

Over the past several years, furniture manufacturers have really grasped onto the concept that, in so many cases, the men need comfy recliners while the women need sleek, clean-lined furniture.  And we as designers are loving it!! In decades past, there has been very little middle ground on this matter. Either the woman sacrifices style for a big puffy recliner, or the man sacrifices comfort for a sleek, yet non-reclinable chair.

Thankfully all of that has changed. Many of our favorite manufacturers continue to introduce beautiful, comfortable recliners each market, and we love it! When the husband and the wife can be equally excited about a recliner, that makes for a happy designer who can pull together a beautiful yet functional room!

Here are six of our top recliner picks that meet all the requirements for the style seekers AND the comfort seekers.

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Are these not beautiful!? These all blend beautifully into a chic room while providing the comfort and function desired of a recliner.

Shop one, four, and five on our online shop, then give us a call about the other three. Our designers can get you all the info you need! Also, keep in mind that this is just a tiny sampling of the recliners we have access to. If you’re looking for something different, we can help! Contact us here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We love having you here! 🙂

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Events

We wanted to give y’all a quick reminder about the two exciting events that we have coming up over the next couple of days!

FRIDAY, 10/20, at SummerHouse | Oxford, we have artist (and Baton Rouge native) Lauren Barksdale coming in for an art show! She’ll have lots of new pieces, many of which are Oxford themed. What better way to kick off the Ole Miss / LSU weekend?!  The show is from 10-6, with light bites and cocktails from 3-6. Below are a few of the Oxford-y pieces she’ll have with her!

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

At the Ridgeland shop, we’re excited to welcome jewelry designer Mark Edge in for a jewelry trunk show on Tuesday, 10/24! Mark will have hundreds of pieces of jewelry with him (many of which are brand new introductions) PLUS he is currently taking appointments for one-on-one meetings to discuss custom designs. Mark can take your keepsakes (old keys, medals, lockets, or just whatever!) and turn them into stunning pieces that you can wear. Call us at 601-853-4445 to make an appointment with Mark to discuss him making a piece just for you!

To get things started on the right foot, we’re also hosting a cocktail reception for Mark on Monday 10/23 from 5-7. We hope you’ll join us for a night of fun and fellowship!

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

We look forward to seeing you at these events! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Let us know if you have any questions about either of these events!

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Touches of Fall

Did you know that September 22 is the first official day of fall? Richer colors, cooler temperatures, changing trees, spiced ciders, tall boots, scarves, and hot toddys are just a few of the reasons why fall will always be our favorite season around here.

To amp up the Autumn aura in your home, we have a few suggestions! Adding some cozy pops of cognac (or whiskey!), red, and warm browns make a huge difference in the feel your home has. So do textural pillows and throws. Here are some of our faves!

The Colors of Fall // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Op-Art Suede Pillow // $370

A Field Guide To Whisky // $24.95

Bayberry Pot // $220

Merina Herringbone Throw // $520

Coventry Lamp Table // $1020

Antique Leather Books // $26 each

Occasions by Kate Spade // $26

Durham Chair // $2820

Provence Cachepot // $320

Shop more fall finds throughout our online shop by simply clicking around all the categories! We think you’ll find something you love 🙂

Thank you for stopping by today! Before you leave, tell us your favorite thing about fall in the comments below!

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InstaFaves

It’s no secret that one of our favorite social media platforms is Instagram! That is the only platform that every member of the SummerHouse team is on, so that’s got to mean that it’s superior! 😉

Once or twice a year, we love to go through and see what posts you guys seem to most like. This is really fun for us, and it gives you the chance to see the highlights, just in case you missed something! Here are our top ten Instagram posts from the past six months…!

10. Neutral beauty

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9. This bright and beautiful room always makes us feel better! (More from this project here)

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8. Another one of our favorite Jackson homes, of which you can see more here!

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7. Elish and Lisa boxing up a project that was done completely remotely! More on that project here!

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6. Rug ottomans are always crowd favorites

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5. One STUNNING study by Elish that we can’t wait to share more on soon!

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4. A Heavenly bed setup

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3. This pretty corner at SHOX

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2. This beautiful bed setup at SHOX.

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1.  And the number one most popular post was of the outdoor space designed by Katherine Shelton that was featured in Social South! You can read more about that here!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wasn’t that fun?! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start. And if you don’t follow us on Instagram, check us out @shopsummerhouse!

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Century Furniture Sale!

Century Sale at SummerHouse

We have some exciting news to share with you! Now through October 2nd, we’re offering 25% off Century Furniture, both in-stock and special order! There are a few exclusions, but not many, so we’re confident we can help you find just what you’re looking for at a great price! Here are some pretty photos to showcase what Century has to offer…

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Come see us soon and let one of our talented designers help you get your dream room(s) on order!

Thanks for dropping by today! Hope your week is off to the best start!

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We recently added a charming little vignette to our Ridgeland showroom from the new Bungalow Classic collection for Highland House that we are more than in love with!

“The BUNGALOW CLASSIC duo Randy and Courtney Tilinski, also known as “Mr. and Mrs. Bungalow”, bring their design talents and signature style to their new BUNGALOW CLASSIC COLLECTION for HIGHLAND HOUSE. Inspired by their love of travel, fashion, and all-things-home, the collection captures the refined, yet approachable, aesthetic the dynamic couple are known for.”

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We welcome the pieces of this collection to our Ridgeland showroom. We can’t wait for more pieces to arrive! We love this refined whimsy and think you will as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! XO!

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Let’s Chaise A While!

It’s no secret that we love a great chaise. Who wouldn’t want a super chic bench that could double as a place to take a Sunday nap? These chaises are high in style, they’re super functional, and they add interest to a room. One of these might be just the thing you’ve been looking for to go in your home… If so, let one of our designers know! We can get you fixed up!

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

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Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Aren’t they beautiful? We know you love them as much as we do!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a GREAT rest of the week! (And be sure to get in our Instagram giveaway we have going on through next Wednesday! There will be five winners, so your chances are GOOD!)

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30A Living

30A Living

We have a new book in the shop that leaves us absolutely smitten. This new book, called 30A Living, is compiled by talented duo Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp, and highlights the beauty and charm of the magnificent strip of Florida beach towns known as 30A. The homes in these beach towns are as equally magnificent as the beaches on which they are nestled.

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

We got to chat with both Lynn and Jean about how this book came together and learned so much! Writer Lynn and photographer Jean found each other when they worked together at Southern Living earlier in their careers and have continued a friendship from there. We are so glad they remained friends and started putting books together because their books are GORGEOUS! 30A Living is a follow up to 30A Style, which was a book that was so popular, it got reprinted three times and sold out every time.

Because of the success of 30A Style, 30A Living just seemed like a natural follow-up. Same beach towns, same staff, but larger format, different homes, and more pages! “We wanted all of the various 30A communities to be represented, as well as a variety of styles. Contemporary, cottagey, traditional. I like the mix that ended up in the book,” says Lynn.

“The biggest challenge with this book was choosing which photos to include to have the best mix of styles,” Jean adds.

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

When we asked Lynn what she hoped readers of this book walked away with, she told us, “I hope readers get design ideas and get inspired. Even if you can’t build homes like the ones we show, hopefully you can still at least get great ideas. I love 30A, and the people who vacation here love it too. It was a joy to get to highlight all of the different communities and how different they all are.”

It is a joy to us to flip through each page of this book, one by one, devouring the stunning detail of each of the featured homes. Jean and Lynn, y’all did a BEAUTIFUL job! Every word and every photo are top notch!

Get your copy here or stop into our Ridgeland shop. You’ll love what you see! 🙂

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A Peek In The Ridgeland Showroom

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We’ve moved some things around here in the Ridgeland showroom to make room for lots of NEW! One thing we’re really excited about (besides our new furniture, of course) is all of our fabulous new candles! They’re sprinkled throughout the showroom amongst all of the other pretty, so take a look around!

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Check out our new candles at both our Ridgeland and Oxford locations! They’re the dreamiest scents. We know you’ll find at least one that you want to take home with you!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you’re staying cozy and dry!

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Beachy Bold

We are big fans of a coastal-inspired space, since coast equals beach, and beach equals summer! (We aren’t called SummerHouse for nothin!)

We also love when a bold velvet has the opportunity to enter the scene.

Absolute design magic happens when beachy and bold come together seamlessly, creating a livable, unexpected, totally gorgeous room! That’s exactly what happened in the guest room of one of Lisa’s favorite clients, who was in need of an update.

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

That big blue velvet and that serene Lynn Sanders painting on a canvas of white walls and white bedding just created the happiest vibe! We also love the feel of the herringbone rug, textured side tables, and stunning blue lamps! The shell mirror, made by the client herself, adds just the right amount of authentic beachiness to the room.

This client’s guests are sure to feel right at home when they get the opportunity to spend a night or two in this happy space!

We hope you’re enjoying the end of your summer and taking it all in before school starts back!

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Wild About Wallpaper

Wallpaper. We love it! It’s a fun way to add interest to a space, large or small. A full room, an accent wall, on the back of a bookshelf… We love both subtle and bold. It’s just so versatile! We’ve used our share of wallpapers, wall coverings, and hand painted wall stencils to add interest to some of our favorite spaces to get them juuuuust right. Here’ proof that wallpaper (and wall stenciling) is EVERYTHING!

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Can you tell which two photos are hand painted wall stencils? If you guessed the last two photos, you are correct! Lisa designed each of the rooms in which the hand painted stencils were used, and they could not have turned out prettier! Those rooms (well, all of them actually!) are proof that hiring a designer is SO worth it. Trained interior designers understand scale and color and can get your walls exactly how they should be.

If you’re interested in updating your walls, give us a call! We’d love to help you fulfill your vision. Thank you so much for stopping by today! It means so much to us.

 

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America Inspired

Happy 4th of July weekend! Both of our shops will be closed on Monday and Tuesday in observation of the holiday so we can all spend some QT with our friends and families.

One thing we’ve enjoyed doing in years past on this little blog is rounding up some of our favorite red, white, and blue interiors! We’ve got some fabulous ones in this year’s lineup! 🙂 Enjoy, be inspired, and enjoy your 4th!

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Canopy Beds

Recently, as we were flipping through the latest issue of Traditional Home, we saw a feature on page 25 about canopy beds and felt our eyes turning into hearts as we stared at the page! These more contemporary canopy beds got us to thinking about how much we love the updated takes that so many of the lines we carry have done on this classic style. So we rounded up a few more to go along with the ones that Traditional Home liked! All of these beds can be ordered through SummerHouse! 🙂

Lorca bed by Oly Studio // alwayssummerblog.com

Courtney Bed by Highland House // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Faline Bed by Oly // alwayssummerblog.com

Artisan Poster Bed by Hickory Chair // alwayssummerblog.com

Marco Bed by Oly Studio // alwayssummerblog.com

Elegant Bed by Lilian August // www.summerhousestyle.com

Anderkit Canopy Bed by Vanguard // alwayssummerblog.com

Stirling Bed by Theodore Aelxander // alwayssummerblog.com

Brennan Bed by Made Goods // alwayssummerblog.com

Believe it or not, these are just some of the ones we have access to! If you see something you like, contact us with any questions you might have and we will get you fixed up!

Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you had a great weekend! XO!

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Today’s Forecast: SUNSHINE

We have a new Web Store Wish List for you today and our theme is bright, sunny, and warm, modeled after our favorite type of summer day! We love popping in warm oranges, golds, reds, yellows, and caramels when appropriate. These happy hues instantly cozy up a space! Here are our favorites:

Today's Forecast: Nothin But SUNSHINE! // SummerHouse Web Store Wish List via alwayssummerblog.com

// 1 //  The Shoe Book, $50

// 2 // Small Gilded Medallion, $1020

// 3 // Tiber 9 x 12 Rug, $7040

// 4 // Cabana: White Grapefruit Candle, $59

// 5 //  Susan Bench, $2340

// 6 //  Untied II” by Carol Sneed, $1200

// 7 // O’Brien Table Lamp, $1150

// 8 // Sunflower in Pyramid Vase, $90

It’s easy to see why we are so drawn to these beautiful warm tones right now! And we have lots more in this color family available in either showroom and on our online store, so be sure to stop in soon!

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The Best Dark Bedroom Colors

The best dark bedroom colors

When we asked our design staff about their favorite bedroom wall colors, their picks were split between light & airy and dark & cozy! We love every single pick, so we’re bringing you the dark picks today and will share the lighter picks with you next week, so stay tuned!

SummerHouse Owner and Lead Designer Lisa Palmer has Benjamin Moore Onyx in her own bedroom and adores the coziness that the color provides.

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SummerHouse | Oxford designer Rebecca Cornelius’s pics are Sherwin Williams Slate Tile and Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray. “I’ve just been so obsessed with the dark slate colors for the past few years and don’t see myself getting sick of them any time soon.”

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland design assistant Krystle Short loves colors in the deep green family. “I am infatuated with deep, sultry greens right now! Narrangansett Green and Newburg Green, both by Ben Moore, are fabulous examples of how one can introduce rich, soothing color without overwhelming a space.”

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland Design Assistant Anabel Webb says, “I am really into dramatic, deep colors. They really make me feel cozy. My current favorite is Benjamin Moore Deep Space!”

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Here are a few beautiful bedrooms with these picks:

Alexa Hampton uses Narrangansett Green in a recent issue of Atlanta Homes

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Studio Mcgee beautifully used Newburg Green in this bedroom.

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Love this use of Gentleman’s Gray!

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned for more light paint color advice next week! Thank you for dropping in today! XO!

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Q&A With April Shelby Crowell

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.com

As you might have noticed from social media and from our web store, we have a new local potter represented at SummerHouse and we are EXCITED!

Our friend April Shelby Crowell, the mastermind behind A. Shelby Pottery, was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us so we could all get to know her better! Lisa and Marty fell in love with her pottery at our Lee Loves Local event (along with Traditional Home Magazine, in which she was just featured!) and it’s been true love ever since. Let’s get on with our chat with April!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comTell us a little about yourself, please ma’am!

I grew up in Florence, MS with my parents and older brother. I’m really fond of that small town childhood!  I’ve always had a passion for the arts and my parents have always been super supportive of that. Now I live in Flowood with my husband, Jon Richard. He is the best encourager, and his let’s-make-it-happen attitude is one of my biggest inspirations. And we’re pretty obsessed with our dog, Potter. Yes, we named him after my profession!

How long have you been creating pottery?

I took my first pottery class in the first semester of my freshman year of college (2008), and seriously I was in love with it before class even started! I continued to take pottery classes all throughout college, graduated from Miss. State University in 2013 with a BFA, emphasis in ceramics, and have been making pottery on my own ever since!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat inspires your style? It’s so fun and different!

That’s a tough one because I’m inspired by so much.  Specifically, this Gold Collection came to life from my love for handmade, functional objects mixed with the simple, chic style I admire in interior design and home decor.  I feel like in our area when people think “pottery” they think “country” or “rustic.” While I do admire and appreciate that look, it just isn’t my personal style.  So I started to create these minimalist forms using a monotone color scheme. Even though I am my own worst critic, I really liked the pottery I was making so I just rolled with it!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat is your favorite thing about creating pottery?

Again, so many inspirations and so many reasons why. I just love the whole process of working with my hands to make stuff. Anything, really! I just stick with clay most of the time! It’s crafty and challenging. Pottery is a long process so when products are finally complete it’s really quite satisfying!

What else do we need to know about you and your pottery?!

Recently someone told me, “I see your pottery when I walk into my living room and it just makes me so happy.” I don’t say that to sound boastful, I say it because that’s one of the many reasons I love doing what I do.  If my pottery makes someone happy then I’m happy too.  When you purchase a piece of A. Shelby Pottery you’re not just picking up any ordinary object off the shelf, you’re getting a piece of art that is very special to me because a lot of time and craftsmanship goes into each piece. I hope you enjoy my pottery just as much as I enjoy making it for you!

Thank you so much, April! Your work is inspiring and we are honored to carry it 🙂

Be sure to stop by either SummerHouse location to shop April’s work, or you can check some of it out on our web store!

We hope you’re having a great week!

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