Seeking Interior Designer!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

We come to you a little bit sad today because our sweet and talented designer Mary Courtney made the decision a couple of weeks ago to leave SummerHouse and work from home so she can spend more time with her beautiful babies! Her last day was Friday 🙁 We are so happy for her and know this is a great move for her family, but we are SO sad to be losing her!

Because of this transition, we now have a position open! We are looking for a new Interior Designer to join our team!

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Here’s some info about the position:

We are currently seeking qualified interior designers who wish to work in a creative and fast paced environment. Duties include, but are not limited to, showroom sales and full scale interior design projects. Full scale interior design projects include the selection of exterior finishes, interior finishes, furniture and fabric selections, as well as coordinating installations. SummerHouse specializes in beautiful and fashion forward interiors while giving the highest level of client service. Quality benefits and a competitive compensation structure are included. Candidates must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, superb organizational skills, a positive work ethic, strong sales ability and a solid design foundation. A degree in interior design and sales experience in this field is preferred.

And here’s a little bit about your work environment! 🙂

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

If this position sounds like something you’d enjoy, then shoot us your resume! We look forward to hearing from you!

ALSO- if you are in the Oxford, MS area and looking for a design position, click here. We’re hiring for our new location up there! 🙂 Yay!

Hope you’re having a great day so far! Thanks for stopping by!

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New Lynn Sanders Art!

New art by Lynn Sanders

Just last week, our showroom filled up with the prettiest artwork from one of our favorite new artists, Lynn Sanders! We love Lynn’s use of color and her style is just beautiful!! We actually did a fun interview with her not too long ago if you want to check that out!

Here are a few of the pieces we currently have in the showroom. Of course, they’re even prettier in person, so come see them for yourself if you’re able to get by! You’ll be so inspired!

Lynn Sanders Art at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Lynn Sanders Art at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Lynn Sanders Art at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Lynn Sanders Art at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Lynn Sanders Art at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Lynn Sanders Art at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

See what we mean?! How gorgeous?! We love every single piece.

We hope all of you had the best weekend! Thanks for dropping in today! 🙂

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Designer of the Week: Katy Sanders

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders Every few weeks, we pick a different designer to feature as our designer of the week! It’s so much fun for us to really focus in on one designer at a time and see what they’ve been working on, what’s caught their eye, and where they turn for inspiration!

Our newest designer of the week is Katy Sanders! This girl has been working extra hard lately and has pulled together some beautiful rooms! Find out about what’s most inspired her lately, her favorite recent project, and much more! Keep reading!

Tell us about a few of your favorite details in a project you’re currently working on!

My latest project involved a complete living room design for a home in the Bridgewater subdivision. Having downsized to one main living area, my clients needed a comfortable, casual, user-friendly space. I chose slipcovered pieces, warm wood tones, and natural fibers.

Here’s a look at the final selections. We cannot wait for the install this fall!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders

What is your favorite design trend right now?

I am excited to finally see a shift from cooler tones back to natural, earthy palettes. Most recently, I have been drawn to designs that incorporate warm neutrals, jewel tone accents, matte finishes and mixed materials. My husband and I are building a home this fall, and I am looking forward to adding a few of these details myself!

Is there a publication, book, blog, website, or magazine that has just really inspired you lately? Tell us about it!

The fall issue of Milieu Magazine is absolutely stunning and so inspiring. Designer Betsy Brown’s home in Birmingham is featured. It is breathtaking, and her attention to detail is incredible. Some of the most beautiful designs can be found here in the south!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week Katy Sanders

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

Inspired by Birmingham, AL designer Betsy Brown

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

The master bedroom is one of my favorite spaces to design. While many clients overlook this area, I encourage people to make this a priority. I have heard countless times, “No one goes in there but us.” BUT, it is so important. It’s a personal space where you wind down and rejuvenate, and that is definitely worthy of some design attention! I love helping clients transform their bedrooms into relaxing, beautiful retreats.

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Thank you, Katy, for sharing with us! You inspire all of us!

Have a GREAT week and thanks for dropping in today!

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Only The Best In This Guest Room!

Only the best in this guest room!

We have some beautiful eye candy for y’all to enjoy today in the form of a guest bedroom designed by Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend! We love her take on this traditional bedroom and would love to be a guest in this pretty setting any day! 😉

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Only the best in this guest room!

Such a beautiful job, Lindsey! That blue and gray is mesmerizing!

We hope you are having a great week! The weekend is just around the corner!! 😉

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Shop This Room

The next time you’re flipping through a magazine or scrolling through Pinterest and see a room you love or an item that you just can’t live without, save it! Bring it to us! We have access to hundreds (possibly thousands!) of different lines, many of which often land appearances in design publications. So if you see a style of art that you must have in your home, or a light fixture that you can’t live without, let us try to find it! Or something similar!

We love when clients share rooms that inspire them. It helps our designers get a better feel for what makes our clients happy! And happy clients are the ultimate goal of every single job we do!

Since Keri Russell’s home has been one of the most pinned rooms ever on Pinterest (and with good reason– it’s gorgeous!), we decided to use it to show you what sort of beautiful things we have access to!

Shop Keri Russell's living room at SummerHouse!

We can get any/all of this for you! So next time you see a magazine page that sends you into orbit, let us see it! What inspires you inspires us. We love getting to design for you guys!

Thanks for dropping by today. Hope you’re having a great week!

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Chic + Family Friendly Media Room

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Have you seen the latest issue of Portico Jackson? We recently had a media room featured!! And it is perfect! Chic, family friendly, and functional. Does it get any better? Look at this beautiful space by Lisa and former SH Designer Todd Price (who just moved to Cali! We miss you Todd!!)

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t this the coziest room?! The perfect place to hang out with family watching movies and playing games! Great job, Lisa and Todd. We know these clients are super happy, which is ultimately what it’s all about! 🙂

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New To The Showroom

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a few new groupings on the showroom floor that are simply breathtaking! Beautiful color mixed with perfect neutrals… Lovely accessories, unique art, one of a kind pieces… Here are a few snaps of the newest vignettes!

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Fine Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, MS // www.alwayssummerblog.com

If you see anything you like, give us a call (601-842-7784) or leave a comment below to find out more! We are happy to answer any questions! 🙂

Thank you for checking in with us today! Hope you have a great one!

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Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe’re beginning a new round of our always popular Designer of the Week series! Going first is Interior Designer Elish Phares Moon! We love having this girl as a part of our team and love hearing more about her favorite project to date, the item she longs to have in her house, and much more! Keep reading! 🙂
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What is your favorite design trend right now and why?

My favorite design trend right now is actually designers who are using their expertise to explore designs a little off the beaten path. In a new generation of clients who are Pinterest, HGTV, and internet educated it’s sometimes difficult for interior designers to “wow” their clients. I love seeing designs that aren’t replicas of the most commonly pinned bathroom on Pinterest. I’m not pointing fingers- I’m definitely guilty of sometimes seeking inspiration online before wracking my own brain. But I’ve been really inspired lately not by perfectly replicated designs, but by the designers and clients who take a little liberty with trying out new things!

We know designers always have a little pile of samples of things that they hope to be able to use in their own homes one day… Tell us about one thing that’s in your current pile and why you love it or how you plan to use it!

I am very guilty of having a “happy” pile for my future home. Right now my favorite thing is the most unessential. I am completely in love with a jeweled Samuel & Sons trim. I stare at it longingly often and dream of ways to make it work. Of course, having a seasoned design eye, I chose something very costly. I’m just like my clients though- I need to be practical. I need a home that is inviting and that doesn’t have a warning sign at the door- “no one under the age of 5, though sippy cups are welcome”. I need practical! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t ruled out a gorgeous trim on future drapery. Your home has to make YOU happy first and foremost. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

SummerHouse Interior Designer of the Week: Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What’s your favorite room in a home to design? Why?

 My favorite room to design is a living room. It’s the heartbeat of the house (second only to the kitchen) where many memories are made. I like the challenge of creating a beautiful but functional space. That one room really needs to be the full package. It has to be visually appealing, functional, the hub for the house. I think a successful living room design is incredibly rewarding.

Tell us about your favorite project to date and what you love about that particular project! 

My favorite project to date has been a roughly 14 month project in Oxford, MS. We just had our first install for the project last week and I’ve never had a more rewarding experience. It wasn’t the scale of the project (though large), the budget, or the location. It was an incredibly close relationship with a client equally dedicated to not sacrificing details in her home. The projects that I consistently walk away from feeling accomplished and gratified, are the ones that reflect an open and communicative relationship with my client. It shows in every detail: the cohesiveness of rooms, materials, etc.. We worked hard to be on the same page throughout and I think it shows. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much and gained such experience… and to have a project I can walk away from proud I have my name on it.

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Sit and Spin

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love a great swivel chair around here! Adding a swivel to a chair just makes it more fun. Plain and simple! It also makes it more functional in many circumstances! Nurseries, chat groups, keeping rooms, near fire places… The list goes on and on!

Many of the swivel chairs we have access to can also rock, and some even have returns on them, meaning if you spin it, it goes right back to the correct facing position after you get up! Here are a few of our favorite swivel chairs, ranging from more modern to more traditional! Swivel chairs can fit into almost anyone’s aesthetic!

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sit and Spin: Our 7 favorite swivel chairs! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

For more info on any of these, just ask one of our designers! We’d love to answer any questions we can about these great swivels!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We love having you follow along with us here! Have a great second half of the week!

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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!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a great week so far!

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Hello, Oxford!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have some VERY exciting news to share with all of you!

SummerHouse is opening a satellite location in OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI! We are SO thrilled about this expansion and cannot wait to serve North Mississippi! But the only way to make our service the best is by hiring the best!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

That leads us to our next order of business: We’re hiring for the Oxford location! We’re looking for Interior Designers and a Store Manager/Interior Designer. If you have a design background and are passionate about superb customer service, then SummerHouse Oxford might be the right fit for you!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Click here to see more about both positions and to find out how to submit your resume.

We look forward to finding our new family members very soon!

SummerHouse is opening a location in Oxford, MS! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you are having a great one!

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Yard Party Recap!

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Yard Party that we held here last week with Ambiance Landscape was an absolute blast!! We had an incredible turnout and loved getting to visit with so many of y’all! Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make it such a success! Here are some party pics so those of you who weren’t able to make it can feel like you were here! 🙂

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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A special thanks to Pop Culture, Green Ghost Tacos, and Lucky Town Brewing Company for making our event extra local! 😉 So thankful to have cool businesses like these in our backyard!

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We hope you are all having a great week! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Yard Party is Tomorrow!

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are getting so excited about our YARD PARTY tomorrow night! We’ll have a food truck, a popsicle stand, local beer, live music, and discounts on all outdoor furniture, including our brand new privately labeled line! PLUS! Ambiance Landscape will be here with the latest and greatest in landscaping design!! We’re pretty pumped about that!

It’s going to be a great time– We hope you’ll stop by and at least say hello!

Here are some peeks at what you have to look forward to! 🙂

SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Yard Party // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Give us a call if you have any questions about the event! 601-853-4445.

Thanks for reading today! Hope you’re having a good week so far!

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Sale EXTENDED!

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We are about to really make your Monday better…

We’re excited to share that we are extending our Beautiful Style | Generous Savings SCRATCH OFF SALE! It’s good through Thursday! So you still have time to come see us, ask for a card, and scratch to see if you get to save 15%, 20%, or 25% on your next purchase of in-stock furnishings!

SummerHouse Scratch off sale EXTENDED!

We have so many beautiful things in stock right now, so you do NOT want to miss this wonderful opportunity!

See you soon! 🙂

(Also– don’t forget about THIS! It’s going to be G.R.E.A.T!!!)

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InstaFaves

It’s always fun for us to look at analytics and see what sort of things you guys seem to get most excited about when we post and share! Today, we thought we’d share your favorites from Instagram over the past 6 months! Here are the 15 front runners!

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Check out these pretty pics plus many more over on our instagram! And be sure to follow for the most up-to-date updates about our shop and projects! 🙂

Thanks so much for dropping in today. Hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!

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YARD PARTY

SAVE THE DATE!

In celebration of our brand new private label line of outdoor furniture, we are hosting a YARD PARTY!!! We’re joining forces with Ambiance Landscape on June 30th to bring you the best in outdoor design! Our beautiful furniture + Ambiance’s killer landscaping designs will transform your outdoor space into a place you’ll want to spend every bit of free time you have!

SummerHouse YARD PARTY

We’ll set up right in front of the store from 2 p.m until 8 p.m. on Thursday the 30th so feel free to stop by any time in that window! We’ll have craft beer, live music, and a food truck! It’s going to be great!

We’re excited to show you this new line of outdoor furniture– we think you’ll love it!! More event info coming soon so STAY TUNED!

 

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Lynn Sanders Art

Meet Artist Lynn Sanders // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a brand new artist here at SummerHouse whose art we are just crazy about! Our wonderful clients seem to be just as wild about it as we are because this work sure has garnered LOTS of attention!

Meet Lynn Sanders. This pretty lady sure can create some beautiful work! Get to know her just a little bit better!

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Tell us a little about yourself! Where you’re from, about your family, etc…

I grew up in Lafayette, LA but after college, and living in various other states for work, my husband and I settled in Alexandria, Louisiana, where we have lived for the past fourteen years.  We have a sixteen year old son, two cats and two dogs.

How long have you been painting? What got you into painting?

I was always your typical creative person growing up; taking art lessons and being in charge of school dance decorations. Prior to my art career I did management and marketing/special events for shopping centers. So there was a history of creativity. Finally, about ten years ago my cousin inspired me to start painting again. She is also an artist and lives in Memphis. I began by creating paintings for children’s rooms which morphed into painting abstractly. Six years ago I quit my day job and have never looked back.

How do you describe your style? It’s so beautiful, whimsy, and unique!! We love it! 

I am an abstract expressionist so my style is free flowing. I do not get bogged down in the minute details of painting, but look at the big picture. Although the pieces take a while to complete I think they all reflect my impatience. The acrylic medium and tool I paint with really are reflective of my impatient nature.  Although the pieces may take a while to complete my painting process is fast.   I would love to paint small but my process just does not lend itself to small formats.  Painting large is my real passion.

We have a great selection of your abstract pieces in our showroom. Is this your primary style, or do you have other styles/mediums you use that we don’t show here at SummerHouse? 

I am always trying new processes and I feel my strokes and compositions have evolved over the past ten years.  So you never know I may have a new style on the horizon.  Lately I have incorporated linen textures to my canvases and this is something I am currently experimenting with.  In the past, I have painted koi fish and birds.  They are very specific to me and I do not paint the koi fish much anymore (painted them from 2006 – 2012).  I have done birds since 2012 when I retired the koi.  I think there are seven or eight bird paintings hanging in homes across the South. I do a couple of them a year.  It’s good to step away from the abstracts for a bit.

What is the most exciting design project you’ve ever gotten to be a part of?!

Gosh, the best part of my job is going in so many wonderful homes!!! However, my most exciting project was being asked to do Charley G’s restaurant in Lafayette. The restaurant was being remodeled and they wanted a more contemporary feel and used my art to convey that idea.  So all the artwork in the restaurant is mine.  That’s pretty cool.

What would you say inspires your work most?

My mood, music, and my love for beautiful things are the biggest influences on my paintings. Whether it is a beautiful horizon or a lovely home, those are the things that inspire me to create.  It is so humbling to see my work in the context of a beautiful room that has been artfully designed, either by the owner or interior designer. I have always had a passion for decorating so my work goes hand in hand with that.

What else do we need to know about you?!

I spent a month last summer living in an art colony on Nantucket Island. I have many funny stories from that experience.  I had a wonderful time and hope to do it again in the future.  Besides that, I love the beach, animals, tennis, novels by Jane Austen and the South!

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Many thanks to Lynn for allowing us to get to know her a little bit better! Stop by the showroom or check out our online shop to see more of Lynn’s work! It’s safe to say that we’re obsessed with her beautiful colors and style! 🙂

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Getting The Most For Your Money

 

How to achieve high design on a low budget! Advice and selections by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katie Carone // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We gave our newest designer Katie Carone the task of putting together a living room with all new furniture but on a somewhat tight budget! She’s put this entire room together for under $15,000! Now 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.

We love the beautiful living room she’s put together using our more well-priced designer lines! Here is more information on each piece!

Art // $1140

Cowhide Rug // $540

Grace Coffee Table // $2245

Callie Lamps // $685 each

Cole Drinking Table // $1085

Albion Sofa with three contrast pillows // $2431

Franco Chairs // $1716 each

Jolene Side Table // $855

Trudy Oval Side Table // $855

8 x 10 Sedona Sisal Rug // $390

Grand total // $14,343

Katie went with one of Lisa’s favorite design M.O.s that she calls “high/low.” This is where, even if most pieces in a space are budget conscious (or “low”), splurging on a couple of items (“high”) can really elevate the level of the entire design. Katie’s splurges were the lamps and the drinking table.

“The lamps are very transitional pieces and could be used throughout the house in several different places. On console tables, on bedside tables… So many places! And I love the acrylic base. It gives it an element of high design.”

“I aboslutely drool over that drinking table. Black and gold is my obsession! I know it’s more expensive, but when you find one piece you absolutely love, you just can’t compromise. It gives the room that wow factor!”

Designer tips on making the most of your furniture purchases // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Katie Carone // www.alwayssummerblog.com
Katie Carone

“I love the idea of ordering a sofa that comes standard with contrast pillows like this one. You can order them in a different fabric and use them somewhere completely different, like on a guest bed or in some side chairs.”

“Revere Pewter is one of my absolute favorite paint colors– it would be really nice in this room. I love that you can use browns and grays with it!”

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Thank you so much, Katie! We love what you’ve pulled together! If you have any more questions about these pieces, give Katie a call! 601-853-4445

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Meet Anabel

Meet SummerHouse Deisgn Assistant Anabel Wilson! // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe want to introduce you to our newest design assistant, Anabel Wilson, today! This girl is awesome. Let’s get our Q&A on!

1. Tell us about yourself!

I’m originally from Jackson..Belhaven to be exact! I graduated from MSU in Interior Design, but it took a second for me to get to that point. My first year in college I went to Ole Miss and switched my major THREE TIMES because I was so not wanting to leave Ole Miss (who can blame me?): Art History, Nursing (this lasted 3 weeks into the spring semester), and Graphic Design. I finally got the courage to transfer to MSU three weeks before classes started.

My mom is an artist and she has dabbled in just about every kind of creative thing (photography, ceramic design, oil painting, and home renovation) so I think that’s where I got the design-bug. I have an older sister (Madison) and a younger brother (Henley). My mom, (Joy) has two labradoodles, who are now the apples of her eye. Their names are Lucy and Scout.

I am newly engaged and getting married in August to my very best friend, Michael Tate Webb (its a double name, aren’t we the cutest??) Michael Tate and I have one 11 year old cat named Mama Roux (Roux for short)

I am an avid supporter of brunch, all things champagne, craft beer, cats, shrimp and grits, and New Orleans.

2. Why did you go into interior design?

Easily one of the easiest and hardest questions. Why is it so hard to put such a passion into words? I have always wanted to pursue a career in Interior Design and once I got to MSU I knew I made the best choice for myself and my future. Interior Design isn’t just a career path, it is 100% a way of life, seeking out the next big design and creating successful designs that make a client feel their best.

3. What was your first impression of SummerHouse?

I have followed Summerhouse for Lord only knows how long. I think I really started paying attention when I started college, so about 5 years ago? I think one of the many things I love about SH is their mix of modern and traditional styles and how they make “good design” possible for ANYONE. It wasn’t until I started working here a few weeks ago that I not only love that, but the atmosphere and the girls make this more than just a job.

4. If you could take one piece from the showroom floor home with you today, which would it be?!

It would easily be the linen bed sheets we have on one of the beds downstairs and without a doubt the Lauren Lachance pieces. Absolutely dreamy!

Lauren Lachance Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

5. What’s the best trip you’ve been on lately?

The best trip I’ve been on as of today would be Holmes State Park for Thanksgiving. We always stay in the cabins and fish, hike, and relax! This was also particularly special because it’s when I got engaged! I also just got done camping and kayaking, and I have a giant bruise on my leg to prove it!!

6. What band or type of music are you really into right now?

I’m going to go ahead and say it, my fiance has great taste in music so he introduces me to great music almost every week. But one artist that has my attention right now is Taj Mahal. “Leaving Trunk” and “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes” are something I have to listen to at least once while I’m getting ready for work!

7. What’s your favorite social media platform and why!?

Instagram. Duh. I’m not going to say I take the most artistic pictures. A lot of them are more “in the moment” pictures, but a lot of times my brother, sister, and I communicate through the funny pictures.
Twitter comes in a hard 2nd place though, because I like to think I’m way funnier than I really am… Chrissy Tiegan is the queen of Twitter!

8. What’s your favorite design publication?

I absolutely love Architectural Digest magazine and to this day Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s pent house in NYC is life changing.

(we totally agree!)

Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent NYC Apartment from Architectural Digest // www.alwayssummerblog.com

9. What’s your favorite local hangout?

We love Finian’s Pub! But if it all comes down to it, we love grilling out and either our house or our friends’ houses.

10. What else do we need to know about you?

– I can quote Steel Magnolias and Dumb and Dumber
– I don’t know what my natural hair color is anymore
– My mom is one of my best friends
– I love holding babies
– I am a proud Jacksonian, even the pot holes at times… (Just kidding, I don’t like the pot holes)
– Kitchen and bathroom design make me giddy. Like I love kitchen and bathroom design.
– It is a close call between my dream car: a Volvo SUV or a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, which was my first car.

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Thank you Anabel for allowing all of us to get to know you a little better! You’ve already been a killer addition to our team! 😉 XO!

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