Holiday Hours

With the holiday season officially upon us, we’ve already started making as many plans as we can! We wanted to share our holiday hours to help you make your shopping plans as well!

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We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving, but we will absolutely be open Friday! (Stay tuned for details on that!)

Then for Christmas, we will be closed on Christmas Day and the following day (since Christmas is on a Monday this year.)

For the New Year, we will be open on New Year’s Eve, but closed New Year’s Day.

We look forward to seeing you in the shop this holiday season decking your own halls and getting unique gifts for those you love! As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. We are thankful for all of you!

H A P P Y . H O L I D A Y S !

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Christmas Is Kickin’ In

Things are getting Christmassy up at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Marty and Tammy have been hard at work hanging snowflakes, putting out garland, hanging ornaments, detangling a few things… You know, the norm when it comes to getting things all holiday’d up! 😉

Their hard work sure has paid off and the showroom looks amazing! Take a look…

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Stay tuned for some photos of SummerHouse | Oxford all fixed up for Christmas next week!

Thank y’all so much for stopping by! We appreciate you 🙂

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All Recliners Are Not Created Equal

Recliners.

That word will divide a room in a heartbeat! Half the world hates the oversized, overstuffed picture that pops into mind, while the other half of the world lives for evenings spent laid out watching tv.

Over the past several years, furniture manufacturers have really grasped onto the concept that, in so many cases, the men need comfy recliners while the women need sleek, clean-lined furniture.  And we as designers are loving it!! In decades past, there has been very little middle ground on this matter. Either the woman sacrifices style for a big puffy recliner, or the man sacrifices comfort for a sleek, yet non-reclinable chair.

Thankfully all of that has changed. Many of our favorite manufacturers continue to introduce beautiful, comfortable recliners each market, and we love it! When the husband and the wife can be equally excited about a recliner, that makes for a happy designer who can pull together a beautiful yet functional room!

Here are six of our top recliner picks that meet all the requirements for the style seekers AND the comfort seekers.

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Are these not beautiful!? These all blend beautifully into a chic room while providing the comfort and function desired of a recliner.

Shop one, four, and five on our online shop, then give us a call about the other three. Our designers can get you all the info you need! Also, keep in mind that this is just a tiny sampling of the recliners we have access to. If you’re looking for something different, we can help! Contact us here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We love having you here! 🙂

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Meet Kelly Harrison

We have a new face at SummerHouse | Oxford that you need to get to know! Kelly Harrison is the newest member of the SHOX squad and we are loving having her around! Per the usual, we did a quick Q&A to get to know our newest team member just a little bit better! Enjoy!

Kelly Harrison // SummerHouse | Oxford Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in Eunice, a small town in south Louisiana. When I married my husband Scott, I moved to Jackson where we lived for 28 years. We have three children, Hunter, Ashleigh, and Peyton. Scott and I are now empty nesters and have moved to Oxford where we are closer to our children.

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?

My favorite way to spend a lazy weekend would be sitting outside reading a good novel.

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently and why?

The most fun movie I’ve seen in a while is Pitch Perfect. I have seen it too many times to count!

How do you take your caffeine?

I take my caffeine in a Diet Coke!

How would you describe your personal design style?

I would describe my personal design style as very clean and simple. Lots of white!

If you could have dinner with anyone in the whole world, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, right now it would be with Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out on Bravo. I think he is so funny and little bit cray cray. It would be a very entertaining dinner!

What is your favorite thing about Oxford, MS?

My favorite thing about Oxford is the Square. It has a certain vibe to it that is so fun!

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Thank you so much, Kelly! Love all of your answers! We are so thrilled to have you as part of our team. Thanks for everything you’ve already done in your short time with us. We look forward to the future! 🙂

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Mark Edge Trunk Show

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you follow us on all the social channels, you probably have heard us talking about this already, but we are getting SO EXCITED about our upcoming Mark Edge trunk show at the Ridgeland shop! Mark himself will be here all day (10a – 6p) on Tuesday, October 24th with tons of jewelry (over 1,000 pieces if we heard him correctly!) PLUS he will be taking appointments for custom crafted jewelry made from your keepsakes (like coins, pocket watches, medals, etc.)  If you would like a one-on-one meeting with him to discuss creating some jewelry around your personal items, please call 601-853-4445 to schedule a time!

To make sure Mark feels extra welcome to Ridgeland, we’re hosting a cocktail reception for him on Monday night (the 23rd) at the Ridgeland shop from 5 until 7. We hope you’ll join us!

Here are some more glimpses at things he’ll be bringing with him!

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to comment below or give us a call! We hope to see you at this incredible event in just a couple of weeks!

Also, Oxford friends, don’t forget about the Lauren Barksdale show the Friday before the LSU game! More on that here!

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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 2

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In case you missed yesterday’s post, we talked about all the new prettiness that awaits you at SummerHouse | Oxford! The floor looked so good that we couldn’t help but take tons of photos! Since they all wouldn’t really fit into one blog post, we’re doing a two-part series! Here is the rest of what you have awaiting you at SHOX… 🙂

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While we have ya here, be sure to add the Lauren Barksdale Art Show to your calendar! Lauren will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20 (the day before the LSU game) with loads of art, much of which will be Oxford-themed! You can read more about that in this post! 🙂

You can always keep up with our upcoming events and specials (like sales!) by regularly checking our EVENTS page. 🙂 Thank y’all for all of your support and for reading today! Have a fantastic rest of the week!

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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 1

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The showroom floor at SummerHouse | Oxford just recently got revamped and it is looking GOOD! Tons of new upholstery, lots of new accessories, some new art… Plus so much more! If you haven’t been by in a while, now is the time to stop in! Here’s what you have to look forward to…

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We actually have so many pictures of the Oxford showroom right now that we’ll have to save the rest to show y’all tomorrow! So be sure to check back in the morning 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! And of course, to get the full effect, we recommend actually going to SHOX to see all of this in person!

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Touches of Fall

Did you know that September 22 is the first official day of fall? Richer colors, cooler temperatures, changing trees, spiced ciders, tall boots, scarves, and hot toddys are just a few of the reasons why fall will always be our favorite season around here.

To amp up the Autumn aura in your home, we have a few suggestions! Adding some cozy pops of cognac (or whiskey!), red, and warm browns make a huge difference in the feel your home has. So do textural pillows and throws. Here are some of our faves!

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Op-Art Suede Pillow // $370

A Field Guide To Whisky // $24.95

Bayberry Pot // $220

Merina Herringbone Throw // $520

Coventry Lamp Table // $1020

Antique Leather Books // $26 each

Occasions by Kate Spade // $26

Durham Chair // $2820

Provence Cachepot // $320

Shop more fall finds throughout our online shop by simply clicking around all the categories! We think you’ll find something you love 🙂

Thank you for stopping by today! Before you leave, tell us your favorite thing about fall in the comments below!

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InstaFaves

It’s no secret that one of our favorite social media platforms is Instagram! That is the only platform that every member of the SummerHouse team is on, so that’s got to mean that it’s superior! 😉

Once or twice a year, we love to go through and see what posts you guys seem to most like. This is really fun for us, and it gives you the chance to see the highlights, just in case you missed something! Here are our top ten Instagram posts from the past six months…!

10. Neutral beauty

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9. This bright and beautiful room always makes us feel better! (More from this project here)

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8. Another one of our favorite Jackson homes, of which you can see more here!

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7. Elish and Lisa boxing up a project that was done completely remotely! More on that project here!

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6. Rug ottomans are always crowd favorites

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5. One STUNNING study by Elish that we can’t wait to share more on soon!

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4. A Heavenly bed setup

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3. This pretty corner at SHOX

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2. This beautiful bed setup at SHOX.

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1.  And the number one most popular post was of the outdoor space designed by Katherine Shelton that was featured in Social South! You can read more about that here!

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Wasn’t that fun?! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start. And if you don’t follow us on Instagram, check us out @shopsummerhouse!

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Let’s Chaise A While!

It’s no secret that we love a great chaise. Who wouldn’t want a super chic bench that could double as a place to take a Sunday nap? These chaises are high in style, they’re super functional, and they add interest to a room. One of these might be just the thing you’ve been looking for to go in your home… If so, let one of our designers know! We can get you fixed up!

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

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Aren’t they beautiful? We know you love them as much as we do!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a GREAT rest of the week! (And be sure to get in our Instagram giveaway we have going on through next Wednesday! There will be five winners, so your chances are GOOD!)

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Feat. SummerHouse

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SummerHouse was recently featured in Reunion Living Magazine and it was such a lovely spotlight! They did a Q&A with our immensely talented Lisa Palmer and included lots of fabulous photos of past SummerHouse projects. If you live in Reunion, you probably got a copy of this pretty little publication. If you don’t, feel free to stop by the Ridgeland shop and take a peek at the copies we have up there!

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Many thanks again to Reunion Living for doing this great feature! We hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by Always Summer! XO!

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Updated Classics

Great interior design is an investment. There is no doubt about that! And we all know that the wisest investments are the ones that will take us the furthest. That’s why SummerHouse style is such a worthwhile investment! We love to pick pieces that we have heard best described as “modern, traditionally speaking.” This simply means that we pick classic pieces that are updated to meet the standards of today’s style! Our pieces will last you well into the coming years without losing an ounce of style. In this edition of Web Store Wish List, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite updated classics!

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From top left, going clockwise

Brass Cafe Table Lamp | $760

“Changing Lanes” art series by Carol Sneed ( one // two // three // four ) | $375 each

Hospitality Swivel Chair | $2220

Tic Tac Toe Pillow | $240

Small Artisan Chest | $3910

Beetle Travertine Box | $300

Head on over to summerhousestyle.com to see more “modern, traditionally speaking” pieces! We think you’ll like what you find! 🙂

As always, thank you for stopping by today! We appreciate your visit so much!

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Back Door Sale Sneak Peek

SummerHouse's annual BACK DOOR SALE

If you’re one of our beloved social media followers, you have probably seen us announce the dates of our upcoming BACK DOOR SALE! (If you are not one of our beloved followers, but would like to be, we invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!)

The official dates are July 21 and 22 and the location is 830 Wilson Drive in Ridgeland. (Please note that this is NOT our store address. We’ve had to move this sale to an off-site location.)

As always, we are sworn to secrecy right now as far as what will actually be in the sale. The organizers like to keep it all top secret until all final decisions are made. BUT, we were able to get the scoop on a small handful of items that we know for sure will be in the sale, so we get to share some little teasers with you right now! (If you have been a follower of past Back Door Sales, you know this never happens this far in advance of the sale!)

SummerHouse's annual BACK DOOR SALE

Be sure to keep a close eye on our social media for more sneak peeks as we get closer to the 21st… But until then, enjoy this teeny peek (which we feel is well representative of all of the awesome stuff you’ll be able to get your hands on when the day arrives!)

As always, thank you for stopping by today! You guys are the best!

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A Few Moments With Artist Carol Sneed

We recently got the opportunity to chat with local artist Carol Sneed about her work, her family, her inspirations, and how she got into art in the first place! Keep reading to find out more about this talented woman whose work we could not adore any more!


Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little about yourself? Where you’re from, about your family, how you like to spend a lazy weekend…

I am from Canton, MS. I met my husband, Bill, at Ole Miss, and we married after his first year of Medical School. After my graduation from The University of MS with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Houston in design, I practiced Interior Design in Jackson, MS.

We have one daughter, Katherine, who is married to Hunter Worley, and they live in Birmingham, AL.

On a lazy weekend, believe it or not, I like to get some painting in. It is therapy- sometimes, that is! I also like to read & practice sketching. If I am in the mountains where the summer weather is cool, I like to hike or bike.

How long have you been painting, and what got you into painting?

Well, my mother’s favorite piece from the fourth grade, a crayon & watercolor, entitled “Cotton Picking” still adorns her walls. My teacher entered it in an art contest and it won first place.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comI have been designing and painting a good deal of my life. At Ole Miss, I took art electives for fun. After Ole Miss graduation, I studied painting from a local instructor for fun. My fine Arts degree included every form of art. After retiring from Interior Design, I knew I had to focus my artistic energy in some direction, and painting was a natural creative outlet. I began sketching and painting seriously in 1999.

How do you describe your style?

That is a hard question! It may not have a name. ha! My goal, however, is to take what is complex and paint it simply. When painting abstractly and experimenting with different color combinations, I try to keep the composition fresh, spontaneous, and appearing effortless.

What do you most enjoy about creating art?

I love an eclectic mix. I enjoy creating art that is very much at home with antiques as well as contemporary pieces. I am always keeping “art for interior design” in mind, and I paint the types of pieces that I searched for to place in client’s spaces.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comWhat would you say inspires you most as an artist?

I love the inspiration I receive through travel- to drink it all in. There is nothing like being there to capture the essence of the place. My city scenes and Aspen landscapes are drawn as much from memory as through photo references and sketches. Matisse, Cézanne, Bonnard, and Monet are just a few of my current influences.

I am especially fascinated by nature as a whole, the most awesome masterpiece of all, created by the only perfect artist.

What else do we need to know about you?!

Every day is a gift, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do something I enjoy- and hopefully bring pleasure to other people.

View more of Carol’s work here:

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Shop these pieces plus many more HERE!

Big thanks to Carol for giving of her time so we could get to know her better! Next time you’re in Oxford, be sure to stop into SHOX so you can see her gorgeous work with your own eyes. Thanks for checking in with us today. We hope to see you soon!

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Meet Our Intern Emily Simmering

Last week you met Katie Coit, our summer intern from Mississippi State University. Today we want you to meet Emily Simmering from Mississippi College! Emily is so much fun! We hope you get the chance to meet her before her stint with us is complete!

Let’s get on to a quick Q&A with her.SummerHouse Interior Design Intern Emily Simmering

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Emily Simmering and I am from Gulf Breeze, FL which is a small town next to Pensacola Beach. I currently go to Mississippi College. I am the youngest of three with an older brother and older sister. My family and I are really close and family is everything to me. I absolutely love art, and painting with watercolor is my favorite.

What made you want to go into Interior Design?

Growing up I always loved art but never thought about interior design until my senior year of high school. That year, my mom and dad bought their dream home but it was an older home and needed to be redone. During that time I was able to see the design process and help with the finish selections and that is when I fell in love with the Interior Design process.

What place in the world have you visited that left you most inspired to design?

A place that has inspired me most in design is actually my hometown. Gulf Breeze is located in between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, which have two completely different styles. Downtown Pensacola is influenced by the French culture with a lot of exposed brick and restored wood. I love how Gulf Breeze goes from the French influence of Pensacola to the beachy design of Pensacola Beach to everything in between. It is a good showcase of the many different design styles out there.

What Interior Design class has been your favorite and why?

It is hard to determine which class has been my favorite so far… It is between hand rendering or Interior Design Two. Hand rendering really made me think outside the box and let me use my artist background. Interior Design Two focused on residential design and I was able to see the whole process and take a project from beginning to the end. Both were really fun.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

I have no idea where I’ll be in ten years but I do know I want to be in residential design. I would love to work with a company like SummerHouse and eventually have my own firm. But I do know I want to be on the coast somewhere! Not positive where just yet, but I know I can’t be away from the beach for too long!

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Emily, you are making us want to plan a trip to Gulf Breeze and go back to design school all at once! Thank you so much for sharing! We love having ya around 😉

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Long Distance Design

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Designer Elish Phares Moon recently wrapped up a design project in Texas after a long distance working relationship with her clients, whom she has never before met face to face! This project is so interesting because it shows us what fabulous designers, understanding clients, great communication, and a great delivery team can accomplish! We asked Elish to share a little more about the project and how it worked because we are just so darn impressed with how it all turned out!

“In December of 2016, I had an inquiry about design services and potential work with some clients in Spring Valley, Texas. This young couple had just purchased their dream home and had budgeted for working with a designer to nail down the look they wanted in their main rooms. Focusing on the dining room, living room, and master bedroom, we discussed design direction in depth and committed to a tight timeline. Because the couple wanted to be able to move in to completely furnished rooms by their closing date, I brainstormed the initial design scheme with Lisa Palmer, SummerHouse’s owner and principal designer, to speed up the process. (I got my start at SummerHouse as her assistant before moving on to a full time designer.) She and I work well together and were able to streamline the couple’s vision into a beautiful and functional design for their young family quickly.”

The key to working with a client long-distance is transparency and communication. We put together a detailed presentation packet complete with samples and swatches that were clearly labeled. Two of my strengths are organization and communication, so I actually really enjoy working on out-of-
state projects! Our clients asked detailed questions and gave us great feedback. After a few minor changes we got everything on order and began our countdown until the install! Thanks to understanding clients dedicated to quality design, trusted vendors, an experienced delivery team, and a little patience, this project evolved into a finished design that I take pride in and that my clients enjoy!”
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This design project was done without the clients and the designer ever meeting face to face! Incredible! // alwayssummerblog.com
Beautiful job, Elish! Such a great result. We love seeing a good, challenging design project come to completion! 🙂
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Q&A With April Shelby Crowell

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As you might have noticed from social media and from our web store, we have a new local potter represented at SummerHouse and we are EXCITED!

Our friend April Shelby Crowell, the mastermind behind A. Shelby Pottery, was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us so we could all get to know her better! Lisa and Marty fell in love with her pottery at our Lee Loves Local event (along with Traditional Home Magazine, in which she was just featured!) and it’s been true love ever since. Let’s get on with our chat with April!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comTell us a little about yourself, please ma’am!

I grew up in Florence, MS with my parents and older brother. I’m really fond of that small town childhood!  I’ve always had a passion for the arts and my parents have always been super supportive of that. Now I live in Flowood with my husband, Jon Richard. He is the best encourager, and his let’s-make-it-happen attitude is one of my biggest inspirations. And we’re pretty obsessed with our dog, Potter. Yes, we named him after my profession!

How long have you been creating pottery?

I took my first pottery class in the first semester of my freshman year of college (2008), and seriously I was in love with it before class even started! I continued to take pottery classes all throughout college, graduated from Miss. State University in 2013 with a BFA, emphasis in ceramics, and have been making pottery on my own ever since!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat inspires your style? It’s so fun and different!

That’s a tough one because I’m inspired by so much.  Specifically, this Gold Collection came to life from my love for handmade, functional objects mixed with the simple, chic style I admire in interior design and home decor.  I feel like in our area when people think “pottery” they think “country” or “rustic.” While I do admire and appreciate that look, it just isn’t my personal style.  So I started to create these minimalist forms using a monotone color scheme. Even though I am my own worst critic, I really liked the pottery I was making so I just rolled with it!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat is your favorite thing about creating pottery?

Again, so many inspirations and so many reasons why. I just love the whole process of working with my hands to make stuff. Anything, really! I just stick with clay most of the time! It’s crafty and challenging. Pottery is a long process so when products are finally complete it’s really quite satisfying!

What else do we need to know about you and your pottery?!

Recently someone told me, “I see your pottery when I walk into my living room and it just makes me so happy.” I don’t say that to sound boastful, I say it because that’s one of the many reasons I love doing what I do.  If my pottery makes someone happy then I’m happy too.  When you purchase a piece of A. Shelby Pottery you’re not just picking up any ordinary object off the shelf, you’re getting a piece of art that is very special to me because a lot of time and craftsmanship goes into each piece. I hope you enjoy my pottery just as much as I enjoy making it for you!

Thank you so much, April! Your work is inspiring and we are honored to carry it 🙂

Be sure to stop by either SummerHouse location to shop April’s work, or you can check some of it out on our web store!

We hope you’re having a great week!

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Showroom at SHOX

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Our Oxford store is looking SO good right now (and we just got lots of fresh new photos of it) that we just had to share! Get ready for tons of eye candy… We can’t even handle how pretty this shop is! Next time you’re in the Oxford area, please stop in and see us!

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Like what you see? It’s even prettier in person! We hope you’ll drop by soon and take a look around!

Thanks for checking in with us today! We love having you visit!

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SUMMER SALE

Summer Sale at SummerHouse

We’ve got a BIG Summer Sale going on now! Stop in either SummerHouse location to save 20-30% on special orders PLUS look for discounts on items that are on the showroom floor!

Now is the perfect time to get your home summer ready while saving some green. This sale is good IN STORE ONLY, so come on in and see us!

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Happening in Atlanta

Lisa Palmer in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse

We told y’all a few weeks ago about Lisa’s involvement in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Showhouse & Gardens. Remember seeing that here? Well, the time has come for the showhouse to actually HAPPEN!

Lisa Palmer in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer ShowhouseWe are SO proud of Lisa and the beautiful room she has crafted for the stunning home in which this year’s showhouse takes place. Lisa created a beautiful, inspired space that we hope all of you will get to see in person!

The showhouse starts April 20 and is open Thursdays through Sundays until May 14.

Lisa told us a little about her room and what inspired her design!

“My space is on the second level of the home. It’s a study/reading room. I loved the space when I first saw it because of the fantastic natural light that the space gets! It’s not a very big space – It’s about 17 feet by 13 feet- but I had a good amount of space to work. It’s on the second level, which houses several bedrooms, and I’m right off of a gorgeous staircase.

Our inspiration for the space was springtime! I also took inspiration from the architecture of the home which had a real traditional feel, so I couldn’t go super modern. We wallpapered the space in a gorgeous Philip Jeffries ivory raffia wallcovering that has a little sheen to it. And because it was spring, my color scheme was ivory, black, and fern green. The Pantone color of the year is this particular fern green so I went with that because it reminded me of springtime!

I have some comfortable seating in there as well as some interesting pattern. I also wanted to showcase Mississippi artists. I wanted the people of the region to see how talented the artists in our area are. So I used one of the walls as a showcase for our Mississippi artists. I love how that art wall turned out!

Lisa Palmer in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Showhouse

The room overall has sort of my signature look with high contrast. My drapery is an ivory linen when a beautiful quarter inch glazed black linen flange all the way around. We did this beautiful ivory armless Hickory Chair sofa in an ivory linen velvet, and I did a really cool armless chair in a Zak and Fox pattern of deep charcoal and ivory with a very gardeny pattern. Then there’s this fern green chair by Lee Industries with this really cool braid that brings in the black and ivory around the bottom.

All of this is sitting on top of this sisal and wool greek key rug by Patterson Flynn Martin. And to top it all off, I’ve got this really killer, semi modern yet earthy light fixture in a bronze and gold that came from the showroom of Paul Plus at ADAC.

So this room is bright, it’s fun, it has a little traditional spin and a little modern spin, and it’s very springy.

This showhouse is really something to see. People need to come over and tour it! Mississippi is represented in this house, so we are really excited to be a part of it.”

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Be sure to keep up with all things showhouse related by following them on Instagram! We really hope you get a chance to get over to Atlanta to see all of the prettiness for yourself! The proceeds benefit the Atlanta History Center!

AND! Don’t forget that Lisa and Marty are headed to High Point Market this weekend, too, so keep up with all of their market fun by following our hashtag #SHGoesToMarket 🙂 We can’t wait to see what all they find!

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