It’s Elish’s Birthday!


We’ve got another SummerHouse birthday to celebrate today! Our sweet and wonderful Elish turns 26 this year!


It was a nice little break from the workday to sing Happy Birthday and enjoy some
chocolate covered goodies with our favorite fashionista!!

Many thanks to Elish for all she does around SummerHouse.
We’re all so thankful that she’s a part of the SummerHouse team!

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Shaping Up The Showroom


The showroom has been updated again! (That’s the beauty of selling straight off the showroom floor– things change all the time and things never get boring!)

Marty did a lovely job of showing off our new furniture and accessories!


SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

As always, feel free to call the store with any questions you may have about anything pictured! Our talented design staff is happy to answer questions!

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A Little Lamp Lovin’


Lovely lamps are the key to creating just the right ambiance in a space. In many cases, a lamp can make or break a space, adding the perfect finishing touch to an otherwise incomplete room.

Because lamps are SO important, our staff is chiming in on which ones top their lists of favorites!

Lisa Palmer :: Pipa Lamp by Oly Studio

“I love the shape, resin texture, and retro vibe. It works great in a rustic modern space as well as a thoroughly modern one. Great scale too!”


Todd Prince :: Herst Lamp by Arteriors

“I love the combo of marble and brass. It’s chic and modern with a great retro feel.”

Herst Lamp by Arteriors :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

Elish Phares :: Ananas Lamp by Ro Sham Beaux

“My favorite lamp has been the Ananas Lamp from Ro Sham Beaux for several years now. This little lamp makes a statement and screams glamour! I hope to one day have a pair for my bedroom!”

Ananas Lamp by Ro Sham Beaux :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

Lindsey Townsend :: Cabochon Lamp & Triton Lamp, both by Emporium Home

“Ok, it’s too difficult for me to only choose one! I love lamps so much, I picked two… I love the detail work of the Cabochon Lamp for casual rustic/modern spaces. The stones inlayed in the carved wood frame is so unique!

Cabochon Lamp by Emporium Home :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

The Triton Lamp is very chic and sophisticated. I love the added detail of the lucite accent on the base. Makes the perfect statement!”

Triton Lamp by Emporium Home :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

Chelsea Sirmons :: Mya Lamp by Barbara Barry for Arteriors

“It’s got a very feminine silhouette, I love that it’s glass, and I love the color. It’s a perfect delicate little accent!”

Mya Lamp by Arteriors :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

Patricia Robbins :: Dagan Lamp by Arteriors

“I love this lamp because of the mixture of textures it has. The middle strip reminds me of snake skin, which I love (faux of course), so it is the perfect item for adding an edgy feel to your space!”

Dagan Lamp by Arteriors :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

Laurel Donahoo :: Mandarin Lamp by Barry Dixon for Arteriors

“This lamp takes my breath away every time I walk past it on the showroom floor! It’s a really neat combo of old school + modern, especially with the white finish. I will have this lamp in my house one day!”

Mandarin Lamp by Arteriors :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

Casey Jenkins :: Aqua Crackle Lamp Waylande Gregory

“I love the clean lines I love the crispness of the square base with the stark white paper shade. It’s a vibrant teal and I think it’s the perfect accent!”

Aqua Crackle Lamp by Waylande Gregory :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

Ashley Wooten (our intern!) :: Gilded Driftwood Lamp by Regina Andrew

“I always like to bring nature into the interior of a home when I can. I love how this lamp is dipped in gold because it makes it so fab! I also like the oversized linen shade because it pairs well with just about anything.”

Gilded Driftwood Lamp by Regina Andrew :: The SummerHouse staff's favorite lamps

And there you have it! Current lamp obsessions from a handful of our talented staff! Do you have a favorite lamp?

(For more staff favorites, click here & here!)

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Coming Soon!


In an upcoming issue of the fabulous magazine Social South, one of designer Elizabeth Gullett’s projects will be featured! It was photographed over the weekend in Santa Rosa Beach by the talented Allison Muirhead. The home is filled with natural light, blues and whites, linens and other soft fabrics, and just a relaxed yet elegant feel.

SummerHouse at the Beach

It’s going to be a beautiful spread, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Because Of You…



We’re growing!
And we’re looking for another interior designer!

Because of the growth SummerHouse has experienced, we find ourselves in need of a bigger staff!
We are currently looking to hire an interior designer. Please email
if you are interested and we will give you more details about the position.

for helping us grow into the business we are today! Because of you, we have a bright future ahead and we
look forward to serving your design needs in the months and years to come!

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Tranquil Retreat in Delta Magazine


Our very own Elizabeth Gullett was featured in the latest issue of Delta Magazine! This tranquil retreat out in Brandon has a very beachy feel, specifically designed by Elizabeth to compliment the home’s location on the water! When we went out for this shoot, we really did feel like we were on vacation when really we were only minutes from home!

You may remember seeing a few behind-the-scenes shots in this blog post from a few weeks back.

Now, we give you… The actual spread!


Tranquil Retreat by Elizabeth Gullett // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Tranquil Retreat by Elizabeth Gullett // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Tranquil Retreat by Elizabeth Gullett // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Be sure to go out and grab a copy of this month’s Delta Magazine so you can read the full story!

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Meet New Designer Casey Jenkins!


SummerHouse designer Casey Jenkins

SummerHouse Interior Designer Casey Jenkins is brand new to our little family up here and she’s doing a great job of fitting right in!

We’ve loved getting to know her, so now is your turn to learn all about Casey with this little Q&A!

Q: Tell us a little about yourself! Where you’re from, where you went to school, what you majored in…

A: I grew up in Brandon, MS in a home my mom designed and dad built! I attended Mississippi State University, majored in Interior Design, and was a Chi Omega! Go STATE!

Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to be an interior designer?

A: Growing up I always knew I enjoyed the idea of having my own business one day, and in fact, it took a year of classes in General Business to realize my love was Interior Design! After touring the studio I transferred and squeezed 4 years of design in 3! Absolutely love what I do!

Q: We hear you have some four-legged friends running around at your house! Tell us about them! 🙂

A: The divas are Millie Mae (too cool for anybody!) , Mollie Moo (we aren’t even sure what she is?), and Little Bit (our main most diva)!

Q: What is your favorite thing do on a day or weekend off?

A: I absolutely LOVE to travel! Colorado last week to hit the slopes and D.C. next weekend for Ball on the Mall! When I am home, I crank up the push lawn mower and absolutely love edging my yard?! No really. Anything outdoors!

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

A: Olympus Has Fallen! Gave me nightmares and I believe I was fighting off terrorists that night in my sleep. Gerald Butler was an amazing actor! Proud to be an American.

Q: Where is the coolest/best/most awesome place you’ve ever visited?

A: To this day, the cruise to Alaska we took as a family has remained to be one of my fondest memories. Words simply can not describe seeing enormous glaciers falling into the ocean, the wildlife, and swimming in heated pools in the middle of icey waters!

Q: In your short time here so far, have you developed any major crushes on any pieces on the showroom floor?!

A: Easy question! I am in love with Barry Dixon’s antique screens displayed so beautiful! Looking forward to having him here with us May 9th!

[{ Find out more on our upcoming Barry Dixon event here! }]

Q: How would you describe your personal style as far as interiors?

A: Hard to narrow down, but generally speaking, I love layers! Depending on the client’s space, I enjoy keeping things clean but cozy! Todd Prince would laugh, but I tend to over use the word “transitional”.

Q: What’s an interesting fact about you that your co-workers may not know about you yet?! 🙂

A: I did competitive swimming for 8 years and traveled most of the Southeast for weekly competitions! It taught me a lot of self discipline and time management. I love the friendships I have to this day from those interactions!

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Behind The Scenes: Delta Magazine Photo Shoot

Yesterday, designer Elizabeth Gullett and sidekick Laurel Donahoo spent the afternoon at a photo shoot for Delta Magazine! The shoot was of a GORGEOUS master bedroom that Elizabeth designed perfectly, using soft blues, grays, and whites. Here’s a peek at what you can expect in the next issue of Delta Magazine!

Master Bedroom by Elizabeth Gullett at SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

Master Bedroom by Elizabeth Gullett at SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

Master Bedroom by Elizabeth Gullett at SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

Master Bedroom by Elizabeth Gullett at SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Photographer Greg Campbell in action

We can’t wait to see the finished product!

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New To The Floor Part 2


Yesterday, we started showing you a few of the beautiful new pieces on the showroom floor, but there was too much to squeeze into just one post! So here are a few more shots of our beautiful new inventory just waiting to go to a good home! (YOUR home!) 😉

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
How amazing is this bar cart?! We love!

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Pretty beachy accessories make us wish for warmer weather!

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Beautiful Brent Smith art steals the show!
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
This new Mitchell Gold chest is such a beauty!

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
More beautiful new Brent Smith art!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

See anything you just have to have? Or anything you want to know more about? Feel free to leave us a comment or give us a call and we’ll get you what you need!

Have a   F A N T A S T I C   weekend!

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Meet Todd Prince

Our newest designer Todd Prince

Help us welcome our newest designer to SummerHouse… Mr. Todd Prince! Todd is a Mississippi native and has just moved back from California to be closer to family, and of course to take one of the most exciting jobs in the South: a job as a designer with us!! 🙂 We love having Todd around to help balance out our heavily weighted female staff!

To help you get to know Todd a little better, we asked him a few questions…

Laurel: Can you give us a nutshell of your background in interior design?

Todd: I opened Todd Prince interiors in Jackson in 1997. I then worked at JTM tile in Jackson before going to work with Walker Zanger Tile and Stone in June of 2000. I worked for Walker Zanger for 11 years. I worked as the branch manager of the Walker Zanger in Atlanta, San Francisco and Orange County, CA.

Laurel: Even though we know you can design around whatever look it is that your client is going for, what is your personal design style? 

Todd: My personal style is probably a throw back to the 50’s modern style.  I love retro pieces mixed into interiors.  I think they give rooms a fresh updated feel when mixed with items that are more transitional.  I do love eclectic interiors that are interesting and textural.

Laurel: So far, what’s been the hardest part about moving back to MS from California?

Todd: What I miss most about CA is the weather!!  There is very little humidity there unlike Mississippi.  It is very easy to get used to no humidity!!

Laurel: What really gets your creative juices flowing? A certain designer’s website, certain types of books, going to certain types of places..?

Todd: I am an avid reader…I love shelter magazines, mystery novels and southern fiction.  I get alot of creativity from reading.  Music is also very inspiring to me.  I love jazz….give me a some Diana Krall and a great glass of wine and I’m good to go!!!!

Laurel: If we were to secretly follow you around on a lazy Sunday, what might we find you doing?!

Todd: If you followed me on a lazy Sunday afternoon you’d find me in the kitchen.  I love to cook.  It relaxes me.  The best part is when you are done relaxing you have great food to enjoy!!!

Laurel: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Todd:  I have a great family.  That is the best part of being back in MS.  Being able to spend time with my family without airplanes involved is great!!!

Thank you so much, Todd!! We are all so excited to have you on the team and can’t wait for all the fun the future holds! 🙂

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Meagan is ENGAGED!

Our very own Meagan Burks and her (now) fiance Ben are tying the knot!! They’ve been dating for, let’s see, forever! So it’s about time they get engaged! 🙂 We are so excited for them!

Meagan Burks

This enagement serves as another PERFECT time to remind you about our Bridal Registry called Invest in your Nest! It’s so simple and easy, every bride will find our registry to be her favorite! Click here to get over to the page that describes how the registry works. And congrats again to Meagan and Ben!!

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New from Schumacher

Our fabulous Schumacher rep, Jim, stopped in last week to show us what’s new from them this season!   There were several fabrics we absolutely fell in love with.  Beth was able to pull together an entire project just from what he showed us!  We saw a lot of patterns, particularly florals, that we liked.  Here are a few:

Palampore Embroidery. Tobacco
Florentine Bargello. Olivine
Eastbury Manor Print. Tapestry
Cambourne. Honey
Avebury Floral Vine. Citrine
Rosegate Embroidered Print. Chartreuse
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Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon

We recently hosted our first annual Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon, where we invited some of our favorite outside designers to come in for lunch and a presentation of all the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring Market intro’s!   Michael Cantwell of MGBW did a fabulous job of preparing a slideshow with all the new products.  Here is a quick look at what all went on…

Marty and Melanie did a great job with the food and flowers
Everyone waiting on the slide show to begin!
Meagan Burks, Katie Phillips, Betsy Pevey
Melanie McGee, Gina Latham, Betsy Latham, Patti Hairston
Rebecca Stephenson, Betsy Pevey, Cynthia Thomas
Kelly Griffin, Katherine Brown, Jim Wilkerson
Chatting about design
Ruth McMillan and her assistant Kay with their goodie bags!
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Around Jackson

We have some big news! We are starting a blog series called Around Jackson, where we will feature our favorite places in the metro Jackson area!  We will show you our favorite local shops, galleries, event spaces, restaurants, businesses and whatever else is interesting to us.  Our sweet assistant, Katie, has agreed to be made into the SummerHouse version of Flat Stanley, and will be traveling to all of our local favorites with us!  We are calling her Flat Katie, but that is ONLY because she has been made into a piece of cardboard attached to a stick.  Nothing to do with her physical appearance! We love you Katie 🙂

Flat Katie in front of SummerHouse
Flat Katie next to her favorite Bliss pillow while lounging on the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Alex sofa!

Our first Around Jackson will be posted next week! Stay tuned!

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