GET EXCITED! Our Summer Sale is going on now! Up to 40% off of TONS of things in our beautiful showroom! Come in today, buy it today, take it home today! (Or have it delivered in the next few days!) We’ve got some incredible deals that you need to come in and see with your own eyes… Us telling you about these deals is not good enough!
Rachel Kabukala, our favorite photographer, stopped in a couple of weeks ago to get a few shots of the store. Here is a small sampling of all the wonderful pictures she sent us!
As many of you know, we love Rue Magazine. Everything they put in their magaizne is brilliant. It may not be our style, but brilliant, nonetheless. In the most recent issue, we were taken with the Sunset Soiree! Here’s our take on a similar party, with local resources so you can get all you need right here in the Jackson area! 🙂
Here’s the party that has us so inspired…
1. INVITATIONS AND PRINTED MATERIALS
May we recommend enlisting the services of Cultigraphic Creative, a graphic design group started by a couple of native Jacksonians. They can do whatever you want! Here is a sample of their creative handiwork:
2. FLOWERS AND TABLE DECOR
We have a lot of beautiful, whimsy votives that would be perfect to scatter amongst flowers on your table. These from Roost, for example, are an all-time favorite amongst the SummerHouse girls!
Speaking of flowers… We are in love with Tulip Floral, located in the Duling School building over in Fondren. Here’s a small sample of the amazing stuff that Lesley can do!
3. FOOD AND DRINK!
What is a Southern summer party without petit fours? We happen to love what Primo’s has to offer in the petit four arena. They do them up right!
Champagne is another necessity at a summer party. Enjoyed by itself, or mixed with a fruit juice, chilled champagne makes any fun party just a teeny bit MORE fun! Calistoga Wine and Spirits, next door to SummerHouse, carries the Sophia Coppola one (complete with pink wrapper!)
Everyday Gourmet (also located just a couple of doors down from us!) has these beautiful, non-traditional Riedel champagne glasses available. How adorable are these?!
Now that we have invitations, decor, food and drinks nailed down, there is just one thing left we’d like to suggest! That would be…
4. THE PERFECT DRESS
This little beauty comes from Anthropologie. And it is called the Junebug dress… This is perfect for any hostess to wear. It would flatter any body type and it totally fits the theme of the party!
We are FINALLY getting a blog post up about this! We are just now recovered from all the fun we had! If you were here, you know what we’re talking about! DJ Young Venom played some pretty awesome tunes to set the backdrop for the evening. VIP Catering, Soulshine, and Hey Cupcake showed us their stuff with the wonderful food they provided, and Vintage Wine Market was able to give some education in Wine 101. We learned all about the whites: sweet vs. dry, bubbly vs. non-bubbly, what is good with spicy food and what is good with sweet food…. We could go on and on with all of our newfound knowledge!
In addition to the fabulous DJ, the amazing wine, and the to-die-for food, we had quite the stylish photo booth! Here are a few of our favorite staff pictures from “inside the booth:”
We would like to thank all of the wonderful businesses that contributed to our swag bags! All of our VIP’s enjoyed sifting through their prizes to see what local swag they would be walking away with! We had items from Millie D’s Yogurt Shop, Fusion Coffeehouse, Body Anew Medical Spa, Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, CoatTails, Broadstreet Baking Company, Metropolitan Bank, Crawford Eye Care, Jackson Free Press (of course), SummerHouse (of course, of course…), and several others! We think our VIP’s were well pleased! Here’s the proof 🙂
Lastly, but certainly not least, we would like to thank Anne Taylor Duease for coming out and showcasing all of her beautiful Adonis jewelry. A few of us walked away with some brand new bling, and we’re so excited about it! Anne Taylor is so much fun to hang out with– we love when she gets to come around!!
SHOP LOCAL SOCIAL was such a great success, that we are talking about doing it more often! Maybe quarterly, maybe twice a year…. What do you think we should do?! We wanted to give one more “thank you” to Jackson Free Press for all the hard work they put into this event– it would not have happened without you guys!! We look forward to next time! 🙂
Happy Thursday! This day is finally here… We’ve been anticipating this event for so long! 🙂 Just a little recap of what’s going on this evening at SHOP LOCAL SOCIAL:
The party will be from 5:00 to 8:30 at SummerHouse. VIP Catering and Soulshine are providing the food. Vintage Wine Market is providing the wine. Swag bags for our 25 VIP’s filled with goodies from our favorite local shops, but if you’re not a VIP, no worries! We’ll be giving away a REALLY good door prize! We’ll have a photo booth with photographer Byron Wilkes snapping some fun pics while DJ Young Venom is mixing some groovy tunes. Speaking of photo booth… We actually caught Brittany modeling one of the moustaches that came with our photo booth props! She is totally rocking this look, don’t you think?!
Anne Taylor Duease will be here with her beautiful jewelry on display for you to play with and take home with you! Last but not least… you’ll be able to take TWENTY percent off of your purchases tonight! (with a very few exclusions…)
Here is something you can take home with you for 20% off tonight:
We can’t wait to see all of you tonight in your party gear celebrating local shopping! Cheers!
We brought over a lot of great new inventory today! Marty and the guys did a great job (as always!) in getting the floor looking better than ever! Here are a few of the highlights….
Check out our newest ad, coming out in the next issue of VIP! We are in love Brown Jordan products, and Brian did an AMAZING job on this ad!
With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we wanted to share our favorite green-themed cocktail with you! Who doesn’t love a good mint mojito? This recipe will have others green with envy because you have the best drink in the group! Hey, maybe if they offer you a little green, you could make one for them?!
The Mean Green Mint Mojito
We are so excited to have recently been published in Portico Jackson Magazine! You may remember this room from a Behind the Scenes post we shared a few weeks ago! We hope to get this amazing recognition added to our website soon (after we get better images, of course!) We hope you have as much fun looking at this room as we had creating it! Enjoy…
Happy birthday to us,
Happy birthday to us,
Happy birthday to SummerHouse…..
Happy birthday to us!
March is our birthday month, and this year we are turning FIVE! It is hard to believe SummerHouse has been going strong for five whole years! It is actually older than that because Lisa had “Little SummerHouse,” as she likes to call it, in Fondren for years before moving to The Township in Ridgeland! What started out as a tiny, tiny shop with a shared resource library has grown into a beautiful showroom with a great big independent resource library! We love being out at the Township and have loved watching the steady development of the area around us.
Enough about SummerHouse… What do YOU get out of it being our birthday? Well, starting tomorrow (March 1), we will have markdowns on every piece of in-stock furniture and most accessories! In addition to amazing savings, we will have homemade gourmet cupcakes every Saturday! The cupcakes alone are worth a trip… Marty makes them using her secret recipe!
We hope to see you lots during the month of March! 🙂
We brought over LOTS of new stuff yesterday and today. Come check everything out! We have a long list of new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams things (including a great charcoal gray Chester grouping!), some new Hickory Chair, a few great new pieces from LEE Industries, some OLY… There are so many new things, it is hard to remember them all! Here are a few shots of what you have to look forward to next time you come to the store:
Marty worked hard all day yesterday getting the floor set up with all of our new stuff! We got in our first shipment of Hickory Chair and we are SO excited about it! It is all beautiful! We also got some new Ferguson Copeland, Mitchell Gold, and LEE! Check it out….
This morning we had so much fun with the ladies who are compiling the story for the next issue of Portico Jackson Magazine! Amanda Wells, a local journalist, and Daphne Nabors, local photographer, met us at our customers’ home to chat about design! Portico contacted us a couple of weeks ago requesting a green room to run in their March issue, so this is the first one that popped into mind! Then we started thinking…. “Do they mean eco-friendly green or the color green?” They did indeed mean the COLOR green, so we knew we had the perfect project for them to showcase! As Daphe worked her magic behind the lens, Amanda talked to Lisa and the homeowner about the purpose and concept behind the beautiful design. Here is a peek behind the scenes of the photo shoot. We can’t wait to see the finished project! 🙂
The art above the Clifton sectional is by Trevor, one of the many talented artists represented at View Gallery. His color palette and style are always so much fun!
All of the fabrics you see here (minus the Adler throw) can be easily spot cleaned with soap and water. How perfect for a kids’ hangout room, right?!
Such a fun color scheme! This makes us want to be a kid all over again…
The orange Mottega lamp adds so much to the space.
Fun Jonathan Adler accessories and books accent the whole room!
This entertainment console (and the bookshelf, not pictured) are from a very cool and modern company called Blu Dot. They make some great looking furniture!
Daphne and Lisa getting set up!
The past couple of days have been spent working on the showroom floor. We have many new pieces of furniture, new lamps, and new accessories that we’ve had fun working with! Here are a few shots of what we’ve been doing!
Is 2010 really almost over? This year has completely flown by! We at SummerHouse are looking forward to a fun and exciting 2011. We already have some fun events in the works! Stay tuned for details about our “For the Love of Art” event coming up in February, where we will feature several of our favorite artists and their amazing work.
For now, we thought we’d give you a little party planning inspiration so you can celebrate the change from 2010 to 2011 in style! Here are a few fun NYE decorating ideas for you!
While we are on the topic of parties, what is a party without a signature cocktail?! We found a couple of recipes that sounded pretty delicious. Take your pick!! 🙂
We hope all of you have a very safe and happy new year! Thanks to all of you for being so meaningful to us. What would we do without all of you?! Have a great holiday, and until next year….. CHEERS!
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!
Meet the newest member of the SummerHouse family: BrittanyIvy! Brittany is our new Jr. Designer/Design Assistant and is fitting right in! Not only is Brittany funny and extremely talented, but she is also very organized! On her first day, we overheard her saying “I can’t stand for anything to be messy.” Such sweet, sweet music to all of the designers’ ears… 🙂
We took a moment to ask Brit Brit a few questions. What a sweetheart she is!
How are you liking SummerHouse so far? What’s your favorite thing about working here?
I love working at SummerHouse! A few of my favorite things about working here are, 1) the people I work with! All the designers and employees are so friendly and inviting, and I think that makes all the difference in a workplace! 2) The thing I love about coming to work everyday is that I never know what task I will be faced with. Everyday is different and unique its own way.
What is your personal design style?
I would have to say that my personal design style would be more on the eclectic side – mixing the old with the new! I love shopping at antique and second-hand stores and finding unique original pieces and mixing it with new items and using what I already have!
What is your favorite place to find design inspiration? Magazines, blogs…?
I find inspiration from magazines such as Interior Design Magazine and ELLE Decor. Another inspiring place to find design are from the designers here at SummerHouse! Seeing all the projects that are going on around me are interesting and motivating! Each designer has their own personal style and its a great way to get to know each designer!
What is your favorite movie and why?
I would have to say of all the movies out there that Fried Green Tomatoes would have to be my favorite! Overall, the story is uplifting! I love that Evelyn gains independence by visiting Ninny and hearing the powerful story she has to tell. A few other movies I’ve enjoyed over the years are Forrest Gump, Little Miss Sunshine, and all of the Shrek movies!
What did you do over the weekend?!
Over the weekend you would have found me in Starkville, MS at the Mississippi State vs. Arkansas football game! Although the bulldogs couldn’t pull out a win for us in double overtime, I still had a great time visiting with friends!
What is something funny/unique about you?
I’m 25 years old and still sleep with my teddy bear and blankets.
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!!
Meagan Burks, one of our amazing designers, is faced with design challenges on a regular basis (as most designers are!) Where does she turn when she needs inspiration? Meagan has several designers, including Kelly Wearstler, Suzanne Kasler and Bobby McAlpine, whose styles really inspire her. All of them have books that help refresh Meagan’s sometimes depleated creativity.
“First and foremost, Bobby McAlpine is an architect; and his new book, “The Home Within Us” is my favorite new architectural design book. I have been an admirer of his architecture and interiors long before I knew he designed furniture. The upholstery collection he designed for Lee Industries, one of our manufacturers, perfectly showcases his use of gracefully sculptural lines that are as timeless as they are unique.”
In contrast to Bobby McAlpine, Meagan also finds inspiration from Kelly Wearstler. Kelly Wearstler’s HUE is a reminder of how to properly incorporate daring color into interior design. As The New Yorker so eloquently put it, Kelly is “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design.”
“You can always tell it’s a Kelly Wearstler room. Her mix of pattern, color, and texture is so bold, but it always works. What shows through in her interiors shows through in her textile designs.”
Somewhere between the earthy, natural Bobby McAlpine and the bright, bold Kelly Wearstler falls Suzanne Kasler. Her versatility is endless.
“Suzanne Kasler is known for her classically inspired rooms, soothing palettes, and casual elegance. Her lighting fixtures bring Southern charm, European sensibility, and a respect for architectural details to her interiors. Her work is polished and refined, yet casual, relaxed and effortless”
Suzanne describes her own style as “a fresh mix of continental flavor and classic style, emphasizing light, scale, and architectural elements of space, creating collected interiors.” Her book, Inspired Interiors, beautifully showcases the mix that Suzanne is known for.
Check back often for more Designer Spotlights!