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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Merry and Bright

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!)

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

I hope you had an incredible weekend!

XOXO from leave,
Laurel

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My Maternity Leave Replacement

Hey there! Laurel here checking in one more time before the chances of me having this baby get super real! If this little baby boy isn’t here before 11/2, he is scheduled to come on that date, so I’m officially playing the waiting game now, hospital bags packed and all!

Emily Simmering at SummerHouseI wanted to introduce y’all to Emily Simmering, the incredible girl who will be filling my shoes while I’m gone for the next couple of months! Emily was one of our interns last summer so she’s familiar with how things function up here, which helps a ton! The staff knows and loves her, so she will be a very welcome addition to the mix for the holiday season! Plus, she is really good at social media so that’s a bonus 😉 If you run into her while visiting the shop, please be sure to say hey! She’s the sweetest.

I’m super comfortable leaving things in her hands as far as all the social channels. Since she’s not quite as familiar with blogging, I’ve taken the liberty of scheduling out several posts over my leave, so my voice will be popping in once a week or so over here with some fun design and other tidbits (like continuing to introduce y’all to the staff who joined our team while this little blog was down for a while!)

I hope y’all have a fantastic day, and please feel free to follow me on my personal channels to see what all I get into on maternity leave! 😉 ( Here is my blog, and here is my Instagram.)

Y’all take care of yourselves! XOXO!

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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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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A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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

Rectangle burl wood coffee table styled by Design Assistant Camille Parker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round glass top coffee table styled by Interior Designer Maddie Ertle

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle shell coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round leather coffee table styled by Interior Designer Laurie Conway

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle concrete coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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First Impressions

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Mama always said, “It’s important to make a good first impression.”

Well, as always, mama was right. And she wasn’t just talking about when you meet someone. She also meant when it comes to your home! Making a positive, warm first impression on a guest in your home is of the utmost importance. Even if your entryway isn’t grandiose or filled with collectors’ pieces from around the globe, it still speaks volumes. Let your entry speak for you, telling your guests to make themselves at home. You just tend to the hugs, handshakes, and showing everyone in to where the party is!

Here are some of our favorite entries, all created by SummerHouse designers. Some big, some small, but all welcoming. And all making mama proud by making a fantastic first impression 😉

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Fabulous entries that make the best first impressions // SummerHouse Interior Design // www.alwayssummerblog.com

What is the most inviting thing for you to see when you enter a home? We’d love to hear!

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Space Transformed

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

There is a brand new magazine out in Mississippi called VERVE, and one of Lisa’s projects landed on the cover of the current issue! Having one of our designers’ projects featured is always such an honor, especially when it winds up on the cover of the publication!

This space was designed by our leading lady Lisa Palmer. It was a complete and total transformation, as this client started with an entirely blank slate. “The first time I went to this client’s house, he had one rug and four or five pieces of furniture. That was it!”

Lisa took his empty house and made it a rich, cozy, masculine home. Neither Lisa nor her client could have been more pleased with the result!

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer took a completely empty home and turned it into a cozy, masculine bachelor pad // www.alwayssummerblog.com

To read more about this project, plus to find out more about the spring design trends that we are extra excited to see popping up, grab a copy of VERVE whenever you see one!

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St. Andrews Condo

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We’ve recently added a brand new project to our design site: St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton! This lovely project was completed last fall, and is absolutely stunning! We love the simple color palette, the modern overall aesthetic… Really, we love ALL of Katherine’s choices! 🙂

Here’s a quick peek at this weekend home. See the full project here!

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

A neutral, modern weekend respite. St. Andrews Condo designed by Katherine Shelton of SummerHouse // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Isn’t it gorgeous? We love it all! Photos by Anna Goodson.

VIEW THE FULL ST. ANDREWS CONDO PROJECT HERE! >>> 

Have a great week!

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Give Back To Byron

Hello, friends!

We hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! We are starting our Monday off with a bit of a heavy heart for our dear friend Byron Green. Byron, who owns and runs Classic Upholstery, experienced some misfortune last week as his shop burned completely to the ground. He lost everything. Every piece of furniture, every bolt of fabric, every nail gun. EVERYTHING. Byron has been a friend to SummerHouse for a long, long, long time and has done so much beautiful custom work for us. Not only does he do custom reupholstery, but he can build furniture pieces from scratch. And not only is he wildly talented, but he is patient with us. We as designers tend to change our minds from time to time (especially when it comes to a custom piece) and Byron has never once gotten frustrated with any of us. He just laughs, makes a note, and delivers exactly what we ask for.

And we know we aren’t the only designers who work with him. Byron is well known throughout all of Mississippi! He’s simply the best!

Give Back to Byron // alwayssummerblog.com

Bryon is truly a gem, so we want to be there for him during this tough time. We want to give back and help him rebuild his business. Will you help him, too? Please consider donating to the GoFundMe page we started for him. We can’t wait to surprise him with a big ol check! 🙂

>>>> GIVE TO BYRON BY CLICKING HERE <<<<<

Thanks in advance for supporting our friend. Y’all mean so much to us!

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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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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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The Interest In The Unpredictable

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

When we first saw pictures of a study that SummerHouse | Ridgeland Designer Elish Moon recently completed, we were blown away! Not only was it a stunning space, but it was so unexpected! It’s not every day that we see a deep green velvet sofa, deep green walls, and pops of warm spice. We were enamored, so we got Elish to share a little bit more about this lovely design! (Disclaimer: These are cell phone pictures. We hope to get some better ones done very soon! But the space is still stunning!)

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish MoonThe Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish MoonElish says, “The clients whose project this is are longtime clients that I have a great history with and have enjoyed a friendship with as well. I worked with them first as an assistant and then as a designer. While this couple had a beautiful home we had done by the water, they moved to a slightly smaller, easier to manage residence in their retirement. Although their previous home was absolutely beautiful, this new home was cleaner, brighter, and more modern. They wanted the design direction to reflect that. While the entire home is light, bright and airy, the husband wanted one space to still capture the warmer, cozy, richer feel of their previous home… and occasionally escape from boisterous grandchildren! This second level bonus room-turned-study was our one room to depart our white color scheme and go for something rich and bold. Together we chose the beautiful Benjamin Moore Narragansett Green for the walls. His love of books is evident in this space and they became a focal point as he crafted bookshelves to fit his needs by hand. The very narrow footprint was a challenge but really ended up working in our favor. We were able to line the walls with shallow shelving and order an apartment length sofa in a perfectly coordinated velvet. Although this room was somewhat of an afterthought, it became one of our favorite rooms as elements seamlessly fell into place. I’m hoping they can spend many hours in this room enjoying their well deserved retirement!”
The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon

 

The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon
The Interest in the Unpredictable: A unique study that is equally as gorgeous as it is surprising // By SummerHouse Interior Designer Elish Moon
See more from Elish on her love for this paint color (plus lots of other beautiful fallish wall colors) in this post!
Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you’re having a great week!
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New To SummerHouse Oxford, Part 1

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The showroom floor at SummerHouse | Oxford just recently got revamped and it is looking GOOD! Tons of new upholstery, lots of new accessories, some new art… Plus so much more! If you haven’t been by in a while, now is the time to stop in! Here’s what you have to look forward to…

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse | Oxford // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We actually have so many pictures of the Oxford showroom right now that we’ll have to save the rest to show y’all tomorrow! So be sure to check back in the morning 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! And of course, to get the full effect, we recommend actually going to SHOX to see all of this in person!

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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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Meet SummerHouse | Ridgeland Designer Lana Pate

Meet Interior Designer Lana Pate! // www..alwayssummerblog.comWe are so excited to introduce y’all to our newest designer at SummerHouse | Ridgeland! Her name is Lana Pate and she is such a perfect addition to our team. We love this girl, and we think you will too. Get to know her a little better with this quick Q&A!

What got you interested in the Interior Design field?

One of my mother’s best friends was a decorator as I was growing up.  Our families spent a lot of time together.  I loved being around her amazing and never ending energy.  It was impressive watching her make “something” out of “nothing”.  She encouraged me at an early age to pursue my talents and dreams, and she remained a mentor to me throughout my career.

How would you describe your personal taste in design?

My personal taste is much like my personality – colorful!  I decorate my home the same way I advise my clients to design theirs – by surrounding myself with things I love.  I love original art with bold bright colors.  I also have a huge obsession for luxurious fabrics. Velvet being my most favorite!  Did I mention I love gold?  A girl’s got to have a little bling in her world.  My decor is classic with a dose of French and pops of color.

What is your favorite day to spend a day off?

I like to spend my day off by sleeping in then meeting my sister for a delicious lunch at one of our local restaurants.  In the afternoon, I like to go see a movie alone.  It’s a different experience going to the cinema alone versus with family/friends.  When I’m alone, I can completely immerse myself in the story and escape reality for a couple of hours.  I like to end my day with a long hot bath and a good book.

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

Since I literally go almost every week, it’s hard to narrow the field.  Though it’s been a few months, The Light Between Oceans had a profound effect on me.  The story and the characters were very complex.  It was an incredibly sad movie (book), but I could sympathize with each character’s plight.  I pretty much cried the entire time.

What is your favorite source of design inspiration?

My go to source has always been magazines such as Veranda, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, etc.  I think I started subscribing to Traditional Home when I was 13.  But I also enjoy letting art inspire me.  If I hit a “block” on a project, I’ll head to a local art gallery.  It never fails to get my creativity flowing again

How do you take your caffeine?

My daily dose is unsweetened tea.  But my favorite is Dr. Pepper (preferably in a can).  Sadly, I consider those treats these days!

What is your favorite part of being in the Summerhouse family so far?

I’m loving being surrounded by so much creative energy.  I enjoy how everyone just seems to feed off one another.  It’s fun to see others’ projects and design styles.  And it’s nice to have sounding boards sometimes.

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Thank you, Lana! Welcome to the SummerHouse fam! 🙂

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Back Door Sale Sneak Peek

SummerHouse's annual BACK DOOR SALE

If you’re one of our beloved social media followers, you have probably seen us announce the dates of our upcoming BACK DOOR SALE! (If you are not one of our beloved followers, but would like to be, we invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!)

The official dates are July 21 and 22 and the location is 830 Wilson Drive in Ridgeland. (Please note that this is NOT our store address. We’ve had to move this sale to an off-site location.)

As always, we are sworn to secrecy right now as far as what will actually be in the sale. The organizers like to keep it all top secret until all final decisions are made. BUT, we were able to get the scoop on a small handful of items that we know for sure will be in the sale, so we get to share some little teasers with you right now! (If you have been a follower of past Back Door Sales, you know this never happens this far in advance of the sale!)

SummerHouse's annual BACK DOOR SALE

Be sure to keep a close eye on our social media for more sneak peeks as we get closer to the 21st… But until then, enjoy this teeny peek (which we feel is well representative of all of the awesome stuff you’ll be able to get your hands on when the day arrives!)

As always, thank you for stopping by today! You guys are the best!

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A Few Moments With Artist Carol Sneed

We recently got the opportunity to chat with local artist Carol Sneed about her work, her family, her inspirations, and how she got into art in the first place! Keep reading to find out more about this talented woman whose work we could not adore any more!


Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comCan you tell us a little about yourself? Where you’re from, about your family, how you like to spend a lazy weekend…

I am from Canton, MS. I met my husband, Bill, at Ole Miss, and we married after his first year of Medical School. After my graduation from The University of MS with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Houston in design, I practiced Interior Design in Jackson, MS.

We have one daughter, Katherine, who is married to Hunter Worley, and they live in Birmingham, AL.

On a lazy weekend, believe it or not, I like to get some painting in. It is therapy- sometimes, that is! I also like to read & practice sketching. If I am in the mountains where the summer weather is cool, I like to hike or bike.

How long have you been painting, and what got you into painting?

Well, my mother’s favorite piece from the fourth grade, a crayon & watercolor, entitled “Cotton Picking” still adorns her walls. My teacher entered it in an art contest and it won first place.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comI have been designing and painting a good deal of my life. At Ole Miss, I took art electives for fun. After Ole Miss graduation, I studied painting from a local instructor for fun. My fine Arts degree included every form of art. After retiring from Interior Design, I knew I had to focus my artistic energy in some direction, and painting was a natural creative outlet. I began sketching and painting seriously in 1999.

How do you describe your style?

That is a hard question! It may not have a name. ha! My goal, however, is to take what is complex and paint it simply. When painting abstractly and experimenting with different color combinations, I try to keep the composition fresh, spontaneous, and appearing effortless.

What do you most enjoy about creating art?

I love an eclectic mix. I enjoy creating art that is very much at home with antiques as well as contemporary pieces. I am always keeping “art for interior design” in mind, and I paint the types of pieces that I searched for to place in client’s spaces.

Original Oil on Canvas Art by Carol Sneed // www.alwayssummerblog.comWhat would you say inspires you most as an artist?

I love the inspiration I receive through travel- to drink it all in. There is nothing like being there to capture the essence of the place. My city scenes and Aspen landscapes are drawn as much from memory as through photo references and sketches. Matisse, Cézanne, Bonnard, and Monet are just a few of my current influences.

I am especially fascinated by nature as a whole, the most awesome masterpiece of all, created by the only perfect artist.

What else do we need to know about you?!

Every day is a gift, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do something I enjoy- and hopefully bring pleasure to other people.

View more of Carol’s work here:

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Shop these pieces plus many more HERE!

Big thanks to Carol for giving of her time so we could get to know her better! Next time you’re in Oxford, be sure to stop into SHOX so you can see her gorgeous work with your own eyes. Thanks for checking in with us today. We hope to see you soon!

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