Lynn Sanders Art

Meet Artist Lynn Sanders // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a brand new artist here at SummerHouse whose art we are just crazy about! Our wonderful clients seem to be just as wild about it as we are because this work sure has garnered LOTS of attention!

Meet Lynn Sanders. This pretty lady sure can create some beautiful work! Get to know her just a little bit better!

Lynn Sanders Portrait2

Tell us a little about yourself! Where you’re from, about your family, etc…

I grew up in Lafayette, LA but after college, and living in various other states for work, my husband and I settled in Alexandria, Louisiana, where we have lived for the past fourteen years.  We have a sixteen year old son, two cats and two dogs.

How long have you been painting? What got you into painting?

I was always your typical creative person growing up; taking art lessons and being in charge of school dance decorations. Prior to my art career I did management and marketing/special events for shopping centers. So there was a history of creativity. Finally, about ten years ago my cousin inspired me to start painting again. She is also an artist and lives in Memphis. I began by creating paintings for children’s rooms which morphed into painting abstractly. Six years ago I quit my day job and have never looked back.

How do you describe your style? It’s so beautiful, whimsy, and unique!! We love it! 

I am an abstract expressionist so my style is free flowing. I do not get bogged down in the minute details of painting, but look at the big picture. Although the pieces take a while to complete I think they all reflect my impatience. The acrylic medium and tool I paint with really are reflective of my impatient nature.  Although the pieces may take a while to complete my painting process is fast.   I would love to paint small but my process just does not lend itself to small formats.  Painting large is my real passion.

We have a great selection of your abstract pieces in our showroom. Is this your primary style, or do you have other styles/mediums you use that we don’t show here at SummerHouse? 

I am always trying new processes and I feel my strokes and compositions have evolved over the past ten years.  So you never know I may have a new style on the horizon.  Lately I have incorporated linen textures to my canvases and this is something I am currently experimenting with.  In the past, I have painted koi fish and birds.  They are very specific to me and I do not paint the koi fish much anymore (painted them from 2006 – 2012).  I have done birds since 2012 when I retired the koi.  I think there are seven or eight bird paintings hanging in homes across the South. I do a couple of them a year.  It’s good to step away from the abstracts for a bit.

What is the most exciting design project you’ve ever gotten to be a part of?!

Gosh, the best part of my job is going in so many wonderful homes!!! However, my most exciting project was being asked to do Charley G’s restaurant in Lafayette. The restaurant was being remodeled and they wanted a more contemporary feel and used my art to convey that idea.  So all the artwork in the restaurant is mine.  That’s pretty cool.

What would you say inspires your work most?

My mood, music, and my love for beautiful things are the biggest influences on my paintings. Whether it is a beautiful horizon or a lovely home, those are the things that inspire me to create.  It is so humbling to see my work in the context of a beautiful room that has been artfully designed, either by the owner or interior designer. I have always had a passion for decorating so my work goes hand in hand with that.

What else do we need to know about you?!

I spent a month last summer living in an art colony on Nantucket Island. I have many funny stories from that experience.  I had a wonderful time and hope to do it again in the future.  Besides that, I love the beach, animals, tennis, novels by Jane Austen and the South!

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Many thanks to Lynn for allowing us to get to know her a little bit better! Stop by the showroom or check out our online shop to see more of Lynn’s work! It’s safe to say that we’re obsessed with her beautiful colors and style! 🙂

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Lovely Living

Lovely Living // interior design by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Many thanks to Inspiration Mississippi for sharing this beautiful space designed by our owner and lead designer Lisa Palmer! We love this living room (and the clients for whom it was designed!) and are thrilled to get to share it with you! Head on over to the Inspiration Mississippi blog to see more of what Lisa has to say about designing this cozy space…

Lovely Living // interior design by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lovely Living // interior design by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lovely Living // interior design by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Lovely Living // interior design by Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Thanks for stopping by today! And thank you again to Inspiration MS and to Adam + Alli for the pretty photos!

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Rathbuns’ Watch List Space Teaser!

As many of you know, Lisa has been selected to participate in the Rathbuns’ Watch List Event, which is part of the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival! She has been paired with chef John Lasater of Nashville’s Hattie B’s restaurant and together they are working on an incredible modern southern experience!

We asked Lisa about being paired with Chef Lasater and she emphasized the influence the South has had on both her design aesthetic and his culinary style. She is hoping that the fusion of his and her modern southern styles in two different areas of art, so to speak, “will make people feel relaxed but intrigued.”

We love the selections Lisa has made so far for their space. The colors, the one of a kind pieces… This is going to be so good! Here’s a sneak peek at the rendering and some of the design elements!

Sneak Peek at Interior Designer LIsa Palmer's space for the 2016 Rathbuns' Watch List event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sneak Peek at Interior Designer LIsa Palmer's space for the 2016 Rathbuns' Watch List event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Sneak Peek at Interior Designer LIsa Palmer's space for the 2016 Rathbuns' Watch List event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t that chartreuse divine?! We are in love.

We’ll have more photos from the actual space once the event has taken place! Can’t wait to show you… Stay tuned!

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Blog Feature on The Scout Guide Jackson

Happy Monday, friends!

We hope all of you had the best weekend! We sure had some pretty weather this weekend in the Jackson area, which of course made us want to spend as much time as we could outside!

We wanted to thank The Scout Guide Jackson for this lovely feature of our outdoor furniture on their blog! Click HERE to read the full story!

Have a beautiful Monday, and be sure to stop by the showroom soon! We have so many pretty new items that came over last week!

Cheers to a great week!

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Office Chic

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commercial spaces sometimes have a tendency to look very… well… Commercial! But when done correctly, it IS possible to take a blah space and turn it into something fantastic!

SummerHouse interior designer Todd Prince (who just left us to move back to California! We miss you already, Todd!) did an amazing job of taking the office of one of our favorite clients and turning it into a warm, inviting, and functional space! Take a peek!

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Commerical office design can be super chic! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We love the mid-century accents, that big fiddle leaf fig, and the beautiful black and white photography mixed with dark, stained pieces! We could definitely get used to having an office like that! 😉

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We hope your week is off to a great start!

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