The first time David and I worked with Lisa, her studio was located in the old Balcony space, which is now Fondren Public. Only longtime Jacksonians will remember The Balcony boutique. Wow, its hard to believe its been almost 20 years! Lisa Palmer has certainly come a long way to now lead the Summerhouse design team. But even with all she handles and oversees, I still have a very personal relationship with Lisa and love having her as a good friend. She still brings so much enthusiasm and energy to each project and working with her and her talented design team is really a joy! I really do love every item she has chosen for us over the years.
Lisa Palmer has not only been a fabulous designer, she's also become a great friend! Over the past 15 years, Lisa has taken the time to get to know each of us individually, learning how our family lives and our preferences for both form and function in the design of our homes. She never overwhelms us with too many choices--somehow she seems to know after just a brief consultation exactly what we are looking for! Lisa does a great job of assimilating new, modern pieces with our family heirlooms and antique furniture. She understands and respects that each piece of furniture and every piece of art we purchase has a unique meaning to us, and that everything she carefully selects for us represents something meaningful and tells our story. Lisa is a consummate professional, uber-talented, and always helps us achieve our vision.
From the time she graduated high school, Lisa has been honing her design skills. She traveled abroad, soaking in the architecture and ambiance before going to college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art. She began her career by heading up the residential division of a large commercial/residential design firm before starting her own interior design business in 1997. Since opening her first interior design firm, Lisa has produced a number of commercial and residential projects for clients across the Southeast, including Atlanta, Memphis, Destin and Naples, Florida, among others.
Compelled by a lack of classic, modern and clean traditional furniture pieces in the area for her design projects, Lisa made the decision to open her own retail store called SummerHouse. However, her dream was put on hold when her store was destroyed by fire in 2005. Not to be discouraged, Lisa reopened the store in a new and larger location in 2006. The showroom is a bright, light-filled space and a mecca of streamlined comfort. SummerHouse boasts 7,000 square feet of luxe home furnishings and accessories, punctuated by artworks of established Southern artists.
Lisa’s passion is working with her clients, getting to know the families and learning how they live, entertain and function within their environment. Whether it is their primary residence or a second home, she works hand-in-hand with the architect, contractor or homeowner to achieve a stunning end result.
With an appreciation for the old and a love for the new, Lisa likes to work with antiques as well as modern pieces, creating classic rooms with a modern twist. She also designs her own pieces, working with talented master craftsmen such as Bryan Smyda and Mike Williams. Lisa’s designs are always visually intriguing as well as comfortable and functional, with close attention to detail, something that Lisa believes makes a room personal and unique. And leave it to Lisa to always throw in her trademark–an unexpected twist.
Lisa is a local jazz singer. She has been singing professionally since she was 16.
Lisa sang back up for famed R&B artist Percy Sledge AND was a featured artist for concerts with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
She has been known to break into song in the middle of a work day especially when it is a duet with Todd.
Lisa and her son Max were interviewed by Katie Couric outside the Today Show window.
She loves to watch the Bachelor with her cat Lucy and mourned the last Breaking Bad episode…”I’m still crying.”
My favorite time of day is dusk in the summer. “Ahhhh the smell of freshly cut grass…”