Meet Our Summer Intern, Mollie!

SummerHouse's Intern, Mollie Williams! // www.alwayssummerblog.comYou need to meet our summer intern, Mollie Williams! We are so happy to have Mollie around to help us stay organized, help the designers with little projects, and to share little bits of design wisdom and reality with! Mollie, you have been a joy so far! We are so glad we get to have you for the rest of the summer! 🙂

A little Q&A with Mollie…

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, about your family, where you went to school… All that fun stuff!

Well, I was born in Jackson, AL and moved here to Mississippi when I was 2 years old. I am from Pearl! I have 2 older brothers and a huge family that is always there when I need them. Growing up I was a gymnast for about 13 years. I graduated from Pearl High School in 2009. I have an Associates Degree from Hinds Community College and I am a senior interior design major at the University of Southern Miss!

What was your first impression of SummerHouse?! 

My first impression of SummerHouse was the people. Everyone here has been so nice and I feel like part of the family now.

What has been your favorite interior design class so far?

That’s a tough one, but so far I would say it’s a tie between Design Media and BIM (Revit) when we designed a restaurant.

What’s your favorite local restaurant in the area?

In town, Jason’s Deli, but my heart and soul would say Froghead Grill in Clinton!

How do you describe your personal design style?

My personal design style would be like contemporary, comfy, light neutral tones, with a splash of color. Modern meets Classic.

What’s your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?

A perfect lazy weekend is a date with my bed and Netflix!

What has been your favorite type of design to work on in school? Tell us what you love about it!

So far, I like residential and restaurant design. My favorite part about residential is designing the bedroom and bathrooms. I would love to work with clients and to one day make their home comfy and accessible. To see them happy brings joy to my heart. As far as restaurant design, I like it because you can go crazy with the lights, colors, and different types of furniture. People don’t just go to restaurants to eat. At least I know I don’t! The first impression happens whenever they walk through the door.

What else do we need to know about you?!

Well, my favorite colors are green and pink. I am a Christ follower. I love animals. My family is the most important thing to me in the world. I have 5 nieces and nephews. After graduation, I will finally own a dog and therefore will become a “dog” Mommy! My fantasy career would to one day be a famous singer or end up on Television somehow.

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Thank you, Mollie! You have been such a wonderful help around here so far! 🙂

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Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July, friends! We are closed today in celebration of our nation’s independence! We hope you’re having a great day off relaxing with friends and family and giving thanks for our freedom!

We’ve rounded up a little red, white, and blue eye candy for ya today for your viewing pleasure!

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue interior and party designs // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( sources 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 )

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Our doors will open again tomorrow at 10:00! See you then! 🙂

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Yard Party is Tomorrow!

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are getting so excited about our YARD PARTY tomorrow night! We’ll have a food truck, a popsicle stand, local beer, live music, and discounts on all outdoor furniture, including our brand new privately labeled line! PLUS! Ambiance Landscape will be here with the latest and greatest in landscaping design!! We’re pretty pumped about that!

It’s going to be a great time– We hope you’ll stop by and at least say hello!

Here are some peeks at what you have to look forward to! 🙂

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Give us a call if you have any questions about the event! 601-853-4445.

Thanks for reading today! Hope you’re having a good week so far!

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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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Thankful

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

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

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

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

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

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Blog Feature on The Scout Guide Jackson

Happy Monday, friends!

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

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

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

Cheers to a great week!

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Working From Home

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

If you work from home, or have a home office simply for keeping bills and home projects organized, why not make it beautiful?! Lisa did an incredible job of making this client’s office just as happy as it is functional! The pink, white, and gold accents make the space inviting and modern. And who wouldn’t want their workspace to be such?!

Take a look and see what you think about the space!

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

 

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

Working From Home // Interior Design by Lisa Palmer at SummerHouse

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Meet Katie Carone!

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

Tell us a little about you!

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

As a designer, what inspires you most?

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

What’s your favorite TV show?!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite design publication?

Elle Decor

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

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

When did you realize you wanted to be a designer?

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

What’s your first impression of SummerHouse?

Stunning and welcoming!

What else do we need to know about you?!

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

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Outdoor Living Spaces + Fabrics

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor living // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

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

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Fabric Roundup // alwayssummerblog.com

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

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

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Local & Regional Artists (Part 2)

You may remember seeing the Orange Box post about favorite regional/local artists of Elish, Lindsey, and Camille a couple of weeks ago! Today, a few more designers weigh in on whose work they’re currently loving!

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I have two… And they create two very different types of art!

The first is Rod Moorhead. Lately I’ve love affair with sculpture. Rod Moorhead’s are amazingly unique and you can’t take your eyes off of them. They’re so complex and unique and emit such a mood in a room. They’re beautiful! The construction is so fragile but the end result looks indescrutable. However, don’t let them fall on the floor! They’re dark and moody, yet uplifting and gorgreous all at the same time. They look like old world relics but they have a great modern twist, so they incorporate well into almost any interior.

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The other is Andrew Bucci. I’m drawn to the color and the movement in his work. It’s very active and bright and happy. I love seeing the deep collection of his work at Brown’s and I really enjoy placing them in clients’ homes.

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES SANDERS

I love Lauren Barksdale.  Her mix of color and the softness and subtlety of her work is beautiful.  Her pieces blend well with many different style interiors making her one of my go-to artists here at the showroom!

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS 

Beth Winterburn from Memphis, TN is really grabbing my attention! I have a critical eye when it comes to abstract works of art and hers are my kind of abstract. I can tell there is a lot of thought behind her placement of certain elements in her pieces and I appreciate her decisions. Also, her color choices could not be better!

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love all of these selections!! Do you have a favorite?

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a GREAT one!

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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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Meet Kristin Miller!

Hey friends!

Laurel Donahoo here! 🙂 I’m the editor over here at Always Summer and the director of all the social media at SummerHouse! (Can I just take a moment to say that I have the best job EVER?!)

Later this week, I am having my second child so I’m about to be out of pocket for a couple of months! After searching high and low, we finally found someone who I got really excited about as someone who could step into my shoes for a little while! I’m excited to introduce you to Kristin Miller, my INCREDIBLE maternity leave replacement! I’ve known Kristin for a little while now and think she might be the most perfect person ever to take over this position for a while! She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us so you can get to know her a little bit better! So without any further delay… Meet Kristin!

Kristin Miller

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you live, about your family…
I have grown up in Madison, MS and currently live in Ridgeland with my fiance and child/dog Stella. After graduating from Mississippi State, I immediately moved to New York City. I loved my time there and came back so inspired, but quickly learned that the older I get the more I want to be close to my family. So I now live less than a mile away from my parents and childhood home. If you were to tell me that I’d live that close to them a few years ago I would laugh at the thought but it couldn’t be more perfect now.

What was your first impression of SummerHouse when you walked in for your interview?
WHERE DO I START? There is so much beauty in SummerHouse my mind couldn’t even focus on one thing when I first walked in for my interview. As I stood around and slowly started scanning item by item I immediately noticed the detail put into every inch of the retail floor. For example, one of the coffee tables had the coolest box of matches sitting on it!

What’s your favorite social media platform currently and why?
Instagram. Hands down. You know the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”? I love that I can scroll through pictures and not only draw a ton of inspiration from the people I follow but also gain a lot of knowledge about what’s happening in friends and family members lives as well as people I look up to all across the world.

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?
A big breakfast (my favorite meal) followed by a long walk with my dog Stella and a glass of wine with friends.

Rumor has it you do some pretty awesome calligraphy! Tell us more about how you got into that!
When my family first got a computer I was mesmerized by the different font options (there were only about 15 at the time). I would sit in front of the computer and try to copy the fonts for hours. Ever since then I have had a love for typography so as soon as I saw Fresh Ink was holding a Intro to Calligraphy class I immediately signed up. I have been doing calligraphy for about 2 years now and absolutely love it!

What are you eating for dinner tonight?
Salmon, sautéed spinach and onions, and broccoli with Halo Top chocolate ice cream for dessert!

What’s your favorite magazine these days?
Elle magazine’s wedding edition because I get married in April!

What is your favorite app on your phone?
I would be completely lost in life without Google Maps.

What else do we need to know about you?!
I am so excited to get to help out at SummerHouse for the next few months!
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Yay, thank you so much Kristin! I could not be more excited to have you stepping in.
And thank YOU for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start! xo!
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Web Store Wish List: Happy Home Scents

We hope you guys are having a great week!

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

Happy Home Scents // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

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

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Suzanne Kasler Book Signing Recap

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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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Inside The Orange Box: Common Design Mistakes, Part Two

27
MARCH
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is a continuation of our common design mistakes post from a couple of weeks ago! These design mistakes are easy to make if a professional designer is not involved in your design! See what our designers have to say…

Designer Todd Prince says one of the biggest mistakes he sees is when people float sofas in the middle of a room and the sofa is too tall. “A taller back sofa needs to be anchored against a wall. If you’re going to float a sofa in a room, it needs to have a shorter back so it doesn’t impact the overall view of the room. You do NOT want a sofa that’s too tall floating in the middle of a room!”

Design Advice from SummerHouse Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Jacque Moor says…
“The biggest mistake people make when not hiring a designer is thinking they have the ability to envision an overall design, when really, that’s something that very few people can do properly. People without a trained eye will look at many different room images they like and pick little things from each and try to mimic them in a space. The result of that can be an unorganized room without a put together, designed look.”

Mary Courtney Johns says, “A common mistake, or rather injustice, to a room would be letting sentimentalism get in the way of the desired look and feel that you are
trying to achieve for your space. Your grandmother’s antique china cabinet
or that pair of end tables you bought as a newlywed in the 80s will not
blend well with your new sleek-lined sofa. Emotional attachments can sometimes hinder a design’s direction. When a piece of furniture is becoming more of a nuisance than a lovely walk down memory lane, it’s time to pass it off for someone else to enjoy.”

Design Advice from SummerHouse Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

For past Orange Box posts, click here!

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Keen on Green

17
MARCH
2015

Since today is all about the color green, we thought that was as good an excuse as any to share with you some of our favorite web store items in nature’s favorite hue! Plus– we have some gorgeous projects centered around the color that deserve to be celebrated. Especially today!

Here’s what we’ve had our web-browsing eyes on lately…

The Green Scene // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Shop these items from the top left, clockwise!
“Oak” by Lauren Barksdale // $3100
Pearl Chair // $1626
Style by Kate Spade book // $20
Office (Rosemary and Eucalyptus) Candle // $59
Fittleworth Table Lamp // $590
Hedges Candle // $65

And here are some lovely interiors to inspire you today…

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Green Scene // Interiors that feature nature's favorite hue by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Have a happy St. Paddy’s Day! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to wear your green!

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Meet Danielle!

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

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

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

Tell us about yourself!

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

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

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

What’s your favorite design publication and why?

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

Where would your dream vacation be?

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

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

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

What TV show are you currently most obsessed with?!

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

How do you take your caffeine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inside The Orange Box: Detailing A Custom Pillow

03
OCTOBER
2014

Our Inside The Orange Box topic for today is all about detailing your pillows! Pillows make such an impact, even if they aren’t the biggest, most expensive items in the room. They are of utmost importance!

Pillows are a place where designers can get a little creative with fabric and all of the fabulous trims that are available to them today!

There are so many ways to take a pillow up a few notches with simple tweaks or additions, so our designers share some of their favorite ways to do so!

>>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<<

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“I like an interesting contrast banding applied to a solid fabric, like this one that I’m currently having done for a client.”

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>>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<<

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“My favorite pillow detail is, hands down, a butterflied corner on a sheer flange!”

>>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<<

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“There are so many ways to make one pillow go a long way. One of my favorite details is to add a sheer flange. Another under-used detail is the boxed pillow. You can also reverse the fabric application or add banding… just a subtle something extra can go a long way!”

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>>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<<

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“If the design is right, railroading a fabric (or running it the opposite way from how it comes off the bolt) on a lumbar pillow or long accent pillow is a nice change up. I like to do a contrasting fabric for the backs of pillows as well! And usually I order my pillow forms one inch bigger than the actual size of the pillow to make sure they’re nice and full!”

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>>> DESIGNER KATY HINES <<<

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“I’m a big fan of the butterfly corners, too!! I also love a custom applique. One of our local workrooms did such a beautiful job on some pillows I had made recently!”

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>>> DESIGNER JACQUE MOOR <<<

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“I am working on a custom pillow now that I am going to get Virginia Weathersby to custom stencil! This makes the pillow more valuable because it is a one of a kind designed specifically for the client!”

>> A FEW OTHER DETAILS WE LOVE FROM PROJECTS PAST <<

Color blocking and contrast cording…

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… Using pillows with antique passementerie applied, as so beautifully done by local artist Becky Vizard…

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… or having a custom piece of art embroidered onto a silk. The photo below is of a project Lisa completed several years ago.

“I commissioned the late artist Lynn Green Root to do an art piece for me, and I had her custom art piece embroidered onto silk for these pillows. The client kept the original pen and ink drawing that she did and he framed it for his walls. It became a really, really special project for many reasons.”

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Do you have a favorite pillow in your home? What makes it special? We love hearing from you!

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