The latest issue of Mississippi Magazine has a wonderful 10-page spread on the Designer Showhouse out at Chestnut Hill that our very own Lisa Palmer led the design on! Be sure to pick up a copy and read the story that starts on page 182!
Here’s a quick excerpt from the wonderful writeup!
“Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse in Ridgeland was chosen as lead designer. Palmer chose fundamentals– wall colors, flooring, and tile. She shares, “I received the plans about six months prior to building. I changed the plans up quite a bit by arching doorways, adding cypress beams, rounding corners instead of using casings in openings, adding flatboard to walls and ceilings to give it more of a cottage feel. I worked with Al Bruce on the front door and added shutters instead of sidelights. I used a lot of semi-transparent stains in different mixes to achieve a unique look.”
We hope you enjoy this story, and the rest of the issue, as much as we did!
They did a feature on Firefly Cottage at Chestnut Hill, the Designer Showhouse that Lisa led the design on from the ground up! Lisa assembled a team of the best designers in Jackson, who each took a room to put their own cottagey spin on. The house ended up being breath-taking! You can read all about it in this story! (See page 26)
While you’re flipping through the mag, don’t miss our beautiful ad!
We’ve got another fabulous Before + After for you guys today! Designer Elizabeth Gullett has successfully taken a room with great bones from lackluster to lust-worthy! Even though the finished product is fairly tonal, Elizabeth’s combination of textures makes this room amazingly interesting!
But before you can see this beautiful room, take a look at the BEFORE photos:
See? Pretty room, just in need of some help! And that’s where Elizabeth comes in…
The homeowner’s style is elegant, rustic, and classic. This is her formal living room so she wanted to put a little more elegance into this room, all while maintaining warm approachability. She wanted people to think, “Oh what a beautiful room,” but not be scared to sit in it.
“We mixed an elegant velvet on the sofa with a seagrass rug. The mirrored coffee table also adds another dressy element,” says Elizabeth.
But before any sample pulling began, Elizabeth found this gorgeous Carol Sneed painting, above the mantle, to use as her jumping off point. Elizabeth says, “We pulled the whole room together around this painting!”
Elizabeth wanted everything in this room to be classic, without anything trendy, so this room would be beautiful for years and years. She and the homeowner, however, did include some ikat pillows on the sofa since that’s one thing that can easily be switched out (should ikat go out of style anytime soon!)
Let’s take a quick inventory of textures in this space: Linen, silk, velvet, wood, glass, mirror, and seagrass. “Even though the colors are all pretty neutral, this room is super interesting because of all the texture,” Elizabeth says about this great, comfortable, elegant formal living room.
Have you been out to theChestnut Hill Designer Show House yet? If not, it’s okay! You still have until Sunday to make your way out to the beautiful Livingston area to tour Firefly Cottage (which is actually the very first house to go up in the Chestnut Hill development!) The house is gorgeous! Particularly the room by SummerHouse…
Did you know that, since Lisa was the lead designer, she was in charge of much more than just designing the family room (pictured above)?! She took the plans of this house and added her special touch, taking them from good to great. A few arches here, some killer finishes (both interior and exterior) there, custom hand railing going up the staircase, a fabulous kitchen… All Lisa!
Be sure to visit the Show House, then come back and tell us what you think! We don’t think you’ll be disappointed 😉
We’ve got another beautiful before and after to share with you! If you missed the B+A from earlier in the week, be sure to check it out!
This project is entitled Glenway Home on the Interiors section of the website. Here’s the before:
We asked Lisa to tell us a little bit about this space and what the client was looking for. Here’s what she said:
The client wanted a comfortable space for TV viewing and casual entertaining. She originally wanted to paint the stack stone fireplace but I was in love with it and thought it was just the texture interest the room needed. That really was my inspiration for the choosing the colors and finishes.
She purchased the 2 sofas from me years ago so we just made washable slipcovers for them. I also repurposed her large square coffee table. The size and shape were perfect, but it had a dark brown furniture finish that wouldn’t be right. So, I had it chalk painted and installed a Phillip Jeffries grasscloth quarter turned in 4 quadrants on the top. It turned out perfect!
All of the other elements of the space play into the natural, clean, earthy modern feel that the room turned out to have. The client and her family love it!
We’ve got a very inspiring BEFORE & AFTER to show today! It is amazing what a great design mind (which would be Lisa’s mind, to be precise!) and a few new things can do for a space!
All of these rooms are in the same house, and all of them turned out just beautifully! This particular client wanted to update her home, keeping some of her favorite pieces while adding some new ones. Take a look at these before and afters!
The rich new wall color, the lighter/brighter bed, bedding, and drapery, and the punchy pillow make SUCH a difference in this bedroom!
New wallpaper, a custom light fixture, a new buffet, and some updated accessories take this entry from drab to exciting and welcoming!
What a dramatic change! The updates Lisa did to this space opened up the room while simultaneously making it feel much warmer. Cleaner lines, simplification of pattern, and just an overall cleaned up new scheme make all the difference in this beautiful living area!
The client’s daughter actually painted the beautiful piece of art over the love seat, which was the starting point for the sunroom. The wall, the floor, and the furniture were all changed to bring this space into modern times! We love the deep turquoise chair and pillows that ground the space. Just gorgeous!
With all of our April High Point Market purchases rolling in and finding homes on our showroom floor, we feel like we have a brand new store! All of our new product is absolutely beautiful… We’re so excited about it ALL! Come by and see this stuff in person today! (Or as soon as you can get up here!) 🙂
Over the course of the next week or so, we’ll be featuring certain groups of new items, so stay tuned!
On Sunday, December 11th, Reunion (a neighborhood in Madison) hosted their annual Tour of Homes where people could buy tickets to view five beautiful homes all decorated for Christmas. This is something Reunion does each year to help raise money for various area charities chosen by the homeowners. We had the pleasure this year of helping one of our favorite families get their home ready for the tour. The charity this family chose to help was the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Take a look at their beautiful home, made even more beautiful with a little help from Marty and Melanie!
Lisa has helped this wonderful family with their home for years and years and has done a beautiful job, don’t you think?! The last two photos are of the most recently completed bedroom belonging to the family’s youngest daughter. It turned out so nicely!
*Thanks to our friend Rachel Kabukala for all of her gorgeous photographs!*
We hope you’re having a lovely holiday season so far! Can you believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve?!
Marty and team revamped the showroom last week and we’ve been dying to show you photos!! Sorry it’s taken us a couple of days to get these up! Take not of all the fabulous rug benches, new upholstery, new art, new pillows… Pretty much new EVERYTHING! We’ve got so many beautiful photos to show you that we’re breaking them into two posts. Here is PART ONE… 🙂
In honor of Halloween (which is only a couple of days away… How did it get here so fast!?), we’ve put together a small collection of Creepy Chic rooms, decorated with unconventional or just downright creepy art and accessories.
Skulls on the wall? Creepy art over the bed? (Maybe in the living room, yeah, but right over your head as you sleep at night? A little scary!) These designers know just how to incorporate these into a livable space without seeming terribly frightening! (Photos collected from Lonny and Rue)
A skull sits right there on the table between those two chairs. This family must not have any kids!
Not only does this artwork have a slightly scary flair to it, but that hand on the cocktail table could really creep a girl out!
Such a beautiful, serene room. Then you notice the eyeball in the piece of art on the right! Wow…
Skulls in the bookshelf
Skulls on the wall… This skull is actually pretty cool and funky!
Try falling asleep at night with this crazy lady hanging over your head…. NOOO THANK YOU!
Got some other good photos we could add to our collection? Post them on our Facebook wall and you just might win a fun prize! We wish you a Creepy Chic Halloween!! Be careful out there this weekend!
Designer Betsy Pevey and one of her favorite clients Marsha have been working together for over a year now pulling together a new look for her home. Here’s what Betsy has to say about the project:
Marsha wanted to do a total updated and fresh look. The last time she had decorated was about 11 years ago. She and I worked so great together. She did want to keep her area rug, so we softened the palette around the colorful rug which has teal, gold, sage and salmon in it. Some of the art was re-matted and reframed. She purchased some new art also. My favorite piece is the hide ottoman in the center of the living room which she uses as her cocktail table. Marsha is a wonderful client to work with. We are currently working on guest bedrooms and an upper landing area which serves as a small den.
Here are some before photos to give you an idea of what Marsha’s space looked like before…
Now here are the AFTER photos!
Beautiful job, Betsy! What a difference! We can’t wait to see the next phase of before and afters!
I think all of you know by now what suckers we are for a good online magazine. Today, the new High Gloss went live! High Gloss is not all interior like Rue and Lonny are, but they did get some GREAT interiors into this issue. The theme of this issue is L.A., so what you’re about to see is a peek into L.A. residential and commercial design. Pretty fabulous…
SummerHouse designer Elizabeth Gullett recently finished a project in Santa Rosa, Florida that we are all in love with! See what Elizabeth has to say about the challenges that the project presented and how she overcame those challenges. And check out these gorgeous photos!
I must say that this Santa Rosa Beach, Florida carriage house has been one of my most favorite projects yet. Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly! Right off the bat, Kay and I knew we were going to work great together. She’s as enthusiastic as I am, and there was so much to be excited about!
The Challenge: 1) To create a relaxing environment that was livable, fresh, and interesting, while easily accommodating guests ranging from grand-kids to business associates. One of the main issues we had to consider was the fact that this would be where Kay’s kids and grandkids stayed when they came to visit. So everything needed to be super durable, easy to clean, and all around super family friendly, with as much sleeping room as possible. 2) The carriage house needed to have a “chic” element about it as well, because (very fortunate) business associates and clients would be staying here occasionally. 3) The furnishings should direct attention outside toward the amazing views, and not steal it from them. 4) The carriage house should also flow smoothly from the main house (they are attached), and yet stand on it’s own two design feet.
The Solution: 1) This was accomplished with heavy duty fabric on a sleeper sofa, cleanable slipcovers on the chairs, and a darker wool rug downstairs. Wool is naturally stain-resistant, and the darker color makes it even more kid-friendly. The bar stools are made of a heavy-duty grey washed rattan – just wipe them clean! 2) A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house. The accessories-from classic, thick coffee table books to white coral on acrylic bases-add another layer of chic. The furniture is more rustic, while the accessories are more classic and elegant. 3) Furniture was arranged with each spectacular view as the focal point; every seat gets a good sightline to the ocean! 4) I chose a palette of crisp white, soothing greens and fresh blues- a classic beach palette, done in a slightly unexpected, dressier way. The blue was pulled from the main house, bringing a sense of cohesiveness.
“Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly!”
“A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house.”
The words we both kept using to describe the feeling we wanted for the house was “Non-beachy, beachy.” Sounds silly, but it fit. Clean, relaxed, sophisticated, and fresh, but with no wicker or “coastal” furniture to be found anywhere…a “different” type of beach house. Kay pretty much gave me free rein in the fabric and furnishing selection, and after the initial presentation didn’t change a thing. It was so affirming that she not only loved, but trusted, the entire vision!
Like I said, one of my most favorite projects yet. 🙂
Black and white is quite possibly the most timeless color combo of all time. In middle school art class, many of us learned that black is the absence of all color, and white is the presence of all color. They always say “opposites attract,” so that must be why this combination has so perfectly stood the test of time! Here are some rooms featuring the two tones that we find so captivating… Take a peek.
As per usual, we are obsessing over the new LonnyMag for this month… Have you seen it? We love the bright, summery spaces that dominate most of it. Perfect for… drumroll please… SUMMER! Here are a few of the items that we carry that made it into the mag. Come shop LonnyMag with us! 🙂
Once you have a minute to look at the newest issue, comment and tell us your favorite feature! We would love to know! 🙂