Chic + Family Friendly Media Room

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Have you seen the latest issue of Portico Jackson? We recently had a media room featured!! And it is perfect! Chic, family friendly, and functional. Does it get any better? Look at this beautiful space by Lisa and former SH Designer Todd Price (who just moved to Cali! We miss you Todd!!)

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Friendly Media Room in Portico Jackson Magazine // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t this the coziest room?! The perfect place to hang out with family watching movies and playing games! Great job, Lisa and Todd. We know these clients are super happy, which is ultimately what it’s all about! 🙂

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Local & Regional Artists (Part 2)

You may remember seeing the Orange Box post about favorite regional/local artists of Elish, Lindsey, and Camille a couple of weeks ago! Today, a few more designers weigh in on whose work they’re currently loving!

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I have two… And they create two very different types of art!

The first is Rod Moorhead. Lately I’ve love affair with sculpture. Rod Moorhead’s are amazingly unique and you can’t take your eyes off of them. They’re so complex and unique and emit such a mood in a room. They’re beautiful! The construction is so fragile but the end result looks indescrutable. However, don’t let them fall on the floor! They’re dark and moody, yet uplifting and gorgreous all at the same time. They look like old world relics but they have a great modern twist, so they incorporate well into almost any interior.

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The other is Andrew Bucci. I’m drawn to the color and the movement in his work. It’s very active and bright and happy. I love seeing the deep collection of his work at Brown’s and I really enjoy placing them in clients’ homes.

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES SANDERS

I love Lauren Barksdale.  Her mix of color and the softness and subtlety of her work is beautiful.  Her pieces blend well with many different style interiors making her one of my go-to artists here at the showroom!

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS 

Beth Winterburn from Memphis, TN is really grabbing my attention! I have a critical eye when it comes to abstract works of art and hers are my kind of abstract. I can tell there is a lot of thought behind her placement of certain elements in her pieces and I appreciate her decisions. Also, her color choices could not be better!

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers share their favorite artists // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love all of these selections!! Do you have a favorite?

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a GREAT one!

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Living Light

How about a little bit of eye candy to get this Monday morning started off right?!

We love these light, bright living rooms by our super talented designers! Take a look at our roundup and let us know what most catches your eye!

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8 Light + Bright Living Rooms by the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love all of these mood-boosting spaces! If you want your home to look like one of the pictures above, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our designers would love to help you!

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Dining In Style

Today we wanted to share ten dining rooms, all very different, by our talented designers! Having a stylish dining room, whether modern or traditional, makes entertaining more fun for both you and your guests! And spring and summer seem like some of the best times to host dinner parties, so why not take the opportunity to up your dining digs now before those seasons settle in!?

Here’s a little inspo:

DRAMATIC

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

RETRO MODERN

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

TRADITIONAL

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SOFT & BEAUTIFUL

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

10 Different Dining Rooms by SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our talented design staff love working on dining rooms, so get in touch if you’re looking to give your dining space a little love! We’d love to hear from you!

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite Celebrity Designers, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we shared some of our designers’ favorite celebrity designers! If you missed that post, you can get to it here!

Today, a few more designers give their input on which celeb designers they love and why! Let’s see what they have to say!

Interior Designer Todd Prince

I like Thomas O’Brien. His Aero book is one of my favorites. I love how his designs look very “found” and never overly decorated. He is great at mixing old and new and brining in a little bit of eclectic. I think his work is great.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Thomas O'Brien // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Thomas O'Brien // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend

The interior design community is full of a wealth of talented designers and architects.  I follow the work of so many!  Some of my favorite designers to draw inspiration from are McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, Beth Webb, Darryl Carter, Melanie Turner, and the always amazing Suzanne Kasler.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Melanie Turner // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Beth Webb // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Elish Phares Moon

I truly don’t have a favorite designer. To me, the mark of a great designer is one who evolves with their clients, therefore they may not have an easily detectable signature style. Still, there is always that common thread in design that is well-executed that is magnetic. Some designers that I seem to always be drawn to aspects of their projects are Jessica Helgerson, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, & almost any designer based out of Atlanta – the talent packed into that city is incredible! Oh and Aerin Lauder’s product design is unparalleled…she can do no wrong.

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: Jessica Helgerson // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Inspiring Celebrity Designers: McAlpine Booth & Ferrier // www.alwayssummerblog.com

( photos are sourced from designers’ websites linked above )

We love all of these picks! Great style is truly so inspiring.

Thank you for stopping in today. Have a great weekend!!

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Why We Love White Bedding

There is just something so inviting about a bed with white bedding… There’s no denying it! So we decided to celebrate cozy with a roundup of beds our designers have put together featuring some fabulous white and creamy blankets, sheets, pillows, etc…

Feast your eyes and enjoy!

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Bright White Bedrooms // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our talented designers can help you achieve this level of cozy if you need help! Don’t hesitate to give us a call! 601-853-4445

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Family Christmas

Some clients of SummerHouse designer Todd Prince had their beautiful home and Christmas traditions featured in the current issue of Social South Magazine! The Johnston family shares how they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and why this Christmas season is just a little bit different as they eagerly await the release of Same Kind Of Different As Me, a movie filmed here in Mississippi of which Stephen Johnston was the lead investor and producer!

Todd had the pleasure not only of designing several rooms in the Johnston’s home for year-round use, but also of decorating for Christmas. He did a great job of allowing the beautiful Southern architecture of the home to shine through the simple holiday decor.

The full story can be read here.

Family Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Family Christmas // www.alwayssummerblog.com

If you haven’t had a chance to flip through the whole issue, you can get to it here.

(( Keep an eye out for our pretty ad on page 4! ))

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Inside The Orange Box: Home Bars We Adore

30
OCTOBER
2015

With this time of year ringing in the most festive of seasons, we thought we’d celebrate by sharing some of our designers’ favorite home bar photos! They were asked to submit photos of bars that inspired them and to tell why. We love what they picked!

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

The bar setup below just makes me so happy! It is fresh, cheerful, and looks like it actually gets used. The clean brass design mixed with the greenery and fresh produce is spot on. Can we say brunch cocktail?

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

I love this bar cart because it is ideal for a smaller space or for someone who doesn’t always need a bar accessible. The accessories are clean and do not clutter the bar, giving the essentials plenty of room to shine!

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I love the bar cart we have in our own home! We use it every night. It’s acrylic, so it’s really cool without having too much visual weight. And who doesn’t love enjoying a cocktail prepared at such a fun “work station?!”

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

I love how this beautiful sideboard has been transformed into a functional bar, just by simply topping it with a tray.  This can be done with any console table, buffet, or credenza. Place your bottles, decanters, and a few glasses on the tray.  Store the rest of the essentials inside the piece of furniture.

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

Being that I like my surroundings to be visually clean, I love that with this setup you have the option to close the doors when not imbibing! The glasses and bottles are kept organized and easily accessible. The aqua lacquer and brass base and hardware only add a splash of fun to this inviting piece!

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER KATHERINE SHELTON

What I love most about this home bar is that it does not look like a home bar!  A table and counter stools placed in front of clean custom mill work that is outfitted with a mirrored back and glass shelves to house all of your shiney bar essentials. Then surrounded with built ins that are just filled with a mix of beautiful old and new books. I also really love the stark white and caramel color palate.  Blends perfectly with the color of fine whiskey and scotch!

SummerHouse designers' favorite home bars // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Annnnnnd we suddenly want a cocktail! 😉

(( photo sources // 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 ))

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Four Little Designers Went To Market…

27
OCTOBER
2015

Our four market-goers gave us a full recap of their trip yesterday and we are all SO fired up about what all they saw, found, and fell in love with!

A few of the things they specifically noted in their recap were…

– Vanguard has a new bedside chest program where you can customize finish, hardware, base, doors, and drawers of your bedside chests! Sounds pretty awesome!

– LEE Industries had some GREAT new fabrics! And some pretty cool furniture intros too, like this fringe chair!

New introductions from Lee Industries // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Suzanne Kasler’s space at Hickory Chair was knock out! AND – exciting news – Benjamin Moore White Dove, Suzanne’s favorite paint color, is now a standard finish!

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Suzanne Kasler's space at Hickory Chair // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– SO much great new lighting! Barbara Cosgrove, Visual Comfort, and tons of one-of-a-kind pieces from antique places throughout market!

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Killer Lighting spotted at High Point Fall 2015! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– New twists on old favorites like this great ottoman…

Vanguard Ottoman at High Point Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Mitchell Gold was a breath of fresh air this year!

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mitchell Gold at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Running into the oh-so-talented Thor Taber!

Thor Taber at High Point // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– Finding a new line of REALLY cool sculptures, mirrors, etc…

Handmade sculpture at Arete // www.alwayssummerblog.com

AMAZING snake mirror at Arete // www.alwayssummerblog.com

– The Swiss Alp theme for the Oly party was SO much fun!

Oly Party at High Point Market 2015 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are excited for market finds to start rolling in over the coming weeks and months… Be sure to check back often to see what all we’re getting!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

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Headed To High Point!

15
OCTOBER
2015

Part of our team is headed to High Point Market today!

Lisa, Marty, Todd, and Lindsey flew out early this morning and are excited about several days of picking out some fantastic new goods to bring back to Ridgeland! We know they have a pretty packed schedule, so we look forward to keeping up with them on Instagram by following the SummerHouse market hashtag #SHGoesToMarket!

#SHGoesToMarket // SummerHouse's trip to High Point on Instagram!

 

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for some more High Point action as well!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great rest of your week!

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Featured on Inspiration Mississippi

14
OCTOBER
2015

We are so honored that Inspiration Mississippi chose to feature the SummerHouse designers on their blog! In this post, the designers all answered a few questions about their background, the importance of design, how they would describe the SummerHouse Style and more!

>> Read the full post here! >>

Thank you Christina Foto for taking such fantastic pictures of the designers!

SummerHouse Designer Elish Phares Moon // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Camille Holland Parker // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Lindsey Townsend // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Mary Courtney Johns // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designer Katy Hines // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks so much for dropping by today! And thanks again to Inspiration Mississippi for the lovely feature! 🙂

Have a great day!

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Inside The Orange Box: Where To Start Designing a Dining Room

25
SEPTEMBER
2015

It’s time for another edition of Inside The Orange Box, where our designers take a moment to talk through common design issues or give little pieces of design advice to you guys! We love picking their minds about specific design-related topics! If you’ve ever got a question you’d like to see our designers’ input on, feel free to comment with your topic idea and we’ll do our best to work it in!

Today’s question is…

When designing a dining room, what do you as a designer find to be the best starting point? What do you pick out first?

INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“When designing a dining room, I usually start with the table. It’s the focal point in the room… usually. In decorating, there are no hard fast rules. So, sometimes I have started with a beautiful gilt mirror and then selected the console for the long wall and so on. The mirror would become the star of the room.”

INTERIOR DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“With a dining room I love to start out with the rug if one is needed.  That helps establish a stylistic approach and a color palette.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“The light fixture above the table is often times the focal point so I would consider that to be a major decision when designing a dining room. No matter the style that is being aimed for, this component is crucial for setting the tone for the rest of the room. A statement needs to be made!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND PARKER

“After the table, of course, I love to start with a beautiful wall covering in a dining room! It is fun and can be applied to walls or unexpectedly to the ceiling! It really elevates the design of the space!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“Dining rooms are fun to design because they don’t have many essentials (dining table, dining chairs, etc…) so there is room, dare I say need, for something bold. There is freedom to design with an unexpected element because formal dining rooms aren’t often used on a daily basis, so wear and tear, neutrality, and practicality aren’t necessarily the driving force. I love to try a rich paint color, a beautiful wall covering, or a bold pattern on drapery. The dining room in itself has the potential to be a homeowner’s best art piece.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

INTERIOR DESIGN KATY HINES

“The CHANDELIER!  Lighting can really set the tone for the whole design – dressy, formal, relaxed, informal…  It can also define the style of the room – traditional, modern, or transitional.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers on Dining Rooms... // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Inside The Orange Box: Favorite White and Light Neutral Paint Colors

Inside The Orange Box this week, we’re talking about paint colors! Choosing a paint color seems to give most people more anxiety than almost anything when it comes to interior design! Our designers weigh in on their favorite white and neutral paint colors to hopefully help reduce the stress commonly associated with the topic!

SummerHouse Designers' favorite white and neutral paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER LISA PALMER

“My go to white is Benjamin Moore Linen White. SummerHouse is painted Linen White and our customers always ask what the wall color is. It is an ivory with not too much yellow in it. It is fresh and light and simply beautiful.”

LINEN WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“My favorite “go to” white is Ben Moore White Dove.  It’s crisp and clean and has no weird undertone.”

WHITE DOVE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER ELISH PHARES MOON

“My go to neutral paint colors are Moonlight White or Dune White, both by Benjamin Moore. They almost universally compliment and are the perfect backdrop for any design.”

MOONLIGHT WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DUNE WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

“I recently used Benjamin Moore Moonshine to refinish a client’s breakfast table and chairs. The color looked fantastic as the backdrop for the charcoal velvet and marble design cotton upholstery that I used. The paint has a blue gray tint while staying light and fresh.”

MOONSHINE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

“Benjamin Moore White Dove is my favorite, especially for trim and cabinets!”

WHITE DOVE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

“Moonlight White and Classic Gray, both by Ben Moore, are my go-tos these days!”

MOONLIGHT WHITE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

CLASSIC GRAY // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

“My favorite go-to white is Benjamin Moore Dove White, but I’ve really loved using Revere Pewter lately. It is a beautiful, soft grey that compliments all colors!”

WHITE DOVE // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

REVERE PEWTER // SummerHouse Designers' Favorite White and Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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We love all of these picks!

Also, remember that our designers are PROS at picking out colors for your walls, so let them help you if the task still seems too daunting!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great long weekend and remember that we are closed on Monday so we can spend Labor Day with our families!

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Inside The Orange Box: How To Make A Bed, Part 2

21
AUGUST
2015

We gave you part one last week, so today we give you part two of this Orange Box topic: Our designers’ favorite ways to make a bed!

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

“I think bedding should be super practical. You have to be able to clean it! I love a coverlet with a duvet folded at the foot of the bed. That allows your bedding to be changed out with the seasons, since we need to be able to do that here in the South! On a king bed, I love doing two king size pillows against the headboard with 3 euroshams in front. I’m all about practicality, texture, and color. I love a pretty and functional bed!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER CAMILLE HOLLAND

“My favorite way to make a bed usually starts with crisp white bedding and a white coverlet, while using a neutral soft patterned fabric for euros or accent pillows! Simple and classic!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER LINDSEY TOWNSEND

“I like to keep an overall clean and simplistic look, definitely not too over done.  I love accent fabrics, so if I use a really bold pattern fabric as a large lumbar across the front, I will use fairly simple euro shams behind the lumbar to balance it out. I tend to use euro shams most often because I like the height they give (unless the headboard is very low, then I will use standard shams.) Also, I like always having something at the foot of the bed. It can be a folded duvet, throw, or bed scarf. Layers of texture and soft pattern can help create a most inviting environment!”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER KATY HINES

“I always start with whites for the basics like coverlets, sheets, etc. It’s fresh, crisp, and relaxing. Then I layer color and texture in the accent pillows and throws to tie in with the paint, art, and accessories.”

SummerHouse Designers' Favorite Ways to Make A Bed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Designer Of The Week: Todd Prince

07
AUGUST
2015

This week’s Designer of the Week is Todd Prince! We loved hearing about his favorite room to design, how he likes to recharge, and why he loves mixing old and new! Keep on reading!

SummerHouse Designer of the Week : Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1) What is your favorite room in a home to design? What makes designing that room so special?

I love designing any room but lately I’ve started a love affair with dining rooms. I think it’s partly because it’s a room where so many of my personal favorite things come together… family, food, and conversation. Dining rooms used to be just “pretty” rooms that were not often used. That’s not true anymore. Dining rooms are actually used now. Dining rooms are now more often incorporated into the living space making it all one cohesive space instead of distinct rooms. Friends and families gather in them around great food and share actual social conversation with one another. It’s the one room where I think people actually talk. In this world of iPhones, social media, texting, and Facebook the one thing that will make people disconnect from that world is food! There has also been a “food lovers explosion” over the past few years and most of my clients consider themselves “foodies.” I love it!

I love doing great details on dining chairs like slip covering new chairs or slipcovering clients’ existing chairs. On one client recently, I used Belgian linen box pleated slipcovers with silk buttons down the back for a detail. For another client, I used a washed linen dressmaker style slipcover with ties for a more casual look to update some chairs they already had. In my own home, my side chairs are vintage 1950s chairs with classic style parsons chairs as the head chairs covered in a modern Pierre Frey fabric.

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Dining Room by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I also love using great lighting to set the mood! In my dining room, I have a true vintage George Nelson light fixture. I paired that with a modern acrylic bar cart to give the room a more modern feel.

The dining room is a special room in the home and I love that! I know these photos show a range of style, so this proves my ultimate goal of making the client happy. I’m up for using something they already had and updating it, or starting over with something completely new but detailing it in a way that is special to the client.

The dining room is all about family, friends, and food…..no facebook here!

2) What is your favorite element to include into a design these days? 

I love a room to feel collected…not overly designed so lately I have really been trying to incorporate some pieces that my clients already have into their spaces. Sometimes I’ll pull pieces that they have used in one room and in one way for a very long time and refinish or recover it and give it a new life. I am currently working on a new construction project in Oxford MS and we have done that in almost every room. Giving a piece a client really loves new life is always rewarding and very creative.

SummerHouse Designer of the Week : Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3) Can you tell us about your favorite design project to date?

My favorite design project to date…. that’s a hard one. I just completed a mid-century modern new construction project in Eastover and I loved the process. I have been involved in the project for 2 years now and when you invest so much it’s amazing when you see it completed. I am personally drawn to the mid-century style but we put a fresh take on it. I found vintage pieces for these particular clients at market…like the dining table and beautiful lamps and mixed it with more modern pieces for a “fresh” mid century feel. I invested so much of myself into the project that it became very personal to me. The clients were great to work with and we all enjoyed the process. I got to use some of my favorite tricks as well. I painted the entire family room a very dark color (walls, ceiling, and trim), mixed old and new pieces, and used full walls of amazing tile for a great impact. The project was so much fun!

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design by SummerHouse Designer Todd Prince // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4) What is your favorite environment to refresh your mind and get inspired?

To refresh and recharge myself I go to the water! Just listening to the rolling waves of the ocean helps me to clear my mind and get ready to face the design work again. It’s my happy place! We have a family vacation planned for the week of Thanksgiving to the beach and I can’t wait!

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Inside The Orange Box: Nontraditional Neutrals, Part 1

17
JULY
2015

In this edition of Inside The Orange Box, we’re getting our designers to share their favorite non-traditional neutrals! As much as we all love a good white, gray, or beige, we asked them to think a little beyond that. Their answers are great! Let’s get started!

DESIGNER MARY COURTNEY JOHNS

A deep teal with a bluish-gray undertone would be my first choice for a non-traditional neutral. It adds interesting contrast to any lacking space. I have this color accenting my living and bedroom!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER ELISH PHARES

I have many, especially as trends fluctuate, but one of my favorite non-traditional neutrals is olive green. It translates as a neutral and is a beautiful compliment to so many bold colors that often need a balancing force. Olive green pairs well with gold/amber, blush, eggplant, navy, soft blue, etc…

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

DESIGNER TODD PRINCE

I choose amethyst as my non-traditional neutral because it works so well with so many colors that I personally love, like light or dark gray, olive green, or white. Amethyst is one of those colors that has a gray undertone to it, but it’s so so so flexible. It works particularly well with green!

SummerHouse designers' favorite nontraditional neutrals // www.alwayssummerblog.com

More non-traditional neutrals coming your way with the next Inside The Orange Box!

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Our Best & Favorite Design Quotes

15
JULY
2015

We love a good design quote. They motivate us, inspire us, and frankly they are just fun to read! We’ve compiled a collection of our favorite design quotes, some from our own designers, and some from designers we admire. We’d love to know which ones you find most inspiring!

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Our favorite interior design quotes // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Don’t forget that we have a staff full of trained designers who are here to help you with any of your design needs, no matter how large or how small! Check out our talented design team HERE!

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Inside The Orange Box: Wallpapers For Accent Walls

29
MAY
2015

Today on Inside The Orange Box, our designers talk about their favorite wallpapers for an accent wall! We love that wallpaper has made a comeback. We are eating it up! Check out these pretty picks from our talented designers!

Interior Designer Todd Prince’s favorite is a Schumacher grasscloth called Pondera Weave, color way Tabac!

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Lindsey Townsend says, “Its amazing what a wallpaper can do for a space. Having said that, it’s hard to choose! I love so many different styles. Currently, I am really into a new introduction from Harlequin- Makrana 110914.  Its a Faux Bois print and is absolutely beautiful in every color way.”

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Mary Courtney also loves a Harlequin paper called Gardinum!

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Sunny Holliday says, “my favorite is a Katie Ridder wallcovering – “Leaf” in color 01 Blue!”

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Katy Hines loves Breakers Blue from Phillip Jeffries

SummerHouse designers' favorite wallpapers for accent walls // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Do you love a good wallpaper as much as we do? If so, do you have a favorite? We’d love to hear!

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