Meet Sarah Ethridge

Today, I am so excited to introduce y’all to new(ish) Ridgeland team member Sarah Ethridge! Sarah has been with us for several months now and is such a huge help wherever she is needed. We LOVE this girl! If you stop in, you might find her updating our inventory book, helping a designer on a home visit, putting something in CAD, accessorizing the showroom floor, checking in new fabrics, and so many other things! Needless to say, things flow much more smoothly now that Sarah is part of the team 🙂 Get to know this cutie better with a fun Q&A! Meet SummerHouse employee Sarah Ethridge

Can you tell us a little about you? Where you’re from, where you’re in school, what you’re studying, about your family…

I am from Brandon (on the Rez side) and I have lived there my whole life. I graduated from Northwest Rankin High school. I am in school at Mississippi College and I have one year left. I am majoring in Interior Design and have a minor in business. My parents are still in Brandon and I have a sister who is 2 years older than me who has a degree in Graphic Design from Mississippi College. I also have a cat named Carmen that I am very obsessed with.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

My favorite local restaurant is Saltine. I like it because I can always try something different that I have never had before and no matter what I get there it is always good. (I also get a discount when I eat there because I work at Amerigo and they are owned by the same people, so that is a bonus.)

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

My favorite piece on the showroom floor is the black and gold mirror in the room to the left when you walk in the front door. I just love how simple and classic it looks and its shape makes it look even more beautiful.

7What’s your favorite source of design/style inspiration?

Whenever I am surrounded by creative spaces I feel more imaginative and inspired. Being somewhere new can help whenever you are trying to find some inspiration. Sometimes nature can inspire me and sometimes being in a city can inspire me. I typically get the most inspiration from being in a city environment because there are so many creative things already going on all around me.

How do you take your caffeine?

Every morning I have to have at least a cup of black coffee. I cannot function without having coffee. Sometimes in the middle of the day I will treat myself to a vanilla iced latte, but the majority of the time I just drink black coffee.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately and why did you love it? 

The last movie I saw in theaters was Mamma Mia 2 and it was great. The scenery in the movie was amazing because it was set in Greece and I thought the costume design was great. This is the kind of movie that makes you want to drop all of your responsibilities and travel the world.

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

Last semester my school did a study abroad program that I got to be a part of, so I got to study in London for a little over 3 months. I really learned a lot about their culture and got to experience so many new things. I also did a lot of traveling while I was over there. I got to go to Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, and Italy, as well as different towns throughout England. It was the best time of my life and I am very grateful that I got to be a part of it because not everyone gets an opportunity like that.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend off?

If I ever have a weekend off I am usually traveling somewhere. I might go to visit family or travel somewhere new. Sometimes I will even just go somewhere for the day just to get away and clear my mind.

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Thank you so much, Sarah! You are one amazing and inspiring girl, you know it? Thanks for letting us get to know you in a cool new way 🙂

I hope ALL of you get to meet Sarah soon! She’s the cutest.

Y’all have a great week! XOXO from maternity leave,

Laurel 🙂

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Our Designers’ Favorite Whites

Paint colors are hard. That is no secret at all! That’s why it’s so important to get a designer in on your paint color decision. You do not want to be going through the trouble of painting a room just to have to repaint it a few days later because it looks terrible! Let one of our talented designers save you a re-do by helping you pick a great color on the front end, okay?? Trust me on this one.

Now that we have that out of the way, I did poll our staff to see which white paint colors seem to work well for them most frequently. We got some great answers from everyone, so allow me to share! I personally love a white room so this post was really fun for me to put together. After we wrap up a little construction on my home, I’m sure I’ll get one of our awesome designers out to help me pick a great white to paint our new little addition! Stay tuned! 😉

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Ben Moore White Dove is a favorite of mine. I have used it in several projects and it always has beautiful consistency in different types of lighting.” Lindsey Townsend, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Restoration Hardware’s Right White is a favorite of mine. It is a beautiful subtle velvet finish!
Its gorgeous.” Hathaway McMillon, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Cloud White is one of my favorites. Cloud White is a crisp white that does not lend itself to undertones of pink or yellow.” Jordan Carter, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Ivory White is really pretty. It’s a great white for any directional lighting.” Katy Sanders, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Benjamin Moore Linen White is pretty universal in any setting. I’ll be using it in my next house everywhere.” Anabel Webb, Interior Design Assistant

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“BM Linen White is my favorite, too, although I have been using it in 1/2 strength a lot lately. Especially with clients who want a whiter but softer white. It is beautiful! – Lisa

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Sherwin Williams White Duck has been my go to for a good while. I love it so much my own house is White Duck – walls, ceilings and trim!” Jenni Hilbun, Interior Designer

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

“Ben Moore Glacier White is so pretty. It’s warm, with a little hint of gray, and helps create a very cozy and inviting white room! We painted my little boy’s room this color and his room is one of my favorites in our home.” – Me, Laurel Donahoo, Social Media Manager (and former Interior Design Assistant!)

The SummerHouse Design Team rounds up the best white paint colors

So there you have it. A roundup of beautiful white paint colors! I hope you find yourself inspired. Sometimes the only update a room needs is a fresh coat of paint. Why not treat yourself for Christmas with a little wall refresh? (But don’t forget– consult a designer first if you are even the teeniest bit unsure about paint colors!)

XOXO from maternity leave,
Laurel

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Merry and Bright

Our showrooms are looking so pretty and festive that I wanted to share just a few photos with you, then encourage you to stop in and see all of this loveliness for yourself! We have some extra pretty accessories this year, so come see what all you can take home to deck your own halls! I promise you’ll find some things you love! (I know I have!)

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

Merry and Bright at SummerHouse

I hope you had an incredible weekend!

XOXO from leave,
Laurel

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My Maternity Leave Replacement

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

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

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

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

Y’all take care of yourselves! XOXO!

Laurel

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Meet Hathaway McMillon

Hello, friends! I hope you had the best weekend! I wanted to pop in today and introduce you to one of the newest faces here at the SummerHouse so y’all can get to know this new designer just a little bit better! We’ve actually had a few additions to our team (at both locations) since our blog originally went down, so you’ll be meeting several new(ish) people over the coming weeks to make up for the gap!

Today, meet Hathaway. She’s our newest Interior Designer at our Ridgeland shop. She’s been a joy to get to know over the past few weeks, so I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her as well! Let’s get on with the Q&A:Meet Hathaway McMillon

Give us a little bit of background on you please ma’am!

I was born and raised in Columbus, MS. I went to Heritage Academy for High School and University of Mississippi for college. I met my husband Alex at there at Ole Miss, and I will never forget the moment I saw him at a Kappa Delta/ SAE swap!(circa 2003) I have lived in Louisiana and Texas before moving back to Mississippi. Alex and I have a 4 year old daughter named Wimberly! My parents are here in Madison, MS, so we are so excited to be close to family. I have a younger brother named Buck that is in New Orleans so we will be taking lots of road trips to see him now that we are closer.

Can you give us your design history in a nutshell?

I have ten years of interior design experience with commercial and residential design! I have worked on projects all over the United States and loved every minute and every location.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

This is way too hard to answer, as I have missed real southern food. I always love a good margarita and Mexican food, though.

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

My next trip will be to the Amalfi Coast. It is a beautiful place.

How do you take your caffeine?

I start my day every morning with a large cup of Starbucks Verona coffee with sugar free vanilla creamer and a Splenda. And I sometimes have a mid day coffee, too! I have not always loved coffee… it was not until after college that I discovered this love! I also love a Diet Coke with lemon or lime

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

I have red hair and I larger than life personality with love for design.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend off?

Spend time with my husband Alex and daughter Wimberly! We love to entertain with friends and family. I also love a good bottle of wine with a large assortment of cheeses, a fabulous candle and fresh flowers at all times.

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I totally feel you on all of that, Hathaway! Thank you so much for your time! Now all of y’all need to get up to SummerHouse | Ridgeland to meet this fun gal 😉

Stay tuned for more new faces, coming your way soon!

XO,
Laurel

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Hello Again!

Hello Again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Laurel

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A Midsummer Night’s Runway Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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

Rectangle burl wood coffee table styled by Design Assistant Camille Parker

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round glass top coffee table styled by Interior Designer Maddie Ertle

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle shell coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katy Hines

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Round leather coffee table styled by Interior Designer Laurie Conway

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Rectangle concrete coffee table styled by Interior Designer Katherine Shelton

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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

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

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

Coffee Table Styling Tips

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

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First Impressions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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