Happy New Year!

Is 2010 really almost over?  This year has completely flown by! We at SummerHouse are looking forward to a fun and exciting 2011. We already have some fun events in the works! Stay tuned for details about our “For the Love of Art” event coming up in February, where we will feature several of our favorite artists and their amazing work.

For now, we thought we’d give you a little party planning inspiration so you can celebrate the change from 2010 to 2011 in style! Here are a few fun NYE decorating ideas for you!

While we are on the topic of parties, what is a party without a signature cocktail?! We found a couple of recipes that sounded pretty delicious.  Take your pick!! 🙂

We hope all of you have a very safe and happy new year!  Thanks to all of you for being so meaningful to us.  What would we do without all of you?!  Have a great holiday, and until next year….. CHEERS!

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Christmas Open House: A Success!

We had so much fun at the Christmas open house last Thursday!  We were glad that so many people were able to make it out!  Viking provided us with some really awesome baked brie and bite sized desserts, and the Madison Central Madrigals and RHS choir delivered some beautiful holiday music.  The horse and carriage rides (which guests were able to “buy” with a donation to CARA) got rave reviews from everyone we talked to!

Perhaps the things we were MOST excited about at the open house were our trunk shows!  Ann Taylor Duease, founder and designer for Adonis, brought her gorgeous handmade jewelry to show.  She ended up having a pretty successful night! 🙂 And our Jonathan Adler trunk show ended up being the most beautiful, colorful corner in the store! It is still set up if you were unable to come see it on Thursday.

Brittany was a great umbrella model!

We have already started working on ideas to make next year’s open house even better!! So you’ll have to be sure to come back!  Maybe by next year, we will have our new neighbors, Newk’s and Majestic Burger, up and running!

Hopefully this picture of our sweet (and HILARIOUS) carriage driver, Wayne, with a couple of our open house guests will make you smile on this chilly Monday!  If you didn’t get to meet Wayne this year, then you MUST come back next year…. If you have never talked to him, you are missing out!

Merry Christmas!

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New from Schumacher

Our fabulous Schumacher rep, Jim, stopped in last week to show us what’s new from them this season!   There were several fabrics we absolutely fell in love with.  Beth was able to pull together an entire project just from what he showed us!  We saw a lot of patterns, particularly florals, that we liked.  Here are a few:

Palampore Embroidery. Tobacco
Florentine Bargello. Olivine
Eastbury Manor Print. Tapestry
Cambourne. Honey
Avebury Floral Vine. Citrine
Rosegate Embroidered Print. Chartreuse
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Designer Spotlight: Meagan Burks

Meagan Burks

Meagan Burks, one of our amazing designers, is faced with design challenges on a regular basis (as most designers are!)  Where does she turn when she needs inspiration? Meagan has several designers, including Kelly Wearstler, Suzanne Kasler and Bobby McAlpine, whose styles really inspire her.  All of them have books that help refresh Meagan’s sometimes depleated creativity.

“First and foremost, Bobby McAlpine is an architect; and his new book, “The Home Within Us” is my favorite new architectural design book.  I have been an admirer of his architecture and interiors long before I knew he designed furniture.  The upholstery collection he designed for Lee Industries, one of our manufacturers, perfectly showcases his use of gracefully sculptural lines that are as timeless as they are unique.”

 

Slipcovered chair for LEE by Bobby McAlpine
Chair for LEE by Bobby McAlpine
Sofa for LEE Industries by Bobby McAlpine

In contrast to Bobby McAlpine, Meagan also finds inspiration from Kelly Wearstler.  Kelly Wearstler’s HUE is a reminder of how to properly incorporate daring color into interior design.  As The New Yorker so eloquently put it, Kelly is “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design.”

“You can always tell it’s a Kelly Wearstler room.  Her mix of pattern, color, and texture is so bold, but it always works.  What shows through in her interiors shows through in her textile designs.”

Faux Bois in Ocher Cream by Kelly Wearstler
Soro Velvet in Oro Bark by Kelly Wearstler
Ombre Maze in Saffron by Kelly Wearstler

Somewhere between the earthy, natural Bobby McAlpine and the bright, bold Kelly Wearstler falls Suzanne Kasler.  Her versatility is endless.

“Suzanne Kasler is known for her classically inspired rooms, soothing palettes, and casual elegance.  Her lighting fixtures bring Southern charm, European sensibility, and a respect for architectural details to her interiors.  Her work is polished and refined, yet casual, relaxed and effortless”

Suzanne describes her own style as “a fresh mix of continental flavor and classic style, emphasizing light, scale, and architectural elements of space, creating collected interiors.”   Her book, Inspired Interiors, beautifully showcases the mix that Suzanne is known for.

Thornton Floor Lamp by Suzanne Kasler
Garson Table Lamp by Suzanne Kasler
Quatrefoil Floor Lamp by Suzanne Kasler

Check back often for more Designer Spotlights!

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Sunshine!

27
AUGUST
2010

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

To help you get your weekend started off right, and to celebrate the beautiful weather we’ve had in the SummerHouse area lately, here are some sunny fabrics to keep your spirits lifted!

Do you have a favorite?  Have a great weekend!!

Sea Cloth Swell Buttercup

Donghia Carly Mustard
Donghia Carly Mustard
Nina Campbell Delphine
Nina Campbell Delphine
Studio Bon Sally Sun
Studio Bon Sally Sun
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A Visit with Virginia Weathersby

Virginia Weathersby

Lisa:   Virginia, darling…You and I have been working together for… how many years?

Virginia:   Well, let’s see, it’s about… Ten or eleven?

Lisa:   We did that corporate condo in Eastbrooke. That was one of the first jobs we worked on.  That would have been at least ten years ago.

Virginia:   Yeah, I’d say ’99.  Maybe ’98, but I think ‘99

Lisa:   Of course back then, and probably for years after that, everybody was doing much heavier finishes.

Virginia:   Yeah, more textured finishes.  Very, very old world-ish. More things like that.  Remember we did the stone blocks going up the staircase and I even glazed over that torn paper wallcovering that was already in there.  Then I made that white column look like old wood.

Lisa:   That’s right.  On the bar, she had that map of Italy, and you made it look like the map was sort of being uncovered.  That was really cool.  When we started out working together, we did a lot of glazes, although I was never into very heavy finishes at all.  How many glazed walls do you think you have done?

This design on the island really livened up this kitchen

Virginia:   A gazillion! That customer you had, we did that whole room with glaze.  We did that whole big, humongous room!  All the way up the staircase and everything.  My sister was petrified; she was praying the whole time I was up there because we had balanced ladders on top of paint cans… I will always remember that job.

Lisa:   Well now that the heavier finishes are behind us, at least for now, what do you see?   I think you see how technology is really playing into what you do.  Technology today… it’s almost like the Jetson’s or something in fabrics and faux leather. And I love the way you’re doing your laser… well, not laser, but photography…  Incorporating that…

Virginia:   Right, right.  There is just so much out there, it’s like every single day is a whole new challenge and a whole new way of looking at things and doing things.  Especially with the fabrics.  And hopefully we’ll be cutting our own patterns and everything else. So anybody that comes to me, if they have an idea or they’ve seen something, we can actually translate that and turn it into some kind of a wall finish or a fabric finish easily. So that is huge for us.

Lisa:   One thing that you do, and I have been doing a good bit of for years, because I always love details and having things so custom, is stenciling on fabric, stenciling on a pillow, on a wall, on the back of a chair, just making it so one of a kind and custom.  And I think you really enjoy that.

“That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.”

Virginia:   Oh yeah, I love it, I absolutely love it! The big wall stencil that we just recently did, that was the first negative stencil I’ve ever done. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed. We had it custom made and worked negatively on the wall. That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.  That’s why I love coming in SummerHouse.  I could just walk around for days going through all your wallpaper books and just seeing everything that is the latest and newest.  I love it!

The matte bronze finish on these cabinets is so beautiful!

Lisa:   You always tell me that when you look at my resource library it gives you inspiration, but of course I think a lot of people get inspired by what you do.  Sometimes a wall finish, or looking at some of your samples…  Just going into your studio and looking at all your samples on the wall, or your wood finishes… those will inspire me for a look.  Sometimes I’ll start with a wall finish or start with a wood finish.

Virginia:   And that is why we work together as well as we do, because you might have an idea, but it’s not something you and your customer can both like yet.  So by seeing something else and saying “what if we take this finish here and put it over there on that, or we change that to this color…” You have all these fabulous ideas, and all I have to do is try to translate. I’m just busy trying to make it all work!  Because I know the mechanics of how it all works, and I try to take what you see in your mind and make it happen over here on a finish.

Virgnina's first negative stencil was GORGEOUS! Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for the Lee Residence

Lisa:   I may have an idea about something but I don’t know actually how to get it done. So that’s why, as a designer, I like working with someone that has your experience, and your knowledge of materials and paint, and what it can actually do…. that’s how you know how to translate, which is cool.

Virginia:   The thing that makes it great is that you don’t know. So you have no parameters. So you say “what if we do this and this and this” which are usually things I’ve never thought of.

Lisa:   That may be stretching you!

Virginia:   Yeah, it does.  It makes me think, “Well, how can I do that? How can I accomplish that?”  So I love that part.  That actually happened to me today.  We have this, and we want to make it this, so how do we get there?  It’s always a challenge!  If you had told me 20 years ago that this is what I’d be doing, I probably would’ve told you that you’re out of your mind.

Lisa:   Did you start off thinking you were going to do wall finishes?

Virginia:   Well, I’m not sure exactly how it happened.  I went to school for design, I did that, then I stopped doing that, got married and did all those things that you do,  so I was on a break for years.  Then when it got time to go back to work, I had seen other peoples work and it interested me.  I went to the Manship house in college and I thought, “how did they make that marble look? How did they make that wood grain look?”  That stuck in my head.  I’ve always been more of a hands-on worker.  I am not comfortable in high heels, I am not comfortable in clothes that are super tight.  I like carrying around a ladder, you know. I’m much more hands on and really just love doing the work!

The stencil at the bottom of this drapery is also at the top on a smaller scale. Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for Strange Residence
Lisa:   Well I think what you’ve brought to our area, you know, is pretty remarkable.  I think you’re just one of the best. EVER.  So do you ever have people say that they are tired of this? What you do? Is it kind of going out of style?

Virginia:   No, no!  It can’t!  It never will! Its been around for ten THOUSAND years. People were doing this in Egypt on cave walls.  Its been going on it Italy forever, a gazillion years ago.  Does it change? Yeah, it changes all the time.

Lisa:   The modern finishes you are doing now are pretty remarkable.

Virginia:   Oh, I love it.  I love the sleekness of it. I love the patterns.  I was so glad to hear wallpapers were coming back because it made me get up and work that much harder.  I will not be defeated by wallpaper! I just love it!

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