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

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

SummerHouse Style

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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Heavy On The Wall Color

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Maybe it’s the gray day outside, but today I feel super compelled to share some of my favorite interiors with dark walls! These moody rooms are anything but dreary, though. I actually love the life that a deep, dark paint color gives. 🙂 And a dark texture or wall covering just adds all the interest. Don’t you think?

All of these rooms were designed by SummerHouse designers. And they’re all just fabulous! Take a peek–

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Heavy on the Wall Color: Nine Stunning Rooms With Dark, Moody Walls

Our designers have touched on their favorite deep gray/brown/almost black paint colors in these blog posts:

The Best Paint Colors for Small Spaces
Bold Paint Colors
Our Favorite Fall Paint Colors
The Best Non-White Neutrals
Winter Gray Paint Colors

I absolutely love each of these spaces. They’re moody, yet therapeutic, if you ask me! 😉 And a great dark wall automatically ups the style of the space. Be sure to check out our Projects page and our Galleries By Room to get some more inspo. You might even find a few more dark spaces I didn’t include here! The hunt is ON. 😉

Ok you guys… Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope your week is off to a great start despite the grossness outside in our neck of the weeks. Check back soon, as we will be posting updates about MAYMOD in the very near future!

You are amazing!

XO, Laurel

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A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

Hi, friend 🙂 How are ya?

We’ve got some pretty gross weather in Mississippi this week (and sadly I think it’s supposed to stay gross through Saturday) but to reverse those blues that the weather is trying to dish out, I have some pretty pictures to share with you!

Both SummerHouse locations celebrated #LeeLovesLocal week last week with some lovely parties. I didn’t get to make it to the Oxford party, but I’ve heard reports that it was nothing short of perfect! The Ridgeland party, too, was basically perfect. We had the most stunning bedding and table linens of all time gracing our showroom floor. Leontine Linens, you are one amazing company!

Here’s a pictorial recap of our Ridgeland par-tay

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens // Lee Loves Local party at SummerHouse

Live music was provided by Barry Leach and desserts were by La Brioche Patisserie. It was a gorgeous evening and I loved getting to see so many of you! I know all of the SH staff enjoyed that, too 🙂

Are you as taken with Leontine as we are?

Thanks so much for dropping in. Talk soon! XO! 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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Meet Brandon

Hey, friends. How was your weekend? I had a great one celebrating my little girl’s third birthday (you can see my little b-day princess here!) and spending some time outside enjoying the pretty weather! I hope yours was equally as enjoyable! How bout those Patriots in the most boring Super Bowl ever? 😉 Ha! I’ll admit it– I’m totally here for the commercials and for the halftime show. No shame!

Brandon at SummerHouse Oxford So today, I want to introduce all of you to the newest face at SummerHouse Oxford! Meet Brandon Stafford. 🙂 Brandon is a precious soul who I have loved working alongside (via text) 😉 keeping up the social media and marketing! This guy is so smart and kind, and is doing an awesome job with SHOX’s instagram! (Check it out here)

Let’s get to my Q&A with him, shall we?

Start off by telling us a little about you!

I’m from Tupelo, MS and I went to Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. I graduated from Ole Miss in 2018 with a BS in Integrated Marketing Communications. My family has a farm and we grow/raise soybeans, corn and cattle.

How did you become interested in the design world? 

I love drawing and playing with colors, so that’s what made me interesed in interior design. Also, I love coffee table books about interior design. I love seeing designers express their creatitvity.

Where (other than SummerHouse, of course!) do you find yourself most inspired when it comes to design?

There is a building in New York that inspires me every time I look at it and I find myself googling it all the time. 432 Park Ave. Its otherwise known as the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Because it’s a newer building, the building is controversial to many New Yorkers. Some people call it an eyesore because of the way it sticks out of the skyline. I think its beautiful and I love its large windows. I’ve watched so many videos about it and the views are incredible.  Also I previously worked as a florist and I love playing with design in that capacity.

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Why?

Beach or moutains? I prefer a beach that has mountains and my favorite beach is in Monteceito, California.

What’s your favorite local restaurant or bar and why?

My favorite restaurant in Oxford is Saint Leo because it reminds me of New York. The chefs are attentive to changing the menu often which means you can usually try something new. My favorite bar is the Summit balcony in the summer. Theres not better place to be.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be Africa. I would love to see the landscape and to ride an elephant.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend off?

My favorite way to spend my weekend off is with friends at the Summit balcony 🙂 or at any roof top bar for that matter.

What’s a little known fact about you that we might be interested to hear?!

One of my guilty pleasures is watching documentaries about cults. They are creepy and I have no desire to be in one in case you were worried. 😉 I just find them intreguing and scary.

What else do we need to know about Brandon? 🙂

I love to be helpful and feel that I’ve accomplished something. I love laughing and having fun and I love my goldendoodle, Sadie. I’m hoping to make BYODTW Day a thing. (Bring your own dog to work day)

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Thank you Brandon! I fully agree on the BYODTW Day! And I cannot wait to google 432 Park Ave.

Y’all be sure to stop into our Oxford shop next time you’re close and meet Brandon! He really is such a joy.
Thanks for dropping by Always Summer today. Hope your Monday is the best Monday possible! XO!!
Laurel
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Kitchen Renovation: Before & After

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Hey, y’all! I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! Mine sure is, due in large part to this blog post! I spent part of the day editing these photos and they just make me so happy. SummerHouse Designer Katy Sanders did a beautiful job renovating this kitchen for some clients and the results are just astounding!

Here’s what Katy was working with:

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Hines

This kitchen had not been updated since this house was built almost 20 years ago. The clients were open to doing whatever needed to be done to fully update it, so as you can see in the above photo, Katy fully gutted it. They moved the gas line so the cook top could go in between the windows to create a focal point. Before, there had not really been a nice place for the eye to fall, so moving that, adding the vent-a-hood, and running the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling created just that!

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

The island was a bit dated, so Katy straightened that up and got it looking extra fab with some cleaner lines and cute barstools. She redid all the lighting, redesigned all the cabinetry, and added wood flooring throughout to create a little warmth. She selected those beautiful Quartzite countertops and proved that mixing metal finishes can be beautiful when done correctly (ahem, like when you hire a SummerHouse designer!)

Because paint colors are always such a hot topic, I’ll go ahead and answer the question that I know many of you have in your head (because I asked it in my head, too!) Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on the paint color Katy used on the island 😉

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

Before and After: A kitchen renovation by Interior Designer Katy Sanders

After Katy’s magic touch, this kitchen functions better, has been brought into the current decade, and is so stunning that it made its way onto a design blog! 😉 Beautiful work, Katy Sanders. You never cease to amaze us.

Thanks so much for stopping by Always Summer! Stay warm out there 🙂

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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A Few Quick Before And Afters

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love a good before and after? If you exist, I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone like you before! (I’m sure you’re fascinating…  We should chat sometime!)

There is just something about a before and after comparison that makes you appreciate so much about good design. And even more than good design, I appreciate the vision that a trained designer has! There are several B&As out there where I think, “Wow, how did the designer of this space even know to go that direction?” Like truly. Walls moved, lighting completely changed up, seating areas put in entirely different spaces… It’s just fascinating!

Here are several examples of incredible BEFORE & AFTER situations, all by SummerHouse designers! Take it all in with me, won’t ya?

Designer on the below project: Lisa Palmer

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Katy Sanders

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Lisa Palmer

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Elish Moon

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Katherine Shelton, who is sadly no longer with us 🙁 We miss her so much already, but are excited for her new direction. Her assistant on this project, Jordan Carter, is now a designer herself! Jordan had a heavy hand in this project.

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Lisa Palmer

 

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

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Designer on the below project: Katy Sanders

Before and After by SummerHouse Interior Design

Aren’t all of these just so inspiring? See why it’s such a good idea to hire a SummerHouse Interior Designer? 😉 I hope each of you is doing well. Thanks for stopping in to visit Always Summer! Have a great day!

XO from hanging out with my new little baby boy!,
Laurel 🙂

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Meet Sarah Ethridge

Today, I am so excited to introduce y’all to new(ish) Ridgeland team member Sarah Ethridge! Sarah has been with us for several months now and is such a huge help wherever she is needed. We LOVE this girl! If you stop in, you might find her updating our inventory book, helping a designer on a home visit, putting something in CAD, accessorizing the showroom floor, checking in new fabrics, and so many other things! Needless to say, things flow much more smoothly now that Sarah is part of the team 🙂 Get to know this cutie better with a fun Q&A! Meet SummerHouse employee Sarah Ethridge

Can you tell us a little about you? Where you’re from, where you’re in school, what you’re studying, about your family…

I am from Brandon (on the Rez side) and I have lived there my whole life. I graduated from Northwest Rankin High school. I am in school at Mississippi College and I have one year left. I am majoring in Interior Design and have a minor in business. My parents are still in Brandon and I have a sister who is 2 years older than me who has a degree in Graphic Design from Mississippi College. I also have a cat named Carmen that I am very obsessed with.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite local restaurant is Saltine. I like it because I can always try something different that I have never had before and no matter what I get there it is always good. (I also get a discount when I eat there because I work at Amerigo and they are owned by the same people, so that is a bonus.)

Is there a particular piece on the showroom floor right now that you’re particularly loving? What do you love about it?

My favorite piece on the showroom floor is the black and gold mirror in the room to the left when you walk in the front door. I just love how simple and classic it looks and its shape makes it look even more beautiful.

7What’s your favorite source of design/style inspiration?

Whenever I am surrounded by creative spaces I feel more imaginative and inspired. Being somewhere new can help whenever you are trying to find some inspiration. Sometimes nature can inspire me and sometimes being in a city can inspire me. I typically get the most inspiration from being in a city environment because there are so many creative things already going on all around me.

How do you take your caffeine?

Every morning I have to have at least a cup of black coffee. I cannot function without having coffee. Sometimes in the middle of the day I will treat myself to a vanilla iced latte, but the majority of the time I just drink black coffee.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately and why did you love it? 

The last movie I saw in theaters was Mamma Mia 2 and it was great. The scenery in the movie was amazing because it was set in Greece and I thought the costume design was great. This is the kind of movie that makes you want to drop all of your responsibilities and travel the world.

What’s a little known fact about you that makes you different?

Last semester my school did a study abroad program that I got to be a part of, so I got to study in London for a little over 3 months. I really learned a lot about their culture and got to experience so many new things. I also did a lot of traveling while I was over there. I got to go to Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and Italy, as well as different towns throughout England. It was the best time of my life and I am very grateful that I got to be a part of it because not everyone gets an opportunity like that.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend off?

If I ever have a weekend off I am usually traveling somewhere. I might go to visit family or travel somewhere new. Sometimes I will even just go somewhere for the day just to get away and clear my mind.

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Thank you so much, Sarah! You are one amazing and inspiring girl, you know it? Thanks for letting us get to know you in a cool new way 🙂

I hope ALL of you get to meet Sarah soon! She’s the cutest.

Y’all have a great week! XOXO from maternity leave,

Laurel 🙂

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Our Designers’ Favorite Whites

Paint colors are hard. That is no secret at all! That’s why it’s so important to get a designer in on your paint color decision. You do not want to be going through the trouble of painting a room just to have to repaint it a few days later because it looks terrible! Let one of our talented designers save you a re-do by helping you pick a great color on the front end, okay?? Trust me on this one.

Now that we have that out of the way, I did poll our staff to see which white paint colors seem to work well for them most frequently. We got some great answers from everyone, so allow me to share! I personally love a white room so this post was really fun for me to put together. After we wrap up a little construction on my home, I’m sure I’ll get one of our awesome designers out to help me pick a great white to paint our new little addition! Stay tuned! 😉

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Ben Moore White Dove is a favorite of mine. I have used it in several projects and it always has beautiful consistency in different types of lighting.” Lindsey Townsend, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Restoration Hardware’s Right White is a favorite of mine. It is a beautiful subtle velvet finish!
Its gorgeous.” Hathaway McMillon, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Cloud White is one of my favorites. Cloud White is a crisp white that does not lend itself to undertones of pink or yellow.” Jordan Carter, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Ivory White is really pretty. It’s a great white for any directional lighting.” Katy Sanders, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Linen White is pretty universal in any setting. I’ll be using it in my next house everywhere.” Anabel Webb, Interior Design Assistant

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“BM Linen White is my favorite, too, although I have been using it in 1/2 strength a lot lately. Especially with clients who want a whiter but softer white. It is beautiful! – Lisa

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Sherwin Williams White Duck has been my go to for a good while. I love it so much my own house is White Duck – walls, ceilings and trim!” Jenni Hilbun, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Ben Moore Glacier White is so pretty. It’s warm, with a little hint of gray, and helps create a very cozy and inviting white room! We painted my little boy’s room this color and his room is one of my favorites in our home.” – Me, Laurel Donahoo, Social Media Manager (and former Interior Design Assistant!)

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

So there you have it. A roundup of beautiful white paint colors! I hope you find yourself inspired. Sometimes the only update a room needs is a fresh coat of paint. Why not treat yourself for Christmas with a little wall refresh? (But don’t forget– consult a designer first if you are even the teeniest bit unsure about paint colors!)

XOXO from maternity leave,
Laurel

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Festival Of Trees

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

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:

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

Festival of Trees at The Westin Jackson

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,
Laurel

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Hotty Toddy Pillow Party Recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

So the Hotty Toddy Pillow Party week before last at SummerHouse | Oxford was a TOTAL blast! I had the best time, and I know the rest of the staff in attendance did as well. Our guests absolutely loved Rebecca Vizard’s gorgeous pillows, stockings, and dog collars! It was all so beautiful. I can’t stop thinking about about the loveliness! We also celebrated Lisa’s birthday with the prettiest, most delicious little cake. Here are a few recap photos of all the fun!

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Our events are always so much fun, so next time we have a little (or big!) party in-store, you should really try to come! Huge thanks to B. Viz and her sweet daughter Sarah for all their hard work, beautiful things, and fun stories! We seriously all had a blast with you ladies! And next time you’re in the market for an exquisite pillow, let us help you find the perfect one from B.Viz. You’ll treasure it forever!

Hope you had a good weekend!

XO,
Laurel

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Meet Hathaway McMillon

Hello, friends! I hope you had the best weekend! I wanted to pop in today and introduce you to one of the newest faces here at the SummerHouse so y’all can get to know this new designer just a little bit better! We’ve actually had a few additions to our team (at both locations) since our blog originally went down, so you’ll be meeting several new(ish) people over the coming weeks to make up for the gap!

Today, meet Hathaway. She’s our newest Interior Designer at our Ridgeland shop. She’s been a joy to get to know over the past few weeks, so I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her as well! Let’s get on with the Q&A:Meet Hathaway McMillon

Give us a little bit of background on you please ma’am!

I was born and raised in Columbus, MS. I went to Heritage Academy for High School and University of Mississippi for college. I met my husband Alex at there at Ole Miss, and I will never forget the moment I saw him at a Kappa Delta/ SAE swap!(circa 2003) I have lived in Louisiana and Texas before moving back to Mississippi. Alex and I have a 4 year old daughter named Wimberly! My parents are here in Madison, MS, so we are so excited to be close to family. I have a younger brother named Buck that is in New Orleans so we will be taking lots of road trips to see him now that we are closer.

Can you give us your design history in a nutshell?

I have ten years of interior design experience with commercial and residential design! I have worked on projects all over the United States and loved every minute and every location.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

This is way too hard to answer, as I have missed real southern food. I always love a good margarita and Mexican food, though.

If you could visit anywhere in the world for a week, where would it be and why?

My next trip will be to the Amalfi Coast. It is a beautiful place.

How do you take your caffeine?

I start my day every morning with a large cup of Starbucks Verona coffee with sugar free vanilla creamer and a Splenda. And I sometimes have a mid day coffee, too! I have not always loved coffee… it was not until after college that I discovered this love! I also love a Diet Coke with lemon or lime

What’s a little known fact about you that makes you different?

I have red hair and I larger than life personality with love for design.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend off?

Spend time with my husband Alex and daughter Wimberly! We love to entertain with friends and family. I also love a good bottle of wine with a large assortment of cheeses, a fabulous candle and fresh flowers at all times.

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I totally feel you on all of that, Hathaway! Thank you so much for your time! Now all of y’all need to get up to SummerHouse | Ridgeland to meet this fun gal 😉

Stay tuned for more new faces, coming your way soon!

XO,
Laurel

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#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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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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The Making of a Light & Airy Living Room

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Oxford Interior Designer Laurie Conway recently completed a beautiful install that we are dying to tell you more about! You may recall seeing a photo or two of this room on social media, but today we’re giving you all the details! Laurie was kind enough to answer a few questions we had  about this project, so let’s see what she has to say…

What pieces did the client already have that you worked around?

This client had moved from Memphis and had done a lot in her home herself. She came to me and said, “I need help… I have no idea what to do with this room.”   She had a few antique pieces in the room but we decided to relocate them in the house and start new so it was a clean slate. The shape of the room, however, was a huge challenge. She had fabulous natural light but the room had so many openings that space planning was more difficult.

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What was your basis for the colors used in the room?

I started with the rug. The size was just perfect! I pulled the soft blues and neutrals from it for my color palette.  The natural light helped me keep the room clean and airy.  I wanted to ground the wall opposite of the fireplace with something to balance it, which is where we introduced a darker element.

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

I loved the clients! It is so great when you and your client can visualize together. They are great art lovers so it was so much fun to help them find great pieces. The two gold pieces over the chairs flanking the secretary are from View Gallery.

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The Making of a Light and Airy Living Room // designed by Laurie Conway // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What else do we need to know about this room?!

Because this room is used to pass through to other rooms, the furniture had to be strategically placed. I went with a symmetrical layout. And as I mentioned before, I chose a light palette and balanced the wall across from the fireplace with the Secretary in a darker finish. We were so pleased with the turnout.

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We love it, Laurie! Great colors and beautiful selections. Couldn’t be prettier!

 

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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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Meet Our Oxford Intern!

We are so excited to introduce y’all to our fabulous summer intern at SummerHouse | Oxford today! Her name is Laura Ellis Royal (Laura Ellis is a double name) and she is just about the cutest thing in the world! Not only is she adorable, but she’s smart, is getting us extremely organized, and helping so much with presentations and deliveries. We love Laura Ellis and we think you will too! Get to know her with a little Q&A…

SummerHouse | Oxford Intern Laura Ellis Royal

Tell us about yourself! Where you’re from, where you go to school, about your major… All that fun stuff!

One could say that I grew up in three towns without moving. I was raised on a farm in Midnight, went to church in Belzoni and went to school in Yazoo City. Now I go to Ole Miss and my major is Integrated Marketing Communications, better known as IMC. IMC prepares students in areas of advertising, social media, sales promotion, graphic design, public relations, etc. –all to create a consistent message to consumers.

What is your favorite thing about SummerHouse?

My favorite thing about SummerHouse is of course the furniture and all-around style, but I also love the ladies that work there. They have been so kind in taking me in as one of their own and stepping back for a moment to teach me various things.

Is there any piece on the showroom floor that you would take home tomorrow if you could?

There’s a light pink linen settee and an oatmeal sofa that I really like. But if I had to choose just one, I would choose the settee.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve done in the past 365 days?

Last August I went to my first John Mayer concert, and it was pretty life changing. He is even better live than on the tracks. I highly recommend going to a John Mayer concert if you have never been to one.

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?

My favorite restaurant definitely depends on the meal. When I’m not found eating at the sorority house, I enjoy McEwen’s or Proud Larry’s for Sunday brunch and El Agave when in the mood for some good Mexican food. Also, Jinsei and Saint Leo are great for a nice dinner with the girlfriends while keeping within the college budget.

How long would you say you’ve been interested in Interior Design?

I have loved design ever since I was a little girl. I remember drawing my dream home, measuring all the furniture and ceilings at my house for fun, and rearranging my bedroom often. Interior Design felt like just a farfetched dream until my sophomore year of college, when I spent my spring break at a luxury staging and interior design company in Greenwich, Connecticut. There I began to realize I really might want to be part of this world of interiors.

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

I recently watched a Woody Allen film called Café Society, and it was so good I had to watch it again. The music, interiors, fashion and scenery just swept me off my feet.

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

If I could go anywhere in the world for a week, assuming I’ll have all the money in the world in this beautiful fantasy, I would visit Monaco or Paris and the south of France. Monaco has intrigued me ever since I first watched a documentary on Grace Kelly, called Grace of Monaco. Paris is somewhere I have been before but I really need to go back. Parisian architecture takes my breath away, as well as classic French interiors (not Baroque). And if I’m already in France, I might as well go antiquing, right? And then of course visit a few vineyards and the French Riviera.

Where have you been recently where you found yourself most inspired by the design around you? Tell us about this place!

In January I had the privilege of going on a short trip to Manhattan. There I discovered the grandeur of the ceilings and chandeliers of Grand Central Station. Manhattan in general is an unbelievable place to me, and I’ve always dreamed of living there. There’s something really romantic to me about New York City amidst its busy culture. More locally, in the Lyceum at Ole Miss, the Zuber Views of North America woodblock wallpaper never fails to impress me. Sometimes I sit in the Zuber room between classes just to admire it.

How do you take your caffeine?

I hardly ever drink caffeine! When I do, it’s in the afternoon and it’s hot tea, sweet tea, or Coke.

What else do we need to know about you?!

I like a little bit of every interior style, but my favorite is Traditional French. I also have a deep appreciation of fine antiques no matter their movement or period. Here I will say I don’t believe in decorative plates, but I respect those who do.

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Thank you so much Laura Ellis! Love it all! Y’all be sure to stop by and meet her next time you’re close to SummerHouse | Oxford.

Thank you for dropping in today. We hope you had a great weekend!

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