Hey everyone! Exciting announcement here!
So y’all know Lisa Palmer, our owner, fearless leader, and lead Interior Designer, right? Well, she has been asked to design a Christmas tree to go in the Festival of Trees event being held at The Westin Jackson, which starts later this month! This is the inaugural Festival of Trees event, and it sounds like it’s going to be SUPER cool. Lisa, as well as several other local designers, have each committed to designing a tree in the style of their liking, then on Thursday, November 29th at the opening gala, all of the trees will be revealed!
Each tree will be up for auction, and all proceeds will go to Friends of Children’s Hospital, which is a cause that we all love to support whenever we can! They do amazing work, so it’s always fun to have a chance to support their efforts! 🙂
In addition to a really fun gala party and seeing all the trees, there are tons of other events tied into this festival, which runs from November 27th through December 9th. Ice skating rink, Santa brunch, and other exclusive happenings… Here’s the list of events:
Nov 27th: Soul Spa Shopping Night
Nov 29th: Holiday Charity Gala
Dec 2nd: Estelle’s Brunch with Santa
Dec 8th: Sugar Plum Fairy Tea
Dec 9th: Estelle’s Brunch with Santa
Dec 9th: Sugar Plum Fairy Tea
I linked each event with the page where you can get tickets (if tickets are required) so y’all please be sure to support this event in any way that you can! I’m going to do my best to get my kids up there for a Santa Brunch, assuming my newborn will semi cooperate! 😉
I’m sure there’ll be some posts on our socials with peeks at the tree as the time draws closer, so stay tuned! 😉
Hope you’re enjoying your week! XOXO,
Our showrooms are looking so pretty and festive that I wanted to share just a few photos with you, then encourage you to stop in and see all of this loveliness for yourself! We have some extra pretty accessories this year, so come see what all you can take home to deck your own halls! I promise you’ll find some things you love! (I know I have!)
I hope you had an incredible weekend!
XOXO from leave,
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!
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
Gaten Vase // from $12
Small Gold Dots Frame // $14
Rebecca Atwood: Living With Color Book // $32.50
Allure Frame // from $46
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!
We recently got to see a home that Ridgeland designer Katherine Shelton decorated for Christmas and we were blown away! Katherine’s choices were simple and neutral while also being magical and sparkly! Take a look around this home and see what we’re talking about!
Gorgeous, right?! Great work, Katherine!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you leave Always Summer feeling inspired 🙂 Have a great week!
We began the SHOX Christmas photo tour yesterday but realized there was no way to pack almost 40 photos into one post, so here is your part two! So much lovely going on in our Oxford shop… Stop by anytime!
Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you love what you see!
Things sure are looking sparkly at our Oxford location! We’ve got tons of art, gifts, and new furnishings, all adorned with a bit of holiday flair! Check out our latest showroom tour. Stop back by tomorrow for more! (We have so many pretty pictures that they won’t all fit in one post!)
See something you like? Leave a comment below, or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you! And be sure to stop back by tomorrow! Merry (early) Christmas!
The holidays have set in! With all of the festivities come our Christmas Open Houses! Both shops (Ridgeland and Oxford) have open houses coming up, so take note!
SummerHouseOxford is participating in the Oxford Square Alliance Open House THIS Friday, November 24, and should be a total blast! Check out the below poster for the full rundown of events on The Square. As far as SummerHouse, we’ll offer 25% off pillows, accessories, gifts, and all Christmas, so be sure to come stock up on fabulous gifts!
In Ridgeland, The Township is hosting a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 7. There’ll be some live music going, some face painting, some Santa, plus so much more! We’ll have some special offers for y’all that night, as well! 🙂
We hope you’ll make plans to attend whichever one is closest to you! We always love seeing you guys in person! 🙂
Also, just a reminder that we are closed tomorrow and Thursday. Have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving, and we hope to see you Friday! (Check back here tomorrow to get an idea of what our Black Friday is going to look like!)
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!”
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!”
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.”
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!”
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!”
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!”
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!”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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!
Happy Friday to all of you! We wanted to remind you that we will be closed tomorrow (Saturday) and Monday in observance of Christmas!! We ARE open today, though, so feel free to stop on by and finish that last minute shopping. We have fantastic gifts in stock and we even can gift wrap for you. Easy!
Today, we wanted to share a few of our favorite holiday photos from the past several SummerHouse years. We hope these leave you inspired and excited about the most wonderful time of the year!
Thank y’all for being the best clients in the world. We love getting to work with you and count ourselves very thankful!
Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!
We are celebrating Christmas a few days early with a little sale! Well, it’s actually not all that little… 40% off Christmas accessories, ornaments, and wreaths is a big deal! We’re also offering 25% off jewelry, pillows, and throws, all of which make excellent gifts.
These offers are only good IN STORE (at both locations) so make a few minutes to stop in and get some great deals.
We will see you soon!
Happy Friday! You made it! Way to go! 🙂
We wanted to remind you of the Christmas Open House going on at The Township tonight! From 5 p.m. til 8 p.m., businesses at The Township will be open with refreshments, opportunities to enter raffles, and special deals and discounts! We hope to see you come by! We have an outstanding selection of gift items sure to make you look like the best gift giver EVER!
Tonight is also the kickoff of our Fourth Annual GIVE & GET COAT DRIVE! For each new or gently used coat you bring to donate to Stewpot Community Services, you get one entry into a raffle for $250 to SummerHouse! Bring ten coats, get ten entries! Every single coat is SO much appreciated by our sweet friends at Stewpot!!!
The coat drive kicks off tonight but you have until the 20th to get your coats added to the donation!
We are thankful for such a generous client base who loves giving, especially during the Christmas season! Thank y’all for making our community extra great!
We look forward to seeing y’all tonight at the open house!
Our Holiday Shop is now open for business! We have added new items this year (like those vintagey silver bells in the above photo!), brought back some old favorites, and are ready to serve you and your holiday gift and accessory needs! Here are a few of our newer items as well as a few favorites!
Happy shopping and thanks for stopping by! XO!
Our Fourth Annual Give & Get Coat Drive is coming up! We are kicking it off at The Township Christmas Open House on Friday, December 2, which you can find out more about here!
Each year, we collect new and gently used coats from you guys and deliver them to the wonderful folks at Stewpot Ministries, one of our favorite local non-profits! For each coat you donate, you get one entry into a drawing for $250 to spend at SummerHouse! The more you bring, the better your chances of winning are! 🙂
The last day to get your coats to us is December 20th! We look forward to being able to provide for the less fortunate in our community this Christmas season. Thank you for your help in this!!
We have a new line of Christmas Couture that we are so excited to tell you about! We are the exclusive retailers in our area for the beautiful brand Fig & Dove. You’ve got to see these items in person to truly appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship! These items are hand crafted to compliment elegant design, like the signature SummerHouse Style, during the holidays. Here’s a peek at what you can expect when you come take a look in person!
Each stocking is finished with a hand applied gold dove to add Fig & Dove’s signature.
ACRYLIC HOLIDAY ACCESSORIES
You can probably see why we are so crazy about this line! We hope to see you coming to check it out very soon!
Thanks so much for dropping in today! We hope you have had a fantastic week!
In case you missed where we posted our holiday schedule, click here!
Our showroom is a little happier and brighter these days as we prepare for the holidays just around the corner! We’re loving having little twinkle lights, pretty ornaments, and a little extra greenery adorning our space right now! Here’s a quick little glimpse at the happy + bright fun that’s in store next time you visit us!
Let us help make your home a little happier for the holidays! We also have a fantastic gift selection. We look forward to helping you!
Have you picked up the latest issue of Social South Magazine? The most beautiful cabin designed by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend was featured in all of its Christmas glory and it could not be more stunning!! We love the simplicity and charm. Lindsey worked with the homeowners in the beginning stages of construction, and completed the project not only with furniture, soft goods, and accessories, but with Christmas decorations so their home would be holiday party ready!
Click here to see the digital version or grab a hard copy the next time you’re in the store!
Here are a few extra photos of this pretty cabin that you won’t see in the magazine! All captured by photographer James Patterson
We hope all of you had a great weekend! Thanks for dropping by today! XO!
Happy March!! This new month has really snuck up on us, even with the extra day in February (hey, leap year!), but we are so excited that spring is inching closer. We were just thinking about what March has in store for us and realized Easter will be here before we know it!
Our designers have some great tips about decorating for Easter so we decided to share a few with you!
Designer Katherine Shelton
This year when you go to decorate your table take three pots and paint them you favorite spring color such as robins egg blue, mint green or my favorite color this year Gray. Place them straight down the center of the table and plant white tulips in each. Around each pot place two to three eggs on each side unevenly. This year rather than dying your eggs boil them and leave them white. Then add a little gold or silver leaf to the white eggs. Set the table with your favorite spring china or solid white china, silver and linen napkins and your done! Will look so simple and amazing. Happy Easter!
Designer Elish Phares Moon
My family never did decorate for Easter, but when I was younger decorating eggs was always a tradition. Now that I’m older I’d love to try some of the more mature designs that have been on Pinterest!
Thank you ladies! And of course we aren’t going to leave without great eye candy. Here is some Easter inspiration to kick off your day!
We’d love to hear from you – Comment below and let us know how you like to decorate for Easter! Or take a picture of your Easter decor and tag us via social media (@shopsummerhouse) so we can see your #SummerHouseStyle! Thanks for stopping by!
We hope you and your families all have a fantastic Christmas together celebrating this most wonderful time of the year!
In case you missed it, you can look here to see how our staff celebrates the holidays with their families! There are so many great ideas and fun traditions amongst the SummerHouse fam! You’ll definitely want to read more about them! 🙂
Quick reminder: Our hours are a little different this week and next, so be sure to check those out!
Thanks so much for stopping by and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!!
SummerHouse has been featured on the Inspiration Mississippi blog! We are honored!
They reached out to our designers asking for a few Christmas decorating tips and we love what our designers shared!
We hope you’re enjoying your holidays! Merry Christmas!
And THANK YOU Inspiration Mississippi for featuring our designers!