As one of our designers was flipping through fabrics this morning, she ran across a CUTE fabric that many of us had somehow never seen! In researching to find what other colorways this particular fabric came in, we discovered a whole line of super fun, bright fabrics that just made our Monday! The designer is Amanda Nisbet and her line is called AND (Amanda Nisbet Designs) What do you think?!
Happy Friday everyone! It looks like this weekend is supposed to be filled with sunshine and great spring temperatures. Hope you have a great one!
Our FOR THE LOVE OF ART event was last night and we had so much fun! We had an amazing turnout! Lots of beautiful art, delicious food, live portrait sketches by artist Dyann Gunter, and great company all made for a good time. The cherry on top of the evening was the fact that it was benefitting CARA, the largest no kill animal shelter in Mississippi. They rely solely on donations, so we were excited to have the opportunity to do something to help them. Here are a few snapshots from the evening.
Thanks to all who came out last night. As you can see, we had a ball! And thanks to all of our amazing artists who were willing to participate and give to CARA! Dyann Gunter, Lauren Barksdale Hill, Anne Taylor Duease, Jean Seymour, and Kathryn Morris Trotter all deserve a huge round of applause!
If you would like more information about CARA, visit their website for the latest updates!
Stay tuned for information on our upcoming events… 🙂
We brought over LOTS of new stuff yesterday and today. Come check everything out! We have a long list of new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams things (including a great charcoal gray Chester grouping!), some new Hickory Chair, a few great new pieces from LEE Industries, some OLY… There are so many new things, it is hard to remember them all! Here are a few shots of what you have to look forward to next time you come to the store:
Marty worked hard all day yesterday getting the floor set up with all of our new stuff! We got in our first shipment of Hickory Chair and we are SO excited about it! It is all beautiful! We also got some new Ferguson Copeland, Mitchell Gold, and LEE! Check it out….
This morning we had so much fun with the ladies who are compiling the story for the next issue of Portico Jackson Magazine! Amanda Wells, a local journalist, and Daphne Nabors, local photographer, met us at our customers’ home to chat about design! Portico contacted us a couple of weeks ago requesting a green room to run in their March issue, so this is the first one that popped into mind! Then we started thinking…. “Do they mean eco-friendly green or the color green?” They did indeed mean the COLOR green, so we knew we had the perfect project for them to showcase! As Daphe worked her magic behind the lens, Amanda talked to Lisa and the homeowner about the purpose and concept behind the beautiful design. Here is a peek behind the scenes of the photo shoot. We can’t wait to see the finished project! 🙂
The art above the Clifton sectional is by Trevor, one of the many talented artists represented at View Gallery. His color palette and style are always so much fun!
All of the fabrics you see here (minus the Adler throw) can be easily spot cleaned with soap and water. How perfect for a kids’ hangout room, right?!
Such a fun color scheme! This makes us want to be a kid all over again…
The orange Mottega lamp adds so much to the space.
Fun Jonathan Adler accessories and books accent the whole room!
This entertainment console (and the bookshelf, not pictured) are from a very cool and modern company called Blu Dot. They make some great looking furniture!
Daphne and Lisa getting set up!
We got an email this morning from Schumacher introducing the new Trina Turk outdoor fabrics and they are fabulous! We have had so much fun using the fabrics from her last introduction, so we are looking for ways to incorporate these into current projects! Even though these are labeled as outdoor fabrics, we love using them inside, particularly for kids areas. They clean with almost no effort at all! You can view all colorways of these patterns here.
As we were playing on the Jonathan Adler site, a few of their new items just really grabbed us! We have some of this at the store, and have the capability to order any of it! They get more and more creative every season, and that is exactly why we love them!
Serena and Lily, a line that started out solely with bedding, began in 2003 with creative minds Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter. Serena had a background in fabrics, Lily a background in baby-focused retail. After they collaborated and launched their initial baby/child bedding line, they saw such great success that they decided to branch into “grown up” bedding. The next step was furniture and accessories! They continually evolve and add, keeping things interesting for those of us who follow their every move. Here are just a few of the things these ladies have created. Hopefully it will be easy for you to see why we love Serena and Lily so!
Have any of you heard of Rue Magazine? We had not until yesterday but… WOW… We were left completely speechless! Rue Magazine (www.ruemag.com) is an online magazine, very similar to our beloved LonnyMag (www.lonnymag.com). It is paperless so it can be thumbed through with the click of a mouse, without having to take up any room on your counter! Rue is a little different from Lonny in that it seems to have more dark European insiriation mixed in. It is all very beautiful and outside the box! Here are a few of their many beautiful pages. What do you think?
Rue is only in its second issue, so we eagerly anticipate their coming issues!
Is 2010 really almost over? This year has completely flown by! We at SummerHouse are looking forward to a fun and exciting 2011. We already have some fun events in the works! Stay tuned for details about our “For the Love of Art” event coming up in February, where we will feature several of our favorite artists and their amazing work.
For now, we thought we’d give you a little party planning inspiration so you can celebrate the change from 2010 to 2011 in style! Here are a few fun NYE decorating ideas for you!
While we are on the topic of parties, what is a party without a signature cocktail?! We found a couple of recipes that sounded pretty delicious. Take your pick!! 🙂
We hope all of you have a very safe and happy new year! Thanks to all of you for being so meaningful to us. What would we do without all of you?! Have a great holiday, and until next year….. CHEERS!
We have something exciting going on around here!! All you need to do is read this flyer (see below), log on to Facebook and LIKE the SummerHouse page (found here), take pictures of your Christmas decorations, upload those pictures to facebook, and post them on our wall! We are DYING to see what your houses look like! Indulge us, please! 🙂
We had so much fun at the Christmas open house last Thursday! We were glad that so many people were able to make it out! Viking provided us with some really awesome baked brie and bite sized desserts, and the Madison Central Madrigals and RHS choir delivered some beautiful holiday music. The horse and carriage rides (which guests were able to “buy” with a donation to CARA) got rave reviews from everyone we talked to!
Perhaps the things we were MOST excited about at the open house were our trunk shows! Ann Taylor Duease, founder and designer for Adonis, brought her gorgeous handmade jewelry to show. She ended up having a pretty successful night! 🙂 And our Jonathan Adler trunk show ended up being the most beautiful, colorful corner in the store! It is still set up if you were unable to come see it on Thursday.
We have already started working on ideas to make next year’s open house even better!! So you’ll have to be sure to come back! Maybe by next year, we will have our new neighbors, Newk’s and Majestic Burger, up and running!
Hopefully this picture of our sweet (and HILARIOUS) carriage driver, Wayne, with a couple of our open house guests will make you smile on this chilly Monday! If you didn’t get to meet Wayne this year, then you MUST come back next year…. If you have never talked to him, you are missing out!
Welcome back from the weekend! We hope you had a great one!
We wanted to remind everyone that we are going to close this Thursday (Sept. 2) and will not re-open our doors until next Tuesday (Sept. 7) You are welcome to stop by and look in on our progress through the windows, but the store will be closed!
Be sure to go ahead and mark your calendars for THE BIG REVEAL party on Tuesday, Sept. 14! We will have a drawing for a beautiful leather Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chair, as well as some items donated by our fabulous neighboring businesses! And we would like to give a big thank you in advance to Viking Cooking School for catering the event!
Can’t wait to see you on September 14th! 🙂 To learn more about THE BIG REVEAL, check out last week’s blog post about it: http://alwayssummerblog.com/?p=758