We have a brand new section on our SummerHouse Interior Design site (the site dedicated solely to our designers and their projects) that we are excited to tell you about! This section is to showcase our commercial design projects since we’ve done quite a few lately!
Two of these projects are up for your viewing pleasure currently, but more are in the works, so be sure to keep checking back for more to be added soon!
We have a beautiful commercial project that we’ve been dying to share with y’all! This project, by our superstar designers Lisa Palmer and Elish Phares and seen through by Elish, is for a retail space just a few doors down from us called Arco Avenue— a gorgeous women’s shoe and accessories store!
The Scout Guide did a GREAT post about this remodel, so be sure to head on over to their blog for more details about the new design (plus before pics!) of the space! We think you’ll be amazed at the transformation…
We are all SO proud of the way this beautiful project turned out! And Lisa and Elish truly had the most wonderful time working with Arco owner Katie Miller! We hope you’ll get a chance to stop by Arco soon and see this with your own eyes!
This week Inside the Orange Box is a quick set of tips on how to properly hang an art collection or gallery wall! These can be very tricky and difficult to make look organized, so our designers have come to the rescue! Let’s see what they have to say on the matter!
>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<
“Try to vary your frame styles. It is a great idea to keep the color tones of your frames the same but it makes it more interesting to change up your framing; modern to vintage, from large to thin. Also, I lay my artwork on the ground first to make sure I like the way it looks and it gives me the option of changing it around without putting holes in my wall first. Lastly, If you feel that hanging art in a collection is a daunting task, call in a professional hanger. That may be the best advice of all!”
>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<
“Draw imaginary vertical and horizontal lines on the wall in a grid. When hanging, make sure the center of each piece is on a grid intersection. The frames can be any size you want, but vertically and horizontally, the middle of the picture has to be centered on a grid point. Make sure the centers of your pictures all line up. You’re not worried about frame size or where it falls on the wall– You’re simply working from center of picture to center of picture.”
>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<
“I always strive for a monochromatic color scheme when designing a gallery wall. By sticking with tones and hues in the same family, the end result will be uniform, tasteful and stylish.”
“Although I do often rely on a professional hanger, I like to start with a center point. The center point may have a piece of art on it or be the center of negative space, but I still like to know what I am using as my guideline. For a collage, I like to already have the layout drawn out to work out any kinks before I start.”
>> DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND <<
” I like to start with the largest piece as my center point and work around it with smaller pieces, varying in size and shape. I keep the framing style consistent but not the exact same frame on all pieces. You can even mix in a few canvas pieces so that not every piece is a framed piece!”
>> DESIGNER KATY HINES <<
“Remember to think of your art collection as one total composition. The colors, sizes and shapes of your art and your frames should all compliment each other.”
“Measure your space. Once this is done, you can come up with a layout by making a template of each piece to be hung. Just trace around the outside of the frame on kraft paper, cut out the shape, and label it. Secure the templates to the wall with a reusable adhesive. Take into consideration the picture wire located on the back of art. This measurement will be for your fastener placement. Locate your studs and make sure you have the proper hardware for the job. When all else fails, call a professional!”
Today’s Orange Box is all about outdoor favorites. There are so many beautiful lines of outdoor furniture and fabrics these days that it’s hard to know where to begin even thinking! Since a southern fall sticks around a little bit longer than fall in other parts of the country, we think now is as good a time as any to spruce up your outdoor and still have plenty of time (and great evening temperatures) to enjoy it!
Let’s see what our designers are loving as far as outdoor right now!
>> Lead Designer Lisa Palmer<<
“Always use 100% acrylic fabrics of course. They are colorfast, washable and bleachable and take the abuse our southern weather can dish out. A comfortable swivel chair is a must. Maybe several! Somehow human beings love to move, and I find that swivel chairs, expecially outdoor when we are at our most relaxed, are the perfect chair. The Lee Industries Outdoor Collection has several very comfortable upholstered swivel options and tons of 100% acrylic fabrics to choose from. Four grouped together facing each other with a great round cocktail table is functional and super fun!
>> Designer Todd Prince <<
I love the Brown Jordan Drift collection. Look how pretty. That’s so me! Inspired by the 1950’s… So sleek and pretty… That is so Todd!
>> Designer Elish Phares <<
There are so many more options for outdoor furniture now that it is becoming just as important in design as interior pieces! For a designer, that is very exciting. I love LEE outdoor for upholstered, and any clubcu concrete piece for casegoods. There’s nothing better than a great marriage between style and function!
>> Designer Katy Hines <<
Outdoor fabrics have come such a long way in the past few years, both in look and in feel, that we actually use them for interior design just as much as we do in our outdoor designs! Most of the time, you can’t even tell if a fabric is acrylic or not. One of my favorite lines is Link Outdoor. Great textures and patterns!
>> Designer Lindsey Townsend <<
I love all of our outdoor lines for many different reasons, but currently I am loving the “Mood Daybed” by Janus et Cie. It has a very unique and updated look. It would be amazing under a covered area near the pool. Great place for napping!
>> Designer Sunny Holliday <<
Currently, my favorite outdoor collection is the Brown Jordan Marin collection by designer Michael Berman. This is truly a stunning collection! The threading details on the gorgeous teak frames are of a UV-resistant yacht cord. The pieces are very welcoming and cozy, and can even be used indoors!
Since all Lee Industries sales during the month of July go to support Wounded Warrior Project (more on that here!), we wanted to share a few more of our staff’s Lee faves! Today, we’re sharing some cool chairs that a few of our people are in love with!
Todd loves the 1549-01 chair in leather or in a heavy-weight woven…
…and Anna loves the L5773-01 dining chair! So gorgeous!
Laurel is using C1211-01SG in a personal project…
…and Elish is really digging Lee’s outdoor fabulous options like this pretty chair!
Come in and see all of the other Lee Industries product we have on our showroom floor and get your orders placed today! (Or you can buy from stock, too! We’ve got some beautiful pieces in right now!) Since it’s for such a great cause, why not order those chairs you’ve been wanting for months now?! Our fabulous designers can help you make the perfect selection!
This week’s Inside The Orange Box is on the topic of designing around low ceilings! Since low ceilings often make a room feel cramped, a few of our designers offer tips on how to elongate the room and make it seem larger while still keeping the cozy feeling that low ceilings so nicely add!
We have two birthdays to celebrate around here this week!!
Jaclyn and Elish both turned one year older on Monday and Tuesday, respectively! As always, we celebrated with cards, snacks, and something good to sip on and had a great time doing so!
Both Jaclyn and Elish are so much fun to work with and are bright spots in each of their coworkers’ days! They work hard to keep things running smoothly around here and we couldn’t imagine SummerHouse life without either of them!
Happy Birthday, ladies! We know your upcoming year will be just as classy and fabulous as the past one!
For this week’s Inside The Orange Box, we bring you tips on designing a room with tall ceilings since that can be a little bit tricky sometimes! Our knowledgable designers lend tips on how to create a beautiful and comfortable environment in rooms that can sometimes feel a little bit cold.
Almost all of us dislike what the laundry room stands for, but that doesn’t mean we have to hate the actual room! There might even be a few ways we can make the laundry room chores seem a little more enjoyable, according to some of our designers!
This week’s Inside The Orange Box is all about pepping up that most dreaded room with simple tips from our staff of designers! Here’s what they have to say about how to brighten up your laundry room!
We hope you guys have enjoyed our new Inside The Orange Box column that we’ve been adding to every Friday! Today’s edition is different from what we’ve been doing, but useful and interesting nonetheless!
Today, two of our designers style the same coffee table in their very own ways (without getting to see how the other designer styled it!) They each share a few tips and ideas on what went into their thought processes! We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed putting it together!
DESIGN #1 BY DESIGNER ELISH PHARES
Elish shares a bit about her design:
“I thought the beautiful driftwood coffee table called for a down-to-earth lake house vibe. When accessorizing a coffee table I usually divide the space into quadrants. This helps the task seem a bit more manageable.
I broke form a bit by using the large statement greyhound as a focal point. Everything else supported, rather than distracted from that large piece.
I firmly believe one can never have too many books – choosing books with complimentary bindings helps create a cohesive palette as well. Varying heights also aids in creating a layered look. Hint: Build height from the outside in, bottom to top.”
DESIGN #2 BY DESIGNER KATY HINES
Katy gives the ins and outs on her design:
“For the overall design, I went with a palette of whites and creams to lend a soft look then added a deep blue for a punch of color and contrast.
I love to accessorize with books. They tell a story and make your space personal. Display books about the things you love – design, gardening, cooking…whatever interests you!
Fresh cut flowers can bring a room to life and instantly welcome you into a space. If you don’t have the time (or patience), go artificial! SummerHouse has some beautiful arrangements to help you achieve this look.
Trays help to create a layered look without cluttering your space. Add one or two thoughtful accessories. This can be something sentimental or it might just be your favorite decor item like a piece of pottery or a small sculpture.”
Thank you, Elish and Katy! We love both designs and how different they are from one another!
Look for more Inside The Orange Box posts on multiple designers accessorizing the same piece in the near future!
Inside The Orange Box this week is a collection of our designers’ favorite BOLD paint colors! When things need to be taken up a notch with some drama, a bold paint color is usually a pretty good place to start! And a little drama every now and then keeps things interesting, right?!
Here are a few examples of beautiful rooms with a lot of richness on the walls!
This week’s Inside The Orange Box is on the topic of paint colors for small spaces!
A “small space” could be your powder room, your home office, a room with an 8 foot ceiling, or maybe even a room that just seems small because it doesn’t get much natural light! These paint color recommendations from our designers are just what you need to either cozy up that space, or open it up just a little bit!
Let’s start out with the cozy colors… Any of these selections will bring an element of warmth to your small space!
– Lead Designer Lisa Palmer –
– Designer Todd Prince –
– Designer Casey Sanford –
– Designer Elizabeth Gullett –
Some small spaces may need to be opened up rather than cozied up, so these lighter, more airy colors are great for brightening up a dim room or making a small room seem maybe just a little bigger…
– Designer Lindsey Townsend –
– Designer Sunny Holliday –
– Designer Elish Phares –
Fun Fact: Elish’s selection, Linen White, is a SummerHouse go-to that we use for small and large spaces alike! It’s actually what we have on the walls of our shop!
What paint colors have you used in small spaces that you ended up loving? Do share!
Our week has been great because… We’ve been working on something new and exciting for the blog! From here on out, we’re planning to brighten up Fridays with a look “Inside the Orange Box!”
What’s “Inside the Orange Box?,” you ask?!
It’s a weekly column of designer info or unique tips that members of our staff will share every Friday from inside our little box of tricks, tips, and ideas! (We’re saying that box is orange since that’s our color!) Some weeks we may get input from the whole staff, and other weeks we may just have one or two designers lending their expertise to this column!
So, without any further hesitation, we bring you…
Inside the Orange Box #1 SOOTHING PAINT COLORS!
To get things started, we’ve asked all of our designers to share their favorite soothing paint colors! Whether you’re looking to soften up your bedroom or make your sun room more relaxing, these pretty favorites from our staff are great ones to look into! (BUT! We do advise getting a professional opinion before spending the time and money on painting… Paint colors can be very tricky!)
– Lead Designer Lisa Palmer –
– Designer Elish Phares –
– Designer Todd Prince –
– Designer Casey Jenkins –
– Designer Lindsey Townsend –
– Designer Sunny Holliday –
– Designer Katy Hines –
– Designer Elizabeth Gullett –
What’s your favorite soothing paint color?
Be sure to keep checking back weekly for more tips and tricks from our fabulous staff of designers!
Lisa and Elish have a beautiful ongoing project with a very dear client who lives in a fantastic Fondren home, and the master bedroom in this home has recently been completed!
Lisa on this bedroom:
“When I first met with my client, the first thing I noticed about this room was that the original furnishings were out of scale. The bed was too small for the space, the side tables were too small, and the rug was too small. So my challenge was to make sure that the pieces I selected would fit in this very large room with large walls and tall ceilings.”
“My client wanted a sitting area where they could watch television, but they also wanted to be able to watch television from their bed, so I had that challenge too.”
“The client wanted the bedroom to be a “home away from home.” My design approach was to make it light and airy and soft so I chose fabrics that were a mixture of natural linen, velvet, and even a washable velvet on the swivel chairs and ottoman in the sitting area. When you’re going white on upholstery, that kind of thing is important!”
“There’s a lot of custom work in this space as well. The bed, the etagere, the desk, and the side tables were all custom made. In fact, the desk was touched by four different artisans!”
“There was some renovation in the space as well. We changed an old, low cased archway by raising it and adding old beams. We redesigned the fireplace, mantle, and stonework to give it a fresh look. And we repainted all the walls.”
“The room is now updated, bright, and I think really beautiful.”
This is what we call a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! What is your favorite aspect of this space?
We’ve got a little treat for you today! Here is a peek at a house that is still underway, but nearing completion. Lisa and Elish have been working on this project for months now, and seeing the finish product always makes the hard work so worth while!
Is this not one of the most fabulous kitchens you’ve ever seen?! We are all flipping out over how beautiful this room is!
Stay tuned for more pictures of the whole house once it’s complete!!
Have you been by the store to meet Elish yet? She is Lisa’s amazing new assistant!! (Laurel is starting a new chapter and is no longer a full-timer at the store, but is still doing all of the social media, so she’s still around!)
Elish is a great addition to the SummerHouse team and is fitting right in! 🙂 Her organization skills, eye for fashion (both in interiors and in wearable fashion), and her cute personality make her a joy to work with! Let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?
SummerHouse: So your name is kinda different but super pretty!! Can you tell us a little bit about the origination of that?
Elish: My name….my mom’s family is Italian and Elizabeth is the trademark family name that gets worked in somehow on every girl’s name. My Dad is Irish, so they compromised and named me Elish which is gaelic for Elizabeth. Hence, the odd name.
SummerHouse: What has been the biggest shock about your new job at SummerHouse?! You’ve only been here a few weeks, but there has to be something that surprised you or caught you offguard!
Elish: I think my biggest shock at Summerhouse was how much of the business side of Interior Design I’d be doing…
SummerHouse: What is your favorite thing to cook and why?
Elish: My favorite thing to cook is either my chicken pesto salad because I made it up and it’s pretty different from traditional chicken salad. Or I love cooking crawfish fettuccine…I have a great recipe that isn’t too hard but tastes great!
SummerHouse: What is your favorite movie? Why?
Elish: Hmmm favorite movie is a tough one…I’d say Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken because I grew up watching it and I’m a sucker for those kinds of movies. Or Last of the Mohicans…I always watch it with my dad and the music is incredible.
SummerHouse: How would you describe your own personal design style?
Elish: My personal design style is better described by the designers I respect…in fashion, as well as interior design. I love Alberta Ferretti, Kelly Wearstler, Zac Posen, Elizabeth & James, Robert Kuo… I’m usually drawn to clean lines broken up by rich textiles, any type of sleek surface like mirrors and metallic finishes, & cool colors or grayed neutrals.
SummerHouse: When you are not partaking in your new favorite hobby, which is to work at SummerHouse, what are your other hobbies?!
Elish: Well I love running and being outside so that’s a pretty big hobby, I love to cook and have people over for dinner, & I have 4 nephews and a brand new little niece that I love to visit! 🙂
SummerHouse: Tell us one weird thing about you that we may find interesting, or that not many people know
Elish: One weird thing? So hard to choose….haha Well I am an OCD bed maker. It’s weird. I make mine every morning no matter what. Even if I know I’m going to wash my sheets that night. And I sometimes can’t help myself and make other peoples beds…It makes the whole room look instantly put together!
SummerHouse: Anything else you want us to know?! 🙂
Elish: I love working at Summerhouse and I’m thankful I have so many amazing, sweet people to be around everyday!