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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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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A Local Love Affair with Leontine Linens

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

Hi, friend 🙂 How are ya?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you as taken with Leontine as we are?

Thanks so much for dropping in. Talk soon! XO! Laurel

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Showroom Refresh

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Hey there! I hope you’re having a good Tuesday so far! It may be a little bit gross outside here in Ridgeland, but things are looking beautiful and very un-gross 😉 inside our showroom right now!

We are getting ready for our Local Love Affair event tonight with Leontine Linens and y’all are in for a major treat if you are able to make it. Our Leontine rep just got to town and was showing us her samples and we all just about fell out from the gorgeousness. They offer embroidery and appliqué with both monograms and simple decorative edges and designs. It’s worth coming by to see with your own eyes!

In addition to Leontine’s prettiness, you’ll see our recently revamped showroom floor. Here’s a peek!

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

SummerHouse Furniture + Interior Design in Ridgeland, MS

Of course, there is so much more to see when you come visit in person!

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Ok, I really hope I get to see you tonight from 4 to 8 at SummerHouse in Ridgeland so we can oooh and aaah over all the Leontine while enjoying some bubbles together! I’m looking uber forward to it!

Chat soon! XO, Laurel

 

 

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Meet Brandon

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

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

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

Start off by telling us a little about you!

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

How did you become interested in the design world? 

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

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

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

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend off?

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

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

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

What else do we need to know about Brandon? 🙂

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

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

Y’all be sure to stop into our Oxford shop next time you’re close and meet Brandon! He really is such a joy.
Thanks for dropping by Always Summer today. Hope your Monday is the best Monday possible! XO!!
Laurel
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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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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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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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Meet New Oxford Interior Designer Emily Sanders Taylor

We have a new(ish) face at SummerHouse | Oxford who you just HAVE to meet soon! Newlywed Emily Taylor (well, she’s actually getting married this weekend – congrats, girl!) is so much fun and is SUPER talented. We love having her on the team and are excited for you to get to meet her! Emily and I have actually known each other for years and have worked together on several events and parties. I truly love this girl. She’s incredible, has a fabulous eye for design, and is very hard working. Check out her designer bio here, then get to know her on a more casual level right here, right now… 🙂

Emily Sanders Taylor, Interior Designer at SummerHouse | Oxford Can you tell us a little about you? Where you’re from, where you went to school, about your family, all that good stuff…

I graduated from Ole Miss in 2011 with a degree in Hospitality Management and moved to Jackson to work in the event planning industry. In 2015, I moved to Oxford to pursue my own wedding planning business and, truthfully, a guy. Fortunately, I’m marrying that guy in just a few days!

Can you give us your professional/design history in a nutshell?

My dad was a contractor. As I grew up, we renovated our house several times. I remember laying the hardwood floors in my kitchen in junior high and the sense of pride that came with it, just as an example. Design has always been in the back of my mind.

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

I love our Willow sofa. It is tailored, clean, and could work in so many different spaces. I am also loving our antique wood chest. They each speak to me so much!

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

France and Italy! We are going for our honeymoon and want to explore off the beaten path a bit so that we can fully experience the culture.

How do you describe your personal design style?

I love “updated traditional.” I like using statement pieces that are timeless and can be paired with your grandmother’s antique chest and a few more trendy accessories. I love for homes to feel cozy and to have many layers of texture.

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

I look at interior design coffee table books and magazines all day long!! There is a whole stack on my desk.

How do you take your caffeine?

I don’t…. I’m the one crazy person that doesn’t drink coffee or sodas!

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

I’ve owned a wedding planning business for almost 4 years. I feel like this has taught me so much about spatial awareness and functionality. I want all pieces to serve a purpose while looking beautiful.

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I can personally speak to Emily’s incredible eye for design. You should have seen the baby shower she planned that we had at my house a few years ago. I just completely let her do everything and rearrange furniture as she needed. Then I left a lot of it where she moved it because I liked it so much better. And I’ve worked in this field since I graduated college eleven years ago! I know y’all will love Emily when you meet her if you haven’t yet. Stop by SHOX as soon as you can and shake her hand! 🙂

Hope all of you have a fantastic week.

Lots of Xs and Os from maternity leave,

Laurel

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Hotty Toddy Pillow Party Recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

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

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

Hotty Toddy Pillow Party recap

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

Hope you had a good weekend!

XO,
Laurel

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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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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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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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The Making of a Light & Airy Living Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What did you enjoy most about this particular project?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Meet Our Oxford Intern!

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

SummerHouse | Oxford Intern Laura Ellis Royal

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

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

What is your favorite thing about SummerHouse?

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

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

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

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

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

What is your favorite place to eat in Oxford?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you take your caffeine?

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

What else do we need to know about you?!

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

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

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

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Lately At SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

Our Oxford showroom is looking better than ever with lots of new arrivals! If you haven’t been by in person lately, we highly encourage you to make a stop in next time you’re in Oxford. We promise you will not be sorry! Furniture, original art, gifts, accessories, lighting, and so much more await you!

Have a quick look around to see what you can get excited about seeing next time you go in…

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

 

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

SummerHouse | Oxford // furniture and interior design

In addition to all of the fabulous items you see in these photos, we offer incredible design services! Our staff of trained interior designers know how to work within budgets, on projects of any scale, and love helping turn houses into homes. Stop in or give our Oxford shop a call to discuss your interior design needs!

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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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