Hello Again!

Hello Again!

Hey, y’all! It’s been a minute since you’ve heard from us over here on Always Summer! Sorry about that… We ran into a minor issue that turned rather major, then ended up having to switch over to a whole new platform and blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada…. To make a long story short, WE’RE BACK!

We have also decided to take just a little different direction with the voice of our blog! I, Laurel Donahoo, editor of Always Summer since day one, will have a heavier voice over here and will be talking in the first person much more. Lisa and I hope this adds a bit of personal connection in a fun and different way!

Always Summer Editor, Laurel DonahooTo put a face with a name, this is me. I’m a Mississippi girl in my early 30s, married to my best friend with two kiddos and one on the way. I’m actually due in like a month, so you may notice another gap in posts come early November! Hopefully my maternity leave replacement and I can get some stuff together for y’all over the holidays. We shall see!

Also, this photo is from about a year ago, before I was with child! In case you wondered…

I have been at SummerHouse for 11 years now, so I kiiinda love it up here. Great design is like air to me. I am refreshed when I walk into a beautiful interior (which includes both SummerHouse locations), as great design just has a way of lifting my mood. See, great design is good for the psyche! 😉  I’m constantly inspired by the work that the designers here produce, and I love every single staff member like they were my family! I also have a passion for blogging, so y’all have no idea how thrilled I am to have Always Summer back up and running. I have my own personal blog, too, if you’d like to check that out sometime! 😉

Anyway, I’m so glad we are back up and running and I can’t wait to bring y’all some new, fun content in the coming days! Thanks for getting back on the Always Summer train with me and sharing in the love of all things Interior Design! It’s a pleasure to have you keep up with us over here 🙂

XOXO, Laurel

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A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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

Rectangle burl wood coffee table styled by Design Assistant Camille Parker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round glass top coffee table styled by Interior Designer Maddie Ertle

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle shell coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round leather coffee table styled by Interior Designer Laurie Conway

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle concrete coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Starting Your Day With Style

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We all know that a healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps get our bodies functioning in the most healthful way, giving us energy, a clear mind, and an elevated mood. But have you ever thought about what an impact your breakfast environment can have on your day? Eating in a beautiful setting only enhances the effects of a healthy, balanced breakfast, further elevating our moods and mental clarity.

Our designers always ask our clients how they want their homes to make them feel. Almost always, the answers are either “happy” or “cozy” or “calm and relaxed.” When we deliver happy, calm, cozy, relaxed environments for our clients, it can only help their mental states!

Here is a roundup of beautiful, peaceful, happy breakfast environments that are the perfect compliments to a well-balanced first meal!

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Start Your Day Off With Style // Chic breakfast environments can only help your day go better! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Where is your favorite place to have a calm, relaxing breakfast? We would love to hear!

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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Space Transformed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet Jordan Carter!

Meet Jordan Carter // www.alwayssummerblog.comWe have a new face on our design team that we are so excited to introduce to y’all! Meet Jordan Carter, our newest interior design assistant! This girl is smart, organized, and super fun! So naturally, she fits right in up here 😉

We think you’ll enjoy getting to know Jordan as much as we have! Here’s our traditional Q&A with the newbie… 🙂

1. Tell us about yourself!

I feel blessed to have grown up in Daphne, Alabama, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. I loved growing up on the water and experiencing the scenic Alabama outdoors with family and friends.

I earned my degree in architecture from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and have worked in that field for five years. I recently decided to transition to interior design, and I am excited to begin this new chapter!

My husband and I moved to Jackson last year for his residency at UMMC. We have enjoyed getting acquainted with our new city and making our lovely house a home.

2. Tell us a little about how you became interested in design! Did you always know you loved design, or did you discover your interest some other way?

I have always known that I was interested in design. I remember my father and me touring houses that were under construction and I would tell him all about my design strategies. I would explain what each room would be and show him the way I would lay each room out.

3. What was your first impression of SummerHouse?

My first impression of SummerHouse was the charm. From the sweet southern women to the beautiful design of the showroom floor, I was immediately drawn to it all. To say I am excited to be working at SummerHouse is an understatement!

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Feel free to let us in on a snippet of your early bird or night owl routine! 🙂

I feel like I get asked this question a lot and I have decided that I am neither an early bird nor a night owl. I don’t drink coffee (Weird, I know.) so it takes me a little bit of time to wake up in mornings and I don’t like staying up too late. I am more of a middle of the day person so this job is perfect for me!

5. What is your favorite source of visual/design inspiration?

My favorite source of design inspiration is Instagram. A daily source of new, stylish designs are literally at your fingertips. The designers and brands you can follow are endless. I always find myself scrolling through Instagram when I have a minute of time to spare and bookmarking my favorite designs.

6. We’ve noticed you have great style! Where do you like to shop?

My favorite place to shop is in my mother’s closet! She has such great style and has dressed me my entire life. She has spoiled me so much that I don’t even like shopping without her. When I am in need of new clothes, Ann Taylor Loft is a go to since they have petite sizes for my 5’-2” frame.

7. If you could eat anything in the world for supper tonight, what would you eat?!

My favorite meal on earth has to be surf and turf. A filet mignon with a lobster tail on top is mouth watering good. There is nothing better than a meal from the land and sea!

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St. Andrews Condo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!

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The Best Of Mississippi

Vote SummerHouse for Best of Mississippi

We have a favor to ask of you! Mississippi Magazine has recently opened up their voting for BEST OF MISSISSIPPI and we would love to win! But we need your help! 🙂

When you have a minute, please CLICK HERE to cast your vote for SummerHouse as Best Furniture Store and Best Decor/Home Accessories! 

Vote SummerHouse for Best of Mississippi

Thank you so much for your help in this. Again, HERE is where you can vote!

We so appreciate it! Hope you are having a great week so far 🙂

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Give Back To Byron

Hello, friends!

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

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

Give Back to Byron // alwayssummerblog.com

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

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

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

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Paint Color FAQs

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Let’s talk about paint colors, shall we?

Since the publication of the March/April issue of Traditional Home, we’ve received multiple inquiries, not only about the published home, but about paint colors from many of our projects and photos!

We decided a blog post all about our most asked about paint colors was in order! 😉 Without further adieu…

The pink wall color in the cover shot of the March/April issue of Traditional Home:

SHERWIN WILLIAMS WHITE DOGWOOD (SW6315)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The wall and trim colors in the living/dining/foyer of the home featured in the March/April issue of Traditional Home:

TRIM:  BENJAMIN MOORE ACADIA WHITE (OC-38)

WALL: BENJAMIN MOORE ELMIRA WHITE (HC-84)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The wall color and trim in a project featured on Lisa’s TH Instagram Takeover as well as the Everyday Escape feature in Southern Home Magazine. The paint colors are the same throughout the entire home:

WALL AND TRIM: BENJAMIN MOORE LINEN WHITE (OC-146)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The almost black color at the front desk of SummerHouse Oxford:

custom color closest to BENJAMIN MOORE KENDALL CHARCOAL (HC-166)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

The white at SummerHouse Ridgeland:

WALLS AND TRIM: BENJAMIN MOORE LINEN WHITE (OC-146)

SummerHouse's most frequently requested paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And those are our most frequently asked about paint colors! We hope that was helpful! We will continue to update as more questions roll in.

Have a great week!

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Meet New Ridgeland Interior Designer Erin Baker

We are so excited about sharing a fun Q&A with our newest Ridgeland designer Erin Baker today! Erin has been so much fun to have around these past few weeks. Her bright personality fits right in around here! 🙂 Get to know her a little better >>>

Tell us more about you!SummerHouse | Ridgeland Interior Designer Erin Baker // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am so excited to be working at SummerHouse. I love design and making people’s house into a home they love and enjoy coming home to.

I am from Brookhaven, MS, I attended Brookhaven Academy and Ole Miss for college. I have been in Jackson for almost 8 years now and just recently
bought a house in Madison. I am an only child and I have two pups that I spoil more than I should.:) I love to travel and see new places. I am a runner and love to be outside. If I am not at work or outside doing something, you can find me in the gym, training. It is my stress reliever!

When did you first become interested in interior design? Tell us a little about that realization!

I became interested in design at a very early age. I can remember moving accessories and furniture in my parents house around. I designed my own
bedroom, from paint colors, fabrics, bedding, pillows etc; when i was 12.

Tell us more about your personal design style!

My personal design style is polished casual. I like crisp, clean neutrals, with a surprise of color. Simplicity to me goes a long way. I like classic looks, not trends, and I like to mix textures and metals. My mood has a lot to do with it and what the room is used for. In my house, each room has a different feel/personality.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

My favorite way to spend my day off is relaxing with the boyfriend by the water or working on a project around my house.

How do you take your coffee?

I take my coffee with only two splenda….now! I used to be terrible. I would have a little coffee with my cream and sugar. More like syrup!

What’s the best trip you’ve been on recently? Tell us a little more about it!

The most recent trip I have been on was to Miami. I absolutely loved it. The weather was perfect. The food was amazing. But my favorite part about Miami would have to be the architecture and design. The homes are gorgeous. Everything is white and crisp with vibrant pops of color.

What aspect of SummerHouse is your favorite?

My favorite part about SummerHouse is that it feels like home. As soon as you walk in the door, you get that relaxing, ahhh feeling. Everything is beautiful and of the utmost quality. I love having other designers to bounce ideas off of. It is always helpful when you get stuck in a project or just need another point of view. All of the girls here are terrific designers and I am very privileged and excited to have the opportunity to work here.

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Thank you, Erin! It’s a privilege to have you as a part of our team!

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Meet Elizabeth at SummerHouse | Ridgeland

Meet our new Fabric Librarian, Elizabeth! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have a new face at the Ridgeland shop that you definitely need to get to know! We have loved having Elizabeth Fowlkes on our team and you are going to love her, too! Her bright spirit and happy disposition is just so inspiring!

Elizabeth is our part time fabric librarian during the week (she comes in after her “day job”) and is our receptionist on Saturdays. As per our usual, we did a get-to-know-her Q&A, so here it is!

Tell us a little about yourself!Meet our new Fabric Librarian, Elizabeth! // www.alwayssummerblog.com

I am originally from Oxford, MS. I graduated from Oxford High School and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Auburn University. War Eagle!  I came back to Ole Miss for graduate school, where I studied School Counseling.  I have been in Jackson for the past two years and I work as a School Counselor at Goodloe Elementary School in Canton.  I have a younger sister, Katherine, who just graduated from Ole Miss and lives in Lubbock, TX.  My parents live in Oxford and I go back to visit as often as I can!

Tell us a bit about your “day job” and what you like about it! 

I work as an elementary school counselor during the day and I absolutely love it!!  I love to explore the world through the eyes of children.  I love that my job involves painting, coloring, and puppet shows!  I learn so much from my students. We just finished celebrating “The Great Kindness Challenge” and collected over 900 canned goods for a local food bank, which was all their idea!

What do you like to do on a lazy weekend?

I love to get a pedicure, clean my house, sit on the couch with a good book, and binge watch Friends!

What was your first impression of SummerHouse?!

I fell in love with SummerHouse instantly.  I dream about having a “SummerHouse house.” Everything in the store is so crisp and clean, and every space is beautiful.

Tell us something you’ve learned from your short time at SummerHouse thus far! 🙂

As a counselor I am all about relationships. I can tell that relationships are also very important to the SummerHouse staff also…. relationships with each other and with every customer who walks through the door. That is very special. The coffee is great, too!

What are your currently reading? Do you like it? 

I have read three of Liane Moriarty’s books since Christmas and I couldn’t put them down! I loved Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty.

What’s your favorite social media platform and why?

I love Instagram….I love to see where everyone is traveling, eating, shopping, etc.

What is your favorite meal in the whole wide world? Tell us a little about it, where it’s from or who cooks it, and why you love it! 

My mom’s Chicken Spaghetti! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner forever.  It reminds me of growing up and it’s one of the only things I know how to make well!

Favorite magazine or source for inspiration? Why?

I love Southern Living! You can find the answer for anything and everything.

What else do we need to know about you?! 

I am so excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!

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Thank you so much, Elizabeth! We are thrilled to have ya here 🙂 Thanks for all you have done so far!

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Ask Lisa: All White Rooms

All White Rooms: The DOs and DON'Ts from Lisa Palmer of SummerHouse // #interiordesign

We’ve added a fun new video to our YouTube channel as the first in a new series we’re going to start doing called ASK LISA! We asked for y’all to submit questions to us a few weeks back, and we got some GREAT responses! The one we started with was,

“Can you ever go overboard with white when designing a room?”

Watch the video to see Lisa’s response!

So to recap:

  1. Hire a professional! All white rooms can be hard.
  2. Make sure to mix textures.
  3. Add interesting woods!
  4. You do have to worry about dirt. Make sure to use 100% acrylic or Crypton fabrics when possible.
  5. Get a throw to protect your sofas and chairs from pets.
  6. Again, we reiterate, hire a professional! 🙂 (We love doing all white rooms! Hint, hint!)

We have several questions lined up to get Lisa’s opinion on, but we’d love more! So feel free to submit your own questions for Lisa in the comments below! We’d love to hear what you guys want to know from her!

Thank y’all so much for sopping by today! Have a great week!

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Ridgeland Showroom Update

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

Our Ridgeland showroom has undergone quite an update recently, and we’re so excited to show you all of our new pieces! We update our floor fairly often because, if you didn’t know, we sell directly off our showroom floor! When you walk in and see something you love, that actual item can be yours! No waiting on a piece exactly like it to come in next month. The chair you see is the chair that can go home with you immediately (if you have room in your vehicle!)

We do also offer a white glove delivery service where you can have your new purchases delivered and placed in your home if they are more than your trunk can handle! 😉

So because we sell directly off our showroom floors, we end up with holes. We fill holes almost daily, but sometimes we just need a full out red0! So here’s the most recent Ridgeland redo. (Oxford’s recent redo will be posted next week!)

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

SummerHouse Furniture and Interior Design // Ridgeland, Mississippi // www.summerhousestyle.com

If you see something you love, give us a shout! Y’all have a great week!

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Inspiration Mississippi Feature

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We are so excited to share the bedroom that was just featured in Inspiration Mississippi’s new issue! This beautiful magazine showcased this bedroom as their Summer Interior Design feature. This project is located in Oxford and is the handiwork of Lisa Palmer. Take a peek at our spread, then enjoy several additional photos of this stunning space!

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Blue and White Bedroom by SummerHouse Interior Designer Lisa Palmer // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you’re having a good week!

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Where To Gather

Lately we have been working on several updates to our Interior Design site and have found ourselves just scrolling through galleries and soaking in the inspo! (Honestly, we’d almost forgotten about some of these projects!) Today, we wanted to share a few highlights of our Family/Media Room gallery with y’all.

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Family / Media Room Inspiration from the designers at SummerHouse // www.alwaysusmmerblog.com

Are you feeling as inspired as we are to do a family room update?! We love all of this beautiful work by our talented design team!

You can see the entire Family/Media Room gallery here. (And be sure to check back because we do have even more photos to add here soon!) And, in case it’s been a few weeks since you visited our project site, you can now see all the room galleries via the main menu. Major improvement!

We are so glad you chose to stop by here today. Thanks a million! Have a great day!

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Top 17 of 2017

It’s always fun for us to look back on the year and see what you guys responded most to. We love that you guys love our work– it makes what we do so rewarding!!

Here are our top 17 Instagram posts from 2017. Thanks for all the love!

(17) Happy neutrals!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(16) A very glam Christmas (as perfected by Katherine and Krystle!)

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(15) Lisa’s pretty space at the Atlanta Homes & Gardens Showhouse

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(14) A rare snow day in Mississippi!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(13) One of our favorite projects EVER! Lovely work, Lisa!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(12) Small changes making a big impact in this traditional space.

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(11) White makes us happy!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(10) The Ridgeland showroom looking pretty (as always!)

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(9) One of the most inviting family rooms we’ve done!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(8) Elish and Lisa sending off the soft goods, art, and accessories for an out of town project (which turned out beautifully without us ever stepping foot in this client’s home! See more from that project here.)

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(7) Everybody loves a rug ottoman!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(6) Such a pretty, dark, cozy room by Elish!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(5) Always wake up on the right side of the bed with this stunner!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(4) The oh-so-beautiful SummerHouse | Oxford

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(3) Aaaand more from SummerHouse | Oxford!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(2) Katherine’s stunning outdoor living space that was featured in Social South Magazine

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

(1) Lindsey’s last install of 2017. It is PERFECTION!

SummerHouse's top 17 posts from 2017 // www.alwayssummerblog.com

And that’s a wrap! Be sure to follow us on Instagram ( @shopsummerhouse ) and get in on the favorite-picking for next year! 🙂

Quick reminder that we will be closed Monday and Tuesday for New Years celebrations. See you Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by!!

Happy New Year from SummerHouse!

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Winter Gray Paint Colors

We love a paint color roundup over here, and we know y’all do too! Today, we’re talking about our favorite grays, inspired by the gray winter we’ve had around here. There’s nothing like a cold winter day to encourage a day spent indoors in the warm coziness of your own home. And because home should be inviting, we’ve rounded up the best and coziest grays out there to lend the warmest winter vibes possible!

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Design Assistant Anabel Webb went with a super dark gray from Sherwin Williams called Sealskin. Gorgeous!

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Interior Designer Laurie Conway’s pick is Sherwin Williams Jogging Path. “It goes with anything. It is a wonderful neutral!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Executive Design Assistant Camille Parker picks Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal for her favorite cozy gray. For a cooler gray, she likes Harbor Gray!

“I love the richness of Kendall Charcoal, it is really beautiful in neutral rooms and rooms full of color. A great visual for Kendall Charcoal is the SummerHouse Oxford front desk!”

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Designer Katherine Shelton loves Chelsea Gray from Benjamin Moore. “It is a warmer gray so it looks great with brass, nickle, or bronze. It compliments cool or warm tones.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Designer Katy Sanders picks Ben Moore’s Owl Gray

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Design Assistant Krystle Short picks Flint by Benjamin Moore!

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Social Media Director Laurel Donahoo loves Classic Gray from Benjamin Moore. “I have this color all throughout my home and I love it. It’s so inviting and serves as a beautiful neutral.”

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

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Oxford Interior Designer Maddie Ertle loves Benjamin Moore’s Bunny Gray.

SummerHouse Interior Designers' favorite winter-inspired gray paint colors // www.alwayssummerblog.com

Beautiful picks, ladies!!

Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you’re staying warm this winter! XO!

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Well Framed

Framed // www.alwayssummerblog.com

We have noticed that many of our designers have been placing exposed wood frame sofas and settees in their projects lately, which got us thinking about how much we love the versatility of this style!

Carved exposed wood adds a touch of old world charm to a space, where sleek wood adds a slightly more modern touch. Either way, we love the element that this type of seating brings into a space!  We rounded up a few of our favorite exposed wood framed pieces for your viewing pleasure. Which one is your favorite?!

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

 

See how pretty!?

FRAMED: SummerHouse designers' favorite exposed wood frame sofas and settees // www.alwayssummerblog.com

// See more from this stunning home here //

What are your thoughts on this style?

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! We appreciate it so much! Have a fantastic day!

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