Be My Guest

Remember the beautiful home we showed you pictures of on Friday? (It is the blog post right before this one.) Well, here is the upstairs guest area of the house. It is fun, bright, colorful, and best of all, designed by Lisa Palmer!

This particular client fell in love with the bright green velvet of the Earl Chair, so the room was designed around that chair, as well as the items that this client already had. The bedding is by the oh-so-fabulous Ann Gish.

From one side of the jack-and-jill bathroom to the other… The art, the paint colors, and the beautiful tile countertops make these bathrooms very happy and welcoming!

If this room doesn’t make you happy then… Well…. It should!

We will have more from this beautiful home later this week. Rachel Kabukala took so many fabulous photos that it’s impossible to get them all into just one or two posts! Stay tuned!

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Interview with Emily the Intern

Emily Cunningham

If you have not had the pleasure of meeting our summer intern Emily Cunningham, you are missing out! Emily studied Interior Design at Mississippi State and graduates at the end of the summer. She has been such a joy to have around the store, and we have all completely fallen in love with her! Her sense of humor and sweet spirit make her a joy to be around. Here’s a little Q&A with her so you can get to know her just a little better…

SummerHouse: What is your favorite thing about working at SummerHouse?
Emily: My favorite thing about working at SummerHouse is all the amazing people I get to be around every day! Everyone here is so much fun to be around, there isn’t a dull moment!

What is one of the funniest things you’ve witnessed or been a part of since you’ve been at SummerHouse?
I would definitely say that seeing KC’s random dance moves and hearing her personal version of whatever song is playing makes me laugh every day.

If anyone were to make a movie about Lisa Palmer, who do you think would be a good person to play her in the movie? Why?
I would have to say Zooey Deschanel, mostly known from the movies Elf and Failure to Launch. She usually plays characters with witty personalities, and she has a beautiful voice!

What’s a typical lunch for you during your work day? :)
A typical lunch for me is a turkey sandwich and chips. Recently, it has been Millie D’s with cookie dough balls and M & M’S. I think I am addicted…

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend these days?
My weekends are usually spent on a jet ski at the Tombigbee river, or visiting my friends and family!

Anything else you want us to know? :)
I am SO glad that my internship was at SummerHouse! I am very lucky to have had this opportunity as my first experience in the design world!

Thanks Emily for all your hard work! Glad we have you around a little bit longer! 🙂

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Summer Sale!

GET EXCITED! Our Summer Sale is going on now! Up to 40% off of TONS of things in our beautiful showroom! Come in today, buy it today, take it home today! (Or have it delivered in the next few days!) We’ve got some incredible deals that you need to come in and see with your own eyes… Us telling you about these deals is not good enough!

summer sale

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High Gloss {July|August} is Live!

I think all of you know by now what suckers we are for a good online magazine. Today, the new High Gloss went live! High Gloss is not all interior like Rue and Lonny are, but they did get some GREAT interiors into this issue. The theme of this issue is L.A., so what you’re about to see is a peek into L.A. residential and commercial design. Pretty fabulous…

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SummerHouse in the Sunshine State

22
JUNE
2011

Elizabeth Gullett

SummerHouse designer Elizabeth Gullett recently finished a project in Santa Rosa, Florida that we are all in love with! See what Elizabeth has to say about the challenges that the project presented and how she overcame those challenges. And check out these gorgeous photos!

I must say that this Santa Rosa Beach, Florida carriage house has been one of my most favorite projects yet. Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly! Right off the bat, Kay and I knew we were going to work great together. She’s as enthusiastic as I am, and there was so much to be excited about!

BEACH HOUSE BY ELIZABETH GULLETT // SUMMERHOUSE

The Challenge: 1) To create a relaxing environment that was livable, fresh, and interesting, while easily accommodating guests ranging from grand-kids to business associates. One of the main issues we had to consider was the fact that this would be where Kay’s kids and grandkids stayed when they came to visit. So everything needed to be super durable, easy to clean, and all around super family friendly, with as much sleeping room as possible. 2) The carriage house needed to have a “chic” element about it as well, because (very fortunate) business associates and clients would be staying here occasionally. 3) The furnishings should direct attention outside toward the amazing views, and not steal it from them. 4) The carriage house should also flow smoothly from the main house (they are attached), and yet stand on it’s own two design feet.

The Solution: 1) This was accomplished with heavy duty fabric on a sleeper sofa, cleanable slipcovers on the chairs, and a darker wool rug downstairs. Wool is naturally stain-resistant, and the darker color makes it even more kid-friendly. The bar stools are made of a heavy-duty grey washed rattan – just wipe them clean!  2) A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house. The accessories-from classic, thick coffee table books to white coral on acrylic bases-add another layer of chic. The furniture is more rustic, while the accessories are more classic and elegant. 3) Furniture was arranged with each spectacular view as the focal point; every seat gets a good sightline to the ocean! 4)  I chose a palette of crisp white, soothing greens and fresh blues- a classic beach palette, done in a slightly unexpected, dressier way. The blue was pulled from the main house, bringing a sense of cohesiveness.

“Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly!”

“A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house.”

The words we both kept using to describe the feeling we wanted for the house was “Non-beachy, beachy.” Sounds silly, but it fit. Clean, relaxed, sophisticated, and fresh, but with no wicker or “coastal” furniture to be found anywhere…a “different” type of beach house. Kay pretty much gave me free rein in the fabric and furnishing selection, and after the initial presentation didn’t change a thing. It was so affirming that she not only loved, but trusted, the entire vision!

Like I said, one of my most favorite projects yet. 🙂

GREAT JOB, ELIZABETH!

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Nifty Gifties for your Dad

17
JUNE
2011

Several of us up here have adopted a manly trait this week and waited until the last minute to buy a gift for a big occasion. If you, like several of us, do  not have a gift to give your dad on Sunday, look no further! SummerHouse to the rescue! Here are a few things we have that will make dad happy…

The better for your father to see you with…
For those whose fathers are “jacks of all trades, master of none”
A cool wooden bowl for your father to throw all his junk in (to keep your mom off his back)
This book has up close pictures of celebs, so your dad can see that Kevin Costner really does have a lot of wrinkles. It will make him feel better about getting old.
Dads always need a nice bar set so they can show off to their friends…
Round boxes for your dad to store round things (like coins!)
Not for the clumsy dad… We don’t want anyone going to the hospital for accidentally stapling something that should not have been stapled.
Your dad wants a picture of you in a really nice frame (I promise! He told me so…)
These will look good sitting on your father’s desk. They may serve as an intimidation tool when he meets with the first guy who wants to ask his daughter on a date… Teenage boys, beware!
If your dad buys Taaka to save a few bucks, get him one of these. These will magically make Taaka look like Grey Goose.
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The Beauty of Black and White

Black and white is quite possibly the most timeless color combo of all time. In middle school art class, many of us learned that black is the absence of all color, and white is the presence of all color. They always say “opposites attract,” so that must be why this combination has so perfectly stood the test of time! Here are some rooms featuring the two tones that we find so captivating… Take a peek.

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Heavenly Bedding

We recently receievd our market order from Legacy Bedding, and it is GOR-GEOUS! We are in love with every piece of it! We have several beds on the showroom floor made up with these heavenly threads and everyone that comes in oohs and aahs over how breathtaking they are! Here–you can see what we’re talking about!

Color options!
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Meet Elish Phares

Have you been by the store to meet Elish yet?  She is Lisa’s amazing new assistant!! (Laurel is starting a new chapter and is no longer a full-timer at the store, but is still doing all of the social media, so she’s still around!)

Elish Phares

Elish is a great addition to the SummerHouse team and is fitting right in! 🙂 Her organization skills, eye for fashion (both in interiors and in wearable fashion), and her cute personality make her a joy to work with! Let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?

SummerHouse: So your name is kinda different but super pretty!! Can you tell us a little bit about the origination of that?

Elish: My name….my mom’s family is Italian and Elizabeth is the trademark family name that gets worked in somehow on every girl’s name. My Dad is Irish, so they compromised and named me Elish which is gaelic for Elizabeth. Hence, the odd name.

SummerHouse: What has been the biggest shock about your new job at SummerHouse?! You’ve only been here a few weeks, but there has to be something that surprised you or caught you offguard!

Elish: I think my biggest shock at Summerhouse was how much of the business side of Interior Design I’d be doing…

SummerHouse: What is your favorite thing to cook and why?

Elish: My favorite thing to cook is either my chicken pesto salad because I made it up and it’s pretty different from traditional chicken salad. Or I love cooking crawfish fettuccine…I have a great recipe that isn’t too hard but tastes great!

SummerHouse: What is your favorite movie? Why?

Elish: Hmmm favorite movie is a tough one…I’d say Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken because I grew up watching it and I’m a sucker for those kinds of movies. Or Last of the Mohicans…I always watch it with my dad and the music is incredible.

SummerHouse: How would you describe your own personal design style?

Elish: My personal design style is better described by the designers I respect…in fashion, as well as interior design. I love Alberta Ferretti, Kelly Wearstler, Zac Posen, Elizabeth & James, Robert Kuo… I’m usually drawn to clean lines broken up by rich textiles, any type of sleek surface like mirrors and metallic finishes, & cool colors or grayed neutrals.

SummerHouse: When you are not partaking in your new favorite hobby, which is to work at SummerHouse, what are your other hobbies?!

Elish: Well I love running and being outside so that’s a pretty big hobby, I love to cook and have people over for dinner, & I have 4 nephews and a brand new little niece that I love to visit! 🙂

SummerHouse: Tell us one weird thing about you that we may find interesting, or that not many people know

Elish: One weird thing? So hard to choose….haha Well I am an OCD bed maker. It’s weird. I make mine every morning no matter what. Even if I know I’m going to wash my sheets that night. And I sometimes can’t help myself and make other peoples beds…It makes the whole room look instantly put together!

SummerHouse: Anything else you want us to know?! 🙂

Elish: I love working at Summerhouse and I’m thankful I have so many amazing, sweet people to be around everyday!

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“The Coolest Media Room on Earth!”

Have you seen the most recent issue of Delta Magazine?! It just hit stands last week and we are loving it! We particularly love the post entitled “The Coolest Media Room on Earth! OMG!” One of our favorite families, the Blanchard family, showed off their amazing media and exercise room.  It truly is one of the coolest we’ve ever seen! Lisa did a great job of making the space modern, yet liveable, don’t you think?

What is your favorite part about this room? We love the color, the huge Dr. Pitt sectional (by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams), the Kelly Wearstler inspired bookshelf, all the Adler, the big lacquer mirrors in the exercise area…. Really, there is nothing about this room that we don’t love!

Be sure to pick up your copy of the May/June issue of Delta at pretty much any bookstore around here! It’s a great issue!

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A Little Rearranging

We brought over a lot of great new inventory today! Marty and the guys did a great job (as always!) in getting the floor looking better than ever! Here are a few of the highlights….

The new SASHA group from Mitchell Gold

This new Oly dining table is FINE. Gotta see this one in person!

These cute little twins want to go home with you!

Awesome new lamps from Mr. Brown

Hey little puppy!
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Happy Spring

28
MARCH
2011

With Spring in full force, and with the weather at such a nice temperature, we thought we’d share a picture of a beautiful outdoor dining table– all set for lunch! Look how cute the menus are! There is so much to love about this tablescape.  What is your favorite thing about this photo?

Tablescape
(photo from Rue)

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St. Paddy’s Favorite Cocktail

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we wanted to share our favorite green-themed cocktail with you!  Who doesn’t love a good mint mojito?  This recipe will have others green with envy because you have the best drink in the group!  Hey, maybe if they offer you a little green, you could make one for them?!

The Mean Green Mint Mojito

Serves 1

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Feature in Portico Jackson

We are so excited to have recently been published in Portico Jackson Magazine! You may remember this room from a Behind the Scenes post we shared a few weeks ago!  We hope to get this amazing recognition added to our website soon (after we get better images, of course!) We hope you have as much fun looking at this room as we had creating it! Enjoy…

Page 1. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.
Page 2. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.
Page 3. Article by Amanda Wells. Photo by Daphne Nabors.

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Amanda Nisbet Designs

As one of our designers was flipping through fabrics this morning, she ran across a CUTE fabric that many of us had somehow never seen! In researching to find what other colorways this particular fabric came in, we discovered a whole line of super fun, bright fabrics that just made our Monday! The designer is Amanda Nisbet and her line is called AND (Amanda Nisbet Designs)  What do you think?!

Chip Beautyberry on Oatmeal Linen
Alannah 2 Raspberry Pitaya
Chip Cherry on Oatmeal Linen
Chip 2 Tutti Fruitti
Madeira Kumquat on Oyster Linen
Positano Kumquat on Silk
Chip Kiwi on Oatmeal Linen
Alannah Blueberry on Oyster Linen
Pizzetta Blueberry on Oyster Linen
Francesca Grape Fizz on Oyster Linen
Chip Salt on Oatmeal Linen
Madeira Salt on Oatmeal Linen
Chip 2 Lollipop
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FOR THE LOVE OF ART Recap!

Our FOR THE LOVE OF ART event was last night and we had so much fun! We had an amazing turnout!  Lots of beautiful art, delicious food, live portrait sketches by artist Dyann Gunter, and great company all made for a good time.  The cherry on top of the evening was the fact that it was benefitting CARA, the largest no kill animal shelter in Mississippi.  They rely solely on donations, so we were excited to have the opportunity to do something to help them.  Here are a few snapshots from the evening.

 


Thanks to all who came out last night.  As you can see, we had a ball! And thanks to all of our amazing artists who were willing to participate and give to CARA!  Dyann Gunter, Lauren Barksdale Hill, Anne Taylor Duease, Jean Seymour, and Kathryn Morris Trotter all deserve a huge round of applause!

If you would like more information about CARA, visit their website for the latest updates!

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming events… 🙂

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