A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event

Boy do we have some big news to share with y’all! In case you haven’t seen us mention it on our Instagram or Facebook over the past couple of weeks, we are teaming up with our friends at Noggins Organic Salon to put on a MAJOR runway event on July 19th! This event is going to be spectacular…

Our theme is A Midsummer Night, and it is going to be simply magical. But first, allow us to give you the basics!

Our friends at Noggins approached us asking if we’d be interested in partnering on a runway show. Of course we said yes! At our first meeting, we determined a theme: A Midsummer Night. Think flowers, fairy wings, organic style, lots of white, lots of natural, magic, glitter, delicate desserts, champagne, whimsy… With a bit of an avant-garde twist in the form of lots and lots of JEWELS.

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Without giving too much away, we are putting all of this on with the participation of several local boutiques and shops. This runway show will not only appeal to women, but to men and children as well, as we will have styles for the entire family represented on the catwalk! Row 10 Baby, Blithe & Vine, 4450, The Rogue, Sollberger’s, Beckham Jewelry, and Albrition’s Jewelry will present the looks. (Be sure you go and follow all of these businesses on Instagram– their accounts are linked above!– to keep up with all the fun!) Noggins Salon will do models’ hair and Galexie Glister will finish off the makeup looks.

Little Bluestem Farm will lend their floral talents and La Brioche is providing dainty desserts to make this event over the top beautiful. Y’all, we. cannot. WAIT.

Perhaps the most important thing about this evening is that all proceeds go to our friends at CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption.) We love the work that this shelter does in keeping pets of all kinds safe and healthy until they find their forever homes. Did you know that CARA runs solely on donations?! They absolutely cannot keep doing their work without community support, so we are asking that each guest give a minimum $15 donation at the door. This donation will get you one entry into a raffle drawing for several INCREDIBLE prizes: Gift cards to Arco Avenue, salon services from Noggins, services from SummerHouse, jewelry, a whitening treatment from Uptown Dental, and SO much more! Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at $10 each. Again, all money goes to CARA!

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(pictured above: our inspirational mood board for the event)

We will end with this piece of excitement: The first 20 guests to enter A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event will be gifted an incredible swag bag. Y’all will not believe the incredible donations that have been given to these swag bags! We won’t ruin the surprise, but we will tell you this: YOU WILL WANT ONE.

Start picking out your “summer fairy best” and make plans to join us at SummerHouse on July 19th at 7 p.m. for an event unlike any other to ever hit our area! Be sure to join the Facebook event to keep updated on all event news. We can’t wait to see you!

“Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.”  -A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4, Scene 1

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Coffee Table Styling Tips

If there is one thing we hear often as designers, it is about the difficulty of styling a coffee table. This is in fact a difficult feat if you don’t know what you’re doing! So we are here to help 🙂

We asked each of our designers to take their favorite coffee table on our showroom floors, clear it completely off, and style it as if it was their own. We feel very inspired by the tables they put together, and we picked up some helpful tips along the way! Have a look at each of their styles, then keep reading for a handful of style tricks and tips.

Rectangle burl wood coffee table styled by Design Assistant Camille Parker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round glass top coffee table styled by Interior Designer Maddie Ertle

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Wood and silver leaf coffee table styled by Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Two-tier glass and metal coffee table styled by Interior Designer Erin Baker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle shell coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round leather coffee table styled by Interior Designer Laurie Conway

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle concrete coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

Coffee Table Styling Tips

A few things to keep in mind when styling a coffee table:

  • Be sure to vary the heights of the accessories you add. This adds an incredible amount of interest.
  • Mixing old/rustic with modern/new can be fun, if this is in keeping with the style of the rest of the room.
  • Pick a simple color story and stick to it.
  • Add interest with a metallic accessory.
  • When in doubt, coffee table books.
  • Trays and boxes add organization, layering, and function. If your coffee table is an upholstered piece, a tray can also serve as a place to set a drink.
  • Is your coffee table in a room where guests tend to gather? Add a game, or a decanter and cocktail glasses, or an conversation piece from your recent travels. Let your coffee table make your job as a host just a little bit easier!

Here are a few more pretty shots from these styled tables. We hope you find some good inspiration! And please do not hesitate to call a designer for help! That is what we do! 😉

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy coffee table styling!

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First Impressions

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mama always said, “It’s important to make a good first impression.”

Well, as always, mama was right. And she wasn’t just talking about when you meet someone. She also meant when it comes to your home! Making a positive, warm first impression on a guest in your home is of the utmost importance. Even if your entryway isn’t grandiose or filled with collectors’ pieces from around the globe, it still speaks volumes. Let your entry speak for you, telling your guests to make themselves at home. You just tend to the hugs, handshakes, and showing everyone in to where the party is!

Here are some of our favorite entries, all created by SummerHouse designers. Some big, some small, but all welcoming. And all making mama proud by making a fantastic first impression 😉

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What is the most inviting thing for you to see when you enter a home? We’d love to hear!

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Space Transformed

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

There is a brand new magazine out in Mississippi called VERVE, and one of Lisa’s projects landed on the cover of the current issue! Having one of our designers’ projects featured is always such an honor, especially when it winds up on the cover of the publication!

This space was designed by our leading lady Lisa Palmer. It was a complete and total transformation, as this client started with an entirely blank slate. “The first time I went to this client’s house, he had one rug and four or five pieces of furniture. That was it!”

Lisa took his empty house and made it a rich, cozy, masculine home. Neither Lisa nor her client could have been more pleased with the result!

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

To read more about this project, plus to find out more about the spring design trends that we are extra excited to see popping up, grab a copy of VERVE whenever you see one!

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St. Andrews Condo

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve recently added a brand new project to our design site: St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton! This lovely project was completed last fall, and is absolutely stunning! We love the simple color palette, the modern overall aesthetic… Really, we love ALL of Katherine’s choices! 🙂

Here’s a quick peek at this weekend home. See the full project here!

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t it gorgeous? We love it all! Photos by Anna Goodson.

VIEW THE FULL ST. ANDREWS CONDO PROJECT HERE! >>> 

Have a great week!

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Give Back To Byron

Hello, friends!

We hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! We are starting our Monday off with a bit of a heavy heart for our dear friend Byron Green. Byron, who owns and runs Classic Upholstery, experienced some misfortune last week as his shop burned completely to the ground. He lost everything. Every piece of furniture, every bolt of fabric, every nail gun. EVERYTHING. Byron has been a friend to SummerHouse for a long, long, long time and has done so much beautiful custom work for us. Not only does he do custom reupholstery, but he can build furniture pieces from scratch. And not only is he wildly talented, but he is patient with us. We as designers tend to change our minds from time to time (especially when it comes to a custom piece) and Byron has never once gotten frustrated with any of us. He just laughs, makes a note, and delivers exactly what we ask for.

And we know we aren’t the only designers who work with him. Byron is well known throughout all of Mississippi! He’s simply the best!

Give Back to Byron // alwayssummerblog.com

Bryon is truly a gem, so we want to be there for him during this tough time. We want to give back and help him rebuild his business. Will you help him, too? Please consider donating to the GoFundMe page we started for him. We can’t wait to surprise him with a big ol check! 🙂

>>>> GIVE TO BYRON BY CLICKING HERE <<<<<

Thanks in advance for supporting our friend. Y’all mean so much to us!

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This And That

We’ve had a lot of excitement going on around here that we wanted to get you caught up on!

… Our Mark Edge Trunk Show was so much fun! We were in love with every single piece he brought, so we ended up keeping a good bit after the show was over! SO, if you weren’t able to make it by, be sure to stop in the Ridgeland shop soon and see what we still have available!

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… We installed the Corporate Sponsor Lounge for Mistletoe Marketplace last week and it looks really good!! When you’re working with pipe and drape and old floors, it’s a bit of a challenge to get things looking chic, but Lisa worked some magic and it looks fab!! Corporate Sponsors– we hope you enjoy! 🙂

Mistletoe Marketplace Corporate Sponsor Lounge // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Scout Guide liked our favorite fallish paint colors as mush as we do, and they did a feature on their national blog about them!! Thank you so much, TSG, for the love! 🙂

Cozy Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Not only do we like to stay cozy in the chillier months with beautiful, warm interiors, but we also love keeping warm with a great cocktail! Have you checked out our new BAR section on the online shop? We have more items to shake up that page coming very soon!

SummerHouse BAR

We hope your week is off to a great start! Thank you so much for stopping in today. XO!

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Events

We wanted to give y’all a quick reminder about the two exciting events that we have coming up over the next couple of days!

FRIDAY, 10/20, at SummerHouse | Oxford, we have artist (and Baton Rouge native) Lauren Barksdale coming in for an art show! She’ll have lots of new pieces, many of which are Oxford themed. What better way to kick off the Ole Miss / LSU weekend?!  The show is from 10-6, with light bites and cocktails from 3-6. Below are a few of the Oxford-y pieces she’ll have with her!

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

At the Ridgeland shop, we’re excited to welcome jewelry designer Mark Edge in for a jewelry trunk show on Tuesday, 10/24! Mark will have hundreds of pieces of jewelry with him (many of which are brand new introductions) PLUS he is currently taking appointments for one-on-one meetings to discuss custom designs. Mark can take your keepsakes (old keys, medals, lockets, or just whatever!) and turn them into stunning pieces that you can wear. Call us at 601-853-4445 to make an appointment with Mark to discuss him making a piece just for you!

To get things started on the right foot, we’re also hosting a cocktail reception for Mark on Monday 10/23 from 5-7. We hope you’ll join us for a night of fun and fellowship!

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

We look forward to seeing you at these events! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Let us know if you have any questions about either of these events!

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The Interest In The Unpredictable

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

When we first saw pictures of a study that SummerHouse | Ridgeland Designer Elish Moon recently completed, we were blown away! Not only was it a stunning space, but it was so unexpected! It’s not every day that we see a deep green velvet sofa, deep green walls, and pops of warm spice. We were enamored, so we got Elish to share a little bit more about this lovely design! (Disclaimer: These are cell phone pictures. We hope to get some better ones done very soon! But the space is still stunning!)

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish MoonThe Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish MoonElish says, “The clients whose project this is are longtime clients that I have a great history with and have enjoyed a friendship with as well. I worked with them first as an assistant and then as a designer. While this couple had a beautiful home we had done by the water, they moved to a slightly smaller, easier to manage residence in their retirement. Although their previous home was absolutely beautiful, this new home was cleaner, brighter, and more modern. They wanted the design direction to reflect that. While the entire home is light, bright and airy, the husband wanted one space to still capture the warmer, cozy, richer feel of their previous home… and occasionally escape from boisterous grandchildren! This second level bonus room-turned-study was our one room to depart our white color scheme and go for something rich and bold. Together we chose the beautiful Benjamin Moore Narragansett Green for the walls. His love of books is evident in this space and they became a focal point as he crafted bookshelves to fit his needs by hand. The very narrow footprint was a challenge but really ended up working in our favor. We were able to line the walls with shallow shelving and order an apartment length sofa in a perfectly coordinated velvet. Although this room was somewhat of an afterthought, it became one of our favorite rooms as elements seamlessly fell into place. I’m hoping they can spend many hours in this room enjoying their well deserved retirement!”
The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

 

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon
The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon
See more from Elish on her love for this paint color (plus lots of other beautiful fallish wall colors) in this post!
Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you’re having a great week!
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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 1

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The showroom floor at SummerHouse | Oxford just recently got revamped and it is looking GOOD! Tons of new upholstery, lots of new accessories, some new art… Plus so much more! If you haven’t been by in a while, now is the time to stop in! Here’s what you have to look forward to…

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We actually have so many pictures of the Oxford showroom right now that we’ll have to save the rest to show y’all tomorrow! So be sure to check back in the morning 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! And of course, to get the full effect, we recommend actually going to SHOX to see all of this in person!

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InstaFaves

It’s no secret that one of our favorite social media platforms is Instagram! That is the only platform that every member of the SummerHouse team is on, so that’s got to mean that it’s superior! 😉

Once or twice a year, we love to go through and see what posts you guys seem to most like. This is really fun for us, and it gives you the chance to see the highlights, just in case you missed something! Here are our top ten Instagram posts from the past six months…!

10. Neutral beauty

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

9. This bright and beautiful room always makes us feel better! (More from this project here)

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8. Another one of our favorite Jackson homes, of which you can see more here!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

7. Elish and Lisa boxing up a project that was done completely remotely! More on that project here!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

6. Rug ottomans are always crowd favorites

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

5. One STUNNING study by Elish that we can’t wait to share more on soon!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4. A Heavenly bed setup

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. This pretty corner at SHOX

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

2. This beautiful bed setup at SHOX.

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1.  And the number one most popular post was of the outdoor space designed by Katherine Shelton that was featured in Social South! You can read more about that here!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wasn’t that fun?! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start. And if you don’t follow us on Instagram, check us out @shopsummerhouse!

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Century Furniture Sale!

Century Sale at SummerHouse

We have some exciting news to share with you! Now through October 2nd, we’re offering 25% off Century Furniture, both in-stock and special order! There are a few exclusions, but not many, so we’re confident we can help you find just what you’re looking for at a great price! Here are some pretty photos to showcase what Century has to offer…

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Come see us soon and let one of our talented designers help you get your dream room(s) on order!

Thanks for dropping by today! Hope your week is off to the best start!

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Meet SummerHouse | Ridgeland Designer Lana Pate

Meet Interior Designer Lana Pate! // www..alwayssummerblog.comWe are so excited to introduce y’all to our newest designer at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Her name is Lana Pate and she is such a perfect addition to our team. We love this girl, and we think you will too. Get to know her a little better with this quick Q&A!

What got you interested in the Interior Design field?

One of my mother’s best friends was a decorator as I was growing up.  Our families spent a lot of time together.  I loved being around her amazing and never ending energy.  It was impressive watching her make “something” out of “nothing”.  She encouraged me at an early age to pursue my talents and dreams, and she remained a mentor to me throughout my career.

How would you describe your personal taste in design?

My personal taste is much like my personality – colorful!  I decorate my home the same way I advise my clients to design theirs – by surrounding myself with things I love.  I love original art with bold bright colors.  I also have a huge obsession for luxurious fabrics. Velvet being my most favorite!  Did I mention I love gold?  A girl’s got to have a little bling in her world.  My decor is classic with a dose of French and pops of color.

What is your favorite day to spend a day off?

I like to spend my day off by sleeping in then meeting my sister for a delicious lunch at one of our local restaurants.  In the afternoon, I like to go see a movie alone.  It’s a different experience going to the cinema alone versus with family/friends.  When I’m alone, I can completely immerse myself in the story and escape reality for a couple of hours.  I like to end my day with a long hot bath and a good book.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently and why?

Since I literally go almost every week, it’s hard to narrow the field.  Though it’s been a few months, The Light Between Oceans had a profound effect on me.  The story and the characters were very complex.  It was an incredibly sad movie (book), but I could sympathize with each character’s plight.  I pretty much cried the entire time.

What is your favorite source of design inspiration?

My go to source has always been magazines such as Veranda, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, etc.  I think I started subscribing to Traditional Home when I was 13.  But I also enjoy letting art inspire me.  If I hit a “block” on a project, I’ll head to a local art gallery.  It never fails to get my creativity flowing again

How do you take your caffeine?

My daily dose is unsweetened tea.  But my favorite is Dr. Pepper (preferably in a can).  Sadly, I consider those treats these days!

What is your favorite part of being in the Summerhouse family so far?

I’m loving being surrounded by so much creative energy.  I enjoy how everyone just seems to feed off one another.  It’s fun to see others’ projects and design styles.  And it’s nice to have sounding boards sometimes.

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Thank you, Lana! Welcome to the SummerHouse fam! 🙂

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Back Door Sale Sneak Peek

SummerHouse's annual BACK DOOR SALE

If you’re one of our beloved social media followers, you have probably seen us announce the dates of our upcoming BACK DOOR SALE! (If you are not one of our beloved followers, but would like to be, we invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!)

The official dates are July 21 and 22 and the location is 830 Wilson Drive in Ridgeland. (Please note that this is NOT our store address. We’ve had to move this sale to an off-site location.)

As always, we are sworn to secrecy right now as far as what will actually be in the sale. The organizers like to keep it all top secret until all final decisions are made. BUT, we were able to get the scoop on a small handful of items that we know for sure will be in the sale, so we get to share some little teasers with you right now! (If you have been a follower of past Back Door Sales, you know this never happens this far in advance of the sale!)

SummerHouse's annual BACK DOOR SALE

Be sure to keep a close eye on our social media for more sneak peeks as we get closer to the 21st… But until then, enjoy this teeny peek (which we feel is well representative of all of the awesome stuff you’ll be able to get your hands on when the day arrives!)

As always, thank you for stopping by today! You guys are the best!

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A Few Moments With Artist Carol Sneed

We recently got the opportunity to chat with local artist Carol Sneed about her work, her family, her inspirations, and how she got into art in the first place! Keep reading to find out more about this talented woman whose work we could not adore any more!


Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little about yourself? Where you’re from, about your family, how you like to spend a lazy weekend…

I am from Canton, MS. I met my husband, Bill, at Ole Miss, and we married after his first year of Medical School. After my graduation from The University of MS with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Houston in design, I practiced Interior Design in Jackson, MS.

We have one daughter, Katherine, who is married to Hunter Worley, and they live in Birmingham, AL.

On a lazy weekend, believe it or not, I like to get some painting in. It is therapy- sometimes, that is! I also like to read & practice sketching. If I am in the mountains where the summer weather is cool, I like to hike or bike.

How long have you been painting, and what got you into painting?

Well, my mother’s favorite piece from the fourth grade, a crayon & watercolor, entitled “Cotton Picking” still adorns her walls. My teacher entered it in an art contest and it won first place.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comI have been designing and painting a good deal of my life. At Ole Miss, I took art electives for fun. After Ole Miss graduation, I studied painting from a local instructor for fun. My fine Arts degree included every form of art. After retiring from Interior Design, I knew I had to focus my artistic energy in some direction, and painting was a natural creative outlet. I began sketching and painting seriously in 1999.

How do you describe your style?

That is a hard question! It may not have a name. ha! My goal, however, is to take what is complex and paint it simply. When painting abstractly and experimenting with different color combinations, I try to keep the composition fresh, spontaneous, and appearing effortless.

What do you most enjoy about creating art?

I love an eclectic mix. I enjoy creating art that is very much at home with antiques as well as contemporary pieces. I am always keeping “art for interior design” in mind, and I paint the types of pieces that I searched for to place in client’s spaces.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comWhat would you say inspires you most as an artist?

I love the inspiration I receive through travel- to drink it all in. There is nothing like being there to capture the essence of the place. My city scenes and Aspen landscapes are drawn as much from memory as through photo references and sketches. Matisse, Cézanne, Bonnard, and Monet are just a few of my current influences.

I am especially fascinated by nature as a whole, the most awesome masterpiece of all, created by the only perfect artist.

What else do we need to know about you?!

Every day is a gift, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do something I enjoy- and hopefully bring pleasure to other people.

View more of Carol’s work here:

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Shop these pieces plus many more HERE!

Big thanks to Carol for giving of her time so we could get to know her better! Next time you’re in Oxford, be sure to stop into SHOX so you can see her gorgeous work with your own eyes. Thanks for checking in with us today. We hope to see you soon!

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Outdoor Living in Social South

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Katherine Shelton recently had her work featured in Social South magazine! The whole issue is beautiful, but we particularly love this outdoor space! We will soon add this space to our project site, so keep an eye out for that! Until then, have a look at these pretty pages!

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

You can read the story here, or stop by the Ridgeland showroom and pick up a hard copy for yourself!

Great work, Katherine! We love every detail 🙂

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Scout is Out!

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

The newest issue of The Scout Guide Jackson is out, and we could not be more pleased with our spread! The whole issue is really beautiful. So many outstanding businesses are a part of this year’s volume!

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

We are also particularly in love with the blue cover. How pretty does it look sprinkled around our showroom floor?! 🙂

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse in The Scout Guide Jackson v.4 // alwayssummerblog.com

Be sure to stop by the Ridgeland shop soon and pick up a copy to flip through for yourself! We can’t wait to see you 🙂

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Lately in the Ridgeland Shop

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // alwayssummerblog.com

It’s been a while since we gave you a peek inside our Ridgeland shop over here! Marty got the floor all fluffed up last week with new arrivals, all of which completely melt us! So many pretty new things! We are particularly fond of all the new Lynn Sanders art… What do you see that you’re most fond of?!

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SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS // alwayssummerblog.com

Did you see anything you want to know more about? Feel free to give us a call and ask a designer about what you see! OR simply leave a comment below and we’ll get in touch 🙂

Thank you for stopping by today! We hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend!

XO!

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Lee Loves Local Food & Drink

Lee Loves Local at SummerHouse

We are getting VERY excited about our upcoming Lee Loves Local event next Saturday, February 11th! One of the aspects we are most excited about is the food and drink! We’ll give you a taste of what we have in store, but you’ll definitely have to be here on the big day to fully enjoy!

As far as beverages, we will have bartenders from The Manship (which has an award-winning bar) to mix up a couple of their most popular daytime cocktails! Cathead Vodka is providing us with some of their locally distilled vodka and gin to keep things extra “Mississippi!” Also to be made with Cathead Vodka are the Bloody Marys, which will feature Debutante Farmer’s Bloody Mary Mix! We are pumped about this! Lucky Town Brewery is also going to have some local brews as part of the bar.

One of our most beloved neighbors, Fusion Coffeehouse, will have a setup with coffee and hot chocolate, should there be a need for a little extra warmth (or caffeine!), so we will have something for everyone!

Lurny D’s Grille, a burger food truck which a few of our staff members are particularly fond of, will be here keeping our tummies from rumbling! In addition to burgers, Chef Jeremy Enfinger from County Seat in Livingston is planning to prepare some lighter bites for throughout-the-day grazing! We will let the details on those light bites be a surprise, but we can tell you this: It’s gonna be good.

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful food and drink right here in the Jackson area. One thing we hear often from out-of-towners is how spectacular our local food scene is! And we have to agree. We live in a gold mine of exciting food and drink!

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As the cherry on top of all of the above good news… The bar drinks will be served from The Karovan Bar! This is the cutest little bar you ever did see! It’s the prettiest white and natural wood trailer that was made (literally) for events like this! We are thrilled to have them as part of the goings on. 🙂

Stay tuned for more information on our panel coming next week! This panel discussion is one you will not want to miss!

Thanks so much for dropping by today. We can’t wait to see you on February 11th!

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Lee Loves Local: February 11

We are THRILLED be get to host this year’s Lee Loves Local event put on by Lee Industries and Traditional Home Magazine!

Lee Loves Local Event at SummerHouse // February 11, 2017

You are invited to join us for the day of local celebration!

Every year, this event is held in a different city somewhere in the U.S., and the host shop pulls together their favorite of the indy local scene. We are pretty pumped about the lineup that we have to share with you guys.

Hydration for the day will be provided by Fusion Coffeehouse, Cathead Vodka, Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mix, Lucky Town Brewery, and bar talent from The Manship. The Karovan Bar will be where the loaded drinks are served!

As far as food, Chef Jeremy Enfinger will have some little bits of southern goodness available to all of our guests. And Lurny D’s food truck will be set up right outside!

We’ll have some live jazz music to keep spirits high all day long!

Author Julia Reed will be in the shop signing copies of her newest cookbook Julia Reed’s South! Julia will also be joined by our very own Lisa Palmer and Shaun Smith, a designer who currently resides in New Orleans but is originally from Madison, for a panel discussion moderated by Traditional Home’s Senior Style Editor Krissa Rossbund! This should be really, really fun!

Lee Loves Local Event at SummerHouse // February 11, 2017

The first 30 people who join us for the panel discussion get some pretty incredible swag bags, courtesy of our hosts and market vendors!

Speaking of market vendors… Here’s who will have booths set up just outside in our makers market! We are pumped about all of these small businesses representing at our event!

See? Awesome list! AND, this event is benefitting MADCAAP, one of our favorite local organizations! Stay tuned for more about that! 🙂

Lee Loves Local Event at SummerHouse // February 11, 2017

We can’t wait to share more about all of the fabulous businesses participating as the event gets closer and closer! Stay tuned! 🙂 And thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to save the date! 🙂 It’ll be some big time fun!

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