Holiday Homes

Happy Christmas //

Hey! Laurel here from maternity leave once again!

Since we are in full holiday mode, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas projects from the past years with you today. Our designers are so good at holiday-ing a home that it would be a shame not to share some of their incredible past work! Take it all in then go have yourself a merry little week! 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by today! XOXO,
Laurel

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Meet Sarah Ethridge

Today, I am so excited to introduce y’all to new(ish) Ridgeland team member Sarah Ethridge! Sarah has been with us for several months now and is such a huge help wherever she is needed. We LOVE this girl! If you stop in, you might find her updating our inventory book, helping a designer on a home visit, putting something in CAD, accessorizing the showroom floor, checking in new fabrics, and so many other things! Needless to say, things flow much more smoothly now that Sarah is part of the team 🙂 Get to know this cutie better with a fun Q&A! Meet SummerHouse employee Sarah Ethridge

Can you tell us a little about you? Where you’re from, where you’re in school, what you’re studying, about your family…

I am from Brandon (on the Rez side) and I have lived there my whole life. I graduated from Northwest Rankin High school. I am in school at Mississippi College and I have one year left. I am majoring in Interior Design and have a minor in business. My parents are still in Brandon and I have a sister who is 2 years older than me who has a degree in Graphic Design from Mississippi College. I also have a cat named Carmen that I am very obsessed with.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite local restaurant is Saltine. I like it because I can always try something different that I have never had before and no matter what I get there it is always good. (I also get a discount when I eat there because I work at Amerigo and they are owned by the same people, so that is a bonus.)

Is there a particular piece on the showroom floor right now that you’re particularly loving? What do you love about it?

My favorite piece on the showroom floor is the black and gold mirror in the room to the left when you walk in the front door. I just love how simple and classic it looks and its shape makes it look even more beautiful.

7What’s your favorite source of design/style inspiration?

Whenever I am surrounded by creative spaces I feel more imaginative and inspired. Being somewhere new can help whenever you are trying to find some inspiration. Sometimes nature can inspire me and sometimes being in a city can inspire me. I typically get the most inspiration from being in a city environment because there are so many creative things already going on all around me.

How do you take your caffeine?

Every morning I have to have at least a cup of black coffee. I cannot function without having coffee. Sometimes in the middle of the day I will treat myself to a vanilla iced latte, but the majority of the time I just drink black coffee.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately and why did you love it? 

The last movie I saw in theaters was Mamma Mia 2 and it was great. The scenery in the movie was amazing because it was set in Greece and I thought the costume design was great. This is the kind of movie that makes you want to drop all of your responsibilities and travel the world.

What’s a little known fact about you that makes you different?

Last semester my school did a study abroad program that I got to be a part of, so I got to study in London for a little over 3 months. I really learned a lot about their culture and got to experience so many new things. I also did a lot of traveling while I was over there. I got to go to Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and Italy, as well as different towns throughout England. It was the best time of my life and I am very grateful that I got to be a part of it because not everyone gets an opportunity like that.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend off?

If I ever have a weekend off I am usually traveling somewhere. I might go to visit family or travel somewhere new. Sometimes I will even just go somewhere for the day just to get away and clear my mind.

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Thank you so much, Sarah! You are one amazing and inspiring girl, you know it? Thanks for letting us get to know you in a cool new way 🙂

I hope ALL of you get to meet Sarah soon! She’s the cutest.

Y’all have a great week! XOXO from maternity leave,

Laurel 🙂

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Our Designers’ Favorite Whites

Paint colors are hard. That is no secret at all! That’s why it’s so important to get a designer in on your paint color decision. You do not want to be going through the trouble of painting a room just to have to repaint it a few days later because it looks terrible! Let one of our talented designers save you a re-do by helping you pick a great color on the front end, okay?? Trust me on this one.

Now that we have that out of the way, I did poll our staff to see which white paint colors seem to work well for them most frequently. We got some great answers from everyone, so allow me to share! I personally love a white room so this post was really fun for me to put together. After we wrap up a little construction on my home, I’m sure I’ll get one of our awesome designers out to help me pick a great white to paint our new little addition! Stay tuned! 😉

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Ben Moore White Dove is a favorite of mine. I have used it in several projects and it always has beautiful consistency in different types of lighting.” Lindsey Townsend, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Restoration Hardware’s Right White is a favorite of mine. It is a beautiful subtle velvet finish!
Its gorgeous.” Hathaway McMillon, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Cloud White is one of my favorites. Cloud White is a crisp white that does not lend itself to undertones of pink or yellow.” Jordan Carter, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Ivory White is really pretty. It’s a great white for any directional lighting.” Katy Sanders, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Linen White is pretty universal in any setting. I’ll be using it in my next house everywhere.” Anabel Webb, Interior Design Assistant

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“BM Linen White is my favorite, too, although I have been using it in 1/2 strength a lot lately. Especially with clients who want a whiter but softer white. It is beautiful! – Lisa

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Sherwin Williams White Duck has been my go to for a good while. I love it so much my own house is White Duck – walls, ceilings and trim!” Jenni Hilbun, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Ben Moore Glacier White is so pretty. It’s warm, with a little hint of gray, and helps create a very cozy and inviting white room! We painted my little boy’s room this color and his room is one of my favorites in our home.” – Me, Laurel Donahoo, Social Media Manager (and former Interior Design Assistant!)

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

So there you have it. A roundup of beautiful white paint colors! I hope you find yourself inspired. Sometimes the only update a room needs is a fresh coat of paint. Why not treat yourself for Christmas with a little wall refresh? (But don’t forget– consult a designer first if you are even the teeniest bit unsure about paint colors!)

XOXO from maternity leave,
Laurel

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Festival Of Trees

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

Hey everyone! Exciting announcement here!

So y’all know Lisa Palmer, our owner, fearless leader, and lead Interior Designer, right? Well, she has been asked to design a Christmas tree to go in the Festival of Trees event being held at The Westin Jackson, which starts later this month! This is the inaugural Festival of Trees event, and it sounds like it’s going to be SUPER cool. Lisa, as well as several other local designers, have each committed to designing a tree in the style of their liking, then on Thursday, November 29th at the opening gala, all of the trees will be revealed!

Each tree will be up for auction, and all proceeds will go to Friends of Children’s Hospital, which is a cause that we all love to support whenever we can! They do amazing work, so it’s always fun to have a chance to support their efforts! 🙂

In addition to a really fun gala party and seeing all the trees, there are tons of other events tied into this festival, which runs from November 27th through December 9th. Ice skating rink, Santa brunch, and other exclusive happenings… Here’s the list of events:

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

I linked each event with the page where you can get tickets (if tickets are required) so y’all please be sure to support this event in any way that you can! I’m going to do my best to get my kids up there for a Santa Brunch, assuming my newborn will semi cooperate! 😉

I’m sure there’ll be some posts on our socials with peeks at the tree as the time draws closer, so stay tuned! 😉

Hope you’re enjoying your week! XOXO,
Laurel

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Merry and Bright

Our showrooms are looking so pretty and festive that I wanted to share just a few photos with you, then encourage you to stop in and see all of this loveliness for yourself! We have some extra pretty accessories this year, so come see what all you can take home to deck your own halls! I promise you’ll find some things you love! (I know I have!)

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

I hope you had an incredible weekend!

XOXO from leave,
Laurel

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Meet New Oxford Interior Designer Emily Sanders Taylor

We have a new(ish) face at SummerHouse | Oxford who you just HAVE to meet soon! Newlywed Emily Taylor (well, she’s actually getting married this weekend – congrats, girl!) is so much fun and is SUPER talented. We love having her on the team and are excited for you to get to meet her! Emily and I have actually known each other for years and have worked together on several events and parties. I truly love this girl. She’s incredible, has a fabulous eye for design, and is very hard working. Check out her designer bio here, then get to know her on a more casual level right here, right now… 🙂

Emily Sanders Taylor, Interior Designer at SummerHouse | Oxford Can you tell us a little about you? Where you’re from, where you went to school, about your family, all that good stuff…

I graduated from Ole Miss in 2011 with a degree in Hospitality Management and moved to Jackson to work in the event planning industry. In 2015, I moved to Oxford to pursue my own wedding planning business and, truthfully, a guy. Fortunately, I’m marrying that guy in just a few days!

Can you give us your professional/design history in a nutshell?

My dad was a contractor. As I grew up, we renovated our house several times. I remember laying the hardwood floors in my kitchen in junior high and the sense of pride that came with it, just as an example. Design has always been in the back of my mind.

Is there a particular piece on the showroom floor right now that you’re particularly loving? What do you love about it?

I love our Willow sofa. It is tailored, clean, and could work in so many different spaces. I am also loving our antique wood chest. They each speak to me so much!

If you could visit anywhere in the world for a week, where would it be and why?

France and Italy! We are going for our honeymoon and want to explore off the beaten path a bit so that we can fully experience the culture.

How do you describe your personal design style?

I love “updated traditional.” I like using statement pieces that are timeless and can be paired with your grandmother’s antique chest and a few more trendy accessories. I love for homes to feel cozy and to have many layers of texture.

What’s your favorite source of design/style inspiration?

I look at interior design coffee table books and magazines all day long!! There is a whole stack on my desk.

How do you take your caffeine?

I don’t…. I’m the one crazy person that doesn’t drink coffee or sodas!

What’s a little known fact about you that makes you different?

I’ve owned a wedding planning business for almost 4 years. I feel like this has taught me so much about spatial awareness and functionality. I want all pieces to serve a purpose while looking beautiful.

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I can personally speak to Emily’s incredible eye for design. You should have seen the baby shower she planned that we had at my house a few years ago. I just completely let her do everything and rearrange furniture as she needed. Then I left a lot of it where she moved it because I liked it so much better. And I’ve worked in this field since I graduated college eleven years ago! I know y’all will love Emily when you meet her if you haven’t yet. Stop by SHOX as soon as you can and shake her hand! 🙂

Hope all of you have a fantastic week.

Lots of Xs and Os from maternity leave,

Laurel

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Hotty Toddy Pillow Party Recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

So the Hotty Toddy Pillow Party week before last at SummerHouse | Oxford was a TOTAL blast! I had the best time, and I know the rest of the staff in attendance did as well. Our guests absolutely loved Rebecca Vizard’s gorgeous pillows, stockings, and dog collars! It was all so beautiful. I can’t stop thinking about about the loveliness! We also celebrated Lisa’s birthday with the prettiest, most delicious little cake. Here are a few recap photos of all the fun!

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Our events are always so much fun, so next time we have a little (or big!) party in-store, you should really try to come! Huge thanks to B. Viz and her sweet daughter Sarah for all their hard work, beautiful things, and fun stories! We seriously all had a blast with you ladies! And next time you’re in the market for an exquisite pillow, let us help you find the perfect one from B.Viz. You’ll treasure it forever!

Hope you had a good weekend!

XO,
Laurel

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My Maternity Leave Replacement

Hey there! Laurel here checking in one more time before the chances of me having this baby get super real! If this little baby boy isn’t here before 11/2, he is scheduled to come on that date, so I’m officially playing the waiting game now, hospital bags packed and all!

Emily Simmering at SummerHouseI wanted to introduce y’all to Emily Simmering, the incredible girl who will be filling my shoes while I’m gone for the next couple of months! Emily was one of our interns last summer so she’s familiar with how things function up here, which helps a ton! The staff knows and loves her, so she will be a very welcome addition to the mix for the holiday season! Plus, she is really good at social media so that’s a bonus 😉 If you run into her while visiting the shop, please be sure to say hey! She’s the sweetest.

I’m super comfortable leaving things in her hands as far as all the social channels. Since she’s not quite as familiar with blogging, I’ve taken the liberty of scheduling out several posts over my leave, so my voice will be popping in once a week or so over here with some fun design and other tidbits (like continuing to introduce y’all to the staff who joined our team while this little blog was down for a while!)

I hope y’all have a fantastic day, and please feel free to follow me on my personal channels to see what all I get into on maternity leave! 😉 ( Here is my blog, and here is my Instagram.)

Y’all take care of yourselves! XOXO!

Laurel

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Meet Hathaway McMillon

Hello, friends! I hope you had the best weekend! I wanted to pop in today and introduce you to one of the newest faces here at the SummerHouse so y’all can get to know this new designer just a little bit better! We’ve actually had a few additions to our team (at both locations) since our blog originally went down, so you’ll be meeting several new(ish) people over the coming weeks to make up for the gap!

Today, meet Hathaway. She’s our newest Interior Designer at our Ridgeland shop. She’s been a joy to get to know over the past few weeks, so I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her as well! Let’s get on with the Q&A:Meet Hathaway McMillon

Give us a little bit of background on you please ma’am!

I was born and raised in Columbus, MS. I went to Heritage Academy for High School and University of Mississippi for college. I met my husband Alex at there at Ole Miss, and I will never forget the moment I saw him at a Kappa Delta/ SAE swap!(circa 2003) I have lived in Louisiana and Texas before moving back to Mississippi. Alex and I have a 4 year old daughter named Wimberly! My parents are here in Madison, MS, so we are so excited to be close to family. I have a younger brother named Buck that is in New Orleans so we will be taking lots of road trips to see him now that we are closer.

Can you give us your design history in a nutshell?

I have ten years of interior design experience with commercial and residential design! I have worked on projects all over the United States and loved every minute and every location.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

This is way too hard to answer, as I have missed real southern food. I always love a good margarita and Mexican food, though.

If you could visit anywhere in the world for a week, where would it be and why?

My next trip will be to the Amalfi Coast. It is a beautiful place.

How do you take your caffeine?

I start my day every morning with a large cup of Starbucks Verona coffee with sugar free vanilla creamer and a Splenda. And I sometimes have a mid day coffee, too! I have not always loved coffee… it was not until after college that I discovered this love! I also love a Diet Coke with lemon or lime

What’s a little known fact about you that makes you different?

I have red hair and I larger than life personality with love for design.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend off?

Spend time with my husband Alex and daughter Wimberly! We love to entertain with friends and family. I also love a good bottle of wine with a large assortment of cheeses, a fabulous candle and fresh flowers at all times.

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I totally feel you on all of that, Hathaway! Thank you so much for your time! Now all of y’all need to get up to SummerHouse | Ridgeland to meet this fun gal 😉

Stay tuned for more new faces, coming your way soon!

XO,
Laurel

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Hotty Toddy Pillow Party

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

What are you doing this Friday afternoon? Nothing so important that it can’t be rescheduled? GREAT! Then we would love for you to join us for a Hotty Toddy Pillow Party at SummerHouse | Oxford from 1:00 to 4:00 on Friday! I’m a Mississippi State fan, and I think I’m more excited about the Hotty Toddy Pillow Party than anybody! I mean, you have to admit, then name of the party is pretty darn clever even if you don’t pull for the team. Agreed?

So what is this pillow party all about, you ask? Well, Rebecca Vizard, friend of SummerHouse, designs these FANTASTIC pillows that are seriously so stunning that it’s hard to take in the exquisiteness. She does a couple of different types of pillows: Hand painted on linen, then crafted pillows with found materials. Each crafted pillow is one of a kind, is handmade, and uses materials that Rebecca personally sources from all over the world. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see lots of these all in one place. I promise you! The hand painted linen ones are stunning too, adorned with designs that Rebecca also created.

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

In addition to pillows, she will have dog collars and Christmas stockings! You’ve got to come see!

She has also written a book, Once Upon A Pillow, which she will be signing. These would make great gifts for any interior design lovers in your world. Why not get a jump start on Christmas shopping by taking home a handful of these?

We’ll have snacks, cocktails, and some great company, so please make plans to stop by. I can’t wait to meet you! See you 10/19 from 1-4!

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#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

Today is officially our market team’s first day at High Point Market! Get excited! Lisa, Marty, and Katy are already dominating #HPMKT like the pros that they are. The plan is for them to gram their way through showroom after showroom, looking for the best of the best to bring back home to Mississippi!

I’m not sure how many of y’all have been to High Point, or another similar furniture market, but it really is quite a service that these ladies are providing for the SummerHouse family and for YOU, our lovely clients! Of course market is really fun, but it is straight up exhausting!

The last time I went, I was newly pregnant with my first child so I was already wo-slap-out just due to first trimester fatigue. But then you add in all the walking and standing and talking and networking and brain-powering through showroom after showroom, and you’ll find yourself a tired mamma jamma! Then add in the early mornings and the late nights. Like I said, it’s definitely fun, with tons going on, but it will tire ya right out. Somehow though, at the end of it all, dozens of pretty new vignettes, brand new lines that have never graced our showrooms before, multiple one-of-a-kinds, and so much fresh inspiration end up at SummerHouse just for you! Honestly, you guys are the driving force behind our market trips.

#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

To stay as on top of this market trip as you can, be sure you’re not only following SummerHouse on Instagram, but Marty, Lisa, and Katy on their personal accounts as well! Our special market hashtag is #SHGoesToMarket, so go on and give that hashtag a follow too! 😉

I know I look forward to following along on their journey through market, wishing I could be with them! I hope you enjoy following, too! 😉 Y’all have a great day! XO!

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Hello Again!

Hello Again!

Hey, y’all! It’s been a minute since you’ve heard from us over here on Always Summer! Sorry about that… We ran into a minor issue that turned rather major, then ended up having to switch over to a whole new platform and blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada…. To make a long story short, WE’RE BACK!

We have also decided to take just a little different direction with the voice of our blog! I, Laurel Donahoo, editor of Always Summer since day one, will have a heavier voice over here and will be talking in the first person much more. Lisa and I hope this adds a bit of personal connection in a fun and different way!

Always Summer Editor, Laurel DonahooTo put a face with a name, this is me. I’m a Mississippi girl in my early 30s, married to my best friend with two kiddos and one on the way. I’m actually due in like a month, so you may notice another gap in posts come early November! Hopefully my maternity leave replacement and I can get some stuff together for y’all over the holidays. We shall see!

Also, this photo is from about a year ago, before I was with child! In case you wondered…

I have been at SummerHouse for 11 years now, so I kiiinda love it up here. Great design is like air to me. I am refreshed when I walk into a beautiful interior (which includes both SummerHouse locations), as great design just has a way of lifting my mood. See, great design is good for the psyche! 😉  I’m constantly inspired by the work that the designers here produce, and I love every single staff member like they were my family! I also have a passion for blogging, so y’all have no idea how thrilled I am to have Always Summer back up and running. I have my own personal blog, too, if you’d like to check that out sometime! 😉

Anyway, I’m so glad we are back up and running and I can’t wait to bring y’all some new, fun content in the coming days! Thanks for getting back on the Always Summer train with me and sharing in the love of all things Interior Design! It’s a pleasure to have you keep up with us over here 🙂

XOXO, Laurel

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August Summer Sale

SummerHouse's Annual August Summer Sale

Our August Summer Sale is going strong! And this year, it’s open to EVERYONE! In the past, this sale has been by private invitation only, but we decided that we wanted to extend the love to everyone. Shop with us between now and August 25th and enjoy 20% savings on special orders and 25% savings on in-stock purchases! Of course, a small handful of exclusions do apply, but not many!

The deals are good at both SummerHouse locations, so stop in and see us soon! We can’t wait to help you design the room(s) of your dreams!

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Oxford Country Club Project

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

We are so excited to share this newly photographed project with y’all today! Designer Elish Moon has worked diligently with this client and has turned this house into a stunning home. We love the simplicity and style. It could not be more welcoming! Take a look around… 🙂

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

So pretty, Elish! We love all the beautiful detail. Especially in that last shot! 😉

Thank y’all for stopping in today! We hope you’re having an excellent week!

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A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event

Boy do we have some big news to share with y’all! In case you haven’t seen us mention it on our Instagram or Facebook over the past couple of weeks, we are teaming up with our friends at Noggins Organic Salon to put on a MAJOR runway event on July 19th! This event is going to be spectacular…

Our theme is A Midsummer Night, and it is going to be simply magical. But first, allow us to give you the basics!

Our friends at Noggins approached us asking if we’d be interested in partnering on a runway show. Of course we said yes! At our first meeting, we determined a theme: A Midsummer Night. Think flowers, fairy wings, organic style, lots of white, lots of natural, magic, glitter, delicate desserts, champagne, whimsy… With a bit of an avant-garde twist in the form of lots and lots of JEWELS.

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Without giving too much away, we are putting all of this on with the participation of several local boutiques and shops. This runway show will not only appeal to women, but to men and children as well, as we will have styles for the entire family represented on the catwalk! Row 10 Baby, HemlineBlithe & Vine, 4450, The Rogue, Sollberger’s, Beckham Jewelry, and Albrition’s Jewelry will present the looks. (Be sure you go and follow all of these businesses on Instagram– their accounts are linked above!– to keep up with all the fun!) Noggins Salon will do models’ hair and Galexie Glister will finish off the makeup looks.

Little Bluestem Farm will lend their floral talents and La Brioche is providing dainty desserts to make this event over the top beautiful. Y’all, we. cannot. WAIT.

Perhaps the most important thing about this evening is that all proceeds go to our friends at CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption.) We love the work that this shelter does in keeping pets of all kinds safe and healthy until they find their forever homes. Did you know that CARA runs solely on donations?! They absolutely cannot keep doing their work without community support, so we are asking that each guest give a minimum $15 donation at the door. This donation will get you one entry into a raffle drawing for several INCREDIBLE prizes: Gift cards to Arco Avenue, salon services from Noggins, services from SummerHouse, jewelry, a whitening treatment from Uptown Dental, and SO much more! Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at $10 each. Again, all money goes to CARA!

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(pictured above: our inspirational mood board for the event)

We will end with this piece of excitement: The first 20 guests to enter A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event will be gifted an incredible swag bag. Y’all will not believe the incredible donations that have been given to these swag bags! We won’t ruin the surprise, but we will tell you this: YOU WILL WANT ONE.

Start picking out your “summer fairy best” and make plans to join us at SummerHouse on July 19th at 7 p.m. for an event unlike any other to ever hit our area! Be sure to join the Facebook event to keep updated on all event news. We can’t wait to see you!

“Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.”  -A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4, Scene 1

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Coffee Table Styling Tips

If there is one thing we hear often as designers, it is about the difficulty of styling a coffee table. This is in fact a difficult feat if you don’t know what you’re doing! So we are here to help 🙂

We asked each of our designers to take their favorite coffee table on our showroom floors, clear it completely off, and style it as if it was their own. We feel very inspired by the tables they put together, and we picked up some helpful tips along the way! Have a look at each of their styles, then keep reading for a handful of style tricks and tips.

Rectangle burl wood coffee table styled by Design Assistant Camille Parker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round glass top coffee table styled by Interior Designer Maddie Ertle

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Wood and silver leaf coffee table styled by Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Two-tier glass and metal coffee table styled by Interior Designer Erin Baker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle shell coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round leather coffee table styled by Interior Designer Laurie Conway

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle concrete coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

Coffee Table Styling Tips

A few things to keep in mind when styling a coffee table:

  • Be sure to vary the heights of the accessories you add. This adds an incredible amount of interest.
  • Mixing old/rustic with modern/new can be fun, if this is in keeping with the style of the rest of the room.
  • Pick a simple color story and stick to it.
  • Add interest with a metallic accessory.
  • When in doubt, coffee table books.
  • Trays and boxes add organization, layering, and function. If your coffee table is an upholstered piece, a tray can also serve as a place to set a drink.
  • Is your coffee table in a room where guests tend to gather? Add a game, or a decanter and cocktail glasses, or an conversation piece from your recent travels. Let your coffee table make your job as a host just a little bit easier!

Here are a few more pretty shots from these styled tables. We hope you find some good inspiration! And please do not hesitate to call a designer for help! That is what we do! 😉

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy coffee table styling!

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The Making of a Light & Airy Living Room

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford Interior Designer Laurie Conway recently completed a beautiful install that we are dying to tell you more about! You may recall seeing a photo or two of this room on social media, but today we’re giving you all the details! Laurie was kind enough to answer a few questions we had  about this project, so let’s see what she has to say…

What pieces did the client already have that you worked around?

This client had moved from Memphis and had done a lot in her home herself. She came to me and said, “I need help… I have no idea what to do with this room.”   She had a few antique pieces in the room but we decided to relocate them in the house and start new so it was a clean slate. The shape of the room, however, was a huge challenge. She had fabulous natural light but the room had so many openings that space planning was more difficult.

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What was your basis for the colors used in the room?

I started with the rug. The size was just perfect! I pulled the soft blues and neutrals from it for my color palette.  The natural light helped me keep the room clean and airy.  I wanted to ground the wall opposite of the fireplace with something to balance it, which is where we introduced a darker element.

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

I loved the clients! It is so great when you and your client can visualize together. They are great art lovers so it was so much fun to help them find great pieces. The two gold pieces over the chairs flanking the secretary are from View Gallery.

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What else do we need to know about this room?!

Because this room is used to pass through to other rooms, the furniture had to be strategically placed. I went with a symmetrical layout. And as I mentioned before, I chose a light palette and balanced the wall across from the fireplace with the Secretary in a darker finish. We were so pleased with the turnout.

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We love it, Laurie! Great colors and beautiful selections. Couldn’t be prettier!

 

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Stone Lake Project

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

We are SO thrilled to have a new project by Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend up on our project site! This project, called Stone Lake, is a beautiful home that Lindsey has worked on since the very beginning stages. If you follow her on Instagram, you might remember seeing progress photos from this project.

Here are a few of our favorite snaps from this home. Now that it is completed, it could not be any more perfect. We love every detail!

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi
Great work Lindsey! More pictures here >>>

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Meet Our Oxford Intern!

We are so excited to introduce y’all to our fabulous summer intern at SummerHouse | Oxford today! Her name is Laura Ellis Royal (Laura Ellis is a double name) and she is just about the cutest thing in the world! Not only is she adorable, but she’s smart, is getting us extremely organized, and helping so much with presentations and deliveries. We love Laura Ellis and we think you will too! Get to know her with a little Q&A…

SummerHouse | Oxford Intern Laura Ellis Royal

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you go to school, about your major… All that fun stuff!

One could say that I grew up in three towns without moving. I was raised on a farm in Midnight, went to church in Belzoni and went to school in Yazoo City. Now I go to Ole Miss and my major is Integrated Marketing Communications, better known as IMC. IMC prepares students in areas of advertising, social media, sales promotion, graphic design, public relations, etc. –all to create a consistent message to consumers.

What is your favorite thing about SummerHouse?

My favorite thing about SummerHouse is of course the furniture and all-around style, but I also love the ladies that work there. They have been so kind in taking me in as one of their own and stepping back for a moment to teach me various things.

Is there any piece on the showroom floor that you would take home tomorrow if you could?

There’s a light pink linen settee and an oatmeal sofa that I really like. But if I had to choose just one, I would choose the settee.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in the past 365 days?

Last August I went to my first John Mayer concert, and it was pretty life changing. He is even better live than on the tracks. I highly recommend going to a John Mayer concert if you have never been to one.

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?

My favorite restaurant definitely depends on the meal. When I’m not found eating at the sorority house, I enjoy McEwen’s or Proud Larry’s for Sunday brunch and El Agave when in the mood for some good Mexican food. Also, Jinsei and Saint Leo are great for a nice dinner with the girlfriends while keeping within the college budget.

How long would you say you’ve been interested in Interior Design?

I have loved design ever since I was a little girl. I remember drawing my dream home, measuring all the furniture and ceilings at my house for fun, and rearranging my bedroom often. Interior Design felt like just a farfetched dream until my sophomore year of college, when I spent my spring break at a luxury staging and interior design company in Greenwich, Connecticut. There I began to realize I really might want to be part of this world of interiors.

What is the best movie you’ve seen lately and why?

I recently watched a Woody Allen film called Café Society, and it was so good I had to watch it again. The music, interiors, fashion and scenery just swept me off my feet.

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

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, assuming I’ll have all the money in the world in this beautiful fantasy, I would visit Monaco or Paris and the south of France. Monaco has intrigued me ever since I first watched a documentary on Grace Kelly, called Grace of Monaco. Paris is somewhere I have been before but I really need to go back. Parisian architecture takes my breath away, as well as classic French interiors (not Baroque). And if I’m already in France, I might as well go antiquing, right? And then of course visit a few vineyards and the French Riviera.

Where have you been recently where you found yourself most inspired by the design around you? Tell us about this place!

In January I had the privilege of going on a short trip to Manhattan. There I discovered the grandeur of the ceilings and chandeliers of Grand Central Station. Manhattan in general is an unbelievable place to me, and I’ve always dreamed of living there. There’s something really romantic to me about New York City amidst its busy culture. More locally, in the Lyceum at Ole Miss, the Zuber Views of North America woodblock wallpaper never fails to impress me. Sometimes I sit in the Zuber room between classes just to admire it.

How do you take your caffeine?

I hardly ever drink caffeine! When I do, it’s in the afternoon and it’s hot tea, sweet tea, or Coke.

What else do we need to know about you?!

I like a little bit of every interior style, but my favorite is Traditional French. I also have a deep appreciation of fine antiques no matter their movement or period. Here I will say I don’t believe in decorative plates, but I respect those who do.

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Thank you so much Laura Ellis! Love it all! Y’all be sure to stop by and meet her next time you’re close to SummerHouse | Oxford.

Thank you for dropping in today. We hope you had a great weekend!

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“That’s The Thing About Mississippi…”

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

“That’s the thing about Mississippi, everything we do has a story behind it.”

We adore this quote from our lead designer Lisa Palmer, which came from the write up in the current issue of Milieu Magazine (pinch us!!! Dream come true!) about the cabin she designed for some dear, dear friends of SummerHouse. This cabin has a rich, deep story, which is told in the pages of this issue of Milieu. We encourage you to stop by your favorite magazine stand and pick up a copy of this stunning issue. You will not be disappointed by the photos and the article about Mississippi Pearl. Here’s a peek at what you have to look forward to.

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

Mississippi Pearl project feature by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Milieu Magazine

We are confident you’ll enjoy not only this feature, but every page of this issue. We love Milieu!

Thank you for stopping in today. Means so much to us! We hope you’re having a great week!

 

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