Marvelous Master Bedrooms

11
NOVEMBER
2015

With the cooler weather approaching, we all find ourselves wanting to cozy up our homes. Particularly our bedrooms! A cozy master bedroom is the perfect end-of-the-day retreat. Plus, who doesn’t love waking up in a pretty place?! Here are a few of our favorite master bedrooms done over the years by SummerHouse designers!

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com (( by designer Lisa Palmer ))

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com (( by designer Lisa Palmer ))

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com (( by designer Lindsey Townsend ))

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com (( by designer Lisa Palmer ))

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com (( by designer Katherine Shelton ))

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com (( by designer Elish Moon ))

Eight Stunning Master Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com (( by designer Lisa Palmer ))

Are you looking to cozy up your master bedroom for winter? Our designers can help! Give us a call at 601-853-4445 and let us know how we can help!

Thanks for stopping by today. We truly appreciate it! Have a great one!

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Inside The Orange Box: Home Bars We Adore

30
OCTOBER
2015

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

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

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

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

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

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

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

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

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

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

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

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHERINE SHELTON

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

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Annnnnnd we suddenly want a cocktail! 😉

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Four Little Designers Went To Market…

27
OCTOBER
2015

Our four market-goers gave us a full recap of their trip yesterday and we are all SO fired up about what all they saw, found, and fell in love with!

A few of the things they specifically noted in their recap were…

– Vanguard has a new bedside chest program where you can customize finish, hardware, base, doors, and drawers of your bedside chests! Sounds pretty awesome!

– LEE Industries had some GREAT new fabrics! And some pretty cool furniture intros too, like this fringe chair!

New introductions from Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Suzanne Kasler’s space at Hickory Chair was knock out! AND – exciting news – Benjamin Moore White Dove, Suzanne’s favorite paint color, is now a standard finish!

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– SO much great new lighting! Barbara Cosgrove, Visual Comfort, and tons of one-of-a-kind pieces from antique places throughout market!

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– New twists on old favorites like this great ottoman…

Vanguard Ottoman at High Point Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Mitchell Gold was a breath of fresh air this year!

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Running into the oh-so-talented Thor Taber!

Thor Taber at High Point // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Finding a new line of REALLY cool sculptures, mirrors, etc…

Handmade sculpture at Arete // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AMAZING snake mirror at Arete // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– The Swiss Alp theme for the Oly party was SO much fun!

Oly Party at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are excited for market finds to start rolling in over the coming weeks and months… Be sure to check back often to see what all we’re getting!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

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Headed To High Point!

15
OCTOBER
2015

Part of our team is headed to High Point Market today!

Lisa, Marty, Todd, and Lindsey flew out early this morning and are excited about several days of picking out some fantastic new goods to bring back to Ridgeland! We know they have a pretty packed schedule, so we look forward to keeping up with them on Instagram by following the SummerHouse market hashtag #SHGoesToMarket!

#SHGoesToMarket // SummerHouse's trip to High Point on Instagram!

 

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for some more High Point action as well!

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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

SummerHouse Designer Camille Holland Parker // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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

Have a great day!

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The Ice House Condo

29
SEPTEMBER
2015

If you’ve flipped through the latest issue of Delta Magazine, you probably noticed a beautiful modern condo featured! This game day home, located in Oxford’s Ice House Condos, was carefully crafted by SummerHouse interior designer Lindsey Townsend. We love what she did with this unique space!!

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.comIce House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ice House Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Pick up a copy of Delta’s Fall Issue if you see one at your local book store! It is a great issue!

Thank you, Delta, for the wonderful feature! And thank YOU for stopping by today! 🙂 Have a great rest of the day!

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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!”

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

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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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.”

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

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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

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

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Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend

24
JULY
2015

We’re excited to have Lindsey Townsend as our designer of the week! We had a great chat with her about a fun project she’s working on, where she finds her best inspiration, and more!

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1. As a designer, what has most been grabbing your attention lately? A certain color, type of pattern, decor style…?

I love mixing antique pieces with contemporary. I like how collected it can make a home feel. I have also been drawn to anything antique brass, hammered metal, stone table tops, organic patterns, and small touches of acrylic. I have been very inspired lately by emerald greens and deep blue grays.

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

2. Tell us about your favorite project you’ve worked on as a SummerHouse designer. What was it that you loved about that project?

I have to say there are many projects and clients I have truly loved working with here at Summerhouse. My favorite project at the moment is a new construction project I am working on. It is on the water in Lost Rabbit. The clients and I have been working together on everything from the ground up. A unique feature of this home is that it has a twenty-two foot Nanawall. This wall will have the capability of opening completely, so that the great room can lead right onto the covered balcony. My clients like to spend a lot of there time outside, so there will be 4 beautiful outdoor areas for them to spend their time lounging and entertaining. The style of this home is a beautiful mix of timeless and contemporary. I can’t wait to see this project completed and installed at the end of the year!

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. What inspires you most as a designer? 

I can find inspiration in anything most times. It can come from a certain fabric, a rug, wall covering, or even a light fixture. But art may inspire me most. A beautiful piece of art can really become an integral part of my entire design scheme. I also draw a lot of inspiration from what other designers around the country are doing, from such publications as Atlanta Homes and Elle Decor.

Designer of the Week: Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com
4. We’re getting excited about your new home! What project to you plan to tackle first when you get into your new house? Give us a teaser of a future project that you’ll eventually get to if you can!!

Well we are buying a 31 year old home, so having said that… it has amazing character and potential. It just needs a little TLC first! We first plan to update all paint, lighting, and freshen up the landscaping. After that we plan to completely remodel the kitchen and all bathrooms! Finally, once we make it through all that, I plan to redesign our master bedroom. We are very excited to get started.

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Project Underway

24
JUNE
2015

Designer Lindsey Townsend is working on a GORGEOUS project out in Madison’s Lost Rabbit neighborhood that we are just dying to see! This project is one that Lindsey has been working on from the ground up! Construction is expected to be completed this fall, and furniture is slowly but surely being ordered!

Here is a peek at phase two of Lindsey’s selections.

How pretty!!

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Phase Two of SummerHouse designer Lindsey Townsend's Lost Rabbit project // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We cannot wait to see this finished product. Stay tuned for more photos once the install is complete in a couple of months!

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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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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.”

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

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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Ice House Condo in Oxford

25
MARCH
2015

We have a brand new project up on the SummerHouse Interior Design site for your viewing pleasure! Designer Lindsey Townsend did a BEAUTIFUL job of designing this condo in Oxford. We can all attest to how hard she worked on this project and are all so proud of the end result!

Lindsey, you’re a design goddess!! 😉

Here are a few shots from the project.

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

Ice House Condo in Oxford by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.summerhouseinteriordesign.com

There are lots more photos from this project HERE! Enjoy! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Outdoor Living

16
MARCH
2015

With spring coming upon us — finally! — we have really been thinking about spending more time outdoors! Outdoor spaces become the setting for casual family dinners, parties, and quality time spent with friends around a fire pit, so why not have them looking their best? Often times, your outdoor space can be seen from inside, which makes it every bit as important for that space to be beautiful! It’s still a part of your interior design even if it isn’t technically interior!

Here are a few pictures of outdoor spaces our designers have done to get you thinking about your own space! Remember that outdoor furniture and fabrics have come such a long way in just a few short years. You’ll be surprised what companies make these days that are intended for outdoor use!

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful outdoor spaces by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Click here to see some more of our designers’ favorite outdoor furniture pieces and fabrics! And give us a call if you’re looking to get your outdoor space fixed up for the spring and summer. Our talented design staff can help you get where you want to be!

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Inside The Orange Box: The Right Light

05
DECEMBER
2014

Inside The Orange Box this week, we talk about getting the right light! Three designers share their secrets of perfecting the ambient lighting in whatever room they are designing… So let’s see what they have to say!

Interior Designer Elish Phares
I don’t have a hard and fast rule when choosing lighting for a space. Unless you are starting from scratch, each room comes with it’s own deciding factors: ceiling height, paint colors, natural light, size, etc. I love a pair of matching lamps in a room, but I usually avoid more than one pair. If I need another matching pair I usually start varying height. For example, a pair of table lamps and a pair of floor lamps look great together but aren’t too repetitive. A beautiful ceiling fixture can go a long way, but I like it to be a focal point and not fight with the rest of the room. If there is already a lot going on, I may think twice about adding a large hanging fixture. Lastly, remember who you are designing for! How do they use the space? What are they drawn to? The room should always be a reflection of those living in it.
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend 
When designing lighting for a space, I always take into consideration how the space is going to be used, the amount of natural light, the paint color, the ceiling height, and the size of the room. When starting from scratch, I like to have evenly dispersed can lighting along with a ceiling fixture in the center of the room.  In most cases I will select a decorative ceiling fixture, but not in all cases, because again, it depends on the function, size, furniture, and overall design style of the room.
If the space already has many interesting design aspects then I will select a very simple light fixture, but in other spaces I do the opposite! I will select a light fixture to be the focal point and the rest of the space is designed to compliment it, not compete!  I always put separate dimmers on the light fixture and the can lighting when possible.  Dimmers are always nice to have when entertaining!
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Interior Designer Molly Ferguson
You should have a mix of light sources at all different levels to create a flattering ambiance. You also need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space. I try to stay away from fluorescent lights if at all possible. In some instances, fluorescent lights will accent blue tones and make reds look colder, and they often are very harsh. Incandescent lighting gives off a warmer, more flattering glow. The most ideal light source is natural light. I believe if the sun is up, your drapery should be open!
Every house is so different, so there are many factors to take into consideration when selecting lighting for a space. It’s always good to hire a professional for guidance in tricky areas such as lighting!
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com
SummerHouse Designers share tips on getting the right light // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Getting the right lighting in a room really can make the BIGGEST difference! If you need help in this department, our designers are always ready to help!

For past Orange Box topics, CLICK HERE!

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Welcome Back, Lindsey!

24
OCTOBER
2014

Earlier this week, we welcomed back designer Lindsey Townsend after being out for maternity leave! We sure did miss her smiling face while she was gone… We are so glad to have her back! We know it was hard for her to leave this precious little face of her beautiful baby girl Harper every morning this week, though… We are all completely smitten with this sweet little one!

Lindsey and Harper <3

Be sure and welcome Lindsey back next time you’re in the store! (You won’t even be able to tell she’s had a baby! She’s lookin GOOD!)

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! We hope to see you out shopping soon!

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Inside The Orange Box: Finding The Perfect Rug Size

05
SEPTEMBER
2014

Today on Inside The Orange Box, our designers dish on how to find the right rug size for your space! There are several things to consider when taking on the daunting task of picking a rug size, so our staff is here to lend their expertise!

>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<

SummerHouse Interior Designers' tips on finding the perfect rug size // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“If I’m doing a room that is in isolation, my tendency is to have the rug larger and all the furniture on the rug. If I’m doing a space that is open, like a keeping area that’s open to a kitchen, my tendency is to do half of the furniture on the rug, meaning front legs on and back legs off, so the whole room doesn’t feel swallowed up by the rug. But if it’s a room all by itself, I kind of like that swallowed up feeling.”

>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<

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“When determining rug size, my ideal is to draw out my furniture plan and then select a rug that has about 3″ clearance on all sides of the furniture. I try to avoid having pieces half on/half off if possible. Often, walkways, other furniture pieces, or architectural details limit creativity on rug sizes. Traffic patterns play a large part as well. I always recommend drawing everything out… Seeing a plan on paper makes all the difference!”

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>> DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND <<

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“If you have a beautiful antique Moroccan or Oushak rug that is not large enough for your space, you can always order a thinly woven sisal large enough and layer your antique on top!”

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>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<

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“It’s super important to get your rug size accurate. Having the wrong rug size can ruin the whole design of the room. Sketch out your room (to scale) with all of your furniture in it. From there, determine what size rug is needed by this: If it’s a main living area, make sure tables (mainly side tables) are all the way on the rug. As long as the main upholstery pieces have at least their front legs on the rug, you should be good to go! Different rules apply with differing spaces, though.”

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>> DESIGNER MOLLY FERGUSON <<

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“In a dining room, make sure your rug is 3 feet larger than the table on every side. This way when the chairs are pulled out, all four feet are still on the rug instead of two on and two off.”

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