Starting Your Day With Style

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We all know that a healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps get our bodies functioning in the most healthful way, giving us energy, a clear mind, and an elevated mood. But have you ever thought about what an impact your breakfast environment can have on your day? Eating in a beautiful setting only enhances the effects of a healthy, balanced breakfast, further elevating our moods and mental clarity.

Our designers always ask our clients how they want their homes to make them feel. Almost always, the answers are either “happy” or “cozy” or “calm and relaxed.” When we deliver happy, calm, cozy, relaxed environments for our clients, it can only help their mental states!

Here is a roundup of beautiful, peaceful, happy breakfast environments that are the perfect compliments to a well-balanced first meal!

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Where is your favorite place to have a calm, relaxing breakfast? We would love to hear!

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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Space Transformed

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

There is a brand new magazine out in Mississippi called VERVE, and one of Lisa’s projects landed on the cover of the current issue! Having one of our designers’ projects featured is always such an honor, especially when it winds up on the cover of the publication!

This space was designed by our leading lady Lisa Palmer. It was a complete and total transformation, as this client started with an entirely blank slate. “The first time I went to this client’s house, he had one rug and four or five pieces of furniture. That was it!”

Lisa took his empty house and made it a rich, cozy, masculine home. Neither Lisa nor her client could have been more pleased with the result!

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

To read more about this project, plus to find out more about the spring design trends that we are extra excited to see popping up, grab a copy of VERVE whenever you see one!

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Eagle Cove Project in Oxford

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

We’ve added a brand new home to our project site, and it could not be more beautiful! This Oxford abode, designed by Lisa Palmer, is crisp, comfortable, and chic. Here are a few photos of the beautiful home. See ALL of the photos here!

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Isn’t it the prettiest home?! We love every single room!

See the full project here. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed! 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We appreciate it so much!

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SummerHouse Oxford Showroom Update

Places to shop in Oxford, MS: SummerHouse

Our Oxford showroom sure is looking extra pretty these days! Although some of this art work has already made its way back to VIEW GALLERY in Jackson, we still think you’ll be ultra inspired by what you see! Be sure to stop in and see us next time you’re on The Square!

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Feel free to ask us any questions about anything you see! Or better yet, go check it all out for yourself in person (plus lots more!) 🙂

For more SummerHouse | Oxford love, be sure to follow them on instagram! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you’re having an amazing day! XO!

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Meet Jordan Carter!

Meet Jordan Carter // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe have a new face on our design team that we are so excited to introduce to y’all! Meet Jordan Carter, our newest interior design assistant! This girl is smart, organized, and super fun! So naturally, she fits right in up here 😉

We think you’ll enjoy getting to know Jordan as much as we have! Here’s our traditional Q&A with the newbie… 🙂

1. Tell us about yourself!

I feel blessed to have grown up in Daphne, Alabama, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. I loved growing up on the water and experiencing the scenic Alabama outdoors with family and friends.

I earned my degree in architecture from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and have worked in that field for five years. I recently decided to transition to interior design, and I am excited to begin this new chapter!

My husband and I moved to Jackson last year for his residency at UMMC. We have enjoyed getting acquainted with our new city and making our lovely house a home.

2. Tell us a little about how you became interested in design! Did you always know you loved design, or did you discover your interest some other way?

I have always known that I was interested in design. I remember my father and me touring houses that were under construction and I would tell him all about my design strategies. I would explain what each room would be and show him the way I would lay each room out.

3. What was your first impression of SummerHouse?

My first impression of SummerHouse was the charm. From the sweet southern women to the beautiful design of the showroom floor, I was immediately drawn to it all. To say I am excited to be working at SummerHouse is an understatement!

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Feel free to let us in on a snippet of your early bird or night owl routine! 🙂

I feel like I get asked this question a lot and I have decided that I am neither an early bird nor a night owl. I don’t drink coffee (Weird, I know.) so it takes me a little bit of time to wake up in mornings and I don’t like staying up too late. I am more of a middle of the day person so this job is perfect for me!

5. What is your favorite source of visual/design inspiration?

My favorite source of design inspiration is Instagram. A daily source of new, stylish designs are literally at your fingertips. The designers and brands you can follow are endless. I always find myself scrolling through Instagram when I have a minute of time to spare and bookmarking my favorite designs.

6. We’ve noticed you have great style! Where do you like to shop?

My favorite place to shop is in my mother’s closet! She has such great style and has dressed me my entire life. She has spoiled me so much that I don’t even like shopping without her. When I am in need of new clothes, Ann Taylor Loft is a go to since they have petite sizes for my 5’-2” frame.

7. If you could eat anything in the world for supper tonight, what would you eat?!

My favorite meal on earth has to be surf and turf. A filet mignon with a lobster tail on top is mouth watering good. There is nothing better than a meal from the land and sea!

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St. Andrews Condo

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve recently added a brand new project to our design site: St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton! This lovely project was completed last fall, and is absolutely stunning! We love the simple color palette, the modern overall aesthetic… Really, we love ALL of Katherine’s choices! 🙂

Here’s a quick peek at this weekend home. See the full project here!

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t it gorgeous? We love it all! Photos by Anna Goodson.

VIEW THE FULL ST. ANDREWS CONDO PROJECT HERE! >>> 

Have a great week!

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The Best Of Mississippi

Vote SummerHouse for Best of Mississippi

We have a favor to ask of you! Mississippi Magazine has recently opened up their voting for BEST OF MISSISSIPPI and we would love to win! But we need your help! 🙂

When you have a minute, please CLICK HERE to cast your vote for SummerHouse as Best Furniture Store and Best Decor/Home Accessories! 

Vote SummerHouse for Best of Mississippi

Thank you so much for your help in this. Again, HERE is where you can vote!

We so appreciate it! Hope you are having a great week so far 🙂

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That Time Lisa Took Over Traditional Home’s Instagram

You may remember the three day span where our very own Lisa Palmer was solely in charge of Traditional Home’s instagram account!! She did such a good job that we wanted to commemorate those posts here on Always Summer. Each photo below is linked to the original Insta post, so feel free to click and give the post a like if you haven’t already! Many of the posts have even more photos than what we’re showing here, so you’re definitely going to want to flip through those if you haven’t already.

Lisa, we are so proud of the job you did! You showcased your work, our stores, our designers, the Jackson metro area, and Mississippi SO WELL!

Here are Lisa’s posts:

// POST 1 //

Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Good morning, y’all! I’m @lpdesignlove of @shopsummerhousefrom the wonderful state of Mississippi. I am beyond thrilled to be taking over the Instagram account of @traditionalhomeand showing you around my beautiful city of Jackson, along with stories and anecdotes (I am a true southerner, after all) and giving you a glimpse into an interior designer’s busy life. I’ll even give you a taste of jazz and blues and Mississippi barbecue. Strap on your seatbelts… It’s gonna be a bumpy but enjoyable ride! #designertakeover

// POST 2 //

Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey y’all! It’s me, @lpdesignlove, again for #designertakeover. How about lunch at one of my favorite spots in Jackson? @thepigandpint is barbecue at its best! And you can’t have bbq without pig! (and I’m jewish!) This joint is not for the vegans of the world, but, hey… We have that too! Here you gotta put the feed bag on ‘cause it is eatin’ time! There is a long standing feud about the greatest barbecue. From Mississippi to St. Louis to Memphis to Texas, we ALL think we have the best! But we in Mississippi know we have it locked! To all the interior designers out there, we have to stop and have a good lunch, right? This work is hard!

// POST 3 //

Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey again! @lpdesignlove for the @traditionalhome#DesignerTakeover showing you one of my recent projects that sits in the center of Jackson, Mississippi in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It was a huge renovation for my client, as this Greek Revival home was built in 1950. The rooms were colorful and furnishings were full of pattern and fringes. #WeveAllBeenThere! It was time to make it their home! And… we are always tweaking and adding. That’s the beauty of having a great home, isn’t it? What is interesting about the property is, although it’s in an established neighborhood, my clients have the sweetest Amish chicken coop with live chickens and fresh eggs for their morning omelettes! They even have a couple of peacocks! There is a dog run, an underground knocked out wine cellar, and a small farm all on 8.2 acres. Swipe to see more of this beautiful home. #countrycometotown #alittleofbothworlds#theperfecthome

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It’s @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse here again for #DesignerTakeover! Art is extremely personal AND important to the overall design of a room. I won’t show a client a piece of art for a space just because it looks good over the sofa. It has to evoke a positive emotional response. They have to LOVE their art. It also has to have the “feel” that I am trying to achieve for the space. I am very fortunate to have amazing art galleries to work with. Not only will I select art from the Jackson area, but just 3 hours south is New Orleans and just east are Birmingham and Atlanta! Here is a project I worked on that I literally built the design around my client’s FABulous art collection. Even the walls are works of art: A local artisan hand painted a lacquered strie in the dining room, and the hand painted stencil on the powder room wall was perfectly executed as far as scale and color palette.

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey all you music lovers! It’s @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse for #DesignerTakeover. Although Interior Design is my number one gig, I’ve been performing on stages around the southeast as a jazz vocalist for over 25 years. To quote one of Mississippi’s greatest sons, B.B.King -“Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz, it’s like going on to college”. Mississippi is the true home of the blues and @HalandMals in Jackson is the venue to pop over to to get your jazz and blues fix. Tuesday night is Jazz night and musicians from all over sit in to hone their jazz skills. So, every Tuesday night is different. But that’s jazz. Did you know that Mississippi has more grammy winners than any other state?? Music is in our blood. As a jazz singer I can’t begin to count how many nights I’ve spent at Hal and Mal’s performing. Some of my best memories are within these walls. I think the microphone still has my lipstick stain! 💋#mississippimusic#mississippiculture

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Color is coming back! 💙 Hey again y’all! @lpdesignlovehijacking @traditionalhome for their #DesignerTakeover! Yesss… color IS back. Whether you love a room with lots of color or just pop your favorite color in an all white room, it always works. Don’t get me wrong… I love an all white room, if it is done correctly, but we have been in need of color for a while now. In this project, I had a client who loves any shade of blue. That is what makes her happy and that is what I did. From azure to cobalt, we incorporated her blue crush as much as possible… and she LOVES her home! Blue is a timeless color and you can use it with abandon! Swipe for more from this beautiful home. Photos by @jallsopp

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Welcome back @traditionalhome followers!! @lpdesignlove for TH’s #DesignerTakeover here! As the owner and principal designer of SummerHouse in Ridgeland and Oxford MS, I wear a LOT of hats! But the one hat I am most proud to wear is mentoring and working with my staff of 22, who frankly, are the hardest working people I know. 11 are Interior Designers and their design assistants. Their talent is extraordinary and they make me BEYOND proud. (Swipe for more photos of their work.) Our 8800 square foot Ridgeland showroom opened in 2006 and we just brought another SummerHouse to the super cool city of Oxford, MS in December of 2016. (Post about that coming soon!) Running this large operation takes a village for SURE! It just so happens our village is beautifully adorned with skilled, experienced, and wickedly talented individuals!

// POST 8 //

Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hotty Toddy from Oxford, Mississippi!! @lpdesignlove in for #DesignerTakeover ‘bout to tell y’all a little bit about this place. A little over a year ago, I made the decision to put my second store location on the square in this quintessentially charming American town. What draws people from all over the world to Oxford? Maybe Ole Miss and tailgating in the grove (NOTHING like it!) Or it could be that it’s the literary center of the south, where Rowan Oak, (pictured) the home of William Faulkner so beautifully sits and more presently, ties to Willie Morris and John Grisham. Or maybe it’s the bars, five star hotels, restaurants and unique shops around the historic square. Or possibly John Currence, the James Beard award winning chef at @bigbadbreakfast and @citygroceryoxford. And you have to put Taylor Grocery on your bucket list! THE best catfish, hushpuppies, turnip greens and good ole bluegrass/gospel played by men as old as your grandpa! HYDR!

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Let’s talk about gorgeous areas to have al fresco dining! @Lpdesignlove for #DesignerTakeoverhere. There is nothing quite like a warm summer evening. It seriously is my favorite time of the day/year. Especially if you have this back of the house porch that overlooks a lake with a family of white swans! Y’all might recognize this house. This project was featured in the March/April @traditionalhome. I wanted to show you all a little bit more of the spectacular porch that my clients LOVE to relax on and have their evening meals with friends. It was really important for me to provide comfortable lounge seating, and always ample side tables to set drinks on. The large concrete dining table is not only functional, but with our humidity and pollen dust, it is easily cleanable. When my clients entertain, this is where most of the fun people hang out! || 📷: @jallsopp

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hello again, TH readers! @Lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse for #DesignerTakeover here to tell you about one of Jackson, MIssissippi’s oldest and best corner cafes: the Mayflower Cafe. If anyone saw The Help, you might remember that Skeeter and Stuart had dinner here. They probably had the Redfish Jane or the Breaded Veal Cutlets with Tomato Gravy. Did you know that the director and writer of The Help are both from Mississippi? The coolest thing about this place is that dinner at The Mayflower on a Saturday night is a social event! You seriously run into EVERYONE you know. So… you better carve out enough time for conversation and fellowship and come hungry! #mississippi #themayflower || 📷: @nashker

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 Happy afternoon! @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhousefor #DesignerTakeover! I’m dreaming of crawling into this bed after my incredibly busy day! Unfortunately it is not MY bedroom and I’m sure my client would be surprised if she saw me cutting Z’s in her guest room! This room was designed on a budget although it looks like a million bucks. The textural throw at the foot is from @potterybarn and even the paper pendant (which you can’t see in this photo, but you can see in the instastory!) was a super price. The only splurge is the silk velvet pillow on the bed. But… nothing else looks or FEELS like silk velvet! Some things are non-negotiable. 😃 || 📷: @agoodsonphoto

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

@lpdesignlove signing off of TH’s #DesignerTakeover! I hope y’all have enjoyed hanging out with me this week and allowing me to show where and how this city and state have influenced me and my design aesthetic. I am honored to have Traditional Home feature this project on their cover of the March/April edition. THANK YOU for the support. I also feel that I have gained some really good friends. I might just miss this a little! 😢 But I have to get back to work! XXOO #socialmediaisafulltimejob#summerhousestyle

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What a fun takeover! Be sure to follow Lisa at @lpdesignlove, SummerHouse at @shopsummerhouse, and Traditional Home at @traditionalhome!

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Give Back To Byron

Hello, friends!

We hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! We are starting our Monday off with a bit of a heavy heart for our dear friend Byron Green. Byron, who owns and runs Classic Upholstery, experienced some misfortune last week as his shop burned completely to the ground. He lost everything. Every piece of furniture, every bolt of fabric, every nail gun. EVERYTHING. Byron has been a friend to SummerHouse for a long, long, long time and has done so much beautiful custom work for us. Not only does he do custom reupholstery, but he can build furniture pieces from scratch. And not only is he wildly talented, but he is patient with us. We as designers tend to change our minds from time to time (especially when it comes to a custom piece) and Byron has never once gotten frustrated with any of us. He just laughs, makes a note, and delivers exactly what we ask for.

And we know we aren’t the only designers who work with him. Byron is well known throughout all of Mississippi! He’s simply the best!

Give Back to Byron // alwayssummerblog.com

Bryon is truly a gem, so we want to be there for him during this tough time. We want to give back and help him rebuild his business. Will you help him, too? Please consider donating to the GoFundMe page we started for him. We can’t wait to surprise him with a big ol check! 🙂

>>>> GIVE TO BYRON BY CLICKING HERE <<<<<

Thanks in advance for supporting our friend. Y’all mean so much to us!

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Paint Color FAQs

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Let’s talk about paint colors, shall we?

Since the publication of the March/April issue of Traditional Home, we’ve received multiple inquiries, not only about the published home, but about paint colors from many of our projects and photos!

We decided a blog post all about our most asked about paint colors was in order! 😉 Without further adieu…

The pink wall color in the cover shot of the March/April issue of Traditional Home:

SHERWIN WILLIAMS WHITE DOGWOOD (SW6315)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The wall and trim colors in the living/dining/foyer of the home featured in the March/April issue of Traditional Home:

TRIM:  BENJAMIN MOORE ACADIA WHITE (OC-38)

WALL: BENJAMIN MOORE ELMIRA WHITE (HC-84)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The wall color and trim in a project featured on Lisa’s TH Instagram Takeover. The paint colors are the same throughout the entire home:

WALL AND TRIM: BENJAMIN MOORE LINEN WHITE (OC-146)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The almost black color at the front desk of SummerHouse Oxford:

custom color closest to BENJAMIN MOORE KENDALL CHARCOAL (HC-166)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The white at SummerHouse Ridgeland:

WALLS AND TRIM: BENJAMIN MOORE LINEN WHITE (OC-146)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And those are our most frequently asked about paint colors! We hope that was helpful!

Have a great week!

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Meet New Ridgeland Interior Designer Erin Baker

We are so excited about sharing a fun Q&A with our newest Ridgeland designer Erin Baker today! Erin has been so much fun to have around these past few weeks. Her bright personality fits right in around here! 🙂 Get to know her a little better >>>

Tell us more about you!SummerHouse | Ridgeland Interior Designer Erin Baker // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am so excited to be working at SummerHouse. I love design and making people’s house into a home they love and enjoy coming home to.

I am from Brookhaven, MS, I attended Brookhaven Academy and Ole Miss for college. I have been in Jackson for almost 8 years now and just recently
bought a house in Madison. I am an only child and I have two pups that I spoil more than I should.:) I love to travel and see new places. I am a runner and love to be outside. If I am not at work or outside doing something, you can find me in the gym, training. It is my stress reliever!

When did you first become interested in interior design? Tell us a little about that realization!

I became interested in design at a very early age. I can remember moving accessories and furniture in my parents house around. I designed my own
bedroom, from paint colors, fabrics, bedding, pillows etc; when i was 12.

Tell us more about your personal design style!

My personal design style is polished casual. I like crisp, clean neutrals, with a surprise of color. Simplicity to me goes a long way. I like classic looks, not trends, and I like to mix textures and metals. My mood has a lot to do with it and what the room is used for. In my house, each room has a different feel/personality.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

My favorite way to spend my day off is relaxing with the boyfriend by the water or working on a project around my house.

How do you take your coffee?

I take my coffee with only two splenda….now! I used to be terrible. I would have a little coffee with my cream and sugar. More like syrup!

What’s the best trip you’ve been on recently? Tell us a little more about it!

The most recent trip I have been on was to Miami. I absolutely loved it. The weather was perfect. The food was amazing. But my favorite part about Miami would have to be the architecture and design. The homes are gorgeous. Everything is white and crisp with vibrant pops of color.

What aspect of SummerHouse is your favorite?

My favorite part about SummerHouse is that it feels like home. As soon as you walk in the door, you get that relaxing, ahhh feeling. Everything is beautiful and of the utmost quality. I love having other designers to bounce ideas off of. It is always helpful when you get stuck in a project or just need another point of view. All of the girls here are terrific designers and I am very privileged and excited to have the opportunity to work here.

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Thank you, Erin! It’s a privilege to have you as a part of our team!

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So Much To Love

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesign

We are so thrilled for our owner and principal designer Lisa Palmer because…

… drumroll please…

One of her projects is on the cover of TRADITIONAL HOME MAGAZINE!! This project is absolutely stunning. We adore these clients and thank them so much for allowing us the opportunity to work with them. Their trust in Lisa’s direction for their home was what made them the perfect clients. We love how inviting their beautiful abode is, and could not be more pleased with the photos by one of our favorite photographers, Jean AllsoppLisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesignHere is a peek at the pages behind that pretty pink cover that you’re definitely going to want to see in person.

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign The story of the “before and after” of this home, written by Krissa Rossbund, is engaging and helps the design come to life! The staging team did a lovely job of adding beautiful little touches throughout to get each room perfectly camera ready. Great job to Lisa, Marty, Camille, Eleanor Roper, and everyone else on the team, both ours and Traditional Home’s, who made this project come together. And a huge thanks to our fabulous clients, the McGeowns!

Thank you so much for dropping in today. We hope you’re having a great week and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Meet Elizabeth at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Meet our new Fabric Librarian, Elizabeth! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a new face at the Ridgeland shop that you definitely need to get to know! We have loved having Elizabeth Fowlkes on our team and you are going to love her, too! Her bright spirit and happy disposition is just so inspiring!

Elizabeth is our part time fabric librarian during the week (she comes in after her “day job”) and is our receptionist on Saturdays. As per our usual, we did a get-to-know-her Q&A, so here it is!

Tell us a little about yourself!Meet our new Fabric Librarian, Elizabeth! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am originally from Oxford, MS. I graduated from Oxford High School and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Auburn University. War Eagle!  I came back to Ole Miss for graduate school, where I studied School Counseling.  I have been in Jackson for the past two years and I work as a School Counselor at Goodloe Elementary School in Canton.  I have a younger sister, Katherine, who just graduated from Ole Miss and lives in Lubbock, TX.  My parents live in Oxford and I go back to visit as often as I can!

Tell us a bit about your “day job” and what you like about it! 

I work as an elementary school counselor during the day and I absolutely love it!!  I love to explore the world through the eyes of children.  I love that my job involves painting, coloring, and puppet shows!  I learn so much from my students. We just finished celebrating “The Great Kindness Challenge” and collected over 900 canned goods for a local food bank, which was all their idea!

What do you like to do on a lazy weekend?

I love to get a pedicure, clean my house, sit on the couch with a good book, and binge watch Friends!

What was your first impression of SummerHouse?!

I fell in love with SummerHouse instantly.  I dream about having a “SummerHouse house.” Everything in the store is so crisp and clean, and every space is beautiful.

Tell us something you’ve learned from your short time at SummerHouse thus far! 🙂

As a counselor I am all about relationships. I can tell that relationships are also very important to the SummerHouse staff also…. relationships with each other and with every customer who walks through the door. That is very special. The coffee is great, too!

What are your currently reading? Do you like it? 

I have read three of Liane Moriarty’s books since Christmas and I couldn’t put them down! I loved Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty.

What’s your favorite social media platform and why?

I love Instagram….I love to see where everyone is traveling, eating, shopping, etc.

What is your favorite meal in the whole wide world? Tell us a little about it, where it’s from or who cooks it, and why you love it! 

My mom’s Chicken Spaghetti! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner forever.  It reminds me of growing up and it’s one of the only things I know how to make well!

Favorite magazine or source for inspiration? Why?

I love Southern Living! You can find the answer for anything and everything.

What else do we need to know about you?! 

I am so excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

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Thank you so much, Elizabeth! We are thrilled to have ya here 🙂 Thanks for all you have done so far!

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Ask Lisa: All White Rooms

All White Rooms: The DOs and DON'Ts from Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // #interiordesign

We’ve added a fun new video to our YouTube channel as the first in a new series we’re going to start doing called ASK LISA! We asked for y’all to submit questions to us a few weeks back, and we got some GREAT responses! The one we started with was,

“Can you ever go overboard with white when designing a room?”

Watch the video to see Lisa’s response!

So to recap:

  1. Hire a professional! All white rooms can be hard.
  2. Make sure to mix textures.
  3. Add interesting woods!
  4. You do have to worry about dirt. Make sure to use 100% acrylic or Crypton fabrics when possible.
  5. Get a throw to protect your sofas and chairs from pets.
  6. Again, we reiterate, hire a professional! 🙂 (We love doing all white rooms! Hint, hint!)

We have several questions lined up to get Lisa’s opinion on, but we’d love more! So feel free to submit your own questions for Lisa in the comments below! We’d love to hear what you guys want to know from her!

Thank y’all so much for sopping by today! Have a great week!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: VIEW GALLERY

Original works by Catie Radney // 18" x 24" // acrylic on canvas

Yesterday, we talked about our friends from WithCo Cocktails joining us on Saturday for our Lee Loves Local event. Today, we’re talking about our friends from VIEW GALLERY!

Whit Geary, VIEW GALLERY owner and a dear friend to SummerHouse, has an incredible eye for unique original art, so we are thrilled that she agreed to be a part of our big LLL day with a VIEW GALLERY pop-up shop! She couldn’t bring her whole shop with her, so she’s hitting the high notes with a scaled down selection of pieces. We are dying over the gorgeousness of what she’s shown us so far! We think you will too…

Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4' x 4' // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4′ x 4′ // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4' x 4' // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // 4′ x 4′ // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // all 20" x 20" // acrylic on canvas
Brooke Hoogendoorn // all 20″ x 20″ // acrylic on canvas
Sophia // 3' x 5' each // acrylic on canvas
Sophia // 3′ x 5′ each // acrylic on canvas
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper
Catie Radney // varying sizes // acrylic on paper

See what we mean? All of these are simply stunning. And this is just a teeny glimpse of what you’ll see Saturday! We can’t wait!

Next time you’re in the Canton Mart Square area in Jackson, be sure to drop by VIEW GALLERY to see everything she has to offer! We can almost guarantee you’ll be blown away. 😉

Stay tuned for more LLL info coming the rest of the week! Thank you for stopping by today!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: WithCo Cocktails

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are absolutely thrilled to have the brand WithCo Cocktails joining us THIS COMING SATURDAY (2/10) at our Lee Loves Local event in Oxford!

WithCo is an incredible, brand new Nashville-based company whose passion is for beautifully crafted cocktails and community. WithCo is an abbreviation of “With Company,” which is what their mission is: to make it easier for you to spend time with your company over a lovely drink. They don’t want you to have to fool with squeezing lemons, muddling herbs, and measuring out juices. So they’ve done all the legwork for you. They use all fresh, natural ingredients to make their three different cocktail mixes. All you have to do is add your booze of choice, add ice, and sit down with your company for a craft cocktail that took 30 seconds to make.

Not only are the cocktails delicious, but their packaging is beautiful. And, the people behind the brand are just really cool people.

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come experience WithCo cocktails this Saturday at SummerHouse Oxford while browsing art from VIEW GALLERY, getting a signed copy of 30A Living by Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp, and getting to know the brand LEE Industries a bit better!

Stay tuned as the week goes on for more on our other event affiliates!

We can’t wait to see you Saturday!

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Q&A With Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

We are so excited to have Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun join the SummerHouse team in our Oxford location! Jenni is so much fun, is beyond talented, and keeps us laughing! We are thankful to have her as a part of our family. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know her just as much as we have!

SummerHouse | Oxford Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little bit about your background?

I grew up across the south – North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. I spent lots of time with my grandparents in Columbia, MS learning everything from needlepoint (which eventually lead to sewing) to Canasta and of course, spoons!  I finished college at MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory. I fueled my creative side with all types of sewing projects and poured through books and magazines learning interior specialty sewing and loving it, often sewing into the wee hours of the morning. This love and ability has grown into a 20 year career in Interior Design.

I live on a farm in Pontotoc County with my husband, Benton, three children, three dogs, one crazy cat, two beautiful horses and five hens! Life is full and rewarding.

At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design?

Pretty early actually. One of my grandmothers always let us cousins decorate her house for Christmas and that was such a treat. She bought whatever “supplies” we wanted and we went to town with it! We even caught her piano on fire one year with a candle! Never even got in trouble, although I’m sure she was clenching her jaw!
She also fostered my love of sewing and fabrics.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?

I am really a homebody. I love being at home!

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?

I don’t really go to movies… They’re too loud! But I have been watching The Crown and Reign and loving both. Of course the costumes and drapery details are fantastic.

What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

I have lots of favorite restaurants because I don’t like to cook. My very favorites are the ones that get a “to go” order correct consistently! And have a pickup lane.

What is your favorite design publication? 

This oscillates between Veranda and Traditional Home. Such good publications. I have difficulty parting with back issues.

If Hollywood wanted to make a movie about you, what actress would you want playing you? Why?

Reese Witherspoon because she catches my attention. She is about my size (a.k.a. “short”) and she is already Southern.

Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

Absolutely because it is a part of a team. Also, positively: Lisa Palmer!

What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?

My favorite thing about being a designer is helping families and clients fall in love with their home and special keepsakes all over again.

Who is your favorite character on a TV show and why?

Loreli Gilmore. I SO relate!

What else do we need to know about you?

I am part time at SummerHouse and am primarily there on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, but will always make an appointment convenient for my client.

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Read more about Jenni and get her contact info here! Thank you so much, Jenni, for your time.   Thrilled to have you aboard!

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Happening In Oxford On February 10th

In case you haven’t seen on all of our social channels, our 2018 LEE LOVES LOCAL event will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on February 10th! We are excited about all we have lined up. Take a look at the following poster for a teaser. We’ll be posting more as the event draws closer, but for now, here you go!

Save the date! Lee Loves Local at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS on 2/10/18

We hope you’ll make plans to spend some time with us that day! Have a great week!

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Oxford Showroom

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Has it been a little while since you’ve made your way to our Oxford location? Well, allow us to give you a little peek at what you have to look forward to next time you venture that direction! We’re in love with every single detail of the current showroom floor, and we think you will be, too! 🙂

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

See something you love? Give the Oxford shop a call! 662.234.8100

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a fantastic week!

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Meet Chad at SummerHouse | Oxford

We are thrilled to share the news that we have a couple of new designers at SummerHouse | Oxford! Chad Holman and Jenni Hilbun have officially joined the SHOX squad as Interior Designers, and Maddie Ertle (who you may remember from here) has moved on up to an Interior Designer position as well! Laurie Conway is still killing it as an Oxford designer so we just have a really great team going on up there!

Today, we want to introduce you to Chad! We conducted our usual Q&A with him to get to know him a little better. We think you’re going to love him as much as we do!

SummerHouse Oxford Interior Designer Chad Holman // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little bit about your background? Where you grew up, where you went to school, family, etc…?

I spent most of my formative years in Holly Springs MS where I attended Marshall Academy. After Highschool I attended Memphis College of Art. I am married and in the process of fostering 2 girls. The youngest is one and the oldest is two.

At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design? Elaborate just a tad!

I realized I wanted to be an interior designer at a young age. I remember being no older than ten and much to my parents’ dismay rearranging the living room when no one was around. It has always been my passion. I had no choice in the matter. This is the profession I was born to do.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go? Why?

I have a severe wanderlust for India. I have traveled extensively, and this is one place that I have always wanted to go but never had the chance. I want to explore the cuisine, culture, landscapes, etc… I imagine its streets lined with spice markets, exotic flowers, and gorgeous textiles… Heaven!

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?

The Shape of Water – It was visually stunning!

What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

It has to be City Grocery. I love it for the shrimp and grits. Why else?

What is your favorite design publication? 

I love Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. You will always find these on my coffee table at home. I also love Dwell and Paper magazine. I am always scouring the web for great design blogs. Two of my favorites are Apartment34.com and Yellowtrace.com.au.

Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

Its reputation! I love being a part of such a talented and established team of designers with a design firm with as many accolades as SummerHouse.

What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?

I love being able to increase the quality of peoples lives. The spaces we live in are a direct reflection of us. Knowing that I create spaces that give my clients a sense of pride or a beautiful calming place to retreat to after a long day makes me happy. It makes all the long hours and hard work completely worth it.

Who is your favorite character on a TV show OR who is your favorite TV personality and why?

What else do we need to know about you?

I feel that the relationship between designer and client is a close one. We are invited into their homes and is some cases become part of the extended “family”. Because of these relationships I love to put something in every room I design that makes the client laugh or at least brings a smile to their face when they see it. This can be something small and inconspicuous. Most of the time its an inside joke between the client and myself. Many people get caught up in the serious aspects of design. I always try to take the time to step back and remember to have fun. I believe it shows in the finished design.

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Thank you so much for your time, Chad! It’s a pleasure having you on board. 🙂

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