Upscale Cabin Underway

Lisa is currently working on a very exciting project that we all can't wait to see come to completion! This upscale cabin, a second home for a very dear client, is going to be gorgeous!! It is currently under construction!

Here's a peek at some materials being used in the Master Bedroom of "The Cabin..."
SummerHouse Hunting Lodge, Phase 1

And here are some samples of things to be used in the powder room and dining area!
SummerHouse Hunting Lodge, Phase 1

The kitchen will have a fabulous rich, dark countertop...
SummerHouse Hunting Lodge, Phase 1

And could these selections for a bedroom at a rustic lodge be any more perfect!?
SummerHouse Hunting Lodge, Phase 1

We are all so excited about this project we can barely stand it! We'll be sure to keep you posted on the progress!

January 04, 2013 by SummerHouse


{{ let's update, shall we? }}

We've got a very inspiring BEFORE & AFTER to show today! It is amazing what a great design mind (which would be Lisa's mind, to be precise!) and a few new things can do for a space!

All of these rooms are in the same house, and all of them turned out just beautifully! This particular client wanted to update her home, keeping some of her favorite pieces while adding some new ones. Take a look at these before and afters!


[caption id="attachment_416" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Bedroom BEFORE Bedroom BEFORE[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_417" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Bedroom AFTER Bedroom AFTER[/caption]

The rich new wall color, the lighter/brighter bed, bedding, and drapery, and the punchy pillow make SUCH a difference in this bedroom!


[caption id="attachment_418" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Foyer BEFORE Foyer BEFORE[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_419" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Foyer AFTER Foyer AFTER[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_420" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Foyer AFTER Foyer AFTER[/caption]

New wallpaper, a custom light fixture, a new buffet, and some updated accessories take this entry from drab to exciting and welcoming!


[caption id="attachment_424" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Living Area BEFORE Living Area BEFORE[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_422" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Living Area AFTER Living Area AFTER[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_421" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Living Area AFTER Living Area AFTER[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_423" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Living Area AFTER Living Area AFTER[/caption]

What a dramatic change! The updates Lisa did to this space opened up the room while simultaneously making it feel much warmer. Cleaner lines, simplification of pattern, and just an overall cleaned up new scheme make all the difference in this beautiful living area!


[caption id="attachment_426" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sunroom BEFORE Sunroom BEFORE[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_425" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Sunroom AFTER Sunroom AFTER[/caption]

The client's daughter actually painted the beautiful piece of art over the love seat, which was the starting point for the sunroom. The wall, the floor, and the furniture were all changed to bring this space into modern times! We love the deep turquoise chair and pillows that ground the space. Just gorgeous!

Which room's changes are your favorite?

October 15, 2012 by SummerHouse

New Cole & Son Wallpaper

Cole & Son's new wallpapers have everyone up here in awe! The new offerings from the Contemporary Restyled collection are to die for... Lisa and Elish went particularly crazy for Palm Jungle pattern... Look at these fab colorways!

Cole & Sons | SummerHouse

What do you think? Do you like this pattern? And what colorway is your favorite? Let us hear from you!

September 11, 2012 by SummerHouse
Tags: Wallpaper

Installation in Watercolor, Florida

Here's a quick teaser about the 2-day install Lisa, Elish, and Brittany had in Watercolor, Florida earlier this week! Lisa's design talent never ceases to amaze us! :) Stay tuned for more pictures coming soon!


We Had a Visitor Yesterday...

We had a furry little visitor come to the store yesterday to say hello to the gang! He had a great time sniffing around and getting loved on. Find out what he was doing at the store in our next post, coming soon! { hint: wallpaper }

[caption id="attachment_3608" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="{ our little visitor }"][/caption]

February 08, 2012 by SummerHouse

Living in the Dark

Do you have a room in your house that needs something a little extra? May we suggest black walls... (But don't put up any black paint before you consult a designer! Please!) A room with black walls is dramatic and full of personality, and is also a great new take on the neutral wall. Here are a few ideas of how to do black right. It's really not as bleek as you'd think!

Thanks to LonnyMag and Rue for the great photos and ideas.

Do you have any black (or almost black) walls in your house? What color were they before? We want details!!

It's Friday, Baby!

Happy Friday! To make the best day of the week even better, here is a little lavendar eye candy for you... Lisa and Elish are working on a nursery for one of our favorite customers! Isn't all of this stuff just DELICIOUS? The mix of purples, with a little dash of bling make this little girl's future room one that ANY girl would love! We can't wait to show you pictures when this room is complete! :)

[caption id="attachment_2514" align="aligncenter" width="504" caption="Yep. Gorgeous!"][/caption]

Shop the pages of LONNY at SummerHouse!

As per usual, we are obsessing over the new LonnyMag for this month... Have you seen it? We love the bright, summery spaces that dominate most of it. Perfect for... drumroll please... SUMMER! Here are a few of the items that we carry that made it into the mag. Come shop LonnyMag with us! :)

[caption id="attachment_2401" align="aligncenter" width="260" caption="John Robshaw Dangi Fort Shower Curtain"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2403" align="aligncenter" width="237" caption="Beauty Bark Print, Cerise. Trina Turk for Schumacher"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2402" align="aligncenter" width="237" caption="Jax Print Driftwood. Trina Turk for Schumacher"]Jax Print Driftwood. Trina Turk for Schumacher[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2405" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Snake Chain, Dove. Dwell Studio for Robert Allen "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2407" align="aligncenter" width="217" caption="Customizable lamps from Mottega"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2409" align="aligncenter" width="340" caption="Customizable bedding from Leontine Linens"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2411" align="aligncenter" width="287" caption="Meri Side Table by OLY Studio"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2413" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Jaggery Collection for John Robshaw"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2415" align="aligncenter" width="174" caption="Manuel Canovas Trellis Wallpaper"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2418" align="aligncenter" width="104" caption="Visual Comfort Studio Floor Lamp"][/caption]

Once you have a minute to look at the newest issue, comment and tell us your favorite feature! We would love to know! :)

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]

A Visit with Virginia Weathersby

[caption id="attachment_682" align="alignright" width="178" caption="Virginia Weathersby"][/caption]

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?

[caption id="attachment_683" align="alignleft" width="284" caption="This design on the island really livened up this kitchen"][/caption]

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!