Simplicity Outdoors

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

We have a darling outdoor space to share with you today! This space is actually featured in the current issue of Inspiration Mississippi Magazine, which is hot off the press as of just a few days ago! Designer Elish Moon did a beautiful job of keeping things simple, interesting, and functional for this fun-loving client and her family!

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish MoonSimple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

“This outdoor space was a safe place to bring in a bit of flare to the otherwise neutral color palette!” says Elish. “My client uses this space for everything from her morning devotions to entertaining to watching football games with her family,” she shares while describing the need for functionality as well as aesthetic beauty.

When we asked Elish what her favorite thing about the space was, she said, “I love how simple it is. It was a small area and there were only so many options we had in arranging everything, but it is efficient and can be used in many ways. This family LIVES in every inch of their home… and this outdoor space is just an extension of that!”

We love it! Great job Elish 🙂

Be sure to grab a copy of Inspiration Mississippi next time you see one! (We have lots here at the Ridgeland store.) You’ll love every page!

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

Simple Outdoor Space with Blush Accents by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

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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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The Best Beachy Paint Colors

One great way to really freshen up a room is with a new coat of paint!

With summer just around the corner, we’ve had the colors of the beach on our minds these days… So we had our designers pick their favorite beach-inspired hues to share with you!

Here are their picks!

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you have a beachy paint color fave that we missed? Do share!

And have a GREAT week!!

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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!

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

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

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…

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

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

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!

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

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

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Our Best & Favorite Design Quotes

15
JULY
2015

We love a good design quote. They motivate us, inspire us, and frankly they are just fun to read! We’ve compiled a collection of our favorite design quotes, some from our own designers, and some from designers we admire. We’d love to know which ones you find most inspiring!

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Don’t forget that we have a staff full of trained designers who are here to help you with any of your design needs, no matter how large or how small! Check out our talented design team HERE!

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Designer of the Week: Elish Phares

05
JUNE
2015

Our Designer of the Week this week is Elish Phares!

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

(1) Tell us about your favorite project that has been completely finished and installed! What made that project stand out?

My favorite installed project to date is probably Arco Avenue. It was my first true “commercial” design experience, and really pushed me outside of my residential design comfort zone. The owners, Katie & Jordan, have a strong vision for their store and were lovely to work with. In addition to nailing down a style that captures the owners of Arco as well as appeals to their customer base, I had to study retail design, safety concerns, and really work out custom details. The result is something I am proud and honored to be a part of.

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

(2) We know you’re starting to think about a house of your own since you’re getting married this summer (YAY!) What, to you, is the most important thing to order/get done to that house?

2. I am getting married soon and we are in the process of finding our future home! This is so exciting, but as many of you know, there is a big dose of reality involved. Icky words like budget and re-sale value come into play. I think first you need to sit down and really think about priorities for your wants and needs and then figure out where and if those things fall into your budget. For some, like us, it may be really stripped down at first like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the inside of your home or create curb appeal outside. For me, so far, my priorities have been paint because it is a great way to get a big return for a small investment, as well as rugs. It may sound strange, but good rugs are investment pieces. More vital things like kids, school, etc.. may knock big items down our list in the future. I’d rather knock out one or two big ticket items now and then slowly check off the rest of our list over time. I may be a designer, but I live in the real world too- you can’t always do a full home makeover at once. Design how you would like your space ideally and don’t compromise. It may take a little longer to check things off of your list, but do it once and do it right.

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

(3) What have you been into lately as far as patterns? Where is your favorite place to use a pattern?

Lately I have been into really subtle patterns. Neutrals with texture or tonal patterns using herringbone, greek keys, etc.. I also have really loved washed patterns with splashes of color. Patterns that are washed or faded and don’t have sharp edges. For neutral patterns the world is your oyster; they are great on drapery, sofas, bedding…anything. For other patterns I think sometimes smaller doses can actually catch your eye more easily because they are focused. I often use patterns on throw pillows, a lone accent chair, or a pair of ottomans.

(4) Is there anywhere in the Jackson area you like to go to get inspired and refreshed?

I am so blessed to live in a beautiful area of Jackson that has a wide range of homes. Jackson is packed with character! I also run in the mornings to get my daily outdoor time and get my day off to a good start. It’s just how I decompress and process. One of my favorite things to do is look at the homes in my neighborhood as I run; ongoing renovations, new landscaping, etc… There are so many different styles represented and some days I will randomly notice a home I’ve passed every morning for a year and just never keyed on. It’s crazy!

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

(5) What do you most love about being a designer?

Some may laugh, but being an interior designer is a tough, demanding occupation. It was a very undervalued service until recently. It’s still sometimes a challenge to help people understand the value of a professional eye. Your home is your respite. It is your oasis in the madness of everyday life and hectic schedules. It is where many memories are made and family inside jokes are shared. It is a value that can’t always be defined but is always felt. I think I enjoy proving to myself and others daily that I know what I’m doing and one of the most rewarding experiences in life is right under your nose…loving where you live!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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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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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Roll Arm Upholstered Styles

For this week’s Inside The Orange Box, we asked a few of our designers what their favorite roll arm style upholstery pieces are, and we LOVE what they came up with! All of the styles they picked are updated yet timeless, which describes the perfect piece of furniture if you ask us!

Designer Todd Prince loves the 1573-41 chair from Lee Industries. He likes how the casters work with the rolled arms!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Jacque is a fan of the Chester sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams because of its beautifully proportioned button tufting, the pleated roll arm at the same height as the back, the tight seat left untufted for comfort, and the gracefully turned feet in front, all with ferrules. It is a classic looking sofa for just about any room!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Elish Phares likes Marlena from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. This chair always looks beautiful!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(Here’s a pair of Marlenas looking just perfect in one of Lisa’s projects!)

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

This Lee  3772-03 sofa has been a staff favorite for a while now. Ultra comfortable, classic in style, and is beautiful in fabric or in leather!

Favorite Rolled Arm Styles of SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned for some of the staff’s favorite square arm styles in the coming weeks! (And check out all of our past Orange Box posts here!)

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Inside The Orange Box: Common Design Mistakes

27
FEBRUARY
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is about common design mistakes that are easy to make if a professional designer is not involved in a design! Besides not looking very good, these mistakes can be costly, time-consuming, and frustrating!

Designer Sunny Holliday says, “one of the biggest mistakes I see in design gone wrong is SCALE!!! Scale is crucial to a great design!”

Designer Molly Ferguson elaborates on the same thing, saying, “I see a lot of furniture that is not the correct scale for the room, either too big or too small. This includes casegoods, upholstery, rugs, art and even accessories. Using a designer would be an easy fix to this issue. We meet with our clients and take dimensions of the space and then put it all into CAD to scale out each piece. By scaling out your pieces, the design will not only look great, but it will also give you optimal space and function!”

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Elish Phares continues by saying, “two of the biggest mistakes I see people make actually are rugs too small, or not thinking of the bigger picture when designing. Too often, clients piecemeal their rooms without thinking about the overall design concept. Then when an item doesn’t work, they compromise the rest of the design of the space to try to make that one oddball design element make sense. Have a game plan, do it right, and take your time if you have to!”

Designer Katy Hines agrees. “Not having a plan in place before making purchases is a big mistake.  Seeking professional help and developing short-term or long-term plans for your space ahead of time will save you a lot of stress in the end.”

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When scale is done properly and a design is mapped out, projects turn out beautifully!

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Don’t fall prey to any of these mistakes! Let our staff help you get it right (and beautiful!) the first time!

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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!

"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

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.
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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!
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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: Our Favorite Graphics

31
OCTOBER
2014

Today’s Orange Box gets a little graphic! We asked our designers to pick their favorite graphic patterns to share with you guys, and we’re so in love with every single one they picked!

There are so many great graphics out there that it couldn’t have been easy to pick just one, but they all rose to the challenge! Let’s see what they selected…

>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<

“My favorite graphic is a wallpaper by Dedar. It is called Alhambra Quasi Nero, and it comes in 6 colors.”

Dedar – Alhambra Quasi Nero

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“I actually used this, in a sense, for a beautiful bathroom that my client had renovated. I took this pattern, blew it up to a larger scale, changed up the pattern slightly and stenciled it on the walls in a metallic gold and umber. It was stunning. On its own, I truly love it, but the pattern was too small and the color they offered wasn’t what I wanted. So I customized it!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<

“I am a sucker for an animal print and apparently the rest of the design world is too! They are constantly being produced in fresh and innovative ways and this graphic is a great example!”

Cowtan & Tout – Boa Slate

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

“I love all the color ways of this fabric!”

Villa Romo – Fraser Hematite

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<

“Hello, Gorgeous!”

Romo – Estella Nori

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES <<

“I love almost all of the patterns from Fret. Particularly this one!”

Fret – Geofret Silver Blue

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> INTERIOR DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<

Currently, my favorite graphic print is this Jim Thompson Metallic Screen Fabric. I actually just had drapery made out of it!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“This isn’t the greatest picture ever, but it looks SO pretty up!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Graphic Prints // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Do you have a favorite out of the ones shown above? We’d love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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Living Room Before and After

22
OCTOBER
2014

We have a great before and after for you today! This project by Interior Designer Elish Phares is located in Daphne, Alabama! The fun, young homeowners were a pleasure to work with and everyone was pleased with the results of this latest install!

Here’s what Elish was working with BEFORE:

Living Room BEFORE // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And here is the AFTER!!

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Before we show you too much more, let’s do a quick Q&A with Elish about this project in general!

1. Tell us a little about how you met these clients!

I met my Daphne, AL clients via telephone this past spring! Their phone call to the store has developed into one of my favorite client relationships! They are a young couple who were recently married and are new homeowners wanting to work on their living spaces.

2. Tell us a little about the clients themselves… What their needs were, and what their likes and dislikes were.

This Daphne couple is a stylish, adventurous, fun-loving couple. They wanted a classic and clean look. Design wise, we pretty much saw eye-to-eye from the beginning of the project to the end!

3. What were the biggest changes made in this space?

Thankfully the husband of this fabulous couple is pretty handy! I suggested taking out a built in that threw off the symmetry of the room, as well as taking out a non-load bearing divider wall. Although this threw them a little at first, they were quickly on board and doing their part in Daphne! We also gave the fireplace a bit of a facelift with new paint.

4. What is your favorite aspect of the AFTER?

I am absolutely in love with the color palette. It is light, neutral, approachable, and just slightly earthy. We went with neutrals but played up texture. And the accent colors… I love how unusual but beautiful they are. We complimented the neutral palette with a washed tea leaf green and a grayed plum.

5. Can you tell us a little about where you drew your inspiration? (What inspired your color palette, selections, etc…)

They already had 2 linen sofas that fit the space nicely, as well as a moroccan rug. These pieces provided a solid jump start. I took into consideration their clothing style and how they live. Both are great indicators for what a client will like design wise. I can’t say enough about how well a project can turn out when your client communicates, trusts your direction, and does a full room at a time. Many times a design can start to be lost when projects are dissected or done in pieces. And the client can’t appreciate the full concept because they are only seeing it in part. It was so rewarding to be involved in this project from start to finish!

Here are a few more photos of the AFTER…

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Living Room BEFORE & AFTER by designer Elish Phares // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Excellent job, Elish! We love how it turned out!

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New On The SummerHouse Interior Design Site

10
OCTOBER
2014

We have recently added two GORGEOUS projects to our SummerHouse Interior Design site and invite you to hop on over there and check out all of the photos from these to beautiful rooms!

This first project is by designer Elish Phares. We love this peaceful master bedroom! You may remember reading more about it in this blog post. Check out all of the photos on SummerHouse Interior Design HERE!

SummerHouse Interior Design // Lake Caroline Residence

The next beautiful new project is by designer Todd Prince. This nursery is SO sweet and pretty! We absolutely love it. You can read more about it in this blog post and view more photos on the SummerHouse Interior Design site HERE!

Reunion Nursery // SummerHouse Interior Design

 Enjoy!

And HAPPY FRIDAY! Have a great weekend!

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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 <<<

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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>>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<<

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

>>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<<

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“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!”

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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>>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<<

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“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!”

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>>> DESIGNER KATY HINES <<<

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“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!”

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>>> DESIGNER JACQUE MOOR <<<

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“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…

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

SummerHouse interior designers on custom pillow detailing // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… 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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Master Bedroom Masterpiece

08
SEPTEMBER
2014

SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares takes us inside the master bedroom of one of her clients to remind us of just how beautiful simple design can be! We love the tight color palette, clean lines, and all of the natural light! Elish tells us a little bit about what all went into this design!

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

What did your client say she wanted in this room and what were you working with?

For this room, we pretty much had a fresh start in there! The only thing we worked with was her bed, which she had already purchased from SummerHouse. I got to start basically from scratch in there. We selected paint colors together, which is when I learned that her favorite color in any shape or form is blue. So I knew I needed to include several shades of blue! I had already redone her living room, and her master is right off of her living, so I wanted it to be different but I wanted it to still flow off of her living.

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Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

She wanted it to be calm and soothing. I think she and her husband really like to read, so we made a little reading nook for her over in the corner. A big debate for them was whether or not they wanted to keep a TV in the bedroom, but we eventually decided not to, so we ended up with a lot of room for book storage. They can also use their night stands for storage!

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Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

Tell us more about working with this client!

She is great to work with! I knew the design would have to involve blue because that’s her favorite. She likes pretty things, but we have to be somewhat practical- we couldn’t do anything too crazy- because her dogs get on everything. Her dogs sleep on the foot of the bed so the bedding, except for the shams and decorative pillow, is washable.

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We were trying to create a balance between the bed she already had, which is actually kind of green, and that blue. So that was kinda where the color palette came from. And she’s not overly girly. So that’s why the lamps are a little bit rustic. She’s kind of drawn to reclaimed things sometimes! It ended up being a really nice mix.

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Shades of Blue // Master Bedroom by Interior Designer Elish Phares // www.alwaysssummerblog.com

How long have you and this client been working together?

We have been working together for about a year now! She’s made several house updates throughout my time working with her. She’s updated finishes, redone her kitchen, redone her floors, painted…. So we are kind of doing interiors as we are going through some of her home updates.

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Thanks Elish! So soothing and relaxing… Keep up the good work! 🙂

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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!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers' tips on finding the perfect rug size // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> 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!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers' tips on finding the perfect rug size // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> 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.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers' tips on finding the perfect rug size // www.alwayssummerblog.com

>> DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

SummerHouse Interior Designers' tips on finding the perfect rug size // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“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

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

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DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

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DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

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

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

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DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

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

 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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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you back here next week!

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New and Pinteresting

19
AUGUST
2014

SummerHouse has a brand new Pinterest account and we would love if you’d follow us! To get to our new account, CLICK HERE! You can still get to and pin from our old SummerHouse group pin board, but from now on, we will be posting and pinning from the new account only!

The most exciting thing about this new account is that we have boards divided by type of design, specific rooms, design tips, things we’re inspired by, and boards for each individual designer! We’re feeling much more organized now… 🙂

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Thanks for following along with our design fun! We look forward to pinning with you!

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