Meet The Oxford Team: Rebecca Cornelius

SummerHouse | Oxford Inteiror Desigenr Rebecca CorneliusOver the past few weeks, you’ve met Cara, Stacy, and Olivia of the SummerHouse | Oxford team. Today, meet Rebecca! Rebecca Cornelius is an interior designer at SHOX and is already bringing so much to our team! Get to know her a little better here:

Tell us a little about you! Where you’re from, where you live, about your family…

My parents are from Mississippi but I was born and raised in Texas. I came to Mississippi in 5th grade and left for boarding school in the 9th grade. My mother went to boarding school as well. I grew up knowing how great her education was and how many great friends around the world she met and kept in touch with so I did the same. It is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From there I attended and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design. After a few years of moving around, I’m back in Oxford, where my grandmother and mother live. It’s so nice! We 3 generations meet at least once a month for our Book Lovers Club meeting and that time is very special.

Tell us a little about your design background!

After college, I stayed in Savannah for a few years then moved back to Texas & worked for two different interior design firms in Dallas & Houston for several years and was finally ready, after 15 years of being away from “home,” to move back to Oxford! I love being back with family and reconnecting with old friends, and of course, doing interior design!

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Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

I am excited about being a part of SummerHouse team because I love Lisa Palmer’s work. Her traditional, transitional and modern mix is wonderful. It is also nice to be a part of a team again after the last year of working independently.

What is your favorite design publication?

Architectural Digest is my all time favorite publication. I do still enjoy paper publications and I hope they never go away because of digital media.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?

Cool Hand Luke

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?!

My favorite local restaurant is Saint Leo’s. Because of their Prosecco Pops & Pizza!

What else do we need to know about you?!

I can’t wait to help local friends and residents design their homes. Come visit me!

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Thank you so much to Rebecca for sharing! We hope to see y’all at the Oxford Grand Opening next Thursday!

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Designer of the Week Katherine Shelton

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katherine SheltonOur newest Designer of the Week is Katherine Shelton! We love having Katherine as a part of our team. She is such a hard worker and filled with so many great ideas!!

Let’s get on to her Designer of the Week Q&A!

Tell us about a few of your favorite details in a project you’re currently working on!

All of my projects lately, no matter the color palate, seem to have a lot of texture in them. From all of the fabrics to the finishes on the furniture and the accessories as well as the art. And I am Loving it. I LOVE textures!!! They make me very happy!

What is your favorite design trend right now (and why?)

I currently have several favorite design trends. I really like all the carrera marble we are seeing. It seems to be everywhere! Floors in the kitchen and bathrooms, backsplashes and walls. At SummerHouse we have just gotten in some of the cutest picture frames and coasters mixed with carrera marble and wood. Love them! I am also really liking chevron pattern floors… You can lay this pattern with wood, natural stone, or brick. Just makes a small or large space so interesting and can give a room that designer look instantly. Of coarse we want to keep this at a minimum in one home! And lastly, I love all of the brushed gold! It is all the rage. From cabinet hardware and bath fixtures to lamps and chandeliers. And mixing it with grey paint colors and carrera marble is my favorite look. You can also find brushed gold on furniture nail heads and casters and all kinds of accessories come in this finish.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katherine Shelton

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Is there a publication, book, blog, website, magazine that has just really inspired you lately? Tell us about it!

I Love the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. It is always so full of fresh ideas. I am also very fond of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles because I lived Buckhead and truly miss living in in that beautiful city. I hope to one day be able to move back. Everyone drums to their own beat. The homes are all so unique to the personalities of each homeowner. I love all of the creativity and uniqueness shown in this publication each and every time it comes out.

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

My very favorite space to design in a home is a child’s bedroom. It is where I can be the most creative, the most fun, and the most colorful or bold in pattern play. The look on a child’s face when you reveal the space to them is also so wonderful. Wallpaper or fun paint on the walls, modern mixed with antique or vintage pieces, fun built in play spaces or desk areas, a mixture of original art, photography, and prints and custom bedding and window treatments are just a few important key factors on creating a fabulous baby, child, or teen bedroom.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katherine Shelton

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Thank you, Katherine! Great answers! Love it all!!!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katherine Shelton

Thanks to all of you for dropping in! We appreciate it so much! Hope you are having a great week!!

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More Oxford News!

Y’all have heard that we are opening a shop in Oxford, right?! We are so excited about this new venture, and now that we’ve got our Oxford team of designers nailed down, we’re even more excited to share more about them with you very soon!

SummerHouse is coming to Oxford, MS!

SummerHouse is coming to Oxford, MS!

One of our favorite blogs, Inspiration Mississippi, did a feature promoting our Oxford shop, which is on tap to open next month! See lots of pretty photos and read more about the Oxford location here!

Thanks so much for dropping by today! We appreciate you keeping up with us! Have a great weekend!

 

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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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Seeking Interior Designer!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

We come to you a little bit sad today because our sweet and talented designer Mary Courtney made the decision a couple of weeks ago to leave SummerHouse and work from home so she can spend more time with her beautiful babies! Her last day was Friday 🙁 We are so happy for her and know this is a great move for her family, but we are SO sad to be losing her!

Because of this transition, we now have a position open! We are looking for a new Interior Designer to join our team!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Here’s some info about the position:

We are currently seeking qualified interior designers who wish to work in a creative and fast paced environment. Duties include, but are not limited to, showroom sales and full scale interior design projects. Full scale interior design projects include the selection of exterior finishes, interior finishes, furniture and fabric selections, as well as coordinating installations. SummerHouse specializes in beautiful and fashion forward interiors while giving the highest level of client service. Quality benefits and a competitive compensation structure are included. Candidates must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, superb organizational skills, a positive work ethic, strong sales ability and a solid design foundation. A degree in interior design and sales experience in this field is preferred.

And here’s a little bit about your work environment! 🙂

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

If this position sounds like something you’d enjoy, then shoot us your resume! We look forward to hearing from you!

ALSO- if you are in the Oxford, MS area and looking for a design position, click here. We’re hiring for our new location up there! 🙂 Yay!

Hope you’re having a great day so far! Thanks for stopping by!

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Chic + Family Friendly Media Room

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Have you seen the latest issue of Portico Jackson? We recently had a media room featured!! And it is perfect! Chic, family friendly, and functional. Does it get any better? Look at this beautiful space by Lisa and former SH Designer Todd Price (who just moved to Cali! We miss you Todd!!)

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t this the coziest room?! The perfect place to hang out with family watching movies and playing games! Great job, Lisa and Todd. We know these clients are super happy, which is ultimately what it’s all about! 🙂

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Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe’re beginning a new round of our always popular Designer of the Week series! Going first is Interior Designer Elish Phares Moon! We love having this girl as a part of our team and love hearing more about her favorite project to date, the item she longs to have in her house, and much more! Keep reading! 🙂
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What is your favorite design trend right now and why?

My favorite design trend right now is actually designers who are using their expertise to explore designs a little off the beaten path. In a new generation of clients who are Pinterest, HGTV, and internet educated it’s sometimes difficult for interior designers to “wow” their clients. I love seeing designs that aren’t replicas of the most commonly pinned bathroom on Pinterest. I’m not pointing fingers- I’m definitely guilty of sometimes seeking inspiration online before wracking my own brain. But I’ve been really inspired lately not by perfectly replicated designs, but by the designers and clients who take a little liberty with trying out new things!

We know designers always have a little pile of samples of things that they hope to be able to use in their own homes one day… Tell us about one thing that’s in your current pile and why you love it or how you plan to use it!

I am very guilty of having a “happy” pile for my future home. Right now my favorite thing is the most unessential. I am completely in love with a jeweled Samuel & Sons trim. I stare at it longingly often and dream of ways to make it work. Of course, having a seasoned design eye, I chose something very costly. I’m just like my clients though- I need to be practical. I need a home that is inviting and that doesn’t have a warning sign at the door- “no one under the age of 5, though sippy cups are welcome”. I need practical! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t ruled out a gorgeous trim on future drapery. Your home has to make YOU happy first and foremost. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

 My favorite room to design is a living room. It’s the heartbeat of the house (second only to the kitchen) where many memories are made. I like the challenge of creating a beautiful but functional space. That one room really needs to be the full package. It has to be visually appealing, functional, the hub for the house. I think a successful living room design is incredibly rewarding.

Tell us about your favorite project to date and what you love about that particular project! 

My favorite project to date has been a roughly 14 month project in Oxford, MS. We just had our first install for the project last week and I’ve never had a more rewarding experience. It wasn’t the scale of the project (though large), the budget, or the location. It was an incredibly close relationship with a client equally dedicated to not sacrificing details in her home. The projects that I consistently walk away from feeling accomplished and gratified, are the ones that reflect an open and communicative relationship with my client. It shows in every detail: the cohesiveness of rooms, materials, etc.. We worked hard to be on the same page throughout and I think it shows. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much and gained such experience… and to have a project I can walk away from proud I have my name on it.

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Getting The Most For Your Money

 

How to achieve high design on a low budget! Advice and selections by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katie Carone // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We gave our newest designer Katie Carone the task of putting together a living room with all new furniture but on a somewhat tight budget! She’s put this entire room together for under $15,000! Now keep in mind that this is ALL new furniture, so even if $15,000 doesn’t seem low to you, picking just a few new pieces for a certain room can really bring your existing pieces to life by only spending a fraction of this.

We love the beautiful living room she’s put together using our more well-priced designer lines! Here is more information on each piece!

Art // $1140

Cowhide Rug // $540

Grace Coffee Table // $2245

Callie Lamps // $685 each

Cole Drinking Table // $1085

Albion Sofa with three contrast pillows // $2431

Franco Chairs // $1716 each

Jolene Side Table // $855

Trudy Oval Side Table // $855

8 x 10 Sedona Sisal Rug // $390

Grand total // $14,343

Katie went with one of Lisa’s favorite design M.O.s that she calls “high/low.” This is where, even if most pieces in a space are budget conscious (or “low”), splurging on a couple of items (“high”) can really elevate the level of the entire design. Katie’s splurges were the lamps and the drinking table.

“The lamps are very transitional pieces and could be used throughout the house in several different places. On console tables, on bedside tables… So many places! And I love the acrylic base. It gives it an element of high design.”

“I aboslutely drool over that drinking table. Black and gold is my obsession! I know it’s more expensive, but when you find one piece you absolutely love, you just can’t compromise. It gives the room that wow factor!”

Designer tips on making the most of your furniture purchases // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Katie Carone // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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“I love the idea of ordering a sofa that comes standard with contrast pillows like this one. You can order them in a different fabric and use them somewhere completely different, like on a guest bed or in some side chairs.”

“Revere Pewter is one of my absolute favorite paint colors– it would be really nice in this room. I love that you can use browns and grays with it!”

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Thank you so much, Katie! We love what you’ve pulled together! If you have any more questions about these pieces, give Katie a call! 601-853-4445

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

We started a column last year called What I Didn’t Learn In Design School where designers, after working professionally as a designer in the field, share what they’ve had to learn in the “real” design world that school may not have taught them!

Today one of our newest designers, Camille Holland Parker, shares what she has learned in the field that she didn’t necessarily learn in school!

What SummerHouse Interior Designers didn't learn in design school // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“In design school they teach about what all it takes to design a space, and about the professionals that you will be working alongside to help you in any areas you aren’t familiar with, like flooring, tile and hard surfaces, and certain types of furniture. As the “newbie”/student, you’re quite intimidated by the professionals that you’ve not yet made relationships with, but as a professional interior designer I’ve come to rely on my fellow professionals and I am not intimidated to call them with questions and inquiries. It is a team effort to get the work done and the space designed, so I wish I had had more confidence in contacting other professionals in the industry early on. Communication has proven to be as key in our industry as in any other. It takes a village for a great design to formulate!”

Good stuff, Camille! Communication and working with others really is SO important!

Thank you for dropping by today — we appreciate it so much! Have a great weekend!

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Lovely Living

When designer Elish Phares Moon fist met with new client Dot, who she refers to as one of her sweetest clients, their personalities automatically clicked! As Elish began to talk through designing Dot’s new town home, which was a downsize from where she previously lived, Elish found that the most important thing to Dot was keeping a feeling of spaciousness despite the decreased square footage.

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Of designing the space, Elish says, “the biggest challenge in this space was creating adequate seating and keeping symmetry without sacrificing an open floor plan.”

Dot was very open to Elish’s design direction but wanted to still be able to showcase her own personality, which Elish was completely open to! Dot’s living area turned out to be a perfect reflection of her: timeless with a bit of spunk!

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Elish’s favorite aspect of the space was the beautiful skirted sofa and leather ottoman. “It feels like a space that could have passed for a traditional sitting room yet is still cozy and inviting. Plus Dot is the consummate hostess and always keeps fresh flowers in a little vase on the ottoman that doubles as her coffee table.”

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This design is truly a wonderful example of a designer/client working relationship.

“Dot was very trusting of my expertise but made sure that we had specific places where her personality showed through. She hand selected the accent pillows on the sofa from a trip to Philadelphia; They marry perfectly with the subtle hues I already selected for the living area,” says Elish!

Timeless with a little spunk! Interior Design by Elish Phares Moon of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love how it all turned out! Thank you, Elish and Dot, for contributing! 🙂

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AERIN

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SEPTEMBER
2015

One word: AERIN.

When we hear that name, we automatically think beauty and style. In a most simple and profound way.

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Aerin’s line of household accessories and candles have completely swept us off our feet! The colors, the quality, the style… We love it all!

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And her candles are so beautiful and unique!

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This is only a small preview of what we have available in the shop! You’ve got to come put your eyes on these items… They’re truly SO gorgeous!

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AERIN now available at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping by today! Means the world to us! 🙂

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The Ice House Condo

29
SEPTEMBER
2015

If you’ve flipped through the latest issue of Delta Magazine, you probably noticed a beautiful modern condo featured! This game day home, located in Oxford’s Ice House Condos, was carefully crafted by SummerHouse interior designer Lindsey Townsend. We love what she did with this unique space!!

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.comIce House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Pick up a copy of Delta’s Fall Issue if you see one at your local book store! It is a great issue!

Thank you, Delta, for the wonderful feature! And thank YOU for stopping by today! 🙂 Have a great rest of the day!

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Tomorrow!

16
SEPTEMBER
2015

The lovely Barbara Westbrook is joining us tomorrow for the signing of her beautiful book Gracious Rooms! We are so excited to welcome her into our shop (which looks beautiful right now, by the way!)

In case you missed these blog posts, find out more about why we love Gracious Rooms and why Lisa is so excited to have her here!

Barbara Westbrook book signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

One of our local favorites, La Brioche, is catering some light bites so there will be plenty to nosh on while chatting with Barbara as well as with our talented design staff!

La Brioche in Fondren // www.alwayssummerblog.com

One thing our designers are really looking forward to is breakfast with Barbara on Friday morning! Lisa is all about our staff learning as much as possible and bringing new design perspectives to our area by way of chatting with design greats like Barbara! Our designers are always looking to grow, so designer chats like the one we have planned for Friday morning will not only benefit our designers, but you as well, since they’ll be growing their knowledge and using it when designing your home!

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. We plan to have a  great time!

See you then!

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One Week Away…!

10
SEPTEMBER
2015

This time next week, we’ll be welcoming designer Barbara Westbrook to the shop for a book signing of her beautiful new book Gracious Rooms!

We are so thrilled and hope you are making plans to be here with us! The book signing is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and we’ll have some wine and little bites for you to enjoy throughout!

Barbara Westbrook Book Signing at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

In case you missed this post, we showed a few of our favorite pages from her fantastic book. These are only a FEW of the pages we loved! The whole book is seriously stunning…

Come see for yourself and get a copy signed next Thursday!
See you soon!

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Inside The Orange Box: Nontraditional Neutrals, Part 2

31
JULY
2015

You might remember seeing from our last Orange Box post about nontraditional neutrals! Today, more of our designers are getting in on the discussion! Let’s see what they have to say!

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

One of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is dark slate blue-greys. I love how it can really ground a space while also balancing well with many other color schemes.  It can be used within a traditional design palette or contemporary.  It is a very versatile non-traditional neutral!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

My favorite non-traditional neutral is black, it is usually thought of as an accent to white or grey neutrals, but it is amazing standing on its own as the main color in a space! It pairs great with all colors and can make any room stand out as a show stopper or can tone down a space for subtle elegance!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

I have really been drawn to blush tones lately!  When paired with creams and ivory, it creates a soft, sophisticated palette.  And it is a beautiful accent to darker neutrals like charcoal and taupe.  Here are a few blush accents you can find in our showroom now!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Designer Of The Week: Mary Courtney Johns

22
MAY
2015

We are kicking off a new, ongoing series where every week or two, we highlight one of our amazing interior designers! We’re excited for you to get to know them just a little better, find out what is inspiring them, and what projects they have going on!

Our very first Designer of the Week is Mary Courtney Johns!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mary Courtney is our newest designer (she was formerly Lisa’s assistant!) and is doing such a great job in her new SummerHouse role! She’s a very talented designer and such a sweetheart on top of that! Without any further delay, let’s get to some Q&A!

What project have you been most excited about working on lately?

The project I have been most thrilled about lately is a living room on a lake in Madison. This space has tons of natural light pouring in and open views of the homeowner’s beautiful pool and the lake behind. The client has an existing rug ottoman that she wanted to take color inspiration from to drive the direction of the rest of the furnishings in the room. The color scheme is made up of deep charcoal brown, wheat, and warm gray, with accents of terracotta in the form of pillows. These colors are represented in an array of different textures from a thick, nubby weave on a pair of sofas to a worn leather on a swivel chair and pillows incorporating linen and velvet. Although this house is the client’s main home, it is essentially a lake house so the space needed to stay casual and livable. I incorporated a few refined touches since this is the only indoor living area in the home to have a good mix of formality and comfort. Every detail of this project mirrors my own tastes and how I want a living room to feel. I always strive to bring out the homeowner’s personality and desires while incorporating my design knowledge, but in this instance, my client and her space was exactly matched to my aesthetic!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What commercial space has most inspired you in the past few months as far as the feel/atmosphere/aesthetic? What about that space made such an impression on you?

Saltine in Fondren is actually really inspiring. It invites you in to sit and stay a while. I love when fun details are incorporated into a commercial space, cue the octopus decal on the wall serving itself up a Tabasco laden oyster. It dictates how people should behave and exemplifies a certain air of relaxation. The rustic chairs, park bench style banquettes, and aged wood floors also play their part in the carefree nature of this restaurant. The beauty of the tile detail at the oyster bar has an attraction similar to the inside of an oyster shell mimicking the iridescence through the tile work. I could go on and on!

Do you have any design projects going on at your own home right now? If so, can you tell us a little about them?!

I usually have a watercolor painting or a sewing project in the works at home but with a husband and a 16 month old, time is limited these days!

Has there been a color that’s really been grabbing you lately?

Coral! It’s not red and it’s not pink. It is versatile and complements a vast range of colors. It’s both juvenile and sophisticated depending on the application.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What do you most love about being a designer?

Being that I have always had a close relationship with art and hands-on projects, designing is my outlet for creativity. I am able to get lost in the search for fabrics and furnishings that are just the right fit for any certain space. The addition of small but meaningful details excites me like putting the final touches on a watercolor painting! Working with clients keeps my work from being redundant and molds my aesthetic into what is most needed within their spaces so I am constantly challenging my personal tastes.

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Thanks, Mary Courtney! Stay tuned for another Designer of the Week coming soon!

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Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair: Our Favorites

06
MAY
2015

We’ve been talking a lot lately about how much we adore Suzanne Kasler. The showroom has a lot of Suzanne-inspired vignettes and, of course, lots of her books!! We are SO excited to have her here tomorrow night!!!

The conversation turned to her line for Hickory Chair, which got us to talking about our favorite pieces from that collection!

Want to know what some of those pieces are?!

Elish says her favorite piece is the Dalton Library Table.
“It just has such presence. I adore it.”

Dalton Library Table - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mary Courtney loves the Virginia Skirted Chair.
“The crisp tailoring and delicate details are killer!”

Virginia Skirted Chair - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sunny adores the Ansley chair.
“It’s the perfect little slipper chair. It can fit in almost any space due to its petite size, and it’s super comfy for an armless chair. It’s to die for in leather!!”

Ansley Chair - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Katy’s favorite is the Choate Dining Table.
“The elegant shape and beautiful details of this table make this one of my favorite pieces!”

Choate Dining Table - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you have a favorite piece from Suzanne’s Hickory Chair collection? You can see it all here!

We hope to see you tomorrow night for an evening of bubbles, bites, and great design!

Suzanne Kasler coming to SummerHouse! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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The Master Class

27
APRIL
2015

Want to win a spot for you and a friend to attend a private Master Class and breakfast with THE Suzanne Kasler?! Well, head on over to our Facebook page and get in on the Like & Share action! All you have to do is like our fan page and share this image and you’ve entered yourself in the giveaway!

Win a seat for you and a friend at a Master Class & Breakfast with Suzanne Kasler! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“What’s this Master Class all about?” Glad you asked! It’s an intimate gathering with Suzanne, our very own Lisa Palmer, and the SummerHouse designers. It’s a time to pick Suzanne and Lisa’s brains and hear all about Suzanne’s design stories from her years in this exciting field. We’ll have a light breakfast and great discussion. If you’re interested in design and want to come listen and be a part of this unique invitation-only event, then get to liking and sharing on Facebook! Winners will get a seat for themselves and for a friend!

We’ll contact the winners on May 4th! Good luck!

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Alexandra Von Furstenberg

25
FEBRUARY
2015

We must admit… We’ve really got a thing for acrylic incorporated into interior design! Acrylic furniture and accessories have such a beautiful way of being stylish, chic show-stealers while at the same time being almost invisible.

That’s why we were absolutely swept away when we saw the line of accessories by Alexandra Von Furstenberg (daughter-in-law and former creative director of Diane Von Furstenberg’s brand.)

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

The simple yet ultra high-style AVF accessories currently grace our showroom floor and add an element of understated beauty to just about any style setting we have on display! You can see for yourself…

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

Alexandra Von Furstenberg accessories // www.summerhousestyle.com

See what we mean about simple yet show-stealing style? We have so much more in the store, so come on by next time you’re in the area and check it all out in person. These AVF accessories are certainly TDF!

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Reminder to share your SummerHouse style on Instagram using #mysummerhousestyle and get yourself in the running for $500 to SummerHouse! (All about the contest here!) We’ll announce the February winner on March 2, and the contest will start over again for the month of March!

Good luck!

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