Before & After: Kitchen Update Plus Some!


Today’s Before and After is outstanding! Designer Lindsey Townsend completed a project a couple of months ago that we’re very excited to tell you about.

We’ve been calling this project “The Kansas Kitchen,” although it’s more than just the kitchen! It also included a powder room and a laundry room/butler’s pantry. The transformation is remarkable!

The homeowner is originally from Mississippi but has lived in Kansas the past couple of years, so she was familiar with SummerHouse. After following us for a while on social media, she turned to us for the long-distance project! After a preliminary meeting at SummerHouse, Lindsey took a trip to Kansas to measure the space (there were no house plans!) and take pictures. They met in person two more times, and the rest was done via phone calls and email! Isn’t technology amazing??

The black and white pictures will give you an idea of what the spaces looked like before Lindsey got in on the project. Let’s start with the main room…

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Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend

 Lindsey said the client was a joy to work with because she already had an idea of what she wanted. She had been collecting magazine pages and pinning photos on Pinterest, so Lindsey was able to get a real sense of the style this client wanted to achieve.

The client wanted something lighter, brighter, and simply more functional. She wanted to get rid of the Santa Fe-esque medallion behind her cooktop and open up what was somewhat of a crowded space with only eight foot ceilings. The home is a bit older, built in the 1960’s, so the floor plan was rather choppy.

After knocking out a few walls and moving things around, Lindsey was able to open things up, make the space seem bigger, and bring a lot more life and personality in to the rooms.

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

One of Lindsey’s favorite parts of the kitchen is the island. She modeled it after a piece of furniture that she and the client both loved, pictured below. They picked out the quartzite island top together while Lindsey was in Kansas, but many of the other materials were bought locally in Jackson then drop-shipped to the home in Kansas.

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Kitchen | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouseThe finish on the base of the island is the result of a multi-step process of staining and white washing. It turned out perfectly, and brings in a rustic element, which the client wanted.

Another way Lindsey created the illusion of taller ceilings was by choosing ceiling mount light fixtures. She also took the backsplash behind the cooktop all the way up to the ceiling, which made things seem more open. “I did a lot of research because I’d never worked with such low ceilings before,” Lindsey said.

Off of the kitchen is the laundry room, which is now also used as a butler’s pantry as well.

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Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

After adding shelving at one end of the laundry room, a door on a hinge would’ve been cumbersome, so the sliding door was perfect for this spot, and a great way to save space. It also added to the style of the kitchen.

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Lindsey used the same quartz here that she used on the perimiter countertops in the kitchen, as well as the same backsplash and paint colors, making the flow into the laundry room seamless. (The paint colors, by the way, are Smoke Embers and Simply White, both by Benjamin Moore.)

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

The powder room was also in need of an update, so Lindsey used a remnant piece of quartzite from the island, painted the sink base, and wallpapered with the always gorgeous Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis pattern in charcoal.

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Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

Before and After | Kansas Home | Designer Lindsey Townsend at SummerHouse

“The whole thing with this client was getting more function and more storage because she has a large family,” said Lindsey. “She also wanted to incorporate more of a SummerHouse-y feel into her home (which was predominately filled with dark woods and finishes) without any of the update feeling out of place with the style of the rest of her home.”

We love how it turned out, and most importantly, the client is very happy with the result, too, which is the best news of all!

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New Eastover Interior Added To The Website!


We’ve recently updated our Interiors section on the website! Have you seen? You may remember a post from a couple of weeks ago about photographer James Patterson taking some pretty pics of a beautiful home Lisa completed recently. It’s a older home with may of the original surfaces kept in tact. This house even has plaster walls!

Here are a few of the money shots from Patterson’s shoot:


SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

Isn’t this home BEAUTIFUL?! The colors in each room, although very different from room to room, are all so inviting! And the fact that these particular clients are so darn nice makes their home that much prettier! 🙂

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Introducing Taylor Collection

Taylor Collection is the newest women’s boutique in Madison, and it is a MUST visit! Not only do they have beautiful clothes, jewelry, and accessories, but their interior is pretty phenomenal as well! SummerHouse designer Meagan Burks helped store owner Leigh Jernigan in the design of the space from start to finish. The result is beautiful, and Leigh and Meagan could not be happier!

Taylor Collection is located on historic Main Street in Madison right next to Persnickety. Here a few pictures of the beautiful outcome…

When we asked Leigh to tell us a little about the space and about how she and Meagan worked together, she said, “My vision for the store was a space all about comfortable, elegance. When I first decided on this space, I was very worried about transforming it into my dream. It was older and dated, and honestly it was a challenge. When I brought Meagan in, she immediately understood my vision for the store. Since the building is older, we felt like an ultra modern look would seem odd in a more historical building. She was able to add the elegance and sophistication necessary while maintaining the building’s integrity. I could not be happier with the end result. – a side note: Michael Flesher of Tri County Homes was the contractor- he was excellent and kept the project on time!”

When we asked Meagan to tell us a little bit about the project, she said, “I had so much fun helping Leigh create Taylor Collection.  We wanted the design to play up the historic Madison building while also making the store feel fresh and new.  To do this we incorporated an antique bench and armoire along with custom made shelving and hanging racks to display the clothes.  I think the store is so chic and elegant, but everything really came together when the merchandise started coming in and filling the racks.  It is a beautiful store with really beautiful clothes!”

“I am hoping the store provides Madison with a contemporary boutique that allows both mothers and daughters to shop together. I hope to have a little something for everyone!” -Leigh

Be sure to meet Leigh when you go in. She is so much fun to talk to, and extremely helpful. Getting to know her will make you love her beautiful store even more! 🙂

As always, Rachel Kabukala did an amazing job of photographing the space. Thanks, Rachel, for the beautiful photos!! And congrats, Leigh, on your grand opening!!!

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Face Lift: Day 2

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!)

Hot Mess upstairs...

Elizabeth and Laurel refolding fabrics like there is no tomorrow!

After lots of TLC, the fabric library is looking much better!
Katie and KC weeding out lots of old books. We found one from 2004... WOW!

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!?

Hot Mess downstairs...

Hot Mess Part 2

Part of our new built in shelving unit! We are so excited about it!

The new built-ins!! Not painted yet, but looking beautiful nonetheless

The new wall stencil behind the front desk is looking AWESOME

The Modern Room is starting to take shape. SO exciting!

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! 🙂

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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!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

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:

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The Big Reveal


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.

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MSWe 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!

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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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