Big Impact In A Small Room

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, our designers are talking about powder rooms! Specifically, how to make the biggest impact in the smallest room of the house! Our question to them was, “If you could only change one thing in a powder room, what would you change that makes the biggest impact?”

Here’s what they had to say!

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY SANDERS

The walls!  Whether it is a dark, saturated paint color or a fun wallcovering, this is the best way to make a big impact in a small space!

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

Lighting makes a huge impact in such a small space. There is a fine balance between there being too much and too little. Having sconces as well as a chandelier allow for plenty of direct light on your face while looking in the mirror as well as illumination for the overall room. This also makes the room feel more substantial and open. Choose some standout fixtures to increase the impact factor!

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH MOON

So this may not be the simplest answer, but it depends on what state the bathroom is in. If you have decent cabinetry and stone already, try a new paint color or wallcovering. If the countertop is an eyesore, invest in some beautiful stone. (Some powder bathrooms might be small enough to score a deal on a stone remnant!)  Another easy update is new lighting! Get creative and evaluate your priorities.

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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INTERIOR DESIGNER KATIE CARONE

Picking a dramatic new paint color or wallcovering is always the quickest and easiest change that can make such a huge difference in a powder room, assuming no major updates or remodels need to occur. Second to this would be updating the fixtures and/or lighting.

SummerHouse designers share the most impactful changes that can be made in a powder room

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If you need help making your bathrooms and powder rooms beautiful, we’re here for you! That’s what our designers do! 😉 Give us a call! 601-853-4445.

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What Sets SummerHouse Apart?

What is SummerHouse?

SummerHouse is a beautiful place that acquired its name after owner Lisa Palmer spent a week vacationing in Florida’s renown 30A several years back. The vibes she got while on that sunny stretch of heaven on earth were the vibes she wanted to deliver to the clients of her growing interior design business. She loved the way their rental house for that summer week made her feel.

SummerHouse 🙂

Fast forward several years and not only is SummerHouse a business where Lisa Palmer makes clients happy, or a showroom that inspires its visitors with its unique mix of modern, classic, funky, and soft. It’s also a design family. SummerHouse has grown to employ seven interior designers, and that is what makes us unique! We are not just a store. We’re not just a design group. We are a design HOUSE! We sell directly off the floor. Our design services are free to those who purchase from us. Our designers are all trained designers with degrees in their field!

The SummerHouse Designers

SummerHouse is a powerhouse of talent! Our designers care. They love their work and it shows. They love detail. They value superior client service. They go the extra mile. They listen to those for whom they design.

SummerHouse is special. We’d love the opportunity to show you a SummerHouse experience. We will work within your budget to deliver maximum style and maximum satisfaction. And we look forward to doing so!

Come in and meet Lisa, Katy, Mary Courtney, Katie, Lindsey, Elish, and Katherine. Any of these talents will work their hardest to make you happy! We can’t wait to see you!

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Bedroom on a Budget

SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns designing a bedroom on a budget // www.alwayssummerblog.comYou might have seen the post we did several weeks ago featuring designer Katie Carone and the living room she put together on a tighter budget! She did a beautiful job, so this time, we put designer Mary Courtney Johns to the test!

Mary Courtney has pulled together a drool-worthy bedroom that looks like it cost about three times what it actually totaled! This room is under $15,000!

Do keep in mind that this is ALL new furniture, so even if $15,000 doesn’t seem low to you, picking just a few new pieces for a certain room can really bring your existing pieces to life by only spending a fraction of this.

Our designers are experts in merging your existing furniture with perfectly selected new pieces to bring the utmost style to your space without breaking the bank!

We think Mary Courtney did a fantastic job of sourcing her specs from our more moderately priced (yet still very good quality) designer lines! Here’s her project!

Designing on a budget... A high end designer's take on a budget bedroom! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Queen bed // $3530
Queen Coverlet // $455
Pair of Euro Shams // $130 each
Pair of faux fur accent pillows on bed // $210 each
Pair of Bedside Tables // $1370 each
Pair of Lamps // $345 each
8 x 10 Rug // $1865
Pair of Benches // $924 each
Artwork pair // $1500 each
 Room Total // $14,808
“I started this design off with a bed that would make a statement and followed with complimentary, budget friendly options that would only elevate the overall space. These selections, being that they are neutral and transitional, can easily be moved to a guest bedroom years down the road if the homeowner is wanting a change in their own bedroom. I love a portion of high contrast in interiors and used the intensity in the footstools and artwork to play up this feature. The paint color used is Benjamin Moore Intense White, which is an almost white with a tint warm gray; a wonderful backdrop for the deeper tones so they really stand out! It looks much more gray in the image above, but on a wall, it looks whiter!”
How to make your master bedroom furniture last longer // SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Give Mary Courtney a call (601-853-4445) if you want to know more about any of these pieces! Way to go for pulling together such gorgeousness, Mary Courtney!
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Condo Perfection

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Have you seen the latest issue of Social South Magazine?! Designer Mary Courtney Johns designed a beautiful condo in Oxford that was featured in the pages of this issue! This Refined Retreat is where this client’s family spends many weekends enjoying football season, off weekends in the fastest growing city in Mississippi, and precious time with family.

Check out the full issue here, and enjoy a few extra photos of Mary Courtney’s design here!

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Condo by SummerHouse Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns as featured in Social South // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We just love how this cozy little retreat turned out! Great job, MC!

If you’ve got a home or condo that needs the touch of a SummerHouse designer, don’t hesitate to give us a call! 601-853-4445.

And for more living room inspo, be sure to check out this gallery, in which one of these photos is featured! This is a great collection of spaces and we’re honored to be a part!

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The Best Beachy Paint Colors

One great way to really freshen up a room is with a new coat of paint!

With summer just around the corner, we’ve had the colors of the beach on our minds these days… So we had our designers pick their favorite beach-inspired hues to share with you!

Here are their picks!

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The best beachy paint colors picked by the Interior Designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you have a beachy paint color fave that we missed? Do share!

And have a GREAT week!!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Local & Regional Artists (Part 2)

You may remember seeing the Orange Box post about favorite regional/local artists of Elish, Lindsey, and Camille a couple of weeks ago! Today, a few more designers weigh in on whose work they’re currently loving!

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I have two… And they create two very different types of art!

The first is Rod Moorhead. Lately I’ve love affair with sculpture. Rod Moorhead’s are amazingly unique and you can’t take your eyes off of them. They’re so complex and unique and emit such a mood in a room. They’re beautiful! The construction is so fragile but the end result looks indescrutable. However, don’t let them fall on the floor! They’re dark and moody, yet uplifting and gorgreous all at the same time. They look like old world relics but they have a great modern twist, so they incorporate well into almost any interior.

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The other is Andrew Bucci. I’m drawn to the color and the movement in his work. It’s very active and bright and happy. I love seeing the deep collection of his work at Brown’s and I really enjoy placing them in clients’ homes.

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES SANDERS

I love Lauren Barksdale.  Her mix of color and the softness and subtlety of her work is beautiful.  Her pieces blend well with many different style interiors making her one of my go-to artists here at the showroom!

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS 

Beth Winterburn from Memphis, TN is really grabbing my attention! I have a critical eye when it comes to abstract works of art and hers are my kind of abstract. I can tell there is a lot of thought behind her placement of certain elements in her pieces and I appreciate her decisions. Also, her color choices could not be better!

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love all of these selections!! Do you have a favorite?

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a GREAT one!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Celebrity Designers, Part 1

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we asked our designers to talk about their favorite celebrity designers! Their feedback is brilliant, as always! Here’s what they have to say…

Interior Designer Camille Parker

“My favorite celebrity designer hasn’t always been the same, but as my style evolves so does my go-to designer for inspiration. However, for the last few years and currently, Kelly Wearstler is my favorite. She is edgy but does not compromise her style choices for trends, making sure her designs are classic. She uses only the best finishes and materials, so her designs are always fresh and enviable!”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Kelly Wearstler // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

“I have many favorite celebrity designers but one that currently comes to mind would have to be Nate Berkus.  I am inspired by his design with the way he mixes so many finishes and textures in one room to create such a unique feeling.  I also am so intrigued by the tones he chooses to design a room with.  I love his eclectic style.  In all of his rooms you can normally find antiques mixed with vintage and new furniture and accessories.  I am such a fan of designing a space with blacks, whites, and neutral tones accented with bold saturated color.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Nate Berkus // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Mary Courtney Johns

“It is difficult to name a designer that is my favorite being that there are so many intelligent and inspirational creative people out there! If I was to name a person whose work I most love and someone who I look up to it would be Windsor Smith. She is daring in her choices but at the same time is successful at mixing in traditional pieces with offbeat, bold punches.”

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Windsor Smith // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( photos were taken from each designers’ website )

Stay tuned as Part 2 of this series comes in the next couple of weeks!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. We much appreciate it! Have a great one!

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The SummerHouse Family’s Holiday Traditions, Part 1

With Christmas and the holidays right here amongst us, we asked our staff to share some of their  favorite memories and traditions tied to this time of year! We got some fabulous ideas of things to do with our families and friends and some ideas of new traditions to start!

Let’s see what some of them had to say!

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“My parents started a tradition with us where every year we go do some holiday activity like caroling, see a Christmas play, or looking at lights in different neighborhoods, and then each member of the family gets to pick one new ornament as their memory from that year. It was such a fun outing and way to build character and nostalgia when decorating our tree. I’m hoping to continue the custom with my husband!”

INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“Growing up, my parents always made a birthday cake for Jesus during Christmas. We would light candles on top of the cake, sing Happy Birthday to Him, and all blow them out together. This simple notion really put into perspective for me the reason that we celebrate Christmas. I am going to continue this tradition with my girls and, hopefully, they will find enjoyment in celebrating and honoring his birthday just as much as I have!”

ASSISTANT TO OPERATIONS DIRECTOR STACY BUNCH

“My girls and I spend an entire day baking Christmas cookies and candies.  We also love to go to Canton to see the lights!  And, of course, SHOP!! Oh, and, we ALWAYS have a REAL tree!!”

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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WEB STORE MANAGER JEN KADAR-BROWN

“Every Christmas morning, we start off by reading the story of Christ’s birth to put it all into perspective! Then my dad always puts together a scavenger hunt for our “big gift” and sends us looking all over the house with (sometimes very difficult) poem clues! Every year he asks if we are too old for this tradition, and we always say NO! He even does my Scottish husband’s now in Gaelic!!”

LEAD INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“We usually pick one night of Chanukah to fry latkes (traditional holiday potato pancakes) and, in the Palmer kitchen, my husband is king of the fry pan! We then light our Chanukah candles and have a dinner of yummy roast brisket and other traditional jewish foods. When my boys were young for each night of Chanukah, they would bury their heads in the sofa pillows while we rounded up their gifts for the big surprise! Later in the evening, I would then tuck them in bed with the story of the miracle of Chanukah.”

The SummerHouse family's holiday traditions and favorite memories // www.alwayssummerblog.com
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SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR LAUREL DONAHOO

“When I was growing up, my family would always go to our church’s Christmas Eve service, then go straight to my grandparents’ house for a big dinner! My super creative mama would write a little skit or play for my brothers, cousins, and me to perform for everyone, which was always kinda fun! Now that I’m older and married with a little family of my own, my husband and I have started the traditions of working a Christmas puzzle every year and decorating Christmas sugar cookies together on Christmas Eve. I LOVE this time of year and say, the more traditions the better! :)”

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATY HINES SANDERS

“Most of our family lives out of town, so we usually all get together for a couple of days during Christmas.  We hang out around the house, listen to Christmas music and eat things we only cook during the holidays, like sausage balls and homemade soups!  We designate one night for “Dirty Santa” and another night to play fun games!  We always have such a great time, and it’s something we look forward to every year!  And we always have a quiet family get together on Christmas Eve when we eat dinner and exchange gifts with my parents, brother, sister-in-law and nephew!”

All such great ideas! Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

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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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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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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!”

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

14
AUGUST
2015

In this round of Inside the Orange Box, we asked our designers to share their favorite ways to make up a bed! As always, we love their answers!

DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“I love an all white bed with one accent. I love a beautiful, fluffy down duvet cover tri-folded at the foot of the bed, and on a king bed, I typically like three euros and a 36” x 15” single pillow in front as the decorative accent. The euros sit in front of two king pillowcases.”

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER ELISH MOON

“There is always an inner battle when I design bedding for a client. I love simplicity and a clean look…but I looooove accent fabrics. If I do bolder patterns I usually do less pillows. If I do a textured but monochromatic look I might have more layers.”

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I like to constantly change the way I make a bed, depending on the application. If I am including a pattern, I will either incorporate it in the shams or the accent pillows in front. I usually like to keep the coverlet simple to provide a neutral backdrop for the pillows. Any way a bed is dressed, it needs to be inviting and comfortable most of all!”

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designers share their favorite way to make a bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve got more on this topic coming with the next Orange Box feature, so stay tuned!

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Inside The Orange Box: Nontraditional Neutrals, Part 1

17
JULY
2015

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we’re getting our designers to share their favorite non-traditional neutrals! As much as we all love a good white, gray, or beige, we asked them to think a little beyond that. Their answers are great! Let’s get started!

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

A deep teal with a bluish-gray undertone would be my first choice for a non-traditional neutral. It adds interesting contrast to any lacking space. I have this color accenting my living and bedroom!

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

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

DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

I have many, especially as trends fluctuate, but one of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is olive green. It translates as a neutral and is a beautiful compliment to so many bold colors that often need a balancing force. Olive green pairs well with gold/amber, blush, eggplant, navy, soft blue, etc…

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

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

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I choose amethyst as my non-traditional neutral because it works so well with so many colors that I personally love, like light or dark gray, olive green, or white. Amethyst is one of those colors that has a gray undertone to it, but it’s so so so flexible. It works particularly well with green!

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

More non-traditional neutrals coming your way with the next Inside The Orange Box!

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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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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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Designer Of The Week: Mary Courtney Johns

22
MAY
2015

We are kicking off a new, ongoing series where every week or two, we highlight one of our amazing interior designers! We’re excited for you to get to know them just a little better, find out what is inspiring them, and what projects they have going on!

Our very first Designer of the Week is Mary Courtney Johns!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mary Courtney is our newest designer (she was formerly Lisa’s assistant!) and is doing such a great job in her new SummerHouse role! She’s a very talented designer and such a sweetheart on top of that! Without any further delay, let’s get to some Q&A!

What project have you been most excited about working on lately?

The project I have been most thrilled about lately is a living room on a lake in Madison. This space has tons of natural light pouring in and open views of the homeowner’s beautiful pool and the lake behind. The client has an existing rug ottoman that she wanted to take color inspiration from to drive the direction of the rest of the furnishings in the room. The color scheme is made up of deep charcoal brown, wheat, and warm gray, with accents of terracotta in the form of pillows. These colors are represented in an array of different textures from a thick, nubby weave on a pair of sofas to a worn leather on a swivel chair and pillows incorporating linen and velvet. Although this house is the client’s main home, it is essentially a lake house so the space needed to stay casual and livable. I incorporated a few refined touches since this is the only indoor living area in the home to have a good mix of formality and comfort. Every detail of this project mirrors my own tastes and how I want a living room to feel. I always strive to bring out the homeowner’s personality and desires while incorporating my design knowledge, but in this instance, my client and her space was exactly matched to my aesthetic!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What commercial space has most inspired you in the past few months as far as the feel/atmosphere/aesthetic? What about that space made such an impression on you?

Saltine in Fondren is actually really inspiring. It invites you in to sit and stay a while. I love when fun details are incorporated into a commercial space, cue the octopus decal on the wall serving itself up a Tabasco laden oyster. It dictates how people should behave and exemplifies a certain air of relaxation. The rustic chairs, park bench style banquettes, and aged wood floors also play their part in the carefree nature of this restaurant. The beauty of the tile detail at the oyster bar has an attraction similar to the inside of an oyster shell mimicking the iridescence through the tile work. I could go on and on!

Do you have any design projects going on at your own home right now? If so, can you tell us a little about them?!

I usually have a watercolor painting or a sewing project in the works at home but with a husband and a 16 month old, time is limited these days!

Has there been a color that’s really been grabbing you lately?

Coral! It’s not red and it’s not pink. It is versatile and complements a vast range of colors. It’s both juvenile and sophisticated depending on the application.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week: Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What do you most love about being a designer?

Being that I have always had a close relationship with art and hands-on projects, designing is my outlet for creativity. I am able to get lost in the search for fabrics and furnishings that are just the right fit for any certain space. The addition of small but meaningful details excites me like putting the final touches on a watercolor painting! Working with clients keeps my work from being redundant and molds my aesthetic into what is most needed within their spaces so I am constantly challenging my personal tastes.

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Thanks, Mary Courtney! Stay tuned for another Designer of the Week coming soon!

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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!

Suzanne Kasler coming to SummerHouse! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Back From Market, Part 2

01
MAY
2015

Yesterday, we shared part one of our High Point recap, so now’s the time for part two! There were SO many beautiful things to be seen… This is only the tip of the iceberg! We hope you enjoy this little teaser, though! Be sure to check in with us often since new things will start arriving very soon!

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Market is TIRING!

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse goes to #hpmkt // High Point Recap! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for stopping by! We hope to see you soon!

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