Lately in the Ridgeland Showroom

SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi

Our Ridgeland showroom is looking particularly great right now! From what I’ve seen on insta stories, SummerHouse Oxford is looking rather fabulous herself, too! I just haven’t been able to snap any photos there recently, but I have been able to grab a few around my “home” showroom! Take a look and let me know if you see anything you want to know more about. OR, feel free to give the shop a call! 601-853-4445.

Thanks for stopping in today! XO, Laurel

SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
SummerHouse in Ridgeland Mississippi
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More Outdoors || A Story and a Sale

More Outdoors

Spending time outdoors.

Is there really anything better?

The benefits are innumerable, especially for children. Here’s proof! I know it makes a huge difference to me personally if I need a little mood boost, or if I need to just feel a bit rejuvenated after a long day indoors. I especially love the memories I make outside with my kids since their imaginations are able to run completely wild and free without distraction from anything electronic.

Lately my older two have been catching these teeny little frogs in our yard and putting them in an old cooler that doesn’t hold water anymore, which I’m told is the frogs’ “beach house.” After a little beach vacation with plenty of snacks (leaves) and exercise (trying to climb out of the cooler), the frogs undergo a horrendous natural disaster (like a “spinning tornado”) that knocks over their beach house, at which time they are told to go home so my oldest son, who dreams of being a fireman, can come in and clean up the natural disaster.

I get to witness these newsworthy occurrences first hand from my lovely outdoor sectional with a big glass of ice water in my hand. My kids can come take a break from all of their frog-vacation-planning and disaster cleanup with me on the sectional and give me all the details of the things they heard the frogs say during that life-threatning tornado.

Oh how I cherish those memories that occur while we sit around on that sectional ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that I have a beautiful patio with nice, kid-friendly pieces that will last for years and years. That sectional has a lot more memories ahead! These sure are our good old days. I’m really looking forward to when our youngest son can join the other two in the frog adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

More Outdoors

So all of this leads me to ask, is your outdoor space where you want it to be? Is it inviting for memory-making? If you don’t enjoy spending time outside because you have nowhere comfortable to sit and enjoy what’s going on around you, or just need a visual reset because you’re tired of what you have, let me encourage you to fix that!

And guess what? SummerHouse is here to help you get that outdoor space in order! Now through June 15, we are offering 20% savings when you special order outdoor furnishings. And, even MORE exciting, we are offering 25% savings on in-stock outdoor furniture! We want you to love your outdoor spaces and want to get outside. It’s too good for you and the kiddos in your life to not spend more time outdoors!

Here are a few more inspiring outdoor spaces by SummerHouse designers that may help give you some direction in revamping your space. See what you think!

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Give us a call at either SummerHouse location to get the ball rolling on your patio, balcony, porch, sunroom, or whatever! We can’t wait to see what you have in mind.

Thanks for stopping by today. I love getting to share with y’all! Have a great week, friends ๐Ÿ™‚

XO! Laurel

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Kimberly Moore Art

Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse

I am thrilled to share with you that we are now carrying the art of a fabulously talented artist, Kimberly Moore! All of us up here love her style and her eye, and we are honored to have her work adorning our Ridgeland showroom.

Let’s get to know Kimberly a bit better together, shall we?!

Laurel: Can you give us an overview of Kimberly in a nutshell! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kimberly: I am married and have 3 children and a new grandchild! I grew up in South Florida, lived 18 years in Atlanta in my early 20s, then moved back to South Florida where I am now.

Laurel: Beautiful! South Florida is so pretty. So how would you describe your artistic style?

Kimberly: I would describe my style as abstract expressionism. I am heavily influenced by ancient Greek and Roman civilization and painters from the 1940s and 1950s.

Laurel: How cool! Now, I know from reading your About page that you draw from life experiences when you’re crafting your art. Can you tell us about a specific life experience and how it inspired a specific piece?

Kimberly: Sure! One of my favorite paintings came as a result of the impression left on me after I visited Pompeii. It was a profound experience for me and I find that images and markings rise to the surface of my conscience as I am painting based on such experiences.

Laurel: Very neat. I love that! I also read that you are open to doing commissioned pieces. Can you tell us about one of the most unique or commission requests youโ€™ve ever received?! 

 Kimberly: I received a commission from a wonderful couple, one an interior designer and the other a graphic designer. Throughout the commission process I would send previews which they would critique with such incredible depth and understanding that they actually gave me a beautiful gift in allowing me to view and see my work in an objective way. I will be forever grateful to Keith and Jason!

Laurel: What a lovely way of viewing such process! I love that attitude, and I know you learned so much. Now let’s move on to how you finish these pieces… I notice that many of the frames used on your collage and ink pieces (and possibly some of your larger abstracts?!) appear to be vintage or found. Can you tell us about the significance of your framing?

Kimberly: I spend early weekend mornings scouring Estate Sales and Flea Markets looking for vintage frames. It is a leftover habit from my antiquing days. I have never lost the thrill of the hunt! I let the frame dictate the style of art I think is appropriate. 

Laurel: Well they are perfect and just give an extra element of uniqueness to your work. Now, what else do we need to know about Kimberly Moore Art? ๐Ÿ™‚  

Kimberly: I spent the majority of my career in the Antique business and also was an Appraiser of Antiques and Vintage Goods which has definitely honed by eye. I am OBSESSED with Interior Design! I painted as long as I can remember but always for myself. I had been regularly doing the Scott Antique Show in Atlanta and my husband encouraged me to put a few of my paintings out for sale. I was so unsure of myself in the beginning that I signed my work โ€˜Lillian Howellโ€™ which is my Grandmothers maiden name. (She is 97 and was thrilled to be known as an โ€œartistโ€). My art was purchased by a number of very well known designers so I was encouraged to keep painting. I am so thrilled that people seem drawn to my art and now I paint full time (and sign my own name!)

Laurel: As you should! It’s absolutely stunning. I hope to have a piece of my own one of these days! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I think that about wraps us up here. Thank you so much for your time, Kimberly. We love your work!!

Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse

Shop Kimberly’s work in our Ridgeland showroom, and be sure you follow her on Instagram where you can see even more of her pieces.

Thank you for popping in today. I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week! XO! -Laurel

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MayModness

May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi

Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you had a relaxing Mother’s Day Weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanted to give you a little recap of our May Mod runway show in the event that you weren’t able to be here! This has become an annual event with our friends and neighbors at Noggins Organic Salon and we have had so much fun the past two years that we most definitely plan to do a third annual next May!

May Mod celebrated local style in a big way with our favorite boutiques and jewelers. And all to benefit Magnolia Speech School, which helps kids like my baby boy Dempsey who was born completely deaf. I am so thankful for the wonderful souls at Magnolia, and am so excited that they were this year’s beneficiary!

May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi

I’d like to give a special round of thanks to, of course, The SummerHouse and Noggins families. It was an “all hands on deck” situation at both shops and we could not have pulled anything off without our amazing teams. Noggins, the hair y’all created was OVER THE TOP FABULOUS!

Big thanks to Brown Bottling Company for providing the Bubly and Evian waters to keep us all hydrated! Calistoga Wine, Madison Cellars, Briarwood Wine and Spirits, and Cathead Vodka for provided the spirits for the evening. BIIIIG thanks to Fizz Mobile Bartending for taking over the bar services and for creating the most smashing signature cocktail for our event: The Magnolia Fizz. Everybody loved it! And of course, The Karovan Bar, provided by The Scout Guide Jackson, made bar service so much better this year. We loved having an outdoor bar once the Lord answered our prayers of keeping the rain away and keeping our stresses at bay! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (We were definitely sweatin’ it for a few days leading up to the day-of…. Rain ruled the first half of that week!)

May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi

If it were not for Great Southern Events, we would not have had pipe-and-drape partitions to keep the models quarters private, nor would we have had runway-side seats! They always do us right and we are so thankful ๐Ÿ™‚

Modeling agencies Lucid Models and JEA Model Management provided beautiful people to walk the runway in the clothes and jewels from the represented boutiques. All of the models did such an amazing job keeping the show top notch. Sharon Coker was our photographer for the evening, and she captured the most beautiful photos. Most of the photos in this post are hers, minus the few that I snapped with my phone!

Prickly Hippie, a fabulous local bakery, did the coolest wall of psychedelic donuts that couldn’t have been more perfect for our event! They were a huge hit! In front of the donut wall might have been the most photographed spot in the building the night of the event. And La Brioche provided their signature macarons and petit fours for another variation of sweet treat.

Our very own Hathaway McMillon crushed it with the floral arrangements!

May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi

Service Printers, y’all did an awesome job on our programs. Martinson’s, thank you for providing the perfect pop of plant life and color for the focal wall. DJ AJC, you provided the BEST tunes, beautiful lighting, and wonderful acapella during the laptop fiasco! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We love you!!

All of the beautiful looks you see in this multitude of photos were provided by the following shops: Row 10 Baby, The Rogue, Forty Four Fifty, Hemline, Maison Weiss, Blithe & Vine, Beckham Jewelry, Albriton’s Jewelry, and Kendra Scott. Be sure to hop over to our Instagram where all these fabulous businesses have been tagged so you can follow them!

May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by The Rogue
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Maison Weiss
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Blithe and Vine
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Forty Four Fifty
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Maison Weiss
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Row 10 Baby
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Beckham Jewelry
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Blithe and Vine
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Hemline
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by The Rogue
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Row 10 Baby
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Blithe and Vine
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Forty Four Fifty and Hemline
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by The Rogue
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Forty Four Fifty
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by The Rogue
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Blithe and Vine
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Hemline
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Kendra Scott
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Treehouse
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Forty Four Fifty
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Row 10 Baby
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Blithe and Vine
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Treehouse
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Forty Four Fifty
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Hemline
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Blithe and Vine
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Albriton’s
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Treehouse
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Blithe and Vine
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Beckham Jewelry and Maison Weiss
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Maison Weiss
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Maison Weiss
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Looks by Hemline
May Mod Runway Event hosted by SummerHouse and Noggins Organic Salon in Ridgeland, MIssissippi
Look by Treehouse

Aaaaaand I think I’ve put about as much as I possibly can into one blog post, so I’ll call it a day!

Thanks again SO MUCH to everyone who participated in and supported our show. It was the most fun! Very grateful for each of you ๐Ÿ™‚

Now go enjoy this pretty day! XO, Laurel

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Faces of Mississippi

Faces of Mississippi: SummerHouse

We are so proud of the people pictured in the photo below! Look for this page of Faces of Mississippi in the current issue of Mississippi Magazine when you get your hands on a copy. This hard working team is out to make homes in Mississippi (and beyond!) just a little more beautiful, all while delivering the highest quality of customer service.

And I can’t forget to mention all of the faces not included in this photo! The assistants, the managerial staff, the delivery team, the (ahem) social media… Ha! It takes a village to keep this place running!

Faces of Mississippi: SummerHouse

Perhaps the most important people who are not pictured are YOU GUYS! Thank y’all for the business, for the support, and for keeping us passionate about great design.

I think I speak for all of our staff when I say, we LOVE serving you! And thank you so much for choosing SummerHouse ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have a fabulous day!

XO, Laurel

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SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

Here’s a quick dose of SummerHouse style from both of our locations. Our showrooms are looking extra fab right now, so I figured it was time to share the prettiness! Plus, if you’re anything like me, you could browse interior design photos all day, erryday. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

 

See something you like? Stop in and see us ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you’ve had a fantastic week! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

XOXO! Laurel

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Arco Avenue Is Popping Up in Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Oxford people, SAVE THE DATE!

Our favorite shoe store, Arco Avenue, is popping up in our Oxford location for one day only: TUESDAY, MARCH 26TH! Arco Avenue has the most fabulous selection of beautiful shoes in a wonderful range of styles. It is absolutely my personal favorite shoe store, hands down. We are thrilled that Oxford will get to experience some Arco, too! And not only does Arco Avenue carry shoes, but gorgeous jewelry, apparel, and accessories as well. I know you’ll love what you find when you shop this pop-up on Tuesday!

Here’s a peek of some Arco gorgeousness…

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse OxfordOur whole team is so excited and I hope you are too! Be sure to follow us, SummerHouse Oxford, and Arco Avenue on Instagram to stay fully up to date!

See you beautiful people on Tuesday ๐Ÿ™‚

XO, Laurel

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MAYMOD Tickets Now Available!

MAYMOD: A Runway Event

Exciting announcement: MAYMOD tickets are now available for purchase!ย 

General Admission tickets are $20 if you purchase now, or $25 if you wait until the day of the event. VIP reserved-seating tickets are $120 and are only available for purchase before the show! The first 25 VIP ticket purchasers will receive some pretty amazing SWAG BAGS that our friend Gareth at Noggins is working hard to assemble. You’ll definitely want one ๐Ÿ˜‰

{{{ Not sure what MAYMOD is? Click here! }}}

The value of the reserved seat, even if you don’t get in on a swag bag, is that you’ll have a place to sit right next to the runway! We’ll put your name on a chair and nobody but you will be able to sit there. You’ll have the best view of the show. You’ll be able to get the best shots of all the action. AND, the money we raise is going to Magnolia Speech School, so of course it’s for a great cause!

Hop on over to www.maymodevent.com to purchase your tickets. We are getting so excited about all the #maymodness!

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Heavy On The Wall Color

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Maybe it’s the gray day outside, but today I feel super compelled to share some of my favorite interiors with dark walls! These moody rooms are anything but dreary, though. I actually love the life that a deep, dark paint color gives. ๐Ÿ™‚ And a dark texture or wall covering just adds all the interest. Don’t you think?

All of these rooms were designed by SummerHouse designers. And they’re all just fabulous! Take a peek–

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Our designers have touched on their favorite deep gray/brown/almost black paint colors in these blog posts:

The Best Paint Colors for Small Spaces
Bold Paint Colors
Our Favorite Fall Paint Colors
The Best Non-White Neutrals
Winter Gray Paint Colors

I absolutely love each of these spaces. They’re moody, yet therapeutic, if you ask me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And a great dark wall automatically ups the style of the space. Be sure to check out our Projects pageย and our Galleries By Roomย to get some more inspo. You might even find a few more dark spaces I didn’t include here! The hunt is ON. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ok you guys… Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope your week is off to a great start despite the grossness outside in our neck of the weeks. Check back soon, as we will be posting updates about MAYMOD in the very near future!

You are amazing!

XO, Laurel

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WE ARE HIRING!

SummerHouse Is Hiring

Do you have Interior Design experience, or know someone who does? If you do, and you (or your friend!) are looking to join our super fun, high-energy, creative work environment, then read on!

We are currently looking for a qualified, experienced Interior Design assistant to join our SH Ridgeland team. You need to be proficient in AutoCad, detailing millwork, kitchens, and bathrooms +. You need to be meticulous at handling complex budgets, timelines and schedules as well as thinking on your own, and a detailed, organized individual. You should be a strategic trouble shooter with thoughtful solutions and willing to travel. If you possess these attributes, please email your resume to lisa @ summerhousestyle.com. Salary + benefits.

Please only apply if you fit the description.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

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The Best Non-White Neutral Paint Colors

The posts we do over here on Always Summer focusing on paint colors are always our most popular ones BY FAR, so that reinforces the idea that y’all love to get our team’s opinion on the topic!

Paint colors are definitely tricky. I have heard designers asking other designers up here to look at paint colors with them because they really can be difficult! If you have even a slight doubt about which paint color to choose, I highly recommend getting a trained Interior Designer to weigh in. I promise you’ll be glad when you make the best decision on the front end rather than after multiple tries!

This edition of paint color help is all about those NON-WHITE NEUTRALS. Of course we love a good shade of white (our favorites rounded up here, and our favorite white-on-white pairings here) but when you’re looking to go rich rather than airy, white simply will not do! These non-white neutrals are all beautiful easy-to-work-with colors that provide richness and interest. Read on to see who loves what color and why!

The Best Non-White Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Emily Sanders: Oakmoss Green by Sherwin Williams
“I love bringing the outdoors inside in airy, light filled areas of the home. Sherwin Williams Oakmoss green is a neutral to me and since it’s a bit darker can make your white and cream pieces pop!”

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Interior Designer Katy Sanders: Dragon’s Breath by Benjamin Moore
“This is a dark neutral that missed well with both warm and cool tones.”

The Best Non-White Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend: Chalk Gray by Pratt & Lambert
“Chalk Gray is a beautiful neutral. It’s a very soft warm gray and can go with practically anything!”

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Owner and Principal Interior Designer Lisa Palmer: Onyx by Benjamin Moore
“I painted the walls and trim in my master bedroom this color and heightened up the drama! I chose an eggshell finish for the walls and a satin finish for the trim, cabinets and crown. All of my bedding, drapery and my bed is out of an ivory linen so the overall feel is really cozy and not dark at all. The carpet is a wool woven loop in a light caramel color so the main pieces in this space are light. I punched the bedding with 1 large long pillow in a deep charcoal and ivory velvet graphic to bring the wall color onto my sea of ivory linen. This super dark neutral is a wonderful background for a collection of charcoal or pencil sketches in various old gold frames. Take a chance and go dark!”

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Interior Designer Elish Moon: Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore
“I was recently on a church renovation committee and decisions were challenging because the church was being updated, but in phases as finances allowed. I had to find a neutral paint color that worked with the new cooler color choices that also wouldn’t fight
with the warmer finishes in the more dated areas of the church for the time being. Edgecomb Gray was an ideal choice. It was beautiful, freshened the space, but also married well with the existing finishes.”

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Interior Designer Jordan Carter: Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore
“One of my favorite paint colors is Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist. It has more depth than a white, but is light and neutral enough to work with any furniture or accent colors that you desire!”

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Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun: Agreeable Gray and Amazing Gray from Sherwin Williams
“It just so happens that very recently I was asked for a little color from my client. After I freaked out (“Why??? Color is so… Colorful!?”), I came through with two options that leave the feeling of color but still play nicely with just about everyone (meaning other fabrics of course.) Amazing Gray and Agreeable Gray. Two outstanding โ€œcolorsโ€ from Sherwin Williams. Of course having a lifelong affinity with the Baptist Hymnal and now the Methodist version, I lean toward Amazing Gray! Just tickles me.”

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The Best Non-White Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blog Editor, Former Design Assistant, and Design Enthusiast, yours truly, Laurel Donahoo: Desert Twilight and Dark Olive from Benjamin Moore
“With the help of my friend Elish, we selected Desert Twilight for my husband’s new office. We needed something warm and masculine that could serve as a nice backdrop for some colorful art and bunch of stuffed ducks, turkeys, and deer. So. many. animals… But I digress! We used this color on wall and trim and it turned out beautifully. And in a little addition we are currently doing in our home, I did some research and selected Dark Olive for a new rec room of sorts. We are using this on the trim and walls as well. I know it’s going to be gorgeous. I can’t wait to see this room completed!”

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The Best Non-White Neutral Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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And there you have it! Our favorite non-white neutrals. Have you used any of these colors in your home or on a project? I’d love to hear which ones you love, too!

Thanks so much for dropping in today. Love having you here!
XOXO, Laurel

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Save The Date for MAY MOD

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

I. AM. SO. EXCITED.

Do y’all remember that killer fashion show we put on last year with our friends at Noggins Salon?ย The above pictures may help. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event with all the glittery, fairy-esque goodness we could squeeze through our doors. Well, we are back for round two, and it’s going to be even cooler than it was last year (if that is even possible! Because if you were here, you remember how amazing it was. Such a fun night!) Our theme this time is MAY MOD. We’re going all modern in the month of May and the ideas we have circulating are simply great.

I think the reason I’m most excited about this event is because it’s benefitingย Magnolia Speech School. MSS has become very dear to my heart because my third baby, sweet little mister Dempsey Donahoo (picture of his happy face here!), was born in November with complete deafness. He has profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, so my husband and I have started the process to get our baby hearing and speaking, and a major player in Dempsey’s journey has been (and will continue to be) Magnolia Speech School. We’ve begun early intervention therapy with MSS and we adore our interventionist. He is a doll and is a fabulous representative for this school that is doing so much to help the hearing impaired kiddos around our area!

We have a lot of moving parts and a few more details we are trying to nail down before we can present the full lineup of shops participating in the show, but for now…

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, May 9th at SummerHouse in Ridgeland. 7 til 9 p.m. ย Fashion for the whole family!

Tickets will be available for online purchase once we get that set up. They’ll be $20 for general admission or $120 for admission plus a reserved, runway-side seat. Also, two words: SWAG BAGS. But more on all that later!

MAYMOD Runway Event

Make sure you’re following SummerHouse on Instagramย to stay well updated on everything regarding #MayModness (<< our official event hashtag.) We hope you’ll make plans to attend!

As always, thank you for checking in today. I hope your week is going smoothly so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

XOXO! Laurel

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A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

Hi, friend ๐Ÿ™‚ How are ya?

We’ve got some pretty gross weather in Mississippi this week (and sadly I think it’s supposed to stay gross through Saturday)ย but to reverse those blues that the weather is trying to dish out, I have some pretty pictures to share with you!

Both SummerHouse locations celebrated #LeeLovesLocal week last week with some lovely parties. I didn’t get to make it to the Oxford party, but I’ve heard reports that it was nothing short of perfect! The Ridgeland party, too, was basically perfect. We had the most stunning bedding and table linens of all time gracing our showroom floor. Leontine Linens, you are one amazing company!

Here’s a pictorial recap of our Ridgeland par-tay

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

Live music was provided by Barry Leach and desserts were by La Brioche Patisserie. It was a gorgeous evening and I loved getting to see so many of you! I know all of the SH staff enjoyed that, too ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you as taken with Leontine as we are?

Thanks so much for dropping in. Talk soon! XO! Laurel

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Showroom Refresh

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Hey there! I hope you’re having a good Tuesday so far! It may be a little bit gross outside here in Ridgeland, but things are looking beautiful and very un-gross ๐Ÿ˜‰ inside our showroom right now!

We are getting ready for our Local Love Affair event tonight with Leontine Linens and y’all are in for a major treat if you are able to make it. Our Leontine rep just got to town and was showing us her samples and we all just about fell out from the gorgeousness. They offer embroidery and appliquรฉ with both monograms and simple decorative edges and designs. It’s worth coming by to see with your own eyes!

In addition to Leontine’s prettiness, you’ll see our recently revamped showroom floor. Here’s a peek!

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Of course, there is so much more to see when you come visit in person!

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Ok, I really hope I get to see you tonight from 4 to 8 at SummerHouse in Ridgeland so we can oooh and aaah over all the Leontine while enjoying some bubbles together! I’m looking uber forward to it!

Chat soon! XO, Laurel

 

 

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Meet Brandon

Hey, friends. How was your weekend? I had a great one celebrating my little girl’s third birthday (you can see my little b-day princess here!) and spending some time outside enjoying the pretty weather! I hope yours was equally as enjoyable! How bout those Patriots in the most boring Super Bowl ever? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ha! I’ll admit it– I’m totally here for the commercials and for the halftime show. No shame!

Brandon at SummerHouse Oxford So today, I want to introduce all of you to the newest face at SummerHouse Oxford! Meet Brandon Stafford. ๐Ÿ™‚ Brandon is a precious soul who I have loved working alongside (via text) ๐Ÿ˜‰ keeping up the social media and marketing! This guy is so smart and kind, and is doing an awesome job with SHOX’s instagram! (Check it out here)

Let’s get to my Q&A with him, shall we?

Start off by telling us a little about you!

I’m from Tupelo, MS and I went to Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. I graduated from Ole Miss in 2018 with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications. My family has a farm and we grow/raise soybeans, corn and cattle.

How did you become interested in the design world?ย 

I love drawing and playing with colors, so that’s what made me interesed in interior design. Also, I love coffee table books about interior design. I love seeing designers express their creatitvity.

Where (other than SummerHouse, of course!) do you find yourself most inspired when it comes to design?

There is a building in New York that inspires me every time I look at it and I find myself googling it all the time. 432 Park Ave. Its otherwise known as the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Because it’s a newer building, the building is controversial to many New Yorkers. Some people call it an eyesore because of the way it sticks out of the skyline. I think its beautiful and I love its large windows. I’ve watched so many videos about it and the views are incredible.ย  Also I previously worked as a florist and I love playing with design in that capacity.

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Why?

Beach or moutains? I prefer a beach that has mountains and my favorite beach is in Monteceito, California.

Whatโ€™s your favorite local restaurant or bar and why?

My favorite restaurant in Oxford is Saint Leo because it reminds me of New York. The chefs are attentive to changing the menu often which means you can usually try something new. My favorite bar is the Summit balcony in the summer. Theres not better place to be.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be Africa. I would love to see the landscape and to ride an elephant.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend off?

My favorite way to spend my weekend off is with friends at the Summit balcony ๐Ÿ™‚ or at any roof top bar for that matter.

Whatโ€™s a little known fact about you that we might be interested to hear?!

One of my guilty pleasures is watching documentaries about cults. They are creepy and I have no desire to be in one in case you were worried. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just find them intreguing and scary.

What else do we need to know about Brandon? ๐Ÿ™‚

I love to be helpful and feel that I’ve accomplished something. I love laughing and having fun and I love my goldendoodle, Sadie. I’m hoping to make BYODTW Dayย a thing. (Bring your own dog to work day)

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Thank you Brandon! I fully agree on the BYODTW Day! And I cannot wait to google 432 Park Ave.

Y’all be sure to stop into our Oxford shop next time you’re close and meet Brandon! He really is such a joy.
Thanks for dropping by Always Summer today. Hope your Monday is the best Monday possible! XO!!
Laurel
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A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

So I told y’all about our upcoming Local Love Affair in Oxford happening February 9th HERE, but now’s the time to give y’all the info on our Ridgeland Local Love Affair on February 12th! As a reminder, this is all part of Lee Loves Local week. No, Lee is not a person, but a company! LEE Industries is an American-made upholstery company that loves their local community so much that they wanted to spread that brand of love all over the country, hence these fun events during a designated week every year! So if you live too far away to come to one of ourย Lee Loves Local events, try to find a LEE dealer near you and attend their event!

For our Ridgeland shop’s love affair, we’re teaming up with one of our favorite brands: Leontine Linens. This beautiful, locally owned brand out of New Orleans is coming up for a pop-up shop on Tuesday the 12th. If you haven’t seen their custom bedding and linens, you have GOT to come! They’re stunning, and all custom made, so you can make them look however you want! From 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., we will be giving away fantastic door prizes from local friend businesses, serving up bubbly and yummy little desserts, and oohing and aahing over the pretty Leontine pieces. Leontine will even do some live demonstrations at 4:30 and at 7:00 teaching us how to make the prettiest beds and set the prettiest tables. We can’t wait!

Here are some of my favorite looks created with Leontine pieces so you can get an idea of what you’ll see at this pop-up. Be sure to check out their instagram for more pretty pics (and to see who the original designers are on these spaces!)

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

I’m drooling. I love the range that Leontine covers! You can go a little more modern, or you can do super traditional, or land somewhere in the middle. And it’s all gorgeous! [ insert the heart eyes ]

Don’t forget that, just like at the Oxford event, we will offer 25% off all LEE items as well as off most of what we have in stock, even if it isn’t LEE. AND, enjoy 20% off custom LEE orders placed during Lee Loves Local week!

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

There is so much to look forward to. I hope to see y’all at this event! Let me know if y’all have any questions about anything!

XO! Laurel

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Kitchen Renovation: Before & After

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Hey, y’all! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! Mine sure is, due in large part to this blog post! I spent part of the day editing these photos and they just make me so happy. SummerHouse Designer Katy Sanders did a beautiful job renovating this kitchen for some clients and the results are just astounding!

Here’s what Katy was working with:

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Hines

This kitchen had not been updated since this house was built almost 20 years ago. The clients were open to doing whatever needed to be done to fully update it, so as you can see in the above photo, Katy fully gutted it. They moved the gas line so the cook top could go in between the windows to create a focal point. Before, there had not really been a nice place for the eye to fall, so moving that, adding the vent-a-hood, and running the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling created just that!

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

The island was a bit dated, so Katy straightened that up and got it looking extra fab with some cleaner lines and cute barstools. She redid all the lighting, redesigned all the cabinetry, and added wood flooring throughout to create a little warmth. She selected those beautiful Quartzite countertops and proved that mixing metal finishes can be beautiful when done correctly (ahem, like when you hire a SummerHouse designer!)

Because paint colors are always such a hot topic, I’ll go ahead and answer the question that I know many of you have in your head (because I asked it in my head, too!) Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on the paint color Katy used on the island ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

After Katy’s magic touch, this kitchen functions better, has been brought into the current decade, and is so stunning that it made its way onto a design blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Beautiful work, Katy Sanders. You never cease to amaze us.

Thanks so much for stopping by Always Summer! Stay warm out there ๐Ÿ™‚

XO, Laurel

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A Local Love Affair in Oxford

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

Hey y’all! We have been quite energized over here at the SummerHouse (at both locations) because Lee Loves Local festivities are gearing up! We are hosting two separate events: One at our Ridgeland store, and one at our Oxford store! Today, I want to give y’all a little info about the Oxford event. More details about the Ridgeland event coming soon!

So first off, let’s talk about exactly what Lee Loves Local even is! I commonly hear the question, “Who is Lee?” Well, Lee is not actually a human. Lee is a company! One of our favorite upholstery brands, to be more specific! Lee Industries is a fabulous, American-made line of upholstery based in North Carolina and this company loves their local community so well. They are plugged in and very invested into the local culture of their community. This local love gives them so much energy and positivity that they wanted all of their dealers’ local communities to experience that same love and energy, hence the implementation of LEE LOVES LOCAL week. For one week every February, Lee dealers all over the country partner up with other local vendors to put on cool events. Since February is the month of love, it just seemed natural ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can see more about our past Lee Loves Local events HERE!

So our LEE LOVES LOCAL events this year are entitled “A Local Love Affair.” Our Oxford love affair, happening on Saturday, February 9th, involves artist Chelsea Fly, a really cool garden shop called The Oil Shed, and a wildly talented cookie creator Sarah Hutto from The Cookie Canvas of Mississippi. (I linked each of their Instagrams– please go follow each! You’ll fall in love, I promise!) Each of these three vendors will have a booth set up in our Oxford store selling small pieces of art, cool succulent and floral arrangements, and beautiful cookies, respectively. We’ll have light bites, cocktails, live music, the whole nine. It’s going to be really fun! Oh, and most of the store will be 25% off, plus 20% off on Lee special orders! This is BIG!

Here’s an idea of what these fab companies will have for you on the 9th!

———- CHELSEA FLY ———-

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

———- THE OIL SHED ———-

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

———- THE COOKIE CANVAS ———-

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

I’m personally EXTREMELY obsessed with those Valentine piรฑata cookies that break open and reveal sprinkles! How freaking cute is that?! And of course, I’ve been a long time fan of Miss Chelsea Fly’s gorgeous work. And who doesn’t love a fresh floral or succulent arrangement in a non-cheesy valentine-y container?! So much goodness will go into this event!

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

We really hope to see y’all at this all day event. We’ll have giveaways, too, so you’ll definitely want to get in on those! Follow SummerHouse Oxford on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest, most up-to-date event info!

And check back in here in a few days for more info on the Ridgeland LEE LOVES LOCAL event! Can’t wait to share more about that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Y’all are awesome for stopping in. We love when you take time to visit! Many Xs and Os!
Laurel

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Newness

Hey y’all, and happy Monday! After a two month maternity leave getting in all the snuggles with my new little dude (who we named Dempsey — he is amazing!), I’m back in the saddle up here at SummerHouse! When I walked into work this morning, the whole showroom looked brand new to me since I haven’t been here in, well, two months! I walked around picking out new favorites and just thinking (remembering) how refreshing that SummerHouse style is ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are a few shots of pretty happenings on the showroom that I highly recommend you come and look at for yourself!

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

 

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Isn’t it all so beautiful!? I’m sure you can see why I’m glad to be back, despite the fact that I boo-hooed when I dropped Dempsey off at day care for his first day today! Thankfully his teachers tell me he’s having a great first day ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope each of you had a fantastic holiday season and are gearing up to have a wonderful 2019! Thank y’all for reading today– you’re awesome!

XO, Laurel

 

 

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