We have a new(ish) face up here that you need to get familiar with! Mackenzie is Lisa’s new assistant, but has been so busy since she started that we are just now getting around to her official introductory Q&A! I have loooved getting to know this pretty lady and I know you will too!
Tell us a little about you! Where you’re from, where you went to school, what you studied, about your family…
I’m originally from Byram and lived in the same sweet house that my parents still occupy until the day that I moved off for college. I grew up spending the weekends, if not entire summers, a little outside of Grenada at my grandparents’ home and our family land. This is the place that holds my heart and is where I run off to as often as possible.
I played competitive fast-pitch softball for as many years as I can remember and I also played in high school and junior college.
I graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design and spent the following summer interning in Washington, D.C. I eventually made the decision to return home and have since worked at a few different places in the Jackson area. I’ve gained incredible knowledge and skills from all of my previous work experiences and am happy to finally call SummerHouse my new home away from home!
I know there are probably 100 reasons why you love interior design, but can you give us one of the top reasons you love it?
To put it simply, THE DETAILS MATTER. I love and obsess over the many ways in which a space can function and make you feel. I firmly believe that the architectural details of a space and the pieces within it are not only a representation of who you are as an individual, but can bring forth a variety of emotions, often without realizing it.
What inspires your design-loving mind the most? A certain city, restaurant, book, website…?
So. Many. Things. First of all, Pinterest and Instagram are my two social media loves. A ton of the people and places I follow inspire me daily, both near and far. However, I’m a book addict and when there’s a little more time to spend, a good coffee table book will swallow me whole. Poetry of Place by Bobby McAlpine, The Nature of Home by Jeffrey Dungan, Library House by Thomas O’Brien and Château Life by Jane Webster are favorites, to name a few. And with all that being said, without a doubt, the English countryside is what makes my heart beat fast.
What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?
My ideal lazy weekend would consist of the following:
Waking up with no alarm and a little rain outside,
Reading, writing or drawing while eating a bagel for breakfast,
Organizing and cleaning the house with music playing in the background,
Splurging on a trip to the florist, farmers market or Barnes and Noble,
Cooking dinner on the grill and having cheesecake for dessert,
Watching a TV show or movie in the evening with a blanket and some candles lit,
Reading before falling asleep in freshly clean bed sheets,
And to top all that off, one day I hope to have my own garden to work in and enjoy.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why?
I believe that we should travel as often and to as many places as possible. My list is never-ending; however, Scotland is at the top. The Highlands, medieval castles, rugged mountains, coastlines, secret gardens, the Hogwarts Express, Outlander, and quite simply, the history and traditions are several of my reasons why.
If you could take home one item from the showroom floor for your own home, what would you take?!
This one is difficult because there are several pieces I’m obsessing over on our showroom floor at the moment. However, I’m going to have to go with the very thing I have absolutely loved since day one – The Currey & Company Clifford Table Lamp. It’s elegant and timeless and I dream of having one on either side of my bed one day.
How do you take your caffeine?
In true southern fashion – iced sweet tea!
What’s a little-known fact about you that people might be interested to hear?
For as long as I can remember, I have appreciated and been attracted to “old” things. During my time at MSU, I found that this interest was more formally known as Historic Preservation and I like to attribute my time spent in and around Washington, D.C. to the early stages of my constantly increasing love of all things East Coast and European. With crossed fingers, I’ll one day continue my education in this field through a master’s program and until then, I’ll read every book on the subject that I can.
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Mackenzie, you are a total gem! We love having you here and love all of the things you love! Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into you 🙂
Wishing everyone a wonderful week! XO, Laurel