#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

Today is officially our market team’s first day at High Point Market! Get excited! Lisa, Marty, and Katy are already dominating #HPMKT like the pros that they are. The plan is for them to gram their way through showroom after showroom, looking for the best of the best to bring back home to Mississippi!

I’m not sure how many of y’all have been to High Point, or another similar furniture market, but it really is quite a service that these ladies are providing for the SummerHouse family and for YOU, our lovely clients! Of course market is really fun, but it is straight up exhausting!

The last time I went, I was newly pregnant with my first child so I was already wo-slap-out just due to first trimester fatigue. But then you add in all the walking and standing and talking and networking and brain-powering through showroom after showroom, and you’ll find yourself a tired mamma jamma! Then add in the early mornings and the late nights. Like I said, it’s definitely fun, with tons going on, but it will tire ya right out. Somehow though, at the end of it all, dozens of pretty new vignettes, brand new lines that have never graced our showrooms before, multiple one-of-a-kinds, and so much fresh inspiration end up at SummerHouse just for you! Honestly, you guys are the driving force behind our market trips.

#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

#SHGoesToMarket

To stay as on top of this market trip as you can, be sure you’re not only following SummerHouse on Instagram, but Marty, Lisa, and Katy on their personal accounts as well! Our special market hashtag is #SHGoesToMarket, so go on and give that hashtag a follow too! 😉

I know I look forward to following along on their journey through market, wishing I could be with them! I hope you enjoy following, too! 😉 Y’all have a great day! XO!

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Hello Again!

Hello Again!

Hey, y’all! It’s been a minute since you’ve heard from us over here on Always Summer! Sorry about that… We ran into a minor issue that turned rather major, then ended up having to switch over to a whole new platform and blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada…. To make a long story short, WE’RE BACK!

We have also decided to take just a little different direction with the voice of our blog! I, Laurel Donahoo, editor of Always Summer since day one, will have a heavier voice over here and will be talking in the first person much more. Lisa and I hope this adds a bit of personal connection in a fun and different way!

Always Summer Editor, Laurel DonahooTo put a face with a name, this is me. I’m a Mississippi girl in my early 30s, married to my best friend with two kiddos and one on the way. I’m actually due in like a month, so you may notice another gap in posts come early November! Hopefully my maternity leave replacement and I can get some stuff together for y’all over the holidays. We shall see!

Also, this photo is from about a year ago, before I was with child! In case you wondered…

I have been at SummerHouse for 11 years now, so I kiiinda love it up here. Great design is like air to me. I am refreshed when I walk into a beautiful interior (which includes both SummerHouse locations), as great design just has a way of lifting my mood. See, great design is good for the psyche! 😉  I’m constantly inspired by the work that the designers here produce, and I love every single staff member like they were my family! I also have a passion for blogging, so y’all have no idea how thrilled I am to have Always Summer back up and running. I have my own personal blog, too, if you’d like to check that out sometime! 😉

Anyway, I’m so glad we are back up and running and I can’t wait to bring y’all some new, fun content in the coming days! Thanks for getting back on the Always Summer train with me and sharing in the love of all things Interior Design! It’s a pleasure to have you keep up with us over here 🙂

XOXO, Laurel

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Stone Lake Project

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

We are SO thrilled to have a new project by Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend up on our project site! This project, called Stone Lake, is a beautiful home that Lindsey has worked on since the very beginning stages. If you follow her on Instagram, you might remember seeing progress photos from this project.

Here are a few of our favorite snaps from this home. Now that it is completed, it could not be any more perfect. We love every detail!

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi

Inside a beautiful French Caribbean home designed by Lindsey Townsend in Madison, Mississippi
Great work Lindsey! More pictures here >>>

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Bold Blues

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

Today, we’re talking about using bold blues in design! Although we do love a soft, muted blue, today is dedicated to the loud, strong, personality-filled blues that really add some statement to a space! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite uses of big, bold blues in design. We think you’ll love what we’ve found!

B L U E   W A L L S

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

B L U E   U P H O L S T E R Y

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lindsey Townsend

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lindsey Townsend

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

B L U E   A R T

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

SummerHouse Oxford showroom

B L U E   D R A P E R Y

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

B L U E   A C C E N T S   &   A C C E S S O R I E S

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Laurie Conway

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Lisa Palmer

BOLD BLUES // interior design incorporating big blues by SummerHouse

design by Elish Moon 

How do you feel about a big, loud blue? We’d love to hear! And, as with all design decisions, you will want to consult a professional designer about your decisions! (Which is what we are here for!)

Thank you for reading today. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on bold blues!

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SummerHouse Oxford Showroom Update

Places to shop in Oxford, MS: SummerHouse

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

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

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

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Q&A With Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

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

What is your favorite design publication? 

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?

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

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

Loreli Gilmore. I SO relate!

What else do we need to know about you?

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

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

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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!

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

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

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(14) A rare snow day in Mississippi!

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

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

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(11) White makes us happy!

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

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

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(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.)

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(7) Everybody loves a rug ottoman!

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

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

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

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(3) Aaaand more from SummerHouse | Oxford!

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

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

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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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Winter Gray Paint Colors

We love a paint color roundup over here, and we know y’all do too! Today, we’re talking about our favorite grays, inspired by the gray winter we’ve had around here. There’s nothing like a cold winter day to encourage a day spent indoors in the warm coziness of your own home. And because home should be inviting, we’ve rounded up the best and coziest grays out there to lend the warmest winter vibes possible!

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Design Assistant Anabel Webb went with a super dark gray from Sherwin Williams called Sealskin. Gorgeous!

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Interior Designer Laurie Conway’s pick is Sherwin Williams Jogging Path. “It goes with anything. It is a wonderful neutral!”

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Executive Design Assistant Camille Parker picks Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal for her favorite cozy gray. For a cooler gray, she likes Harbor Gray!

“I love the richness of Kendall Charcoal, it is really beautiful in neutral rooms and rooms full of color. A great visual for Kendall Charcoal is the SummerHouse Oxford front desk!”

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Designer Katherine Shelton loves Chelsea Gray from Benjamin Moore. “It is a warmer gray so it looks great with brass, nickle, or bronze. It compliments cool or warm tones.”

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Designer Katy Sanders picks Ben Moore’s Owl Gray

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Design Assistant Krystle Short picks Flint by Benjamin Moore!

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Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo loves Classic Gray from Benjamin Moore. “I have this color all throughout my home and I love it. It’s so inviting and serves as a beautiful neutral.”

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Oxford Interior Designer Maddie Ertle loves Benjamin Moore’s Bunny Gray.

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Beautiful picks, ladies!!

Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you’re staying warm this winter! XO!

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Accessorizing a Large Coffee Table with Elish and Lindsey { Video }

We want to up our video game around here, so we’re about to start sharing more of them! Here’s a little one to get us started!

Lindsey and Elish show us how to accessorize a large coffee table (in under a minute) at one of their most recent installs! 😉  Anabel, too, played a vital role in helping this space come together. Looks beautiful, girls!

We hope you enjoy!

Thanks for dropping in today. We hope you’re having a Merry Christmas!

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It’s All In The Details

You might remember seeing our marketing “wintern” (winter intern) on our InstaStories over the past couple of weeks! We are so thrilled to have Makenzie Brinson with us for her winter break before she heads back for spring semester at Ole Miss!

She’s been so helpful in multiple areas, so we thought we’d get her to contribute a little to the blog, too! We asked her to come up with a concept and subsequently pull together photography and copy for her own blog post here and she totally nailed it. Below, we’ll let Mak take it away! 🙂

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It is by no coincidence, many have heard the saying, “It’s all in the details.” When designing a house or room, it is more than just having the perfect sofa, or an exquisite dining room table, all of which are very important. It also includes the picture-perfect details to make your space feel as if it has come to life.

SummerHouse owner and lead designer Lisa Palmer explains details like this: “Having great furniture is like having your little black dress, the basic necessity to any woman’s wardrobe. It is what you do with that dress that makes the outfit. Accessorizing your LBD and designing a room are very similar.”

Because of this, we took to our SummerHouse showroom floor to find our favorite accent pieces, pillows, and accessories.

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Since Christmas is right around the corner, we could not help but notice the lovely Christmas tree that sits in our front store room. Sparkling from head to toe, this grey metallic ornament, and the others like it, is sure to help light up the tree while keeping the room extra cozy with its winter hues.

“Something old, something new” holds true to this second photo as one sees how this modern painting works perfectly with this antique table to give the old new life.

With this velvet pillow, we admire how its combination of mixed greys creates a fluent pattern that isn’t overwhelming but is instead subtle in the way it adds pretty color to a room.

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Thanks to the pattern of the above pillow, this white patio furniture goes from basic to chic with just the touch of a pillow. Nevertheless, its natural hues leave the room looking simple and timeless.

Light up your night life with these entertaining string lights while adding a little funk by pairing them with a fierce bowl. This combo is certain to leave your friends in awe of the beauty that has invaded your space. This is all due to the fact that you understand the importance of accessorizing.

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Sometimes detail is even found in the smallest accessory. By adding a candle, your room can not only enjoy a pop of color, but ALSO a ravishing smell to go along with it.

And finally by adding a little spunk to your patio life, these cheetah pillows are sure to wow any crowd.

As we all know, there are many different ways to liven up a room with detail. These selections are just a few of our favorites here at SummerHouse. After all, famous furniture designer & architect, Charles Eames, said it best when he said, “Details are not the details; they make the design.”

 

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Our 2017 Gift Guide

The SummerHouse 2017 Gift Guide is HERE! This is something we have loved putting together each year for the past several years, and 2017 was no different!

We have rounded up some of our favorite “gifty” items to share with you in hopes of inspiring your gift giving this year! Come see us at either location, or visit our shop online, to see these pretties PLUS MORE! Without any further delay, here are our picks!

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Dollie Vases // from $23

Alli Glass Votives //  $5

S is for Southern Book // $45

Marble Cutting Board // from $48

Agate Slice Bottle Stoppers // $21

Marble and Wood Coasters // $24

A. Shelby Pottery Tall Vase // $80

Fig & Rhubarb Candle // $52

Volez Voguez Voyagez Book // $50

House Beautiful Style Secrets Book // $35

Gaten Vase // from $12

Small Gold Dots Frame // $14

Rebecca Atwood: Living With Color Book // $32.50

Allure Frame // from $46

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Come shop IN STORE for many more items to choose from!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We look forward to helping you make this Christmas extra great!

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11 Holiday Entertaining Tips To Lessen Your Party-Planning Stress

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It’s time to start thinking about holiday party planning! The less stressful a party is for you, the hostess, the more fun it will be for both you and your guests! The SummerHouse staff has rounded up some of our best party tips to share with you to hopefully lessen your holiday stress and increase your party-planning fun!

Executive Design Assistant Camille Parker: “I love to throw a quick party, and usually end up with equal parts store bought goodies and home made treats! A great trick is to always put the store bought things in a nice dish or piece of pottery/china, it completely transforms the dish and your guests are none the wiser!”

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Interior Designer Elish Moon: “My best party tip is create balance in the budget, preparation, menu, etc.. I have a cake that I make every year specifically for Christmas. It is incredible but extremely time consuming. To make sure I enjoy the party prepping and don’t get overwhelmed, I break making this cake down into manageable stages. I make the layers about two weeks ahead of time and freeze them. Then the day before the party I make the filling and the icing and put the cake together. The day of I’ll garnish. This makes the process less daunting for me! Try applying this method to other areas. To lower the impact of a party to your budget start buying what you can ahead of time. This way everything doesn’t hit all at once. I try to remember- if hosting a holiday gathering gets too stressful because of things within my control, I’m defeating the whole purpose of the party! If buying ready made cookies and icing them yourself or not hand making place cards saves a step and helps you breathe a little easier it’s worth it! Not only for you, but for the people who are there to enjoy your company! Happy Holidays!”

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Interior Design Assistant Anabel Webb: “Something that my mother and her friend group has always practiced (since I can remember) for literally EVERY dinner, get together, or party is that they will pull out the serving platters about a day ahead of time and then they’ll label what will go where, like “the McCarty will hold the Sausage Balls” and what not…I’ve started doing it ever since I’ve gotten married and my husband actually thinks it is the most organized, uptight, and brilliant idea he’s ever heard of.”

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Interior Designer Katherine Shelton: “I personally do not host many holiday parties. However, I have attended many and know never to show up empty handed. I always bring a nice bottle of wine or a simple dish that everyone is sure to love!”

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Interior Designer Lana Pate: “I always serve a signature cocktail but I also include a festive punch for non alcoholic guests and children. One of my favorite holiday cocktails is Milk Punch!”
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Receptionist Della Turner: “Make sure you’re well stocked on bathroom must haves!! Have plenty of toilet paper, hand towels, and hand soap. And make sure you have a candle lit, or at least have some air freshener on hand!”

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Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo: “I’ve learned over the years that the day of a party is not the time to try a new recipe. If you want to make something you’ve never made before, I recommend doing a practice round a week or so in advance, just so you can work out any kinks and perfect it in time for the party! That way, if it’s a total flop, you have time to figure out what went wrong or just make something completely different!”

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Interior Design Assistant Krystle Short: “Be sure to appeal to all of your guests senses! Natural elements like rosemary sprigs and whole cranberries are always beautiful, especially when combined with nostalgic treats like ribbon candies or peppermint sticks!  When entertaining, I try to use cohesive scents from candles throughout the home (like this yummy Aerin candle).  Keep treats and snacks scattered throughout the space to prevent people from bunching up in just one.  When playing holiday tunes, go for artists that are easy on the ears like Nat King Cole or She and Him.  Low lighting from lamps and string lights are best as overhead can be too harsh.  As far as refreshments go, I highly recommend a big ol batch of Brandy Milk Punch!”

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Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend: “It’s always nice to have a holiday candle burning for holiday parties.  If you are on a budget, trying using fresh greenery or flowers from your yard or somewhere near by.  Christmas tree farms will give away cuttings for free — they are great to use for a large table piece or around your mantel.”
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Director of Operations Marty Smith: “Don’t fret over fancy fresh flowers. You have a huge source of fabulousness in your back yard,  around your neighborhood  or even off the side of the road. Clip from your tress, shrubs, and other plants in your yard.  You will be surprised at what an impact a big bunch of magnolia branches in your favorite container will make. You have guestS to tend to and food to make, no need to have flowers being an added stress. Sit back, get a good play list going, grab a cocktail and ENJOY.”

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Interior Designer Laurie Conway: “I like to pull out my favorite crystal or silver serving pieces and place a cake or dressing into them, garnishing with rosemary and fruit. My secret is that it was all prepared by Mcdade’s but everyone thinks I prepared it all and will ask for my recipe!”

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 What are your top holiday party planning tips? We’d love to hear!

As always, thank you for stopping by today! Happy holiday season to you!

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Christmas Is Kickin’ In

Things are getting Christmassy up at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Marty and Tammy have been hard at work hanging snowflakes, putting out garland, hanging ornaments, detangling a few things… You know, the norm when it comes to getting things all holiday’d up! 😉

Their hard work sure has paid off and the showroom looks amazing! Take a look…

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Stay tuned for some photos of SummerHouse | Oxford all fixed up for Christmas next week!

Thank y’all so much for stopping by! We appreciate you 🙂

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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!

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“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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This And That

We’ve had a lot of excitement going on around here that we wanted to get you caught up on!

… Our Mark Edge Trunk Show was so much fun! We were in love with every single piece he brought, so we ended up keeping a good bit after the show was over! SO, if you weren’t able to make it by, be sure to stop in the Ridgeland shop soon and see what we still have available!

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mark Edge Jewelry at SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

… We installed the Corporate Sponsor Lounge for Mistletoe Marketplace last week and it looks really good!! When you’re working with pipe and drape and old floors, it’s a bit of a challenge to get things looking chic, but Lisa worked some magic and it looks fab!! Corporate Sponsors– we hope you enjoy! 🙂

Mistletoe Marketplace Corporate Sponsor Lounge // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Scout Guide liked our favorite fallish paint colors as mush as we do, and they did a feature on their national blog about them!! Thank you so much, TSG, for the love! 🙂

Cozy Paint Colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Not only do we like to stay cozy in the chillier months with beautiful, warm interiors, but we also love keeping warm with a great cocktail! Have you checked out our new BAR section on the online shop? We have more items to shake up that page coming very soon!

SummerHouse BAR

We hope your week is off to a great start! Thank you so much for stopping in today. XO!

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All Recliners Are Not Created Equal

Recliners.

That word will divide a room in a heartbeat! Half the world hates the oversized, overstuffed picture that pops into mind, while the other half of the world lives for evenings spent laid out watching tv.

Over the past several years, furniture manufacturers have really grasped onto the concept that, in so many cases, the men need comfy recliners while the women need sleek, clean-lined furniture.  And we as designers are loving it!! In decades past, there has been very little middle ground on this matter. Either the woman sacrifices style for a big puffy recliner, or the man sacrifices comfort for a sleek, yet non-reclinable chair.

Thankfully all of that has changed. Many of our favorite manufacturers continue to introduce beautiful, comfortable recliners each market, and we love it! When the husband and the wife can be equally excited about a recliner, that makes for a happy designer who can pull together a beautiful yet functional room!

Here are six of our top recliner picks that meet all the requirements for the style seekers AND the comfort seekers.

Our Designers' Favorite Recliners // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Are these not beautiful!? These all blend beautifully into a chic room while providing the comfort and function desired of a recliner.

Shop one, four, and five on our online shop, then give us a call about the other three. Our designers can get you all the info you need! Also, keep in mind that this is just a tiny sampling of the recliners we have access to. If you’re looking for something different, we can help! Contact us here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We love having you here! 🙂

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Events

We wanted to give y’all a quick reminder about the two exciting events that we have coming up over the next couple of days!

FRIDAY, 10/20, at SummerHouse | Oxford, we have artist (and Baton Rouge native) Lauren Barksdale coming in for an art show! She’ll have lots of new pieces, many of which are Oxford themed. What better way to kick off the Ole Miss / LSU weekend?!  The show is from 10-6, with light bites and cocktails from 3-6. Below are a few of the Oxford-y pieces she’ll have with her!

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

Lauren Barksdale comes to SummerHouse | Oxford for an Art Show

At the Ridgeland shop, we’re excited to welcome jewelry designer Mark Edge in for a jewelry trunk show on Tuesday, 10/24! Mark will have hundreds of pieces of jewelry with him (many of which are brand new introductions) PLUS he is currently taking appointments for one-on-one meetings to discuss custom designs. Mark can take your keepsakes (old keys, medals, lockets, or just whatever!) and turn them into stunning pieces that you can wear. Call us at 601-853-4445 to make an appointment with Mark to discuss him making a piece just for you!

To get things started on the right foot, we’re also hosting a cocktail reception for Mark on Monday 10/23 from 5-7. We hope you’ll join us for a night of fun and fellowship!

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Mark Edge Jewelry Trunk Show at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

We look forward to seeing you at these events! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Let us know if you have any questions about either of these events!

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Touches of Fall

Did you know that September 22 is the first official day of fall? Richer colors, cooler temperatures, changing trees, spiced ciders, tall boots, scarves, and hot toddys are just a few of the reasons why fall will always be our favorite season around here.

To amp up the Autumn aura in your home, we have a few suggestions! Adding some cozy pops of cognac (or whiskey!), red, and warm browns make a huge difference in the feel your home has. So do textural pillows and throws. Here are some of our faves!

The Colors of Fall // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Op-Art Suede Pillow // $370

A Field Guide To Whisky // $24.95

Bayberry Pot // $220

Merina Herringbone Throw // $520

Coventry Lamp Table // $1020

Antique Leather Books // $26 each

Occasions by Kate Spade // $26

Durham Chair // $2820

Provence Cachepot // $320

Shop more fall finds throughout our online shop by simply clicking around all the categories! We think you’ll find something you love 🙂

Thank you for stopping by today! Before you leave, tell us your favorite thing about fall in the comments below!

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InstaFaves

It’s no secret that one of our favorite social media platforms is Instagram! That is the only platform that every member of the SummerHouse team is on, so that’s got to mean that it’s superior! 😉

Once or twice a year, we love to go through and see what posts you guys seem to most like. This is really fun for us, and it gives you the chance to see the highlights, just in case you missed something! Here are our top ten Instagram posts from the past six months…!

10. Neutral beauty

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

9. This bright and beautiful room always makes us feel better! (More from this project here)

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

8. Another one of our favorite Jackson homes, of which you can see more here!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

7. Elish and Lisa boxing up a project that was done completely remotely! More on that project here!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

6. Rug ottomans are always crowd favorites

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

5. One STUNNING study by Elish that we can’t wait to share more on soon!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

4. A Heavenly bed setup

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

3. This pretty corner at SHOX

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

2. This beautiful bed setup at SHOX.

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

1.  And the number one most popular post was of the outdoor space designed by Katherine Shelton that was featured in Social South! You can read more about that here!

SummerHouse's Top Instagram Posts // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Wasn’t that fun?! 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start. And if you don’t follow us on Instagram, check us out @shopsummerhouse!

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Century Furniture Sale!

Century Sale at SummerHouse

We have some exciting news to share with you! Now through October 2nd, we’re offering 25% off Century Furniture, both in-stock and special order! There are a few exclusions, but not many, so we’re confident we can help you find just what you’re looking for at a great price! Here are some pretty photos to showcase what Century has to offer…

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Century Furniture Sale at SummerHouse

Come see us soon and let one of our talented designers help you get your dream room(s) on order!

Thanks for dropping by today! Hope your week is off to the best start!

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