Purely Ornamental

18
NOVEMBER
2013

If you’re going to an ornament swap this year, looking for a great teacher gift, or just looking to amp up your own tree this holiday season, be sure to stop in and see our fantastic selection of ornaments!

We have a wide variety of tree trimmings ranging from small to large, and natural to glam, so whatever your taste, we’re almost positive we have something you’ll fall in love with!

Take a look…

PURELY ORNAMENTAL // SUMMERHOUSE

PURELY ORNAMENTAL // SUMMERHOUSE

PURELY ORNAMENTAL // SUMMERHOUSE

The prices are just as pretty as the pieces themselves!

Stay tuned for more gift guides in the coming weeks! We’ll have a lovely list for ladies, a dapper collection for the gentlemen, and a great variety of stylish finds for under $100!

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Heaven Is This Guest Room

16
OCTOBER
2013

Lisa recently completed a guest room project that is pretty much perfection…

Heaven is this Guest Room // SummerHouse

Lisa on the project:

“I’ve worked with this client for years so I’m familiar with her style. I kind of had a blank slate in this room.

My client loves a mix of modern and vintage. She also loves white. She owned a bowfront antique chest that had beautiful walnut veneer and also an old gold leaf caned bench. So those were the two vintage pieces. We also added a reproduction bergere that I had painted.”

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

“Everything in the room is airy, light, white, and cream. But the trick in a all white and cream room is mixing textures. Because if you don’t, you get boring. In this space, you’ve got cottons, you’ve got silk, silk velvet, wool and sisal, white resin on the side table, with a little gold leaf… Just lots of texture.”

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

“We also mixed high priced items with lower priced items. We did a high low thing. The fuzzy throw at the end of the bed is from Pottery Barn! And the rug wasn’t expensive. But the silk velvet pillow… That cost a little bit!”

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Bedroom by Lisa Palmer // SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

“The end result is a guest room that is calming, light, comfortable, refined, and refreshing!”

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Looking Good!

21
AUGUST
2013

Over the course of the past week or so, we’ve had a LOT of pieces leave the showroom floor, which means a lot of holes have been filled with brand new items!

Marty and the guys worked their magic to get the showroom floor looking more gorgeous than ever! Of course, it’s prettier in person, but in case you can’t get by to see with your own eyes, here are a few shots of what we’ve got goin’!

SUMMERHOUSE // RIDGELAND, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

If you see anything you’d like to learn more about, just give us a call at the store! Our wonderful design staff is always happy to help!

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

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10 Lovely Living Rooms

08
AUGUST
2013

The Living Room. The Den. The Family Room.

Whatever you and your family call yours, we all know how important it is for that room to look good! Living Rooms are certainly in the running as the most used room in any family’s home, so we’re showcasing all different styles!

Here are 10 Lovely Living Rooms for inspiration and viewing pleasure, all designed by SummerHouse designers!

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10 Lovely Living Rooms // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

For more lovely SummerHouse designs, only in bedrooms, take a look at this post!

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Before & After: Kitchen Update Plus Some!

06
JUNE
2013

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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Neutrals + Blues

28
MAY
2013

Last week we talked about how busy Todd and Tina have been lately with several big projects, and we’re here to share the second of the two big installs they’ve had recently! (If you missed the blog post about their big outdoor install, check it out here!)

This install isn’t 100% done, but it’s looking so great that we couldn’t help but share a few photos! We’ll have more in the near future when all of the finishing touches have been added!

Designer Todd Prince says he loved working on this home and helping create a relaxing, inviting atmosphere with his selections. The foyer is beautifully detailed with a piece of art from View Gallery and a completely custom entry table. (Todd had the table built, the skirt custom made, and the custom stencil applied!)

Design by SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

The keeping room in this home is filled by a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sectional, Lauren Lachance artwork, and a fantastic Club Cu concrete table. The Lee chair in the corner is also a beautiful, soft touch! So pretty!

Design by Todd Prince | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS Design by Todd Prince | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MSThis Lee Industries sofa, Mottega lamps, and Hickory Chair side tables are the perfect start to this living room! The custom Kerry Joyce pillows add just the right amount of color.

Design by Todd Prince | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MSIn the breakfast area of the home, Todd had a custom table made and surrounded it with Artesia chairs. All of the tabletop is from SummerHouse, and we’re all in love with the Lauren Barksdale landscape hung on the wall!

Design by Todd Prince | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Lastly, we bring you the master bedroom! This cozy, restful, spa-like retreat was created to be a get-away from everyday life. The custom bedding, Kerry Joyce pillows and Mr. Brown lamps beautifully accent the Vanguard uphostered headboard the Compendium Vanguard side tables.

Design by Todd Prince | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Who wouldn’t feel relaxed in this home?! Great work Todd. You nailed it, yet again!

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Outdoor Oasis

20
MAY
2013

Designer Todd Prince and his lovely assistant Tina had quite a busy week last week! They had two major installs, both of which we’re excited to tell you about! One was interior and one was exterior, so today we’re sharing the exterior one! With the lovely weather we had over the weekend, it just seems appropriate to keep up the spirit of outdoor entertaining…

OUTDOOR OASIS BY TODD PRINCE .// SUMMERHOUSE, RIDGELAND MS

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

This beautiful outdoor oasis is open, breezy, and (of course) weather proof! Todd picked all of the furniture from a couple of our favorite outdoor lines: Lee Industries and Summer Classics. It all blends together so perfectly!

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

All of the custom detail (like the custom banding on the bottom of the dining chairs, and the specially made drapery hardware) make this space interesting and personal as well as beautiful.

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS
Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS
Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Gorgeous outdoor fabrics from Perennials (notice the contrast fabrics on the white arm chairs!), Nomi, Donghia, and Dedar add just the perfect amount of color and texture…

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS Outdoor Oasis // Designed by Todd Prince // SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MSAfter a hard day’s work, these clients were ready to throw an amazing outdoor soiree!

Well done, Todd and Tina! We love!

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“Home Away From Home” Master Bedroom Design

15
APRIL
2013

Lisa and Elish have a beautiful ongoing project with a very dear client who lives in a fantastic Fondren home, and the master bedroom in this home has recently been completed!

HOME AWAY FROM HOME // SUMMERHOUSE // RIDGELAND, MS

Lisa on this bedroom:

“When I first met with my client, the first thing I noticed about this room was that the original furnishings were out of scale. The bed was too small for the space, the side tables were too small, and the rug was too small. So my challenge was to make sure that the pieces I selected would fit in this very large room with large walls and tall ceilings.”

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

“My client wanted a sitting area where they could watch television, but they also wanted to be able to watch television from their bed, so I had that challenge too.”

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

“The client wanted the bedroom to be a “home away from home.” My design approach was to make it light and airy and soft so I chose fabrics that were a mixture of natural linen, velvet, and even a washable velvet on the swivel chairs and ottoman in the sitting area. When you’re going white on upholstery, that kind of thing is important!”

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

“There’s a lot of custom work in this space as well. The bed, the etagere, the desk, and the side tables were all custom made. In fact, the desk was touched by four different artisans!”

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

“There was some renovation in the space as well. We changed an old, low cased archway by raising it and adding old beams. We redesigned the fireplace, mantle, and stonework to give it a fresh look. And we repainted all the walls.”

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

Fondren Residence by Lisa Palmer | SummerHouse, Ridgeland, MS

“The room is now updated, bright, and I think really beautiful.”

This is what we call a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
What is your favorite aspect of this space?

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Pink Bedroom Perfection

25
MARCH
2013

Our new Designers Guild bedding is here!

We are all crazy about how pretty this perfectly pink bed is! The floral pillows are causing everyone to take a second look at this beautiful grouping! And it’s easy to see why…

PINK BEDROOM PERFECTION //SummerHouse

Pink Bedroom Perfection | SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Pink Bedroom Perfection | SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Pink Bedroom Perfection | SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

We’re so in love! Hurry up, Spring!
Do you like this pretty pink as much as we do?

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Little Teaser

20
MARCH
2013

We’ve got a little treat for you today! Here is a peek at a house that is still underway, but nearing completion. Lisa and Elish have been working on this project for months now, and seeing the finish product always makes the hard work so worth while!

DREAM KITCHEN // SUMMERHOUSE

Is this not one of the most fabulous kitchens you’ve ever seen?! We are all flipping out over how beautiful this room is!

Stay tuned for more pictures of the whole house once it’s complete!!

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Spring Break Showroom Update!

11
MARCH
2013

Happy Spring Break to all of you who are getting to enjoy it!

With warmer weather on the brink, and lighter+brighter interiors on our minds, we’ve given the showroom a little springy boost with lots of pretty new furnishings!

SummerHouse Beachy Update

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Fierce!

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
Which way to the beach??

Have a great Monday and be sure to check back later this week as we give you a preview of a REALLY great project two of our designers just completed!

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Portico Ad Photo Shoot Outtakes!

06
MARCH
2013

We had such a blast this morning at a little photo shoot for a joint Portico Jackson Magazine ad coming out in the next issue!

We’re teaming up with Hemline Ridgeland, View Gallery, and Arco Avenue on a collaborative ad about style of all mediums at The Township!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

The great art is a Paul Edelstein painting from View Gallery, the clothes are from Hemline, all the killer shoes and bags are from Arco, and the furniture is, of course, SummerHouse! Here are a few outtakes from the shoot. Stay tuned for the full ad once we have the winning photo selected and all “prettied up!” 🙂

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photo shoot fun!photo shoot fun!

 

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photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!

photo shoot fun!photo shoot fun!

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Why We Love Blue and White

15
JANUARY
2013

Lately we’ve been smitten with one of the most classic color combinations of all time: Blue and White. From creamy white to stark white, and from turquoise blue to a soft icy blue, these shades always seem to mix just perfectly!

We have a good blue+white showing on our floor right now, so here are a few of our favorite instances of this stunning duo!

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
these mugs take coffee drinking to the next level!

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

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
a beautiful batik throw
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
blue and white in the bedroom

SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS

What’s your favorite classic color combination?

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Texture + Tone

Lisa and Elish have a couple of room designs underway that are beautiful displays of texture and tone! All of the creams in one of the rooms come together beautifully to create a soft and very interesting palette. All of the different blues in the other room blend beautifully because of the different textures and patterns.

SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Stay tuned for pictures of these rooms later on as they start coming together!

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SummerHouse in the Sunshine State

22
JUNE
2011

Elizabeth Gullett

SummerHouse designer Elizabeth Gullett recently finished a project in Santa Rosa, Florida that we are all in love with! See what Elizabeth has to say about the challenges that the project presented and how she overcame those challenges. And check out these gorgeous photos!

I must say that this Santa Rosa Beach, Florida carriage house has been one of my most favorite projects yet. Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly! Right off the bat, Kay and I knew we were going to work great together. She’s as enthusiastic as I am, and there was so much to be excited about!

BEACH HOUSE BY ELIZABETH GULLETT // SUMMERHOUSE

The Challenge: 1) To create a relaxing environment that was livable, fresh, and interesting, while easily accommodating guests ranging from grand-kids to business associates. One of the main issues we had to consider was the fact that this would be where Kay’s kids and grandkids stayed when they came to visit. So everything needed to be super durable, easy to clean, and all around super family friendly, with as much sleeping room as possible. 2) The carriage house needed to have a “chic” element about it as well, because (very fortunate) business associates and clients would be staying here occasionally. 3) The furnishings should direct attention outside toward the amazing views, and not steal it from them. 4) The carriage house should also flow smoothly from the main house (they are attached), and yet stand on it’s own two design feet.

The Solution: 1) This was accomplished with heavy duty fabric on a sleeper sofa, cleanable slipcovers on the chairs, and a darker wool rug downstairs. Wool is naturally stain-resistant, and the darker color makes it even more kid-friendly. The bar stools are made of a heavy-duty grey washed rattan – just wipe them clean!  2) A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house. The accessories-from classic, thick coffee table books to white coral on acrylic bases-add another layer of chic. The furniture is more rustic, while the accessories are more classic and elegant. 3) Furniture was arranged with each spectacular view as the focal point; every seat gets a good sightline to the ocean! 4)  I chose a palette of crisp white, soothing greens and fresh blues- a classic beach palette, done in a slightly unexpected, dressier way. The blue was pulled from the main house, bringing a sense of cohesiveness.

“Not only was the location divine -with its ocean views, private pool and private beach access- but the client and I shared a unity of vision that made this project go incredibly smoothly!”

“A variety of carefully mixed finishes and washes brings an eclectic, yet sophisticated flair to the different case pieces in the house.”

The words we both kept using to describe the feeling we wanted for the house was “Non-beachy, beachy.” Sounds silly, but it fit. Clean, relaxed, sophisticated, and fresh, but with no wicker or “coastal” furniture to be found anywhere…a “different” type of beach house. Kay pretty much gave me free rein in the fabric and furnishing selection, and after the initial presentation didn’t change a thing. It was so affirming that she not only loved, but trusted, the entire vision!

Like I said, one of my most favorite projects yet. 🙂

GREAT JOB, ELIZABETH!

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The Beauty of Black and White

Black and white is quite possibly the most timeless color combo of all time. In middle school art class, many of us learned that black is the absence of all color, and white is the presence of all color. They always say “opposites attract,” so that must be why this combination has so perfectly stood the test of time! Here are some rooms featuring the two tones that we find so captivating… Take a peek.

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