Fall is in the air

Fall fever is upon us...  This morning we set the mood of the store to match the beautiful fall weather outside!  Come in to visit, and enjoy a handful of candy corn!

Designer Spotlight: Betsy Pevey

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 This week, designer Betsy Pevey shares a little bit about what has been catching her eye these days.  Her love for art, color and the great outdoors are truly inspiring.  Take a look...    

"A painting definitely makes a room.  I am always thrilled with artists Lauren Barksdale and Dyann Gunter.  Lauren's beautiful birds and landscapes, and Dyann's abstracts and nudes are so versatile.  I think art is SO important , in any space."    

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[caption id="attachment_666" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Landscape by Lauren Barksdale"][/caption]

  "My favorite color right now is paprika.  It looks great with light hues, like golds and off whites, or darker hues like charcoals, taupes, and dark blues.  That color just has an energy that makes me happy!  I actually just finished up four custom pillows to bring that color into a neutral room.  We used a paprika linen with gold embroidery, and backed it in paprkia velvet. They turned out great.  A couple of my favorite fabrics with paprika are by Raoul and Galbraith and Paul" 

[caption id="attachment_698" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Galbraith and Paul. Birch Orange"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_671" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Galbraith and Paul. Flower Power Fuschia"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_673" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Jane Shelton. Vermicelli Square Red"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_679" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Romo. Delaney Fuchsia  Raoul. Ngozi Cayenne"][/caption]

"My favorite place at my own house right now is my patio.  Outdoor spaces are the ticket to relaxation... A place to unwind and enjoy with family and friends.  I love the multi-use of a garden seat.  They are great indoor and outdoor, and are an easy way to add a pop of color.  I am also loving the new outdoor introductions by LEE Industries.  They have some new outdoor fabrics that are beautiful and easy to clean."     

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Behind the Scenes: VIP Photo Shoot

We were recently asked by VIP Jackson for a room to photograph for an upcoming issue.  Since one of the teen rooms we recently did turned out SO well, we decided to use that one! Here is a little behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the shoot:   

[caption id="attachment_690" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Katie is showing off her flower arranging skills. Flowers always make a room photograph better!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_691" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Here is Laurel, preparing one of our props: A bowl of popcorn! We put cute Izze drinks out, too, so it looks like a party!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_692" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Allison Mazurak (photographer) and Erin Cogswell (VIP Editor) watch as Katie does a little rearranging"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_693" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Allison working her magic!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_694" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The colors in the room turned out so pretty!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_594" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="We absolutely loved how the window seat turned out. The button braid detail on the drapery is the best part!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_695" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="CHEERS! That's a wrap!"][/caption]

New fabrics we love

Our Kravet rep came in last week to show us the new Thom Filicia collection they just introduced... It was love at first sight!  Below is a quick sample of the awesome new fabrics from this collection:

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[caption id="attachment_500" align="aligncenter" width="401" caption="Thom Filicia for Kravet"][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_499" align="aligncenter" width="402" caption="Thom Felicia for Kravet"][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_492" align="aligncenter" width="405" caption="Thom Filicia for Kravet"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_493" align="aligncenter" width="404" caption="Thom Filicia for Kravet"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_496" align="aligncenter" width="406" caption="Thom Filicia for Kravet"][/caption]

Meet the SummerHouse Girls

You know all about Lisa Palmer from reading our About section, but have you ever wanted to know a little bit more about the rest of the girls at SummerHouse?  If so, it is your lucky day!  Here is a quick introduction to all the bright, smiling faces that Lisa gets to work with every day!

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Meet Marty.  She is our business manager (or, as she calls herself, “the friendly bean counter”) and keeps us organized behind the scenes!  The girl is mean on a 10 key, and can place orders and pay bills like nobody’s business.  She also is in charge of our showroom merchandising and does an excellent job!  With new merchandise coming in every day, Marty stays extremely busy keeping our floor updated.  Visit us often, because the floor does change literally almost every day!  Thank you, Marty, for keeping this place looking as beautiful as it does!  Marty loves Ole Miss football and making her top secret salsa (to make all of us jealous that we don’t have the recipe.) 

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Meet KC.  She is our happy-go-lucky receptionist!  She is probably most famous for the way she answers the phone:  “Thanks for calling SummerHouse, this is Kaaaaaay Ceeeeeee.”  There is no denying it—she is a Mississippi girl! We have even had a rep tell us that he will call the store just to hear KC answer the phone, and hang up!  Because she is married to a chef, she is always sharing some amazing food tips with all of us.  Where would we be without her?!  KC enjoys watering flowers and a good glass of sweet tea.

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Meet Katie.  Katie is the most amazing design assistant anyone could ever ask for!  She helps the designers and the girls in the business office with whatever they need.  She also checks in all of our new samples and keeps the resource library in perfect order!  The girl has a job description that goes from one end of the spectrum to the other, and still this newlywed seems to keep it all together without ever getting frazzled!  On top of all this, she is a really talented designer.  If she is asked to find a fabric to put on this chair in that room, she does it with ease.  Katie enjoys laughing at funny things and trying to talk her husband into moving. 

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 Meet Laurel.  Laurel  is technically Lisa’s assistant, but helps out pretty much wherever she is needed!  This girl can do wonders with a tape measure and is an expert when it comes to writing purchase orders.  With her above average height, she is good to have around when placing accessories in high places or hanging pictures.  Laurel and Katie, who is almost just as tall, make a good team whenever the short people around here need something gotten off of the top shelf! Laurel enjoys Mexican food and keeping it real.  


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Meet Meagan.  She is the newest designer to join the team at SummerHouse and is making a name for herself quite quickly!  She has had experience in all sorts of design, ranging from hospitality renovations to corporate offices to private residences.  She believes that “interior design and architecture are a means of representation, like a photograph, film, or drawing; and each project is its own unique creation based upon cultural, social, and physical conditions.”   Meagan is very creative and really enjoys a good challenge, when it comes to design.  Meagan loves road tripping to Florida and a good glass of red. 

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Meet Betsy.  She joined the SummerHouse team in the fall of 2008 and has loved every minute of her time here! She comes from years of residential design experience.  In her personal design philosophy, her number one rule is to stay away from trends.  “Trends are so short lived and a waste of money.  If you go with high quality styles, textures and colors that are classic, they will last a lifetime.  If you want to add something trendy, try adding pillows or accessories.  Those are easier to change out after a few years.”  Betsy loves sports and prissing around the store!  

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Meet Beth.  Beth is our part time designer here and does a great job!  She has experience in commercial, kitchen and bath, and residential design.  She is so gifted and can pull a room together seemingly effortlessly.  “Some clients lay everything out for you and others take a little more detective work.”  When asked where she draws inspiration, Beth says, “I gain inspiration from many different things.  I love to dissect a great design magazine and I can literally spend hours on a design blog, but I think I gain most of my inspiration from the clients themselves.  I like to find one thing they love, whether it be a piece of art or a fabric or a particular style of chair and build on that.”  Beth loves spending time with her family and shopping for super cute clothes!


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Meet Melanie.  Melanie came aboard in the fall of 2008 and is right at home at SummerHouse.  She has years of experience working not only in interior design, but in faux finishing.  “Design has been a mainstay in my life, even as a young child.  I cannot imagine a world without color, shape or texture.  It is so wonderful to work with the passion that I have for design every day.” Unearthing exactly what it is a client needs is a challenge Melanie always meets well.  “My clients’ needs are of utmost importance... Their lifestyle... How they live and how they entertain. Knowing all of that is very important when determining what can go in their homes!”  Melanie enjoys cooking and giving her dog, Olga, lots of love.

Before and After: Eastbrooke Condo

Last year, one of Lisa's clients decided he wanted to move out of his urban apartment in downtown Jackson and move into Eastbrooke in North Jackson for a little change of scenery.  Having worked on many projects with this customer before, Lisa was delighted to be asked to help.  His eclectic sense of style and fun personality make him a joy to work with!  Check out the MAJOR transformation from before to after...

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In the kitchen, we kept some of the existing appliances, and the original cabinet fronts.  Pretty much everything else is new:  New tile floors, new countertops and back splash, new light fixtures, new sinks, and new grasscloth on the walls.  The furniture in the area was furniture Lisa picked for the customer's previous home.

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The master bedroom turned out great!  It is such a cozy place for lounging and watching TV.  The wall color, carpet, drapery, and chaise lounge are new.  Everything else was from the master bedroom in a previous home, that Lisa had picked out years ago.

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[caption id="attachment_273" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Master Vanity AFTER"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_263" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Master Bath BEFORE"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_274" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Master Bath AFTER"][/caption]

The master bathroom area underwent one of the most dramatic changes in the renovation.  The tiered garden tub was taken out and replaced with a beautiful solid white soaking tub.  The shower was also completely re-worked.  The vanity area was made into the client's ideal space for getting dressed and for packing to travel.  The closet was completely re-designed to house every bit of the client's wardrobe, including his steamer! All surfaces and fixtures are new, as well as the ottoman.  The fabulous existing collection of art is what really completed this space.

[caption id="attachment_258" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Dining Room BEFORE"][/caption]

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This dining room turned out to be the perfect spot to host an intimate dinner for close friends.  The only thing that stayed the same in this room is the mirrored wall.  Lisa and the client both thought it would be a great way to pay homage to the original 80's style of the condo.  The custom strie wall finish was done by Virginia Weathersby, our favorite faux painter!  The dining chairs and table base were from a previous home and were perfect for this space.  And the sheer curtains, with a small metallic thread woven through the fabric, really add a nice ambiance when drawn.

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Look at this transformation!  After moving some walls around, tearing out the bookcases, re-doing the mantle and getting all new furniture, this place looks brand new and completely different!  The beautiful Julie Neil fixture in the living area and the custom made foyer fixture light the space beautifully.

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[caption id="attachment_267" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Downstairs Bathroom AFTER"][/caption]

With the custom vanity and custom wall treatment, the powder room off of the Music Room turned out to be a room like no other.

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The Music Room is one of the coziest spaces in the condo.  With the chocolate walls and chocolate drapery, how could this space not feel warm?  Most of the furniture in here is furniture Lisa picked out for the client in years past.  The newly re-worked staircase, which used to only open into the foyer, now opens into this space as well.  The iron railing was custom made to the client's specifications.  The wall finish, that also continues into the foyer, was a custom wall treatment by Virginia Weathersby.

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With a new light fixture, new carpet, new side tables and new lamps, this room turned from boring to bold!  The bedding was from a previous home, but was so easy to work with because of all the color.  The blue lamps were custom made out of vases the client saw in SummerHouse and fell in love with.

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What a difference a new paint job, new flooring and new countertops can make! We were so happy with the final result here.

A special thanks to Delta Magazine for featuring this home in their March/April issue and for allowing us to use these photographs.  Didn't their photographer do a fabulous job?

New Accessories--Just Arrived TODAY!

Here are a few quick pictures of the beautiful new accessories we just unpacked today! Take a peek :)

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[caption id="attachment_344" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="White accessories are ALWAYS beautiful!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Love that red!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_342" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Pretty and beachy!"][/caption]

Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon

We recently hosted our first annual Spring Market Review Designer Luncheon, where we invited some of our favorite outside designers to come in for lunch and a presentation of all the new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Spring Market intro's!   Michael Cantwell of MGBW did a fabulous job of preparing a slideshow with all the new products.  Here is a quick look at what all went on...

[caption id="attachment_379" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Marty and Melanie did a great job with the food and flowers"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_382" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Everyone waiting on the slide show to begin!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_385" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Meagan Burks, Katie Phillips, Betsy Pevey"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_384" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Melanie McGee, Gina Latham, Betsy Latham, Patti Hairston"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_380" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Rebecca Stephenson, Betsy Pevey, Cynthia Thomas"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_383" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Kelly Griffin, Katherine Brown, Jim Wilkerson"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_291" align="aligncenter" width="595" caption="Chatting about design"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_386" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Ruth McMillan and her assistant Kay with their goodie bags!"][/caption]

July 4th is here!

We wanted to share one of our favorite summer drink recipes with you, just in case you are looking for something a little different to take along to your Fourth of July cookout!  Make enough to share, and you’re guaranteed to be the most popular one at the party!

The BEST Margarita recipe:
1 can limeade concentrate
1 cup tequila
2 light beers
Lemon-lime soda to taste (about 1 or 2 cups)
1 or 2 limes, sliced

Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher, pour over ice, and enjoy!

This is the perfect drink to help you combat the hot Mississippi weather we’ve been battling!  The lemon-lime soda is what gives this recipe a little extra zing; it is very crisp and refreshing.  There are also lots of ways to vary this recipe to keep it exciting!  You could use zero calorie soda to make it a little lighter, or lime flavored beer to make it extra limey.  One time, we even used orange flavored beer, and cut up oranges instead of limes for a fun twist!  Yum... ENJOY!

New Fabrics That Made Us Fall In Love...

Just a few days ago, our Schumacher rep, Jim, came in to show us what is new in their world.  We absolutely fell in love with some of their new introductions!  Jim told us that, due to the tough economy, many of their new prints are priced below their normal price point.  So that was good news!  They did a great job of giving us some funky patterns to mix in with some of their more traditional stuff.  And the recoloring of some of their older patterns got us super excited!  Here are the patterns that most captivated us...

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[caption id="attachment_369" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Chiang Mai Dragon Mocha"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_377" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Summer Palace Fret Sand"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_371" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Greek Key Ruby"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_370" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Cutwork Eggshell"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_372" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Kelmscott Manor Print Indigo"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_374" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Sea Coral Natural"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_367" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Chain Link Chartreuse"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_375" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Shake It Up Raven"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_376" align="aligncenter" width="395" caption="Shantung Silhouette Print Smoke"][/caption]