The Best Soft Bedroom Colors

Last week we shared our designers’ picks for dark and cozy bedroom paint colors. Today, we’re sharing their brighter, airier picks! Paint colors can be very tricky, so whenever you are in doubt, hire a designer! We promise that you’ll save time and money in the long run if you do it right the first time. Our designers actually love picking out paint colors, so with any one of them helping you, you cannot go wrong!

With all that said, here are some of their favorites when it comes to softer paint colors!

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

Design Assistant Camille at SummerHouse Ridgeland says, “I enjoy a pretty, crisp white, like White Dove, for a bedroom because it gives a clean slate to work with when selecting the main upholstery items. You can accent white walls with Drapery, Pillows, and maybe a unique bedside table or chest.”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford Interior Designer Laurie Conway’s pick is Lullaby by Sherwin Williams.

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“I love BM November Rain,” says Ridgeland Interior Designer Katy Sanders.”It is a beautiful greige green you cannot go wrong with!”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“You know me, I’m one extreme or the other,” says SummerHouse designer and owner Lisa Palmer of her picks. “I love something black like Onyx, or I go with White Dove. Oh, and I love Sherwin Williams White Dogwood that I used in a client’s bedroom. It is the prettiest pink.”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore is such a brilliant color!” says Ridgeland Interior Designer Katherine Shelton. “I love it on the walls of a master bedroom. It will go warmer or cooler depending on the fabrics and finishes you surround it with.”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Interior Designer Rebecca Cornelius says “Collingwood or Revere Pewter BM are soft neutrals & light warm greys that you can use anywhere indoors safely.  Simply White and White Dove are the best all round go-to whites.  You can put anything with them!”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“I’ve noticed when choosing paint colors I tend to be drawn toward colors with a greige undertone,” says Ridgeland Interior Designer Elish Moon. “Although I haven’t tried it, Benjamin Moore’s “Gray Wisp” seems like it would lend itself well to creating a serene environment. This soft color can go blue or green, depending on the room, and is low commitment and high style!”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

Ridgeland Design Assistant Anabel Webb’s lighter pick is Decorator’s White, although right now she’s really more into the deeper hues!

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

So there you have it, folks! Our designers’ picks on soft, light bedroom paint colors! We love every single one of these selections! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a great week. It’s always an honor to have you spend part of it with us! 🙂

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White on White

We absolutely love all white spaces. White on white is crisp, neutral, both modern AND traditional, and simply soothing. All white spaces start with all white walls and trim, so we hit up our design staff for their favorite white + white combos. We love what they’ve picked!

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite white on white paint color combinations! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design Assistant Anabel Webb prefers the Benjamin Moore combo Decorator’s White with Simply White on the trim. Design Assistant Camille Holland Parker likes White Dove on White Dove! Design Assistant Krystle Short’s pick is Ben Moore’s Navajo White on the walls with Farrow & Ball James White on the trim. Designer Katy Sanders likes all Ben Moore Ivory White on both walls AND trim! Lindsey Townsend loves Ben Moore Moonlight White with Simply White on the trim. Katy Carone’s pick is Ben Moore Glacier White on the wall with White Dove on the trim.

Designer Elish Phares Moon likes the monochromatic Ben Moore Moonlight White on both walls and trim and tells us why it’s so beautiful!

“One color? For the walls AND trim? It may sound too good to be true, but in this case, less is more. Although it’s a little too much restraint for some personalities, an all white house is incredibly inviting. It took me a while to get on board. I thought “all white? and stifle my creativity? Leave a huge canvas… blank? NEVER! ” I first tried this combo with a client in Oxford… when I finally saw the finished product it was love at first sight. I loved it so much I did it in my own home- and I fall a little more in love with it each day.”

Great picks, designers. Do YOU have a favorite white on white combo? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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Designer of the Week: Katy Sanders

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders Every few weeks, we pick a different designer to feature as our designer of the week! It’s so much fun for us to really focus in on one designer at a time and see what they’ve been working on, what’s caught their eye, and where they turn for inspiration!

Our newest designer of the week is Katy Sanders! This girl has been working extra hard lately and has pulled together some beautiful rooms! Find out about what’s most inspired her lately, her favorite recent project, and much more! Keep reading!

Tell us about a few of your favorite details in a project you’re currently working on!

My latest project involved a complete living room design for a home in the Bridgewater subdivision. Having downsized to one main living area, my clients needed a comfortable, casual, user-friendly space. I chose slipcovered pieces, warm wood tones, and natural fibers.

Here’s a look at the final selections. We cannot wait for the install this fall!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders

What is your favorite design trend right now?

I am excited to finally see a shift from cooler tones back to natural, earthy palettes. Most recently, I have been drawn to designs that incorporate warm neutrals, jewel tone accents, matte finishes and mixed materials. My husband and I are building a home this fall, and I am looking forward to adding a few of these details myself!

Is there a publication, book, blog, website, or magazine that has just really inspired you lately? Tell us about it!

The fall issue of Milieu Magazine is absolutely stunning and so inspiring. Designer Betsy Brown’s home in Birmingham is featured. It is breathtaking, and her attention to detail is incredible. Some of the most beautiful designs can be found here in the south!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

The master bedroom is one of my favorite spaces to design. While many clients overlook this area, I encourage people to make this a priority. I have heard countless times, “No one goes in there but us.” BUT, it is so important. It’s a personal space where you wind down and rejuvenate, and that is definitely worthy of some design attention! I love helping clients transform their bedrooms into relaxing, beautiful retreats.

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Thank you, Katy, for sharing with us! You inspire all of us!

Have a GREAT week and thanks for dropping in today!

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Featured on Inspiration Mississippi

14
OCTOBER
2015

We are so honored that Inspiration Mississippi chose to feature the SummerHouse designers on their blog! In this post, the designers all answered a few questions about their background, the importance of design, how they would describe the SummerHouse Style and more!

>> Read the full post here! >>

Thank you Christina Foto for taking such fantastic pictures of the designers!

SummerHouse Designer Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Thanks so much for dropping by today! And thanks again to Inspiration Mississippi for the lovely feature! 🙂

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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.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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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!

SummerHouse Designers' favorite white and neutral paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

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

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

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

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

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!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great long weekend and remember that we are closed on Monday so we can spend Labor Day with our families!

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Designer Of The Week: Katy Hines

28
AUGUST
2015

Our newest designer of the week is bride-to-be Katy Hines! We’re loving the things that have been inspiring her and catching her eye lately! Keep reading… >>>

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) What project have you been most excited about working on lately?! What do you love about this project?

I recently completed the lighting specifications for a new construction home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The client’s home is a rustic modern approach in design style. Lighting selections that blended effortlessly with the style of the home and furnishings were key to the success of the design. Style, scale, proportion and function are critical details when designing lighting plans, and when done correctly, it can make such a big impact on the overall aesthetic. I really view it as a work of art! I enjoyed the process and the end-result turned out beautifully!

2) Is there a color or type of pattern you’ve been really into lately that you find yourself reaching for when putting together presentations?

Here is a Hickory Chair pattern I have been reaching for a lot. These colors and this pattern have really caught my eye lately.

Hickory Chair 4101-95 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am also loving the warmth, great mix of textures and overall style of this vignette on our floor:

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) What inspires you most as a designer? 

My clients inspire me most. Without them, we wouldn’t be here! I love the challenge of creating functional and beautiful spaces that are personal and tailored to each client’s own style and interests.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When initially working on the conceptual design of a project, I often turn to some of the best in the business. Trade magazines like Milieu Magazine and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles offer great sources of inspiration from renowned designers all over the world! Not to mention the library of published design books we have here at our fingertips!

And I cannot forget to mention the people I work with. We have such a great team of designers and support staff. We all work closely together and inspire each other everyday!

4) Tell us how you think you’ve grown as a designer of the years!

I have learned that communication is key when working with clients. Styles and interests, likes and dislikes, and the lifestyles and patterns of people are all different. Melding your talent with the client’s vision is what truly makes you successful in this business.

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Inside The Orange Box: How To Make A Bed, Part 2

21
AUGUST
2015

We gave you part one last week, so today we give you part two of this Orange Box topic: Our designers’ favorite ways to make a bed!

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“I think bedding should be super practical. You have to be able to clean it! I love a coverlet with a duvet folded at the foot of the bed. That allows your bedding to be changed out with the seasons, since we need to be able to do that here in the South! On a king bed, I love doing two king size pillows against the headboard with 3 euroshams in front. I’m all about practicality, texture, and color. I love a pretty and functional bed!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

“My favorite way to make a bed usually starts with crisp white bedding and a white coverlet, while using a neutral soft patterned fabric for euros or accent pillows! Simple and classic!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

“I like to keep an overall clean and simplistic look, definitely not too over done.  I love accent fabrics, so if I use a really bold pattern fabric as a large lumbar across the front, I will use fairly simple euro shams behind the lumbar to balance it out. I tend to use euro shams most often because I like the height they give (unless the headboard is very low, then I will use standard shams.) Also, I like always having something at the foot of the bed. It can be a folded duvet, throw, or bed scarf. Layers of texture and soft pattern can help create a most inviting environment!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

“I always start with whites for the basics like coverlets, sheets, etc. It’s fresh, crisp, and relaxing. Then I layer color and texture in the accent pillows and throws to tie in with the paint, art, and accessories.”

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Inside The Orange Box: Nontraditional Neutrals, Part 2

31
JULY
2015

You might remember seeing from our last Orange Box post about nontraditional neutrals! Today, more of our designers are getting in on the discussion! Let’s see what they have to say!

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

One of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is dark slate blue-greys. I love how it can really ground a space while also balancing well with many other color schemes.  It can be used within a traditional design palette or contemporary.  It is a very versatile non-traditional neutral!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

My favorite non-traditional neutral is black, it is usually thought of as an accent to white or grey neutrals, but it is amazing standing on its own as the main color in a space! It pairs great with all colors and can make any room stand out as a show stopper or can tone down a space for subtle elegance!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

I have really been drawn to blush tones lately!  When paired with creams and ivory, it creates a soft, sophisticated palette.  And it is a beautiful accent to darker neutrals like charcoal and taupe.  Here are a few blush accents you can find in our showroom now!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Our Best & Favorite Design Quotes

15
JULY
2015

We love a good design quote. They motivate us, inspire us, and frankly they are just fun to read! We’ve compiled a collection of our favorite design quotes, some from our own designers, and some from designers we admire. We’d love to know which ones you find most inspiring!

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Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Don’t forget that we have a staff full of trained designers who are here to help you with any of your design needs, no matter how large or how small! Check out our talented design team HERE!

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Inside The Orange Box: Wallpapers For Accent Walls

29
MAY
2015

Today on Inside The Orange Box, our designers talk about their favorite wallpapers for an accent wall! We love that wallpaper has made a comeback. We are eating it up! Check out these pretty picks from our talented designers!

Interior Designer Todd Prince’s favorite is a Schumacher grasscloth called Pondera Weave, color way Tabac!

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Lindsey Townsend says, “Its amazing what a wallpaper can do for a space. Having said that, it’s hard to choose! I love so many different styles. Currently, I am really into a new introduction from Harlequin- Makrana 110914.  Its a Faux Bois print and is absolutely beautiful in every color way.”

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Mary Courtney also loves a Harlequin paper called Gardinum!

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Sunny Holliday says, “my favorite is a Katie Ridder wallcovering – “Leaf” in color 01 Blue!”

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Katy Hines loves Breakers Blue from Phillip Jeffries

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you love a good wallpaper as much as we do? If so, do you have a favorite? We’d love to hear!

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Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair: Our Favorites

06
MAY
2015

We’ve been talking a lot lately about how much we adore Suzanne Kasler. The showroom has a lot of Suzanne-inspired vignettes and, of course, lots of her books!! We are SO excited to have her here tomorrow night!!!

The conversation turned to her line for Hickory Chair, which got us to talking about our favorite pieces from that collection!

Want to know what some of those pieces are?!

Elish says her favorite piece is the Dalton Library Table.
“It just has such presence. I adore it.”

Dalton Library Table - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mary Courtney loves the Virginia Skirted Chair.
“The crisp tailoring and delicate details are killer!”

Virginia Skirted Chair - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sunny adores the Ansley chair.
“It’s the perfect little slipper chair. It can fit in almost any space due to its petite size, and it’s super comfy for an armless chair. It’s to die for in leather!!”

Ansley Chair - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Katy’s favorite is the Choate Dining Table.
“The elegant shape and beautiful details of this table make this one of my favorite pieces!”

Choate Dining Table - Suzanne Kasler x Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you have a favorite piece from Suzanne’s Hickory Chair collection? You can see it all here!

We hope to see you tomorrow night for an evening of bubbles, bites, and great design!

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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…

SummerHouse designers' favorite square arm sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

…and Katy loves Lee’s 3232-03 sofa!

 SummerHouse designers' favorite square arm sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!”

SummerHouse designers' favorite square arm sofas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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!

>> You can always check out past Orange Box posts by clicking 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!”

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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.”

Common Design Mistakes addressed by SummerHouse designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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: 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!

Inside The Orange Box - Design tips from SummerHouse's Interior Designers // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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.

Inside The Orange Box: Placing Pillows On A Sofa // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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: Our Favorite Graphics

31
OCTOBER
2014

Today’s Orange Box gets a little graphic! We asked our designers to pick their favorite graphic patterns to share with you guys, and we’re so in love with every single one they picked!

There are so many great graphics out there that it couldn’t have been easy to pick just one, but they all rose to the challenge! Let’s see what they selected…

>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<

“My favorite graphic is a wallpaper by Dedar. It is called Alhambra Quasi Nero, and it comes in 6 colors.”

Dedar – Alhambra Quasi Nero

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“I actually used this, in a sense, for a beautiful bathroom that my client had renovated. I took this pattern, blew it up to a larger scale, changed up the pattern slightly and stenciled it on the walls in a metallic gold and umber. It was stunning. On its own, I truly love it, but the pattern was too small and the color they offered wasn’t what I wanted. So I customized it!”

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>> INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<

“I am a sucker for an animal print and apparently the rest of the design world is too! They are constantly being produced in fresh and innovative ways and this graphic is a great example!”

Cowtan & Tout – Boa Slate

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>> INTERIOR DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

“I love all the color ways of this fabric!”

Villa Romo – Fraser Hematite

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>> INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<

“Hello, Gorgeous!”

Romo – Estella Nori

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>> INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES <<

“I love almost all of the patterns from Fret. Particularly this one!”

Fret – Geofret Silver Blue

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>> INTERIOR DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<

Currently, my favorite graphic print is this Jim Thompson Metallic Screen Fabric. I actually just had drapery made out of it!”

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“This isn’t the greatest picture ever, but it looks SO pretty up!”

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Do you have a favorite out of the ones shown above? We’d love to hear!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Detailing A Custom Pillow

03
OCTOBER
2014

Our Inside The Orange Box topic for today is all about detailing your pillows! Pillows make such an impact, even if they aren’t the biggest, most expensive items in the room. They are of utmost importance!

Pillows are a place where designers can get a little creative with fabric and all of the fabulous trims that are available to them today!

There are so many ways to take a pillow up a few notches with simple tweaks or additions, so our designers share some of their favorite ways to do so!

>>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<<

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“I like an interesting contrast banding applied to a solid fabric, like this one that I’m currently having done for a client.”

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>>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<<

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“My favorite pillow detail is, hands down, a butterflied corner on a sheer flange!”

>>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<<

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“There are so many ways to make one pillow go a long way. One of my favorite details is to add a sheer flange. Another under-used detail is the boxed pillow. You can also reverse the fabric application or add banding… just a subtle something extra can go a long way!”

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>>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<<

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“If the design is right, railroading a fabric (or running it the opposite way from how it comes off the bolt) on a lumbar pillow or long accent pillow is a nice change up. I like to do a contrasting fabric for the backs of pillows as well! And usually I order my pillow forms one inch bigger than the actual size of the pillow to make sure they’re nice and full!”

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>>> DESIGNER KATY HINES <<<

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“I’m a big fan of the butterfly corners, too!! I also love a custom applique. One of our local workrooms did such a beautiful job on some pillows I had made recently!”

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>>> DESIGNER JACQUE MOOR <<<

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“I am working on a custom pillow now that I am going to get Virginia Weathersby to custom stencil! This makes the pillow more valuable because it is a one of a kind designed specifically for the client!”

>> A FEW OTHER DETAILS WE LOVE FROM PROJECTS PAST <<

Color blocking and contrast cording…

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… Using pillows with antique passementerie applied, as so beautifully done by local artist Becky Vizard…

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… or having a custom piece of art embroidered onto a silk. The photo below is of a project Lisa completed several years ago.

“I commissioned the late artist Lynn Green Root to do an art piece for me, and I had her custom art piece embroidered onto silk for these pillows. The client kept the original pen and ink drawing that she did and he framed it for his walls. It became a really, really special project for many reasons.”

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Inside The Orange Box: Four Interesting Ways to Frame Your Art

18
AUGUST
2014

Happy Friday to y’all!

We have a fun Inside The Orange Box post for you today! We’re talking about different and unique ways to frame your art! A few of our designers highlight some outside-the-box ways to get your art wall-ready, so let’s see what they have to say!

 DESIGNER KATY HINES

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DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

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DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

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DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

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All beautiful!!

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While we’re on the topic of framing, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when you’re thinking about getting a piece framed!

“Art is an investment. It needs to have a finished look. Investing a little more in a frame to get the look right for the space in which it is going is crucial!” – Designer Sunny Holliday

“You always have to frame anything that’s on paper. The only time you have the option not to frame is when you’re working with a canvas.” – Designer Lisa Palmer

“I always like to keep a balance of framed and unframed canvas pieces throughout a space.” – Designer Lindsey Townsend

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you back here next week!

(And don’t forget about our brand new Pinterest account! We’d love your follow!)

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New and Pinteresting

19
AUGUST
2014

SummerHouse has a brand new Pinterest account and we would love if you’d follow us! To get to our new account, CLICK HERE! You can still get to and pin from our old SummerHouse group pin board, but from now on, we will be posting and pinning from the new account only!

The most exciting thing about this new account is that we have boards divided by type of design, specific rooms, design tips, things we’re inspired by, and boards for each individual designer! We’re feeling much more organized now… 🙂

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Thanks for following along with our design fun! We look forward to pinning with you!

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