What You May Not Know About The Lauren Lachance Collection

02
OCTOBER
2013

The Lauren Lachance Collection Trunk Show is only a week away! We’re getting really excited about the pieces that they’re bringing (they actually just sent us a long list!), so we can’t wait to mingle with Lauren and Eduardo and talk plants! As we’ve gotten to know more and more about their collection, the more interesting they become. Here are some fun facts highlighting what we’ve learned!

What you may not know about The Lauren Lachance Collection…

– The Lauren Lachance Collection is the largest collection of plant pressings in the world!

LAUREN LACHANCE ART AT SUMMERHOUSE– Artist Lauren Lachance and her husband Eduardo Benitez of Texas are the masterminds behind the beautiful Lauren Lachance Collection.

– Pressed botanical art blends seamlessly alongside transitional and contemporary art and furnishings, and never fails to capture attention. We know this from experience! Our clients love it!

– Lauren and Eduardo use hand selected organic plant material from around the globe to use in their art.

– The plants in the new collection that will be showcased here at SummerHouse on October 10 were largely harvested last winter along the coastline from Naples, Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana. Get ready to see tropical leaves, sea grasses, and swamp lilies in their new collection, in addition to flowers, lotus hydrangeas, orchids, and ferns from their existing collection!

– On gathering plants last winter, Eduardo says, “We loved every minute of our six week trip: Kayaking inter coastal river ways to gather swamp specimens, and other endless hours wading and walking through overgrown brush along roadsides and empty inlet islands.”  Quite the adventurers they are!

– Their orchid art pressings grace the halls of Harvard University and have been shown at the Chicago and New York Botanic Gardens. Impressive, wouldn’t you say?!

Botanical Pressed Art by Lauren Lachance // SummerHouse – In April, Lauren and Eduardo will be guests of honor at The Nature Conservancy’s first annual fund raiser in Scottsdale, Arizona alongside world renowned floral designer Remco van Vliet of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

– The tropical leaves, orchids, seaweed and wildflowers are pressed and preserved in a labor intensive process that creates original, archival, museum-quality pieces of art.

– The orchid art authentically depicts endangered or extinct species, which are reproduced using a variety of tropical plant material.

– Hanging on our walls at the store during the show will be, among many, two very important pieces from last winter’s Gulf Coast adventure: A triptych of tropical palms and fronds, each panel measuring 44″ x 64″ inches, and a scene from the Everglades Canopy measuring 6′ x 9′.

– Their most challenging commission was a series of eight 12′ high Palm fronds for a palatial hallway! It took over six months just to find the different palms and another several months to complete the drying process!

– Lauren and Eduardo love what they do!

Don’t miss the ALL DAY trunk show on October 10th, starting at 10 a.m., then join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and chat with the artists themselves! We look forward to seeing you!

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What you have to look forward to…

08
MAY
2013

WOW.

That’s all we can say about how GORGEOUS the showroom looks right now!
It has seriously never looked better. Marty is so good!

You’re invited to come see the showroom in all it’s beauty for yourself in an extra fun atmosphere tomorrow night at our Barry Dixon event! Here’s what you have to look forward to… (Disclaimer: LOTS of gorgeousness lies ahead in the following photos!)

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
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

Tomorrow night is going to be a blast– we hope to see you out! 🙂

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The Mason Dixon: What It Is & Where To Get One

01
MAY
2013
With our big Barry Dixon event only a week away, we figure it’s time to start letting y’all in on some of the details!
Along with the help of our friends and neighbors at Calistoga Wine, we have come up with a signature cocktail for the event
and we’re calling it The Mason Dixon.
MASON DIXON
The Mason Dixon is a spirited sipper with a mix of delicious personalities like rosemary, lemon, and cucumber…
Sounds just right for a warm southern night, doesn’t it?! Come try one on May 9th at SummerHouse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
and bring a little appetite with you as well! Award-winning chef Derek Emerson from Walker’s and Local 463 is doing the food. Try Braised Pork Belly and Cheddar Biscuits on for size… Yeah, this event is not to be missed!
WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT THURSDAY! 
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Barry Dixon Event Update!

05
APRIL
2013

We updated our Facebook cover photo (you like us on Facebook, right?!) to serve as a little reminder that our exciting Barry Dixon event is coming up in just a little over a month!

BARRY DIXON COMES TO SUMMERHOUSE

If you haven’t already, be sure to make plans to attend SummerHouse on May 9th to meet internationally renown interior designer Barry Dixon as he signs copies of his latest book, Barry Dixon Inspirations, and gives guests a peek at his brand new collection with Arteriors!

It’ll be a wonderful night with a little live music, some savory Southern fare, and a lot of design inspiration! We are looking so forward to this event and can’t wait to see you here on Thursday evening, May 9th!

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Save the Date for Barry Dixon!

04
MARCH
2013

Ok everyone… We have something VERY cool to announce!!

We’re honored and excited to inform you that Barry Dixon (yes, THE Barry Dixon) is coming to SummerHouse for an event on Thursday, May 9th! Be sure to go ahead and mark your calendars…

Not only is Barry known worldwide for his amazing taste in interiors, but he’s got some pretty serious ties to Mississippi! He graduated from Ole Miss and has used his design to spread warm Southern hospitality all over the globe. One of the pieces from his latest collection for Arteriors was actually inspired by a church in Clarksale, MS!

BARRY DIXON SAVE THE DATE

This will be our biggest event yet (and y’all know how we love getting a good party together!) so we’ll keep you posted as the details get sorted! Stay tuned!

For now, grab that date book and a pen and make a note on MAY 9TH for the event of the year!

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Reminder!

30
AUGUST
2014

Welcome back from the weekend! We hope you had a great one!

We wanted to remind everyone that we are going to close this Thursday (Sept. 2) and will not re-open our doors until next Tuesday (Sept. 7)  You are welcome to stop by and look in on our progress through the windows, but the store will be closed!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Be sure to go ahead and mark your calendars for THE BIG REVEAL party on Tuesday, Sept. 14!  We will have a drawing for a beautiful leather Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chair, as well as some items donated by our fabulous neighboring businesses!  And we would like to give a big thank you in advance to Viking Cooking School for catering the event!

 Can’t wait to see you on September 14th! 🙂 To learn more about THE BIG REVEAL, check out last week’s blog post about it: http://alwayssummerblog.com/?p=758

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