Meet Mary Courtney

04
NOVEMBER
2013

The second of our recent new faces around here (you can see the first one here!) is Lisa’s new assistant Mary Courtney Johns! Since Mary Courtney went to Mississippi State, she already knew about half of the staff up here, so the transition into the new work environment was made a little easier because of all the familiar faces!

We asked Mary Courtney a few questions to get to know her a little bit better! Let’s get started, shall we?

Meet Mary Courtney // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

1. Where are you from and what brought you to Jackson?

I was raised in the Mississippi Delta, Greenville being the place I call home. I met my husband soon after graduating from Mississippi State and we moved to Jackson after our wedding. He is from Brandon and we are surrounded by family (which will be very convenient for Baby #1 coming in January!).

2. Tell us a little about your design background.

I started out my career working for a local fabric store as a sales associate/design consultant and then moved on to a local high end design shop, at which I learned a wealth of information and skills which I will continue to hone and take with me, and all of which I have brought to SummerHouse!

3. What piece of furniture on the showroom floor do you have the biggest crush on? 🙂

First off, I must say I would have a secret love affair with every piece of art in this place. My love for art is just as strong as my love for interior design, watercolor being my own medium of choice. But if I had to choose ONE furniture piece, the Homer Chest would be it. I love its clean simplicity, beautiful wood tone, and the large amount of storage!

4. What is one of your favorite shelter publications? 

One blog I find myself going to often is Design Sponge, I think because of the range of design related information it offers. You can find interior spaces, entertainment ideas, innovative products, and DIY projects (which I am ALL about). I love to get crafty!

5. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl. Anyone who knows me is well aware that a full conversation will not take place until a good hour has passed since my stepping foot out of bed.

6. What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?

Captain Phillips and Prisoners before that. Both met my high expectations!

7. What is your favorite room in your house and why?

My baby’s nursery. I have been working on that room since I found out I was pregnant and it is just now beginning to come together. I have made the bumper pad and crib skirt myself and next will be looking into drapery. I also found a very feminine dresser at an antique store in which I will be refinishing. I believe anything that can be reinvented and given new life will add nothing but character to any room!

8. If we were to follow you around on a day off, what might we find you doing?

Sewing or painting. I always feel the need to have some sort of project in the works.

9. What’s your favorite thing about SummerHouse thus far?

Within my first two weeks here, there were four mini celebrations (Boss’ Day, two birthdays, and a farewell) complete with wine and sweet treats! I love that everyone is considered an important part of the team as a whole and my welcome has been warm and inviting.

10. What else do we need to know about you?

I love traveling, whether that means a weekend trip or to be away months on end! I thrive on new experiences and love when my outlook and opinions are challenged. But I also love a quiet night at home. Both are essential!

Thanks so much, Mary Court! SO glad to have you on the team! 🙂

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Meet Anna!

18
OCTOBER
2013

annaWe’ve got a new face around SummerHouse! (Two actually, but we’re only introducing you to one today. You’ll meet the other in the next week or two!)

This newbie is Anna Goodson, and she is our official house photographer and web store manager! (The web store is still in the startup phase, but Anna’s going to get it up and rolling as soon as she can!)

Here’s a quick little Q&A with Anna so you can get to know her a little better!

1. Tell us where you’re from and something unique about your family and/or pets!

I grew up in Florence, Mississippi with my mom, dad, and older brother. Something interesting about us is that both my brother and I were adopted as newborns, and I have never had a day in my life (that I remember, at least) where I haven’t had a dog.

2. What is your favorite thing about SummerHouse (so far!)

Oh man, there are so many great things about SummerHouse (and I’m not just saying that!)! If I MUST choose my favorite thing, though, it would be the other people I work with. I’m surrounded by fun, creative, and driven people. It is a very positive and happy environment where people are having fun, but also working hard doing what they love. It’s only been a couple of week, but they made me feel like a part of the team since I stepped in the door on day one. (Did I mention there’s wine?)

3. What is one of your favorite things about being a photograher?

3. Again, SO many good things!! I really love being able to capture the beauty in people and things. I enjoy being able to travel, being able to meet so many new people, and see so many new places while I’m on jobs. I like being able to take something that people see so often that they overlook it, and then photograph it and make them really see it again.

4. How do you take your caffeine?

Any and every way I can. As far as coffee, though, I’ll take a large white mocha with soy milk, an extra shot, and no whip, please and thanks.

5. What’s your favorite local restaurant in the Jackson metro area?

That would have to be Taqueria La Guadalupe. It’s this tiny little mexican restaurant at the corner of County Line and Old Canton that is to DIE for. If you haven’t been yet, you should probably just go ahead and cancel all other plans. Yes, it’s that good.

6. What song are you obsessed with right now?

I have this really bad habit of getting into a song/artist and then listening to them so much I am half crazy by the time I remember there is other music out there. Right now one of those songs is Three Months by Local Natives. (In case you’re curious, the artist(s) I am religiously into right now is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Next time you want to feel like the baddest of the bad just listen to “Make the Money”. Best listened to on LOUD.)

7. How would you describe your personal style, as far as interiors?

Pretty much anything cozy. If I could just have blankets and pillows everywhere, I would. Oh! I’ve got it! – My style: Blanket fort 😉
In all seriousness, though, that’s another hard one. I love old wood (especially old wood floors), faux fur rugs and throws, BIG windows, exposed brick (love it when it’s painted white!), neutrals, fresh flowers, and SO MUCH MORE.

8. What is your #1 go-to piece in your wardrobe?

I have a pair of black heeled lace up ankle boots that I couldn’t live without. They basically look like a chic heeled version of a combat boot, and I wear them pretty much every day. I’m almost positive that everyone at SummerHouse thinks they’re the only shoes I own.

9. What character on TV do you most identify with?

This one took some thinking. I’m not a huge tv watcher unless it’s one of my few “shows”, but the person I could think of that I think I relate to most would be Robin from How I Met Your Mother. She is a tom boy, but can still be feminine, she enjoys sports, she can be super awkward (my life), and at times has a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor, which I love.

Thanks, Anna, for taking the time to share a little about yourself with us! We’re loving having this girl up here so far and look forward to sharing more of her work with all of you!!

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Goodbye, Yancy!

30
JULY
2013

GOODBYE YANCY!
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Friday was a bittersweet day for us as we said goodbye to Yancy Love, our sweet and wonderful receptionist! We’ve absolutely loved having her in the SummerHouse family and will miss her dearly, but we KNOW she’s going to have so much fun when she makes the move to D.C.!

To celebrate her time here, we all had a glass of wine in her honor on Friday just before closing.

Although we will miss Yancy’s smiling face and hard work, we are excited to have Jaclyn Petty (former fabric librarian) slide seamlessly into the receptionist position. She’s already doing a fabulous job!!

Congrats again to Yancy on her big move and all the fun that lies ahead for her, and congrats to Jaclyn for officially being full time up here!

Cheers all around! 

 

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Intern Ashley

20
JUNE
2013

Meet Intern Ashley Wooten! Ashley has been with us a couple of weeks and has been a huge help already. We’re glad she’s going to be around a little while longer! Since she’ll be going on home visits and installs with some of our designers over the next few weeks, we wanted you to get to know her a little bit! Keep reading for a little Q&A with Ashley!

SummerHouse Intern Interview!

1. Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you went to school, where you live…

I grew up in Brandon and graduated from Mississippi State University in May with my Interior Design degree. I miss the Cotton District and my Tavern family already! I am currently living with my grandmother in Flowood during the week, helping my family out with her healthcare needs.

2. What are some of your favorite hobbies?

In my down time I love traveling, practicing yoga or being outdoors; camping, hiking or exercising with my dog-child, Bentley.

3. When did you first realize that you were interested in Interior Design?

I paint a lot in my spare time so I began creating concepts and color schemes on my own at a young age. For most holidays I would hope for new bedding, furniture or accessories for my childhood room! To say that my eye for design has grown into something much more tasteful since the 90’s would be a huge understatement. My Mom let me have the freedom of designing my room at our first house with lime green walls and denim accessories…

4. What has been your favorite aspect of interning at SummerHouse?

I love how upbeat the staff is here! Everyone is really fun to be around, yet balances an efficient work ethic. The designers and assistants are always open to walk me through what they are working on and let me tag along for client presentations or even home visits!

5. What’s been your favorite project you’ve helped with so far in your short time at SummerHouse?

I am working with Elizabeth and Patty now on a client’s home design following a renovation. This particular client is interesting to me because much like myself, she has a strong passion for art that she has collected through travels that is playing a big role in the design. This project is going to be really beautiful! Elizabeth is doing a fantastic job in designing her home with a mix of rustic materials and handsome details, with her signature pop of white through hide accents.

6. What’s the most recent vacation you took?

Right before I began my internship here my family and close friends took another vacay to Watercolor, FL! It was here that I began to be very interested in high-end residential design. From Florida, I flew to right outside of Chicago for a weekend music festival with friends. It was my ultimate summer vacation before I began my design career!

7. What’s something weird/cool about you that none of us know?

I do not watch TV. Growing up, my parents never put a TV in my room and encouraged me to spend my free time being artistic or reading. I actually got my very first flat screen for my room/home just last year and I rarely turn it on.

8. Any confessions you’d like to share?

I might be slightly addicted to my Iphone. Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Vine…It’s amazing how many different ways you can express your creativity these days to instantly share with your friends! Also, I am pretty clumsy so I shatter my screen every few months because it’s constantly in my hand.

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New To The Floor

After a quick little re-vamp of the showroom last week, we’ve got some really great new things we want to show you! New art, some new lamps, new upholstery and casegoods, new bedding… Take a look and see if anything strikes your fancy!

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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

This last picture is probably the portion of the recent update that we are the craziest about! The art, the lamps, and the accessories could not be prettier!!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

What do you think?!

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What’s New { Part Two }

Happy Monday!
We hope y’all had a stellar weekend!

To brighten your day a little bit, we’ll go ahead and show you Part Two of our most recent showroom update! (In case you missed Part One on Friday, take a peek real quick!)

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

Don’t forget that the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Special Order Event is going on right now, and to go alongside that, Lisa has marked down a lot of what is on the showroom floor! So come see us, sooner rather than later (before the sale is over!)

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DL & Company + Modern Alchemy Candles

04
APRIL
2013

We’ve got some fine new candles at the shop that we are just totally in love with!

DL & Company and their sister company Modern Alchemy are purveyors of some extremely good smelling and gorgeous candles (and they’re very different from your run-of-the-mill candle scents!)

Modern Alchemy at SummerHouse

Not only does this compnay have great looking/smelling candles, but they also have some super cool matches! We love these skull boxed matches…

Skull Matches | SummerHouse, Ridgeland MS

How beautiful are these white and gold containers?! Once you’re finished with the candles, you’re left with a beautiful vase to keep your favorite pens all in one spot or a gorgeous flower holder!

DL & Company Candles | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

These colorful gift sets are also pretty fab. Each set comes with four smaller candles, all of which are different scents, and all of which smell deeee-vine!

Modern Alchemy Candles | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Come in when you have a chance and smell for yourself how fabulous these all are!
We’ll be on the lookout for ya!

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Garden & Gun

26
MARCH
2013

We’re pretty excited…

Why, you ask?

Our first ever Garden & Gun ad has just come out! The newest issue of this fabulous magazine (all about the best food/art/interiors/music/sport/travel the South has to offer) is a GREAT one.

We’re excited to be in the pages of this publication amongst some of the South’s hottest!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Take a minute to flip through and please come back and let us know what you think of our ad (which is on page 68!) And for more photos from the interior featured in the ad (designed by Elizabeth Gullett), go to this page of our website!

SummerHouse's Ad in Garden & Gun

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Pink Bedroom Perfection

25
MARCH
2013

Our new Designers Guild bedding is here!

We are all crazy about how pretty this perfectly pink bed is! The floral pillows are causing everyone to take a second look at this beautiful grouping! And it’s easy to see why…

PINK BEDROOM PERFECTION //SummerHouse

Pink Bedroom Perfection | SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Pink Bedroom Perfection | SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Pink Bedroom Perfection | SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

We’re so in love! Hurry up, Spring!
Do you like this pretty pink as much as we do?

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Gorgeous Greens

13
MARCH
2013

{  s h a d e s   o f   g r e e n  }

With St. Paddy’s day only a couple of days away, we thought it would be a great time to celebrate one of nature’s favorite hues: GREEN! From mint to emerald, sage to moss, and everything in between, the many shades of green always seem to be beautifully calming.

Here are a few green beauties we currently have in the showroom!

Lauren Barksdale painting
Lauren Barksdale painting
Gorgeous Greens: Glass beads
Glass Beads
Gorgeous Greens: Pillows and throw
Pillows and throw
Gorgeous Greens: Succulents
Succulents
Gorgeous Greens: Mint Green Tribal Frame
Mint Green Tribal Frame
Gorgeous Greens: Cattail Balls
Cattail Balls
Gorgeous Greens: Stones on pedestals
Stones on Pedestals
Gorgeous Greens: Small Lauren Barksdale Paintings
Small Lauren Barksdale Paintings

What’s your favorite shade of green?

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Spring Break Showroom Update!

11
MARCH
2013

Happy Spring Break to all of you who are getting to enjoy it!

With warmer weather on the brink, and lighter+brighter interiors on our minds, we’ve given the showroom a little springy boost with lots of pretty new furnishings!

SummerHouse Beachy Update

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Fierce!

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Which way to the beach??

Have a great Monday and be sure to check back later this week as we give you a preview of a REALLY great project two of our designers just completed!

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Portico Ad Photo Shoot Outtakes!

06
MARCH
2013

We had such a blast this morning at a little photo shoot for a joint Portico Jackson Magazine ad coming out in the next issue!

We’re teaming up with Hemline Ridgeland, View Gallery, and Arco Avenue on a collaborative ad about style of all mediums at The Township!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

The great art is a Paul Edelstein painting from View Gallery, the clothes are from Hemline, all the killer shoes and bags are from Arco, and the furniture is, of course, SummerHouse! Here are a few outtakes from the shoot. Stay tuned for the full ad once we have the winning photo selected and all “prettied up!” 🙂

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photo shoot fun!photo shoot fun!

 

photo shoot fun!

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photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!photo shoot fun!

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Meet Yancy

01
MARCH
2013

YANCY
YANCY

MEET YANCY LOVE!

Yancy is a new addition to the SummerHouse family! Next time you’re here, or next time you call, Yancy is likely the one you’ll encounter. She’s our new receptionist since Patricia is now Elizabeth’s new assistant! Yancy is doing AWESOME and we’re all so glad she’s here!

Here are a few quick “get to know you’s” we asked her…

1. In just a few sentences, tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you went to school, your major, your family…
I was born and raised here in Jackson and have 3 brothers, Sam, John, and Luke. I graduated from Ole Miss in Dietetics and Nutrition.

2. What is the best movie you’ve seen lately?
Argo. Ben Affeck is a hunk!

3. What’s your favorite way to spend a nice weekend?
I like to just relax and hang out with friends… and what not.

4. What’s your most favorite local restaurant?
Aladdin on Lakeland

5. What band/bands are you really diggin right now?
The Lumineers- they rocked it at The Grammys

6. What is your dream vacation destination?
Bora Bora- and I would want a lot of fun activities to do while I’m there.

7. What’s your favorite piece on the SummerHouse showroom floor right now?
The new Hickory Chair cocktail ottoman

8. Ok… Lightening round… Pick your fave from each pairing…
a. Skittles or MnMs? Skittles
b. Coke or Pepsi? Coke
c. Books or Magazines? Magazines
d. Black coffee or fancy coffee? Black coffee
e. Beach or mountains? BEACH
f. Burger or pizza? Burger or Pizza…. too hard!

Thanks Yancy! Burgers and Pizza really is too hard of a choice… Totally agree! 😉

Be sure to tell Yancy hello next time you’re here! She’s a cutie!

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Outdoor Oasis Sneek Peek

22
FEBRUARY
2013

Last week, designer Todd Prince completed a beautiful outdoor installation that has given all of us a serious case of spring fever! This is just a peek at the space, brimming with fantastic pieces.

Outdoor Oasis by designer Todd Prince // SummerHouse

The LEE Industries outdoor furniture is accented by custom iron side tables and custom drapery panels and hardware.And the Holly Hunt fabric used for the drapery is the perfect sheer for a restful outdoor space.

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The fire screen, made by the same local craftsman who made the drapery hardware and tables, really makes this covered area special. And the LEE lounge chairs are too pretty for words!
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It’s the time of year to start thinking about getting your own outdoor space spruced up for the warmer weather that’s just around the corner! Stay tuned for more pictures from this outdoor oasis, coming in the next few weeks, for inspiration!

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Brent Smith Art on iShopMS!

20
FEBRUARY
2013

Be sure to check out iShopMS.org when you have a chance sometime soon! A Brent Smith painting from SummerHouse has been featured in the Hot Now In Mississippi section! We absolutely love this little piece of art… It would be perfect in a bathroom or other small space!

Click here to see the Brent Smith painting on iShopMS!
Click here to see the Brent Smith painting on iShopMS!

Here’s a close up of this fab piece for your viewing pleasure!

Brent Smith Art // SummerHouse

More SummerHouse goodies should be on iShopMS REALLY soon!!

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New To The Floor Part 2

15
FEBRUARY
2013

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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Interiors Market Booth Update + Wine Tasting

11
FEBRUARY
2013

Late last week, Marty got our beautiful Interiors Market booths in Fondren looking better than ever!

Among so many other things, we’ve got some of the most fabulous gourmet chocolates you’ll find!
These are the perfect Valentine’s gift for just about anyone!

SUMMERHOUSE INTERIORS MARKET BOOTH

SummerHouse | Interiors Market Booth | Mississippi SummerHouse | Interiors Market Booth | Mississippi

Speaking of Valentine’s Day…
Interiors Market is hosting some lovely wine tasting events tonight (2/11) and tomorrow night (2/12)! It’s not too late to reserve your spot for tomorrow night’s tasting, which starts at 5:45 and features several red wines from all over the world, along with fruit, cheese and dessert to nibble on! All for only $25 a person! Call Interiors Market at 601-981-6020 to secure your spot. We hear this event is extra fun!

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Pretty and New

24
JANUARY
2013

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As we do just about every week, we’ve added some beautiful new inventory to our showroom floor! New beauties from Mitchell Gold, Vanguard, LEE Industries, Dransfield and Ross, and many others have done a fabulous job of freshening up the store and giving us lots of new pieces to become obsessed over!

Have a look.

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

If you have any questions about any of the pieces you see, feel free to leave a comment or give us a call! One of our friendly designers would love to assist you!

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