A Few Minutes With Artist Dyann Gunter

10
SEPTEMBER
2014

We recently had the pleasure of getting to visit with Dyann Gunter, a local artist and personal friend to many of us up here, about her beautiful artwork! Dyann is always so much fun to get to chat with, and this visit was no different! We found out a few more details about how she got started, how she met Lisa, and what her favorite type of music is! Keep reading for the full interview!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

1. How long have you been painting?

My first memory of drawing was at age 4. I drew dogs, horses, and faces my entire childhood, but I never painted until I got to college. I truly don’t remember learning how to paint then, even though I did paint. It was not until I was about 40 that I started to teach myself how to paint in oil, mostly doing portraits. I also started buying every art magazine I could, and I would read them cover to cover!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

2. How did you and Lisa meet and when did she start using your art in her projects?

I first met Lisa Palmer at Olde Town Middle School in the Band Hall. Our sons were both in the band, so that’s where Lisa and I became friends. We had a lot to talk about– especially music and art. Anyway, she asked one day to see some of my sketches. When I showed them to her, she liked a few of them, so she started selling them. Then she started showing me some abstracts that she loved, and I loved them too!!! She got me all fired up about abstract painting. I started trying my hand at abstract, and about a year later, I attended a painting workshop in Ocean Springs, MS with Robert Burridge. The class was called “Big and Loose,” which was just what I needed. I saw painting in a completely different light after that, and it became much more fun.

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

3. What is your favorite subject matter?

Rather than painting a visible object, I use elements of texture and I paint colors and shapes and light to express emotion in my work. I play! I experiment, and I have fun! I get the greatest surprises that just seem to work most of the time.

4. What is your ideal creative environment when getting into paint mode? Any certain time of day? And certain type of music you like to have going? 

My favorite time to paint is anytime I can! Music is a must, and most any kind will do, but music from the 70’s is my favorite!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

5.  Where do you get most of your inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from Lisa and the designers at SummerHouse. I’m also very inspired by other artists from Mississippi.

6. What else do we need to know about you?

Lisa introduced me to JohnRichard, a wonderful company out of Greenwood, who I have painted for for about 5 years now. It has been a life changing experience and has enabled me to become a full time painter (as of this October!) I owe so much to Lisa and all of the wonderful designers there. I love for them to call me and say, “Hey, can you come by and help me figure out what kind of painting I need!?” Summerhouse has been a huge blessing to me in my life. HUGE!!!

Original art by Dyann Gunter // SummerHouse // alwayssummerblog.com

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Thank you SO MUCH Dyann! We love getting to see you when you come up here to visit! You’re truly talented, and such a joy to work with!

To see some of Dyann’s work in person, drop by our showroom any time! We’ve always got a few of her pieces hanging!

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New and Pinteresting

19
AUGUST
2014

SummerHouse has a brand new Pinterest account and we would love if you’d follow us! To get to our new account, CLICK HERE! You can still get to and pin from our old SummerHouse group pin board, but from now on, we will be posting and pinning from the new account only!

The most exciting thing about this new account is that we have boards divided by type of design, specific rooms, design tips, things we’re inspired by, and boards for each individual designer! We’re feeling much more organized now… 🙂

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Thanks for following along with our design fun! We look forward to pinning with you!

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Why We Love Wounded Warrior Project

07
JULY
2014

In case you missed the announcement last week, we are partnering with Lee Industries and Restyle Source in their Lee Gives Back campaign, so when you buy any Lee Industries upholstery during the month of July, you’re supporting Wounded Warrior Project!

We could not be more excited to support this worthy cause!

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So why did we choose Wounded Warrior Project?

Here are just a few reasons…

– Their vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

– Their purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

– Armed with fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation, and service + a culture of teamwork, Wounded Warrior Project staff work to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation’s history!

See why we think so much of this organization?! 🙂

We can think of no better way to give back to our community! Thanks again for your business, especially during this month where, together, we can make a real difference in the lives of our servicemen!

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Our Favorites From Lee

03
JULY
2014

You heard us talking earlier this week about the month-long event we have going through the end of July where 10% of our Lee Industries sales go to Wounded Warrior Project!

We’re excited about, together with you, being able to make a difference in the lives of those who have so bravely served our country!

We thought it would be fun to share some of our staff’s favorite Lee Industries frames just to give you a better idea of what all this fabulous company offers!

Marty’s favorite: the 3722-03 sofa

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Tina loves the 1878-01.

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

The 1942-01 chair is Jacque’s fave…

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

…and Mary Courtney loves the L1549-21 lounger!

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

Katy’s pick: the 1821-01 Swivel Glider.

SummerHouse's favorites from Lee Industries! // www.summerhousestyle.com

We love all of these styles! And you will love the quality and comfort! Stay tuned for more staff favorites coming over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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SummerHouse and Lee Industries Give Back

30
JUNE
2014

When we heard about Lee Gives Back, a special month-long event that Lee Industries is putting on during July, we were reminded of why we love this company so much! Not only does Lee produce beautiful, high-quality upholstery, but they care about loving on local dealers and the communities with which these dealers work.

During the month of July, they’ve given each dealer the chance to choose a charity to give back a portion of their proceeds. SummerHouse has chosen Wounded Warrior Project as our charity, so 10% of all of our Lee Industries sales during the month of July will go towards this noteworthy organization!

SummerHouse and Lee Industries give back to Wounded Warrior Project during July 2014 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Throughout the month, we’ll highlight a few of our favorite Lee products as well as a little more about why we chose Wounded Warrior Project as our charity.

We look forward to working with you in the coming month on furnishing your home with beautiful upholstery all while giving back to a well-deserving charity.

Thank you for your business and support!!

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The Scout Guide

02
APRIL
2014

Have y’all seen The Scout Guide yet?! It’s BRAND NEW to Jackson and is simply beautiful…

The Scout Guide Jackson at SummerHouse

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We particularly love the Summerhouse page! 🙂 Todd, Marty, and Lisa look simply amazing! And the day we did this photo shoot was especially fun… You may remember reading about it HERE!

The Scout Guide Jackson at SummerHouse

The Scout Guide is actually running a fun little contest right now and some SummerHouse photos are being used in promotion of this giveaway! Check out TSG’s blog to find out more! We plan on entering… We hope you will too!

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Shalla Wista Trunk Show at SummerHouse

03
FEBRUARY
2014

We’re so excited about our Lee Loves Local event, which is set for Tuesday February 11th! On that day from 10 until 7, we’ll be hosting a Shalla Wista trunk show! If you’re not familiar with Shalla Wista, then you certainly need to make plants to be here on the 11th! This line of jewelry is simply stunning… PERFECT for Valentine’s Day presents!

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Each piece is handmade by Birmingham based designer Laura Gaines or a member of her small team of artisans. We are honored to have her collection represented at SummerHouse!

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

Shalla Wista Jewelry available at SummerHouse // Ridgeland, MS

How gorgeous is all of this? This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Shalla Wista has to offer! Be sure to make plans to stop by next Tuesday to see all of this (and more) with your own eyes!

We’ll also have happy hour from 5 until 7 with some special local bubbles and bites! Stay tuned for more information about that aspect of our event in the coming days!

A huge thank you to Lee Industries and Restyle Source for making Lee Loves Local week happen. We’re so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful national event! 🙂

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Thank You!

10
DECEMBER
2013

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Christmas Open House last week! We had fun and enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit with you!

SummerHouse Christmas Open House

The best part was seeing how excited everyone is about our coat drive! We’re off to a GREAT start, and we’ve still got until 12/19 to go! Keep bringing those coats in… The folks at Stewpot are SO going to appreciate what you’re doing for them! (And each coat you brings gets you one entry into the drawing for one of those pretty leather chairs! WIN, WIN!)

SummerHouse Coat Drive

If you have any questions about the coat drive, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! (601-853-4445) We hope you’re all having a great week so far!

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