Inside The Orange Box: How To Design Around Low Ceilings

11
JULY
2014

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is on the topic of designing around low ceilings! Since low ceilings often make a room feel cramped, a few of our designers offer tips on how to elongate the room and make it seem larger while still keeping the cozy feeling that low ceilings so nicely add!

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Here’s what they have to say!

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com (image via House Beautiful)

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com (image via House Beautiful)

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( Both room images were sourced from House Beautiful. )

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Inside The Orange Box: The Importance Of Art

27
JUNE
2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you pick the right piece of art? 

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

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

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

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

 Thank you for your insight, Whit!!

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Inside The Orange Box: Designing Around Tall Ceilings

13
JUNE
2014

Happy Friday to all!

For this week’s Inside The Orange Box, we bring you tips on designing a room with tall ceilings since that can be a little bit tricky sometimes! Our knowledgable designers lend tips on how to create a beautiful and comfortable environment in rooms that can sometimes feel a little bit cold.

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Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

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Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

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Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

What have YOU found that helps soften a room with tall ceilings? We’d love to hear your thoughts too!!

Also, if you have any topics you’d like our designers to weigh in on for a future Inside The Orange Box, let us know by leaving a comment! We value what you have to say!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a WONDERFUL weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Livening Up Your Laundry Room

Almost all of us dislike what the laundry room stands for, but that doesn’t mean we have to hate the actual room! There might even be a few ways we can make the laundry room chores seem a little more enjoyable, according to some of our designers!

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This week’s Inside The Orange Box is all about pepping up that most dreaded room with simple tips from our staff of designers! Here’s what they have to say about how to brighten up your laundry room!

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

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9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on livening up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

Inside The Orange Box: Livening Up Your Laundry Room

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9 tips on livening up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on livening up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

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We’d love to get your ideas for future Inside The Orange Box posts! What do you want to see more of? What do you want to hear our designers talk about? We truly value our feedback!

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Inside The Orange Box: Easy Bookshelf Updates

09
MAY
2014

Today’s edition of Inside The Orange Box is all about bookshelves!

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Our designers dish on their favorite easy or inexpensive ways to update their bookshelves with just a couple of small changes. Let’s see what they have to say!

7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

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7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

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7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

7 Easy Designer Tips for Updating Your Bookshelves // SummerHouse

Bookshelves can be tricky, but hopefully these tips will prove useful next time you get ready to spiff yours up. And remember, our designers are professional bookshelf arrangers, so feel free to ask us for help at any time! 😉

Have a fantastic weekend!

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