Happy Friday everyone! It looks like this weekend is supposed to be filled with sunshine and great spring temperatures. Hope you have a great one!
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… 🙂
We brought over LOTS of new stuff yesterday and today. Come check everything out! We have a long list of new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams things (including a great charcoal gray Chester grouping!), some new Hickory Chair, a few great new pieces from LEE Industries, some OLY… There are so many new things, it is hard to remember them all! Here are a few shots of what you have to look forward to next time you come to the store:
Marty worked hard all day yesterday getting the floor set up with all of our new stuff! We got in our first shipment of Hickory Chair and we are SO excited about it! It is all beautiful! We also got some new Ferguson Copeland, Mitchell Gold, and LEE! Check it out….
This morning we had so much fun with the ladies who are compiling the story for the next issue of Portico Jackson Magazine! Amanda Wells, a local journalist, and Daphne Nabors, local photographer, met us at our customers’ home to chat about design! Portico contacted us a couple of weeks ago requesting a green room to run in their March issue, so this is the first one that popped into mind! Then we started thinking…. “Do they mean eco-friendly green or the color green?” They did indeed mean the COLOR green, so we knew we had the perfect project for them to showcase! As Daphe worked her magic behind the lens, Amanda talked to Lisa and the homeowner about the purpose and concept behind the beautiful design. Here is a peek behind the scenes of the photo shoot. We can’t wait to see the finished project! 🙂
The art above the Clifton sectional is by Trevor, one of the many talented artists represented at View Gallery. His color palette and style are always so much fun!
All of the fabrics you see here (minus the Adler throw) can be easily spot cleaned with soap and water. How perfect for a kids’ hangout room, right?!
Such a fun color scheme! This makes us want to be a kid all over again…
The orange Mottega lamp adds so much to the space.
Fun Jonathan Adler accessories and books accent the whole room!
This entertainment console (and the bookshelf, not pictured) are from a very cool and modern company called Blu Dot. They make some great looking furniture!
Daphne and Lisa getting set up!
We got an email this morning from Schumacher introducing the new Trina Turk outdoor fabrics and they are fabulous! We have had so much fun using the fabrics from her last introduction, so we are looking for ways to incorporate these into current projects! Even though these are labeled as outdoor fabrics, we love using them inside, particularly for kids areas. They clean with almost no effort at all! You can view all colorways of these patterns here.
As we were playing on the Jonathan Adler site, a few of their new items just really grabbed us! We have some of this at the store, and have the capability to order any of it! They get more and more creative every season, and that is exactly why we love them!
Serena and Lily, a line that started out solely with bedding, began in 2003 with creative minds Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter. Serena had a background in fabrics, Lily a background in baby-focused retail. After they collaborated and launched their initial baby/child bedding line, they saw such great success that they decided to branch into “grown up” bedding. The next step was furniture and accessories! They continually evolve and add, keeping things interesting for those of us who follow their every move. Here are just a few of the things these ladies have created. Hopefully it will be easy for you to see why we love Serena and Lily so!
Have any of you heard of Rue Magazine? We had not until yesterday but… WOW… We were left completely speechless! Rue Magazine (www.ruemag.com) is an online magazine, very similar to our beloved LonnyMag (www.lonnymag.com). It is paperless so it can be thumbed through with the click of a mouse, without having to take up any room on your counter! Rue is a little different from Lonny in that it seems to have more dark European insiriation mixed in. It is all very beautiful and outside the box! Here are a few of their many beautiful pages. What do you think?
Rue is only in its second issue, so we eagerly anticipate their coming issues!
We had so much fun at the Christmas open house last Thursday! We were glad that so many people were able to make it out! Viking provided us with some really awesome baked brie and bite sized desserts, and the Madison Central Madrigals and RHS choir delivered some beautiful holiday music. The horse and carriage rides (which guests were able to “buy” with a donation to CARA) got rave reviews from everyone we talked to!
Perhaps the things we were MOST excited about at the open house were our trunk shows! Ann Taylor Duease, founder and designer for Adonis, brought her gorgeous handmade jewelry to show. She ended up having a pretty successful night! 🙂 And our Jonathan Adler trunk show ended up being the most beautiful, colorful corner in the store! It is still set up if you were unable to come see it on Thursday.
We have already started working on ideas to make next year’s open house even better!! So you’ll have to be sure to come back! Maybe by next year, we will have our new neighbors, Newk’s and Majestic Burger, up and running!
Hopefully this picture of our sweet (and HILARIOUS) carriage driver, Wayne, with a couple of our open house guests will make you smile on this chilly Monday! If you didn’t get to meet Wayne this year, then you MUST come back next year…. If you have never talked to him, you are missing out!
Meet the newest member of the SummerHouse family: BrittanyIvy! Brittany is our new Jr. Designer/Design Assistant and is fitting right in! Not only is Brittany funny and extremely talented, but she is also very organized! On her first day, we overheard her saying “I can’t stand for anything to be messy.” Such sweet, sweet music to all of the designers’ ears… 🙂
We took a moment to ask Brit Brit a few questions. What a sweetheart she is!
How are you liking SummerHouse so far? What’s your favorite thing about working here?
I love working at SummerHouse! A few of my favorite things about working here are, 1) the people I work with! All the designers and employees are so friendly and inviting, and I think that makes all the difference in a workplace! 2) The thing I love about coming to work everyday is that I never know what task I will be faced with. Everyday is different and unique its own way.
What is your personal design style?
I would have to say that my personal design style would be more on the eclectic side – mixing the old with the new! I love shopping at antique and second-hand stores and finding unique original pieces and mixing it with new items and using what I already have!
What is your favorite place to find design inspiration? Magazines, blogs…?
I find inspiration from magazines such as Interior Design Magazine and ELLE Decor. Another inspiring place to find design are from the designers here at SummerHouse! Seeing all the projects that are going on around me are interesting and motivating! Each designer has their own personal style and its a great way to get to know each designer!
What is your favorite movie and why?
I would have to say of all the movies out there that Fried Green Tomatoes would have to be my favorite! Overall, the story is uplifting! I love that Evelyn gains independence by visiting Ninny and hearing the powerful story she has to tell. A few other movies I’ve enjoyed over the years are Forrest Gump, Little Miss Sunshine, and all of the Shrek movies!
What did you do over the weekend?!
Over the weekend you would have found me in Starkville, MS at the Mississippi State vs. Arkansas football game! Although the bulldogs couldn’t pull out a win for us in double overtime, I still had a great time visiting with friends!
What is something funny/unique about you?
I’m 25 years old and still sleep with my teddy bear and blankets.
Welcome back from the weekend! We hope you had a great one!
We wanted to remind everyone that we are going to close this Thursday (Sept. 2) and will not re-open our doors until next Tuesday (Sept. 7) You are welcome to stop by and look in on our progress through the windows, but the store will be closed!
Be sure to go ahead and mark your calendars for THE BIG REVEAL party on Tuesday, Sept. 14! We will have a drawing for a beautiful leather Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chair, as well as some items donated by our fabulous neighboring businesses! And we would like to give a big thank you in advance to Viking Cooking School for catering the event!
Can’t wait to see you on September 14th! 🙂 To learn more about THE BIG REVEAL, check out last week’s blog post about it: http://alwayssummerblog.com/?p=758
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!
To help you get your weekend started off right, and to celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve had in the SummerHouse area lately, here are some sunny fabrics to keep your spirits lifted!
Do you have a favorite? Have a great weekend!!
We recently hosted our first annual Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon, where we invited some of our favorite outside designers to come in for lunch and a presentation of all the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring Market intro’s! Michael Cantwell of MGBW did a fabulous job of preparing a slideshow with all the new products. Here is a quick look at what all went on…
We wanted to share one of our favorite summer drink recipes with you, just in case you are looking for something a little different to take along to your Fourth of July cookout! Make enough to share, and you’re guaranteed to be the most popular one at the party!
The BEST Margarita recipe:
1 can limeade concentrate
1 cup tequila
2 light beers
Lemon-lime soda to taste (about 1 or 2 cups)
1 or 2 limes, sliced
Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher, pour over ice, and enjoy!
This is the perfect drink to help you combat the hot Mississippi weather we’ve been battling! The lemon-lime soda is what gives this recipe a little extra zing; it is very crisp and refreshing. There are also lots of ways to vary this recipe to keep it exciting! You could use zero calorie soda to make it a little lighter, or lime flavored beer to make it extra limey. One time, we even used orange flavored beer, and cut up oranges instead of limes for a fun twist! Yum… ENJOY!
We have some big news! We are starting a blog series called Around Jackson, where we will feature our favorite places in the metro Jackson area! We will show you our favorite local shops, galleries, event spaces, restaurants, businesses and whatever else is interesting to us. Our sweet assistant, Katie, has agreed to be made into the SummerHouse version of Flat Stanley, and will be traveling to all of our local favorites with us! We are calling her Flat Katie, but that is ONLY because she has been made into a piece of cardboard attached to a stick. Nothing to do with her physical appearance! We love you Katie 🙂
Our first Around Jackson will be posted next week! Stay tuned!
Its SUMMER! Which means it is time to sit by the pool by day and grill outside with friends by night! Why not brighten up your back porch or pool deck with some functional and beautiful outdoor fabrics? We love using outdoor fabrics not only for outdoor projects, but for indoor projects as well! Since outdoor fabrics are so durable and easy to clean (on top of looking great!), why NOT use them inside? They are especially great for families with small children. Take a look at these great patterns:
Top 5 reasons why outdoor fabrics are so dear to our hearts:
- They are just as great indoor as they are outdoor! (Perfect for barstools, banquettes, pillows and upholstery for kids areas, the list goes on…)
- They are fade resistant. They will keep their color for YEARS.
- Most can be spot cleaned with mild soap and water. If you have a cushion or pillow with a removable casing, the casing can be machine washed!
- If hotels and restaurants use them, then we KNOW they must be super durable.
- They can add a fun punch of color to an unexpected place. (A hammock, for example!)