SummerHouse Gift Week { day four }

It’s day four of SummerHouse Gift Week! Remember, all the gifts we’re featuring in our gift week are in stock and under $75!  You just can’t beat that! And the things we’re featuring are just a sampling of what we have. You just have to come in to see everything we offer!

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Brass Scribble Birds (absolutely adorable). Small, $17. Large, $25

Don’t miss the rest of our SummerHouse Gift Week features!

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Christmas Open House TOMORROW!

We hope all of you are off to a great start to your weekend! Just wanted to remind you that tomorrow (12/4) from 1:00 to 5:00 is the Christmas Open House at The Township. We’ll have horse drawn carriage rides, FREE Santa photos, some drawings, of course some good holiday goodies, and much more!

We hope to see you out tomorrow! Bring your whole family, and tell your friends! 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

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SummerHouse Gift Week { day two }

Today is day two of our SummerHouse gift week! Every gift we’re featuring over the course of this week is in stock and under $75. If you see something you like that you have a question about, please don’t hesitate to give one of our talented designers a call!

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Orange and Gold Bracelets (these look so expensive, but they’re so not!), $20

Lauren Barksdale extra small pink heart painting, $40

Lauren Barksdale small red heart painting, $55

Did you miss day one of gift week? Don’t fret! You can check it out here.

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FA LA LA Photo Contest is Back!!

01
DECEMBER
2011

We hope all of you are having a great week so far! If you have not had a good week, it’s about to get better. If you HAVE had a good week, it’s about to get GREATER!

We are pleased to announce the second annual FA LA LA Photo Contest is back by popular demand! We had so much fun with this contest last year, and have had people ask us when we were going to do it again, so we’re excited to get it up and running again!

Check out the flyer:

SummerHouse // Ridgeland MS

Now all you have to do is get started! Take some pictures of your beautiful holiday decor and post them to our Facebook wall! If you’re having any trouble, please feel free to email laurel @ summerhousestyle.com and we’ll help you out 🙂

{ Merry picture-taking, and good luck! }

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‘Tis the Season to be Thankful

23
NOVEMBER
2011

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… A time to celebrate blessings … A time to visit with family … A time to eat some lovely food… What are you thankful for this holiday season?

We asked our team what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving.

SummerHouse is thankful…

“That we are busy!”

“For our great staff! Everyone truly works as a team and we love each other!”

“For the clients that have become like our family”

“For the opportunity to have a job and work in this beautiful environment!”

“For my new sweet computer!”

“For the SummerHouse family. From Marty in the business office to Todd and the guys at the warehouse! Everyone here is so fun to work with!”

“For the ability to do what we love doing everyday!”

“For such a prosperous year and the talent we have in our designers to make that happen!”

“For life, the love we have for our customers and each other, for beauty, and, of course, good health!”

Have a wonderful, safe holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Creepy Chic

In honor of Halloween (which is only a couple of days away… How did it get here so fast!?), we’ve put together a small collection of Creepy Chic rooms, decorated with unconventional or just downright creepy art and accessories.

Skulls on the wall? Creepy art over the bed? (Maybe in the living room, yeah, but right over your head as you sleep at night? A little scary!) These designers know just how to incorporate these into a livable space without seeming terribly frightening! (Photos collected from Lonny and Rue)

A skull sits right there on the table between those two chairs. This family must not have any kids!
Not only does this artwork have a slightly scary flair to it, but that hand on the cocktail table could really creep a girl out!
Such a beautiful, serene room. Then you notice the eyeball in the piece of art on the right! Wow…
Skulls in the bookshelf
Skulls on the wall… This skull is actually pretty cool and funky!
Try falling asleep at night with this crazy lady hanging over your head…. NOOO THANK YOU!

Got some other good photos we could add to our collection? Post them on our Facebook wall and you just might win a fun prize! We wish you a Creepy Chic Halloween!! Be careful out there this weekend!

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Fall is HERE!

With fall comes a change in temperature, a change in the color of the leaves, and the glimmer of the upcoming holidays! Marty and crew did a great job of getting the showroom fall’d up! 🙂

Come check us out, have a cup o’ joe from our new coffee station under the stairs, and talk to a designer about getting your house in tip top shape for your holiday company! 🙂

HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!

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Meagan is ENGAGED!

Our very own Meagan Burks and her (now) fiance Ben are tying the knot!! They’ve been dating for, let’s see, forever! So it’s about time they get engaged! 🙂 We are so excited for them!

Meagan Burks

This enagement serves as another PERFECT time to remind you about our Bridal Registry called Invest in your Nest! It’s so simple and easy, every bride will find our registry to be her favorite! Click here to get over to the page that describes how the registry works. And congrats again to Meagan and Ben!!

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Going on NOW!

Our Special Order sale is back! Now’s the time to get 20% off of most Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams special orders! (There are a few exclusions.) Now that fall is officially upon us, that means the holidays are just around the corner! Is your home ready for holiday parties and guests? Now’s the time to make that happen!

Come in and let one of our awesome designers help you with your project!!

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Ever-Evolving…

The SummerHouse showroom is always changing… We sell straight off the showroom floor, we get new stuff in all the time, and we have a dozen creative personalities that always like to move things around! Since our last post about our pretty showroom, things have changed! Take a look…

Note the new Lauren Barksdale peacock painting! We LOVE it!!

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Bar Exam {the fun kind!}

23
AUGUST
2011

Before you revert back to bad memories of law school, your husband being in law school, your friend being in law school, your sister being in law school…. Someone you know being in law school…. Let me explain! This is a FUN bar exam! We want to look over some great ideas for home bar setup, as well as what you need to have in your own home bar. Let’s start with some great examples of pretty bars, then we’ll move on to the grocery list!

Bar Exam (Image via Lonny) // SummerHouse

(Image from Lonny)

Bar Exam (Image via House Beautiful) // SummerHouse

(Image via House Beautiful)

Bar Exam (Image via Rue) // SummerHouse

(Image via Rue)

Bar Exam (Image via Lonny) // SummerHouse

(Image via Lonny)

What are some things we can learn from these photos?

1. It is good to have your home bar stocked with a variety of liquors and liqueurs.
2. Each of these beautiful bars has some interesting accessories closeby (like plants, books, heirloom looking pieces, and other unique finds.)
3.  An intersting piece of furniture or cart or tray add a lot to a bar setup.

What do I need to have in my own home bar?

After some research, we found that the home bar should include the following items:

Liquors:
mid to high end vodka
mid to high end whiskey or bourbon
mid to high end tequila
mid to high end rum (best to have a white and a dark)
mid to high end gin
a simple brandy

Liqueurs:
Bailey’s
Malibu Rum
Triple Sec or Cointreau

Mixers: Tonic Water, Sparkling water, Fruit juices, Both light and dark sodas, Tomato Juice

Garnishes: Lemon, Lime, Sugar or Simple Syrup, Salt, Mint, Ice, Olives, Cherries

Wines: Light bodied red, Full bodied red, Sweet white, and Dry white.

Other important items: Wine glasses, high ball glasses, cocktail napkins, stirring spoons/straws, corkscrew, and a little black book of cocktail recipes!

Have fun getting your own home bar ready for your next party!
We’d love to see pictures, so please feel free to submit some! 🙂

 

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Sweet Master Suite

Check out this beautiful master bedroom/bathroom that Lisa designed for one of our favorite clients. The warm browns with the little bursts of color make this space comfortable, masculine, livable, and totally envy-worthy! 🙂 What do YOU love most about this space?

The designs on these pillows are actually from a couple Lynn Green Root paintings that Lisa commissioned specifically for this client. She then had the custom designs embroidered onto pillows.

See the paintings on the right in the picture above? Those are the aforementioned Lynn Green Root pieces!

As always, Rachel Kabukala did a great job on photographing! Check out the guest rooms and outdoor area of this same home! If you can’t tell, we’re in love with this house… 🙂

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Emily’s Last Day :(

Today is a sad day for us. It is our wonderful Intern Emily’s last day!! How did that time fly by so quickly? It seems like she just got here like 2 weeks ago… Emily, you did a great job and we all love you so much! Best of luck out in the real world, and stay in touch! XOXOXO!

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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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