Red, White, and *BLUE*

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

As the Fourth nears, I thought it would be fun to continue a loose tradition over here on Always Summer to post Red, White, and Blue inspired rooms about this time every year (or so.) In the past, I’ve posted photos of projects done by other designers. This year, I wanted to keep it “internal” and post pretty projects by our people! Since they are magnanimously talented, and all! 😉

As I was searching for pretty pictures to share, the majority of what I found was BLUE related, so today, let’s celebrate some blue, shall we?

Blue is the color of the sky and the sea, making me thankful of all the freedoms we have here in the USA. Blue is associated with depth and stability. And those who fight for our country definitely give us that. Many shades of blue are beneficial to the mind and the body, fostering a sense of calmness and serenity. So, as you can see, blue is a color worth celebrating!

Here is a roundup of blue I think you’ll enjoy. Feast your eyes!

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lindsey Townsend. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lindsey Townsend. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Elish Moon. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lindsey Townsend

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

SummerHouse Oxford Showroom

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Anna Goodson.

The importance of BLUE in Interior Design

Design by Lisa Palmer. Photo by Jean Allsopp.

I love ALL of those spaces! Blue is not only beautiful in design, but it serves such a great purpose in relaxing us and reminding us of freedom. So take in all the blue. And red and white while you’re at it. And have a very happy 4th!

As always, thanks for stopping by Always Summer. XO! Laurel

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Kimberly Moore Art

Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse

I am thrilled to share with you that we are now carrying the art of a fabulously talented artist, Kimberly Moore! All of us up here love her style and her eye, and we are honored to have her work adorning our Ridgeland showroom.

Let’s get to know Kimberly a bit better together, shall we?!

Laurel: Can you give us an overview of Kimberly in a nutshell! 🙂

Kimberly: I am married and have 3 children and a new grandchild! I grew up in South Florida, lived 18 years in Atlanta in my early 20s, then moved back to South Florida where I am now.

Laurel: Beautiful! South Florida is so pretty. So how would you describe your artistic style?

Kimberly: I would describe my style as abstract expressionism. I am heavily influenced by ancient Greek and Roman civilization and painters from the 1940s and 1950s.

Laurel: How cool! Now, I know from reading your About page that you draw from life experiences when you’re crafting your art. Can you tell us about a specific life experience and how it inspired a specific piece?

Kimberly: Sure! One of my favorite paintings came as a result of the impression left on me after I visited Pompeii. It was a profound experience for me and I find that images and markings rise to the surface of my conscience as I am painting based on such experiences.

Laurel: Very neat. I love that! I also read that you are open to doing commissioned pieces. Can you tell us about one of the most unique or commission requests you’ve ever received?! 

 Kimberly: I received a commission from a wonderful couple, one an interior designer and the other a graphic designer. Throughout the commission process I would send previews which they would critique with such incredible depth and understanding that they actually gave me a beautiful gift in allowing me to view and see my work in an objective way. I will be forever grateful to Keith and Jason!

Laurel: What a lovely way of viewing such process! I love that attitude, and I know you learned so much. Now let’s move on to how you finish these pieces… I notice that many of the frames used on your collage and ink pieces (and possibly some of your larger abstracts?!) appear to be vintage or found. Can you tell us about the significance of your framing?

Kimberly: I spend early weekend mornings scouring Estate Sales and Flea Markets looking for vintage frames. It is a leftover habit from my antiquing days. I have never lost the thrill of the hunt! I let the frame dictate the style of art I think is appropriate. 

Laurel: Well they are perfect and just give an extra element of uniqueness to your work. Now, what else do we need to know about Kimberly Moore Art? 🙂  

Kimberly: I spent the majority of my career in the Antique business and also was an Appraiser of Antiques and Vintage Goods which has definitely honed by eye. I am OBSESSED with Interior Design! I painted as long as I can remember but always for myself. I had been regularly doing the Scott Antique Show in Atlanta and my husband encouraged me to put a few of my paintings out for sale. I was so unsure of myself in the beginning that I signed my work ‘Lillian Howell’ which is my Grandmothers maiden name. (She is 97 and was thrilled to be known as an “artist”). My art was purchased by a number of very well known designers so I was encouraged to keep painting. I am so thrilled that people seem drawn to my art and now I paint full time (and sign my own name!)

Laurel: As you should! It’s absolutely stunning. I hope to have a piece of my own one of these days! 🙂 Well, I think that about wraps us up here. Thank you so much for your time, Kimberly. We love your work!!

Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse

Shop Kimberly’s work in our Ridgeland showroom, and be sure you follow her on Instagram where you can see even more of her pieces.

Thank you for popping in today. I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week! XO! -Laurel

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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

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

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SummerHouse Style

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SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

 

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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Showroom Refresh

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Hey there! I hope you’re having a good Tuesday so far! It may be a little bit gross outside here in Ridgeland, but things are looking beautiful and very un-gross 😉 inside our showroom right now!

We are getting ready for our Local Love Affair event tonight with Leontine Linens and y’all are in for a major treat if you are able to make it. Our Leontine rep just got to town and was showing us her samples and we all just about fell out from the gorgeousness. They offer embroidery and appliqué with both monograms and simple decorative edges and designs. It’s worth coming by to see with your own eyes!

In addition to Leontine’s prettiness, you’ll see our recently revamped showroom floor. Here’s a peek!

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Of course, there is so much more to see when you come visit in person!

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Ok, I really hope I get to see you tonight from 4 to 8 at SummerHouse in Ridgeland so we can oooh and aaah over all the Leontine while enjoying some bubbles together! I’m looking uber forward to it!

Chat soon! XO, Laurel

 

 

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Newness

Hey y’all, and happy Monday! After a two month maternity leave getting in all the snuggles with my new little dude (who we named Dempsey — he is amazing!), I’m back in the saddle up here at SummerHouse! When I walked into work this morning, the whole showroom looked brand new to me since I haven’t been here in, well, two months! I walked around picking out new favorites and just thinking (remembering) how refreshing that SummerHouse style is 🙂 Here are a few shots of pretty happenings on the showroom that I highly recommend you come and look at for yourself!

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

 

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Isn’t it all so beautiful!? I’m sure you can see why I’m glad to be back, despite the fact that I boo-hooed when I dropped Dempsey off at day care for his first day today! Thankfully his teachers tell me he’s having a great first day 🙂

I hope each of you had a fantastic holiday season and are gearing up to have a wonderful 2019! Thank y’all for reading today– you’re awesome!

XO, Laurel

 

 

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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… 🙂

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

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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A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event

Boy do we have some big news to share with y’all! In case you haven’t seen us mention it on our Instagram or Facebook over the past couple of weeks, we are teaming up with our friends at Noggins Organic Salon to put on a MAJOR runway event on July 19th! This event is going to be spectacular…

Our theme is A Midsummer Night, and it is going to be simply magical. But first, allow us to give you the basics!

Our friends at Noggins approached us asking if we’d be interested in partnering on a runway show. Of course we said yes! At our first meeting, we determined a theme: A Midsummer Night. Think flowers, fairy wings, organic style, lots of white, lots of natural, magic, glitter, delicate desserts, champagne, whimsy… With a bit of an avant-garde twist in the form of lots and lots of JEWELS.

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Without giving too much away, we are putting all of this on with the participation of several local boutiques and shops. This runway show will not only appeal to women, but to men and children as well, as we will have styles for the entire family represented on the catwalk! Row 10 Baby, HemlineBlithe & Vine, 4450, The Rogue, Sollberger’s, Beckham Jewelry, and Albrition’s Jewelry will present the looks. (Be sure you go and follow all of these businesses on Instagram– their accounts are linked above!– to keep up with all the fun!) Noggins Salon will do models’ hair and Galexie Glister will finish off the makeup looks.

Little Bluestem Farm will lend their floral talents and La Brioche is providing dainty desserts to make this event over the top beautiful. Y’all, we. cannot. WAIT.

Perhaps the most important thing about this evening is that all proceeds go to our friends at CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption.) We love the work that this shelter does in keeping pets of all kinds safe and healthy until they find their forever homes. Did you know that CARA runs solely on donations?! They absolutely cannot keep doing their work without community support, so we are asking that each guest give a minimum $15 donation at the door. This donation will get you one entry into a raffle drawing for several INCREDIBLE prizes: Gift cards to Arco Avenue, salon services from Noggins, services from SummerHouse, jewelry, a whitening treatment from Uptown Dental, and SO much more! Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at $10 each. Again, all money goes to CARA!

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A Midsummer Night's Runway Event // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(pictured above: our inspirational mood board for the event)

We will end with this piece of excitement: The first 20 guests to enter A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event will be gifted an incredible swag bag. Y’all will not believe the incredible donations that have been given to these swag bags! We won’t ruin the surprise, but we will tell you this: YOU WILL WANT ONE.

Start picking out your “summer fairy best” and make plans to join us at SummerHouse on July 19th at 7 p.m. for an event unlike any other to ever hit our area! Be sure to join the Facebook event to keep updated on all event news. We can’t wait to see you!

“Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.”  -A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4, Scene 1

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Coffee Table Styling Tips

If there is one thing we hear often as designers, it is about the difficulty of styling a coffee table. This is in fact a difficult feat if you don’t know what you’re doing! So we are here to help 🙂

We asked each of our designers to take their favorite coffee table on our showroom floors, clear it completely off, and style it as if it was their own. We feel very inspired by the tables they put together, and we picked up some helpful tips along the way! Have a look at each of their styles, then keep reading for a handful of style tricks and tips.

Rectangle burl wood coffee table styled by Design Assistant Camille Parker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round glass top coffee table styled by Interior Designer Maddie Ertle

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Wood and silver leaf coffee table styled by Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Two-tier glass and metal coffee table styled by Interior Designer Erin Baker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle shell coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round leather coffee table styled by Interior Designer Laurie Conway

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle concrete coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

Coffee Table Styling Tips

A few things to keep in mind when styling a coffee table:

  • Be sure to vary the heights of the accessories you add. This adds an incredible amount of interest.
  • Mixing old/rustic with modern/new can be fun, if this is in keeping with the style of the rest of the room.
  • Pick a simple color story and stick to it.
  • Add interest with a metallic accessory.
  • When in doubt, coffee table books.
  • Trays and boxes add organization, layering, and function. If your coffee table is an upholstered piece, a tray can also serve as a place to set a drink.
  • Is your coffee table in a room where guests tend to gather? Add a game, or a decanter and cocktail glasses, or an conversation piece from your recent travels. Let your coffee table make your job as a host just a little bit easier!

Here are a few more pretty shots from these styled tables. We hope you find some good inspiration! And please do not hesitate to call a designer for help! That is what we do! 😉

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Happy coffee table styling!

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Meet Jordan Carter!

Meet Jordan Carter // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe have a new face on our design team that we are so excited to introduce to y’all! Meet Jordan Carter, our newest interior design assistant! This girl is smart, organized, and super fun! So naturally, she fits right in up here 😉

We think you’ll enjoy getting to know Jordan as much as we have! Here’s our traditional Q&A with the newbie… 🙂

1. Tell us about yourself!

I feel blessed to have grown up in Daphne, Alabama, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. I loved growing up on the water and experiencing the scenic Alabama outdoors with family and friends.

I earned my degree in architecture from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and have worked in that field for five years. I recently decided to transition to interior design, and I am excited to begin this new chapter!

My husband and I moved to Jackson last year for his residency at UMMC. We have enjoyed getting acquainted with our new city and making our lovely house a home.

2. Tell us a little about how you became interested in design! Did you always know you loved design, or did you discover your interest some other way?

I have always known that I was interested in design. I remember my father and me touring houses that were under construction and I would tell him all about my design strategies. I would explain what each room would be and show him the way I would lay each room out.

3. What was your first impression of SummerHouse?

My first impression of SummerHouse was the charm. From the sweet southern women to the beautiful design of the showroom floor, I was immediately drawn to it all. To say I am excited to be working at SummerHouse is an understatement!

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Feel free to let us in on a snippet of your early bird or night owl routine! 🙂

I feel like I get asked this question a lot and I have decided that I am neither an early bird nor a night owl. I don’t drink coffee (Weird, I know.) so it takes me a little bit of time to wake up in mornings and I don’t like staying up too late. I am more of a middle of the day person so this job is perfect for me!

5. What is your favorite source of visual/design inspiration?

My favorite source of design inspiration is Instagram. A daily source of new, stylish designs are literally at your fingertips. The designers and brands you can follow are endless. I always find myself scrolling through Instagram when I have a minute of time to spare and bookmarking my favorite designs.

6. We’ve noticed you have great style! Where do you like to shop?

My favorite place to shop is in my mother’s closet! She has such great style and has dressed me my entire life. She has spoiled me so much that I don’t even like shopping without her. When I am in need of new clothes, Ann Taylor Loft is a go to since they have petite sizes for my 5’-2” frame.

7. If you could eat anything in the world for supper tonight, what would you eat?!

My favorite meal on earth has to be surf and turf. A filet mignon with a lobster tail on top is mouth watering good. There is nothing better than a meal from the land and sea!

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That Time Lisa Took Over Traditional Home’s Instagram

You may remember the three day span where our very own Lisa Palmer was solely in charge of Traditional Home’s instagram account!! She did such a good job that we wanted to commemorate those posts here on Always Summer. Each photo below is linked to the original Insta post, so feel free to click and give the post a like if you haven’t already! Many of the posts have even more photos than what we’re showing here, so you’re definitely going to want to flip through those if you haven’t already.

Lisa, we are so proud of the job you did! You showcased your work, our stores, our designers, the Jackson metro area, and Mississippi SO WELL!

Here are Lisa’s posts:

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Good morning, y’all! I’m @lpdesignlove of @shopsummerhousefrom the wonderful state of Mississippi. I am beyond thrilled to be taking over the Instagram account of @traditionalhomeand showing you around my beautiful city of Jackson, along with stories and anecdotes (I am a true southerner, after all) and giving you a glimpse into an interior designer’s busy life. I’ll even give you a taste of jazz and blues and Mississippi barbecue. Strap on your seatbelts… It’s gonna be a bumpy but enjoyable ride! #designertakeover

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey y’all! It’s me, @lpdesignlove, again for #designertakeover. How about lunch at one of my favorite spots in Jackson? @thepigandpint is barbecue at its best! And you can’t have bbq without pig! (and I’m jewish!) This joint is not for the vegans of the world, but, hey… We have that too! Here you gotta put the feed bag on ‘cause it is eatin’ time! There is a long standing feud about the greatest barbecue. From Mississippi to St. Louis to Memphis to Texas, we ALL think we have the best! But we in Mississippi know we have it locked! To all the interior designers out there, we have to stop and have a good lunch, right? This work is hard!

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey again! @lpdesignlove for the @traditionalhome#DesignerTakeover showing you one of my recent projects that sits in the center of Jackson, Mississippi in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It was a huge renovation for my client, as this Greek Revival home was built in 1950. The rooms were colorful and furnishings were full of pattern and fringes. #WeveAllBeenThere! It was time to make it their home! And… we are always tweaking and adding. That’s the beauty of having a great home, isn’t it? What is interesting about the property is, although it’s in an established neighborhood, my clients have the sweetest Amish chicken coop with live chickens and fresh eggs for their morning omelettes! They even have a couple of peacocks! There is a dog run, an underground knocked out wine cellar, and a small farm all on 8.2 acres. Swipe to see more of this beautiful home. #countrycometotown #alittleofbothworlds#theperfecthome

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

It’s @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse here again for #DesignerTakeover! Art is extremely personal AND important to the overall design of a room. I won’t show a client a piece of art for a space just because it looks good over the sofa. It has to evoke a positive emotional response. They have to LOVE their art. It also has to have the “feel” that I am trying to achieve for the space. I am very fortunate to have amazing art galleries to work with. Not only will I select art from the Jackson area, but just 3 hours south is New Orleans and just east are Birmingham and Atlanta! Here is a project I worked on that I literally built the design around my client’s FABulous art collection. Even the walls are works of art: A local artisan hand painted a lacquered strie in the dining room, and the hand painted stencil on the powder room wall was perfectly executed as far as scale and color palette.

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hey all you music lovers! It’s @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse for #DesignerTakeover. Although Interior Design is my number one gig, I’ve been performing on stages around the southeast as a jazz vocalist for over 25 years. To quote one of Mississippi’s greatest sons, B.B.King -“Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz, it’s like going on to college”. Mississippi is the true home of the blues and @HalandMals in Jackson is the venue to pop over to to get your jazz and blues fix. Tuesday night is Jazz night and musicians from all over sit in to hone their jazz skills. So, every Tuesday night is different. But that’s jazz. Did you know that Mississippi has more grammy winners than any other state?? Music is in our blood. As a jazz singer I can’t begin to count how many nights I’ve spent at Hal and Mal’s performing. Some of my best memories are within these walls. I think the microphone still has my lipstick stain! 💋#mississippimusic#mississippiculture

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Color is coming back! 💙 Hey again y’all! @lpdesignlovehijacking @traditionalhome for their #DesignerTakeover! Yesss… color IS back. Whether you love a room with lots of color or just pop your favorite color in an all white room, it always works. Don’t get me wrong… I love an all white room, if it is done correctly, but we have been in need of color for a while now. In this project, I had a client who loves any shade of blue. That is what makes her happy and that is what I did. From azure to cobalt, we incorporated her blue crush as much as possible… and she LOVES her home! Blue is a timeless color and you can use it with abandon! Swipe for more from this beautiful home. Photos by @jallsopp

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Welcome back @traditionalhome followers!! @lpdesignlove for TH’s #DesignerTakeover here! As the owner and principal designer of SummerHouse in Ridgeland and Oxford MS, I wear a LOT of hats! But the one hat I am most proud to wear is mentoring and working with my staff of 22, who frankly, are the hardest working people I know. 11 are Interior Designers and their design assistants. Their talent is extraordinary and they make me BEYOND proud. (Swipe for more photos of their work.) Our 8800 square foot Ridgeland showroom opened in 2006 and we just brought another SummerHouse to the super cool city of Oxford, MS in December of 2016. (Post about that coming soon!) Running this large operation takes a village for SURE! It just so happens our village is beautifully adorned with skilled, experienced, and wickedly talented individuals!

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hotty Toddy from Oxford, Mississippi!! @lpdesignlove in for #DesignerTakeover ‘bout to tell y’all a little bit about this place. A little over a year ago, I made the decision to put my second store location on the square in this quintessentially charming American town. What draws people from all over the world to Oxford? Maybe Ole Miss and tailgating in the grove (NOTHING like it!) Or it could be that it’s the literary center of the south, where Rowan Oak, (pictured) the home of William Faulkner so beautifully sits and more presently, ties to Willie Morris and John Grisham. Or maybe it’s the bars, five star hotels, restaurants and unique shops around the historic square. Or possibly John Currence, the James Beard award winning chef at @bigbadbreakfast and @citygroceryoxford. And you have to put Taylor Grocery on your bucket list! THE best catfish, hushpuppies, turnip greens and good ole bluegrass/gospel played by men as old as your grandpa! HYDR!

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Let’s talk about gorgeous areas to have al fresco dining! @Lpdesignlove for #DesignerTakeoverhere. There is nothing quite like a warm summer evening. It seriously is my favorite time of the day/year. Especially if you have this back of the house porch that overlooks a lake with a family of white swans! Y’all might recognize this house. This project was featured in the March/April @traditionalhome. I wanted to show you all a little bit more of the spectacular porch that my clients LOVE to relax on and have their evening meals with friends. It was really important for me to provide comfortable lounge seating, and always ample side tables to set drinks on. The large concrete dining table is not only functional, but with our humidity and pollen dust, it is easily cleanable. When my clients entertain, this is where most of the fun people hang out! || 📷: @jallsopp

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Hello again, TH readers! @Lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhouse for #DesignerTakeover here to tell you about one of Jackson, MIssissippi’s oldest and best corner cafes: the Mayflower Cafe. If anyone saw The Help, you might remember that Skeeter and Stuart had dinner here. They probably had the Redfish Jane or the Breaded Veal Cutlets with Tomato Gravy. Did you know that the director and writer of The Help are both from Mississippi? The coolest thing about this place is that dinner at The Mayflower on a Saturday night is a social event! You seriously run into EVERYONE you know. So… you better carve out enough time for conversation and fellowship and come hungry! #mississippi #themayflower || 📷: @nashker

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 Happy afternoon! @lpdesignlove from @shopsummerhousefor #DesignerTakeover! I’m dreaming of crawling into this bed after my incredibly busy day! Unfortunately it is not MY bedroom and I’m sure my client would be surprised if she saw me cutting Z’s in her guest room! This room was designed on a budget although it looks like a million bucks. The textural throw at the foot is from @potterybarn and even the paper pendant (which you can’t see in this photo, but you can see in the instastory!) was a super price. The only splurge is the silk velvet pillow on the bed. But… nothing else looks or FEELS like silk velvet! Some things are non-negotiable. 😃 || 📷: @agoodsonphoto

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Lisa Palmer takes over Traditional Home's Instagram // www.alwayssummerblog.com

@lpdesignlove signing off of TH’s #DesignerTakeover! I hope y’all have enjoyed hanging out with me this week and allowing me to show where and how this city and state have influenced me and my design aesthetic. I am honored to have Traditional Home feature this project on their cover of the March/April edition. THANK YOU for the support. I also feel that I have gained some really good friends. I might just miss this a little! 😢 But I have to get back to work! XXOO #socialmediaisafulltimejob#summerhousestyle

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What a fun takeover! Be sure to follow Lisa at @lpdesignlove, SummerHouse at @shopsummerhouse, and Traditional Home at @traditionalhome!

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So Much To Love

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesign

We are so thrilled for our owner and principal designer Lisa Palmer because…

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One of her projects is on the cover of TRADITIONAL HOME MAGAZINE!! This project is absolutely stunning. We adore these clients and thank them so much for allowing us the opportunity to work with them. Their trust in Lisa’s direction for their home was what made them the perfect clients. We love how inviting their beautiful abode is, and could not be more pleased with the photos by one of our favorite photographers, Jean AllsoppLisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #pinkbedroom #interiordesignHere is a peek at the pages behind that pretty pink cover that you’re definitely going to want to see in person.

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign

Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse has a project on the cover of Traditional Home! // www.alwayssummerblog.com // #interiordesign The story of the “before and after” of this home, written by Krissa Rossbund, is engaging and helps the design come to life! The staging team did a lovely job of adding beautiful little touches throughout to get each room perfectly camera ready. Great job to Lisa, Marty, Camille, Eleanor Roper, and everyone else on the team, both ours and Traditional Home’s, who made this project come together. And a huge thanks to our fabulous clients, the McGeowns!

Thank you so much for dropping in today. We hope you’re having a great week and a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Top 17 of 2017

It’s always fun for us to look back on the year and see what you guys responded most to. We love that you guys love our work– it makes what we do so rewarding!!

Here are our top 17 Instagram posts from 2017. Thanks for all the love!

(17) Happy neutrals!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(16) A very glam Christmas (as perfected by Katherine and Krystle!)

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(15) Lisa’s pretty space at the Atlanta Homes & Gardens Showhouse

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(14) A rare snow day in Mississippi!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(13) One of our favorite projects EVER! Lovely work, Lisa!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(12) Small changes making a big impact in this traditional space.

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(11) White makes us happy!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(10) The Ridgeland showroom looking pretty (as always!)

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(9) One of the most inviting family rooms we’ve done!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(8) Elish and Lisa sending off the soft goods, art, and accessories for an out of town project (which turned out beautifully without us ever stepping foot in this client’s home! See more from that project here.)

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(7) Everybody loves a rug ottoman!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(6) Such a pretty, dark, cozy room by Elish!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(5) Always wake up on the right side of the bed with this stunner!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(4) The oh-so-beautiful SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(3) Aaaand more from SummerHouse | Oxford!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(2) Katherine’s stunning outdoor living space that was featured in Social South Magazine

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(1) Lindsey’s last install of 2017. It is PERFECTION!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And that’s a wrap! Be sure to follow us on Instagram ( @shopsummerhouse ) and get in on the favorite-picking for next year! 🙂

Quick reminder that we will be closed Monday and Tuesday for New Years celebrations. See you Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by!!

Happy New Year from SummerHouse!

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Holiday Hours

With the holiday season officially upon us, we’ve already started making as many plans as we can! We wanted to share our holiday hours to help you make your shopping plans as well!

SummerHouse Holiday Schedule // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for Thanksgiving, but we will absolutely be open Friday! (Stay tuned for details on that!)

Then for Christmas, we will be closed on Christmas Day and the following day (since Christmas is on a Monday this year.)

For the New Year, we will be open on New Year’s Eve, but closed New Year’s Day.

We look forward to seeing you in the shop this holiday season decking your own halls and getting unique gifts for those you love! As always, thanks so much for stopping by today. We are thankful for all of you!

H A P P Y . H O L I D A Y S !

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The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment

Today, SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon takes the stage to talk a little bit about the life of a piece of furniture and why good furniture from SummerHouse is worth the investment. We love what Elish shares and we think you will too!

The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment // www.alwayssummerblog.com

“So we have entered this era where interior design is trending and more and more accessible. In response, there are more designers, online retailers, and pop up stores than directions to turn. They’ve all got pretty pieces, unique pieces, stylish pieces. How on earth do you make a decision? Well let me share a few insider tips that might make your decision making a hair easier.

Summerhouse has been in business over a decade and is locally owned and operated. That means each piece, each line, each vendor we carry is very specifically chosen for our client and our locale. We’re not a big box store, we aren’t marketing to the masses, and our consumer lives next door, works with us, or runs into us at the local market. What does that mean? We have to sell a product we can stand behind, that is quality, and that will surpass the test of time. I as a designer am incredibly selective about what I sell to my clients. The performance of what I sell is not only a reflection of the vendors we put our names behind but a reflection of my expertise! Many potential clients are scared about making their first big “design investment”. Here are a few common misconceptions that I hear often:

1. “I have kids. And a dog. They eat macaroni and cheese on this. There’s no way I’m purchasing a nice sofa. We’ll get one when they’re grown.”
This makes me cringe. Why can’t you have kids and pets AND a nice sofa? It’s 2017…didn’t you know you can have it all!? If you are buying a “throwaway sofa” it may have to be replaced in a few years. You’ll end up spending the same amount (probably more, actually) continually replacing your “temporary” sofa as you would in the nice one! You can purchase a sofa that has a lifetime warranty on the frame, well made cushions, etc.. and just make smart choices on the fabric. Get a slipcovered sofa that is washable. Order your sofa in a performance fabric. The options are endless! You can live your life (the real one…baby spit up and all) and still be comfortable in your own home. I promise.

2. “Bar stools are how much?! Why?”
What are some of the most used pieces of furniture in your home? Sofa, bar stools… Doesn’t it make sense that a piece you use every single day might need to be high quality so it can take the abuse? Often those “bargain stools” (you know what I’m talking about) are poorly constructed, glued together, stools that got imported here on a container. They cannot hold significant weight, are not engineered for long lasting durability or stability, and wear much more quickly than an american made, hand constructed, piece. All furniture is not created equal y’all.

The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. “I saw this item online for less and it’s the same item you have in your store???”
This is a tough one. I’ll be honest… sometimes the same item IS out there for less, but there is SO much value built into everything we sell that goes beyond the item itself. You have a designer’s expertise built in to every piece you purchase from Summerhouse. We’re here to help you select the best item that fits you and your lifestyle. We’re here to make sure that the piece fits in your space. We’re weighing all the variables and spending our time to narrow down options and save you time. We’re making sure pieces arrive safely, scheduling your delivery, placing things correctly. We’re the client’s safety net keeping them from making costly mistakes. You get so much more than a product when you purchase from Summerhouse. We stand behind every single thing that comes through our showroom and warehouse. You get an experience that is custom tailored to you and your home. Isn’t that a worthy investment?”

The Lifetime of a Furniture Investment // www.alwayssummerblog.com

So there you have it! Thank you so much, Elish, for all of this!

We would absolutely love to get to help you on your next interior design project, no matter how big or how small! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us. We hope to get to work with you soon!

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Meet Kelly Harrison

We have a new face at SummerHouse | Oxford that you need to get to know! Kelly Harrison is the newest member of the SHOX squad and we are loving having her around! Per the usual, we did a quick Q&A to get to know our newest team member just a little bit better! Enjoy!

Kelly Harrison // SummerHouse | Oxford Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I grew up in Eunice, a small town in south Louisiana. When I married my husband Scott, I moved to Jackson where we lived for 28 years. We have three children, Hunter, Ashleigh, and Peyton. Scott and I are now empty nesters and have moved to Oxford where we are closer to our children.

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend?

My favorite way to spend a lazy weekend would be sitting outside reading a good novel.

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

The most fun movie I’ve seen in a while is Pitch Perfect. I have seen it too many times to count!

How do you take your caffeine?

I take my caffeine in a Diet Coke!

How would you describe your personal design style?

I would describe my personal design style as very clean and simple. Lots of white!

If you could have dinner with anyone in the whole world, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, right now it would be with Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out on Bravo. I think he is so funny and little bit cray cray. It would be a very entertaining dinner!

What is your favorite thing about Oxford, MS?

My favorite thing about Oxford is the Square. It has a certain vibe to it that is so fun!

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Thank you so much, Kelly! Love all of your answers! We are so thrilled to have you as part of our team. Thanks for everything you’ve already done in your short time with us. We look forward to the future! 🙂

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Mark Edge Trunk Show

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you follow us on all the social channels, you probably have heard us talking about this already, but we are getting SO EXCITED about our upcoming Mark Edge trunk show at the Ridgeland shop! Mark himself will be here all day (10a – 6p) on Tuesday, October 24th with tons of jewelry (over 1,000 pieces if we heard him correctly!) PLUS he will be taking appointments for custom crafted jewelry made from your keepsakes (like coins, pocket watches, medals, etc.)  If you would like a one-on-one meeting with him to discuss creating some jewelry around your personal items, please call 601-853-4445 to schedule a time!

To make sure Mark feels extra welcome to Ridgeland, we’re hosting a cocktail reception for him on Monday night (the 23rd) at the Ridgeland shop from 5 until 7. We hope you’ll join us!

Here are some more glimpses at things he’ll be bringing with him!

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to comment below or give us a call! We hope to see you at this incredible event in just a couple of weeks!

Also, Oxford friends, don’t forget about the Lauren Barksdale show the Friday before the LSU game! More on that here!

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We recently added a charming little vignette to our Ridgeland showroom from the new Bungalow Classic collection for Highland House that we are more than in love with!

“The BUNGALOW CLASSIC duo Randy and Courtney Tilinski, also known as “Mr. and Mrs. Bungalow”, bring their design talents and signature style to their new BUNGALOW CLASSIC COLLECTION for HIGHLAND HOUSE. Inspired by their love of travel, fashion, and all-things-home, the collection captures the refined, yet approachable, aesthetic the dynamic couple are known for.”

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Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Bungalow Classic for Highland House as seen at SummerHouse in Ridgeland, Mississippi

We welcome the pieces of this collection to our Ridgeland showroom. We can’t wait for more pieces to arrive! We love this refined whimsy and think you will as well.

Thank you for stopping by today! XO!

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Let’s Chaise A While!

It’s no secret that we love a great chaise. Who wouldn’t want a super chic bench that could double as a place to take a Sunday nap? These chaises are high in style, they’re super functional, and they add interest to a room. One of these might be just the thing you’ve been looking for to go in your home… If so, let one of our designers know! We can get you fixed up!

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market

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Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Ten Of The Most Chic Chaise Lounges On The Market // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Aren’t they beautiful? We know you love them as much as we do!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a GREAT rest of the week! (And be sure to get in our Instagram giveaway we have going on through next Wednesday! There will be five winners, so your chances are GOOD!)

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A Peek In The Ridgeland Showroom

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve moved some things around here in the Ridgeland showroom to make room for lots of NEW! One thing we’re really excited about (besides our new furniture, of course) is all of our fabulous new candles! They’re sprinkled throughout the showroom amongst all of the other pretty, so take a look around!

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Ridgeland // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Check out our new candles at both our Ridgeland and Oxford locations! They’re the dreamiest scents. We know you’ll find at least one that you want to take home with you!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you’re staying cozy and dry!

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