White on White

We absolutely love all white spaces. White on white is crisp, neutral, both modern AND traditional, and simply soothing. All white spaces start with all white walls and trim, so we hit up our design staff for their favorite white + white combos. We love what they’ve picked!

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite white on white paint color combinations! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design Assistant Anabel Webb prefers the Benjamin Moore combo Decorator’s White with Simply White on the trim. Design Assistant Camille Holland Parker likes White Dove on White Dove! Design Assistant Krystle Short’s pick is Ben Moore’s Navajo White on the walls with Farrow & Ball James White on the trim. Designer Katy Sanders likes all Ben Moore Ivory White on both walls AND trim! Lindsey Townsend loves Ben Moore Moonlight White with Simply White on the trim. Katy Carone’s pick is Ben Moore Glacier White on the wall with White Dove on the trim.

Designer Elish Phares Moon likes the monochromatic Ben Moore Moonlight White on both walls and trim and tells us why it’s so beautiful!

“One color? For the walls AND trim? It may sound too good to be true, but in this case, less is more. Although it’s a little too much restraint for some personalities, an all white house is incredibly inviting. It took me a while to get on board. I thought “all white? and stifle my creativity? Leave a huge canvas… blank? NEVER! ” I first tried this combo with a client in Oxford… when I finally saw the finished product it was love at first sight. I loved it so much I did it in my own home- and I fall a little more in love with it each day.”

Great picks, designers. Do YOU have a favorite white on white combo? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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Big Impact In A Small Room

powder rooms

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, our designers are talking about powder rooms! Specifically, how to make the biggest impact in the smallest room of the house! Our question to them was, “If you could only change one thing in a powder room, what would you change that makes the biggest impact?”

Here’s what they had to say!

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY SANDERS

The walls!  Whether it is a dark, saturated paint color or a fun wallcovering, this is the best way to make a big impact in a small space!

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

Lighting makes a huge impact in such a small space. There is a fine balance between there being too much and too little. Having sconces as well as a chandelier allow for plenty of direct light on your face while looking in the mirror as well as illumination for the overall room. This also makes the room feel more substantial and open. Choose some standout fixtures to increase the impact factor!

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH MOON

So this may not be the simplest answer, but it depends on what state the bathroom is in. If you have decent cabinetry and stone already, try a new paint color or wallcovering. If the countertop is an eyesore, invest in some beautiful stone. (Some powder bathrooms might be small enough to score a deal on a stone remnant!)  Another easy update is new lighting! Get creative and evaluate your priorities.

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATIE CARONE

Picking a dramatic new paint color or wallcovering is always the quickest and easiest change that can make such a huge difference in a powder room, assuming no major updates or remodels need to occur. Second to this would be updating the fixtures and/or lighting.

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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If you need help making your bathrooms and powder rooms beautiful, we’re here for you! That’s what our designers do! 😉 Give us a call! 601-853-4445.

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Date Night Recap

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So last Thursday, we hosted a Date Night event with our event planning friend Kendall Poole! (It’s the one we told you about here!)

Models, brides, grooms, friends, Kendall Poole staff and SummerHouse staff enjoyed a beautiful evening of Sombra, Char Bar, swag bags, beautiful clothes from Treehouse Boutique and Great Scott, and great design advice from Lisa!

Here are some photos recapping the evening!

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Date Night at SummerHouse with Kendall Poole Event Planning // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Date Night at SummerHouse with Kendall Poole Event Planning // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It was such a great night! We had a ball making lots of new friends! Thanks to everyone who was able to be a part of this fun night. We can’t wait to to it again!

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Inside The Orange Box: Our Favorite Grays

When it comes to paint colors, one of the safest shades you can pick is a beautiful gray. The right gray goes with almost everything! It’s also a great coordinating color to pair with whites, other neutrals, and even some bolder colors! But grays can be tricky, so you’ll want to consult a professional first if you’re even the least bit unsure of your pick!

Our designers and design staff weigh in on their personal favorite gray paint colors! Let’s see what they picked!

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INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER’S PICKS:

“My favorite gray paint color is Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. I have used it on floors and walls when I need a light warm gray. It is sort of a creamy gray and pairs well with a soft white such as Ben Moore White Dove.”

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

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“My favorite dark gray paint color is Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain. When I need a jolt of rich smokey gray, I turn to this one. It is dark, so be prepared for a moody space.”

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain

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INTERIOR DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND’S PICK

Pratt and Lambert Cadet Gray

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES SANDERS’S PICK

Benjamin Moore Horizon

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON’S PICK

“I’ve been looking at deeper grays as accents lately. Not as a whole room. Think Cabinets or Powder Room. In that vein, my favorite is Desert Twilight.”

Benjamin Moore Desert Twilight

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATIE CARONE’S PICK

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

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INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT KRYSTLE SHORT’S PICKS

“I have a couple of favorites! They’re gray but with a bit of color!”

Benjamin Moore Bunny Gray

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Benjamin Moore Violet Sparkle

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INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER’S PICK

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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And those are a few of our favorite grays! Check back in a couple of weeks for some more paint color inspiration! And, as always, if you need help picking juuuust the right shade, that is what our designers do best! So don’t hesitate to give us a call! 601-853-4445.

Have a fantastic weekend! Thanks a ton for stopping by today! XO!

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Inside The Orange Box: Shelf Help

09
OCTOBER
2015

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

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

INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

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

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

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

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INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

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

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

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

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES

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

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

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

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What is your favorite element to incorporate into bookshelves?

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

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

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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.”

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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!”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite White and Light Neutral Paint Colors

Inside The Orange Box this week, we’re talking about paint colors! Choosing a paint color seems to give most people more anxiety than almost anything when it comes to interior design! Our designers weigh in on their favorite white and neutral paint colors to hopefully help reduce the stress commonly associated with the topic!

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DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“My go to white is Benjamin Moore Linen White. SummerHouse is painted Linen White and our customers always ask what the wall color is. It is an ivory with not too much yellow in it. It is fresh and light and simply beautiful.”

LINEN WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“My favorite “go to” white is Ben Moore White Dove.  It’s crisp and clean and has no weird undertone.”

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DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“My go to neutral paint colors are Moonlight White or Dune White, both by Benjamin Moore. They almost universally compliment and are the perfect backdrop for any design.”

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DUNE WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I recently used Benjamin Moore Moonshine to refinish a client’s breakfast table and chairs. The color looked fantastic as the backdrop for the charcoal velvet and marble design cotton upholstery that I used. The paint has a blue gray tint while staying light and fresh.”

MOONSHINE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

“Benjamin Moore White Dove is my favorite, especially for trim and cabinets!”

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DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

“Moonlight White and Classic Gray, both by Ben Moore, are my go-tos these days!”

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DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

“My favorite go-to white is Benjamin Moore Dove White, but I’ve really loved using Revere Pewter lately. It is a beautiful, soft grey that compliments all colors!”

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REVERE PEWTER // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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We love all of these picks!

Also, remember that our designers are PROS at picking out colors for your walls, so let them help you if the task still seems too daunting!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great long weekend and remember that we are closed on Monday so we can spend Labor Day with our families!

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Inside The Orange Box: How To Make A Bed

14
AUGUST
2015

In this round of Inside the Orange Box, we asked our designers to share their favorite ways to make up a bed! As always, we love their answers!

DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“I love an all white bed with one accent. I love a beautiful, fluffy down duvet cover tri-folded at the foot of the bed, and on a king bed, I typically like three euros and a 36” x 15” single pillow in front as the decorative accent. The euros sit in front of two king pillowcases.”

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DESIGNER ELISH MOON

“There is always an inner battle when I design bedding for a client. I love simplicity and a clean look…but I looooove accent fabrics. If I do bolder patterns I usually do less pillows. If I do a textured but monochromatic look I might have more layers.”

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DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I like to constantly change the way I make a bed, depending on the application. If I am including a pattern, I will either incorporate it in the shams or the accent pillows in front. I usually like to keep the coverlet simple to provide a neutral backdrop for the pillows. Any way a bed is dressed, it needs to be inviting and comfortable most of all!”

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SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve got more on this topic coming with the next Orange Box feature, so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Nontraditional Neutrals, Part 1

17
JULY
2015

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we’re getting our designers to share their favorite non-traditional neutrals! As much as we all love a good white, gray, or beige, we asked them to think a little beyond that. Their answers are great! Let’s get started!

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

A deep teal with a bluish-gray undertone would be my first choice for a non-traditional neutral. It adds interesting contrast to any lacking space. I have this color accenting my living and bedroom!

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DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

I have many, especially as trends fluctuate, but one of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is olive green. It translates as a neutral and is a beautiful compliment to so many bold colors that often need a balancing force. Olive green pairs well with gold/amber, blush, eggplant, navy, soft blue, etc…

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DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I choose amethyst as my non-traditional neutral because it works so well with so many colors that I personally love, like light or dark gray, olive green, or white. Amethyst is one of those colors that has a gray undertone to it, but it’s so so so flexible. It works particularly well with green!

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More non-traditional neutrals coming your way with the next Inside The Orange Box!

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Inside The Orange Box: How To Determine What Size Chandelier You Need

24
APRIL
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is short and sweet. And extremely useful! This is a trick we use all the time to help determine what size chandelier we need for a given space.

How to determine the correct size chandelier to get for a given space // Design tips from SummerHouse Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It is as simple as this:

Take the length of your room (say 12 feet), the width of your room (say 18 feet), and add those two numbers together. You get 30. That’s the number of inches in diameter your fixture should be (give or take a couple of inches!) So a fixture anywhere from 28″ to 32″ in diameter should be just right for that space!

We hope you have a fantastic weekend! If you’re in the area, be sure to stop in and see us!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Square Arm Styles

10
APRIL
2015

This week’s Orange Box topic is favorite square arm chairs and sofas! Our designers chime in on which sleek styles top their lists when it comes to a boxier style!

Mary Courtney loves the 3068-01 chair by Lee Industries…

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…and Katy loves Lee’s 3232-03 sofa!

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Sunny also loves Lee with her pick of the  3722-03 sofa! “I just ordered one for a customer with two back cushions over a bench cushion. It turned out lovely, and the client is super pleased!”

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Lindsey loves this beauty from the Suzanne Kasler collection at Hickory Chair. “I love the beautifully detailed wood framing and timeless shape of this sofa.”

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Do you have a favorite square arm sofa or chair? We always love hearing from you!

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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!”

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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.”

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Inside The Orange Box: Our Favorite Stripes

30
JANUARY
2015

Today’s Inside The Orange Box topic is FAVORITE STRIPES! We love a great stripe around here… Big, bold stripes can add just the right amount of oomph to a room, and a subtle stripe can be just the perfect, delicate detail a pillow or a window treatment is calling for. Stripes are classic, versatile, and fun to work with!

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Take a look at our designers’ favorite ones!

Interior Designer Todd Prince

Romo Morelli Mercury 7364/07

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Interior Designer Elish Phares

GWF-3101/616 Channels in Taupe/Ivory

This stripe is a bit unconventional… Not a true stripe… But I love it, and it makes the same type of impact that a bold stripe would!

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Interior Designer Sunny Holliday

GWF-3312/816 Drummond Stripe in Onyx/Beige

I’m loving this jute & linen stripe… I love the variation in sizes of the stripe, and the natural fibers!!

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Interior Designer Katy Hines

Mark Alexander M265/05 Carmel Mist

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Interior Designer Molly Ferguson

Osborne & Little Samana Dominica F6634-03

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Interior Designer Jacque Moor

Kerry Joyce Kelly Stripe 2034-02 Celadon/Cream

I’m in love with this color way, but all other color ways in this fabric are great, too! Kelly Stripe is a refreshing, soft linen that is timeless. This casual stripe is subtle enough that it will never compete with any pattern put with it.

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Which of these stripes do you most love?

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Inside The Orange Box: What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

16
JANUARY
2015

It’s time for another installment of our Inside The Orange Box mini-series called What I Didn’t Learn in Design School! Today we hear from interior designer Molly Ferguson on the topic!

"What I didn't learn in design school" - a new series where SummerHouse interior designers talk about what they were never taught in their interior design classes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Molly says, “Getting a degree in Interior Design does not necessarily make you a good designer. There are so many things that can’t be taught. They are learned by experience. I would have liked to have taken a few business classes along with my design classes. Being an interior designer is not only about creating beautiful rooms but about customer service, time management, organization, and so much more!”

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Inside The Orange Box: What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

19
DECEMBER
2014

Happy Friday to you!

Today’s installment of Inside The Orange Box is part of our mini series called “What I Didn’t Learn In Design School” where our designers dish on which parts of designing in the real world were not necessarily taught in their Interior Design classes! Today, designer Elish Phares shares what she didn’t learn in design school!

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Elish says, “I think this is said about many things in life, but not much prepares you for a career in Interior Design except actually working in the field. It just is what it is. One thing that I believe is glossed over a bit in the glamourous artistic light cast on interior design is the strong business sense you must have! You have to be good with numbers, organized, track orders, etc… There’s so much more than space planning, balance, and application involved!”

Check out past Orange Box posts here! And have a FABULOUS weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: The Right Light

05
DECEMBER
2014

Inside The Orange Box this week, we talk about getting the right light! Three designers share their secrets of perfecting the ambient lighting in whatever room they are designing… So let’s see what they have to say!

Interior Designer Elish Phares
I don’t have a hard and fast rule when choosing lighting for a space. Unless you are starting from scratch, each room comes with it’s own deciding factors: ceiling height, paint colors, natural light, size, etc. I love a pair of matching lamps in a room, but I usually avoid more than one pair. If I need another matching pair I usually start varying height. For example, a pair of table lamps and a pair of floor lamps look great together but aren’t too repetitive. A beautiful ceiling fixture can go a long way, but I like it to be a focal point and not fight with the rest of the room. If there is already a lot going on, I may think twice about adding a large hanging fixture. Lastly, remember who you are designing for! How do they use the space? What are they drawn to? The room should always be a reflection of those living in it.
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SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend 
When designing lighting for a space, I always take into consideration how the space is going to be used, the amount of natural light, the paint color, the ceiling height, and the size of the room. When starting from scratch, I like to have evenly dispersed can lighting along with a ceiling fixture in the center of the room.  In most cases I will select a decorative ceiling fixture, but not in all cases, because again, it depends on the function, size, furniture, and overall design style of the room.
If the space already has many interesting design aspects then I will select a very simple light fixture, but in other spaces I do the opposite! I will select a light fixture to be the focal point and the rest of the space is designed to compliment it, not compete!  I always put separate dimmers on the light fixture and the can lighting when possible.  Dimmers are always nice to have when entertaining!
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Interior Designer Molly Ferguson
You should have a mix of light sources at all different levels to create a flattering ambiance. You also need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space. I try to stay away from fluorescent lights if at all possible. In some instances, fluorescent lights will accent blue tones and make reds look colder, and they often are very harsh. Incandescent lighting gives off a warmer, more flattering glow. The most ideal light source is natural light. I believe if the sun is up, your drapery should be open!
Every house is so different, so there are many factors to take into consideration when selecting lighting for a space. It’s always good to hire a professional for guidance in tricky areas such as lighting!
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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Getting the right lighting in a room really can make the BIGGEST difference! If you need help in this department, our designers are always ready to help!

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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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Inside The Orange Box: “What I Didn’t Learn In Design School”

19
SEPTEMBER
2014

We’re going to start a new mini-series within the Inside The Orange Box series where our designers share with aspiring designers or recent interior design graduates about things they were not ever taught in design school! We’re excited to shine a little light on something that isn’t talked about quite as often as other aspects of interior design!

Our first designer to speak on the topic is our Principle Designer, Lisa Palmer.

Interior Designers in a new Always Summer Blog series: "What I Didn't Learn In Design School"

“What I never learned in school was the importance of detail in working a room. The details on a pillow. The details on drapery. The details on a leg of a sofa. It’s those details that set you apart from another designer. And also what I didn’t learn was the amount of time that it takes in making the right decisions on those details. I will spend an hour on the detail of how big a flange should be and what fabric the flange should be made from on a pillow. Or the right cord on a pillow. Or sometimes I’ll spend hours on exactly the size of banding on drapery, which might be to my detriment, but that’s how important those details are to me! I never do a room twice. I want every room I do to be completely unique.”

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Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we share more from our other designers on this topic!

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Inside The Orange Box: Finding The Perfect Rug Size

05
SEPTEMBER
2014

Today on Inside The Orange Box, our designers dish on how to find the right rug size for your space! There are several things to consider when taking on the daunting task of picking a rug size, so our staff is here to lend their expertise!

>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<

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“If I’m doing a room that is in isolation, my tendency is to have the rug larger and all the furniture on the rug. If I’m doing a space that is open, like a keeping area that’s open to a kitchen, my tendency is to do half of the furniture on the rug, meaning front legs on and back legs off, so the whole room doesn’t feel swallowed up by the rug. But if it’s a room all by itself, I kind of like that swallowed up feeling.”

>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<

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“When determining rug size, my ideal is to draw out my furniture plan and then select a rug that has about 3″ clearance on all sides of the furniture. I try to avoid having pieces half on/half off if possible. Often, walkways, other furniture pieces, or architectural details limit creativity on rug sizes. Traffic patterns play a large part as well. I always recommend drawing everything out… Seeing a plan on paper makes all the difference!”

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>> DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND <<

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“If you have a beautiful antique Moroccan or Oushak rug that is not large enough for your space, you can always order a thinly woven sisal large enough and layer your antique on top!”

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>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<

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“It’s super important to get your rug size accurate. Having the wrong rug size can ruin the whole design of the room. Sketch out your room (to scale) with all of your furniture in it. From there, determine what size rug is needed by this: If it’s a main living area, make sure tables (mainly side tables) are all the way on the rug. As long as the main upholstery pieces have at least their front legs on the rug, you should be good to go! Different rules apply with differing spaces, though.”

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>> DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

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“In a dining room, make sure your rug is 3 feet larger than the table on every side. This way when the chairs are pulled out, all four feet are still on the rug instead of two on and two off.”

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Inside The Orange Box: Four Interesting Ways to Frame Your Art

18
AUGUST
2014

Happy Friday to y’all!

We have a fun Inside The Orange Box post for you today! We’re talking about different and unique ways to frame your art! A few of our designers highlight some outside-the-box ways to get your art wall-ready, so let’s see what they have to say!

 DESIGNER KATY HINES

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DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

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DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

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DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

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 Four Unique Ways to Frame Your Art // www.alwayssummerblog.com

All beautiful!!

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While we’re on the topic of framing, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when you’re thinking about getting a piece framed!

“Art is an investment. It needs to have a finished look. Investing a little more in a frame to get the look right for the space in which it is going is crucial!” – Designer Sunny Holliday

“You always have to frame anything that’s on paper. The only time you have the option not to frame is when you’re working with a canvas.” – Designer Lisa Palmer

“I always like to keep a balance of framed and unframed canvas pieces throughout a space.” – Designer Lindsey Townsend

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