Kimberly Moore Art

Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse

I am thrilled to share with you that we are now carrying the art of a fabulously talented artist, Kimberly Moore! All of us up here love her style and her eye, and we are honored to have her work adorning our Ridgeland showroom.

Let’s get to know Kimberly a bit better together, shall we?!

Laurel: Can you give us an overview of Kimberly in a nutshell! 🙂

Kimberly: I am married and have 3 children and a new grandchild! I grew up in South Florida, lived 18 years in Atlanta in my early 20s, then moved back to South Florida where I am now.

Laurel: Beautiful! South Florida is so pretty. So how would you describe your artistic style?

Kimberly: I would describe my style as abstract expressionism. I am heavily influenced by ancient Greek and Roman civilization and painters from the 1940s and 1950s.

Laurel: How cool! Now, I know from reading your About page that you draw from life experiences when you’re crafting your art. Can you tell us about a specific life experience and how it inspired a specific piece?

Kimberly: Sure! One of my favorite paintings came as a result of the impression left on me after I visited Pompeii. It was a profound experience for me and I find that images and markings rise to the surface of my conscience as I am painting based on such experiences.

Laurel: Very neat. I love that! I also read that you are open to doing commissioned pieces. Can you tell us about one of the most unique or commission requests you’ve ever received?! 

 Kimberly: I received a commission from a wonderful couple, one an interior designer and the other a graphic designer. Throughout the commission process I would send previews which they would critique with such incredible depth and understanding that they actually gave me a beautiful gift in allowing me to view and see my work in an objective way. I will be forever grateful to Keith and Jason!

Laurel: What a lovely way of viewing such process! I love that attitude, and I know you learned so much. Now let’s move on to how you finish these pieces… I notice that many of the frames used on your collage and ink pieces (and possibly some of your larger abstracts?!) appear to be vintage or found. Can you tell us about the significance of your framing?

Kimberly: I spend early weekend mornings scouring Estate Sales and Flea Markets looking for vintage frames. It is a leftover habit from my antiquing days. I have never lost the thrill of the hunt! I let the frame dictate the style of art I think is appropriate. 

Laurel: Well they are perfect and just give an extra element of uniqueness to your work. Now, what else do we need to know about Kimberly Moore Art? 🙂  

Kimberly: I spent the majority of my career in the Antique business and also was an Appraiser of Antiques and Vintage Goods which has definitely honed by eye. I am OBSESSED with Interior Design! I painted as long as I can remember but always for myself. I had been regularly doing the Scott Antique Show in Atlanta and my husband encouraged me to put a few of my paintings out for sale. I was so unsure of myself in the beginning that I signed my work ‘Lillian Howell’ which is my Grandmothers maiden name. (She is 97 and was thrilled to be known as an “artist”). My art was purchased by a number of very well known designers so I was encouraged to keep painting. I am so thrilled that people seem drawn to my art and now I paint full time (and sign my own name!)

Laurel: As you should! It’s absolutely stunning. I hope to have a piece of my own one of these days! 🙂 Well, I think that about wraps us up here. Thank you so much for your time, Kimberly. We love your work!!

Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse
Kimberly Moore Art at SummerHouse

Shop Kimberly’s work in our Ridgeland showroom, and be sure you follow her on Instagram where you can see even more of her pieces.

Thank you for popping in today. I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week! XO! -Laurel

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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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Arco Avenue Is Popping Up in Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Oxford people, SAVE THE DATE!

Our favorite shoe store, Arco Avenue, is popping up in our Oxford location for one day only: TUESDAY, MARCH 26TH! Arco Avenue has the most fabulous selection of beautiful shoes in a wonderful range of styles. It is absolutely my personal favorite shoe store, hands down. We are thrilled that Oxford will get to experience some Arco, too! And not only does Arco Avenue carry shoes, but gorgeous jewelry, apparel, and accessories as well. I know you’ll love what you find when you shop this pop-up on Tuesday!

Here’s a peek of some Arco gorgeousness…

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse Oxford

Arco Avenue is popping up at SummerHouse OxfordOur whole team is so excited and I hope you are too! Be sure to follow us, SummerHouse Oxford, and Arco Avenue on Instagram to stay fully up to date!

See you beautiful people on Tuesday 🙂

XO, 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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The Best Non-White Neutral Paint Colors

The posts we do over here on Always Summer focusing on paint colors are always our most popular ones BY FAR, so that reinforces the idea that y’all love to get our team’s opinion on the topic!

Paint colors are definitely tricky. I have heard designers asking other designers up here to look at paint colors with them because they really can be difficult! If you have even a slight doubt about which paint color to choose, I highly recommend getting a trained Interior Designer to weigh in. I promise you’ll be glad when you make the best decision on the front end rather than after multiple tries!

This edition of paint color help is all about those NON-WHITE NEUTRALS. Of course we love a good shade of white (our favorites rounded up here, and our favorite white-on-white pairings here) but when you’re looking to go rich rather than airy, white simply will not do! These non-white neutrals are all beautiful easy-to-work-with colors that provide richness and interest. Read on to see who loves what color and why!

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Interior Designer Emily Sanders: Oakmoss Green by Sherwin Williams
“I love bringing the outdoors inside in airy, light filled areas of the home. Sherwin Williams Oakmoss green is a neutral to me and since it’s a bit darker can make your white and cream pieces pop!”

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Interior Designer Katy Sanders: Dragon’s Breath by Benjamin Moore
“This is a dark neutral that missed well with both warm and cool tones.”

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Interior Designer Lindsey Townsend: Chalk Gray by Pratt & Lambert
“Chalk Gray is a beautiful neutral. It’s a very soft warm gray and can go with practically anything!”

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Owner and Principal Interior Designer Lisa Palmer: Onyx by Benjamin Moore
“I painted the walls and trim in my master bedroom this color and heightened up the drama! I chose an eggshell finish for the walls and a satin finish for the trim, cabinets and crown. All of my bedding, drapery and my bed is out of an ivory linen so the overall feel is really cozy and not dark at all. The carpet is a wool woven loop in a light caramel color so the main pieces in this space are light. I punched the bedding with 1 large long pillow in a deep charcoal and ivory velvet graphic to bring the wall color onto my sea of ivory linen. This super dark neutral is a wonderful background for a collection of charcoal or pencil sketches in various old gold frames. Take a chance and go dark!”

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Interior Designer Elish Moon: Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore
“I was recently on a church renovation committee and decisions were challenging because the church was being updated, but in phases as finances allowed. I had to find a neutral paint color that worked with the new cooler color choices that also wouldn’t fight
with the warmer finishes in the more dated areas of the church for the time being. Edgecomb Gray was an ideal choice. It was beautiful, freshened the space, but also married well with the existing finishes.”

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Interior Designer Jordan Carter: Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore
“One of my favorite paint colors is Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist. It has more depth than a white, but is light and neutral enough to work with any furniture or accent colors that you desire!”

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Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun: Agreeable Gray and Amazing Gray from Sherwin Williams
“It just so happens that very recently I was asked for a little color from my client. After I freaked out (“Why??? Color is so… Colorful!?”), I came through with two options that leave the feeling of color but still play nicely with just about everyone (meaning other fabrics of course.) Amazing Gray and Agreeable Gray. Two outstanding “colors” from Sherwin Williams. Of course having a lifelong affinity with the Baptist Hymnal and now the Methodist version, I lean toward Amazing Gray! Just tickles me.”

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Blog Editor, Former Design Assistant, and Design Enthusiast, yours truly, Laurel Donahoo: Desert Twilight and Dark Olive from Benjamin Moore
“With the help of my friend Elish, we selected Desert Twilight for my husband’s new office. We needed something warm and masculine that could serve as a nice backdrop for some colorful art and bunch of stuffed ducks, turkeys, and deer. So. many. animals… But I digress! We used this color on wall and trim and it turned out beautifully. And in a little addition we are currently doing in our home, I did some research and selected Dark Olive for a new rec room of sorts. We are using this on the trim and walls as well. I know it’s going to be gorgeous. I can’t wait to see this room completed!”

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And there you have it! Our favorite non-white neutrals. Have you used any of these colors in your home or on a project? I’d love to hear which ones you love, too!

Thanks so much for dropping in today. Love having you here!
XOXO, Laurel

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Save The Date for MAY MOD

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

MAYMOD Runway Event

I. AM. SO. EXCITED.

Do y’all remember that killer fashion show we put on last year with our friends at Noggins Salon? The above pictures may help. 😉 It was A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event with all the glittery, fairy-esque goodness we could squeeze through our doors. Well, we are back for round two, and it’s going to be even cooler than it was last year (if that is even possible! Because if you were here, you remember how amazing it was. Such a fun night!) Our theme this time is MAY MOD. We’re going all modern in the month of May and the ideas we have circulating are simply great.

I think the reason I’m most excited about this event is because it’s benefiting Magnolia Speech School. MSS has become very dear to my heart because my third baby, sweet little mister Dempsey Donahoo (picture of his happy face here!), was born in November with complete deafness. He has profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, so my husband and I have started the process to get our baby hearing and speaking, and a major player in Dempsey’s journey has been (and will continue to be) Magnolia Speech School. We’ve begun early intervention therapy with MSS and we adore our interventionist. He is a doll and is a fabulous representative for this school that is doing so much to help the hearing impaired kiddos around our area!

We have a lot of moving parts and a few more details we are trying to nail down before we can present the full lineup of shops participating in the show, but for now…

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, May 9th at SummerHouse in Ridgeland. 7 til 9 p.m.  Fashion for the whole family!

Tickets will be available for online purchase once we get that set up. They’ll be $20 for general admission or $120 for admission plus a reserved, runway-side seat. Also, two words: SWAG BAGS. But more on all that later!

MAYMOD Runway Event

Make sure you’re following SummerHouse on Instagram to stay well updated on everything regarding #MayModness (<< our official event hashtag.) We hope you’ll make plans to attend!

As always, thank you for checking in today. I hope your week is going smoothly so far! 🙂

XOXO! 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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A Local Love Affair in Oxford

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

Hey y’all! We have been quite energized over here at the SummerHouse (at both locations) because Lee Loves Local festivities are gearing up! We are hosting two separate events: One at our Ridgeland store, and one at our Oxford store! Today, I want to give y’all a little info about the Oxford event. More details about the Ridgeland event coming soon!

So first off, let’s talk about exactly what Lee Loves Local even is! I commonly hear the question, “Who is Lee?” Well, Lee is not actually a human. Lee is a company! One of our favorite upholstery brands, to be more specific! Lee Industries is a fabulous, American-made line of upholstery based in North Carolina and this company loves their local community so well. They are plugged in and very invested into the local culture of their community. This local love gives them so much energy and positivity that they wanted all of their dealers’ local communities to experience that same love and energy, hence the implementation of LEE LOVES LOCAL week. For one week every February, Lee dealers all over the country partner up with other local vendors to put on cool events. Since February is the month of love, it just seemed natural 😉

You can see more about our past Lee Loves Local events HERE!

So our LEE LOVES LOCAL events this year are entitled “A Local Love Affair.” Our Oxford love affair, happening on Saturday, February 9th, involves artist Chelsea Fly, a really cool garden shop called The Oil Shed, and a wildly talented cookie creator Sarah Hutto from The Cookie Canvas of Mississippi. (I linked each of their Instagrams– please go follow each! You’ll fall in love, I promise!) Each of these three vendors will have a booth set up in our Oxford store selling small pieces of art, cool succulent and floral arrangements, and beautiful cookies, respectively. We’ll have light bites, cocktails, live music, the whole nine. It’s going to be really fun! Oh, and most of the store will be 25% off, plus 20% off on Lee special orders! This is BIG!

Here’s an idea of what these fab companies will have for you on the 9th!

———- CHELSEA FLY ———-

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

———- THE OIL SHED ———-

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

———- THE COOKIE CANVAS ———-

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

I’m personally EXTREMELY obsessed with those Valentine piñata cookies that break open and reveal sprinkles! How freaking cute is that?! And of course, I’ve been a long time fan of Miss Chelsea Fly’s gorgeous work. And who doesn’t love a fresh floral or succulent arrangement in a non-cheesy valentine-y container?! So much goodness will go into this event!

A LOCAL LOVE AFFAIR

We really hope to see y’all at this all day event. We’ll have giveaways, too, so you’ll definitely want to get in on those! Follow SummerHouse Oxford on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest, most up-to-date event info!

And check back in here in a few days for more info on the Ridgeland LEE LOVES LOCAL event! Can’t wait to share more about that! 😉

Y’all are awesome for stopping in. We love when you take time to visit! Many Xs and Os!
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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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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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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Hotty Toddy Pillow Party

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

What are you doing this Friday afternoon? Nothing so important that it can’t be rescheduled? GREAT! Then we would love for you to join us for a Hotty Toddy Pillow Party at SummerHouse | Oxford from 1:00 to 4:00 on Friday! I’m a Mississippi State fan, and I think I’m more excited about the Hotty Toddy Pillow Party than anybody! I mean, you have to admit, then name of the party is pretty darn clever even if you don’t pull for the team. Agreed?

So what is this pillow party all about, you ask? Well, Rebecca Vizard, friend of SummerHouse, designs these FANTASTIC pillows that are seriously so stunning that it’s hard to take in the exquisiteness. She does a couple of different types of pillows: Hand painted on linen, then crafted pillows with found materials. Each crafted pillow is one of a kind, is handmade, and uses materials that Rebecca personally sources from all over the world. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see lots of these all in one place. I promise you! The hand painted linen ones are stunning too, adorned with designs that Rebecca also created.

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party with Rebecca Vizard of B.Viz Pillows

In addition to pillows, she will have dog collars and Christmas stockings! You’ve got to come see!

She has also written a book, Once Upon A Pillow, which she will be signing. These would make great gifts for any interior design lovers in your world. Why not get a jump start on Christmas shopping by taking home a handful of these?

We’ll have snacks, cocktails, and some great company, so please make plans to stop by. I can’t wait to meet you! See you 10/19 from 1-4!

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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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