New Eastover Interior Added To The Website!

We've recently updated our Interiors section on the website! Have you seen? You may remember a post from a couple of weeks ago about photographer James Patterson taking some pretty pics of a beautiful home Lisa completed recently. It's a older home with may of the original surfaces kept in tact. This house even has plaster walls!

Here are a few of the money shots from Patterson's shoot:

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SummerHouse | Ridgeland, MS
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Isn't this home BEAUTIFUL?! The colors in each room, although very different from room to room, are all so inviting! And the fact that these particular clients are so darn nice makes their home that much prettier! :)

September 06, 2012 by SummerHouse

Introducing Taylor Collection

Taylor Collection is the newest women's boutique in Madison, and it is a MUST visit! Not only do they have beautiful clothes, jewelry, and accessories, but their interior is pretty phenomenal as well! SummerHouse designer Meagan Burks helped store owner Leigh Jernigan in the design of the space from start to finish. The result is beautiful, and Leigh and Meagan could not be happier!

Taylor Collection is located on historic Main Street in Madison right next to Persnickety. Here a few pictures of the beautiful outcome...

When we asked Leigh to tell us a little about the space and about how she and Meagan worked together, she said, "My vision for the store was a space all about comfortable, elegance. When I first decided on this space, I was very worried about transforming it into my dream. It was older and dated, and honestly it was a challenge. When I brought Meagan in, she immediately understood my vision for the store. Since the building is older, we felt like an ultra modern look would seem odd in a more historical building. She was able to add the elegance and sophistication necessary while maintaining the building's integrity. I could not be happier with the end result. - a side note: Michael Flesher of Tri County Homes was the contractor- he was excellent and kept the project on time!"

When we asked Meagan to tell us a little bit about the project, she said, "I had so much fun helping Leigh create Taylor Collection.  We wanted the design to play up the historic Madison building while also making the store feel fresh and new.  To do this we incorporated an antique bench and armoire along with custom made shelving and hanging racks to display the clothes.  I think the store is so chic and elegant, but everything really came together when the merchandise started coming in and filling the racks.  It is a beautiful store with really beautiful clothes!"

"I am hoping the store provides Madison with a contemporary boutique that allows both mothers and daughters to shop together. I hope to have a little something for everyone!" -Leigh

Be sure to meet Leigh when you go in. She is so much fun to talk to, and extremely helpful. Getting to know her will make you love her beautiful store even more! :)

As always, Rachel Kabukala did an amazing job of photographing the space. Thanks, Rachel, for the beautiful photos!! And congrats, Leigh, on your grand opening!!!

September 30, 2011 by SummerHouse

FA LA LA Photo Contest!!

We have something exciting going on around here!!  All you need to do is read this flyer (see below), log on to Facebook and LIKE the SummerHouse page (found here), take pictures of your Christmas decorations, upload those pictures to facebook, and post them on our wall! We are DYING to see what your houses look like!  Indulge us, please! :)

Face Lift: Day 2

It has been a BUSY day! We have gotten so much great stuff done, upstairs and down! (For those of you who may not be familiar with our setup, we have our showroom downstairs and our offices upstairs.  For the BIG REVEAL, we are going to have both downstairs AND upstairs on display! Guests have never been able to go upstairs at a party before, so we are working hard to get things presentable up here!)

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[caption id="attachment_849" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Elizabeth and Laurel refolding fabrics like there is no tomorrow!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_845" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="After lots of TLC, the fabric library is looking much better!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_851" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Katie and KC weeding out lots of old books. We found one from 2004... WOW!"][/caption]

Take a peek at what all has gone on downstairs!  While we were rearranging furniture, we ended up needing to put some outside our back door.  As luck would have it, the weather decided to change from very pretty to very nasty.  So we had about 3 minutes to move LOTS of stuff inside... Thankfully, the only stuff that did get rained on was wrapped in plastic so there was no harm done.  But how bout that for a quick jolt!?

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[caption id="attachment_846" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Part of our new built in shelving unit! We are so excited about it!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_854" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="The new built-ins!! Not painted yet, but looking beautiful nonetheless"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_853" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="The new wall stencil behind the front desk is looking AWESOME"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_852" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="The Modern Room is starting to take shape. SO exciting!"][/caption]

There is a chance that this'll be the last update until Tuesday... We will try to squeeze in one more but no promises!! Remeber to mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14! THE BIG REVEAL is going to be so much fun! Food and wine by Viking Cooking School, and lots of great donations for our drawing.  Thanks to Calistoga Wine and Spirits, The Everyday Gourmet, View Gallery, Fusion Coffeehouse, Kosmos and Faces for all your support! :)


Welcome back from the weekend! We hope you had a great one! 

We wanted to remind everyone that we are going to close this Thursday (Sept. 2) and will not re-open our doors until next Tuesday (Sept. 7)  You are welcome to stop by and look in on our progress through the windows, but the store will be closed!

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Be sure to go ahead and mark your calendars for THE BIG REVEAL party on Tuesday, Sept. 14!  We will have a drawing for a beautiful leather Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams chair, as well as some items donated by our fabulous neighboring businesses!  And we would like to give a big thank you in advance to Viking Cooking School for catering the event!

Just for you, our blog readers, we want to give you a little taste of some of the changes we'll be showcasing at THE BIG REVEAL.  Take a peek!  Can't wait to see you on September 14th! :)

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To learn more about THE BIG REVEAL, check out last week's blog post about it:

The Big Reveal

Ok, it is officially time to announce our big news!

Since we are nearly 5 years old, which is 50 in design years, we have decided to get a little work done...  We have reached the point where we are in need of a face lift!  We are going to make a few little changes around the store that are going to make a big difference!  With that being said, we are going to have to "disappear" for a few days. 

We will close our doors late Wednesday night, September 1 after regular store hours and won't re-open until the morning of Tuesday, September 7.  During that time we will be working hard on our update!  Our doors will be locked, but you will be welcome to come peek in the windows and check on our progress!  We will frequently post pictures on the blog to keep you updated!

To celebrate our new look, we will have our BIG REVEAL on Tuesday evening, September 14 from 5-7 p.m.  You, your friends and your family are all invited to join us as we celebrate our new look.  Bubbles and bites will be catered by our wonderful neighbor, Viking Cooking School, and we will have a couple of drawings that you won't want to miss!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 14 from 5-7 and be sure to bring friends!  Please feel free to come in before we take our little hiatus so you will be able to fully appreciate everything once we re-open!  We look forward to seeing you!

A Visit with Virginia Weathersby

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Lisa:   Virginia, darling...You and I have been working together for... how many years?

Virginia:   Well, let’s see, it’s about... Ten or eleven?

Lisa:   We did that corporate condo in Eastbrooke. That was one of the first jobs we worked on.  That would have been at least ten years ago.

Virginia:   Yeah, I’d say ’99.  Maybe ’98, but I think ‘99

Lisa:   Of course back then, and probably for years after that, everybody was doing much heavier finishes.

Virginia:   Yeah, more textured finishes.  Very, very old world-ish. More things like that.  Remember we did the stone blocks going up the staircase and I even glazed over that torn paper wallcovering that was already in there.  Then I made that white column look like old wood.

Lisa:   That’s right.  On the bar, she had that map of Italy, and you made it look like the map was sort of being uncovered.  That was really cool.  When we started out working together, we did a lot of glazes, although I was never into very heavy finishes at all.  How many glazed walls do you think you have done?

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Virginia:   A gazillion! That customer you had, we did that whole room with glaze.  We did that whole big, humongous room!  All the way up the staircase and everything.  My sister was petrified; she was praying the whole time I was up there because we had balanced ladders on top of paint cans... I will always remember that job.

Lisa:   Well now that the heavier finishes are behind us, at least for now, what do you see?   I think you see how technology is really playing into what you do.  Technology today... it’s almost like the Jetson’s or something in fabrics and faux leather. And I love the way you’re doing your laser... well, not laser, but photography...  Incorporating that...

Virginia:   Right, right.  There is just so much out there, it’s like every single day is a whole new challenge and a whole new way of looking at things and doing things.  Especially with the fabrics.  And hopefully we’ll be cutting our own patterns and everything else. So anybody that comes to me, if they have an idea or they’ve seen something, we can actually translate that and turn it into some kind of a wall finish or a fabric finish easily. So that is huge for us.

Lisa:   One thing that you do, and I have been doing a good bit of for years, because I always love details and having things so custom, is stenciling on fabric, stenciling on a pillow, on a wall, on the back of a chair, just making it so one of a kind and custom.  And I think you really enjoy that.

"That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new."

Virginia:   Oh yeah, I love it, I absolutely love it! The big wall stencil that we just recently did, that was the first negative stencil I’ve ever done. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed. We had it custom made and worked negatively on the wall. That was a whole new experience and that is what I love about my job.  Nobody ever wants the same thing, so you always have to be up on what’s new.  That’s why I love coming in SummerHouse.  I could just walk around for days going through all your wallpaper books and just seeing everything that is the latest and newest.  I love it!

[caption id="attachment_684" align="alignright" width="399" caption="The matte bronze finish on these cabinets is so beautiful!"][/caption]

Lisa:   You always tell me that when you look at my resource library it gives you inspiration, but of course I think a lot of people get inspired by what you do.  Sometimes a wall finish, or looking at some of your samples...  Just going into your studio and looking at all your samples on the wall, or your wood finishes... those will inspire me for a look.  Sometimes I’ll start with a wall finish or start with a wood finish.

Virginia:   And that is why we work together as well as we do, because you might have an idea, but it’s not something you and your customer can both like yet.  So by seeing something else and saying “what if we take this finish here and put it over there on that, or we change that to this color...” You have all these fabulous ideas, and all I have to do is try to translate. I’m just busy trying to make it all work!  Because I know the mechanics of how it all works, and I try to take what you see in your mind and make it happen over here on a finish.

[caption id="attachment_686" align="alignleft" width="354" caption="Virgnina's first negative stencil was GORGEOUS! Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for the Lee Residence"][/caption]

Lisa:   I may have an idea about something but I don’t know actually how to get it done. So that’s why, as a designer, I like working with someone that has your experience, and your knowledge of materials and paint, and what it can actually do.... that’s how you know how to translate, which is cool.

Virginia:   The thing that makes it great is that you don’t know. So you have no parameters. So you say “what if we do this and this and this” which are usually things I’ve never thought of.

Lisa:   That may be stretching you!

Virginia:   Yeah, it does.  It makes me think, “Well, how can I do that? How can I accomplish that?”  So I love that part.  That actually happened to me today.  We have this, and we want to make it this, so how do we get there?  It’s always a challenge!  If you had told me 20 years ago that this is what I’d be doing, I probably would’ve told you that you’re out of your mind.

Lisa:   Did you start off thinking you were going to do wall finishes?

Virginia:   Well, I’m not sure exactly how it happened.  I went to school for design, I did that, then I stopped doing that, got married and did all those things that you do,  so I was on a break for years.  Then when it got time to go back to work, I had seen other peoples work and it interested me.  I went to the Manship house in college and I thought, “how did they make that marble look? How did they make that wood grain look?”  That stuck in my head.  I’ve always been more of a hands-on worker.  I am not comfortable in high heels, I am not comfortable in clothes that are super tight.  I like carrying around a ladder, you know. I’m much more hands on and really just love doing the work!

[caption id="attachment_687" align="alignright" width="234" caption="The stencil at the bottom of this drapery is also at the top on a smaller scale. Custom designed by Lisa Palmer for Strange Residence"][/caption]Lisa:   Well I think what you’ve brought to our area, you know, is pretty remarkable.  I think you’re just one of the best. EVER.  So do you ever have people say that they are tired of this? What you do? Is it kind of going out of style?

Virginia:   No, no!  It can’t!  It never will! Its been around for ten THOUSAND years. People were doing this in Egypt on cave walls.  Its been going on it Italy forever, a gazillion years ago.  Does it change? Yeah, it changes all the time.

Lisa:   The modern finishes you are doing now are pretty remarkable.

Virginia:   Oh, I love it.  I love the sleekness of it. I love the patterns.  I was so glad to hear wallpapers were coming back because it made me get up and work that much harder.  I will not be defeated by wallpaper! I just love it!

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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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.

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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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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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[caption id="attachment_275" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Guest Bath AFTER"][/caption]

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?