Heavenly Bedding

We recently receievd our market order from Legacy Bedding, and it is GOR-GEOUS! We are in love with every piece of it! We have several beds on the showroom floor made up with these heavenly threads and everyone that comes in oohs and aahs over how breathtaking they are! Here–you can see what we’re talking about!

Color options!
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Meet Elish Phares

Have you been by the store to meet Elish yet?  She is Lisa’s amazing new assistant!! (Laurel is starting a new chapter and is no longer a full-timer at the store, but is still doing all of the social media, so she’s still around!)

Elish Phares

Elish is a great addition to the SummerHouse team and is fitting right in! 🙂 Her organization skills, eye for fashion (both in interiors and in wearable fashion), and her cute personality make her a joy to work with! Let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?

SummerHouse: So your name is kinda different but super pretty!! Can you tell us a little bit about the origination of that?

Elish: My name….my mom’s family is Italian and Elizabeth is the trademark family name that gets worked in somehow on every girl’s name. My Dad is Irish, so they compromised and named me Elish which is gaelic for Elizabeth. Hence, the odd name.

SummerHouse: What has been the biggest shock about your new job at SummerHouse?! You’ve only been here a few weeks, but there has to be something that surprised you or caught you offguard!

Elish: I think my biggest shock at Summerhouse was how much of the business side of Interior Design I’d be doing…

SummerHouse: What is your favorite thing to cook and why?

Elish: My favorite thing to cook is either my chicken pesto salad because I made it up and it’s pretty different from traditional chicken salad. Or I love cooking crawfish fettuccine…I have a great recipe that isn’t too hard but tastes great!

SummerHouse: What is your favorite movie? Why?

Elish: Hmmm favorite movie is a tough one…I’d say Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken because I grew up watching it and I’m a sucker for those kinds of movies. Or Last of the Mohicans…I always watch it with my dad and the music is incredible.

SummerHouse: How would you describe your own personal design style?

Elish: My personal design style is better described by the designers I respect…in fashion, as well as interior design. I love Alberta Ferretti, Kelly Wearstler, Zac Posen, Elizabeth & James, Robert Kuo… I’m usually drawn to clean lines broken up by rich textiles, any type of sleek surface like mirrors and metallic finishes, & cool colors or grayed neutrals.

SummerHouse: When you are not partaking in your new favorite hobby, which is to work at SummerHouse, what are your other hobbies?!

Elish: Well I love running and being outside so that’s a pretty big hobby, I love to cook and have people over for dinner, & I have 4 nephews and a brand new little niece that I love to visit! 🙂

SummerHouse: Tell us one weird thing about you that we may find interesting, or that not many people know

Elish: One weird thing? So hard to choose….haha Well I am an OCD bed maker. It’s weird. I make mine every morning no matter what. Even if I know I’m going to wash my sheets that night. And I sometimes can’t help myself and make other peoples beds…It makes the whole room look instantly put together!

SummerHouse: Anything else you want us to know?! 🙂

Elish: I love working at Summerhouse and I’m thankful I have so many amazing, sweet people to be around everyday!

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“The Coolest Media Room on Earth!”

Have you seen the most recent issue of Delta Magazine?! It just hit stands last week and we are loving it! We particularly love the post entitled “The Coolest Media Room on Earth! OMG!” One of our favorite families, the Blanchard family, showed off their amazing media and exercise room.  It truly is one of the coolest we’ve ever seen! Lisa did a great job of making the space modern, yet liveable, don’t you think?

What is your favorite part about this room? We love the color, the huge Dr. Pitt sectional (by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams), the Kelly Wearstler inspired bookshelf, all the Adler, the big lacquer mirrors in the exercise area…. Really, there is nothing about this room that we don’t love!

Be sure to pick up your copy of the May/June issue of Delta at pretty much any bookstore around here! It’s a great issue!

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A Little Rearranging

We brought over a lot of great new inventory today! Marty and the guys did a great job (as always!) in getting the floor looking better than ever! Here are a few of the highlights….

The new SASHA group from Mitchell Gold

This new Oly dining table is FINE. Gotta see this one in person!

These cute little twins want to go home with you!

Awesome new lamps from Mr. Brown

Hey little puppy!
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St. Paddy’s Favorite Cocktail

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we wanted to share our favorite green-themed cocktail with you!  Who doesn’t love a good mint mojito?  This recipe will have others green with envy because you have the best drink in the group!  Hey, maybe if they offer you a little green, you could make one for them?!

The Mean Green Mint Mojito

Serves 1

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Feature in Portico Jackson

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

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

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Amanda Nisbet Designs

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?!

Chip Beautyberry on Oatmeal Linen
Alannah 2 Raspberry Pitaya
Chip Cherry on Oatmeal Linen
Chip 2 Tutti Fruitti
Madeira Kumquat on Oyster Linen
Positano Kumquat on Silk
Chip Kiwi on Oatmeal Linen
Alannah Blueberry on Oyster Linen
Pizzetta Blueberry on Oyster Linen
Francesca Grape Fizz on Oyster Linen
Chip Salt on Oatmeal Linen
Madeira Salt on Oatmeal Linen
Chip 2 Lollipop
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FOR THE LOVE OF ART Recap!

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… 🙂

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New to the Floor

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:

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Behind the Scenes: Portico Photo Shoot

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!

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New Trina Turk Outdoor Fabrics!

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.

Louis Nui Print Sulfur
Loop de Loop Print Driftwood
Kalaheo Print Hibiscus
Tangier Frame Print Ocean
Carmel Coastline Print Sulfur
Zig Zag Weave Black Sea
Amazing Maze Coral
Beauty Bark Print Laguna
Soleil L.A. Print Driftwood
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Lines We Love: Jonathan Adler

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!

Utopia Baboon Pitcher
Wasp Pillow
Daschaund Bowl
British Flag Coaster Set
Utopia Owl Candleholder
Gumball Jar
Utopia Cowboy Candleholder
Moroccan Pouf
Hollywood Coasters
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Lines We Love: Serena and Lily

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!

The Delphine Collection
The Wren Collection
The Tess Collection
The Marlo Collection
The Asher Collection
Mosaic Sheeting
Mocha Trellis Sheeting

The story of Serena and Lily. Click to enlarge
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Speechless

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!

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Happy New Year!

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!

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