A Chat with Artist Charlotte Terrell

Art by Charlotte Terrell at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

Happy almost weekend, friends! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. It was my recent honor to get to chat with new-to-SummerHouse artist Charlotte Terrell about her work and how art has become a part of her life! She was so gracious to share a little bit of her time with us to enlighten us and give us a glimpse behind her lovely work! I hope you enjoy this little chat as much as I did ๐Ÿ™‚

LD: Tell us a little about yourself to help us get to know you! Where youโ€™re from, about your family… all that kind of stuff.

CT: I was born and raised in Mississippi in the historic town of Columbus. I was an a great admirer of our handsome pre-civil war homes and gardens, especially Waverly Plantation from which I am direct descendant. There was not much art available to inspire me as a child, but I was enthralled by the multitude of amazing hand painted finishes that adorned Waverly in faux bois and marble. Perhaps this was a foreshadowing of the work I would do a decorative painter and muralist one day?

How long have you been painting?

I was always painting and drawing. As a teen, I turned a walk-in closet to my “studio.” Growing up I took art classes. After high school, I was fortunate to spend a summer in NYC painting at Parsons. My UGA landscape architecture degree required art studies, as well.

Can you tell us about the first painting you sold?

Though I was a professional decorative painter, I had not really painted in fine art in decades. A friend asked me to turn one of my decorative painted finishes in plaster and oils to something on canvas: my first mixed media painting. That was 2008 or so. These paintings caught the eye of a gallery and I was encouraged to do more of these mixed media works. Their exact words were “I think you got something here.” It was thrilling to say the least.

How do you stay inspired? Or what is your go-to source for inspiration?ย 

My love of 19th century landscapes is a never ending source of inspiration. I literally use my eye as landscape designer to to envision these ephemeral landscapes, placing a tree or creating a distant view as I paint.


Art by Charlotte Terrell at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, MS

What would you say sets your work apart?

 My technique using polished plaster and layers of oils and oil glazes to create these atmospheric, dream like paintings makes my work so identifiable.

What else do we need to know about you and your work?

I practiced as a landscape architect for NYC parks for fifteen years, while developing my skills as a muralist and decorative painter. These two passions have merged magically into my artwork. I am both fortunate and grateful to be doing this as a professional full time painter, something I would never have envisioned for myself. Yet, it is like a hand in a glove.

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Charlotte, thank you so much for your time!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know about Charlotte’s background as much as I did. Her work is truly stunning! Stop into SummerHouse Ridgeland to see these works in person. You’ll be blown away!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in today. It’s always nice to have your company ๐Ÿ™‚ XO! Laurel

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Red, White, and *BLUE*

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

As the Fourth nears, I thought it would be fun to continue a loose tradition over here on Always Summer to post Red, White, and Blue inspired rooms about this time every year (or so.) In the past, I’ve posted photos of projects done by other designers. This year, I wanted to keep it “internal” and post pretty projects by our people! Since they are magnanimously talented, and all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As I was searching for pretty pictures to share, the majority of what I found was BLUE related, so today, let’s celebrate some blue, shall we?

Blue is the color of the sky and the sea, making me thankful of all the freedoms we have here in the USA. Blue is associated with depth and stability. And those who fight for our country definitely give us that. Many shades of blue are beneficial to the mind and the body, fostering a sense of calmness and serenity. So, as you can see, blue is a color worth celebrating!

Here is a roundup of blue I think you’ll enjoy. Feast your eyes!

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lindsey Townsend. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lindsey Townsend. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Elish Moon. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lindsey Townsend

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

SummerHouse Oxford Showroom

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

I love ALL of those spaces! Blue is not only beautiful in design, but it serves such a great purpose in relaxing us and reminding us of freedom. So take in all the blue. And red and white while you’re at it. And have a very happy 4th!

As always, thanks for stopping by Always Summer. XO! Laurel

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Update at Arco

Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon

Today I wanted to share some photos of the freshly updated Arco Avenue with you and I am particularly excited about it for multiple reasons!

(1) The owner of Arco Avenue is my sister-in-law Katie! ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s the cutest!

(2) Arco Avenue is one of my top five most favorite stores in all of the world. I have large feet and they special order shoes for me and I just love them! (They also have normal size shoes for those of you with normal feet!)

(3) I got to take these pictures, giving me the opportunity to hone my skillz with my semi new camera!

(4) Elish is a design wizard and she and Katie work so well together that it’s truly magical (hence my use of the word wizard.) Side note: Elish helped Katie several years back when Arco underwent a pretty huge facelift, so this Arco update is a piggyback update on what they did together about five years ago!

Let’s get on with some pictures (you can check out the updated project page on our design site here!) then I’ll let Elish give you a little more insight into the design!

Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon

I asked Elish to tell us a bit about the behind-the-design-scenes and I love what she had to share!

“Katie, the owner of Arco Avenue (and its cute neighbor Row 10), came into Summerhouse one day and pointed out a fun lounger on our floor and said she’d love to use something like it to incorporate more seating into Arco. Katie’s ideas for her store are always on point, from a design direction and from a retail perspective. She’s consistent in what she’s drawn to and it’s always a piece that is also investing in the draw of Arco Avenue, so thankfully I never have to second guess anything on that front.”

“She fell in love with a gorgeous white sherpa material that actually happened to be durable and easy to clean! As I worked on incorporating the loungers into the layout, we realized we needed to do a bit of rearranging, and update the rug to fit our new configuration. I also suggested adding two potted fiddle leaf figs. It fit the aesthetic of her store and also livened up the space and brings the outside in with some greenery.”

“These new updates went hand in hand with a mini in store makeover with added shelving and display space to celebrate Arco’s eight year anniversary. Katie is truly the best to work with and I’m proud to say I get a front row seat as she grows her business and continues make it more and more successful!”

Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon
Arco Avenue in Ridgeland, MS // Interior Design by Elish Moon

And that’s a wrap! Kudos to Katie for her fantastic vision, Elish for expanding and executing the design vision, and YOU for reading!

I hope you have a fantastic day today. Thanks so much for stopping by! And if you are in need of new shoes, please be sure to check out Arco Avenue. They have a great online shop and ship for free.

XOXO! Laurel

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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!

More Outdoors
More Outdoors
More Outdoors
More Outdoors
More Outdoors
More Outdoors
More Outdoors

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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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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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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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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A Few Quick Before And Afters

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a good before and after? If you exist, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone like you before! (I’m sure you’re fascinating… ย We should chat sometime!)

There is just something about a before and after comparison that makes you appreciate so much about good design. And even more than good design, I appreciate the vision that a trained designer has! There are several B&As out there where I think, “Wow, how did the designer of this space even know to go that direction?” Like truly. Walls moved, lighting completely changed up, seating areas put in entirely different spaces… It’s just fascinating!

Here are several examples of incredible BEFORE & AFTER situations, all by SummerHouse designers! Take it all in with me, won’t ya?

Designer on the below project: Lisa Palmer

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Katy Sanders

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Lisa Palmer

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Elish Moon

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Katherine Shelton, who is sadly no longer with us ๐Ÿ™ We miss her so much already, but are excited for her new direction. Her assistant on this project, Jordan Carter, is now a designer herself! Jordan had a heavy hand in this project.

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Lisa Palmer

 

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Katy Sanders

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

Aren’t all of these just so inspiring? See why it’s such a good idea to hire a SummerHouse Interior Designer? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope each of you is doing well. Thanks for stopping in to visit Always Summer! Have a great day!

XO from hanging out with my new little baby boy!,
Laurel ๐Ÿ™‚

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