We have something exciting going on around here!! All you need to do is read this flyer (see below), log on to Facebook and LIKE the SummerHouse page (found here), take pictures of your Christmas decorations, upload those pictures to facebook, and post them on our wall! We are DYING to see what your houses look like! Indulge us, please! 🙂
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.
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!
Well, we had an exciting weekend! SummerHouse was a participant in The Classic Bridal Showcase! It was our first bridal show and we had so much fun! We met some cool brides and some really amazing wedding vendors!
For those of you who may not know, we have a bridal registry! It is called Invest In Your Nest, and it is awesome. For details, go here: http://summerhousestyle.com/registry/. If you are a bride, or know of a newly engaged couple, let them know about our registry! We promise they will love it and find it to be VERY hassle-free and easy!
Here are a few shots from the show. The Mississippi Craft Center was a beautiful venue!
Mark your calendars! Thursday, December 2, will be the best Christmas Open House this area has ever seen! All of the wonderful merchants at The Township and all of the wonderful merchants at The Renaissance have decided to team up for CHRISTMAS AT COLONY PARK. From 5:00 to 8:00 on December 2, all businesses in both areas will stay open after hours. All of the businesses at The Township will be offering specials that night, and many businesses will also have drawings for you to participate in!
The part about this open house that we are MOST excited about is the carriage rides! We will have horse-drawn buggies giving tours of The Township! It will cost $10 or a bag of dog/cat food in order to be able to ride on the carriage. All proceeds of this will be donated to CARA animal shelter.
We will keep you updated on things as the date draws nearer. We are so excited, and hope you and your friends will all make plans to be here! Visit http://www.christmasatcolonypark.com/ to learn more!!
As we were perusing the new House Beautiful (which is SUCH a good issue) we came across these party tips. With the holidays (a.k.a. parties galore) right around the corner, we thought these “Do’s and Don’ts” were just too good not to share! Here are a few of our favorites!
Go grab the November issue of House Beautiful to see all 101 tips!
99. Don’t be afraid to set up a dinner table in an unconventional or not-the-usual spot for a more interesting dinner or lunch—in the library among the books, out on a porch. -Gil Schafer, Architect/Designer
51. Have beverages visible from the moment guests step in the door. -Matt and Ted Lee, Chefs/Cookbook Authors
35. Seat guests next to someone they know and someone they’d enjoy meeting. -Alex Papachristidis, Designer
85. You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls. -Cheryl Katz, Designer
8. Don’t come to a party empty-handed. -Jayne Michaels, Designer
22. Never, never, never run out of ice. -Bryan Batt, Actor/Shop Owner
94. Don’t move people around too much. If you move people off the dining table it can be sort of a cue to leave and can break up the conversations. -Michael S. Smith, Designer
49. No colored candles! Only ivory and white. -Jan Showers, Designer
55. Never use paper napkins. -Judi Roman, Shop owner
28. You should always have a cold bottle of bubbly stashed in your refrigerator in case friends drop by, and a bottle of something sparkly for nondrinkers. -Christopher Hirsheimer, Co-founder, Canal House Cooking
68. Stick your candles in the freezer for a couple of days prior to using them. The freezing will eliminate most of the messy dripped wax all over your furniture. -David Stark, Furniture/Textile Designer
9. Don’t try a new recipe at a party. -Tricia Foley, Designer/Author
Hey everyone! We are gearing up for the big event tonight! Hopefully all of you will be able to attend THE BIG REVEAL this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. We are really looking forward to it! The changes around here are pretty phenomenal, if we do say so ourselves 🙂
When you get here, be sure to register to win some door prizes! Many of our neighbors have been so generous to donate some items for us to give away. Here is what you have the chance to walk away with tonight:
1. A gift certificate from Kosmos for a 30 minute massage
2. A gift certificate from View Gallery
3. A bottle of wine from Calistoga Wine and Spirits
4. A gift card from Fusion Coffeehouse
5. A gift certificate for 3 facials from Faces
6. A gift basket from The Everyday Gourmet
7. A leather recliner from SummerHouse
Thanks also to Viking for catering the event! We know they will do a phenomenal job, as always. We are so thankful for our great neighbors! Below are the websites for all of them so you can find out a little more about them! SEE YALL TONIGHT!!
It has been a BUSY day! We have gotten so much great stuff done, upstairs and down! (For those of you who may not be familiar with our setup, we have our showroom downstairs and our offices upstairs. For the BIG REVEAL, we are going to have both downstairs AND upstairs on display! Guests have never been able to go upstairs at a party before, so we are working hard to get things presentable up here!)
Take a peek at what all has gone on downstairs! While we were rearranging furniture, we ended up needing to put some outside our back door. As luck would have it, the weather decided to change from very pretty to very nasty. So we had about 3 minutes to move LOTS of stuff inside… Thankfully, the only stuff that did get rained on was wrapped in plastic so there was no harm done. But how bout that for a quick jolt!?
There is a chance that this’ll be the last update until Tuesday… We will try to squeeze in one more but no promises!! Remeber to mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14! THE BIG REVEAL is going to be so much fun! Food and wine by Viking Cooking School, and lots of great donations for our drawing. Thanks to Calistoga Wine and Spirits, The Everyday Gourmet, View Gallery, Fusion Coffeehouse, Kosmos and Faces for all your support! 🙂
Welcome back from the weekend! We hope you had a great one!
We wanted to remind everyone that we are going to close this Thursday (Sept. 2) and will not re-open our doors until next Tuesday (Sept. 7) You are welcome to stop by and look in on our progress through the windows, but the store will be closed!
Be sure to go ahead and mark your calendars for THE BIG REVEAL party on Tuesday, Sept. 14! We will have a drawing for a beautiful leather Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chair, as well as some items donated by our fabulous neighboring businesses! And we would like to give a big thank you in advance to Viking Cooking School for catering the event!
Can’t wait to see you on September 14th! 🙂 To learn more about THE BIG REVEAL, check out last week’s blog post about it: https://alwayssummerblog.com/?p=758
Ok, it is officially time to announce our big news!
Since we are nearly 5 years old, which is 50 in design years, we have decided to get a little work done… We have reached the point where we are in need of a face lift! We are going to make a few little changes around the store that are going to make a big difference! With that being said, we are going to have to “disappear” for a few days.
We will close our doors late Wednesday night, September 1 after regular store hours and won’t re-open until the morning of Tuesday, September 7. During that time we will be working hard on our update! Our doors will be locked, but you will be welcome to come peek in the windows and check on our progress! We will frequently post pictures on the blog to keep you updated!
To celebrate our new look, we will have our BIG REVEAL on Tuesday evening, September 14 from 5-7 p.m. You, your friends and your family are all invited to join us as we celebrate our new look. Bubbles and bites will be catered by our wonderful neighbor, Viking Cooking School, and we will have a couple of drawings that you won’t want to miss!
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14 from 5-7 and be sure to bring friends! Please feel free to come in before we take our little hiatus so you will be able to fully appreciate everything once we re-open! We look forward to seeing you!
We recently hosted our first annual Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon, where we invited some of our favorite outside designers to come in for lunch and a presentation of all the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring Market intro’s! Michael Cantwell of MGBW did a fabulous job of preparing a slideshow with all the new products. Here is a quick look at what all went on…