Inside The Orange Box: Gallery Walls & Art Collections

08
AUGUST
2014

This week Inside the Orange Box is a quick set of tips on how to properly hang an art collection or gallery wall! These can be very tricky and difficult to make look organized, so our designers have come to the rescue! Let’s see what they have to say on the matter!

>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<

“Try to vary your frame styles. It is a great idea to keep the color tones of your frames the same but it makes it more interesting to change up your framing; modern to vintage, from large to thin. Also, I lay my artwork on the ground first to make sure I like the way it looks and it gives me the option of changing it around without putting holes in my wall first. Lastly, If you feel that hanging art in a collection is a daunting task, call in a professional hanger. That may be the best advice of all!”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<

“Draw imaginary vertical and horizontal lines on the wall in a grid. When hanging, make sure the center of each piece is on a grid intersection. The frames can be any size you want, but vertically and horizontally, the middle of the picture has to be centered on a grid point. Make sure the centers of your pictures all line up. You’re not worried about frame size or where it falls on the wall– You’re simply working from center of picture to center of picture.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<

“I always strive for a monochromatic color scheme when designing a gallery wall. By sticking with tones and hues in the same family, the end result will be uniform, tasteful and stylish.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

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Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<

“Although I do often rely on a professional hanger, I like to start with a center point. The center point may have a piece of art on it or be the center of negative space, but I still like to know what I am using as my guideline. For a collage, I like to already have the layout drawn out to work out any kinks before I start.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND <<

” I like to start with the largest piece as my center point and work around it with smaller pieces, varying in size and shape. I keep the framing style consistent but not the exact same frame on all pieces. You can even mix in a few canvas pieces so that not every piece is a framed piece!”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> DESIGNER KATY HINES <<

“Remember to think of your art collection as one total composition. The colors, sizes and shapes of your art and your frames should all compliment each other.”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

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>> DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

“Measure your space. Once this is done, you can come up with a layout by making a template of each piece to be hung. Just trace around the outside of the frame on kraft paper, cut out the shape, and label it. Secure the templates to the wall with a reusable adhesive. Take into consideration the picture wire located on the back of art. This measurement will be for your fastener placement. Locate your studs and make sure you have the proper hardware for the job. When all else fails, call a professional!”

Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

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Interior Designer tips on how to hang a gallery wall // www.summerhousestyle.com

Bottom line: If you run into a problem, be sure to hire a professional. Give us a call and we can point you in the right direction on who to call! 601-853-4445

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Outdoor Favorites

25
JULY
2014

Today’s Orange Box is all about outdoor favorites. There are so many beautiful lines of outdoor furniture and fabrics these days that it’s hard to know where to begin even thinking! Since a southern fall sticks around a little bit longer than fall in other parts of the country, we think now is as good a time as any to spruce up your outdoor and still have plenty of time (and great evening temperatures) to enjoy it!

Inside The Orange Box // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Let’s see what our designers are loving as far as outdoor right now!

>> Lead Designer Lisa Palmer <<

Always use 100% acrylic fabrics of course. They are colorfast, washable and bleachable and take the abuse our southern weather can dish out. A comfortable swivel chair is a must. Maybe several! Somehow human beings love to move, and I find that swivel chairs, expecially outdoor when we are at our most relaxed, are the perfect chair. The Lee Industries Outdoor Collection has several very comfortable upholstered swivel options and tons of 100% acrylic fabrics to choose from. Four grouped together facing each other with a great round cocktail table is functional and super fun!

Lee Industries Outdoor Fabrics // www.summerhousestyle.com
100% acryllic fabrics from Lee Industries

Lee Industries outdoor furniture // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> Designer Todd Prince << 

I love the Brown Jordan Drift collection. Look how pretty. That’s so me! Inspired by the 1950’s… So sleek and pretty… That is so Todd! 

Brown Jordan Drift Collection // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> Designer Elish Phares <<

There are so many more options for outdoor furniture now that it is becoming just as important in design as interior pieces! For a designer, that is very exciting. I love LEE outdoor for upholstered, and any clubcu concrete piece for casegoods. There’s nothing better than a great marriage between style and function!

Lee Industries outdoor furniture // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> Designer Katy Hines << 

Outdoor fabrics have come such a long way in the past few years, both in look and in feel, that we actually use them for interior design just as much as we do in our outdoor designs! Most of the time, you can’t even tell if a fabric is acrylic or not. One of my favorite lines is Link Outdoor. Great textures and patterns!

Link Outdoor Fabrics // www.summerhousestyle.com
Link Outdoor Fabrics

>> Designer Lindsey Townsend <<

I love all of our outdoor lines for many different reasons, but currently I am loving the “Mood Daybed” by Janus et Cie. It has a very unique and updated look.  It would be amazing under a covered area near the pool.  Great place for napping!

Janus et Cie outdoor daybed // www.summerhousestyle.com

>> Designer Sunny Holliday <<

Currently, my favorite outdoor collection is the Brown Jordan Marin collection by designer Michael Berman. This is truly a stunning collection! The threading details on the gorgeous teak frames are of a UV-resistant yacht cord. The pieces are very welcoming and cozy, and can even be used indoors!

The Marin Collection from Brown Jordan // www.summerhousestyle.com

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Inside The Orange Box: How To Design Around Low Ceilings

11
JULY
2014

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is on the topic of designing around low ceilings! Since low ceilings often make a room feel cramped, a few of our designers offer tips on how to elongate the room and make it seem larger while still keeping the cozy feeling that low ceilings so nicely add!

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Here’s what they have to say!

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com (image via House Beautiful)

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com (image via House Beautiful)

Designer tips on designing rooms with low ceilings // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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See our other Inside The Orange Box posts and feel free to leave a comment on any post you find helpful! Thanks for visiting today, and have a fabulous weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Designing Around Tall Ceilings

13
JUNE
2014

Happy Friday to all!

For this week’s Inside The Orange Box, we bring you tips on designing a room with tall ceilings since that can be a little bit tricky sometimes! Our knowledgable designers lend tips on how to create a beautiful and comfortable environment in rooms that can sometimes feel a little bit cold.

Inside The Orange Box // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

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Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

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Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

Designer tips for designing around tall ceilings // SummerHouse

What have YOU found that helps soften a room with tall ceilings? We’d love to hear your thoughts too!!

Also, if you have any topics you’d like our designers to weigh in on for a future Inside The Orange Box, let us know by leaving a comment! We value what you have to say!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a WONDERFUL weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Livening Up Your Laundry Room

Almost all of us dislike what the laundry room stands for, but that doesn’t mean we have to hate the actual room! There might even be a few ways we can make the laundry room chores seem a little more enjoyable, according to some of our designers!

Inside The Orange Box // SummerHouse

This week’s Inside The Orange Box is all about pepping up that most dreaded room with simple tips from our staff of designers! Here’s what they have to say about how to brighten up your laundry room!

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

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9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on livening up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on pepping up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

Inside The Orange Box: Livening Up Your Laundry Room

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9 tips on livening up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

9 tips on livening up your laundry room from SummerHouse Interior Designers

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We’d love to get your ideas for future Inside The Orange Box posts! What do you want to see more of? What do you want to hear our designers talk about? We truly value our feedback!

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Inside The Orange Box: One Coffee Table Two Ways

23
MAY
2014

Happy Friday to you!

We hope you guys have enjoyed our new Inside The Orange Box column that we’ve been adding to every Friday! Today’s edition is different from what we’ve been doing, but useful and interesting nonetheless!

Today, two of our designers style the same coffee table in their very own ways (without getting to see how the other designer styled it!) They each share a few tips and ideas on what went into their thought processes! We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

One Coffee Table, Two Ways by two Interior Designers // SummerHouse

DESIGN #1 BY DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

Elish shares a bit about her design:

“I thought the beautiful driftwood coffee table called for a down-to-earth lake house vibe. When accessorizing a coffee table I usually divide the space into quadrants. This helps the task seem a bit more manageable.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

I broke form a bit by using the large statement greyhound as a focal point. Everything else supported, rather than distracted from that large piece.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

I firmly believe one can never have too many books – choosing books with complimentary bindings helps create a cohesive palette as well. Varying heights also aids in creating a layered look. Hint: Build height from the outside in, bottom to top.”

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Phares

DESIGN #2 BY DESIGNER KATY HINES

Katy gives the ins and outs on her design:

“For the overall design, I went with a palette of whites and creams to lend a soft look then added a deep blue for a punch of color and contrast.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

I love to accessorize with books. They tell a story and make your space personal. Display books about the things you love – design, gardening, cooking…whatever interests you!

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

Fresh cut flowers can bring a room to life and instantly welcome you into a space. If you don’t have the time (or patience), go artificial! SummerHouse has some beautiful arrangements to help you achieve this look.

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

Trays help to create a layered look without cluttering your space. Add one or two thoughtful accessories. This can be something sentimental or it might just be your favorite decor item like a piece of pottery or a small sculpture.”

Coffee Table accessorized by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katy Hines

Thank you, Elish and Katy! We love both designs and how different they are from one another!

Look for more Inside The Orange Box posts on multiple designers accessorizing the same piece in the near future!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Bold Paint Colors

16
MAY
2014

Inside The Orange Box this week is a collection of our designers’ favorite BOLD paint colors! When things need to be taken up a notch with some drama, a bold paint color is usually a pretty good place to start! And a little drama every now and then keeps things interesting, right?!

Here are a few examples of beautiful rooms with a lot of richness on the walls!

Bold Paint Colors // SummerHouse via Rue

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Bold Paint Colors // SummerHouse via Rue

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Bold Paint Colors // SummerHouse via House Beautiful

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When our designers have the task of going bold, here are some of the colors they turn to! We love all of these selections!

– Lead Designer Lisa Palmer –
(She says she’d do this in lacquer or high gloss for extra wow factor!)

The SummerHouse Interior Designers pick their 7 favorite BOLD paint colors

– Designer Katy Hines –
The SummerHouse Interior Designers pick their 7 favorite BOLD paint colors

– Designer Lindsey Townsend –
The SummerHouse Interior Designers pick their 7 favorite BOLD paint colors

– Designer Elish Phares –
The SummerHouse Interior Designers pick their 7 favorite BOLD paint colors

– Designer Todd Prince –
The SummerHouse Interior Designers pick their 7 favorite BOLD paint colors

– Designer Sunny Holliday –
The SummerHouse Interior Designers pick their 7 favorite BOLD paint colors

– Designer Elizabeth Gullett –
The SummerHouse Interior Designers pick their 7 favorite BOLD paint colors

What’s your favorite bold paint color?

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Happy Belated Birthday Katy! (And Laurel!)

06
MAY
2014

Our fabulous designer Katy Hines celebrated a birthday last week, but since she just got back from a week-long vacation yesterday, we’re just now getting the opportunity to celebrate with her! We did a little wine and cheese in her honor. And of course there was a handmade card, too! 🙂

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And to my (Laurel’s) great surprise, the SummerHouse team celebrated my birthday too! I wasn’t here on my birthday back in April so they totally caught me off guard with a joint surprise party with Katy! I love the folks up here… What a blessing to have such a wonderful work family!!

Happy Birthday Katy and Laurel!

I’m sure I speak for Katy and myself when I say thanks for all the birthday love!!! 🙂

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Inside The Orange Box: Finding The Perfect Host & Hostess Chairs

25
APRIL
2014

Happy Friday!

Today we bring you the second edition of Inside The Orange Box! In case you missed last week’s post, we talked about beautiful soothing paint colors. Definitely worth checking out!

Inside The Orange Box // SummerHouse

Today’s topic is how to pick the perfect host and hostess chairs for your dining area!

All of our designers weighed in, giving little tips and ideas on how to select the perfect chairs to go at either end of your dining table. Let’s get started!

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

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10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

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10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

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10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

10 Designer Tips on choosing the perfect host and hostess chairs // SummerHouse

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Be sure to come back next Friday for another Inside The Orange Box! 🙂 And have a great weekend!

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Inside The Orange Box: Soothing Paint Colors

18
APRIL
2014

Happy Friday! We hope you’ve had a good week!

Our week has been great because… We’ve been working on something new and exciting for the blog! From here on out, we’re planning to brighten up Fridays with a look “Inside the Orange Box!”

Inside The Orange Box // SummerHouse

What’s “Inside the Orange Box?,” you ask?!

It’s a weekly column of designer info or unique tips that members of our staff will share every Friday from inside our little box of tricks, tips, and ideas! (We’re saying that box is orange since that’s our color!) Some weeks we may get input from the whole staff, and other weeks we may just have one or two designers lending their expertise to this column!

So, without any further hesitation, we bring you…

Inside the Orange Box #1
SOOTHING PAINT COLORS!

To get things started, we’ve asked all of our designers to share their favorite soothing paint colors! Whether you’re looking to soften up your bedroom or make your sun room more relaxing, these pretty favorites from our staff are great ones to look into! (BUT! We do advise getting a professional opinion before spending the time and money on painting… Paint colors can be very tricky!)

– Lead Designer Lisa Palmer –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

– Designer Elish Phares –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

– Designer Todd Prince –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

– Designer Casey Jenkins –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

– Designer Lindsey Townsend –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

– Designer Sunny Holliday –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

– Designer Katy Hines –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

– Designer Elizabeth Gullett –
SummerHouse design staff's favorite soothing paint colors

What’s your favorite soothing paint color?

Be sure to keep checking back weekly for more tips and tricks from our fabulous staff of designers!

Have a great weekend!

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