Big Impact In A Small Room

powder rooms

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, our designers are talking about powder rooms! Specifically, how to make the biggest impact in the smallest room of the house! Our question to them was, “If you could only change one thing in a powder room, what would you change that makes the biggest impact?”

Here’s what they had to say!

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY SANDERS

The walls!  Whether it is a dark, saturated paint color or a fun wallcovering, this is the best way to make a big impact in a small space!

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

Lighting makes a huge impact in such a small space. There is a fine balance between there being too much and too little. Having sconces as well as a chandelier allow for plenty of direct light on your face while looking in the mirror as well as illumination for the overall room. This also makes the room feel more substantial and open. Choose some standout fixtures to increase the impact factor!

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH MOON

So this may not be the simplest answer, but it depends on what state the bathroom is in. If you have decent cabinetry and stone already, try a new paint color or wallcovering. If the countertop is an eyesore, invest in some beautiful stone. (Some powder bathrooms might be small enough to score a deal on a stone remnant!)  Another easy update is new lighting! Get creative and evaluate your priorities.

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATIE CARONE

Picking a dramatic new paint color or wallcovering is always the quickest and easiest change that can make such a huge difference in a powder room, assuming no major updates or remodels need to occur. Second to this would be updating the fixtures and/or lighting.

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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If you need help making your bathrooms and powder rooms beautiful, we’re here for you! That’s what our designers do! 😉 Give us a call! 601-853-4445.

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Inside The Orange Box: Our Favorite Grays

When it comes to paint colors, one of the safest shades you can pick is a beautiful gray. The right gray goes with almost everything! It’s also a great coordinating color to pair with whites, other neutrals, and even some bolder colors! But grays can be tricky, so you’ll want to consult a professional first if you’re even the least bit unsure of your pick!

Our designers and design staff weigh in on their personal favorite gray paint colors! Let’s see what they picked!

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INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER’S PICKS:

“My favorite gray paint color is Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. I have used it on floors and walls when I need a light warm gray. It is sort of a creamy gray and pairs well with a soft white such as Ben Moore White Dove.”

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

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“My favorite dark gray paint color is Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain. When I need a jolt of rich smokey gray, I turn to this one. It is dark, so be prepared for a moody space.”

Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain

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INTERIOR DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND’S PICK

Pratt and Lambert Cadet Gray

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES SANDERS’S PICK

Benjamin Moore Horizon

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON’S PICK

“I’ve been looking at deeper grays as accents lately. Not as a whole room. Think Cabinets or Powder Room. In that vein, my favorite is Desert Twilight.”

Benjamin Moore Desert Twilight

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATIE CARONE’S PICK

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

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INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT KRYSTLE SHORT’S PICKS

“I have a couple of favorites! They’re gray but with a bit of color!”

Benjamin Moore Bunny Gray

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Benjamin Moore Violet Sparkle

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INTERIOR DESIGN ASSISTANT CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER’S PICK

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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And those are a few of our favorite grays! Check back in a couple of weeks for some more paint color inspiration! And, as always, if you need help picking juuuust the right shade, that is what our designers do best! So don’t hesitate to give us a call! 601-853-4445.

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Local & Regional Artists (Part 2)

You may remember seeing the Orange Box post about favorite regional/local artists of Elish, Lindsey, and Camille a couple of weeks ago! Today, a few more designers weigh in on whose work they’re currently loving!

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I have two… And they create two very different types of art!

The first is Rod Moorhead. Lately I’ve love affair with sculpture. Rod Moorhead’s are amazingly unique and you can’t take your eyes off of them. They’re so complex and unique and emit such a mood in a room. They’re beautiful! The construction is so fragile but the end result looks indescrutable. However, don’t let them fall on the floor! They’re dark and moody, yet uplifting and gorgreous all at the same time. They look like old world relics but they have a great modern twist, so they incorporate well into almost any interior.

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The other is Andrew Bucci. I’m drawn to the color and the movement in his work. It’s very active and bright and happy. I love seeing the deep collection of his work at Brown’s and I really enjoy placing them in clients’ homes.

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DESIGNER KATY HINES SANDERS

I love Lauren Barksdale.  Her mix of color and the softness and subtlety of her work is beautiful.  Her pieces blend well with many different style interiors making her one of my go-to artists here at the showroom!

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DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS 

Beth Winterburn from Memphis, TN is really grabbing my attention! I have a critical eye when it comes to abstract works of art and hers are my kind of abstract. I can tell there is a lot of thought behind her placement of certain elements in her pieces and I appreciate her decisions. Also, her color choices could not be better!

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We love all of these selections!! Do you have a favorite?

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Inside The Orange Box: Home Bars We Adore

30
OCTOBER
2015

With this time of year ringing in the most festive of seasons, we thought we’d celebrate by sharing some of our designers’ favorite home bar photos! They were asked to submit photos of bars that inspired them and to tell why. We love what they picked!

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

The bar setup below just makes me so happy! It is fresh, cheerful, and looks like it actually gets used. The clean brass design mixed with the greenery and fresh produce is spot on. Can we say brunch cocktail?

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INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

I love this bar cart because it is ideal for a smaller space or for someone who doesn’t always need a bar accessible. The accessories are clean and do not clutter the bar, giving the essentials plenty of room to shine!

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INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I love the bar cart we have in our own home! We use it every night. It’s acrylic, so it’s really cool without having too much visual weight. And who doesn’t love enjoying a cocktail prepared at such a fun “work station?!”

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INTERIOR DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

I love how this beautiful sideboard has been transformed into a functional bar, just by simply topping it with a tray.  This can be done with any console table, buffet, or credenza. Place your bottles, decanters, and a few glasses on the tray.  Store the rest of the essentials inside the piece of furniture.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

Being that I like my surroundings to be visually clean, I love that with this setup you have the option to close the doors when not imbibing! The glasses and bottles are kept organized and easily accessible. The aqua lacquer and brass base and hardware only add a splash of fun to this inviting piece!

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHERINE SHELTON

What I love most about this home bar is that it does not look like a home bar!  A table and counter stools placed in front of clean custom mill work that is outfitted with a mirrored back and glass shelves to house all of your shiney bar essentials. Then surrounded with built ins that are just filled with a mix of beautiful old and new books. I also really love the stark white and caramel color palate.  Blends perfectly with the color of fine whiskey and scotch!

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Annnnnnd we suddenly want a cocktail! 😉

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Inside The Orange Box: Shelf Help

09
OCTOBER
2015

We’re back with another edition of Inside The Orange Box! Today’s topic: Bookshelves. Here is what we asked our designers!

What is one of your favorite ways to add interest to bookshelves?

INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

Bookshelves can be challenging. I always like bookshelves to be about books. So I start at the bottom with books and work my way up adding accessories.  There is a balance achieved that is a little unexplainable when mixing accessories and books. I just know when the shelf is balanced and then when the side of the bookshelf in total is balanced. Sometimes you have to play with it several times to achieve it. I like to combine new and old, modern and traditional accessories with books as well as art in the bookshelves for an interesting balance.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

I tend to keep shelving minimal so that each item has room to stand out on its on. This space is meant to display items personal to the home owner so there should be no need to add extra, meaningless pieces to fill leftover inches. Take your time to find items that are sentimental and appropriate.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I love working in small pieces of art and family photos into bookshelves so that it doesn’t read too “bookish.”  Also I love hanging art from the front of a shelf as well.  Great impact and it changes the depth perception of the entire bookcase.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

Mix static and organic elements. Books interspersed with horns or a geode. Make a bookshelf look a bit more collected by adding a novel sculpture. Bookshelves are a great place to let an owner’s individualism show through.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES

Art is a great way to add interest to bookshelves.  It can break your eye from the common repetitiveness of books and accessories.

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

Using found objects and personal items, without over-crowding the shelves, is essential to adding interest. Most people assume filling up the bookshelves is the best way to tackle it, but I start just the opposite way. Less is more and creating symmetry with hefty and dainty objects is a great way to calm the eye when reading bookshelves.

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What is your favorite element to incorporate into bookshelves?

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Inside The Orange Box: Where To Start Designing a Dining Room

25
SEPTEMBER
2015

It’s time for another edition of Inside The Orange Box, where our designers take a moment to talk through common design issues or give little pieces of design advice to you guys! We love picking their minds about specific design-related topics! If you’ve ever got a question you’d like to see our designers’ input on, feel free to comment with your topic idea and we’ll do our best to work it in!

Today’s question is…

When designing a dining room, what do you as a designer find to be the best starting point? What do you pick out first?

INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“When designing a dining room, I usually start with the table. It’s the focal point in the room… usually. In decorating, there are no hard fast rules. So, sometimes I have started with a beautiful gilt mirror and then selected the console for the long wall and so on. The mirror would become the star of the room.”

INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“With a dining room I love to start out with the rug if one is needed.  That helps establish a stylistic approach and a color palette.”

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“The light fixture above the table is often times the focal point so I would consider that to be a major decision when designing a dining room. No matter the style that is being aimed for, this component is crucial for setting the tone for the rest of the room. A statement needs to be made!”

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INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

“After the table, of course, I love to start with a beautiful wall covering in a dining room! It is fun and can be applied to walls or unexpectedly to the ceiling! It really elevates the design of the space!”

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“Dining rooms are fun to design because they don’t have many essentials (dining table, dining chairs, etc…) so there is room, dare I say need, for something bold. There is freedom to design with an unexpected element because formal dining rooms aren’t often used on a daily basis, so wear and tear, neutrality, and practicality aren’t necessarily the driving force. I love to try a rich paint color, a beautiful wall covering, or a bold pattern on drapery. The dining room in itself has the potential to be a homeowner’s best art piece.”

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INTERIOR DESIGN KATY HINES

“The CHANDELIER!  Lighting can really set the tone for the whole design – dressy, formal, relaxed, informal…  It can also define the style of the room – traditional, modern, or transitional.”

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite White and Light Neutral Paint Colors

Inside The Orange Box this week, we’re talking about paint colors! Choosing a paint color seems to give most people more anxiety than almost anything when it comes to interior design! Our designers weigh in on their favorite white and neutral paint colors to hopefully help reduce the stress commonly associated with the topic!

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DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“My go to white is Benjamin Moore Linen White. SummerHouse is painted Linen White and our customers always ask what the wall color is. It is an ivory with not too much yellow in it. It is fresh and light and simply beautiful.”

LINEN WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“My favorite “go to” white is Ben Moore White Dove.  It’s crisp and clean and has no weird undertone.”

WHITE DOVE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“My go to neutral paint colors are Moonlight White or Dune White, both by Benjamin Moore. They almost universally compliment and are the perfect backdrop for any design.”

MOONLIGHT WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DUNE WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I recently used Benjamin Moore Moonshine to refinish a client’s breakfast table and chairs. The color looked fantastic as the backdrop for the charcoal velvet and marble design cotton upholstery that I used. The paint has a blue gray tint while staying light and fresh.”

MOONSHINE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

“Benjamin Moore White Dove is my favorite, especially for trim and cabinets!”

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DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

“Moonlight White and Classic Gray, both by Ben Moore, are my go-tos these days!”

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CLASSIC GRAY // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

“My favorite go-to white is Benjamin Moore Dove White, but I’ve really loved using Revere Pewter lately. It is a beautiful, soft grey that compliments all colors!”

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REVERE PEWTER // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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We love all of these picks!

Also, remember that our designers are PROS at picking out colors for your walls, so let them help you if the task still seems too daunting!

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Inside The Orange Box: How To Make A Bed

14
AUGUST
2015

In this round of Inside the Orange Box, we asked our designers to share their favorite ways to make up a bed! As always, we love their answers!

DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“I love an all white bed with one accent. I love a beautiful, fluffy down duvet cover tri-folded at the foot of the bed, and on a king bed, I typically like three euros and a 36” x 15” single pillow in front as the decorative accent. The euros sit in front of two king pillowcases.”

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DESIGNER ELISH MOON

“There is always an inner battle when I design bedding for a client. I love simplicity and a clean look…but I looooove accent fabrics. If I do bolder patterns I usually do less pillows. If I do a textured but monochromatic look I might have more layers.”

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DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I like to constantly change the way I make a bed, depending on the application. If I am including a pattern, I will either incorporate it in the shams or the accent pillows in front. I usually like to keep the coverlet simple to provide a neutral backdrop for the pillows. Any way a bed is dressed, it needs to be inviting and comfortable most of all!”

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We’ve got more on this topic coming with the next Orange Box feature, so stay tuned!

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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!

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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…

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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!

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

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Inside The Orange Box: How To Determine What Size Chandelier You Need

24
APRIL
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is short and sweet. And extremely useful! This is a trick we use all the time to help determine what size chandelier we need for a given space.

How to determine the correct size chandelier to get for a given space // Design tips from SummerHouse Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It is as simple as this:

Take the length of your room (say 12 feet), the width of your room (say 18 feet), and add those two numbers together. You get 30. That’s the number of inches in diameter your fixture should be (give or take a couple of inches!) So a fixture anywhere from 28″ to 32″ in diameter should be just right for that space!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Square Arm Styles

10
APRIL
2015

This week’s Orange Box topic is favorite square arm chairs and sofas! Our designers chime in on which sleek styles top their lists when it comes to a boxier style!

Mary Courtney loves the 3068-01 chair by Lee Industries…

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…and Katy loves Lee’s 3232-03 sofa!

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Sunny also loves Lee with her pick of the  3722-03 sofa! “I just ordered one for a customer with two back cushions over a bench cushion. It turned out lovely, and the client is super pleased!”

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Lindsey loves this beauty from the Suzanne Kasler collection at Hickory Chair. “I love the beautifully detailed wood framing and timeless shape of this sofa.”

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Do you have a favorite square arm sofa or chair? We always love hearing from you!

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Inside The Orange Box: Common Design Mistakes, Part Two

27
MARCH
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is a continuation of our common design mistakes post from a couple of weeks ago! These design mistakes are easy to make if a professional designer is not involved in your design! See what our designers have to say…

Designer Todd Prince says one of the biggest mistakes he sees is when people float sofas in the middle of a room and the sofa is too tall. “A taller back sofa needs to be anchored against a wall. If you’re going to float a sofa in a room, it needs to have a shorter back so it doesn’t impact the overall view of the room. You do NOT want a sofa that’s too tall floating in the middle of a room!”

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Designer Jacque Moor says…
“The biggest mistake people make when not hiring a designer is thinking they have the ability to envision an overall design, when really, that’s something that very few people can do properly. People without a trained eye will look at many different room images they like and pick little things from each and try to mimic them in a space. The result of that can be an unorganized room without a put together, designed look.”

Mary Courtney Johns says, “A common mistake, or rather injustice, to a room would be letting sentimentalism get in the way of the desired look and feel that you are
trying to achieve for your space. Your grandmother’s antique china cabinet
or that pair of end tables you bought as a newlywed in the 80s will not
blend well with your new sleek-lined sofa. Emotional attachments can sometimes hinder a design’s direction. When a piece of furniture is becoming more of a nuisance than a lovely walk down memory lane, it’s time to pass it off for someone else to enjoy.”

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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!

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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!”

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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.”

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

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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

13
FEBRUARY
2015

We have our last post in our “What I Didn’t Learn In Design School” mini series! Today we hear from SummerHouse interior designer Katy Hines (who is newly engaged, by the way!) on something so simple yet so under talked about in design classes!

"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

Katy says, “Working with budgets wasn’t a huge part of our training during school, but it’s definitely something we work with every single day in this field.”

Future interior designers– This is SO important! And Katy is right… Working within a set budget is something designers have to do every day! Many of our designers practice a “high/low” method where they incorporate a couple of high dollar, high style, killer pieces in with very well priced items to maintain a certain look without totally breaking the bank. It’s a skill that can only be learned by working in the field!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little mini series. Be sure to look at all of the past posts HERE!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s weekend and we’ll see you back here next week!

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Inside The Orange Box: Our Favorite Stripes

30
JANUARY
2015

Today’s Inside The Orange Box topic is FAVORITE STRIPES! We love a great stripe around here… Big, bold stripes can add just the right amount of oomph to a room, and a subtle stripe can be just the perfect, delicate detail a pillow or a window treatment is calling for. Stripes are classic, versatile, and fun to work with!

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Take a look at our designers’ favorite ones!

Interior Designer Todd Prince

Romo Morelli Mercury 7364/07

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Interior Designer Elish Phares

GWF-3101/616 Channels in Taupe/Ivory

This stripe is a bit unconventional… Not a true stripe… But I love it, and it makes the same type of impact that a bold stripe would!

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Interior Designer Sunny Holliday

GWF-3312/816 Drummond Stripe in Onyx/Beige

I’m loving this jute & linen stripe… I love the variation in sizes of the stripe, and the natural fibers!!

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Interior Designer Katy Hines

Mark Alexander M265/05 Carmel Mist

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Interior Designer Molly Ferguson

Osborne & Little Samana Dominica F6634-03

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Interior Designer Jacque Moor

Kerry Joyce Kelly Stripe 2034-02 Celadon/Cream

I’m in love with this color way, but all other color ways in this fabric are great, too! Kelly Stripe is a refreshing, soft linen that is timeless. This casual stripe is subtle enough that it will never compete with any pattern put with it.

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Which of these stripes do you most love?

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Inside The Orange Box: What I Didn’t Learn In Design School

16
JANUARY
2015

It’s time for another installment of our Inside The Orange Box mini-series called What I Didn’t Learn in Design School! Today we hear from interior designer Molly Ferguson on the topic!

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Molly says, “Getting a degree in Interior Design does not necessarily make you a good designer. There are so many things that can’t be taught. They are learned by experience. I would have liked to have taken a few business classes along with my design classes. Being an interior designer is not only about creating beautiful rooms but about customer service, time management, organization, and so much more!”

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Inside The Orange Box: Placing Pillows On A Sofa

02
JANUARY
2015

This week’s Inside The Orange Box deals with the issue of pillow placement on a sofa! There are multiple things to consider when picking out what your pillow arrangement needs to look like, so our designers give a few great pointers!

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Interior Designer Todd Prince

On a sectional, there always need to be three pillows in the corner – one larger and two smaller. On each end of the sofa, you need a minimum of two 22” pillows on one end and a minimum of one 22” on the other end. There should be a variety of styles, as well. For a sofa, you have tons of options! You can always do a 24” and a 22” on each end, but what I really love are two pillows on one end (one larger and one slightly smaller) and a throw with one pillow on the other so it’s not so matchy matchy.

Interior Designer Sunny Holliday

It really depends on the size and cushion style of your sofa. Sometimes I like to do three lumbars across if there are three back cushions and three seat cushions. If the sofa is 85 or so inches long, and has two back cushions over two seat cushions, I will do two 22” pillows with a lumbar in between them. If the sofa comes standard with throw pillows, it’s fun to change the fabric for the throw pillows with a different fabric from the company.

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Interior Designer Katy Hines

Keep the height of your accent pillows and back cushions on the sofa within one or two inches of each other. If the back cushions are 20″ high, a 22″ pillow is a great choice.

Interior Designer Jacque Moor

Decorative pillows need to reflect the style of not only the sofa, but the room! On a long, deep sofa, I would have four pillows total. 24″ pillows at each end with 22″ pillows in front of each. This will allow the sofa to not seem overbearing in a room, and a comfortable place to lounge!

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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!

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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!”

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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.
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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!
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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!
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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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