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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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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The Rug Show Continues!

03
MARCH
2012

Our NOLA Rug Show continues! It ends Sunday, though, so hurry up and come see these fantastic rugs before they go back to New Orleans! As the show goes on, our love for NOLA Rugs just grows and grows… They really do have such a beautiful range of styles, colors, prices, types…. And we’ve got a whole team of people on hand to move things around so you can see every single rug!

Thanks to NOLA Rugs, we have an EXTRA beautiful grouping right when you walk through the front door. How amazing is this Moroccan beauty?!

{ to die for… }

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the rug show continues!

Thanks to all who came out to the kickoff of the show on Thursday night! We had some great appetizers, wine, and flowers, thanks to our talented team of party throwers! 🙂

Enjoy this sunny weather, and we hope to see you this weekend!
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Meet Chelsea Sirmons

Chelsea SirmonsMeet Chelsea Sirmons (that’s Sirmons with an “r!”), our new Design Assistant! She just moved to Mississippi from Georgia and we have loved getting to know her! We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her a little better, too! 

Laurel: You just moved here from Georgia, right? What made you move to good ‘ol Mississippi?

Chelsea: My husband, Brad, received a job offer and we made the move from Savannah, Georgia at the end of September.

Laurel: What interiors magazine or blog do you find the most inspirational?

Chelsea: I find inspiration almost anywhere! My favorite interiors magazine would definitely be Traditional Home, though.

Laurel: What are three items that you just absolutely cannot live without?

Chelsea: Coffee would probably be the only item… I absolutely cannot live without my family and friends!

Laurel: What’s your favorite movie?

Chelsea: Gone with the Wind… Love the story, the setting, the characters portrayed…

Laurel: Coffee, Traditional Home, Gone with the Wind… You’re our kind of girl! 😉 Anything else we should know about you?!

Chelsea: I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Interior Design. Fun fact… I have an identical twin sister who is also an interior designer!

Thanks Chelsea! And thanks for all the major help you’ve given everyone up here so far! Do yourself a favor and come meet this girl! (We have a new designer, so while you’re at it, come meet him too! You can read all about Todd in an older post!) In the words of Lisa Palmer, “This girl is the queen of organizing!” Chelsea, you’re just what SummerHouse needed! 

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SummerHouse Gift Week { day seven }

Today is the last day of our official SummerHouse Gift Week! We’ve enjoyed showing you a sampling of the affordable, in stock gift items we have available! Of course, to get the best look and to see everything we have, you’d have to come in and see things for yourself 😉

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1. Roost Penguin Ornaments (these have been a customer favorite for years!), $11

2. Cut Glacier Selenite Votive, $62

3. Lauren Barksdale Small Cross Painting (the perfect gift for someone who has everything), $55

We hope you’ve enjoyed SummerHouse Gift Week! Remember, if you have any questions about anything you’ve seen in any of our blog posts, don’t be shy to call up to the store! We will be happy to help in any way possible. 

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SummerHouse Gift Week { day six }

It’s day six– Only one more day left after today! We’ve got some great, in-stock, under $75 gifts for these last two days that you will not want to miss!

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Gift Weed day 6Monkey Desk Box (the color is gorgeous in person), $34

Roost Mercury Glass Tealight Bottle, $40

Roost Oxidized Silver Glass Cup, $45

Only one more day left in SummerHouse Gift Week!

If you missed a day, you can find them all here!

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SummerHouse Gift Week { day two }

Today is day two of our SummerHouse gift week! Every gift we’re featuring over the course of this week is in stock and under $75. If you see something you like that you have a question about, please don’t hesitate to give one of our talented designers a call!

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Orange and Gold Bracelets (these look so expensive, but they’re so not!), $20

Lauren Barksdale extra small pink heart painting, $40

Lauren Barksdale small red heart painting, $55

Did you miss day one of gift week? Don’t fret! You can check it out here.

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SummerHouse Gift Week { day one }

We know everyone is  on the hunt for some unique, fun, and affordable gifts this holiday season, so we’ve put together our first ever Gift Week to help you shop! Each day for one week, we’ll post some gift ideas that we have in stock and under $75!

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1. Jonathan Adler Bull (can be used as a paperweight or a decorative figure. Perfect for the bull collector!), $28

2. Jonathan Adler Coasters (we are all crazy about these!), $74

3. Jonathan Adler Aspen Candles (they smell divine!), $38

4. Jonathan Adler Carnaby Blue Mug (drinking coffee out of these is almost too much fun…), $19

 Stay tuned throughout the next 7 days for more gift ideas! Happy shopping!

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FA LA LA Photo Contest is Back!!

01
DECEMBER
2011

We hope all of you are having a great week so far! If you have not had a good week, it’s about to get better. If you HAVE had a good week, it’s about to get GREATER!

We are pleased to announce the second annual FA LA LA Photo Contest is back by popular demand! We had so much fun with this contest last year, and have had people ask us when we were going to do it again, so we’re excited to get it up and running again!

Check out the flyer:

SummerHouse // Ridgeland MS

Now all you have to do is get started! Take some pictures of your beautiful holiday decor and post them to our Facebook wall! If you’re having any trouble, please feel free to email laurel @ summerhousestyle.com and we’ll help you out 🙂

{ Merry picture-taking, and good luck! }

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Sweet Master Suite

Check out this beautiful master bedroom/bathroom that Lisa designed for one of our favorite clients. The warm browns with the little bursts of color make this space comfortable, masculine, livable, and totally envy-worthy! 🙂 What do YOU love most about this space?

The designs on these pillows are actually from a couple Lynn Green Root paintings that Lisa commissioned specifically for this client. She then had the custom designs embroidered onto pillows.

See the paintings on the right in the picture above? Those are the aforementioned Lynn Green Root pieces!

As always, Rachel Kabukala did a great job on photographing! Check out the guest rooms and outdoor area of this same home! If you can’t tell, we’re in love with this house… 🙂

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Be My Guest

Remember the beautiful home we showed you pictures of on Friday? (It is the blog post right before this one.) Well, here is the upstairs guest area of the house. It is fun, bright, colorful, and best of all, designed by Lisa Palmer!

This particular client fell in love with the bright green velvet of the Earl Chair, so the room was designed around that chair, as well as the items that this client already had. The bedding is by the oh-so-fabulous Ann Gish.

From one side of the jack-and-jill bathroom to the other… The art, the paint colors, and the beautiful tile countertops make these bathrooms very happy and welcoming!

If this room doesn’t make you happy then… Well…. It should!

We will have more from this beautiful home later this week. Rachel Kabukala took so many fabulous photos that it’s impossible to get them all into just one or two posts! Stay tuned!

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Let’s Celebrate Friday with New Photos!

Remember the behind the scenes pictures we posted earlier this week of Rachel Kabukala in action at our Eastbrooke client’s home? (You can see them here if you missed them.) Anyway, here are our favorite photos of this condo’s living room… We’ll show you more rooms next week! This is just a little teaser to get your weekend started off right! Enjoy!

If these pictures don’t make you happy, then…. We need to talk! Have a great, safe weekend and we’ll see you back next week!

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Summer Sale!

GET EXCITED! Our Summer Sale is going on now! Up to 40% off of TONS of things in our beautiful showroom! Come in today, buy it today, take it home today! (Or have it delivered in the next few days!) We’ve got some incredible deals that you need to come in and see with your own eyes… Us telling you about these deals is not good enough!

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Meet Todd!

Todd Prather
Todd Prather

We have a new member of the SummerHouse team that y’all need to be introduced to! His name is Todd Prather and he is the new SummerHouse Distribution Manager. Here is a little Q&A with Todd…

SummerHouse: Where are you from?
Todd: I was born and raised in Jackson though my wife and I call Clinton home.  We’ve lived there since before we were married (soon be 17 years) and we love the town.

SummerHouse: What is the funniest thing that has happened at the warehouse since you took over?
Todd: I guess that would have to be when a warehouse mate had a table refinished and the technician didn’t set up his ventilation properly.  The overhead roof fans drew the dust all over the whole facility.  We’re still cleaning up from that one.

SummerHouse: What is your favorite place in Jackson to eat and why?
Todd: There are a lot of places that we love to go to.  We really love the lesser known, out of the way places, but for places others would know…For steak, Shapley’s.  Seafood? Probably AJ’s.  We love Char too, but we also try to find the odd places for the more diverse items from time to time.

SummerHouse: What is something funny/different about you that we might not guess?
Todd: I have traveled a lot.  Been pretty much coast to coast in the US and lived in the Netherlands for about 8 months while in college.  I traveled and worked in eight different countries while there and taught at the American School of the Hague also.

SummerHouse: If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Todd: My favorite super hero as a kid was always Wolverine.  Never gets old, heals quick and adamantium claws and skeleton.  Wow, really shouldn’t know that much but I can always blame it on the kids.

SummerHouse: Anything else you want to tell us?!
Todd: I have two great kids, Noah who’s 9 and Bailey who’s 6 and a tremendously talented wife who is a master cake baker.

Now that you know Todd, don’t you love him? We do! Thanks, Todd, for being a good sport and answering these questions! 🙂

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Feature in Portico Jackson

We are so excited to have recently been published in Portico Jackson Magazine! You may remember this room from a Behind the Scenes post we shared a few weeks ago!  We hope to get this amazing recognition added to our website soon (after we get better images, of course!) We hope you have as much fun looking at this room as we had creating it! Enjoy…

Page 1. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.
Page 2. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.
Page 3. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.

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A Visit with Virginia Weathersby

Virginia Weathersby

Lisa:   Virginia, darling…You and I have been working together for… how many years?

Virginia:   Well, let’s see, it’s about… Ten or eleven?

Lisa:   We did that corporate condo in Eastbrooke. That was one of the first jobs we worked on.  That would have been at least ten years ago.

Virginia:   Yeah, I’d say ’99.  Maybe ’98, but I think ‘99

Lisa:   Of course back then, and probably for years after that, everybody was doing much heavier finishes.

Virginia:   Yeah, more textured finishes.  Very, very old world-ish. More things like that.  Remember we did the stone blocks going up the staircase and I even glazed over that torn paper wallcovering that was already in there.  Then I made that white column look like old wood.

Lisa:   That’s right.  On the bar, she had that map of Italy, and you made it look like the map was sort of being uncovered.  That was really cool.  When we started out working together, we did a lot of glazes, although I was never into very heavy finishes at all.  How many glazed walls do you think you have done?

This design on the island really livened up this kitchen

Virginia:   A gazillion! That customer you had, we did that whole room with glaze.  We did that whole big, humongous room!  All the way up the staircase and everything.  My sister was petrified; she was praying the whole time I was up there because we had balanced ladders on top of paint cans… I will always remember that job.

Lisa:   Well now that the heavier finishes are behind us, at least for now, what do you see?   I think you see how technology is really playing into what you do.  Technology today… it’s almost like the Jetson’s or something in fabrics and faux leather. And I love the way you’re doing your laser… well, not laser, but photography…  Incorporating that…

Virginia:   Right, right.  There is just so much out there, it’s like every single day is a whole new challenge and a whole new way of looking at things and doing things.  Especially with the fabrics.  And hopefully we’ll be cutting our own patterns and everything else. So anybody that comes to me, if they have an idea or they’ve seen something, we can actually translate that and turn it into some kind of a wall finish or a fabric finish easily. So that is huge for us.

Lisa:   One thing that you do, and I have been doing a good bit of for years, because I always love details and having things so custom, is stenciling on fabric, stenciling on a pillow, on a wall, on the back of a chair, just making it so one of a kind and custom.  And I think you really enjoy that.

“That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.”

Virginia:   Oh yeah, I love it, I absolutely love it! The big wall stencil that we just recently did, that was the first negative stencil I’ve ever done. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed. We had it custom made and worked negatively on the wall. That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.  That’s why I love coming in SummerHouse.  I could just walk around for days going through all your wallpaper books and just seeing everything that is the latest and newest.  I love it!

The matte bronze finish on these cabinets is so beautiful!

Lisa:   You always tell me that when you look at my resource library it gives you inspiration, but of course I think a lot of people get inspired by what you do.  Sometimes a wall finish, or looking at some of your samples…  Just going into your studio and looking at all your samples on the wall, or your wood finishes… those will inspire me for a look.  Sometimes I’ll start with a wall finish or start with a wood finish.

Virginia:   And that is why we work together as well as we do, because you might have an idea, but it’s not something you and your customer can both like yet.  So by seeing something else and saying “what if we take this finish here and put it over there on that, or we change that to this color…” You have all these fabulous ideas, and all I have to do is try to translate. I’m just busy trying to make it all work!  Because I know the mechanics of how it all works, and I try to take what you see in your mind and make it happen over here on a finish.

Virgnina's first negative stencil was GORGEOUS! Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for the Lee Residence

Lisa:   I may have an idea about something but I don’t know actually how to get it done. So that’s why, as a designer, I like working with someone that has your experience, and your knowledge of materials and paint, and what it can actually do…. that’s how you know how to translate, which is cool.

Virginia:   The thing that makes it great is that you don’t know. So you have no parameters. So you say “what if we do this and this and this” which are usually things I’ve never thought of.

Lisa:   That may be stretching you!

Virginia:   Yeah, it does.  It makes me think, “Well, how can I do that? How can I accomplish that?”  So I love that part.  That actually happened to me today.  We have this, and we want to make it this, so how do we get there?  It’s always a challenge!  If you had told me 20 years ago that this is what I’d be doing, I probably would’ve told you that you’re out of your mind.

Lisa:   Did you start off thinking you were going to do wall finishes?

Virginia:   Well, I’m not sure exactly how it happened.  I went to school for design, I did that, then I stopped doing that, got married and did all those things that you do,  so I was on a break for years.  Then when it got time to go back to work, I had seen other peoples work and it interested me.  I went to the Manship house in college and I thought, “how did they make that marble look? How did they make that wood grain look?”  That stuck in my head.  I’ve always been more of a hands-on worker.  I am not comfortable in high heels, I am not comfortable in clothes that are super tight.  I like carrying around a ladder, you know. I’m much more hands on and really just love doing the work!

The stencil at the bottom of this drapery is also at the top on a smaller scale. Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for Strange Residence
Lisa:   Well I think what you’ve brought to our area, you know, is pretty remarkable.  I think you’re just one of the best. EVER.  So do you ever have people say that they are tired of this? What you do? Is it kind of going out of style?

Virginia:   No, no!  It can’t!  It never will! Its been around for ten THOUSAND years. People were doing this in Egypt on cave walls.  Its been going on it Italy forever, a gazillion years ago.  Does it change? Yeah, it changes all the time.

Lisa:   The modern finishes you are doing now are pretty remarkable.

Virginia:   Oh, I love it.  I love the sleekness of it. I love the patterns.  I was so glad to hear wallpapers were coming back because it made me get up and work that much harder.  I will not be defeated by wallpaper! I just love it!

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Around Jackson

We have some big news! We are starting a blog series called Around Jackson, where we will feature our favorite places in the metro Jackson area!  We will show you our favorite local shops, galleries, event spaces, restaurants, businesses and whatever else is interesting to us.  Our sweet assistant, Katie, has agreed to be made into the SummerHouse version of Flat Stanley, and will be traveling to all of our local favorites with us!  We are calling her Flat Katie, but that is ONLY because she has been made into a piece of cardboard attached to a stick.  Nothing to do with her physical appearance! We love you Katie 🙂

Flat Katie in front of SummerHouse
Flat Katie next to her favorite Bliss pillow while lounging on the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Alex sofa!

Our first Around Jackson will be posted next week! Stay tuned!

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