Faces of Mississippi

Faces of Mississippi: SummerHouse

We are so proud of the people pictured in the photo below! Look for this page of Faces of Mississippi in the current issue of Mississippi Magazine when you get your hands on a copy. This hard working team is out to make homes in Mississippi (and beyond!) just a little more beautiful, all while delivering the highest quality of customer service.

And I can’t forget to mention all of the faces not included in this photo! The assistants, the managerial staff, the delivery team, the (ahem) social media… Ha! It takes a village to keep this place running!

Faces of Mississippi: SummerHouse

Perhaps the most important people who are not pictured are YOU GUYS! Thank y’all for the business, for the support, and for keeping us passionate about great design.

I think I speak for all of our staff when I say, we LOVE serving you! And thank you so much for choosing SummerHouse 🙂

I hope you have a fabulous day!

XO, Laurel

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SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

Here’s a quick dose of SummerHouse style from both of our locations. Our showrooms are looking extra fab right now, so I figured it was time to share the prettiness! Plus, if you’re anything like me, you could browse interior design photos all day, erryday. Enjoy! 🙂

SummerHouse Style

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See something you like? Stop in and see us 🙂

I hope you’ve had a fantastic week! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

XOXO! Laurel

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Arco Avenue Is Popping Up in Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Oxford people, SAVE THE DATE!

Our favorite shoe store, Arco Avenue, is popping up in our Oxford location for one day only: TUESDAY, MARCH 26TH! Arco Avenue has the most fabulous selection of beautiful shoes in a wonderful range of styles. It is absolutely my personal favorite shoe store, hands down. We are thrilled that Oxford will get to experience some Arco, too! And not only does Arco Avenue carry shoes, but gorgeous jewelry, apparel, and accessories as well. I know you’ll love what you find when you shop this pop-up on Tuesday!

Here’s a peek of some Arco gorgeousness…

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse OxfordOur whole team is so excited and I hope you are too! Be sure to follow us, SummerHouse Oxford, and Arco Avenue on Instagram to stay fully up to date!

See you beautiful people on Tuesday 🙂

XO, Laurel

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Meet Brandon

Hey, friends. How was your weekend? I had a great one celebrating my little girl’s third birthday (you can see my little b-day princess here!) and spending some time outside enjoying the pretty weather! I hope yours was equally as enjoyable! How bout those Patriots in the most boring Super Bowl ever? 😉 Ha! I’ll admit it– I’m totally here for the commercials and for the halftime show. No shame!

Brandon at SummerHouse Oxford So today, I want to introduce all of you to the newest face at SummerHouse Oxford! Meet Brandon Stafford. 🙂 Brandon is a precious soul who I have loved working alongside (via text) 😉 keeping up the social media and marketing! This guy is so smart and kind, and is doing an awesome job with SHOX’s instagram! (Check it out here)

Let’s get to my Q&A with him, shall we?

Start off by telling us a little about you!

I’m from Tupelo, MS and I went to Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. I graduated from Ole Miss in 2018 with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications. My family has a farm and we grow/raise soybeans, corn and cattle.

How did you become interested in the design world? 

I love drawing and playing with colors, so that’s what made me interesed in interior design. Also, I love coffee table books about interior design. I love seeing designers express their creatitvity.

Where (other than SummerHouse, of course!) do you find yourself most inspired when it comes to design?

There is a building in New York that inspires me every time I look at it and I find myself googling it all the time. 432 Park Ave. Its otherwise known as the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Because it’s a newer building, the building is controversial to many New Yorkers. Some people call it an eyesore because of the way it sticks out of the skyline. I think its beautiful and I love its large windows. I’ve watched so many videos about it and the views are incredible.  Also I previously worked as a florist and I love playing with design in that capacity.

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Why?

Beach or moutains? I prefer a beach that has mountains and my favorite beach is in Monteceito, California.

What’s your favorite local restaurant or bar and why?

My favorite restaurant in Oxford is Saint Leo because it reminds me of New York. The chefs are attentive to changing the menu often which means you can usually try something new. My favorite bar is the Summit balcony in the summer. Theres not better place to be.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be Africa. I would love to see the landscape and to ride an elephant.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend off?

My favorite way to spend my weekend off is with friends at the Summit balcony 🙂 or at any roof top bar for that matter.

What’s a little known fact about you that we might be interested to hear?!

One of my guilty pleasures is watching documentaries about cults. They are creepy and I have no desire to be in one in case you were worried. 😉 I just find them intreguing and scary.

What else do we need to know about Brandon? 🙂

I love to be helpful and feel that I’ve accomplished something. I love laughing and having fun and I love my goldendoodle, Sadie. I’m hoping to make BYODTW Day a thing. (Bring your own dog to work day)

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Thank you Brandon! I fully agree on the BYODTW Day! And I cannot wait to google 432 Park Ave.

Y’all be sure to stop into our Oxford shop next time you’re close and meet Brandon! He really is such a joy.
Thanks for dropping by Always Summer today. Hope your Monday is the best Monday possible! XO!!
Laurel
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A Local Love Affair in Oxford

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

Hey y’all! We have been quite energized over here at the SummerHouse (at both locations) because Lee Loves Local festivities are gearing up! We are hosting two separate events: One at our Ridgeland store, and one at our Oxford store! Today, I want to give y’all a little info about the Oxford event. More details about the Ridgeland event coming soon!

So first off, let’s talk about exactly what Lee Loves Local even is! I commonly hear the question, “Who is Lee?” Well, Lee is not actually a human. Lee is a company! One of our favorite upholstery brands, to be more specific! Lee Industries is a fabulous, American-made line of upholstery based in North Carolina and this company loves their local community so well. They are plugged in and very invested into the local culture of their community. This local love gives them so much energy and positivity that they wanted all of their dealers’ local communities to experience that same love and energy, hence the implementation of LEE LOVES LOCAL week. For one week every February, Lee dealers all over the country partner up with other local vendors to put on cool events. Since February is the month of love, it just seemed natural 😉

You can see more about our past Lee Loves Local events HERE!

So our LEE LOVES LOCAL events this year are entitled “A Local Love Affair.” Our Oxford love affair, happening on Saturday, February 9th, involves artist Chelsea Fly, a really cool garden shop called The Oil Shed, and a wildly talented cookie creator Sarah Hutto from The Cookie Canvas of Mississippi. (I linked each of their Instagrams– please go follow each! You’ll fall in love, I promise!) Each of these three vendors will have a booth set up in our Oxford store selling small pieces of art, cool succulent and floral arrangements, and beautiful cookies, respectively. We’ll have light bites, cocktails, live music, the whole nine. It’s going to be really fun! Oh, and most of the store will be 25% off, plus 20% off on Lee special orders! This is BIG!

Here’s an idea of what these fab companies will have for you on the 9th!

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A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

———- THE OIL SHED ———-

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

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I’m personally EXTREMELY obsessed with those Valentine piñata cookies that break open and reveal sprinkles! How freaking cute is that?! And of course, I’ve been a long time fan of Miss Chelsea Fly’s gorgeous work. And who doesn’t love a fresh floral or succulent arrangement in a non-cheesy valentine-y container?! So much goodness will go into this event!

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

We really hope to see y’all at this all day event. We’ll have giveaways, too, so you’ll definitely want to get in on those! Follow SummerHouse Oxford on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest, most up-to-date event info!

And check back in here in a few days for more info on the Ridgeland LEE LOVES LOCAL event! Can’t wait to share more about that! 😉

Y’all are awesome for stopping in. We love when you take time to visit! Many Xs and Os!
Laurel

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Hotty Toddy Pillow Party Recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

So the Hotty Toddy Pillow Party week before last at SummerHouse | Oxford was a TOTAL blast! I had the best time, and I know the rest of the staff in attendance did as well. Our guests absolutely loved Rebecca Vizard’s gorgeous pillows, stockings, and dog collars! It was all so beautiful. I can’t stop thinking about about the loveliness! We also celebrated Lisa’s birthday with the prettiest, most delicious little cake. Here are a few recap photos of all the fun!

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Our events are always so much fun, so next time we have a little (or big!) party in-store, you should really try to come! Huge thanks to B. Viz and her sweet daughter Sarah for all their hard work, beautiful things, and fun stories! We seriously all had a blast with you ladies! And next time you’re in the market for an exquisite pillow, let us help you find the perfect one from B.Viz. You’ll treasure it forever!

Hope you had a good weekend!

XO,
Laurel

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Hotty Toddy Pillow Party

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

What are you doing this Friday afternoon? Nothing so important that it can’t be rescheduled? GREAT! Then we would love for you to join us for a Hotty Toddy Pillow Party at SummerHouse | Oxford from 1:00 to 4:00 on Friday! I’m a Mississippi State fan, and I think I’m more excited about the Hotty Toddy Pillow Party than anybody! I mean, you have to admit, then name of the party is pretty darn clever even if you don’t pull for the team. Agreed?

So what is this pillow party all about, you ask? Well, Rebecca Vizard, friend of SummerHouse, designs these FANTASTIC pillows that are seriously so stunning that it’s hard to take in the exquisiteness. She does a couple of different types of pillows: Hand painted on linen, then crafted pillows with found materials. Each crafted pillow is one of a kind, is handmade, and uses materials that Rebecca personally sources from all over the world. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see lots of these all in one place. I promise you! The hand painted linen ones are stunning too, adorned with designs that Rebecca also created.

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

In addition to pillows, she will have dog collars and Christmas stockings! You’ve got to come see!

She has also written a book, Once Upon A Pillow, which she will be signing. These would make great gifts for any interior design lovers in your world. Why not get a jump start on Christmas shopping by taking home a handful of these?

We’ll have snacks, cocktails, and some great company, so please make plans to stop by. I can’t wait to meet you! See you 10/19 from 1-4!

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Oxford Country Club Project

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

We are so excited to share this newly photographed project with y’all today! Designer Elish Moon has worked diligently with this client and has turned this house into a stunning home. We love the simplicity and style. It could not be more welcoming! Take a look around… 🙂

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Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

Interior Design by Elish Moon // SummerHouse in Mississippi // alwayssummerblog.com

So pretty, Elish! We love all the beautiful detail. Especially in that last shot! 😉

Thank y’all for stopping in today! We hope you’re having an excellent week!

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Meet Our Oxford Intern!

We are so excited to introduce y’all to our fabulous summer intern at SummerHouse | Oxford today! Her name is Laura Ellis Royal (Laura Ellis is a double name) and she is just about the cutest thing in the world! Not only is she adorable, but she’s smart, is getting us extremely organized, and helping so much with presentations and deliveries. We love Laura Ellis and we think you will too! Get to know her with a little Q&A…

SummerHouse | Oxford Intern Laura Ellis Royal

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you go to school, about your major… All that fun stuff!

One could say that I grew up in three towns without moving. I was raised on a farm in Midnight, went to church in Belzoni and went to school in Yazoo City. Now I go to Ole Miss and my major is Integrated Marketing Communications, better known as IMC. IMC prepares students in areas of advertising, social media, sales promotion, graphic design, public relations, etc. –all to create a consistent message to consumers.

What is your favorite thing about SummerHouse?

My favorite thing about SummerHouse is of course the furniture and all-around style, but I also love the ladies that work there. They have been so kind in taking me in as one of their own and stepping back for a moment to teach me various things.

Is there any piece on the showroom floor that you would take home tomorrow if you could?

There’s a light pink linen settee and an oatmeal sofa that I really like. But if I had to choose just one, I would choose the settee.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in the past 365 days?

Last August I went to my first John Mayer concert, and it was pretty life changing. He is even better live than on the tracks. I highly recommend going to a John Mayer concert if you have never been to one.

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?

My favorite restaurant definitely depends on the meal. When I’m not found eating at the sorority house, I enjoy McEwen’s or Proud Larry’s for Sunday brunch and El Agave when in the mood for some good Mexican food. Also, Jinsei and Saint Leo are great for a nice dinner with the girlfriends while keeping within the college budget.

How long would you say you’ve been interested in Interior Design?

I have loved design ever since I was a little girl. I remember drawing my dream home, measuring all the furniture and ceilings at my house for fun, and rearranging my bedroom often. Interior Design felt like just a farfetched dream until my sophomore year of college, when I spent my spring break at a luxury staging and interior design company in Greenwich, Connecticut. There I began to realize I really might want to be part of this world of interiors.

What is the best movie you’ve seen lately and why?

I recently watched a Woody Allen film called Café Society, and it was so good I had to watch it again. The music, interiors, fashion and scenery just swept me off my feet.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go and why?

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, assuming I’ll have all the money in the world in this beautiful fantasy, I would visit Monaco or Paris and the south of France. Monaco has intrigued me ever since I first watched a documentary on Grace Kelly, called Grace of Monaco. Paris is somewhere I have been before but I really need to go back. Parisian architecture takes my breath away, as well as classic French interiors (not Baroque). And if I’m already in France, I might as well go antiquing, right? And then of course visit a few vineyards and the French Riviera.

Where have you been recently where you found yourself most inspired by the design around you? Tell us about this place!

In January I had the privilege of going on a short trip to Manhattan. There I discovered the grandeur of the ceilings and chandeliers of Grand Central Station. Manhattan in general is an unbelievable place to me, and I’ve always dreamed of living there. There’s something really romantic to me about New York City amidst its busy culture. More locally, in the Lyceum at Ole Miss, the Zuber Views of North America woodblock wallpaper never fails to impress me. Sometimes I sit in the Zuber room between classes just to admire it.

How do you take your caffeine?

I hardly ever drink caffeine! When I do, it’s in the afternoon and it’s hot tea, sweet tea, or Coke.

What else do we need to know about you?!

I like a little bit of every interior style, but my favorite is Traditional French. I also have a deep appreciation of fine antiques no matter their movement or period. Here I will say I don’t believe in decorative plates, but I respect those who do.

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Thank you so much Laura Ellis! Love it all! Y’all be sure to stop by and meet her next time you’re close to SummerHouse | Oxford.

Thank you for dropping in today. We hope you had a great weekend!

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Lately At SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

Our Oxford showroom is looking better than ever with lots of new arrivals! If you haven’t been by in person lately, we highly encourage you to make a stop in next time you’re in Oxford. We promise you will not be sorry! Furniture, original art, gifts, accessories, lighting, and so much more await you!

Have a quick look around to see what you can get excited about seeing next time you go in…

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

In addition to all of the fabulous items you see in these photos, we offer incredible design services! Our staff of trained interior designers know how to work within budgets, on projects of any scale, and love helping turn houses into homes. Stop in or give our Oxford shop a call to discuss your interior design needs!

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Eagle Cove Project in Oxford

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

We’ve added a brand new home to our project site, and it could not be more beautiful! This Oxford abode, designed by Lisa Palmer, is crisp, comfortable, and chic. Here are a few photos of the beautiful home. See ALL of the photos here!

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Eagle Cove in Oxford // design by SummerHouse's Lisa Palmer // interior design

Isn’t it the prettiest home?! We love every single room!

See the full project here. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed! 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by today! We appreciate it so much!

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SummerHouse Oxford Showroom Update

Places to shop in Oxford, MS: SummerHouse

Our Oxford showroom sure is looking extra pretty these days! Although some of this art work has already made its way back to VIEW GALLERY in Jackson, we still think you’ll be ultra inspired by what you see! Be sure to stop in and see us next time you’re on The Square!

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SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Feel free to ask us any questions about anything you see! Or better yet, go check it all out for yourself in person (plus lots more!) 🙂

For more SummerHouse | Oxford love, be sure to follow them on instagram! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you’re having an amazing day! XO!

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Lee Loves Local Vendor Spotlight: WithCo Cocktails

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are absolutely thrilled to have the brand WithCo Cocktails joining us THIS COMING SATURDAY (2/10) at our Lee Loves Local event in Oxford!

WithCo is an incredible, brand new Nashville-based company whose passion is for beautifully crafted cocktails and community. WithCo is an abbreviation of “With Company,” which is what their mission is: to make it easier for you to spend time with your company over a lovely drink. They don’t want you to have to fool with squeezing lemons, muddling herbs, and measuring out juices. So they’ve done all the legwork for you. They use all fresh, natural ingredients to make their three different cocktail mixes. All you have to do is add your booze of choice, add ice, and sit down with your company for a craft cocktail that took 30 seconds to make.

Not only are the cocktails delicious, but their packaging is beautiful. And, the people behind the brand are just really cool people.

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

WithCo Cocktails at SummerHouse's Lee Loves Local event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Come experience WithCo cocktails this Saturday at SummerHouse Oxford while browsing art from VIEW GALLERY, getting a signed copy of 30A Living by Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp, and getting to know the brand LEE Industries a bit better!

Stay tuned as the week goes on for more on our other event affiliates!

We can’t wait to see you Saturday!

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Q&A With Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

We are so excited to have Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun join the SummerHouse team in our Oxford location! Jenni is so much fun, is beyond talented, and keeps us laughing! We are thankful to have her as a part of our family. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know her just as much as we have!

SummerHouse | Oxford Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little bit about your background?

I grew up across the south – North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. I spent lots of time with my grandparents in Columbia, MS learning everything from needlepoint (which eventually lead to sewing) to Canasta and of course, spoons!  I finished college at MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory. I fueled my creative side with all types of sewing projects and poured through books and magazines learning interior specialty sewing and loving it, often sewing into the wee hours of the morning. This love and ability has grown into a 20 year career in Interior Design.

I live on a farm in Pontotoc County with my husband, Benton, three children, three dogs, one crazy cat, two beautiful horses and five hens! Life is full and rewarding.

At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design?

Pretty early actually. One of my grandmothers always let us cousins decorate her house for Christmas and that was such a treat. She bought whatever “supplies” we wanted and we went to town with it! We even caught her piano on fire one year with a candle! Never even got in trouble, although I’m sure she was clenching her jaw!
She also fostered my love of sewing and fabrics.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?

I am really a homebody. I love being at home!

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?

I don’t really go to movies… They’re too loud! But I have been watching The Crown and Reign and loving both. Of course the costumes and drapery details are fantastic.

What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

I have lots of favorite restaurants because I don’t like to cook. My very favorites are the ones that get a “to go” order correct consistently! And have a pickup lane.

What is your favorite design publication? 

This oscillates between Veranda and Traditional Home. Such good publications. I have difficulty parting with back issues.

If Hollywood wanted to make a movie about you, what actress would you want playing you? Why?

Reese Witherspoon because she catches my attention. She is about my size (a.k.a. “short”) and she is already Southern.

Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

Absolutely because it is a part of a team. Also, positively: Lisa Palmer!

What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?

My favorite thing about being a designer is helping families and clients fall in love with their home and special keepsakes all over again.

Who is your favorite character on a TV show and why?

Loreli Gilmore. I SO relate!

What else do we need to know about you?

I am part time at SummerHouse and am primarily there on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, but will always make an appointment convenient for my client.

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Read more about Jenni and get her contact info here! Thank you so much, Jenni, for your time.   Thrilled to have you aboard!

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Oxford Showroom

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Has it been a little while since you’ve made your way to our Oxford location? Well, allow us to give you a little peek at what you have to look forward to next time you venture that direction! We’re in love with every single detail of the current showroom floor, and we think you will be, too! 🙂

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SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

See something you love? Give the Oxford shop a call! 662.234.8100

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a fantastic week!

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Meet Chad at SummerHouse | Oxford

We are thrilled to share the news that we have a couple of new designers at SummerHouse | Oxford! Chad Holman and Jenni Hilbun have officially joined the SHOX squad as Interior Designers, and Maddie Ertle (who you may remember from here) has moved on up to an Interior Designer position as well! Laurie Conway is still killing it as an Oxford designer so we just have a really great team going on up there!

Today, we want to introduce you to Chad! We conducted our usual Q&A with him to get to know him a little better. We think you’re going to love him as much as we do!

SummerHouse Oxford Interior Designer Chad Holman // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little bit about your background? Where you grew up, where you went to school, family, etc…?

I spent most of my formative years in Holly Springs MS where I attended Marshall Academy. After Highschool I attended Memphis College of Art. I am married and in the process of fostering 2 girls. The youngest is one and the oldest is two.

At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design? Elaborate just a tad!

I realized I wanted to be an interior designer at a young age. I remember being no older than ten and much to my parents’ dismay rearranging the living room when no one was around. It has always been my passion. I had no choice in the matter. This is the profession I was born to do.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go? Why?

I have a severe wanderlust for India. I have traveled extensively, and this is one place that I have always wanted to go but never had the chance. I want to explore the cuisine, culture, landscapes, etc… I imagine its streets lined with spice markets, exotic flowers, and gorgeous textiles… Heaven!

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?

The Shape of Water – It was visually stunning!

What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

It has to be City Grocery. I love it for the shrimp and grits. Why else?

What is your favorite design publication? 

I love Architectural Digest and Elle Décor. You will always find these on my coffee table at home. I also love Dwell and Paper magazine. I am always scouring the web for great design blogs. Two of my favorites are Apartment34.com and Yellowtrace.com.au.

Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

Its reputation! I love being a part of such a talented and established team of designers with a design firm with as many accolades as SummerHouse.

What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?

I love being able to increase the quality of peoples lives. The spaces we live in are a direct reflection of us. Knowing that I create spaces that give my clients a sense of pride or a beautiful calming place to retreat to after a long day makes me happy. It makes all the long hours and hard work completely worth it.

Who is your favorite character on a TV show OR who is your favorite TV personality and why?

What else do we need to know about you?

I feel that the relationship between designer and client is a close one. We are invited into their homes and is some cases become part of the extended “family”. Because of these relationships I love to put something in every room I design that makes the client laugh or at least brings a smile to their face when they see it. This can be something small and inconspicuous. Most of the time its an inside joke between the client and myself. Many people get caught up in the serious aspects of design. I always try to take the time to step back and remember to have fun. I believe it shows in the finished design.

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Thank you so much for your time, Chad! It’s a pleasure having you on board. 🙂

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Lauren Barksdale Art Show in Oxford

Lauren Barksdale coming to SummerHouse | Oxford

We are so excited about an upcoming event we’re hosting in Oxford! One of our favorite artists, Lauren Barksdale Hill, will be at SummerHouse | Oxford on Friday, October 20th! This is the day before the Ole Miss and LSU game, so we know tons of you will be in town looking for something fun to do! We’ll have light bites and a few drinks from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., although the actual show will be all day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!)

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren will have some of her classics, like abstracts, birds, and cotton, plus several Oxford-focused pieces! We think you’ll love what she’s working on… Get excited!

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

Lauren Barksdale Hill Art Show at SummerHouse | Oxford on 10/20

We hope to see you on 10/20. And of course we’d love to see you before then, too!

Thanks for stopping by today! We love when you take the time to check in 🙂 Have a great rest of your week!

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A Few Moments With Artist Carol Sneed

We recently got the opportunity to chat with local artist Carol Sneed about her work, her family, her inspirations, and how she got into art in the first place! Keep reading to find out more about this talented woman whose work we could not adore any more!


Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little about yourself? Where you’re from, about your family, how you like to spend a lazy weekend…

I am from Canton, MS. I met my husband, Bill, at Ole Miss, and we married after his first year of Medical School. After my graduation from The University of MS with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Houston in design, I practiced Interior Design in Jackson, MS.

We have one daughter, Katherine, who is married to Hunter Worley, and they live in Birmingham, AL.

On a lazy weekend, believe it or not, I like to get some painting in. It is therapy- sometimes, that is! I also like to read & practice sketching. If I am in the mountains where the summer weather is cool, I like to hike or bike.

How long have you been painting, and what got you into painting?

Well, my mother’s favorite piece from the fourth grade, a crayon & watercolor, entitled “Cotton Picking” still adorns her walls. My teacher entered it in an art contest and it won first place.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comI have been designing and painting a good deal of my life. At Ole Miss, I took art electives for fun. After Ole Miss graduation, I studied painting from a local instructor for fun. My fine Arts degree included every form of art. After retiring from Interior Design, I knew I had to focus my artistic energy in some direction, and painting was a natural creative outlet. I began sketching and painting seriously in 1999.

How do you describe your style?

That is a hard question! It may not have a name. ha! My goal, however, is to take what is complex and paint it simply. When painting abstractly and experimenting with different color combinations, I try to keep the composition fresh, spontaneous, and appearing effortless.

What do you most enjoy about creating art?

I love an eclectic mix. I enjoy creating art that is very much at home with antiques as well as contemporary pieces. I am always keeping “art for interior design” in mind, and I paint the types of pieces that I searched for to place in client’s spaces.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comWhat would you say inspires you most as an artist?

I love the inspiration I receive through travel- to drink it all in. There is nothing like being there to capture the essence of the place. My city scenes and Aspen landscapes are drawn as much from memory as through photo references and sketches. Matisse, Cézanne, Bonnard, and Monet are just a few of my current influences.

I am especially fascinated by nature as a whole, the most awesome masterpiece of all, created by the only perfect artist.

What else do we need to know about you?!

Every day is a gift, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do something I enjoy- and hopefully bring pleasure to other people.

View more of Carol’s work here:

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Shop these pieces plus many more HERE!

Big thanks to Carol for giving of her time so we could get to know her better! Next time you’re in Oxford, be sure to stop into SHOX so you can see her gorgeous work with your own eyes. Thanks for checking in with us today. We hope to see you soon!

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Oxford Arts Crawl

Make plans to join us tomorrow night for the Oxford Arts Crawl! This monthly event is always a lot of fun, so we’re excited to be participating this time! One of our favorite artists, Carol Sneed, just delivered lots of beautiful new pieces for us to show you at the event! Come enjoy a glass of wine with us and take in all the art you can stand! Of course, if you fall in love with a piece, you’re welcome to take it home with you!

Here’s a peek at some of Carol’s new pieces!

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

Carol Sneed art at SummerHouse in Oxford, MS

 >> See more of Carol Sneed’s work on the web store! <<

Oxford Arts Crawl at SummerHouse

We hope to see you out tomorrow night! 🙂

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Q&A With April Shelby Crowell

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.com

As you might have noticed from social media and from our web store, we have a new local potter represented at SummerHouse and we are EXCITED!

Our friend April Shelby Crowell, the mastermind behind A. Shelby Pottery, was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for us so we could all get to know her better! Lisa and Marty fell in love with her pottery at our Lee Loves Local event (along with Traditional Home Magazine, in which she was just featured!) and it’s been true love ever since. Let’s get on with our chat with April!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comTell us a little about yourself, please ma’am!

I grew up in Florence, MS with my parents and older brother. I’m really fond of that small town childhood!  I’ve always had a passion for the arts and my parents have always been super supportive of that. Now I live in Flowood with my husband, Jon Richard. He is the best encourager, and his let’s-make-it-happen attitude is one of my biggest inspirations. And we’re pretty obsessed with our dog, Potter. Yes, we named him after my profession!

How long have you been creating pottery?

I took my first pottery class in the first semester of my freshman year of college (2008), and seriously I was in love with it before class even started! I continued to take pottery classes all throughout college, graduated from Miss. State University in 2013 with a BFA, emphasis in ceramics, and have been making pottery on my own ever since!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat inspires your style? It’s so fun and different!

That’s a tough one because I’m inspired by so much.  Specifically, this Gold Collection came to life from my love for handmade, functional objects mixed with the simple, chic style I admire in interior design and home decor.  I feel like in our area when people think “pottery” they think “country” or “rustic.” While I do admire and appreciate that look, it just isn’t my personal style.  So I started to create these minimalist forms using a monotone color scheme. Even though I am my own worst critic, I really liked the pottery I was making so I just rolled with it!

April Shelby Crowell of A. Shelby Pottery via alwayssummerblog.comWhat is your favorite thing about creating pottery?

Again, so many inspirations and so many reasons why. I just love the whole process of working with my hands to make stuff. Anything, really! I just stick with clay most of the time! It’s crafty and challenging. Pottery is a long process so when products are finally complete it’s really quite satisfying!

What else do we need to know about you and your pottery?!

Recently someone told me, “I see your pottery when I walk into my living room and it just makes me so happy.” I don’t say that to sound boastful, I say it because that’s one of the many reasons I love doing what I do.  If my pottery makes someone happy then I’m happy too.  When you purchase a piece of A. Shelby Pottery you’re not just picking up any ordinary object off the shelf, you’re getting a piece of art that is very special to me because a lot of time and craftsmanship goes into each piece. I hope you enjoy my pottery just as much as I enjoy making it for you!

Thank you so much, April! Your work is inspiring and we are honored to carry it 🙂

Be sure to stop by either SummerHouse location to shop April’s work, or you can check some of it out on our web store!

We hope you’re having a great week!

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