Bungalow Classic for Highland House

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We recently added a charming little vignette to our Ridgeland showroom from the new Bungalow Classic collection for Highland House that we are more than in love with!

“The BUNGALOW CLASSIC duo Randy and Courtney Tilinski, also known as “Mr. and Mrs. Bungalow”, bring their design talents and signature style to their new BUNGALOW CLASSIC COLLECTION for HIGHLAND HOUSE. Inspired by their love of travel, fashion, and all-things-home, the collection captures the refined, yet approachable, aesthetic the dynamic couple are known for.”

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We welcome the pieces of this collection to our Ridgeland showroom. We can’t wait for more pieces to arrive! We love this refined whimsy and think you will as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! XO!

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Meet SummerHouse | Ridgeland Designer Lana Pate

Meet Interior Designer Lana Pate! // www..alwayssummerblog.comWe are so excited to introduce y’all to our newest designer at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Her name is Lana Pate and she is such a perfect addition to our team. We love this girl, and we think you will too. Get to know her a little better with this quick Q&A!

What got you interested in the Interior Design field?

One of my mother’s best friends was a decorator as I was growing up.  Our families spent a lot of time together.  I loved being around her amazing and never ending energy.  It was impressive watching her make “something” out of “nothing”.  She encouraged me at an early age to pursue my talents and dreams, and she remained a mentor to me throughout my career.

How would you describe your personal taste in design?

My personal taste is much like my personality – colorful!  I decorate my home the same way I advise my clients to design theirs – by surrounding myself with things I love.  I love original art with bold bright colors.  I also have a huge obsession for luxurious fabrics. Velvet being my most favorite!  Did I mention I love gold?  A girl’s got to have a little bling in her world.  My decor is classic with a dose of French and pops of color.

What is your favorite day to spend a day off?

I like to spend my day off by sleeping in then meeting my sister for a delicious lunch at one of our local restaurants.  In the afternoon, I like to go see a movie alone.  It’s a different experience going to the cinema alone versus with family/friends.  When I’m alone, I can completely immerse myself in the story and escape reality for a couple of hours.  I like to end my day with a long hot bath and a good book.

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

Since I literally go almost every week, it’s hard to narrow the field.  Though it’s been a few months, The Light Between Oceans had a profound effect on me.  The story and the characters were very complex.  It was an incredibly sad movie (book), but I could sympathize with each character’s plight.  I pretty much cried the entire time.

What is your favorite source of design inspiration?

My go to source has always been magazines such as Veranda, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, etc.  I think I started subscribing to Traditional Home when I was 13.  But I also enjoy letting art inspire me.  If I hit a “block” on a project, I’ll head to a local art gallery.  It never fails to get my creativity flowing again

How do you take your caffeine?

My daily dose is unsweetened tea.  But my favorite is Dr. Pepper (preferably in a can).  Sadly, I consider those treats these days!

What is your favorite part of being in the Summerhouse family so far?

I’m loving being surrounded by so much creative energy.  I enjoy how everyone just seems to feed off one another.  It’s fun to see others’ projects and design styles.  And it’s nice to have sounding boards sometimes.

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Thank you, Lana! Welcome to the SummerHouse fam! 🙂

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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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Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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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30A Living

30A Living

We have a new book in the shop that leaves us absolutely smitten. This new book, called 30A Living, is compiled by talented duo Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp, and highlights the beauty and charm of the magnificent strip of Florida beach towns known as 30A. The homes in these beach towns are as equally magnificent as the beaches on which they are nestled.

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

We got to chat with both Lynn and Jean about how this book came together and learned so much! Writer Lynn and photographer Jean found each other when they worked together at Southern Living earlier in their careers and have continued a friendship from there. We are so glad they remained friends and started putting books together because their books are GORGEOUS! 30A Living is a follow up to 30A Style, which was a book that was so popular, it got reprinted three times and sold out every time.

Because of the success of 30A Style, 30A Living just seemed like a natural follow-up. Same beach towns, same staff, but larger format, different homes, and more pages! “We wanted all of the various 30A communities to be represented, as well as a variety of styles. Contemporary, cottagey, traditional. I like the mix that ended up in the book,” says Lynn.

“The biggest challenge with this book was choosing which photos to include to have the best mix of styles,” Jean adds.

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

30A Living available at summerhousestyle.com

When we asked Lynn what she hoped readers of this book walked away with, she told us, “I hope readers get design ideas and get inspired. Even if you can’t build homes like the ones we show, hopefully you can still at least get great ideas. I love 30A, and the people who vacation here love it too. It was a joy to get to highlight all of the different communities and how different they all are.”

It is a joy to us to flip through each page of this book, one by one, devouring the stunning detail of each of the featured homes. Jean and Lynn, y’all did a BEAUTIFUL job! Every word and every photo are top notch!

Get your copy here or stop into our Ridgeland shop. You’ll love what you see! 🙂

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A Peek In The Ridgeland Showroom

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We’ve moved some things around here in the Ridgeland showroom to make room for lots of NEW! One thing we’re really excited about (besides our new furniture, of course) is all of our fabulous new candles! They’re sprinkled throughout the showroom amongst all of the other pretty, so take a look around!

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Check out our new candles at both our Ridgeland and Oxford locations! They’re the dreamiest scents. We know you’ll find at least one that you want to take home with you!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you’re staying cozy and dry!

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Books, Books, Books

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If there is one thing all of the SummerHouse designers have in common, it is a love of coffee table books! They look great in stacks, or simply by themselves adding a needed pop of color. Not only are they a great design tool, but they are just plain fun! Don’t you love picking up an intriguing coffee table book when you go to someone else’s home? Why not have some cool ones for your guests to peruse as well?

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Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Using coffee table books in design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have books on just about every topic and in just about every color, so head on over to our web store to browse! Here are a few of our new favorites…

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The Decorated Home // $50

The Way She Wears It // $24.99

A Field Guide To Whisky // $24.95

Food & Life // $50

Mrs. Howard Room By Room // $50

Out East // $75

30A Living // $50

In Bloom //  $45

Living In Style // $28

 You can never have too many pretty books (and they also make fabulous gifts!) so go ahead and stock up! 🙂

Thanks for dropping in today! Have a great one!

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Beachy Bold

We are big fans of a coastal-inspired space, since coast equals beach, and beach equals summer! (We aren’t called SummerHouse for nothin!)

We also love when a bold velvet has the opportunity to enter the scene.

Absolute design magic happens when beachy and bold come together seamlessly, creating a livable, unexpected, totally gorgeous room! That’s exactly what happened in the guest room of one of Lisa’s favorite clients, who was in need of an update.

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

When Beachy and Bold come together in a guest bedroom. We love! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

That big blue velvet and that serene Lynn Sanders painting on a canvas of white walls and white bedding just created the happiest vibe! We also love the feel of the herringbone rug, textured side tables, and stunning blue lamps! The shell mirror, made by the client herself, adds just the right amount of authentic beachiness to the room.

This client’s guests are sure to feel right at home when they get the opportunity to spend a night or two in this happy space!

We hope you’re enjoying the end of your summer and taking it all in before school starts back!

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Feat. SummerHouse

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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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SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Feature in Reunion Living Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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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Wild About Wallpaper

Wallpaper. We love it! It’s a fun way to add interest to a space, large or small. A full room, an accent wall, on the back of a bookshelf… We love both subtle and bold. It’s just so versatile! We’ve used our share of wallpapers, wall coverings, and hand painted wall stencils to add interest to some of our favorite spaces to get them juuuuust right. Here’ proof that wallpaper (and wall stenciling) is EVERYTHING!

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Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wild About Wallpaper via www.alwayssummerblog.com

Can you tell which two photos are hand painted wall stencils? If you guessed the last two photos, you are correct! Lisa designed each of the rooms in which the hand painted stencils were used, and they could not have turned out prettier! Those rooms (well, all of them actually!) are proof that hiring a designer is SO worth it. Trained interior designers understand scale and color and can get your walls exactly how they should be.

If you’re interested in updating your walls, give us a call! We’d love to help you fulfill your vision. Thank you so much for stopping by today! It means so much to us.

 

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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!

UPDATED CLASSICS via alwayssummerblog.com

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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Outdoor Living in Social South

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Katherine Shelton recently had her work featured in Social South magazine! The whole issue is beautiful, but we particularly love this outdoor space! We will soon add this space to our project site, so keep an eye out for that! Until then, have a look at these pretty pages!

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Outdoor Living Space in Social South // designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Katherine Shelton // www.alwayssummerblog.com

You can read the story here, or stop by the Ridgeland showroom and pick up a hard copy for yourself!

Great work, Katherine! We love every detail 🙂

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America Inspired

Happy 4th of July weekend! Both of our shops will be closed on Monday and Tuesday in observation of the holiday so we can all spend some QT with our friends and families.

One thing we’ve enjoyed doing in years past on this little blog is rounding up some of our favorite red, white, and blue interiors! We’ve got some fabulous ones in this year’s lineup! 🙂 Enjoy, be inspired, and enjoy your 4th!

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Red, White, and Blue Rooms We Love // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Canopy Beds

Recently, as we were flipping through the latest issue of Traditional Home, we saw a feature on page 25 about canopy beds and felt our eyes turning into hearts as we stared at the page! These more contemporary canopy beds got us to thinking about how much we love the updated takes that so many of the lines we carry have done on this classic style. So we rounded up a few more to go along with the ones that Traditional Home liked! All of these beds can be ordered through SummerHouse! 🙂

Lorca bed by Oly Studio // alwayssummerblog.com

Courtney Bed by Highland House // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Artisan Poster Bed by Hickory Chair // alwayssummerblog.com

Marco Bed by Oly Studio // alwayssummerblog.com

Elegant Bed by Lilian August // www.summerhousestyle.com

Anderkit Canopy Bed by Vanguard // alwayssummerblog.com

Stirling Bed by Theodore Aelxander // alwayssummerblog.com

Brennan Bed by Made Goods // alwayssummerblog.com

Believe it or not, these are just some of the ones we have access to! If you see something you like, contact us with any questions you might have and we will get you fixed up!

Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you had a great weekend! XO!

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Today’s Forecast: SUNSHINE

We have a new Web Store Wish List for you today and our theme is bright, sunny, and warm, modeled after our favorite type of summer day! We love popping in warm oranges, golds, reds, yellows, and caramels when appropriate. These happy hues instantly cozy up a space! Here are our favorites:

Today's Forecast: Nothin But SUNSHINE! // SummerHouse Web Store Wish List via alwayssummerblog.com

// 1 //  The Shoe Book, $50

// 2 // Small Gilded Medallion, $1020

// 3 // Tiber 9 x 12 Rug, $7040

// 4 // Cabana: White Grapefruit Candle, $59

// 5 //  Susan Bench, $2340

// 6 //  Untied II” by Carol Sneed, $1200

// 7 // O’Brien Table Lamp, $1150

// 8 // Sunflower in Pyramid Vase, $90

It’s easy to see why we are so drawn to these beautiful warm tones right now! And we have lots more in this color family available in either showroom and on our online store, so be sure to stop in 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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The Best Soft Bedroom Colors

Last week we shared our designers’ picks for dark and cozy bedroom paint colors. Today, we’re sharing their brighter, airier picks! Paint colors can be very tricky, so whenever you are in doubt, hire a designer! We promise that you’ll save time and money in the long run if you do it right the first time. Our designers actually love picking out paint colors, so with any one of them helping you, you cannot go wrong!

With all that said, here are some of their favorites when it comes to softer paint colors!

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

Design Assistant Camille at SummerHouse Ridgeland says, “I enjoy a pretty, crisp white, like White Dove, for a bedroom because it gives a clean slate to work with when selecting the main upholstery items. You can accent white walls with Drapery, Pillows, and maybe a unique bedside table or chest.”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford Interior Designer Laurie Conway’s pick is Lullaby by Sherwin Williams.

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“I love BM November Rain,” says Ridgeland Interior Designer Katy Sanders.”It is a beautiful greige green you cannot go wrong with!”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“You know me, I’m one extreme or the other,” says SummerHouse designer and owner Lisa Palmer of her picks. “I love something black like Onyx, or I go with White Dove. Oh, and I love Sherwin Williams White Dogwood that I used in a client’s bedroom. It is the prettiest pink.”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore is such a brilliant color!” says Ridgeland Interior Designer Katherine Shelton. “I love it on the walls of a master bedroom. It will go warmer or cooler depending on the fabrics and finishes you surround it with.”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

Oxford Interior Designer Rebecca Cornelius says “Collingwood or Revere Pewter BM are soft neutrals & light warm greys that you can use anywhere indoors safely.  Simply White and White Dove are the best all round go-to whites.  You can put anything with them!”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

“I’ve noticed when choosing paint colors I tend to be drawn toward colors with a greige undertone,” says Ridgeland Interior Designer Elish Moon. “Although I haven’t tried it, Benjamin Moore’s “Gray Wisp” seems like it would lend itself well to creating a serene environment. This soft color can go blue or green, depending on the room, and is low commitment and high style!”

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

Ridgeland Design Assistant Anabel Webb’s lighter pick is Decorator’s White, although right now she’s really more into the deeper hues!

The SummerHouse designers weigh in on their favorite light paint colors for bedrooms // alwayssummerblog.com

So there you have it, folks! Our designers’ picks on soft, light bedroom paint colors! We love every single one of these selections! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a great week. It’s always an honor to have you spend part of it with us! 🙂

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Meet Our Intern Katie Coit

We are SO lucky up here this summer! Not only do we have one great intern at our Ridgeland shop, but we have two fabulous interns! Emily Simmering and Katie Coit have done an amazing job of getting new project binders organized, getting fabric samples neatly folded, and doing research on upcoming projects among other things!

Today, we want you to meet Katie! This cute girl has been so much fun to get to know, so we want you to get the chance to get to know her too! She might even be along on a home visit or two with some of our designers, so heads up! 🙂

SummerHouse Interior Design Intern Katie CoitTell us a little about yourself! 

I grew up in Flowood, MS, and I graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 2013.  I will be returning to Mississippi State University in the fall to complete my final year in the Interior Design program!

What made you want to go into Interior Design?

When I was growing up, I always loved and appreciated aesthetically pleasing spaces and how they made me feel.  I liked to study buildings and rooms by how they were constructed, designed, decorated, etc. I decided during my senior year of high school that I wanted to pursue a career in Interior Design so that I could create living and work environments that would make people enjoy their surroundings.

What’s your favorite publication to go to for design inspo and why?

I have acquired quite the magazine collection over the years with subscriptions to Veranda, Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Digest, and others. I tear out pages from the magazines that inspire me and put them in a journal I started in high school. I also spend my spare time on Houzz and Pinterest.

How would you describe your personal design style?

My design style is full of neutral colors…. My friends love to comment on the rare occasion where I end up wearing color or selecting something that has color on it (I blame years of shopping at Limited Too when I was younger for my phobia of colors.) I love spaces and pieces that are timeless. I also love for my spaces to be clean and organized. So, I guess you should imagine a white room with timeless furniture and everything in its place, and you would have my style in a nutshell.

What Interior Design class has been your favorite and why?

In our studio class last fall, we were all assigned different countries to research and design a restaurant for.  We had a day where we had to bring in a dish from our country and share with the class what we researched and how it impacted the design of our restaurant. My partner and I were given Japan, and we created a contemporary sushi bar based off of an old castle in Osaka, Japan.

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So fun, Katie! No wonder we like you so much 🙂
Stay tuned for an interview with Emily coming soon! And thanks for stopping by today! We hope you had the BEST weekend!
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The Best Dark Bedroom Colors

The best dark bedroom colors

When we asked our design staff about their favorite bedroom wall colors, their picks were split between light & airy and dark & cozy! We love every single pick, so we’re bringing you the dark picks today and will share the lighter picks with you next week, so stay tuned!

SummerHouse Owner and Lead Designer Lisa Palmer has Benjamin Moore Onyx in her own bedroom and adores the coziness that the color provides.

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford designer Rebecca Cornelius’s pics are Sherwin Williams Slate Tile and Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray. “I’ve just been so obsessed with the dark slate colors for the past few years and don’t see myself getting sick of them any time soon.”

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland design assistant Krystle Short loves colors in the deep green family. “I am infatuated with deep, sultry greens right now! Narrangansett Green and Newburg Green, both by Ben Moore, are fabulous examples of how one can introduce rich, soothing color without overwhelming a space.”

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland Design Assistant Anabel Webb says, “I am really into dramatic, deep colors. They really make me feel cozy. My current favorite is Benjamin Moore Deep Space!”

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Here are a few beautiful bedrooms with these picks:

Alexa Hampton uses Narrangansett Green in a recent issue of Atlanta Homes

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Studio Mcgee beautifully used Newburg Green in this bedroom.

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Love this use of Gentleman’s Gray!

The best dark bedroom colors via alwayssummerblog.com

Stay tuned for more light paint color advice next week! Thank you for dropping in today! XO!

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Q&A With April Shelby Crowell

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.com

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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